My life goal is to become great at a few things that are fulfilling, meaningful and fun. These are some of them.
I’ve been building products with people for a long time. My first startup experience was a smart wristband that connected to a fitness social network, like what smart watches do today, except this was in 2012 when both me and my co-founders were in our final years of highschool. Not a lot of it went to plan and we were yet to learn about things like fundraising and manufacturing, nevertheless it marked the beginning of our startup journeys. We ended up building the software and some of the hardware, but we weren’t able to fund the project beyond that.
A few years after Soosci, I founded Tidl with several friends in University. We developed several experimental recruiting (personality based talent matching) tools and resume creators for people with non-traditional educational backgrounds. We also built an open learning platform called Alcamy. The products collectively amassed over 20,000 users, were funded by IBM, and was how I explored the recruiting and e-learning space during my university years between 2015-19.
Much of my design and programming output these days come from Clew; the startup I founded with my friend Haishan after graduating. We’re building the next generation of digital workspaces–thoughtfully crafted tools for the modern digital worker. Clew is backed by Y Combinator and Garage Capital.
Over the years, I’ve grown a passion for the end-to-end design process of software; from creating design systems to crafting UX, building APIs, modelling graph data-structures to build scalabale serverless products make up the core of my work today.
My interest in programming started the day I got to tinker with a terrapinlogo bot in grade four. That was the first ever time I wrote a logical statement, to make an LED blink in a loop.
More recently, I worked at Shopify as a developer, helping build a variety of products during my time there. I also build Clew, which includes a fair bit of programming across the front-end, APIs and apps. Learning new tools and orchestrating programming languages into thoughtfully designed software has become both a passion and area of expertise for me over the years.
In the past I studied bioinformatics and completed a Honors Specialization at Western. My interest in the field grew out of a passion for biology and computer science. I’ve always believed that interesting things happen at the intersections of fields. During my university years, I also worked on data-science and software projects for organizations like the Ontario Liberal Party and Stanford University.
For my undergraduate research I assembled and annotated the mitochondrial genome of H. Lacustris, a freshwater green alga. We discovered that its mitochondrion shared 90% of its genetic sequence with that of its chloroplast. It was the first time a result of this nature had been found in green alga.
In 2011 I had founded Designn—a collective of artists and writers who published a magazine and sponsored creative work across the world for the better part of five years. Designn had thousands of readers, members, and contributors. To this day it’s one of my most cherished creations.
Every artwork in the home that I grew up in was either painted by my dad, crafted by my mom or penciled and watercolored by my sister or myself. Early exposure to practicing creativity had me designing and building things from a young age. Going from water-colors and pencil art to print magazines, and later, user interfaces and product experiences.
Rainbow Six Siege is an online tactical shooter my friends and I play frequently. It’s also the only game most of us have played for over a 1000 hours.
It’s an activity we’ve enjoyed and socialized over for several years now.
The progress we’ve made over the years has been pretty neat, and it’s also the only way I have a benchmark for what a thousand hours of doing something feels like when it’s spread over 2 years. It’s an interesting internal insight to have. I frequently ask about this when I talk to other gamers, and most say the same, others had insights like feeling like being able to think faster in certain contexts.
It’s been a fascinating experience putting together my sim-racing rig so I can take part in online races and bring in a little more realism to a very fun activity.
I’ve loved seeing my reaction times improve over time, and the state of flow you fall into midway through a race is pure meditation.