Mani Karthik

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Mani Karthik Return to India

Thanks for checking me out (the blog I mean).

I’m an entrepreneur, mentor, and blogger.

What does that mean?

Read on…

For almost a decade, I worked with companies in the US, Middle East, and India, helping them grow & scale online.

Metrics, spreadsheets, numbers, charts, projections…that kinda life. Phew!

I got bored. And took to blogging.

Quitting Silicon Valley to Becoming an Entrepreneur.

Blogging was a hobby to kill time, then. Something like a daily journal to note down things to me. Something to vent out. And boy, I did… (Read How to suicide)

But it soon got popular. No, wait.. not soon. Took almost twelve years.

I knew the blog was popular when I started getting nasty emails from strangers calling me cuckoo in the head. (Not one, not two, but a couple every day.)

Guess I was.

I quit my cozy job in the valley to start something on my own.

I decided to take on blogging full-time. (They covered it on CNN business here.)


Living the blogger life!

Some folks call me a professional blogger. I don’t have a liking to that word. It’s like calling a chef, a “professional chef”. Wait what? (Ok, I made that up.)

But I loved the idea of sharing ideas with people. Strangers to be precise.

Like my shower thoughts are now public and some dude sitting halfway around the globe gets to comment on it. Ha! Sweeeeet! 😀

Anyways, so that made me a blogger and an entrepreneur. I started my own studio startup in India. (And wrote this long-ass article about how to start your own business in India.)

I work from my cozy home studio and sometimes get lost there. But it’s pretty awesome.

Especially when you get to work for yourself, at your pace, at your place.

No bosses, no deadlines, no colleague stooping over your shoulder. Nice and cozy!

It’s a great way to channelize your creativity and explore yourself.

Mentoring & Entrepreneurship.

Apart from blogging, I try to help. Sometimes startups. Sometimes people. Sometimes strangers.

‘Cos, helping is actually pretty cool. It makes you feel good (even though, selfishly).

Seeing that smile on someone’s face is so satisfying. (This sounds so hyperbole, but you get what I’m saying, right?)

I help startups grow and scale. Work with a bunch of them already in India.

Drop me a line on LinkedIn if you are one.

The Things I Do.

I’m a lazy workaholic. What that means is that I like to work at my own pace and optimize my time doing stuff that I love. That I’m obsessed with.

It actually goes back to my school days where I use to completely ignore subjects that I didn’t have a liking for while acing the ones I was curious about.

I don’t do agency work. Like helping others with marketing. I used to but realized it’s too much hassle managing projects. So I quit it.

Right now, I play around with fun projects I’m passionate about.

Like Dukaan – a revolutionary, easy-to-use eCommerce platform for India. I help the amazing team with Marketing.

And Return to India.

Return to India

This was an over-the-weekend project I put together that got a lot of accolades from the media and the NRI diaspora. Read news mentions here (The Quint), here (CNN), here (Yahoo), and here (DT Next).

(Along with Return to India members at our Hyderabad Meetup)

Today, it’s become this large eco-system of NRIs planning to return to India & those who already did, helping each other for the cause.

I’m super happy to have created this space.

Or DailyBlogger and DailySEOblog.

Daily SEO blog

Which, over the last couple of years have become a hub of online marketers and SEOs trying to learn online marketing. On DailyBlogger, I write about blogging tools & resources for bloggers.

And Return to India Jobs – which is a database of NRIs returning to India & searching for jobs. I also share about my experiences on the blog being an NRI, living and traveling to the  US…and stuff like that.

Return to India Jobs

Apart from these one-off projects, I work with several fun folks from the tech space, creating web apps, digital products and stuff.

How To Become a Blogger.

I recommend blogging to people trying to do something out of their regular jobs.

Something to keep you busy and earn extra income while at it. I mean, those cubicles and spreadsheets can soon get boring, isn’t it?

We all wanna do things on our own. We got our own ideas and wanna make them big, isn’t it? This is where blogging can help. It’s basically a platform to showcase your talent. Whatever you always wanted to show the world.

And blogging can earn you good income as well. (They pay you real good these days!)

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