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What is OnThatJob?

We run cohort-based courses targeted at working professionals in tech looking to level up in their careers. Jobs in tech are new and constantly evolving. Only a few companies can invest in proper onboarding and training. Everyone else must rely on self-learning (in some form, everyone does!)

Training yourself by…

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Her (2013)

For the class of people referred to as “knowledge workers”, the coronavirus pandemic is the biggest experiment in working remotely. Right from the 70s when computers first popped up, there has been talk of “tele-commuting”. We’ve come a long way from the days when this was a dreamy fantasy. …

Super-apps in India— as powerful as LEGO superman? | Photo by Esteban Lopez on Unsplash

Super-apps were in the news again in India. Facebook’s investment in Jio triggered immense speculation about the motives of the deal. One of the ideas going around was that this will bolster Jio’s push to be a “Super-app”.

Whatsapp is synonymous with the Indian internet with near universal reach amongst…

The new newspaper | Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash

Recap

From Part 1 — The newspaper’s place in my life went downhill. The newspaper is a bundle, good on average but not deep on anything. We fool ourselves that we’re getting informed while we’re actually getting entertained. The industry dynamic of maximising circulation pushes newspapers to subsidise readers and milk…

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Hero to Zero

If my mind can be regarded as a neural net, the Times Of India can be regarded as the initial training data set. When I was 7-years old, my mother took me to visit her sisters office. I picked up a newspaper that was lying around and asked here the…

A classic PM interview question goes “Which is your favourite product and why?”. A common twist on this “Which is your favourite non-tech product?”. It checks whether the persons knowledge extends beyond the domain of screens and apps.

My answer to this has always been the HUL PureIt Water Purifier.

A clash of universes | “Marvel vs DC” by Teo Gonzalez

Every few months I’ll end up in a classic product debate: Hey! Which do you think is better? Microsoft Office or Google Docs. The thoughts below aren’t about the debate per se but some facets of the industry surrounding it. …

A look at the causes and potential solutions to India’s new form of discrimination

Tier 1 insititute ki jai (Original tweet)

Every month or so, a post like the above will fly past in my feed. Anyone without those credentials will react in an understandably angry way.

Can you fucking believe these people! Here I am, fully qualified for this job; yet they want only Tier 1 folks. RIDICULOUS. SO UNFAIR

Looking at Huawei’s battle for Android survival

Lock-down driven ramble #1

Avengers unite to battle Thanos

The US-China trade war forced Huawei to make Google-free Android phones. The Verge did a review of Huawei’s upcoming P40 flagship phone.

The result? Amazing phone (hardware) rendered completely undesirable because of a wonky experience in getting & updating common apps.

Some interesting side-notes.

Open-source Android myth & Google’s hegemony

Google effectively…

Notes from doing 10 days of Vipassana meditation for the first time in my life

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This is the second of two posts documenting my Vipassana experience. For Part 1, click here -> http://bit.ly/2GKnZkG

Knowledge / Observations

At the end of each day, there would be a 1.5 hour discourse by S.N. Goenka explaining the meditation practice for the day and relevant philosophy of Vipassana. …

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