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Building a World-class Product with Micro-level Involvement in ~10 Client Projects, and Raising a Newborn

Published: 1 Jan 2022 | Last updated 5 January 2022
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Sounds rather exhausting, right?

Well, it was indeed exhausting! Many of the times but when I analyze what all I was able to accomplish in a year's time, I find every drop of sweat worthy. In this article, I want to look back and note what were the challenges thrown into the ways and how I turned them into an opportunity to learn and excel myself.

Building World-class Product

Techtud has been a part of my dream since 2010 when I registered this domain. However, it drifted from its path multiple times in order to achieve its short-term goals. It shaped itself as a GATE preparation platform during its early launch while there was also a time when we planned to provide it as a white-level solution. Finally, it has taken the path which I always imagined in my head. Techtud is now ready to take off as the social platform that helps the world teach, learn, inspire and grow without losing the rights to their data and audience.

I must come up with another article about my learning on building such a platform incrementally with a very lean team, but in the context of this article, I can say that I am immensely proud of my team who has kept patience throughout the time and trusted me through the product building journey. It is never easy to keep putting consistent effort if you have to wait for a long time to see the outcome. However, we changed our perception by breaking the goal into milestones

The beauty of the incremental approach is that you don't have to wait infinitely to see your efforts in action. We broke our goals into milestones, celebrated the completion of every milestone by seeing it in action while we kept dreaming about the end goal.

Today, Techtud is top in the class offering a wide variety of features and tools which can help organize the digital classrooms for any objective be it the replacement for the physical classroom, research groups, teaching Yoga and Music, conducting internship, or training and much more. Quite frankly, it's NOT an LMS, rather much more! It's everything you need to make your digital content delivery and community-building successful.

Managing Client Projects

Today, Techtud is top in the class offering a wide variety of features and tools which can help organize the digital classrooms for any objective be it the replacement for the physical classroom, research groups, teaching Yoga and Music, conducting internship, or training and much more. Quite frankly, it's NOT an LMS, rather much more! It's everything you need to make your digital content delivery and community-building successful.

Moreover, I won't be overstating if I say that I must be taking an additional 4 (at least) internal calls on a daily basis.

I take pride in saying that in spite of the challenges thrown to us due to the pandemic and the Great Resignation, we executed and delivered our projects smoothly. Honestly, there was no magic or coincidence, it was a simple result of the hard work done by my team.

Raising a Newborn

While I was in the middle of shaping Techtud to become what it is today, I was blessed with a baby girl, Ariadna. During the early days of the pregnancy, we realized that it is going to be a challenging one. The early tests identified that there was a high probability of Preeclampsia and hence a lot of extra precautions and frequent checkups were in order. Later (around the 26th week in utero) we discovered that the baby is not growing well due to placental insufficiency (which later was diagnosed as placenta increta). Now we were recommended to a hospital that has neonatal care where the team of doctors decided to wait for quite some time because the baby's lungs needed to be a little mature so that when she comes out she can breathe on her own.

Among everything stressful, it was very calming that Ariadna was very active inside the belly. As the baby was small, she could not fight the journey of natural birth and hence a c-section was performed on July 5th at the 38th-week gestation. Since she was only 1.81 Kg, we spent 12 days in the NICU before we came back home.

The last 6 months have been a roller coaster ride for us. Raising a baby is equivalent to two full-time jobs and especially in our case, Ariadna needed a lot of attention and care so that she can gain weight quickly. In this overdemanding situation, Ranita emerged as Super-Mom. While I took the charge of homemaking, she dedicated herself one hundred percent to taking care of Ariadna. In 5 months, Ariadna improved from less than 1 percentile to 11th percentile.

In between every personal hustle, I made sure that I am always available to support my team whenever and however they need me. I aligned (and still do) all my household chores with internal calls and asked participants to excuse me for making some noises. As it was my daily practice, once a colleague asked "Aap call pe hamesha bartan kyun dhote rahte ho? (Why are you always doing dishes on the call)". Now they all seem to have been adapted :D

While I am excited and hopeful to see what 2022 has to bring, but when I do a quick retro about 2021, I am grateful. Not just that I have become more efficient, managed, and productive, but in general I have become a better version of myself.

  • Pritam Prasun
  • @pritam
  • Senior editor at techtud

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