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Mohd Shad Mirza's photo

Hello Sandeep, here are my questions.

  1. What was your first job after graduating?
  2. When did you decide that you're going to dedicate your future to Hashnode?
  3. Did you encounter any other experience than an engineer, a creator, and a CTO? If yes, what was it and how was the experience.
  4. What will you advise a beginner to a mid-level developer on developing expertise in a certain topic?
  5. We know that the startup experience can be a rollercoaster of emotions and challenges. Was there a time when it was too hard and you thought it's not going to work? If yes, what was it and how did you make it work. What advice will you give to someone on dealing with stress in these tough situations?
  6. Do you think going on a team trip after this pandemic is over is a good idea 😬?
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Hey Shad what's up?

Here are my answers:

What was your first job after graduating?

Junior developer at Mastek.

When did you decide that you're going to dedicate your future to Hashnode?

When I left my job to start Hashnode, I knew that it might take years to become successful. So, in my mind I was pretty clear that I would give at least 5 years of my life to Hashnode before concluding whether it would work or not.

Did you encounter any other experience than an engineer, a creator, and a CTO? If yes, what was it and how was the experience.

I have always been passionate about writing code ever since I joined college in 2009. I love shipping products and solve business problems using tech. I haven't had any other experience other than coding in all these years, but I am thankful that I pursued programming seriously when I was a student.

What will you advise a beginner to a mid-level developer on developing expertise in a certain topic?

Two tips -- Build serious side projects using a specific tech (go deep) and write about what you learn. Consider self publishing a book or producing a course.

We know that the startup experience can be a rollercoaster of emotions and challenges. Was there a time when it was too hard and you thought it's not going to work? If yes, what was it and how did you make it work. What advice will you give to someone on dealing with stress in these tough situations?

Well, this is a good question. Not many know that we started Hashnode in 2015 as a Q&A community. We were successful to an extent, but we were not simply growing fast enough (check this answer for more details). We did multiple pivots, launched many experiments and eventually arrived at the present day Hashnode. But it took years to reach where we are right now.

There were times when I thought it was not going to work. Occasionally, I would get upset and feel frustrated. But having a co-founder really helped. If you have good investors, that's also a big plus. Finally, surround yourself with good people and keep hustling until it works. Remember that till the full stop doesn't come the sentence is not complete.

Finally, fall in love with the problem -- it will probably take time but you will eventually find a solution. We all know starting a startup is difficult. If it were easy, everyone would do it, right? 😀

Do you think going on a team trip after this pandemic is over is a good idea?

Only if you agree to enjoy a drink with me! :D

Mohd Shad Mirza's photo

Sandeep Panda That was really insightful. Thanks for sharing.
Waiting to have a drink with you 😋