2020 W13 featuring Your Stack, Twitter lists, online board games, empty streets, and what I'm reading/watching.
Varadh's first podcast appearance
What if under 30 people start self-quratining at home prior to even getting tested?
Starting a new category called Scribbles where I write a little something daily; low-pressure, short, and likely half baked thoughts. Today's my birthday and it's been a whirlwind of a week leading up to it. From getting ready to go skiing with friends to self-isolating and cancelling the trip. It's been a hard week but… Continue reading 03/13/2020
Yes, $5k checks existed even on Uber's cap table.
I’m an operator exploring new ideas and investing in exceptional founders, usually pre-hype. Post investing, strive to be their first call until they’ve moved onto the next chapter. I've been an operator at startups for the last 4 years (mostrecently, Opendoor) focused on product, operations, and community. I’m always looking to chat with people who are… Continue reading 2020 January
Some thoughts on Christmas from a coffee shop. A lot of these are problems I’ve been thinking about or directly encountered. International Visa Management If you’re North American/European, this might not be as big a problem for you but if you’re not the process of getting visas is terrible.If anyone is building a plaid for… Continue reading Potential Startup Ideas for 2020
Books read by Varadh in 2019
Over the last couple of months I've moved away from leading a cross-functional team to doing IC work remotely (will be a separate post later). As I'm a little more distant from the business (geography & nature of what I've been spending time on for the last month or so) I was trying to articulate… Continue reading Thinking Critically: My Time at Opendoor
My experience at Vallea Lumina in Whistler, BC
Some of you might be familiar with a monthly hiking group that I organized for most of 2018. As a part of organizing anything you tend to get a good amount of requests, comments, and questions. For the hiking group, one of the common comments / requests has always been: "this hike looks so hard,… Continue reading Challenging Oneself – Hiking 🥾
For some time there have been Indian companies building SaaS products and selling it across the world (Zoho/Freshworks/etc.) but we're now starting to see global companies thinking about how to sell and price their products in India. While India's nowhere near the next top destination for selling SaaS in terms of short-term revenue opportunities, rough… Continue reading Crossborder SaaS
The best advice is the simplest. The simplest advice is the hardest to follow. This has roughly been my take away from the last week where I've been in and out of the hospital 🏥 on what I need to do to deal with my situation but also most health related ones: Sleep enough Eat… Continue reading Simple Advice for Good Health
Brain Food (Shane Parrish): Here is your weekly dose of Brain Food, a signal in a world full of noise. Breaking Smart (VGR): Seeking serendipity through technology Buried Reads (Morrils): Buried Reads for Startups is sent weekly on Saturday morning. It includes the best blog posts that week from founders and venture capitalists. We read… Continue reading May ’19: Interesting Newsletters I Subscribe To
When somebody mentions "audiobook" there's a high probability you'd probably think of the Amazon-owned entity, "Audible". I, too, did for the longest time. I didn't even think anyone else offered audiobooks. Plus, I've been on an Audible annual subscription for about two years now. Tweeting on something related to this, Jackson tweeted back basically saying:… Continue reading Switching from Audible to Scribd…^ Some Links Related to Audio
In H2 of 2017, at Opendoor we encountered a problem with came with a small threat: it could force us to shut down a market we operated in (low probability) but not nailing it might potentially disrupt or pause operations in all other states we were "live" in should it not be solved. It had… Continue reading Looking Back at a Succesful Project & Team
This week's definitely been one of the hardest I've had in a while as there's been a lot of changes in my day to day: living in India, inconsistent daily patterns, starting to work again though this time remotely and in the opposite timezone, a missing workouts, and trying to balance spending time with family,… Continue reading 2019-01: Finding a new daily routine
Two years ago, I had a deadline hanging over my head to find a new job and renew my visa. Two years ago, I walked into Opendoor SF for the first time with a new job and mostly afraid of how I’d fit into a 200-person company having just wrapped up an adventure at a… Continue reading Life Update: Two Years @ Opendoor
It’s been almost 2 years since I joined Opendoor and what an incredible ride it’s been. Looking at my notes from Nov-Dec’16, here’s the story. Starting things is my default, whether it was thinking about how to capitalize on the fish wire craze in middle school or starting companies with friends after college. So when… Continue reading Looking Back: How Did I End Up at Opendoor?
When on vacation a few weeks ago I was reflecting on what are some things I love about Opendoor and Transparency as a value rose to the top. Transparency has always seemed like one of those things that’s a no-brainer to follow and I'm grateful to see the steps we’ve taken at Opendoor to put… Continue reading Transparency at Startups: My Experience at Opendoor