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Aman Agarwal

Rambles

NEW Homepage Design for SANPRAM

It's time to design a new home page. Here's what the old one looks like: Needless to say, it's time for an upgrade. I don't think that the customers I'm trying to attract will find this very legitimate or give off the "world-class" feel I'm looking for. Process comes first How do we go about it? First, it's important to set a goal. What are we trying to accomplish here and how does this fit? The landing page should give an introduction and "anchor" our brand, for anyone who's curious about what the company does. It's not a sales page.How…
Aman Agarwal
May 14, 2021
Miscellanous

Educational Resources for Employees

I wonder how I could provide my team with the training they need. Major areas: Negotiation and collaborationJob-related skills and knowledgeThings that would accelerate their career in generalPersonal growth and well-being Negotiation Black Swan method by Chris Voss. The most effective I've found yet. Ship a copy of the book to every new team member and see if they learned anything from it. Also the Vimeo uploads by this user: https://vimeo.com/user104273425 Things that accelerate their career in general Writing good emails. Speaking more clearly. Sales and marketing. I can share with them: The 10-day MBAEbooks that changed my life and…
Aman Agarwal
May 3, 2021
Miscellanous

Hiring Philosophy

It's been a while since I wrote in this codex. I've been interviewing candidates for SANPRAM, and it's a little overwhelming. One of my core principles in recruiting is to root for their success. It has helped me receive consistently good feedback from them that it's the best recruitment process they've ever been through. But on the flip side, rooting for everyone's success means now I have too many candidates I'd love to somehow fit into my team at SANPRAM. I've grown somewhat attached to them! Naturally, it's not fair to them or to me to hire people who aren't…
Aman Agarwal
May 3, 2021
Miscellanous

Brainstorming Job Descriptions

SANPRAM needs its first recruiting page. Let's chart out what the page will look like. Hiring Philosophy Trust is foremostRoot for their successLook for students of their craft - the very best way to see if someone's really fit for a role or not.Hire happy people - no complainersBe welcoming to everyone Audience People who want to try something unique, adventurousMotivated to learn new things and succeedMay be frustrated with job/internship hunting (not sure what they're good for, ignored/ghosted by recruiters, impostor syndrome, submitting resumes etc)Want to be given a chance, responsibilityWant to do great workHeart of a teacherEnjoys reading?…
Aman Agarwal
February 6, 2021
Miscellanous

Brainstorming the careers page

Goals Attract people who are students of their tradePeople who want to try new thingsPeople who are nice and honestPeople who want to make a markGood communication skills What we can offer to such people Ownership and freedom to experimentBeing recognized and celebratedSupportive team and clean cultureVariety of workAbility to hone their craft What candidates may be concerned about Not knowing if they're good or notNot knowing if they'll get selectedTired of applying and not hearing back? Structure Build trust, be remarkable, be encouraging What does every internship post do? Show how cool the company isTalk about the competitive naturePromise…
Aman Agarwal
February 1, 2021
Miscellanous

The Eccentric CEO Page

Goals of the page: Establish the brand of SANPRAM and myselfGet guests excited about being on the podcast/showGet listeners excited about tuning in Don't just make it like an Anchor webpage - give it more personality! The page should have more things than the average podcast page. Like a description and what makes it unique. Without useful stuff, nobody will remember it! Who is the target guest/customer? A true student of businessEnjoys discussing and sharing knowledgeNot very shyHas a good sense of humorWants to learn and get better.Willing to invest in themselves and their company.A "promising" CEO Accusation audit: There…
Aman Agarwal
December 23, 2020
Reflections

Micro Famous?

While researching podcasts, I accidentally came across Matt Johnson of "Pursuing Results". He drove home what Seth Godin has already talked about repeatedly - that the riches are in the niches. He talked about some ideas that had already been taking shape in my head, so it's good to get validation: Using podcasting and content generation as a way to network with ultra influencers.Appearing on podcasts as a way to hack initial growth. What he says is the backbone of such a strategy, however, is to be very clear about your messaging and value proposition, and your target customers. Without…
Aman Agarwal
October 17, 2020
MiscellanousReflections

Film and TV business Codex Entry

(This is not a blog. It's a codex - raw, unpolished and brutally frank.) A lot of changes happening. Business models are changing, therefore lots of opportunities. The data is pointing towards starting a distribution company that also does production, instead of a production company that also does distribution. Using this codex entry to save all the ideas in my head right now. Free digital distribution has very low margin: Ads are NOT effective for monetizing online. Look at YouTube's monetization:https://onezero.medium.com/this-is-how-much-youtube-paid-me-for-my-1-000-000-viewed-video-1453cad73847$1000 from 3 million viewers. So if you make a movie for a million dollars, ad revenue will not break…
Aman Agarwal
October 17, 2020
Reflections

My thoughts on branding and promotion

This is not a blog. It's a codex - raw, unpolished and brutally frank. I'm using this codex post to document my perspective on all things promotion and branding, for the benefit of Future Me as well as future team members at SANPRAM. In my view, capturing attention for an idea is about three critical things: Being remarkable: It needs to stand out, plain and simple. Something people haven't seen before, or at least not so frequently that they can gloss it over. It needs to disrupt their regular pattern so that they notice, remember and tell others about it.…
Aman Agarwal
October 10, 2020
RamblesReflections

Where should the money go?

(This is not a blog. This is a codex - raw, unpolished and brutally frank.) In this codex entry, I'm exploring my thought process around how my company should spend its money at this particular stage - what I can delegate or outsource, what I can't. For a recap, I'm running a services company with one employee (myself). At this time, I don't even have enough in profits to pay myself a salary. Right now, I'm doing every single thing myself. Here are all the things that need to get done: Accounting / bookkeepingSales and direct outreach (emails, phone)Marketing: content…
Aman Agarwal
October 2, 2020
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