I was born in a quiet and serene, hill-surrounded green valley of Imphal, Manipur (INDIA) and spent all my childhood-school-life, teenage-college-life there.
I believe in simplicity, minimalism, and have an ardent willingness to push the bounds, envisioning the betterment of usable and practical solutions.
I migrated to Bombay in 1999 to kick-start my professional career. Very soon I fell in love with the city, the speed and the pace at which things get done.
After job-hunting for a month, I landed my first job as a Computer Graphic Designer in a Comic Magazine Startup. As part of the test for the job, I was given a Floppy-Disk which contains the files to complete a graphic editing task. Without a computer at home, I went about an hour early for the Interview and finished the task at a 'cyber-cafe' nearby. Well, they were impressed with the task and my story on how I completed it. I started work the next week.
It was the Internet boom in India and the proliferation of the Internet was seen prominently. I really wanted to be part of that world. Within 6 months through my first job, I shifted my focus to the Online World - started reading lots of books, online resources and there was no turning back. By mid-2000, I had totally shifted my focus on to the Internet.
Early 2003, I resigned from a very lucrative job and started freelancing full-time. During those freelance days, I did a lot of interesting work and totally enjoyed every moment of it. I learned a lot from those experiences, made lots of friends and hitch some of the most rewarding relationships.
By 2005, I decided it was time to take the plunge and started our first company - Oinam Software Private Limited. We undertook some of the most innovative, sometimes very experimental work for clients, including but not limited to the likes of STARZ, Disney, Obeo, Ultrashock, Edition Interactive, Cambridge University Entrepreneurs, Tata Interactive Systems. We also worked for many Contractors who sub-contracted their work to us. We were, in fact, one of the best ghost developers to many successful Contractors.
In 2006, our team was acquired to become part of the founding team of Mixercast, Inc. It was an exciting experience, being part of a Startup and learning from it. Unfortunately, Mixercast was declared dead on December 31, 2009.
Mixercast allowed users to create embeddable slideshow widgets. Users could mix together both personal and licensed content.
In 2007, after spending a year with Mixercast, I started oCricket. After 2 years of operation, oCricket was acquired by InfinitelyBeta in June 2009. I was involved with the team in the making of the flagship product of Infinitely Beta - Paisa.com.
I've known Shanta since 1993. We met again in 2006 while she was an intern at Mixercast. We got married in July 2007. We got officially registered in Bombay on 07/07/2007.
I left InfinitelyBeta after Paisa went Beta in July 2010. After spending a few months contemplating on my next step, I took up something we started in 2004 for a client-turned-friend-turned-co-founder - LiveSpeedDating.
Back in 2004, we were able to successfully allow users to video-chat on the browser with no other plugins or downloads other than the built-in Flash Player powered by Adobe Media Server (erstwhile Flashcom, Flash Media Server) in the back-end. We had invested a lot of our time, effort and stack in it.
Unfortunately, it went into oblivion due to various reasons, some of the key reasons were:
I enrolled at the Founder Institute and graduated Levoma from the Winter 2010 Bay Area Semester (Nov-2010 to Feb-2011).
We shifted focus from the Web that started with LiveSpeedDating to Mobile and Levoma is now a Mobile Video Dating Service. We had quite a bit of trial, errors, and experiments in building a P2P Video Dating Mobile App. By late 2012, Levoma was acquired by Kamelot Kapital Pte Ltd, an Investment Firm with operations in Singapore, Bangalore, and London.
Levoma is a location-aware P2P Mobile Video Dating Service powered by Facebook.
LxiDD is a Kamelot Kapital initiative. It is a curated network of the best indie designers, developers, and creatives on the web, with exclusive access to top-shelf clients looking for the best talent.
I led the design and front-end engineering team at Razorfish Technologies, Bangalore, India. It was a challenging, interesting and very satisfying part of my career. In a year's time, I hired and train over 40+ proficient designers and developers. I trained them and taught best practices, standards of design and development.
I restructured, introduced tools and utilities, and started many initiatives in the company. Made it easy for employees to be more productive, spend quality time with their work. Introduced smooth communication methods, and patterns between clients and the team - made it easy to get things done.
Razorfish is one of the world's largest interactive agencies. Razorfish provides services including web development, media planning, and buying, technology and innovation, emerging media, analytics, mobile, advertising, creative, social influence marketing and search.
Along with a good friend, Saneef Ansari, our family started a Service Consultation Company - Alaris Prime. We work with interesting clients, and we try our best to make good money for our clients. While Saneef takes care of clients and their work, I continue to be an advisor.
We believe that software should be simple to use for humans. At the same time bringing higher returns on investment for businesses. We help you every step of the way in building beautiful and performant products.
I head Product and Designs at Mobisy.
I was drawn to the problem that Mobisy is trying to solve - be the Retail Intelligence Platform. Mobisy serves over 300 top consumer brands including global FMCG giants such as Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt-Benckiser, Coke, Pepsi, Mondelez and Hershey’s. Mobily’s products have over 150,000 users and reach 5 million retailers in India.