ENGINEER, DESIGNER, ENTREPRENEUR
I am an engineer. Well, I paint the image of a middle-class Indian citizen with educated white-collar parents and who underwent fairly ordinary schooling under the Indian education system. This comes as no surprise to anyone who meets me for the first time, or knows of me indirectly. Sometimes with little or no proof needed other than seeing my thick glasses and skin color. But I’m okay with that, since it’s true.
I am a designer. This raises some eyebrows sometimes. People who have known me all my childhood, others who consider themselves exclusively designers consider this something of a trespass on their fields (pun unintended). However, when people learn of my slightly less ordinary undergraduate education, and of the people I spent my time with there, they come to forgive my claims to such an artistic title. Some even endorse it. Since graduating but recently, I have embarked on a journey to solidify my claims with the things I build. I think I have made significant progress.
But that inevitably brings them to ask (usually after I briefly describe the school) : Why did you go to that school? Why didn’t you go to ? And to this, today, I can answer in four words.
I am an entrepreneur. This elicits far more interesting reactions. Here I don’t mean I run around starting companies and trying to get people to pay me for things they probably don’t need. At least not until more recently. No, that’s not what I mean.
Only a few people in my life understand what I mean here. Especially given that I’m in Silicon Valley and actually one of five crazy people doing something crazy that not enough other people believe in yet;
And something else not enough people know about yet;
And maybe two or three other projects (this blog being the latest addition);
And in light of my undergraduate school, known for its entrepreneurship-centric education
— I’m living up to the more classic modern-day definition of entrepreneur. And so folk misinterpret my claim to entrepreneurship as being exclusive to that. But what I actually mean when I call myself an entrepreneur is that I would run headlong into scenarios many of my peers shied away from, while I yelled over my shoulder “What could possibly go wro—” as I get clotheslined by a hypothetical tree branch. Only to get up, grin and keep running in the same direction, with no regrets. I just mean I have always naturally been a *cough*calculated*cough* risk-taker. That’s what I call entrepreneurship. Being enterprising.
Here you will find the ramblings of such an entrepreneur, and his attempts to just be enterprising, be a productive denizen of the world. I have made some interesting choices and faced some intriguing situations as a result, that I believe have significance to more people than know of it. I hope to voice my thoughts and experiences on some of these things. Maybe someone who finds themselves teetering on an edge I stood on (or fell off of) once will find something useful here. Maybe the powers that be will be able to understand how better to treat us, the “Denizens of the World”.
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