Kavir Writing Portfolio

Kavir Writing Portfolio

I'm a senior product manager, writer, and cohort program director. Previously I’ve worked at both growth and early-stage startups. I’ve been actively writing on Substack (930+ subs) and have forayed into writing long-form pieces on web3 starting with a beginner explainer into NFTs. Part of several web3 communities including Chain Runners, Crypto Coven, The Product House; and writing and startup communities like Foster and On Deck.
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I've been writing consistently over the last 2+ years. I have 900+ subscribers to my newsletter The Discourse. My writing has been published in publications such as Product Craft and Mind The Product. Here are some of my favorite articles:

Explaining NFTs as a unique blend of art, collectibles, community, and equity
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A deep dive into how Polywork (a16z portco) aims to be part of the cooperation economy
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What's the speed feature stack and what are the apps that offer this experience
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Discussion of the jobs-to-be-done and comparison between whiteboarding apps
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💼 Work Experience

The Product Folks

Program Director, No-code Program (Oct 2021 — Present)
5-week cohort program to teach non-technical people how to build apps without code
  • Launched The Product Folks first paid CBC and ran two successful cohorts
  • Got experts in from top no-code platforms like Bubble, Glide, Softr
  • We had diverse learners from 5 continents and varied backgrounds and companies like Polygon, UNICEF, AngelList, Bumble, Cornell University, Duke University


Product Lead, Remote (Sep 2020 — Present)
Early stage startup building remote collaboration tools
  • Built an MVP of a whiteboarding tool with templates, auto shapes, marking up presentations, and storyboarding. Early users include people from McKinsey, Bain, BCG
  • Conducted user interviews and reviewed user testing sessions, collecting ~800 data points

Emtropy Labs

Senior Product Manager | Bangalore/Remote (May 2019 — Dec 2020)
Early-stage startup solving customer service quality using machine learning
  • Developed QA automation to analyze 30K monthly support tickets increasing quality by 15% and resulting in $400K cost savings for Whoop
  • Created feedback and recognition products (pivot) used by 400+ employees to share 700+ kudos and 500+ feedback


Co-founder | Mumbai (Jan 2017 – May 2019)
Early-stage venture providing career advancement products/services to boost customers' job prospects
  • Increased annual revenues to $68K by optimizing SEO, process and quality improvements, and partnerships
  • Initiated, negotiated, and set up franchise partnerships in Bangalore and Delhi
  • Built no-code apps Cover Letter Builder to create 2000+ cover letters and Order Tracking App to reduce support costs
  • Increased website conversions by 107% and achieved top 3 Google rankings by redesigning the website and optimizing page speed
  • Hired, trained, and led a team of 17 remote contributors – 4 ops, 10+ writers, 2 developers, and 1 designer


Senior Product Manager | Gurgaon (May 2015 – Nov 2016)
Sequoia Capital and CapitalG funded company; CarDekho is India's leading auto portal valued at $700M
  • Facilitated 3000+ used car loans valued at $12M by building a platform across mobile (Android + iOS) and web
  • Reduced loan application processing time by 60% through an innovative camera user interface for document capture
  • Led a cross-functional team of 7 Engineering, 2 QA, 2 Design, 1 Junior PM, 50+ Sales and Operations in 5 cities


Software Engineering Analyst | Mumbai (Jul 2010 – Apr 2014)

🎓 Education

  • Post Graduate Program in Management (MBA equivalent), Indian School of Business (ISB), 2015 Finalist of 2 Global Case Competitions – IESE Barcelona, Impact Investing; CEIBS Shanghai, INNOVATE China
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Information Technology, University of Mumbai, 2010

Side Projects

😷 IndiaCovidResources.in

No-code Maker / Core Team (Apr 2021 – Jun 2021)
During India's devastating Covid second wave, I worked with two online communities with 200+ volunteers to build an app that helped 150K people get access to life-saving resources like oxygen, beds, medicines in time.
  • Built a no-code app in 2 days to help connect people to life-saving resources including hospital beds, medicines, oxygen, mental health experts, and more
  • Helped build a donation website visited by 3M users to raise $500K over a period of 2 months

😌 Mind Health

No-code Maker (Jun 2020 – Present)
Mind Health is an app that helps you improve your mental wellbeing by practicing mindfulness, and challenging negative thinking by identifying distortions.
  • Illustrated designs for 10 cognitive distortions and created an app in Glide to help users identify faulty thinking patterns and challenge the negative thinking
  • Added guided meditations to help users practice mindfulness meditations


No-code Creator (Sep 2020 – Present)
A platform to help designers to create their personal portfolios using Notion templates and help keep them updated
  • Created this platform in 30 days as part of Makerpad's 30-day challenge, serving 121 customers
  • Developed a 7 day email course and automated the operations with Zapier

Video Podcasts

This includes some of my top audio and video appearances over the years

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Tools proficiency

Product Management/Design:
  • Notion, Figma, JIRA, Notability, Miro, Mixpanel, Segment, Userbrain, Intercom
No-code tools:
  • Glide, Zapier, Integromat, Webflow, Carrd, Bubble

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