I have a life update.
The pursuit of truth, as they say, is a noble undertaking. Seeking what our innate nature is, and aligning our life with it is a great way of living out our rather short lives.
Truth will not make us rich, but it will make us free.
I had started DoSelect with my college room-mate right after graduating in 2014 as we moved to Bangalore, the city of dreams for anyone who wanted to build a startup. With a head full of ambitions and a wallet bereft of cash, we built a world-class technical assessment platform from scratch, helped numerous companies make their hiring funnels more effective, and added value to products of many partners in the last four years. Starting from absolute zero, we were able to achieve something that the entire team has been proud of.
Personally, I evolved with the company. Apart from learning to build products, I also learned the various intricacies of the human condition while hiring colleagues and managing teams. I had never worked in a team before but I came to understand the true meaning of leadership, loyalty and trust when I got to lead my amazing colleagues at DoSelect.
"It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices."
As the adage goes — change is the fuel of nature. When the din of glamour has faded, the sound of truth becomes deafening. Over the period of 2018, through all our ups and downs, slight swerve at times, I came to discover that there had emerged a fundamental misalignment between myself and other stakeholders of the company.
I began to seek an answer to whether I am doing justice to myself by doing what I am doing. We had shifted lanes to a path that would no longer take us to a place which I had envisioned for the company the way I wanted to, for all I could have tried. In retrospect, it occurs how we must all, at one point, face the choice between what is right and what is easy. It was time for me to move on. I decided to part ways with the company. As of October 31st, 2018 I am no longer associated with DoSelect in any capacity.
I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the brightest people in my team, for most of which DoSelect was their first job. Many of these colleagues have become trusted friends and advisors. I will be eternally grateful to all our investors who trusted us early on when nobody else would and helped DoSelect come thus far.
It has been an extremely difficult decision because I had lived and breathed DoSelect for the past four years of my life. But the decision was easy too because I knew this is what I really wanted to do. I will be immensely grateful to my parents, my brother, and my close friends who stood by me and helped me get through this. I cannot thank everyone associated with DoSelect enough who put their faith in me till the end — you know who you are.
I am building DeepSource, along with my ex-colleague and trusted friend Jai. We have a new mission — helping developers ship fewer bugs.
While shipping software and managing engineering teams for four years, I battled with numerous problems related to developer tooling and processes for maintaining the health of code. I’ve witnessed our own team battle from increasing technical debt. Many of my peers who run their own startups and manage engineering teams had something similar to say.
I believe there is a better way of doing this. Developer tooling has been an area of great interest to me personally, and I’m super stoked to be able to work on something which is so close to my heart. I’m excited for what’s about to come, what we build, and where we reach. The best way to predict the future is to create it. Here’s us taking a shot at creating the future, one in which tools to deliver reliable software, faster are accessible to everyone.
Thank you for reading. I wish you have a great year ahead. Onward and upward! 🚀