Please join me in welcoming Sumaid to the team.

Sumaid is joining our engineering team as an intern. He is in his last semester studying computer science at IIIT Hyderabad. After having done DevOps (Linux Foundation), GSoC (GNOME) to software engineering / ML (Salesforce) internships, he is now out to “make mistakes” with us!

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More about Sumaid in his own words:

A little about you
I am a final year CSE student from IIITH. I have always been passionate about doing something big. When I went into CS, that translated into being part of impactful products, I started exploring various open-source opportunities from my first year of college. I continued my curiosity by doing SDE internships under Salesforce, GNOME, Linux Foundation, etc. As much as I love large corporations’ structure and routines, I equally love the energy and growth potential within startups. …


Two’s a company, three’s crowd but seven’s a party! 🎉

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Join me in welcoming Vishesh to the party! He is the first truly lockdown hire. We interviewed him over multiple zoom calls and fast-forward to now, he is burning the midnight oil with us!

Currently he works from his hometown, Lucknow. Apart from pushing code to production, he is keeping company with the mysterious boxes, braving the locusts’ wrath and confronting the monkeys ruining the internet wiring.

Let’s hear it from Vishesh:

A little about you
I am a sports freak who transitioned into tech due to some career choices I made. Hailing from Lucknow and having lived in almost half a dozen cities has given me a zeal to travel. …


Cooking is an art, and so is coding. And we have a perfect blend on the team. We are excited to introduce our team member, Abhishek! I can’t talk about him and not talk about food.

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During the lockdown, between the daily stand-ups, code reviews and bug-fixing, we got few glimpses of what he has been cooking and we are truly blown away.

Here is more about Abhishek in his own words:

A little about you…
Hi, I’m Abhishek, a software developer by profession, a cook by passion :D. I love building things for myself and for others also. …


This post is long overdue, like, almost 3 months overdue. Sakti joined Folly Systems as a Principal Software Engineer in March of this year, and he joined at a very interesting time — just a couple of days before the nation wide lockdown kicked in. He had to rush to Kolkata from Pune within a day of moving from Bangalore. And if that was not enough, he pulled through the power and internet outage caused by Cyclone Amphan in Kolkata. We are truly wishing him uneventful months ahead!

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Amidst all this, he is making amazing progress with Metafolly. He is instrumental in architecting the backend, and building important and tricky frontend interactions. …


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Please join me in welcoming Rucha Joshi, our first core founding team member. Yay!

Rucha joins us as a User Experience Designer. Just in her first week and she is already helping us make great progress on user research and wireframing solutions for metafolly.

Here’s Rucha in her own words..

A little about you…
I am a participative designer, and UX researcher. Interested in social innovation, public policy design, and technology. I believe that multidisciplinary collaboration and understanding people is the key to creating better services and products. …


May 27, 2016
Czech bid us farewell in an unforgettable way. As we were about to leave the country, we were stuck in a massive hailstorm. This only happens when you don’t take a full insurance. We almost felt that we have run out of luck and our rental car was going to face some serious damage. As we started to leave Cesky Krumlov, it started raining and the landscape was beautiful.

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The rains as we left Cesky Krumlov

And in few minutes, suddenly the hails started hitting our car.


Sometimes you will never know the value of the moment until it becomes a memory.
-Dr. Seuss

We were in Tokyo and one of the days we decided to go to a neighbourhood called Odaiba. One of the main places to visit there is Miraikan, The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, where we had already been. But on this particular day, we decided to go to the Decks Mall which has Legoland Discovery Center. It seemed like a small place and we thought that an hour or two would be enough. But clearly we were wrong.

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Thing 2 was all over the place and so much in love with it. Today, after almost 6 months of travelling around various countries, having seen amazing places and having experienced memorable encounters, the best place according to him, was the Legoland. …


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  • A lot of yellow taxis don’t have meters. They just charge anything. Sometimes a very short distance can cost you 500–800 rubles.
  • Do not drink tap water. Only bottled water
  • One has to be careful of your belongings. Pick-pocketing is prevalent.
  • More so in Moscow, stand by a street which is huge and long and you will see motorcycles doing wheelies and cars skidding. Spend some time watching cars and bikes on Tverskaya street near Bolshoi theatre.
  • Don’t smile around at people in the shop or restaurant and surely not on the street. They find it insincere.
  • At most Italian restaurants, the water that you order is imported from Italy. Many are bottled in Florence!
  • It is very safe to travel to Russia. People may seem cold but they warm up in sometime.

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Prague was exciting after the lull in St. Petersburg.

Two things got us out and about. One was spending time with an old friend who is living in Prague and the other was Thing 1’s pottery class. A lot in our schedule revolved around these two.

Here are a few of our experiences in Prague in no particular order.


After being coaxed by Thing 1 for 5 weeks, I arranged pottery classes for her and I am so glad that I did.

She is driven but for almost the first time I saw her so excited about something. Pottery is fun but not very easy to learn. One has to find the right kind of a teacher to make learning fun and I guess she found one. She was loving the class so much that in order to go to the class she did a 3-hour (boring for her) walking tour amidst crowds and she even skipped going to the zoo! …

About

Deepa Shah

Founder, Folly Systems. Living a dream, veteran entrepreneur, avid traveller, mother of two and married to an awesome guy!

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