Focus On The Soft Skills and Read, Read, Read with Arpit Mohan

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Arpit Mohan

Arpit Mohan has always been fascinated by technology, from taking apart has Tamagotchi to creating a mobile game that went viral. He is the co-founder and CTO of Appsmith, an open-source project built by engineers for engineers. It is now used by more than 1,000 teams, employs people in 8 countries and has raised over $10 million in capital. Arpit talks about the value of focussing upon soft skills such as communication and enhancing teams. He also discusses the value of reading, and how it can make you a better writer.


Arpit Mohan

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2 Top Career Tips

1) Software engineers focus on the tools and the code too much, we should focus more upon the soft skills that go with the job, such as the people and the teams.
2) Reading is incredibly important. The more you read, the better you write.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

Arpit ran a delete query on a database, and mistyped the command, which wiped every order in the company’s system for the previous six months. This taught him the value of quality checking every moment.

Career Highlight

While running a mobile game company, the game they were working on went viral. The user database began to grow very rapidly.

The Future

Software and IT has endless potential to provide solutions for the world. There are numerous ways in which the physical world cannot achieve certain things, but IT and software can make these things a reality.

The Reveal

What first attracted you to a career in I.T.?

The ability to create and express himself as a builder

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

Make your manager look good

What is the worst career advice you’ve ever received?

To focus on the money and compensation, and to go for the jobs that pay the best.

If you had to begin your career again in today’s world, what would you do?

Arpit would focus upon the internals of systems

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

Trying to be a better leader, and to become a more effective communicator

What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far?

The ability to write long form formats, such as memos

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Read, read, read!

What do you do in your spare time away from technology?

Running, fitness and spending time with family

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