I am a humble human being from a middle class Indian family, forward thinking and seeking happiness all around me. I am passionate about creating economic value. I have experience converting ideas from the scratch into products and services that create economic value. As an entrepreneur, I was successful in creating a team and launching an online educational product. The product was not so successful commercially though it met user needs as I could not manage the working capital well to run the company. There were many lessons learnt which are today guiding me. This was the beginning of my product journey. Starting from a team of 3, I was able to grow the organisation to a team of 30.
I have experience in higher education, teaching at a deemed University in India as an Assistant Professor, where I worked on creating novel ways of engaging students in learning by doing (though I must agree, not all students were happy about it). I taught subjects like Computer Programming, Remote Sensing and Image Processing. I also influenced students to do research and publish papers and I believe it was a great success. Thanks to Prof. Dheeraj Sanghi, who was the Director of LNMIIT, Jaipur when I worked there.
I have worked extensively on satellite images because i love image processing though I had to take a break from that research when I ventured into entrepreneurship. I loved image processing because everything could be visualised. Even Fourier series! I enjoyed travelling eight countries publishing my work in image processing. Thanks to Dr. K. S. Rajan, from the Lab for Spatial Informatics at IIIT Hyderabad, India who is my mentor.
I had the fortune of working for a leading e-learning company in India to create engaging educational content which according to me is the 'soul' of any educational product or service.
When passion becomes profession, it no longer feels like work
Work Mobility: I am available for full time employment in the United States from August 2020. STEM OPT allows me to work for three years on F1. However, I would like my employer to sponsor a H1B after 1 year. Let the lottery decide :). I am a permanent resident of Canada in addition to being a citizen of India. This provides me mobility to travel across North America and India without any restriction.
P.S: I also cleared the prestigious and most competitive Indian Civil Services Examination in 2011. Indian Administrative Services was my only preference and so, I did not join the other services that were available for my rank. 1000 students pass this exam every year out of the 600,000 who appear.
I blog (not so regularly) on issues that I feel I must write about. It kind of helps me to vent my feelings.
The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of mine in a personal capacity and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any of my clients, past or present employers.
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