The Journey: Early Days to How I Got Here
started my career with IT and was lucky to be in Hong kong straight out
of college. That exposure taught me a few important things very quickly
and that remained with me for years. The IT field is constantly
changing and being aware about what is going on in the industry and the
impact it has on consumers and businesses worldwide is what very IT
professional be wary of.
Early days is a lot about learning, so
keeping your head down and quickly becoming a master of your skill pays
for the long term. Being good is no longer enough - you need to be
better than people around you and also be able to fit into your company
culture. After having spent more than a decade working for international
firms, I decided to head back home to pursue my dream of starting on my
own (redbytes software). Its been an exciting journey so far and in 3
years we are already a profitable and funded company.
Decisions That Mattered
share and help others around you. Whether it is your colleague, your
boss or your financier? What are their challenges? how can you help them
look better? if you can help others in a big way - you are on your way
to monumental success. Choosing to work on something that interests you,
being adaptable and open to learning newer things is also equally
The Turning Points
a break in HK, working in a professional environment. Being a part of
Asian and global financial crisis (1997 and 2008), working with some
exceptional talent and finally the decision to return to India to pursue
Work and Role: Then and Now
am wearing various management heads and taking decisions that impact
the business as a whole - at the same time ensuring that what we do is
fun and of value to our customers. Not everyone gets to choose what one
works on and I am blessed in that regard. We are working on educational
apps for kids which are very different from financial services where I
spent most of my career.
Two Years down the Line
one of the most innovative educational app companies, providing fun
educational apps for toddlers and kids. 5 year from now - retire.
What I Learnt Along the Way
honest and ethical in all your dealings. Learn from everyone around you
and keep your ego in check at all times. Take time consciously to brand
and take yourself from where you are to where you want to be, Success
is all about smart work with the right network. So be exceptional,
create wow products, brand yourself / your organization and network with
the right people.
Changing Days: Lessons Learnt
for someone and employing people are two extremes, both of which come
with their own challenges. I did not make the decisions which shape the
companys future. it was someone elses strategy and money. Now, I stand
to lose if I dont get those things right.
My Advice If You are Starting Out
mobile domain is here to stay for the next decade as a part of the
computing cycles we have seen in the past. There are lots of
opportunities for young and fresh minds. The idea is to focus on niches
and create a position for you through innovation and working on things
slightly ahead of the curve exploiting the solution gaps in the market.
Hard work, perseverance and the ability to take risks to pursue what you
are passionate about is what I would advise to anyone looking for long
Must Focus Areas for the Future
for sure if you are into business apps. Learning some of the popular
frameworks like phone gap and titanium is going to be handy. Companies
solving integration problems across various OS, enabling collaborative
apps, turning traditional content into fun, interactive and engaging
Do We Need Certifications?
are a good stamp to certify your credibility, but not an end game in
them. At the end of the day - your skill/product/service has to help
either consumers or businesses. Some of the top brilliant minds of our
times did not even complete their formal education. Yourself belief and
passion score more than your certificates.
Websites I Recommend
gigaom, techcrunch, chrisbogan,onstartups, readwriteweb, paulgraham
to last, competing in a flat world, outliers, business of iPhone and
iPad development, the secret, tony robins, robin sharma
Last But Not Least
can be contacted on email@example.com if I can be of any help to
anyone. More than happy to share the lessons I have learnt in my career