Essays are long-form posts which are not as rambling as most of the codex, but still openly show signs of my self-editing, self-judgement and mistakes. These are written for an audience besides just myself.


The Cure for Impatience

(This is not a blog. It’s a codex – raw, unpolished and brutally frank) I try hard to resist comparing my business with others and feeling ashamed of my accomplishments. It still sometimes gets me whenever I'm reminded of someone younger than me doing 100x better - or whatever "doing better" means nowadays. As you can see, this impatience comes tightly packed in a box that also includes envy, low self-esteem and other assorted chocolates. So, how do you deal with it? How do you truly internalize the idea that "it's about the journey, not the destination"? As human beings,…
Aman Y. Agarwal
August 26, 2020

Lessons from FBI’s top hostage negotiator

I'm a big fan of, and would be a customer if I had the time commitment. Today I saw that has a new course by Chris Voss on negotiation: I saw the trailer, and then I watched one sample lesson that talks about the concept of "Tactical Empathy". This only reinforced what I've known before (we call it Emotional Intelligence), but putting it into the perspective like Chris does really helped drill the concept into my head and made it a practically learnable skill. Then I went down the rabbit whole. I watched a TEDx talk by Chris.…
Aman Y. Agarwal
December 18, 2019

Defining the MVP of DenseLayers

DenseLayers is a website where people can discuss research papers online, paragraph by paragraph. It is the project I am working on right now, and aim to launch the site by Dec 31. The story of how it came about etc is quite long, but essentially it started with me explaining the AlphaGo paper on Medium. I'll skip to a more pressing matter - what features should be in the first version of the website. As always, don't mind if this turns into a rambling post towards the end. *** As per my philosophy, my first version should have the…
Aman Y. Agarwal
December 11, 2019
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