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Silicon Beach Radio - Strange Destinations with Dan O’Grady


Jul 16, 2019

"I quit corporate life because I was getting really good at things that didn't make my pulse race, and was being paid so well that it was getting harder to leave every year...and my love for tech kept tugging at me."

Zubin according to Zubin.
About me:
(i) schooled in India, started practice there in the courts, before I moved to aviation leasing and corporate law.
ii) moved to Australia in 2007, as was placed here by an international law firm
iii) spent most of 2014 in Jakarta setting up a joint venture for my employers
iv) career change and did MBA in 2015 while working full time in channel strategy and new tech business dev
v) tried to launch two products of my own in that time, hiring out to devs etc. first one never got deployed, second one is an android app that I did not market and is still languishing in the Android Play Store, but is actually a cool idea
vi) quit corporate life because I was getting really good at things that didn't make my pulse race, and was being paid so well that it was getting harder to leave every year...and my love for tech kept tugging at me. So I jumped off the cliff and quit ...abruptly in 2017. hired a dev team and built www.whooshka.me for iOS, Android and the web.
vii) launched and did reasonably well, learned a LOT but no clear monetisation model
viii) this journey was also picked up by the FreeCodeCamp podcast, and by for TV on ThatStartupShow
viii) running out of $$ and savings so started to teach myself to code (second time !!)
xi) Currently work part-time as a coder at an early stage startup here in Melbourne.
x) have produced a Udemy course that helps anyone (especially people with established careers) put together a viable plan to learn to code. People can sign up here and if they mention "Silicon Beach Melbourne" or "Strange Destinations" I would be happy to give them the course at a substantial discount.

I blog occasionally - and recently contributed to the FreeCodeCamp blog (largest blog on medium), including on the mindset it takes to learn to code (esp when you're no longer a kid). Twitter: @ZubinPratap - is best to contact me.

linkedin.com/in/zubinpratap

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Your host, Dan O'Grady can be found on LinkedIn:
linkedin.com/in/danogradysimpateco
 
and at simpateco.com.au
 
Intro & outro music by Dan O'Grady