This is Manish Hatwalne, the founder of Orisys Software. I have 17+ years of software development experience and I have worked with diverse technologies, platforms. I am a techie at heart and I still enjoy coding everyday. I am primarily a product development guy and I enjoy building products from ideas using FOSS technologies. I specialize in scalable & robust server-side/back-end development using using Python and Django. In the past I have mostly used Java/J2EE technologies. I am also comfortable with client-side technologies and building mobile applications with native Android SDK or HTML5. I have co-authored commercial mock examination for SCJP 1.4 and I was involved as beta tester for SCJP 1.4 for Sun Microsystems. I have exclusively worked with American and European product development and SaaS organizations for more than 11 years. I was a key member of a large B2B product since its inception and stayed with it for almost 10 years - in the process building it & growing it to serve 250+ paying business customers in the USA market.
Currently, I work as a consultant with an exciting Pune based startup providing solution for technical hiring. I am bulding an innovative android app as well. I am interested in building enterprise/consumer products with web technologies and mobile applications. I am also exploring real life machine learning applications and growth hacking, A/B testing.
I have a PG Diploma in Advanced Computing from C-DAC (Pune) and my Masters in CS (MCA) as well. I have also completed a short course in HCI from IDC, IIT Bombay. Though I do not work as a GUI designer, this course has given me several important insights about effective product design and the design process itself. Irrespective of the product and domain, the process of designing (or architecturing) itself fascinates me and I find myself getting involved in the desiging processes often - not necessarily limited to software!
I love exploring and experimenting, not only with technologies but also with several other aspects of life. Besides software, I am interested in psychology and writing. I have done few courses in psychology and completed a Diploma in Experiential Education and Practice (DEEP). I enjoy facilitating selective non-technical workshops for professionals as well as for adolescents. I also love helping individuals with their self-exploration, self-actualization and associated career transitions. I run a website called My Zen Path and offer workshops, consultation related to self-exploration and self-actualization.
Software Development ExperienceI started my career back in 1999 with a mid-size, service oriented company that took pide in their expertise in cutting edge technolgies with clients such as Microsoft, Motorola etc. While working there, I created my first mobile apps back in 2000-2001 when WAP was prevalent. In the last 17+ years, I worked with organizations focussed on consulting/services for the first 3-4 years and worked with product based organizations for 14+ years later. Working with service oriented organizations has given me exposure to diverse technologies and variety of projects. Whereas my long association with product based organizations has given me thorough exposure to enterprise applications, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), Software as a Service(SaaS) and vision to transform an idea from inception to a real-life product and growing it with scalability and innovation. Converting an idea to a prototype or product really drives me and I have enjoyed doing this for several products since 2003.
I am experimenting with Machine Learning since 2015 after completing Andrew NG's famous Machine Learning (ML) course from Coursera-Stanford, and I have built a commercial Machine Learning application with Python/Django for a Pune based start-up. The Orisys Software Portfolio should give a better idea about my experience/exposure.
Blog(s)I do write some blogs as well, though I write them rather irregularly as and when I feel like. I try to maintain these 3 blogs -
Renaissance Soul…There is lot more to me besides my prior experience and expertise. Read further if you're really interested.
Like other Renaissance Souls, I have a broad range of interests - my interests include travelling, trekking, photography, writing (technical as well as non-technical), food (relishing as well as cooking), psychology etc. Some of my creative writings have been published on IndiaNest.com/Boloji.com and Indian Express. I also enjoy travel & trekking immensely, but they are quite infrequent these days due to work & other commitments. I am smitten by the Himalayas ever since my first Himalayan Trek in June 2004 and I jump at any opportunity to travel there whenever possible. I wish I could get more time to travel & write more often!
I cannot live without books & movies, they have been an integral part of my life ever since I can remember. I usually like reading non-fiction books and watching meaningful cinema. I usually hang out at bookstores and film festivals. I like learning psychology as well and I have done quite a few courses in psychology. I am greatly influenced by REBT by Albert Ellis. I have completed REBT certification from IPH, Thane and I find it invaluable in personal life as well as while helping others in my workshops and individual interactions.
I took a sabbatical in 2014 and explored & experimented with quite a few things. I went to a retreat in Himalayas, completed Applied Buddhist Psychology course, did another course in Science Of Happiness and learnt more about positive psychology there, launched FoodieMagic.com, conducted few workshops & sessions for professionals and teenagers. I also read & explored a lot about self discovery during this period. I discovered and learnt a lot about myself in this sabbatical and these insights would stay with me forever!
Currently I am working as a consultant with an exciting Pune based startup and also working on some of my own ideas. I enjoy working with product development startups where I can add value with my experience, expertise and aspirations. I usually look for a single long-term, exciting product OR algorithm (AI/ML/DS) development assignment that allows flexible work schedule. I immensely enjoy designing and developing software solutions and I would continue to do that, however I am also keen on pursuing my other interests.
I am an INFJ and my idea about career is called as Spiral-Expert career concept, with strong 'Spiral' inclination. It indicates that I give more importance to exploring, learning and experiencing new things instead of climbing the typical corporate ladder. So I do my own thing, and I do it well. That gives me freedom & flexibility to learn & experience other things that I am really interested in.
In a nutshell, I believe in growing in multiple directions, exploring different paths and unidirectional vertical growth doesn't excite me much! That's me, the way I see it! :-)