All things Startups and Engineering: Introducing #ProductgeeksConf speaker, Ajey Gore of Sequoia Capital

Startups are an act of balance – especially in the early days when you are setting up the foundation for scale.

Are you spending the right amount of effort in engineering? Are you *over-engineering* the product? How can you get the architecture right? Well, there are no right or wrong answers – but all we need is access to great perspectives.

As part of Productgeeks Conf, we bring you Ajey Gore, CTO/tech operating partner at Sequoia and ex-CTO of Gojek to really bring you actionable wisdom on engineering. Some of the topics Ajey will discuss:

  • Approach to software architecture
  • Approach to building the right engineering and people org.
  • Build decision/models around people / engg orgs.
  • Understanding what are 1-way, 2-way decisions.
  • TTL value of decisions and people in the organization.
  • Build vs Buy vs. Assemble decisions.
    and a lot more.

Date: Dec 17th
Timing: 6 – 7 PM
Perfectly Ideal for founders, engineering and product leadership teams.
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Accelerating your product GTM for Bharat: Introducing #ProductgeeksConf speaker, Vivek of Reverie

Building for Bharat market is tough, especially given the challenges in translating your product in different languages.

More importantly, how is Bharat market evolving and what are the key trends in this space? Next up in Productgeeks Conf – Vivek Pani, Cofounder and CTO of Reverie sharing key insights on how to accelerate your GTM for the Bharat market.

Date: Dec 15
Timing: 7 PM onwards
Format: Audio / Interactive (on FWD app)
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Building and Scaling: The Zerodha way: AMA with Kailash Nadh, Zerodha CTO #Productgeeks Conf

Zerodha defies all standard norms of building a tech startup. While the world is going gaga over number of engineers, Zerodha builds and scales with..well just a handful of engineers.

30 member team (as of 2020), powering the country’s largest stock brokerage platform.

A lot of stack is open-source based. And yeah, not much of AI/ML 🙂

What are the guiding principles of Zerodha – from tech and product perspective? What makes it so scalable (remember, it isn’t about the tech, but the philosophy behind it).

Kailash Nadh, CTO of Zerodha is going to share it all in an AMA on Productgeeks Conf, India’s largest conference for teams that ship.

Date: December 10th
Timing: 7 – 8 PM IST
Format: Audio conf, on FWD app
Pricing: Free
Registration (use the form below).

From Kailash’s post

That a 30 member tech team has built and scaled a complex financial + stock broking stack from the ground up, built a whole suite of financial software for end users that people actually appreciate in an extremely complex, constraining, and rapidly changing regulatory environment, with zero prior industry knowledge, is quite a feat. More of an anomaly than a feat. I, however, find it natural and poignant that a group of hackers in the right environment guided by the right philosophies can be incredibly creative and productive, even in a place as unfashionable and uncool as the Indian stock broking industry. What used to be the norm—small groups of hackers building good software—has now transmogrified into being the exception.

Kailash Nadh, from his 2020 blogpost.

Announcing Productgeeks Conf: First 3 days agenda

India’s largest product conference, Productgeeks Conf begins today. The conf, built as a product has been reimagined from first principle-thinking – virtual, and audio-based.

The conf starts from Dec 1st and will continue till Dec 17th – bringing you one great speaker every day, 7 PM IST!

The format is largely AMA based and is going to be extremely interactive – and will bring you the best practitioners across different industries, right from consumertech to SAAS.

This week, we have 3 amazing speakers lined up for you.

Ranjeet | Cofounder Pratilipi
Dec 1 (Wed) | 7 PM IST

Pratilip’s journey of finding PMF, building a strong product culture.

Kirti | CPO, Meesho
Dec 2 (Thu) | 7 PM IST

On building a customer-obsessed product culture

Mohit | Cofounder, Ultrahuman
Dec 3 (Fri) | 7 PM IST

On building a global consumer product

Introducing Productgeeks Conf speaker: Meesho CPO, Kirti Varun

Meesho is known for its strong customer-obsessed product culture. While it might work in the early days, how do you scale that up given the hypergrowth Meesho is going through?

How do you work across different teams ensuring they are all aligned? How do you ensure customer obsession? Meesho CPO, Kirti Varun is sharing it all @ProductGeeks Conf, India’s largest conference for product + engg teams.

Date: December 2 (Thu)
Timing: 7 PM
Format: Audio, Interactive.
Ticket price: Free for you. Invite your friends too!
The conference is spread over 15 days (Mon-Fri, 7 PM IST) and brings some of the best practitioners from the industry.

Introducing ProductGeeks Conf Speaker: Ultrahuman Founder, Mohit

At Productgeeks Conf, we aim to bring you a variety of insights from the practitioners out there.

World’s first audio conference, Productgeeks conf starts from Dec 1st and will continue till Dec 17th (Mon-Fri, 7-8 PM IST) – with a bunch of amazing speakers and a lot of actionable insights.

Introducing Conf speaker: Mohit Kumar, Cofounder of Ultrahuman

Ultrahuman is among the new breed of startups targeting global consumer market and has taken a very different stand when it comes to building a health product – i.e. the cyborg tracker.

At Productgeeks Conf, Mohit will share the early days of product hypothesis, validation, experiments, and launching a global consumer product.

Date: December 3
Timing: 7 PM – 8 PM IST
Format: Audio, Interactive.
Ticket price: Free for you.
Invite your friends too!

Conf Agenda

Who else is speaking at Productgeeks Conf?

Announcing: AMA with Sumit Ghosh on GARI token, Web3.0..and more

A lot is happening in crypto world and Chingari has fueled the token fire in India with the launch of GARI token.

Introducing an AMA with Sumit Ghosh, Chingari founder on various topics related to their token strategy, on decentralization, on web3.0 and a lot more.

Date: Nov 27th (Sat).
Timing: 6 – 7 PM IST
Format: Audio event on FWD app.
Registration: Use the form below.

AMA Sumit Ghosh , Chingari
AMA Sumit Ghosh , Chingari

Announcing Productgeeks Conf Speaker: Pratilipi founder, Ranjeet

Productgeeks conf, world’s first audio-conf brings you the best product+growth minds from across the globe with a single focus -> enabling you to build and grow product-led businesses.

We are happy to introduce Productgeeks Conf speaker: Pratilipi founder, Ranjeet.

The audio conf is designed as an interactive AMA and Ranjeet’s session will primarily focus on finding product-market fit, running experiments, building the right culture and leadership lessons.

Date: December 1st, 7 PM onwards.
Conf dates: Dec 1 – 17, 7 PM IST (one hour daily)
Format: Audio : live/interactive
(in partnership with FWD, the learning app)
Registration : Free
Agenda/Speakers: More on your way (speaker nomination ends Nov 29th).

Announcement: Productgeeks Conf is open for speaker nominations [Deadline: Nov 29th]


Productgeeks Conf, world’s first audio conf is now open for speaker nomination !

Starting Dec 1st, Productgeeks Conf will bring to you the best product minds from across the globe – everyday for one hour in the most intimate format, i.e .audio.

Date: Dec 1st to 17th
Mon- Sat, 7 PM (one hour daily)
Format: Audio (in partnership with FWD, the learning app)

As with any NextBigWhat initiative, this conf will be community driven and we are opening up the speaker nomination form for you to nominate yourself!

At a high level, the conf will have 2 themes:

Zero to 1: Building 0 to 1 products, Finding Product Market Fit, Finding Traction Channels and more..
One to N: Building Leadership TeamsBuilding product-led growth business and more..

Apply as a speaker

We strictly follow a ‘NO SAGE ON THE STAGE’ philosophy.

You are as much a learner as a speaker – so share experience, and not gyaaawn.

If you are in for it, the deadline to apply as a speaker for ProductGeeks Conf is Nov 29. Please use the form below.

Announcing ProductGeeks Conf for the teams that ship (in a completely re-imagined format)

Ladies and Gentlemen

It’s time to accelerate the product / tech ecosystem and learn from the best global minds out there.

And isnt’ it high time we design (virtual) conferences keeping YOU in mind?

We are proud to introduce Productgeeks Conf, India’s largest product conference in a completely reimagined avatar.

  • Mobile-only Audio conference
    No more hassles of sitting in front of your laptop. Audio is interactive, intimate and a real sexy format! A mobile-only experience you will love!
  • Spread over 15 days
    Why can’t virtual conference be reimagined from first-principle thinking? Why are they 2-days expecting you to sit in front of your laptop? We are setting a new standard.
  • Driven by the community, i.e. You.
    You decide the speakers. You ask your questions. We are just the facilitators.

The Conference Theme

The conference is primarily focused on 2 broad themes:

  • Zero to One
    The early days of building products, finding PMF, creating roadmaps, traction channels ..and more!
  • One to N
    The scale up journey, Building growth models, Scaling up leadership..and more!

Details please!

Starting December 1st, we will bring you one great speaker (or a panel of speakers) for one hour everyday (7 PM IST). This is going to be an audio event, and will be extremely interactive.

We will start announcing speakers very soon, but here is the thing fellas. NextBigWhat has always been about great amazing talks – and this edition of the conference just takes it to another level.

Register Now.

Date: December 1st – 17th , 7 PM IST. Everyday.
Agenda/speakers: we will start announcing soon.
Conf website

All of Audio events will be held in partnership with FWD app.
Contact NextBigWhat team for partnership opportunity.
Registration: Productgeeks is all about you and your friends. Invite them and get your free tickets (they also get free tickets).
Access to discord community (launching soon)

Apply as a speaker

All of NextBigWhat conferences are driven by community. Go ahead and apply as a speaker or recommend one using this form.


Videos from the last editions

#EventAlert: Understanding ESOPs: Learn how to evaluate your salary structure [This Saturday]

Startup ESOPs are a big unknown in today’s world, in spite of the fact that more than $500mn worth of ESOP buyback has been announced by startups in the last few months.

Introducing an AMA event that will answer questions like:

How can I evaluate between ESOP vs CTC? How should I plan for long-term returns while keeping short-term $ growth in mind? How does the equation changes with stage of the startup?

Ask Navin: his team has done ESOP structuring for many early to late stage startups.

Date: Nov 13th, 2021
Timing: 7 – 8 PM (IST)
Guest: Navin Kumar, founder of eLagaan.
Venue: FWD App (Android, iOS)
Format: Audio + Interactive.
Pricing: Free
Ideal for:
– Startup employees
– founders trying to help employees understand ESOPs well.
Register using the form below

Announcing ProductGeeks Conf: The Conf for teams that ship [Dec 9-11]

While the startup world is buzzing with the funding news, it’s time we go deeper and bring together the teams that ship – i.e. product, engineering, growth and leadership teams.

Ladies and gentlemen: introducing to you, ProductGeeks conf !

Over the last few years, the conf has seen some of the most amazing speakers from the tech and startup ecosystem – and this time, we are taking things to an altogether different level with our curated workshops, panels, and straight talks.

No BS. No gyaawn. Only actionable insights.

Spread over three days, this is how the conference is planned.

Day 1: Workshops

Day 2: Zero to 1 (early stage of startups, products)

Day 3: Scale from 1 to N (product-market fit and beyond)

What’s the Agenda?

As always, a lot of amazingness. Here is what you can expect.

  • Building Product-driven growth businesses.
  • Across consumer and SAAS segment.
  • Workshops
  • Network with other ProductGeeks – in a more meaningful manner.
  • Launch your product
  • Expect best global minds sharing their playbooks.
  • Growth and Retention

Who are the speakers?

UnPluggd is driven by the community and one of our core goals is to bring you speakers who really have the courage to share-it-all, i.e. hard-hitting stories of mistakes, failures, and perseverance.

No Gyaaaa(w)n. Only UnPluggd

We will start announcing speakers from Oct – but as always, expect awesomeness. Expect candid conversations. And a lot of practical insights.

Speakers from the last few editions

  • Gokul Rajaram (FB, Square)
  • Shishir Mehrotra (Coda, Youtube)
  • Kintan Brahmbhatt (Amazon)
  • Sidu Ponappa, Aakash from Gojek
  • Sangeep Paul (Platformlabs)..and many more.

“The Mecca of Indian product and tech ecosystem” – Parag , YC (2018)

Speakers / Agenda?

NextBigWhat conferences are driven by the community and one of our core goals is to bring you speakers who really have the courage to share-it-all, i.e. hard-hitting stories of experiments, mistakes, and perseverance.

  • Speaker nomination form will go live on Oct 29th.
  • We will start announcing speakers from Nov mid – but as always, expect awesomeness. Expect candid conversations. And a lot of practical insights.

Speakers from the last few editions

  • Gokul Rajaram (FB, Square)
  • Shishir Mehrotra (Coda, Youtube)
  • Kintan Brahmbhatt (Amazon)
  • Sachin Bansal, Naveen Tewari, Kunal Shah,
  • Sangeep Paul (Platformlabs)..and many more.

“The Mecca of Indian product and tech ecosystem” – Parag , YC (2018)

Get your early bird tickets

Date: Dec 9, 10, 11
Venue: Virtual (the hybrid version will be announced in Nov, depending on the Covid scene)
Conf URL:
Early bird registration (70% discount, already applied).
Note that tickets for workshops will be available later.

Product Manager’s Guide to Working With Engg Team #UnboxingPMS1E2 with Sidhartha Guru

Next in the Unboxing Product Management series:

Topic: A Product Manager’s Guide to Working With Engg Team
Date: Sep 4th (Saturday)
Timing: 5 – 6 PM
Mentor: Sidhartha Guru, PM at


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Key takeaways from the session

As Product Managers for tech products, we work very closely with engineering to deliver value to our customers. In fact, most, if not all, of our products are pieces of code. 

We’ve heard PMs often ask.

  • Do I need to be a coder to become a PM?
  • How much should I know about technology?
  • How can I help the engineering team build a scalable and robust system?
  • Where should I draw a line between product and tech accountability?
  • How do I empower my dev team to deliver results autonomously? 

We’ll try to answer “how to work with engineering” and cover some tech jargon such as microservices, system design, APIs, SLOs and more in this QnA session. 

Sidhartha Guru

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Product Manager’s Guide to Managing Stakeholders: Announcing Group Mentoring Session led by Mouli, Principal PM, Microsoft

Learn the art of managing stakeholders in this group mentoring session by SEEK mentor Mouli

Topic: A Product Manager’s Guide to Managing Stakeholders

Date/Time: August 28th, 5 – 6 PM

Mentor: Chandramouli Gopalakrishnan (Mouli) is Principal PM at Microsoft and has earlier worked with companies like ixigo, Goibibo etc.

Key takeaways for you:

Stakeholder management is often confused with Project management and tracking work items. It is not. It is an art where a PM understands the various perspectives of a divergent set of decision makers and arrive at a consensus that is optimal for the greater good. Let us talk more about this critical aspect of Product Management.

This session is part of the Unboxing Product Management series, wherein we unbox key insights and skills that help you improve daily.

This series is powered by FWD App, the fastest way to learn and develop in-demand skills like Product Management to move forward in your career.

How to scale into Technical Product Management Role: Group Mentoring Session with Sanchit Juneja, Group PM (Booking) #EventAlert

In a world driven by tech, technical product managers play a crucial role in growth. But there has been a lot of confusion around the technical product management role – and how it is different from other roles in the org.

But no more.

Introducing the group mentoring session by Sanchit Juneja, Group Product Management (Technical Platforms) at

Date: July 30th
Time: 5 – 6 PM IST
Ideal for: Aspiring and Practicing Product Managers

Key takeaways:
Find out what it takes to crack and thrive in a Technical Product Management role. How is it different from a business product manager role? What are the different flavours this role comes in? and how does growth look for in these roles.

About the mentor
Sanchit Juneja is B.E. from NSIT, Delhi and MBA from ISB-Hyderabad. With 13+ years of industry experience in tech and product roles across India, Africa, South-east Asia, and Europe with orgs such as National Instruments, Rocket Internet, AppsFlyer, Paytm, and Gojek. Current Group PM for Technical Platforms for


Rs. 299 (including tax)

Directly register for the session. The details will be shared with you 24 hrs before the session.

What’s the difference between a group mentoring session and a webinar?

To start with, group mentoring sessions happen in a typical meeting format – i.e. as Zoom (or Google) meet and NOT a Zoom webinar.

That is, you are supposed to come prepared with questions. The mentor sets the context for the first 20 minutes and then, it’s QnA.

SEEK group mentoring sessions are done in partnership with FWD App (Android, iOS). FWD is democratizing upskilling and ensuring you learn from the best, without burning a hole in your pocket.