Hot Takes

By Aman Y. Agarwal

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Language is easy. Culture is difficult.

The process of learning a language is really the process of acquiring a new culture. It's not "how to say X." It's "how to convey this feeling/meaning?" The difference is nuanced, but it makes a huuuge difference. For instance, you don't say "I want to eat cake" in Japanese.You instead usually say, ケ-キが食べたい — which roughly means, "cake induces the desire to eat (in me)" or "the cake is eat-wanting" (however you want to phrase it).The cake is the SUBJECT of the sentence, not the object!In Japanese, as opposed to English, it's acceptable to attribute a kind of "life" or…
Aman Y. Agarwal
October 26, 2022
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The Most Dangerous Mistakes Made by Non-Technical Entrepreneurs, and How to Avoid Them

First, let me get one thing out of the way — as an entrepreneur, you'll always have problems to solve. It's what you signed up for. It's literally the nature of the job. Some examples: Lack of funds Not knowing what to build Not getting interest from customers Fighting off competition Not being able to hire great people Having more demand than you can handle (congrats) ...and more And this is actually good! Solving these problems moves you forward. It's progress. As long as you stay in business and keep attacking one problem after another, you'll succeed. Moreover, how you…
Aman Y. Agarwal
August 25, 2021
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College seniors, here’s the #1 way to get yourself a JOB you love, before graduation

If you have ever written a comment on LinkedIn that says something like “Interested. Please review my profile” or uploaded your resume/CV on a job portal website (or worse, simply clicked “apply”), this blog post is for you. To start off, here’s my philosophy for job-hunting: Posting your resume on an online forum is like dropping a coin into a Make-A-Wish fountain. You’re hoping that God will notice your coin from among the 500 others. - Me It’s high time you realize that this is not the best plan to bet your livelihood on:Job portals = Make-A-Wish fountains This philosophy…
Aman Y. Agarwal
July 29, 2016
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Act like a pro, not a virgin, while outsourcing your software project

What I will tell you in this article: How software outsourcing can be painful Certain rules you must follow, to avoid the pain IF YOU’RE A CLIENT So you want to get a website designed, or an app built, or some other software made. And you want to outsource the work. You post a project on an online marketplace. A dozen folks want to build your project for anything from $10/hr to $100/hr. You probably hire a development firm in India or Ukraine or Poland which had a nice looking website. Their sales chaps promise that their developers are made…
Aman Y. Agarwal
April 22, 2016
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