259: Nabomita Mazumdar (Ashley Talks ASH13)

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Podcast highlights:

  • 09:36 Where do you find energy for your passions? -- Everyone needs something that can keep them awake at 2:00am. At the end of the day these communities are people in flesh and bone. Serving them is a wonderful thing.
  • 14:48 Why do so many women have a complicated relationship to money in business? -- This is ironic because so many women have experiences as homemakers. Some of the best business skills you could hope for emerge from this work; but for some reason, when women become product-makers or entrepreneurs they become "too feminine" about money and almost shy to talk about numbers.
  • 31:28 What is the future for workers who in a very short time may lose their jobs and livelihoods as a result of automation and technological change? -- Bots and robots are inevitable. The sorts of "cookie-cutter" jobs that were designed in the first place for machines and not humans will go back to the machines. These human workers are not yet ready to take on more specialized tasks. We need to change this.

Podcast notes:

  • 00:05 ASH13 - Ashley Talks with Ashley Galina Dudarenok and Nabomita Mazumdar
  • 00:55 What is your story? -- In her final year in college, Nabomita was introduced to an anonymous online community in India. She linked up with the founder and helped establish offline chapters in cities across India and around the world. After four years as a contributor, she joined the effort full-time. These rich interactions taught her product development and business acumen.
  • 06:23 What are you working on right now? -- Nothing inspires me more than building a product. Right now I'm working with a human resources (HR) company called comply4HR, which is a human resources compliance company who's entire content is written by people in authority in HR governance. This makes the site valuable because the content is highly validated and curated.
  • 09:36 Where do you find energy for your passions? -- Everyone needs something that can keep them awake at 2:00am. At the end of the day these communities are people in flesh and bone. Serving them is a wonderful thing.
  • 11:08 How do men and women differ in business? -- Notice that we haven't been talking about numbers or features. We've been talking about people, about women. This is the difference. Women do not think in terms of numbers but in terms of people. Sometimes this harms women trying to launch products or brands where investors and VCs want returns and systematized growth plans. Women need to learn these skills in order to succeed.
  • 14:48 Why do so many women have a complicated relationship to money in business? -- This is ironic because so many women have experiences has homemakers. Some of the best business skills you could hope for emerge from this work, but for some reason when women become product-makers or entrepreneurs they become "too feminine" about money and almost shy to talk about numbers.
  • 17:35 What can men learn from women? -- Empathy! Women instinctively know what to do next. If men can learn to empathize more and women learn number-crunching skills we can all build a better world.
  • 18:50 How have you seen India change in the past 10 years? -- India is right now in a "maker's moment." Almost everyone is building a product. Everybody is adding to the ecosystem. It's a great moment in India right now.
  • 20:30 What are some cities in India that everyone around the world should know? Where are the major tech hubs in India now? -- Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai are the major metropolises everyone knows. But also Pune, where they are trying to build the best healthcare platform. India's tier-2 cities are picking up but the major metro areas still rule the roost.
  • 23:33 Is it difficult to be a young Indian woman in business in India?

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