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What the HAT!?

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We are three friends who met in our engineering undergraduate college catching up with our old friends and acquaintances where each guest has a different journey and different insights that you can learn from. This podcast is for everyone who wants to learn and grow whether it's deciding to start a company, doing a side hustle with your 9-to-5 job, going abroad for further studies, choosing a college for your Masters or MBA, living a sustainably fit life, running a family business, or being happy. We talk about a lot of things!

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Season Finale- Hiloni Punatar on Digital Marketing, Negotiations and Managing a Offshore Team | 31
About the guest:  We have Hiloni Punatar with us, award-winning entrepreneur and founder of a Digital Marketing agency WebShakers, who is a Creative Thinker and Marketing strategist transforming the way brands communicate and engage with audiences in the digital space. Armed with a strong background of technology and marketing, she has worked with various global brands across different industries like Future Group, Cipla, One Plus, Realme, IndiaBulls, Saffron Stays, and many more. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hilonip/ Key Insights in this Episode: Managing an offshore team Tips for becoming a better negotiator Keeping team motivated ------------------------------------------------------------------- Timestamps: [02:00] Transition to US [04:30] Managing offshore team [09:00] WebShakers [10:00] What is digital marketing? [13:00] How to motivate your team? [22:00] Dealing with imposter syndrome [26:40] 3 tips for becoming a better negotiator [31:00] Future of digital marketing in India [38:00] Challenges for a women entrepreneur [44:00] Top 3 Read more about What the HAT!? on the website: https://www.whatthehatpodcast.com SUBSCRIBE TO WHAT THE HAT!? Listen to What the HAT!? on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/what-the-hat-podcast Listen to What the HAT!? on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0JLZXaAgrIDtbxXVtqemWh Listen to What the HAT!? on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/what-the-hat/id1513959425 Listen to What the HAT!? on Google Podcast: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8yMWFkMDA5MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw%3D%3D All other streaming platforms: https://linktr.ee/whatthehat/ FOLLOW US Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatthehatpodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/WTHATPodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhatTheHatPodcast/
55:35
February 22, 2021
Tanisha Wagh talks about UX Design, Psychology in Design, and On Taking Risks | 30
About the guest: During the day, she’s a Designer in the Education Technology space. During the evenings, she’s a fitness enthusiast. And at night, she’s a wannabe artist with a dark but mostly lame sense of humor who loves mulling over sociology and existential questions. Our guest this week is Tanisha Wagh who is a Product Designers at Zearn. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tanishawagh/ ------------------------------------------------------------------- Timestamps: [02:00] About Masters in HCI from Georgia Tech [05:35] Internship at IIT [10:00] Two years in Georgia Tech [12:50] Working at Zearn [16:00] Design Libraries and Design Systems [17:05] Tanisha talks about her job experience [20:15] On taking risks [21:20] UI vs UX vs Visual Designer [27:05] Technical and Creative aspect of design [29:50] Psychology in UX Design [31:15] Ethical vs Unethical Design [32:05] Stickiness aspect of applications [35:15] Constant learning process - medium.com, nngroup.com, dribble, uxplanet [37:15] Career progression for a UX Designer [40:20] Favorite app designs [41:45] Advice to younger self [43:50] What’s next for Tanisha - moving back to India! [45:05] Top 3 ------------------------------------------------------------------ About What the HAT!? We are three friends who met in our engineering college catching up with our old friends and acquaintances in this show. Each guest has a different journey, different story, and different insights.  We are connecting and learning from people who have carved their journeys from creating funded startups in India to key roles in big companies. We are talking to people who went to Ivy League colleges and are academicians in India. We are working on gathering stories from these great minds. This is the podcast for you if you are currently pursuing or have completed engineering. If you haven't studied engineering, this podcast is still for you, as we will dwell deep into various industries and sectors such as finance, technology, supply chain, manufacturing, chemical, education, and a lot more. Each journey is inspiring. Each story gives you an opportunity to learn something new. Extraordinary insights from not so ordinary people. Read more about What the HAT!? on the website: https://www.whatthehatpodcast.com SUBSCRIBE TO WHAT THE HAT!? All other streaming platforms: https://linktr.ee/whatthehat/ FOLLOW US Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatthehatpodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/WTHATPodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhatTheHatPodcast/
47:18
February 6, 2021
Yash Khandor on Software Management, Pivoting Careers and Creating Niche Content | 29
About the guest: An engineer, a tech idealist, and an energetic leader - our guest today is Yash Khandor.  If you feel there's always a fixed path to success and you can't make the cut, talk to this guy. From studying Chemical Engineering as an undergrad to a Master's in Mathematical Modeling and Optimization from Carnegie Mellon University, he is currently an Engineering Manager at Mark43 and the Founder/CEO of International Cricket Network - ICN360. While the journey might look haphazard, there's a method to his madness. Website: https://www.icn360.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cricketnetwork360 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/icn360 Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/cricketnet360 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/43214637 Other Resources mentioned in the episode: 1. Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager by Michael Lopp 2. The Manager's Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change Book by Camille Fournier 3. The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks by Julie Zhuo Timestamps: [02:00] Intro [04:00] Pivoting careers [05:00] What is mathematical modeling? [07:00] Software Engineering at SOTI [12:00] Learning on the job [15:00] Internet of Things [18:00] Immigrate to Canada [22:00] ICN360 [31:00] Creating niche content [38:00] Importance of having a process [40:00] Mental Model to use in everyday life [42:00] Things software engineer should know [44:00] Top 3 ------------------------------------------------------------------ About What the HAT!? We are three friends who met in our engineering college catching up with our old friends and acquaintances in this show. Each guest has a different journey, different story, and different insights.  We are connecting and learning from people who have carved their journeys from creating funded startups in India to key roles in big companies. We are talking to people who went to Ivy League colleges and are academicians in India. We are working on gathering stories from these great minds. This is the podcast for you if you are currently pursuing or have completed engineering. If you haven't studied engineering, this podcast is still for you, as we will dwell deep into various industries and sectors such as finance, technology, supply chain, manufacturing, chemical, education, and a lot more. Each journey is inspiring. Each story gives you an opportunity to learn something new. Extraordinary insights from not so ordinary people. Read more about What the HAT!? on the website: https://www.whatthehatpodcast.com SUBSCRIBE TO WHAT THE HAT!? Listen to What the HAT!? on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/what-the-hat-podcast Listen to What the HAT!? on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0JLZXaAgrIDtbxXVtqemWh Listen to What the HAT!? on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/what-the-hat/id1513959425 Listen to What the HAT!? on Google Podcast: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8yMWFkMDA5MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw%3D%3D All other streaming platforms: https://linktr.ee/whatthehat/
54:43
January 30, 2021
Manan Mehta on Embedded Software, Argo AI, and Leaving No Stones Unturned 🚀 | 28
bout the guest:  Living, studying, and working in 3 different countries has shaped our next guest’s eternal love for machines and technology, he is Manan Mehta. Manan is an embedded software engineer who is currently building autonomous vehicles at Argo AI. His morning routine includes masala chai and Bollywood music and believes that attitude and strategy can compensate for talent but talent can never compensate for the other two.   Key Insights in this Episode:  [03:30] Software and Hardware Stacks in Self-driving cars  [42:19] Leave no stone unturned  [43:19] Learn through failure    -------------------------------------------------------------------  Timestamps:  [02:00] Intro  [03:00] About Argo.ai  [03:30] Software and Hardware Stacks in Self-driving cars  [04:32] Manan’s role in Argo.ai and discussion on embedded systems  [08:55] How did Manan choose this career?  [14:09] Finding a job after graduating from college  [19:30] Deciding ongoing for Masters program  [21:00] Choosing San Jose for Masters  [24:32] Argo.ai application process   [36:00] Interview process at Argo.ai  [38:52] How to continue to learn in your career - mentors, papers, books  [42:19] Leave no stone unturned  [43:19] Learn through failure    [44:00] Top 3 Read more about What the HAT!? on the website: https://www.whatthehatpodcast.com
49:57
January 23, 2021
Harsh Swaminarayan talks about a Career in education, Mental Models and How to be a Constant Learner | 27
About the guest: Currently pursuing his teenage dream of revolutionizing the Indian Educational System as a means to catalyse self-awareness in all humans. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/harshswaminarayan/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HarshSwaminarayan/ 321 Education: https://321-foundation.org/ Resources: https://www.ted.com/talks/sir_ken_robinson_do_schools_kill_creativity/up-next?language=en https://waitbutwhy.com/2017/03/elon-musk-post-series.html https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz4a7agVFr1TxU-mpAP8hkw https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYC6Vcczj8v-Y5OgpEJTFBw Key Insights in this Episode: Wicked and Tame problems [18:20] Principles and Mental Models for better decisions [27:00] How to be a constant learner? [31:00] ------------------------------------------------------------------- Timestamps: [02:00] How to create your OWN professional path? [11:00] How did you pivot to a career in education? [14:00] Lessons from Teach for India [18:20] Wicked and Tame problems [20:00] 321 Education Foundation [24:00] Role in 321 [27:00] Any principles that you apply at work or models that you have built that help you make better decisions [31:00] How to be a constant learner? [31:47] What’s next? [34:20] Books Recommendations [36:20] TV/Movie Recommendations [38:20] Podcast/YouTube Recommendations ------------------------------------------------------------------ About What the HAT!? We are three friends who met in our engineering college catching up with our old friends and acquaintances in this show. Each guest has a different journey, different story, and different insights.  We are connecting and learning from people who have carved their journeys from creating funded startups in India to key roles in big companies. We are talking to people who went to Ivy League colleges and are academicians in India. We are working on gathering stories from these great minds. This is the podcast for you if you are currently pursuing or have completed engineering. If you haven't studied engineering, this podcast is still for you, as we will dwell deep into various industries and sectors such as finance, technology, supply chain, manufacturing, chemical, education, and a lot more. Each journey is inspiring. Each story gives you an opportunity to learn something new. Extraordinary insights from not so ordinary people. Read more about What the HAT!? on the website: https://www.whatthehatpodcast.com
47:52
January 17, 2021
Daksh Shah on MBA, Sales & hosting a podcast | 26
About the guest: After getting his MBA from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Daksh worked as a Business Operations Manager and Product Manager at Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail. Daksh currently does Business Development for Know My World, a nonprofit organization that supports teachers in transforming the educational experience through holistic education and cultural competencies. He is also on the board of directors for Know my World. Daksh is the host of Dollar Gujarati and lives with his wife Jaynee in Dallas, Texas. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dakshudayshah/ Key Insights in this Episode: What are job options after MBA [14:00] Why is sales important [20:00] Relationships in the modern world [30:00] ------------------------------------------------------------------- Timestamps: [02:00] What is Dollar Gujarati? [06:00] Should you do an MBA directly after bachelors? [14:00] Job options after MBA [20:00] Why is sales important? [22:00] Working for a non-profit [28:30] How to get selected to become a board member [30:00] Long distance relationship [35:00] Advice to younger-self [40:00] TOP 3 ------------------------------------------------------------------ About What the HAT!? We are three friends who met in our engineering college catching up with our old friends and acquaintances in this show. Each guest has a different journey, different story, and different insights.  We are connecting and learning from people who have carved their journeys from creating funded startups in India to key roles in big companies. We are talking to people who went to Ivy League colleges and are academicians in India. We are working on gathering stories from these great minds. This is the podcast for you if you are currently pursuing or have completed engineering. If you haven't studied engineering, this podcast is still for you, as we will dwell deep into various industries and sectors such as finance, technology, supply chain, manufacturing, chemical, education, and a lot more. Each journey is inspiring. Each story gives you an opportunity to learn something new. Extraordinary insights from not so ordinary people. Read more about What the HAT!? on the website: https://www.whatthehatpodcast.com SUBSCRIBE TO WHAT THE HAT!? Listen to What the HAT!? on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/what-the-hat-podcast Listen to What the HAT!? on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0JLZXaAgrIDtbxXVtqemWh Listen to What the HAT!? on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/what-the-hat/id1513959425 Listen to What the HAT!? on Google Podcast: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8yMWFkMDA5MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw%3D%3D All other streaming platforms: https://linktr.ee/whatthehat/ FOLLOW US Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatthehatpodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/WTHATPodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhatTheHatPodcast/
45:41
January 9, 2021
Kripa Jalan discusses starting Burgers to Beasts to create awareness on holistic health & her personal fitness journey | 25
About the guest: Kripa Jalan is the founder of Burgers to Beasts that helps people live a balanced lifestyle. Kripa believes that there is a lot more to fitness than just losing weight and a lot of factors play into your decisions with food. At Burgers to Beasts, they consider all these factors in helping you build a holistic lifestyle. In this episode, we go over Kripa’s personal journey and her fight against her deep-rooted fear of food, how she started creating awareness around health and fitness through her blog, and why she decided to pursue a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University! Kripa believes in providing this education to the masses and is hoping to achieve this goal through Burgers to Beasts. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kripa-jalan/ Burgers to Beasts: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT7nRY3itUKoPY_wq63Ss_w Book a Session: https://www.burgerstobeasts.com/ Key Insights in this Episode: Kripa’s journey against anorexia [2:00] Starting Burgers to Beasts [7:35] Tips on building healthy habits as part of your routine [13:30] Education in Harvard - Masters in Public Health [20:37] ------------------------------------------------------------------- Timestamps: [02:00] Kripa’s Journey and dealing with anorexia [07:35] Starting Burgers to Beasts blog [10:22] Burgers to Beasts as a company [13:30] Top 5 tips for people starting their fitness journey [17:30] Social Media as a double-edged sword [20:37] Education at Harvard - Masters in Public Health [25:15] Harvard Experience and community [28:28] Lifestyle RX - Podcast [32:30] Why is sugar bad for you? How to deal with sugar? [37:55] Tips for nutritionist - pursuing this as a career [40:45] TOP 3
43:39
January 2, 2021
WTH!? - Year-end Special (Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!) 🎅🏼🎄🎆🎇
We wanted to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and  Happy Holidays!  This year has been the best and worst of the years. But we wanted to thank each and every one of you who has helped us grow and develop this year.  Thank you for your constant support in listening to our episodes. We really appreciate it!    Best,  Hiloni Punatar: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hilonip/  Atit Kothari: https://kothariatit.com/  Tapan Desai: https://tapandesai.com
26:58
December 27, 2020
Khushboo Vaidya talks about starting Boarding Pass for Success and helping students develop a career path through webinars and interviews | 24
About the guest: Khushboo Vaidya is a STEM Career Consultant, speaker, and founder of Boarding Pass For Success. Being an engineer herself, she takes initiatives to inspire students on how to develop an application based approach towards engineering and has conducted seminars for over 4000 students.   She also collaborates with researchers and engineers around the world with a profile of MIT, Stanford, Google, iRobot among others, and interviews them to provide quality guidance to students on her YouTube channel. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/khushboo-vaidya-pmp-80230949/  Boarding Pass For Success YouTube channel - Interviews and LIVE Webinars of engineers and researchers from diverse STEM fields like Robotics, Computational Neuroscience, Data Science, AI, and many more, through which students can get access to valuable insights regarding the field, job market, industry requirements, lessons learned from experience and much more. Boarding Pass for Success YT: https://www.youtube.com/c/BoardingPassForSuccess/videos  Website: www.boardingpass.life  Key Insights in this Episode: Why pursue a Master's in Canada? [02:00] The Idea behind starting Boarding Pass for Success [17:40] Why should you get advice directly from people working in the field? [27:00] ------------------------------------------------------------------- Timestamps: [02:00] Why Masters in Canada? [05:35] Masters Program at the University of Waterloo [09:26] Program length and break up of the course [10:50] Time at Blackberry [12:45] Layoff and starting a new job at Brock Solutions [14:15] Brock Solutions - Software Testing Specialist [17:40] Starting Boarding Pass for Success [27:00]  Get career advice from people who are working in that field [28:45] STEM Career Counselling - most important lessons (initially everyone is clueless, whatever you do in college will help you in future, transferable skills are key, understand the expectations) [33:05] Canada vs. the USA - Education [38:45] Boarding Pass Consulting Service - Collaborators [39:20] Top 3 -------------------------------------- SUBSCRIBE TO WHAT THE HAT!? Listen to What the HAT!? on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/what-the-hat-podcast Listen to What the HAT!? on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0JLZXaAgrIDtbxXVtqemWh Listen to What the HAT!? on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/what-the-hat/id1513959425 Listen to What the HAT!? on Google Podcast: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8yMWFkMDA5MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw%3D%3D All other streaming platforms: https://linktr.ee/whatthehat/
43:48
December 19, 2020
Yudi J on running a YouTube channel, living the American Dream and software management | 23
About Guest: Special guest this week is a software team manager and YouTuber, coming from a humble background in India to living the American dream and having a successful YouTube channel with 93K + followers YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu6WUWDl9tx7bn2e8jy7sNw Key Insights in this Episode: Strategies to use in Career Fair [8:00] Leading a software team [11:00] Should you become a YouTuber? [26:00] Timestamps: [00:00] Introduction [00:30] Why go for masters? [04:05] Why California State University, Chico? [07:00] Starting an Indian Club in the University [08:00] Strategies to use in Career Fair [11:00] Software Management [14:00] Life as a YouTuber [19:00] Strategies for Content Creation [22:00] How to keep yourself motivated while creating content? [26:00] Should you become a YouTuber? [31:00] What’s next for Yudi? [32:00] Resources to learn storytelling [35:00] Advice to younger self [36:00] TOP 3 About What the HAT!? We are three friends who met in our engineering college catching up with our old friends and acquaintances in this show. Each guest has a different journey, different story, and different insights.  We are connecting and learning from people who have carved their journeys from creating funded startups in India to key roles in big companies. We are talking to people who went to Ivy League colleges and are academicians in India. We are working on gathering stories from these great minds. This is the podcast for you if you are currently pursuing or have completed engineering. If you haven't studied engineering, this podcast is still for you, as we will dwell deep into various industries and sectors such as finance, technology, supply chain, manufacturing, chemical, education, and a lot more. Each journey is inspiring. Each story gives you an opportunity to learn something new. Extraordinary insights from not so ordinary people. Read more about What the HAT!? on the website: https://www.whatthehatpodcast.com SUBSCRIBE TO WHAT THE HAT!? Listen to What the HAT!? on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/what-the-hat-podcast Listen to What the HAT!? on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0JLZXaAgrIDtbxXVtqemWh Listen to What the HAT!? on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/what-the-hat/id1513959425 Listen to What the HAT!? on Google Podcast: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8yMWFkMDA5MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw%3D%3D All other streaming platforms: https://linktr.ee/whatthehat/ FOLLOW US Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatthehatpodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/WTHATPodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhatTheHatPodcast/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/whatthehat/ Website: https://www.whatthehatpodcast.com/contact-us/
43:41
December 12, 2020
Viram Shah talks about pursuing an MBA in the US and starting his own company, Vested, to let investors invest in US Stocks | 22
About the guest:  Electronics and telecom Engineer, an ex-investment banker at JP Morgan, and an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Viram Shah has done it all.  And now, Viram is democratizing international investing as the co-founder and CEO at Vested. Vested is an online platform that aims to simplify US stock investing, first for Indian investors and eventually for other parts of the world. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/viram-shah/  Vested: https://vested.co.in/ Key Insights in this Episode: Learning as an Investment Banker [03:05] Completing an MBA in the US and the application process [05:40] The Vested Story - how are people outside of the US able to invest in US stocks? [10:53]  ------------------------------------------------------------------- Timestamps: [00:00] Introduction  [01:20] Taking up a job after undergrad [03:05] Job as an Investment Banker at J. P. Morgan [05:40] MBA in the US after working in India [08:20] US MBA application process - lessons learned [10:53] Experience at UC Berkley [13:30] The idea behind Vested [17:35] The Vested journey  [21:25] Why Vested was started? [23:40] Why is Vested VC driven? The process of onboarding VCs [28:00] Advice for entrepreneurs  [32:00] What’s next for Vested? [34:20] The technology skepticism barrier in India for FinTech Industry [36:38] TOP 3  ------------------------------------------------------------------ About What the HAT!? We are three friends who met in our engineering college catching up with our old friends and acquaintances in this show. Each guest has a different journey, different story, and different insights.  We are connecting and learning from people who have carved their journeys from creating funded startups in India to key roles in big companies. We are talking to people who went to Ivy League colleges and are academicians in India. We are working on gathering stories from these great minds.  This is the podcast for you if you are currently pursuing or have completed engineering. If you haven't studied engineering, this podcast is still for you, as we will dwell deep into various industries and sectors such as finance, technology, supply chain, manufacturing, chemical, education, and a lot more.  Each journey is inspiring. Each story gives you an opportunity to learn something new. Extraordinary insights from not so ordinary people.   Read more about What the HAT!? on the website: https://www.whatthehatpodcast.com SUBSCRIBE TO WHAT THE HAT!? Listen to What the HAT!? on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/what-the-hat-podcast Listen to What the HAT!? on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0JLZXaAgrIDtbxXVtqemWh Listen to What the HAT!? on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/what-the-hat/id1513959425 Listen to What the HAT!? on Google Podcast: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8yMWFkMDA5MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw%3D%3D All other streaming platforms: https://linktr.ee/whatthehat/ FOLLOW US Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatthehatpodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/WTHATPodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhatTheHatPodcast/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/whatthehat/  Website: https://www.whatthehatpodcast.com/contact-us/
41:32
December 5, 2020
Mitali Parekh on pursuing an MBA and her experience in sales, marketing, and innovation roles in the Indian FMCG industry | 21
About the guest: Mitali is an Engineer turned Entrepreneur turned Marketer. But always a consumer-first innovator. Mitali has 6 years of experience in the Indian FMCG industry spanning across sales, marketing & innovation roles. She is currently leading innovation for Pampers brand within the baby care category in India for P&G.  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mitaliparekh/  Key Insights in this Episode: • Should you pursue an MBA directly after graduation or gain experience first? [05:55] • Does experience matter when you’re applying for a job after MBA? [10:40] • Skills that you need to land a job [30:00]  ------------------------------------------------------------------- Timestamps: [00:50] Journey from Engineering to a start-up and start-up to MBA [05:55] Should you pursue an MBA directly after graduation or gain experience first? [10:40] Does experience matter when you’re applying for a job after the MBA? [13:35] Landing a job by participating in a competition in college  [17:50] Mitali’s current role [30:00] Skills Mitali looks for in a candidate applying for a job [34:13] Sales to Marketing switch  [43:14] TOP 3  [51:45] Gender equality  ------------------------------------------------------------------ About What the HAT!? We are three friends who met in our engineering college catching up with our old friends and acquaintances in this show. Each guest has a different journey, different story, and different insights.  We are connecting and learning from people who have carved their journeys from creating funded startups in India to key roles in big companies. We are talking to people who went to Ivy League colleges and are academicians in India. We are working on gathering stories from these great minds.  This is the podcast for you if you are currently pursuing or have completed engineering. If you haven't studied engineering, this podcast is still for you, as we will dwell deep into various industries and sectors such as finance, technology, supply chain, manufacturing, chemical, education, and a lot more.  Each journey is inspiring. Each story gives you an opportunity to learn something new. Extraordinary insights from not so ordinary people.   Read more about What the HAT!? on the website: https://www.whatthehatpodcast.com SUBSCRIBE TO WHAT THE HAT!? Listen to What the HAT!? on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/what-the-hat-podcast Listen to What the HAT!? on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0JLZXaAgrIDtbxXVtqemWh Listen to What the HAT!? on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/what-the-hat/id1513959425 Listen to What the HAT!? on Google Podcast: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8yMWFkMDA5MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw%3D%3D All other streaming platforms: https://linktr.ee/whatthehat/  FOLLOW US Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatthehatpodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/WTHATPodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhatTheHatPodcast/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/whatthehat/  Website: https://www.whatthehatpodcast.com/contact-us/
43:45
November 30, 2020
Jimeet Sanghavi on pursuing higher studies during COVID-19 and advice for engineering students on how to build a portfolio | 20
About the guest: Jimeet is a math tutor, a production stage back-hand, a disaster relief volunteer, a karateka, an IT Analyst, a Financial Developer, A Project Manager, a Key Account Manager, a Business Partner, A Director - Jimeet has played diverse roles in his career path till date. Currently working on providing Career Counselling & Test Preparation Coaching & Advice to students and leveraging technology to build products to help students. Has counseled over 10000 students to date. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimeetsanghavi/ College Pond: https://collegepond.com/ Key Insights in this Episode: How to select the right master's program? [04:00] Which country is currently best suited in the current climate? [06:40] Key metric universities look for in students [22:00] When is the right time to pursue a master's degree? [28:00] ------------------------------------------------------------------- Timestamps: [00:00] College Admissions Process in the late 2000s [04:00] How to select the right master's program? [06:40] Which country is currently best suited in the current climate? [15:30] Jimeet Sir’s personal journey [20:00] Day-to-day [22:00] Advice for engineering students on how to build a portfolio [26:00] How peer pressure is playing a role among students [28:00] When is the right time to pursue a master's degree? [31:00] Leveraging technology to bring collegepond alumni closer to students [35:00] Top 3
37:09
November 21, 2020
NEW SHOW ALERT: Cold Brew Money!
About Cold Brew Money: We talk about money because your friends and family won't. In this podcast, two friends figure out money as they reach their late-20s. Atit and Tapan have learned by reading books, listening to podcasts, watching videos, and making mistakes. They are here to discuss these ideas with everyone. There is a stigma around the topic of money, people don't want to discuss finance. We believe it's important to not only discuss finance but also master it. We will be talking about budgeting, scheduling, investing in stocks, bonds, index funds, valuation, and a lot more all while sipping on coffee! Twitter: https://twitter.com/coldbrewmoney Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coldbrewmoney/ Apple Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cold-brew-money/id1519033586?uo=4 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6JGA2DhWwEXaZaSQGXTnyD
27:37
November 19, 2020
Diwali Special
Happy Diwali! About What the HAT!? We are three friends who met in our engineering college catching up with our old friends and acquaintances in this show. Each guest has a different journey, different story, and different insights.  We are connecting and learning from people who have carved their journeys from creating funded startups in India to key roles in big companies. We are talking to people who went to Ivy League colleges and are academicians in India. We are working on gathering stories from these great minds. This is the podcast for you if you are currently pursuing or have completed engineering. If you haven't studied engineering, this podcast is still for you, as we will dwell deep into various industries and sectors such as finance, technology, supply chain, manufacturing, chemical, education, and a lot more. Each journey is inspiring. Each story gives you an opportunity to learn something new. Extraordinary insights from not so ordinary people. Read more about What the HAT!? on the website: https://www.whatthehatpodcast.com SUBSCRIBE TO WHAT THE HAT!? Listen to What the HAT!? on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/what-the-hat-podcast Listen to What the HAT!? on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0JLZXaAgrIDtbxXVtqemWh Listen to What the HAT!? on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/what-the-hat/id1513959425 Listen to What the HAT!? on Google Podcast: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8yMWFkMDA5MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw%3D%3D FOLLOW US Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatthehatpodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/WTHATPodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhatTheHatPodcast/ Website: https://www.whatthehatpodcast.com/contact-us/
10:55
November 14, 2020
Jayam Vora on co-Founding Fitternity, helping 11.5 million app users to get fit, and advise for budding entrepreneurs! | 19
About the guest: A fitness enthusiast and a go-getter by nature, entrepreneur Jayam Vora is the Co-Founder and COO of Fitternity, India’s first and largest marketplace and booking platform for fitness services. Starting his career with a technology start-up in the healthcare space. Jayam has spent the last 7 years understanding and working towards solving challenges faced by the Indian user in their pursuit towards a healthier lifestyle. He aims to use technology and innovation to help leapfrog India’s fragmented & under-explored fitness industry to a mature integrated fitness ecosystem. About Fitternity: Fitternity is the largest managed marketplace and service provider in Asia for fitness and well-being services.   Having catered to over 11.5 Million users, Fitternity is operating a network of 12,000+ fitness centers & gyms in India. Fitternity also runs an innovative subscription business - providing users access to all of their network of 12,000+ fitness centers, swimming pools, spas, nutrition counseling, and other wellness services under one membership called OnePass. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jayam-vora-00169565/ Fitternity: https://www.fitternity.com/ Key Insights in this Episode: The Beginning of Fitternity? [04:00] Making Decisions as a Founder [24:00] Business Models and Raising $8.5 million [28:00] Advice for Entrepreneurs and Lessons Learned [40:00] ------------------------------------------------------------------- Timestamps: [00:00] Entrepreneurial journey [02:00] Start of Fitternity [07:30] Biggest challenge in starting Fitternity [13:20] Fitternity and its competitors [16:15] Working with your Co-founder [17:20] Growing Fitternity and monitoring growth [20:00] Learning while working for a startup [24:00] How do you make decisions? [28:00] Investors and business models (raising $8.5 million) [32:00] What’s next in the fitness industry? [40:00] Advice for Entrepreneurs [46:00] Top 3
51:12
November 7, 2020
Prajit Nair on the UPSC exams, life as an IAS officer and appreciating simpler things in life | 18
About the guest: Prajit Nair is an Engineer turned IAS officer who secured Rank 87 in his UPSC exam in his third attempt and now working as a bureaucrat under the role of the assistant collector in Maharashtra's Dhanu region. His key to cracking UPSC Exam: https://blog.forumias.com/ias-rank-87-prajit-nair-kerela-3rd-attempt-detailed-strategy-with-notes-handouts/ His cat (Mushu’s account) https://www.instagram.com/mushu_cn/ Key Insights in this Episode: Reason to choose Civil service as a career option (5.00) UPSC Exam preparation journey (10.00) Role of an IAS officer (15.00) Right attitude to crack the UPSC exam (30.00) Career journey in public service (35.00) ------------------------------------------------------------------- Timestamps: [2:00] Why IAS [5:00 ] UPSC exam structure [10:00] Exam preparation journey [15:00] Roles and Responsibilities currently [30:00] Right attitude to crack UPSC [35:00] Career journey ahead [40:00] Top 3 ------------------------------------------------------------------ About What the HAT!? We are three friends who met in our engineering college catching up with our old friends and acquaintances in this show. Each guest has a different journey, different story, and different insights.  We are connecting and learning from people who have carved their journeys from creating funded startups in India to key roles in big companies. We are talking to people who went to Ivy League colleges and are academicians in India. We are working on gathering stories from these great minds. This is the podcast for you if you are currently pursuing or have completed engineering. If you haven't studied engineering, this podcast is still for you, as we will dwell deep into various industries and sectors such as finance, technology, supply chain, manufacturing, chemical, education, and a lot more. Each journey is inspiring. Each story gives you an opportunity to learn something new. Extraordinary insights from not so ordinary people. Read more about What the HAT!? on the website: https://www.whatthehatpodcast.com SUBSCRIBE TO WHAT THE HAT!? Listen to What the HAT!? on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/what-the-hat-podcast Listen to What the HAT!? on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0JLZXaAgrIDtbxXVtqemWh Listen to What the HAT!? on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/what-the-hat/id1513959425 Listen to What the HAT!? on Google Podcast: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8yMWFkMDA5MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw%3D%3D FOLLOW US Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatthehatpodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/WTHATPodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhatTheHatPodcast/ Website: https://www.whatthehatpodcast.com/contact-us/
43:53
October 31, 2020
Dr. Hari Vasudevan talks about leadership, education in pandemic and spirituality | 17
About the guest: Dr. Hari Vasudevan is the Principal of Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal’s Dwarkadas J. Sanghvi College of Engineering, Mumbai, an Autonomous Institution affiliated to the University of Mumbai, He has been working as the Principal of the college since February 2009. He has over 27 years of experience in teaching and has published more than 130 Research papers in International Journals and 4 design patents registered under his name. 8 students have so far received their Ph.D. degrees under his guidance. He is currently guiding 3 more Ph.D. students. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-hari-vasudevan-723a4b15/ Key Insights in this Episode: Becoming an effective leader  [10:00] Difference between Indian and US education environment [20:00] How to get started in data science?[39:00] How has the pandemic affected students[57:00] ------------------------------------------------------------------- Timestamps: [0:00] Why teaching? [3:00 ] Before DJ [10:40] Shift from pre-internet to online learning [20:00] Day-to-day [30:00] Autonomy of DJ [36:00] Spiritual Journey [48:00] Top 3 [53:00] Rapid Fire ------------------------------------------------------------------ About What the HAT!? We are three friends who met in our engineering college catching up with our old friends and acquaintances in this show. Each guest has a different journey, different story, and different insights.  We are connecting and learning from people who have carved their journeys from creating funded startups in India to key roles in big companies. We are talking to people who went to Ivy League colleges and are academicians in India. We are working on gathering stories from these great minds. This is the podcast for you if you are currently pursuing or have completed engineering. If you haven't studied engineering, this podcast is still for you, as we will dwell deep into various industries and sectors such as finance, technology, supply chain, manufacturing, chemical, education, and a lot more. Read more about What the HAT!? on the website: https://www.whatthehatpodcast.com SUBSCRIBE TO WHAT THE HAT!? Listen to What the HAT!? on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/what-the-hat-podcast Listen to What the HAT!? on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0JLZXaAgrIDtbxXVtqemWh Listen to What the HAT!? on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/what-the-hat/id1513959425 Listen to What the HAT!? on Google Podcast: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8yMWFkMDA5MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw%3D%3D FOLLOW US Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatthehatpodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/WTHATPodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhatTheHatPodcast/ Website: https://www.whatthehatpodcast.com/contact-us/
54:59
October 24, 2020
In conversation with What the HAT!? | Season 1 Wrap Up | 16
Help us improve the show by filling out this survey (It will take less than 2 mins, promise):  https://forms.gle/kgKXi66eM3gYwpdp8   Download The Podcast Cheatsheet here:  https://www.whatthehatpodcast.com/   About What the HAT!?  We are three friends who met in our engineering college catching up with our old friends and acquaintances in this show.  Each guest has a different journey, different story, and different insights.  We are connecting and learning from people who have carved their journeys from creating funded startups in India to key roles in big companies. We are talking to people who went to Ivy League colleges and are academicians in India. We are working on gathering stories from these great minds.    This is the podcast for you if you are currently pursuing or have completed engineering. If you haven't studied engineering, this podcast is still for you, as we will dwell deep into various industries and sectors such as finance, technology, supply chain, manufacturing, chemical, education, and a lot more.  Each journey is inspiring. Each story gives you an opportunity to learn something new.  Extraordinary insights from not so ordinary people.    Read more about What the HAT!? on the website:  https://www.whatthehatpodcast.com   SUBSCRIBE TO WHAT THE HAT!?  Listen to What the HAT!? on  Anchor: https://anchor.fm/what-the-hat-podcast  Listen to What the HAT!? on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0JLZXaAgrIDtbxXVtqemWh  Listen to What the HAT!? on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/what-the-hat/id1513959425  Listen to What the HAT!? on Google Podcast: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8yMWFkMDA5MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw%3D%3D   FOLLOW US  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatthehatpodcast/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/WTHATPodcast  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhatTheHatPodcast/  Website: https://www.whatthehatpodcast.com/contact-us/
28:01
August 15, 2020
Chirag Mandot talks about Leadership, Data Science, and Education system in India | 15
About the guest: After graduating from D. J. Sanghvi College of Engineering, Chirag went to the US to pursue his Masters in Computer Science from Stony Brook University. After graduating he joined Aunalytics as a data scientist and now he is the Director of Data Science there. Chirag recently moved back to India to work in the education field. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ichiragmandot/ Key Insights in this Episode: Becoming an effective leader  [10:00] Difference between Indian and US education environment [20:00] How to get started in data science?[39:00] How has the pandemic affected students[57:00] ------------------------------------------------------------------- Timestamps: [0:00] Why engineering? [6:30 ] Robo wars [8:00] Easy solution Story [10:00] Effective leadership [12:40] Why Masters and STONY Brooks [16:00] Transition from Mumbai to US [20:00] Difference between Indian and US education environment [23:00] Living in a small US town [24:00] Data Science + Aunalytics [27:00] Working at Aunalytics [31:00] Aunalytics [34:00] How to apply insights from data and make a business decision [36:00] What is a data scientist? [39:00] How to get started in data science? [42:00] Day-to-day [46:00] Mayak Tutorials [51:00] Advice for people just starting out [56:00] Near future plans [57:00] How has the pandemic affected students [61:00] Next generation of students [66:00] Top 3 [73:00] Rapid Fire [82:00] NTO ------------------------------------------------------------------ About What the HAT!? We are three friends who met in our engineering college catching up with our old friends and acquaintances in this show. Each guest has a different journey, different story, and different insights.  We are connecting and learning from people who have carved their journeys from creating funded startups in India to key roles in big companies. We are talking to people who went to Ivy League colleges and are academicians in India. We are working on gathering stories from these great minds. This is the podcast for you if you are currently pursuing or have completed engineering. If you haven't studied engineering, this podcast is still for you, as we will dwell deep into various industries and sectors such as finance, technology, supply chain, manufacturing, chemical, education, and a lot more. Each journey is inspiring. Each story gives you an opportunity to learn something new. Extraordinary insights from not so ordinary people. Read more about What the HAT!? on the website: https://www.whatthehatpodcast.com SUBSCRIBE TO WHAT THE HAT!? Listen to What the HAT!? on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/what-the-hat-podcast Listen to What the HAT!? on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0JLZXaAgrIDtbxXVtqemWh Listen to What the HAT!? on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/what-the-hat/id1513959425 Listen to What the HAT!? on Google Podcast: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8yMWFkMDA5MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw%3D%3D
01:31:27
August 8, 2020
Sujen Shah talks about working at NASA, Data Science, and Space Force | 14
About the guest: After graduating from D. J. Sanghvi College of Engineering, Sujen went to the US to pursue his Masters in Computer Science from the University of Southern California. He joined NASA's JPL as a data scientist. His work enables authorities to catch bad actors like human traffickers. The tools he is developing can also be used by scientists and researchers around the globe to predict crop output and real-estate prices. In his free-time, Sujen spends his time watching documentaries and listening to podcasts. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sujenshah/ Key Insights in this Episode: Landing internship at NASA [22:00] How data science can catch human traffickers [29:30] How to become a data scientist [34:40] Tips on how to network at conferences [43:00] ------------------------------------------------------------------- Timestamps: [0:00] Why engineering? [4:00 ] Working in festivals and lessons learned [6:40] Startup: I love Expressions [11:50] IIT Internship [14:30] Why Masters and USC? [16:44] Difference between education in India and US [22:24] Landing internship at NASA [26:20] JPL [29:30] Practical application of Sujen’s work [31:00] Immigrants and NASA [34:40] Tools recommendation for data scientist [36:30] What’s next + thoughts on space force [40:00] Day-to-day [41:00] Tips on how to network at conferences [46:20] Top 3 [53:00] Rapid Fire [60:00] NTO ------------------------------------------------------------------ About What the HAT!? We are three friends who met in our engineering college catching up with our old friends and acquaintances in this show. Each guest has a different journey, different story, and different insights.  We are connecting and learning from people who have carved their journeys from creating funded startups in India to key roles in big companies. We are talking to people who went to Ivy League colleges and are academicians in India. We are working on gathering stories from these great minds. This is the podcast for you if you are currently pursuing or have completed engineering. If you haven't studied engineering, this podcast is still for you, as we will dwell deep into various industries and sectors such as finance, technology, supply chain, manufacturing, chemical, education, and a lot more. Each journey is inspiring. Each story gives you an opportunity to learn something new. Extraordinary insights from not so ordinary people. Read more about What the HAT!? on the website: https://www.whatthehatpodcast.com *SUBSCRIBE TO WHAT THE HAT!?* Listen to What the HAT!? on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/what-the-hat-podcast Listen to What the HAT!? on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0JLZXaAgrIDtbxXVtqemWh Listen to What the HAT!? on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/what-the-hat/id1513959425 Listen to What the HAT!? on Google Podcast: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8yMWFkMDA5MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw%3D%3D
01:09:29
August 1, 2020
Archana Iyer talks about future of Mixed Reality, HoloLens, and the art of improv theatre | 13
About the guest:  Archana Iyer, after her graduation D. J. Sanghvi College of Engineering, completed her Masters in Information Technology at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). She went on to join Microsoft as a Software Engineer and is currently working with the Mixed Reality team. She is working on the Microsoft HoloLens 2 product.   She is a programmer by the day and an improv artist at night. She performs in theatres and does open-mic in the Seattle area (check her out!). Archana also volunteers with Microsoft to help underprivileged girls learn how to code.    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/archanaiyer4/  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Key Insights in this Episode:   Cracking the interview process at Microsoft and interview advice for graduate students [15:34]  Future of Mixed Reality technology [24:34]  Discussing HoloLens 2 and its use cases [34:03]  Art of improv and its application at work [39:55] 
59:52
July 25, 2020
Pooja Ghadiali shares tips for Master students, on joining family business, and sexism in Indian workplace | 12
After graduating from D. J. Sanghvi College of Engineering, Pooja went to the US to pursue her Masters in Information Systems from Kelley School of Business in Indiana.   She joined the Deloitte Consulting Risk and Governance team in Indiana as a consultant and worked there for a year. However, after the brief stint, she decided to move back to India and work on her family business.  She currently works as a Director for R-Tech Products & Packaging that specializes in plastic products and packaging.  In her free-time, Pooja spends her time watching TV (she is a serial-TV show viewer) and writing stories on her Instagram page, Snug Story.    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/poojaghadiali/  R-Tech Products & Packaging: https://rtechp.net/  Snug Story: https://www.instagram.com/snugstory/   Key Insights in this Episode:   Tips for students applying for their Masters [11:12]  Life in the USA and the aspect of loneliness that people don’t talk about [23:00]  Transition to India from the US and the “reverse” culture-shock [26:05]  Issue of sexism in the Indian workforce [34:50]
01:01:33
July 18, 2020
Special: Tapan Desai talks about his Coronavirus story
Our friend, Tapan, recently got tested positive for Coronavirus. In this episode, he shares his experience fighting the virus, spending time in isolation in the hospital, and steps people can take to safeguard you and your family's health.   Read his story here: http://tapandesai.com/coronavirus-story  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/desaitapan_/  Persistent Symptoms in Patients After Acute COVID-19: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2768351 About What the HAT!? We are three friends who met in our engineering college catching up with our old friends and acquaintances in this show. Each guest has a different journey, different story, and different insights.  We are connecting and learning from people who have carved their journeys from creating funded startups in India to key roles in big companies. We are talking to people who went to Ivy League colleges and are academicians in India. We are working on gathering stories from these great minds. This is the podcast for you if you are currently pursuing or have completed engineering. If you haven't studied engineering, this podcast is still for you, as we will dwell deep into various industries and sectors such as finance, technology, supply chain, manufacturing, chemical, education, and a lot more. Each journey is inspiring. Each story gives you an opportunity to learn something new. Extraordinary insights from not so ordinary people. -> Read more about What the HAT!? on the website: https://www.whatthehatpodcast.com *SUBSCRIBE TO WHAT THE HAT!?* Listen to What the HAT!? on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/what-the-hat-podcast Listen to What the HAT!? on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0JLZXaAgrIDtbxXVtqemWh Listen to What the HAT!? on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/what-the-hat/id1513959425 Listen to What the HAT!? on Google Podcast: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8yMWFkMDA5MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw%3D%3D *FOLLOW US* Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatthehatpodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/WTHATPodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhatTheHatPodcast/ Website: https://www.whatthehatpodcast.com/contact-us/ #WHATTHEHAT, #PODCAST, #HereAtDJSCE, #DJSCE, #EngineeringCollege
26:07
July 16, 2020
Prof. Mayur Parulekar talks about his teaching philosophy, impact of Coronavirus on students, and future of recruitment and college education | 11
About the guest: Professor Mayur Parulekar, a wandering, traveling soul has been teaching at D. J. Sanghvi College of Engineering for the past 10 years. Starting at 21 teaching a batch of engineering students who were exactly his age or some even older than him at that time. Professor Mayur Parulekar also enjoys traveling and reading in his free time. He believes that gaining knowledge and new information is one of the most important investments that anyone can make. He has explored from big international cities in Europe to small remote villages in India. He has seen it all! LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mayur-parulekar-7587b528/ D. J. Sanghvi College of Engineering: https://www.linkedin.com/school/djsce/ Introduction to Negotiation on Coursera: https://www.coursera.org/learn/negotiation Artificial Intelligence by Andrew NG on Coursera: https://www.coursera.org/learn/ai-for-everyone ------------------------------------------------------------------- Key Insights in this episode: Teaching philosophy and teaching as a profession Future of recruitment for college students Impact of Coronavirus on current and graduating students How graduates working in the industry can give back to their college ------------------------------------------------------------------- Timestamps: Teaching Philosophy-  2:15 - 2:42 Why Engineering and life in Engineering-  2:43 - 5:33 Life in DJ Masters - 5:34 - 8:00 Why select teaching over a mainstream job or MBA - 8:01 - 21:05 How to pick up on a new subject or topic and teach it - 21:06 - 24:40 Online Learning and Resources (Introduction to Negotiation, Tableau)   - 24:41 - 30:33 DJ as an autonomous college - 30:34 - 34:54 Future of Recruitment - 34:55 -  37:42 Education in Mumbai University (why is it so theoretical?) and future of education - 37:43 - 41:50 Why should alumni get back to school/colleges to help them out and what can they do - 41:51 -  45:22 Why is attendance mandatory in college? - 45:23 - 52:33 Impact of Coronavirus on education - 52:34 - 58:07 Tips for current and graduating students during a recession - 58:08 - 1:05:48 Mayur Parulekar outside of DJ, Passion for travel - 1:05:49 - 1:13:03 Top 3 - 1:13:04 - 1:21:39 Rapid Fire - 1:21:40 - 1:25:55 Not the Onion - 1:25:56 - 1:31:21
01:31:06
July 11, 2020
Dhaval Shroff talks about working with Elon Musk, Self-Driving Cars, Tesla, and Photography | 10
About the guest: Dhaval Shroff is a roboticist and a photographer. He has done his masters in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and works as an autopilot AI in Tesla motors for more than 6 years.  Key Insights in this Episode: Admission into Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) for Robotics Working at Tesla in computer vision AI space for self-driving team Future of self-driving cars especially in geographies like India Experience of working with Elon Musk Passion for photography LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dhavalshroff/ D. J. Sanghvi College of Engineering: https://www.linkedin.com/school/djsce/ Towards Data Science- https://towardsdatascience.com/  ------------------------------------------------------------------- Timestamps: Intro- 0:00- 3:00 Life in DJ - 03:00 - 8:30 Photography- 8:30-14:20 LinkedIn Story- 14:20-15:20 Robowars- 15:20-16:40 Road to masters- 16:40-20:00 DJ Festival- 20:00-21:40 Why masters- 21:40-23:30 The difference in education in India Vs US- 23:30-25:00 Tesla- 25:00-31:00 Trolley Problem- 31:00-32:22 Problem-solving approaches- 32:22 - 37 Self Driving + Neural networks- 37 - 38 Self Driving in India- 38 -  42.30 Advice to current students if they want to join self-driving team at TSLA- 42:30 - 45:00 Elon Musk - 45:00 - 48 Recommendation- 48 - 51 Top 3- 51-60 Rapid Fire- 60-63 Not the Onion- 63-69 Outro- 69-71 ------------------------------------------------------------------ About What the HAT!? We are three friends who met in our engineering college catching up with our old friends and acquaintances in this show.  Each guest has a different journey, different story, and different insights.  We are connecting and learning from people who have carved their journeys from creating funded startups in India to key roles in big companies. We are talking to people who went to Ivy League colleges and are academicians in India. We are working on gathering stories from these great minds.  This is the podcast for you if you are currently pursuing or have completed engineering. If you haven't studied engineering, this podcast is still for you, as we will dwell deep into various industries and sectors such as finance, technology, supply chain, manufacturing, chemical, education, and a lot more.  Each journey is inspiring. Each story gives you an opportunity to learn something new. Extraordinary insights from not so ordinary people.   Read more about What the HAT!? on the website: https://www.whatthehatpodcast.com *SUBSCRIBE TO WHAT THE HAT!?* Listen to What the HAT!? on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/what-the-hat-podcast Listen to What the HAT!? on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0JLZXaAgrIDtbxXVtqemWh Listen to What the HAT!? on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/what-the-hat/id1513959425 Listen to What the HAT!? on Google Podcast: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8yMWFkMDA5MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw%3D%3D *FOLLOW US* Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatthehatpodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/WTHATPodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhatTheHatPodcast/ Website: https://www.whatthehatpodcast.com/contact-us/ #WHATTHEHAT #PODCAST #DJSCE #ENGINEERING #TESLA #ROBOTICS #ELONMUSK #AI #SELFDRIVING #AUTOPILOT
01:07:26
July 4, 2020
Smit Shah talks about the future of drones in India, working on public policy, and startups | 9
About the guest:   Smit Shah is the Director of Partnerships at Drone Federation of India (#DFI).  He actively engages with the Ministry of Civil Aviation, India to advocate drone policy and works towards setting up of industry standards for ensuring safe and secure integration of manned and unmanned aviation.  Currently, during the #Coronavirus pandemic, Smit has founded the National Drone Rapid Response Force (#NDRRF), an initiative of the DFI which is a collective of #drone pilots across India to spread social-distancing awareness and help in lockdown monitoring.   After graduating from D. J. Sanghvi College of Engineering (#HereAtDJSCE), Smit worked with Germin8 as core team member of technology in the Social Intelligence powered customer care product which helps its partners stay connected with their customers for quick engagement using automated workflows for response on Social Media. Smit was also the co-founder of CheckApp which created #healthcare data-exchange protocol for on-demand access to clinical data across different healthcare service providers.  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/smitshah93in/   Drone Federation of India: http://dronefederation.in/   Digital Sky Initiative: https://digitalsky.dgca.gov.in/      -------------------------------------------------------------------   Key Insights in this episode: Life in College How working with different sets of people helps with leadership? How participating in activities outside of the curriculum could land you a job? Healthcare & Social Analytics Startup Disrupting the healthcare space Startup culture & working in robust roles Learning experiences in taking on diverse responsibilities  Drone Policy and Drone Federation Advocacy for drone policy Working in the public policy sector Regulations related to manufacturing and use of drones in India (#MakeInIndia) Future of drones in India #WHATTHEHAT #PODCAST #DJSCE #ENGINEERING #DRONES #DFI #DRONESININDIA #MAKEININDIA #DronesForGood
01:06:07
June 27, 2020
Natasha Kanchan on Investment Banking, MBA from Wharton, and a different approach to business startups | 8
About the guest: Natasha has an MBA from Wharton School of Business. She was an investment banking analyst for JP Morgan for 3 years. She currently operates her own business, Crimsonwave. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Key Insights in this episode: - Importance of participating in extracurricular activities in college - Working in Investment Banking - Getting into and pursuing MBA in an Ivy League College in the US - Breaking into a traditional cartel-like supply chain  industry in India ------------------------------------------------------------------- Timestamps: College : 00:00 - 10:24 Investment Banking: 10:24-16:30 JP Morgan: 16.30-21 How to get into an IVY league college: 21-29 Wharton: 29-39 Microsoft: 39-45 Transition to India+Crimson Wave:45-65:44 Advice for engineering students: 57-59 Top 3 Recommendations: 59-1:00:00 Rapid Fire: 1:01:00-1:06:00 Not the onion: 1:06:00-1:08:00 ------------------------------------------------------------------ About What the HAT!? We are three friends who met in our engineering college (D. J. Sanghvi College) catching up with our old friends and acquaintances in this show. Each guest has a different journey, different story, and different insights.  We are connecting and learning from people who have carved their journeys from creating funded startups in India to key roles in big companies. We are talking to people who went to Ivy League colleges and are academicians in India. We are working on gathering stories from these great minds. This is the podcast for you if you are currently pursuing or have completed engineering. If you haven't studied engineering, this podcast is still for you, as we will dwell deep into various industries and sectors such as finance, technology, supply chain, manufacturing, chemical, education, and a lot more. Each journey is inspiring. Each story gives you an opportunity to learn something new. Extraordinary insights from not so ordinary people. -> Read more about What the HAT!? on the website: https://www.whatthehatpodcast.com *SUBSCRIBE TO WHAT THE HAT!?* Listen to What the HAT!? on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/what-the-hat-podcast Listen to What the HAT!? on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0JLZXaAgrIDtbxXVtqemWh Listen to What the HAT!? on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/what-the-hat/id1513959425 Listen to What the HAT!? on Google Podcast: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8yMWFkMDA5MC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw%3D%3D *FOLLOW US* Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatthehatpodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/WTHATPodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhatTheHatPodcast/ Website: https://www.whatthehatpodcast.com/contact-us/ #WHATTHEHAT #PODCAST #DJSCE #ENGINEERING #MBA #CRIMSONWAVE
01:08:19
June 20, 2020
Prerak Sheth on losing 50lbs, sustainable fit lifestyle & motivation - Part 2 | What the HAT!? | 7
About the guest: Prerak is a self-improvement advocate who believes in making every day better than yesterday. He is also a cyber-strategy consultant with PwC and thinks that passion is overrated. Heavy lifting, meditation, and longevity are his new obsessions. After graduating from D. J. Sanghvi College of Engineering, Prerak worked as a consultant in India for a period of 2 years. He then went on to graduate from Univerity of Maryland College Park (UMCP) to complete his master's degree in Information Systems.  For the past year, Prerak has been working on building a healthy sustainable lifestyle. Due to which he has lost over 25 kgs. He believes in sharing this knowledge and has been training one person at a time to help them develop a healthier lifestyle. He is now working on motivating others through his Instagram and Twitter accounts to achieve the same! LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/preraksheth/ Prerak’s Fitness Journey / Train with Prerak: https://www.instagram.com/shethprerak/ Prerak's Twitter: https://twitter.com/shethprerak Calorie Calculator: https://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/macr...  ------------------------------------------------------------------- Key Insights in this episode (Part 2): What are macronutrients? Relationship between mentor and mentee How to motivate yourself everyday   #WHATTHEHAT #PODCAST #DJSCE #ENGINEERING #FITNESS #HEALTH #CONSULTING #CYBERSECURITY
48:19
June 13, 2020
Prerak Sheth on Consulting for BIG 4 firms, Masters in the US, and how to brand yourself for success - Part 1 | What the HAT!? | 6
About the guest: Prerak is a self-improvement advocate who believes in making every day better than yesterday. He is also a cyber-strategy consultant with PwC and thinks that passion is overrated. Heavy lifting, meditation, and longevity are his new obsessions. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/preraksheth/ Prerak’s Fitness Journey / Train with Prerak: https://www.instagram.com/shethprerak/ Calorie Calculator: https://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/macronutcal.htm ------------------------------------------------------------------- Key Insights in this episode (Part 1): Masters directly after college vs. Masters after work experience The difference in education between India and the US Importance of side hustle while doing Masters How to brand yourself for success Consulting for a BIG 4 firm ------------------------------------------------------------------- Timestamps: College : 00:00 - 11:00 After college ventures: 11:00 - 16:30 Working with EY India: 16:30-25:00 Masters in the USA: 25:00-29:00 Studying in Mumbai University: 29:00 - 36:30 Consulting for PwC - 37:00 - 42:00 #WHATTHEHAT #PODCAST #DJSCE #ENGINEERING #FITNESS #HEALTH #CONSULTING #CYBERSECURITY
43:38
June 6, 2020
Sumit Ranka on his co-working space startup, and its acquisition by OYO Rooms and on being Forbes 30 under 30 Asia - Part 2 | What the HAT!? | 5
Key Insights in this episode:  - Co-working space startup in India - Innov8 - Start-up incubation with Y Combinator and getting acquired by OYO Rooms - Innov8  - Being Forbes 30 under 30    -------------------------------------------------------------------   About the guest:  Sumit Ranka is the Founder CEO of ThinkPot, which is an online business selling happy & motivational merchandise. Previously, Sumit co-founded Innov8 - a co-working space provider (Sold to OYO rooms in 2019). While building products he is passionate about and heads the Operations, Supply Chain & Ecommerce at his family business KANFA - A one-stop supply solutions company based in India. Because of his incredible contribution as an entrepreneur, Sumit was awarded the Forbes 30 under 30 Asia recognition in 2018.  Apart from working on his businesses, Sumit is also a member of the Board of Studies (BoS) at NMIMS - School of Entrepreneurship & Family Business (PDSEFBM) and a member of the Departmental Advisory Board (DAB) for Electronics and Telecommunication at DJ Sanghvi College of Engineering.   LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sumit-ranka-69753532/ ThinkPot: https://thinkpot.com/
38:08
May 30, 2020
Sumit Ranka talks about Harvard School, starting an e-commerce startup called ThinkPot - Part 1 | What the HAT!? | 4
Key Insights in this episode:  - Studying at Harvard Summer School - Starting an e-commerce business in India - ThinkPot - Angel Investing in India  -------------------------------------------------------------------   About the guest:  Sumit Ranka is the Founder CEO of ThinkPot, which is an online business selling happy & motivational merchandise. Previously, Sumit co-founded Innov8 - a co-working space provider (Sold to OYO rooms in 2019). While building products he is passionate about and heads the Operations, Supply Chain & Ecommerce at his family business KANFA - A one-stop supply solutions company based in India. Because of his incredible contribution as an entrepreneur, Sumit was awarded the Forbes 30 under 30 Asia recognition in 2018.  Apart from working on his businesses, Sumit is also a member of the Board of Studies (BoS) at NMIMS - School of Entrepreneurship & Family Business (PDSEFBM) and a member of the Departmental Advisory Board (DAB) for Electronics and Telecommunication at DJ Sanghvi College of Engineering.   LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sumit-ranka-69753532/ ThinkPot: https://thinkpot.com/
55:26
May 30, 2020
Jainam Shah on 3rd Generation Business, Global Expansion and Balancing Goals | What the HAT!? | 3
Key Insights in this episode:   -  Transitioning into the family business  -  Technology challenges faced by small and medium enterprises in India  -  Expanding the business in the USA  -  Importance of having personal and professional goals  -------------------------------------------------------------------  Jainam Shah is the Managing Director at Western Rubbers. Western Rubbers manufacturers rubber products and sealing solutions to their clients.  After D. J. Sanghvi, Jainam joined his family business to bring on some key technological changes in his company. He also worked on his firm’s expansion in the US.      LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jainamshahwr/ Western Rubbers: https://www.westernrubbers-india.com/  
01:13:25
May 23, 2020
Virang Jhaveri talks about his journey leading a 5 crores funded startup | What the HAT!? | 2
Key Insights in this episode:   - The journey of starting your own company in India  - Future of home automation  - Entrepreneurship in India  - Start-up funding - Partnership  -------------------------------------------------------------------  About the guest:   Virang Jhaveri is the Co-founder and CEO of Picostone. After graduating from D. J. Sanghvi College of Engineering, Virang started his own company to make home automation simple and affordable.    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/virangjhaveri/    Picostone: https://www.picostone.com/  
53:31
May 23, 2020
Jay Shah Shares his Start-up Journey, Work at Facebook, and Side Hustles | What the HAT!? | 1
Key Insights in this episode:   - Masters in the USA  - Working for Facebook  - Entrepreneurship in India & USA  - Side Hustle   - Mindspace Meditations ------------------------------------------------------------------- Jay Shah is a software engineer at Facebook. After graduating from D. J. Sanghvi College of Engineering, Jay went to the US where he completed his Masters in Computer Science from the University of Southern California.    Hustler at heart, Jay Shah, is also the founder of Zest Solutions - a software consulting company. He is involved in the silicon valley start-up scene and helping early-stage start-up companies to go from ideation to execution.   His latest project is Mindspace Meditations where he is taking on the challenge of providing meditation courses to developing countries for free.    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jay-shah-77a98260/    Zest Solutions: http://zestsolutions.co/    Mindspace Meditations: http://mindspacemeditations.com/    Mindspace Meditations App Link: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mindspace-meditations/id1506535075?fbclid=IwAR2sujSP1TFznuh4CfZAlm8m5ZNyCWA-6icBba8kPz6ukamL-oDcO_SpHC8
49:33
May 23, 2020
What the HAT!? - Trailer
We are three friends who met in undergraduate college in 2010. We completed our engineering in Information Technology from D. J. Sanghvi College of Engineering. After graduating, we took separate paths in life, each of us doing their own thing. As we got a lot busier with life, we lost touch with each other and other closed ones. It’s a pretty generic story till now. Six years after grinding and hustling, we missed the conversations we had with our friends. These conversations in our college’s canteen were far deeper than we had realized at the time. We decided to get back together to connect with our old friends (and make new ones). We were hoping to talk to our friends and acquaintances to learn new things. Our friends who started with us but now have created their own ‘new’ path. Our classmates working in diverse industries across continents holding a varying degree of responsibility. Some of our friends are entrepreneurs. Family business was the path for some. A few of them are working a 9-to-5. Some of them are hustling on the side. Most of them have a hobby through which they are following their passion. We wanted to talk to each one of them – understand their journey, learn from their failures, chat with them just like we did in college. AND THUS, WHAT THE HAT!? WAS BORN. We decided to record these conversations and share them with others, so we all learn and grow together
00:43
May 16, 2020