We all want to look back and feel proud of our lives.
Here I was — one of the millennials, trying to figure out what to do with my life, pretty much like everyone else.
Having started at 15 — from a digital freelancer to joining a startup as an engineering intern to become a product designer and joining one of the largest tech cos on the planet — I’ve had an unconventional career trajectory.
Our product helps consumer food companies optimize their $Ms worth of procurements. …
Last year, I visited a small district called Alwar, in the state of Rajasthan, India where 100s of farm traders rushed in to sell their consolidated cotton produce.
What I was seeing were live physical auctions where bidders came in to take trade positions for raw commodities — like a spot exchange.
Agriculture is one of the largest sectors in India. With over 600M Indians dependent directly on agriculture sector contributing over ~17% of India’s GDP.
World’s second largest producer of food grains, fruits, and vegetables, IBEF estimates that the processed food market in India is estimated to touch $482 Billion by next year. …
Last year, I met with two of India’s richest men who created companies worth billions of dollars. I observed a particular question that they both asked me.
What do you read?
They didn’t mean in terms of books.
They were looking for my sources of information. They were looking to know what the next gen is reading every day. What’s their mental food.
I felt guilty of not having any such special sources. I thought — if information is a click away from anyone, how can one stand out?
The sources of information are infinite but the excellent ones are rare. …
“I quit my job.”
“Why? What are you going to do?”
“Figure out what I want to do.”
I am a 23 year old engineer turned product designer, which opens up possibilities for a lot of hot jobs in tech today. I’ve previously worked at Google, Zomato and a few hot startups.
Six months ago I quit my comfortable job to pursue something I wasn’t sure of. Here’s the truth why anyone quits their job: Asymmetric goals of the company and the individual.
I wanted to start a business. I had a few ideas I wanted to work on. I felt that there is never going to be a perfect time. …
Being a designer is a journey that starts with the curiosity of making things.
I started with Computer Science exactly four years ago. Being really curious to understand how computer systems works, I joined the course. But being from a not so great college, things didn’t shape up well in the beginning.
I used my free time to learn things on my own. Things like design and coding. Because it made me curious enough to put my energy into it. The best thing about following your passion is that you’re paid to pursue your hobby.
Over these years I worked with some of the best people in the tech space. This post here, is about how you can get started with digital product design. …
A Simple Guide to Learn Anything
Playing drums or piano, dancing salsa or gangnam style, sketching an elephant or a face, coding an algorithm or writing an article, driving a car or riding a bicycle, baking a pizza or making cookies.
The first step to learning anything is to learning to copy.
Playing a game without a mission would be worthless, right?
Learning to copy is the most essential thing to get things started with a direction that works. You know the output you want to produce. …
When I say, time flies, I really mean it. 12 weeks at Google, New York have been amazing. Every day has a few new stories. And now I have hundreds of stories to tell. But I certainly cannot do that in one post. But I can share my overall experience.
Life at Google is one thing, and life at Google, New York is another. You get the best of life packed in one summer. It’s Google inside and New York City outside.
I’m from New Delhi, India and Google took care of everything from Visa to relocation. But interns had to find own places to live and I got to live in 3 different place in 12 weeks. …
You’ve heard all kinds of success stories, haven’t you? Mostly of dropouts like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerburg. These are probably THE most famous stories everyone you know is going to talk about, when talking about success. But where does it all start?
Let me tell you about a few marginally smaller scenarios that I think you’d be able to relate to, when talking about success. Driving the car hoping you find your parking spot today. Reaching the platform hoping you don’t miss the local train. Hoping to get the first elevator as you get in the building so that you don’t need to wait for the next one. Going to a bar/restaurant hoping to get the right table, or even to a theatre hoping to get good seats. Making a creative video and hoping to get it viral. Making a clever status update/tweet hoping to get a lot of likes/favorites/retweets. …
I’m a self-taught designer. I learnt design for the love of making things which I’ve been doing since childhood. From making tissue paper submarines to an igloo out of newspaper rolls (which I had to throw away the next day because there was no space to keep it. I could literally have lived in it.) I couldn’t wait for every next weekend to make something new which I saw on TV or the internet. Creating pixels came up in my life not more than 4 years from now. Two years ago, I saw a documentary that changed how I thought of design. It made me think differently about the world. And that’s when I really started to understand design. …
Artists Are Hackers And Hackers Are Artists
Over the course of two years, I’ve been making digital consumer products with some extraordinary designers and developers. They just did not happen to become one. They practiced their crafts over and over and over again. As Tony Robbins likes to put it, repetition is mother of skill. They now think differently, in a way anyone else cannot. These guys by nature are artists and hackers and by working with them, I realized that even if they have different skill sets, they share common characteristics. They create value out of something that did not exist before. …