Step-by-step process to set up a local development environment on your laptop or desktop using Minikube and to run a Hello World website with MERN (MongoDB, Express, React, and Node.js) stack.

This is an article in a series to build a software development stack that is quick, free, portable, and scalable.

What are containers, and why should you care?

Containers took the software infrastructure space by storm over the last few years.

Developers can deploy container images across all of the container runtimes due to standards defined by Open Container Initiative for different platforms, including public cloud providers — AWS, Azure, and GCP.

What is Kubernetes, and why should you care?

Quick, Free, Portable, Scalable Stack To Build Software Products

Once your non-code prototypes prove that your idea has a pulse, you move to the next stage of writing code for a working prototype.

Here are some key tenets to build your base software development stack that is cutting edge, grows with your needs, and fits your constraints as a small organization.


The software stack has to support creating very fast and simple prototypes.

A tech idea is a like a bubble. It needs to be preserved and nurtured, all very quickly. …

What we listen to and read affects how we build. Here is a list of podcasts to inspire product builders.

I am a numbers guy. You can’t improve what you can’t measure. What are your metrics for measuring the success of your life?

You can have a meaningful life by maximizing personal happiness through relationships, achieving your professional purpose, while leading a life of integrity.

One of my gurus Clay Christensen passed away a few days ago. He went away too soon. We will sorely miss him.

Clay was a professor at Harvard Business School and one of the best business thinkers of our time. Clay made a massive dent in the universe with his business and life theories.


What makes an ML-first Product Manager (PM)? How do you develop the mindset, the skills, the principles, and the experiences to become an ML-first PM? You can also build the next big ML-first idea by learning the craft, developing intuition, and understanding the levers.

The world around us is changing with Machine Learning. Users’ relationships with products are changing. …

Corollary: The only thing that matters is getting to founder-product-market fit.

In this article, my goal is to first explain what product-market fit is, why it matters, and tell you some quantitative ways to figure out if you have achieved it. My corollary to the broadly accepted theory of product-market fit is that a founder’s fit to that product and to that market is highly important as well.

After that, I am sharing here my own experiences building vChatter, scaling it to millions of users through…

Positive habits are tough to form, especially, after a certain age.

Streaks are powerful.

Notifications help nudge you towards your goals. It also helps to have someone (or something) to keep you on track, continuously.

Like most of you, I started my new year with new resolutions. One of them is to click a photo of myself running 5K every day, and, send it to a select group of my friends/family.

This resolution is inspired by one of my mentors - Rajib Roy.

My initial process was simple. I just started running, like Forrest Gump.

Then, I realized, it is…

“How different would the world look if people spent as much time listening to their conscience as they did to chattering broadcasts? If they could respond to the calls of their convictions as quickly as we answer the dings and rings of technology in our pockets?”
Ryan Holiday, Stillness is the Key

Is completely quitting Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube or cable TV the right way to claim back the time that these new platforms stole out of your days?

Smart phones and applications on these phones are great technologies that help us live and connect with our world in unprecedented…

In our previous post we discussed the basics of machine learning. In this post, we talk about what actually happens within a machine learning project. Machine Learning follows a simple flow like a human brain to continuously enrich what the machine knows and applies it to make better decisions. It is a continuous refinement process since it keeps getting better with every learning iteration. The more data we feed to these iterations the better inferences the machine can make. In this post we will walk you through the fundamentals of how a typical machine learning framework works. There are primarily…

Your True North

I interviewed Bill George, author of best-seller books “Authentic Leadership” and “True North”. Bill is not just a great author and a leader himself, he is a wonderful coach and a teacher too. Here are the excerpts of this brief interview –

Hitesh: What is “True North” and how does it apply in the context of a business student or a budding entrepreneur who is just starting on a leadership journey?

Bill George: “True North” refers to the deeply held beliefs, values and passions. It is how you see yourself as a human being at a fundamental level. As a…

Hitesh Parashar

Engineer, Product Builder, Investor

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