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Ask A Techie 20 Questions – Kevan Sinanan – Entrepreneur

When I came across yfumble, I immediately thought that it was a cool, useful and simple solution to a common problem. I could definitely see this becoming mainstream. I decided to reach out to the inventor to ask him to take part in 20 Questions. This is to encourage others and to give this inventor and product some added exposure. Yfumble is a 2013 i2i grant winner.

How would you define a techie?

Creative, committed problem solver, intuitive and terrible speller.

What made you fall in love with tech?

Fixing my own Walkman, Gameboy, radio and computer when I broke them.

Describe how winning an i2i grant has affected you

It has allowed me to pursue my idea, to make it a reality. It is a great motivation to know that someone believes in my idea and they are willing to assist me. In addition, I needed to learn business skills very quickly because years in the real world are a lifetime in the tech world.

How has tech improved your life?

I am not chained to a desk anymore because the internet allows me to work anywhere with a connection.

Who is your favorite tech YouTuber?

I do not have anyone

Describe the state of ICT in Trinidad and Tobago?

E-commerce is not cost effective for local merchants. This prevents foreign clients from using platforms such as Elance and Odesk to access our local talent. This results in the importation of services and talent instead of using locally available services and talent.

Tell us anything about yourself

I get bored very easily.

Most prized gadget you own?

My headphones

What can be done to help tech entrepreneurs locally?

An ecosystem needs to be developed, built and created to support entrepreneurs make the transition from idea to market easily. While there are programmes such as; Startup Weekend and Hatchery, offered by CARIRI to help entrepreneurs flesh out their ideas, there is always the issue of funding. The early stages of start-up businesses require a significant capital outlay and it is very challenging to find equity financing while you are doing a proof of market or proof of sales.

What advice do you have for other entrepreneurs?

Learn continuously, ask questions, follow your gut instinct, exercise, meditation, get out into nature, always try new things, network, and learn a new skill every 2-3 months. If you are not learning a skill then you are becoming obsolete.

What are your thoughts on working from home?

I recommend it for everyone once you have a solid internet connection

What are thoughts about self-driving cars?

Self-driving cars will not increase productivity. Self-driving cars will not make transportation quicker; hence the exchange of information remains the same. However it will allow me to multitask by brushing my teeth and getting dressed while being driven to my destination and may be work on few emails and reports while being driven. The next quantum leap will be teleportation; I will choose teleportation over self-driving cars unless the cars drive me through Jurassic Park.

Teamwork or individual work?

Depends on the competencies and the dynamics of the individuals. In energetic and cohesive teams you get an outcome multiples more than the individual sums of each individual. Magic happens when a team is clicking and in-sync.

What do you get if you add 3 to 300 five times?


5 things you would put in a care package for a new IT employee?

1 Stock options
2 Pay part of his / her tuition or (extra classes)
3 Health plan to include Ayurveda medicine
4 Have the option of working from home
5 Employee can suggest whatever (s)he wishes

Your thoughts on Windows 10

Wait and see till all the bugs are sorted out

What dress code is best suited for tech jobs?

How much the webcam shows?

What do you do for fun and relaxation?

Hike, gym, music, travel

What newly announced tech interests you?

Yfumble, it is a device to help you identify the correct key to the lock you are closest to. It will also vibrate to assist the visually impaired.

What question would you ask the next techie?

What project(s) will you like to be working on if money was not an objective?

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