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Over the past few days, we have been vetting candidates who have applied to herjobs.co.

If you are a candidate with years of experience, you might not even have to look for a job. Good companies will find you.

But often that is not the case, the first one or two jobs, the first few years — you have to make some efforts to be seen.

A surprisingly large percentage of candidates don’t have enough information on their Linkedin or socials to help the companies make an educated guess.

Following is a quick write-up on how to improve your web presence, and do it optimally. …


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Originally written on my personal blog

We, humans, are in the never-ending chase for happiness. In this quest, We often mistake pleasure for happiness.

Pleasure is short-lived. Happiness is a stable state of well being.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve tried to reflect on my life to identify what makes me happy.

I have been lucky enough to identify the things that make me happy. A few are battle-tested, a few I’m still exploring. A non-exhaustive list includes

  • People in my life
  • Being productive
  • Helping others
  • Living minimal
  • Traveling
  • Getting stronger, staying fit
  • Building exciting things(mostly software)

Over time I’ve optimised my life to be productive, to spend time with the people who matter, travel, and stay fit. …


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Originally posted on my personal blog

On 15th September 2020, I have been married to Keerthi for two years. We have known each other from our college and have been together ever since.

I thought I would take some time to reflect on our relationship. In this blog post, I am trying to write down some honest thoughts on our relationship.

Disclaimer: This is not relationship advice. I believe relationships are like startups. What works for one might not work for another. Make mistakes, get hurt, and most importantly, learn from those mistakes.

What changed after marriage?

I thought life after marriage would be boring. We have been together for a long time. We thought we knew everything about each other. I have never been more wrong. …


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I co-founded Carrom with my spouse Keerthi. Carrom was recently acquired by Oyster.

A question that I get often while talking to investors, entrepreneurs, or customers is that, how do I manage to work with my partner.

I thought I’d write about that.

The dynamics

Starting a startup can be hard. Starting a startup with your spouse can be harder.

Results can be binary and extreme. You either end up destroying your relation, or you come out of the other end stronger than ever.

In another sense, starting a startup with your spouse is like having kids. It will amplify what is already going on in your relationship. A bad relationship can end. …


Today we are thrilled to announce that we are joining forces with OysterHR, and have entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired.

Read the official press release from Oyster here.

Oyster acquires Carrom
Oyster acquires Carrom

The last 2 years have been an incredible journey. We have moved from failure to failure with enthusiasm.

Being honest, the journey was tough. But absolutely worth it. It included a lot of stress, anxiety, and sleepless nights.

This wouldn’t have happened with all the kind customers, advisors, a helping remote ecosystem, and my co-founder and wife Keerthi.

We were lucky enough to have wonderful conversations with lots of smart people who love remote work. …


In this post I’ll talk about how moving away from a daily routine has helped me improve my life.

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A few years back, when I set out to improve my productivity I thought routines are the way to go. I planned my days and weeks. I stuck to it and made good results. I built softwares, worked out and made progress in life. But something felt off. I was repeating the same day over and over again. That didn’t seem the best way to live life.

Cues for change

Marc Andressen in his famous guide vouches for not keeping a schedule. Stumbling across this made me rethink. …


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After more than 1.5 years of trying, we have decided to shut down the payroll product from Carrom.

TL;DR:

Reasons: Amount of operational work involved and failure to find a “start small” version.The traction was hard to come without the funds. As novice founders, fundraising was hard without the traction.

Honest take: We want to pivot, but not sure to what.

Amount of operational work involved

We were persistent enough to find out all the nuances, find local partnerships in multiple countries and build a software around it. But the amount of operational work involved was a bit too much for us to handle without raising funds. …


We are building Carrom to help remote teams hire and onboard full-time employees from anywhere in the world by taking care of their local employment, benefits, and payroll.

Both Keerthi (the other half of the team and my wife) and I, are engineers working in remote teams. Remote work has changed our lives. Our vision with Carrom is to make employment in remote teams easy. Remote work could be the norm, and not an option — at least in a large percentage of tech companies. Slack, Zoom and a lot of other wonderful tools have made collaboration easy. …


Carrom School helps you restart your career as a remote developer. If you are a software engineer in India, at the early stages of your career, here are a few reasons you should attend Carrom School and restart your career as a remote developer.

1. The payment you deserve

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If you are a software engineer, and you know that you are underpaid — you should probably attend Carrom School. We have been there ourselves. Kicking off your professional career, in big corps, everyone looked up to — only to realise that you are underpaid and ill-treated.

2. Better work-life balance

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Some of the world’s top companies have fully distributed teams — Basecamp, Doist, Gitlab, etc. …


Today, we are announcing Carrom School — A flexible career accelerator with mentorship and tutoring for software engineers in India to restart your career as a remote developer. Don’t pay until you get a well-paying job — 12LPA(INR) for Indian engineers.

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The program would be entirely remote, and you can attend at your own timings, even if you are doing a day job.

Carrom is payroll and compliance for remote teams.

The biggest advantage of hiring from Carrom would be staying compliant to local employment laws.

Why?

Engineers in India are oftentimes underpaid terribly. …

About

Sooraj Chandran

Product at Oyster™(via @carromhq acquisition) • Startups • Product • Engineer • Founder @carromhq• @marketfoxio (YC W17) — hey@sooraj.io

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