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We are three friends who met in our engineering undergraduate college catching up with our old friends and acquaintances where each guest has a different journey and different insights that you can learn from. This podcast is for everyone who wants to learn and grow whether it's deciding to start a company, doing a side hustle with your 9-to-5 job, going abroad for further studies, choosing a college for your Masters or MBA, living a sustainably fit life, running a family business, or being happy. We talk about a lot of things!

Extraordinary insights from not so ordinary people.

What the HAT!? What the HAT!? - Podcast

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We are three friends who met in our engineering undergraduate college catching up with our old friends and acquaintances where each guest has a different journey and different insights that you can learn from. This podcast is for everyone who wants to learn and grow whether it's deciding to start a company, doing a side hustle with your 9-to-5 job, going abroad for further studies, choosing a college for your Masters or MBA, living a sustainably fit life, running a family business, or being happy. We talk about a lot of things!

Extraordinary insights from not so ordinary people.

    Manan Mehta on Embedded Software, Argo AI, and Leaving No Stones Unturned 🚀 | 28

    Manan Mehta on Embedded Software, Argo AI, and Leaving No Stones Unturned 🚀 | 28

    bout the guest:  Living, studying, and working in 3 different countries has shaped our next guest’s eternal love for machines and technology, he is Manan Mehta. Manan is an embedded software engineer who is currently building autonomous vehicles at Argo AI. His morning routine includes masala chai and Bollywood music and believes that attitude and strategy can compensate for talent but talent can never compensate for the other two.  



    Key Insights in this Episode: 

    [03:30] Software and Hardware Stacks in Self-driving cars 

    [42:19] Leave no stone unturned 

    [43:19] Learn through failure  



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    Timestamps: 

    [02:00] Intro 

    [03:00] About Argo.ai 

    [03:30] Software and Hardware Stacks in Self-driving cars 

    [04:32] Manan’s role in Argo.ai and discussion on embedded systems 

    [08:55] How did Manan choose this career? 

    [14:09] Finding a job after graduating from college 

    [19:30] Deciding ongoing for Masters program 

    [21:00] Choosing San Jose for Masters 

    [24:32] Argo.ai application process  

    [36:00] Interview process at Argo.ai 

    [38:52] How to continue to learn in your career - mentors, papers, books 

    [42:19] Leave no stone unturned 

    [43:19] Learn through failure   

    [44:00] Top 3

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    • 50 min
    Harsh Swaminarayan talks about a Career in education, Mental Models and How to be a Constant Learner | 27

    Harsh Swaminarayan talks about a Career in education, Mental Models and How to be a Constant Learner | 27

    About the guest: Currently pursuing his teenage dream of revolutionizing the Indian Educational System as a means to catalyse self-awareness in all humans.

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/harshswaminarayan/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HarshSwaminarayan/

    321 Education: https://321-foundation.org/

    Resources:
    https://www.ted.com/talks/sir_ken_robinson_do_schools_kill_creativity/up-next?language=en

    https://waitbutwhy.com/2017/03/elon-musk-post-series.html

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz4a7agVFr1TxU-mpAP8hkw

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYC6Vcczj8v-Y5OgpEJTFBw

    Key Insights in this Episode:


    Wicked and Tame problems [18:20]

    Principles and Mental Models for better decisions [27:00]

    How to be a constant learner? [31:00]


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    Timestamps:

    [02:00] How to create your OWN professional path?

    [11:00] How did you pivot to a career in education?

    [14:00] Lessons from Teach for India

    [18:20] Wicked and Tame problems

    [20:00] 321 Education Foundation

    [24:00] Role in 321

    [27:00] Any principles that you apply at work or models that you have built that help you make better decisions

    [31:00] How to be a constant learner?

    [31:47] What’s next?

    [34:20] Books Recommendations

    [36:20] TV/Movie Recommendations

    [38:20] Podcast/YouTube Recommendations

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    About What the HAT!?

    We are three friends who met in our engineering college catching up with our old friends and acquaintances in this show. Each guest has a different journey, different story, and different insights.  We are connecting and learning from people who have carved their journeys from creating funded startups in India to key roles in big companies. We are talking to people who went to Ivy League colleges and are academicians in India. We are working on gathering stories from these great minds.

    This is the podcast for you if you are currently pursuing or have completed engineering. If you haven't studied engineering, this podcast is still for you, as we will dwell deep into various industries and sectors such as finance, technology, supply chain, manufacturing, chemical, education, and a lot more.

    Each journey is inspiring. Each story gives you an opportunity to learn something new.

    Extraordinary insights from not so ordinary people.

    Read more about What the HAT!? on the website: https://www.whatthehatpodcast.com




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    • 48 min
    Daksh Shah on MBA, Sales & hosting a podcast | 26

    Daksh Shah on MBA, Sales & hosting a podcast | 26

    About the guest: After getting his MBA from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Daksh worked as a Business Operations Manager and Product Manager at Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail. Daksh currently does Business Development for Know My World, a nonprofit organization that supports teachers in transforming the educational experience through holistic education and cultural competencies. He is also on the board of directors for Know my World. Daksh is the host of Dollar Gujarati and lives with his wife Jaynee in Dallas, Texas.

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dakshudayshah/

    Key Insights in this Episode:


    What are job options after MBA [14:00]

    Why is sales important [20:00]

    Relationships in the modern world [30:00]


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    Timestamps:

    [02:00] What is Dollar Gujarati?

    [06:00] Should you do an MBA directly after bachelors?

    [14:00] Job options after MBA

    [20:00] Why is sales important?

    [22:00] Working for a non-profit

    [28:30] How to get selected to become a board member

    [30:00] Long distance relationship

    [35:00] Advice to younger-self

    [40:00] TOP 3

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    About What the HAT!?

    We are three friends who met in our engineering college catching up with our old friends and acquaintances in this show. Each guest has a different journey, different story, and different insights.  We are connecting and learning from people who have carved their journeys from creating funded startups in India to key roles in big companies. We are talking to people who went to Ivy League colleges and are academicians in India. We are working on gathering stories from these great minds.

    This is the podcast for you if you are currently pursuing or have completed engineering. If you haven't studied engineering, this podcast is still for you, as we will dwell deep into various industries and sectors such as finance, technology, supply chain, manufacturing, chemical, education, and a lot more.

    Each journey is inspiring. Each story gives you an opportunity to learn something new.

    Extraordinary insights from not so ordinary people.

    Read more about What the HAT!? on the website: https://www.whatthehatpodcast.com

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    • 46 min
    Kripa Jalan discusses starting Burgers to Beasts to create awareness on holistic health & her personal fitness journey | 25

    Kripa Jalan discusses starting Burgers to Beasts to create awareness on holistic health & her personal fitness journey | 25

    About the guest: Kripa Jalan is the founder of Burgers to Beasts that helps people live a balanced lifestyle. Kripa believes that there is a lot more to fitness than just losing weight and a lot of factors play into your decisions with food. At Burgers to Beasts, they consider all these factors in helping you build a holistic lifestyle.

    In this episode, we go over Kripa’s personal journey and her fight against her deep-rooted fear of food, how she started creating awareness around health and fitness through her blog, and why she decided to pursue a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University!

    Kripa believes in providing this education to the masses and is hoping to achieve this goal through Burgers to Beasts.

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kripa-jalan/

    Burgers to Beasts: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT7nRY3itUKoPY_wq63Ss_w

    Book a Session: https://www.burgerstobeasts.com/

    Key Insights in this Episode:


    Kripa’s journey against anorexia [2:00]

    Starting Burgers to Beasts [7:35]

    Tips on building healthy habits as part of your routine [13:30]

    Education in Harvard - Masters in Public Health [20:37]


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    Timestamps:

    [02:00] Kripa’s Journey and dealing with anorexia

    [07:35] Starting Burgers to Beasts blog

    [10:22] Burgers to Beasts as a company

    [13:30] Top 5 tips for people starting their fitness journey

    [17:30] Social Media as a double-edged sword

    [20:37] Education at Harvard - Masters in Public Health

    [25:15] Harvard Experience and community

    [28:28] Lifestyle RX - Podcast

    [32:30] Why is sugar bad for you? How to deal with sugar?

    [37:55] Tips for nutritionist - pursuing this as a career

    [40:45] TOP 3


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    • 44 min
    WTH!? - Year-end Special (Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!) 🎅🏼🎄🎆🎇

    WTH!? - Year-end Special (Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!) 🎅🏼🎄🎆🎇

    We wanted to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and  Happy Holidays! 

    This year has been the best and worst of the years. But we wanted to thank each and every one of you who has helped us grow and develop this year. 

    Thank you for your constant support in listening to our episodes. We really appreciate it!   



    Best, 

    Hiloni Punatar: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hilonip/ 

    Atit Kothari: https://kothariatit.com/ 

    Tapan Desai: https://tapandesai.com

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    Khushboo Vaidya talks about starting Boarding Pass for Success and helping students develop a career path through webinars and interviews | 24

    Khushboo Vaidya talks about starting Boarding Pass for Success and helping students develop a career path through webinars and interviews | 24

    About the guest:

    Khushboo Vaidya is a STEM Career Consultant, speaker, and founder of Boarding Pass For Success. Being an engineer herself, she takes initiatives to inspire students on how to develop an application based approach towards engineering and has conducted seminars for over 4000 students.  

    She also collaborates with researchers and engineers around the world with a profile of MIT, Stanford, Google, iRobot among others, and interviews them to provide quality guidance to students on her YouTube channel.

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/khushboo-vaidya-pmp-80230949/ 

    Boarding Pass For Success YouTube channel - Interviews and LIVE Webinars of engineers and researchers from diverse STEM fields like Robotics, Computational Neuroscience, Data Science, AI, and many more, through which students can get access to valuable insights regarding the field, job market, industry requirements, lessons learned from experience and much more.

    Boarding Pass for Success YT: https://www.youtube.com/c/BoardingPassForSuccess/videos 

    Website: www.boardingpass.life 

    Key Insights in this Episode:

    Why pursue a Master's in Canada? [02:00]

    The Idea behind starting Boarding Pass for Success [17:40]

    Why should you get advice directly from people working in the field? [27:00]



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    Timestamps:

    [02:00] Why Masters in Canada?

    [05:35] Masters Program at the University of Waterloo

    [09:26] Program length and break up of the course

    [10:50] Time at Blackberry

    [12:45] Layoff and starting a new job at Brock Solutions

    [14:15] Brock Solutions - Software Testing Specialist

    [17:40] Starting Boarding Pass for Success

    [27:00]  Get career advice from people who are working in that field

    [28:45] STEM Career Counselling - most important lessons (initially everyone is clueless, whatever you do in college will help you in future, transferable skills are key, understand the expectations)

    [33:05] Canada vs. the USA - Education

    [38:45] Boarding Pass Consulting Service - Collaborators

    [39:20] Top 3

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HiloniP ,

Useful knowledge and candid conversation about career

To be honest, I am the humble host if this podcast and a listener as well. I hope you enjoy listening to the podcast.
This podcast is great for people still in college, undergraduates or people who have started working and looking for a growth phase ahead.
This podcast captures the inspiring stories of brilliant minds working in diverse fields and roles.
We have guests who are Ivy league MBA graduates, master program graduates, working in Tesla, Facebook, NASA, Big4, startups to owning their business, funded startups and having multiple side hustles.
This podcast is a time capsule to capture their stories, frame of mind and journey from the few years after graduation to some years before they become absolute legends.

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I have truly enjoyed all the podcasts you guys have put up. It’s great to hear what people are doing and interesting to learn from their experiences. Thank you to the entire what the hat team for put this out there. Keep up the good work. I look forward to listening to more experiences!!

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