About me

I’m a first-generation immigrant and was the first in my family to attend college. For most of my life, I’ve felt like an outsider trying to make sense of the world without a map. I’ve used books, media, and questions to build mental models to help me navigate the terrain.

I started college as a pre-med student who was on track to become a doctor in 7 years. I was a certified EMT, have spent 200+ hours volunteering in hospitals, and conducted microbiology research as a freshman.

Despite checking all the boxes, something didn’t feel right.

At the end of my first year, a few friends and I attended a startup weekend at Rutgers. We built a chatbot that made it possible for people to text their doctor’s office for appointments.

It was the first time in my life that I felt like I was creating value.

Until that point, I used to believe that practicing medicine was the only way to help people. It was the only way I knew how. That weekend, I realized that making things people want was going to be my way.

The following semester I switched to the Rutgers Business School, where I wanted to learn how to start a startup. I quickly realized that I was in the wrong place.

Everyone around me was too busy trying to get a job at a big company.

As a competitive student, I started to check boxes again. I was president of the entrepreneurship society, worked full-time at startups while balancing a rigorous course-load, and landed an internship at a FAANG company.

Again, like medicine, I realized this path didn’t excite me.

I reneged my offer and eventually decided to drop out.

Afterwards, I continued work at startups full-time while tinkering with new ideas in my free time.

I’ve mostly worked at venture-backed companies in product, operations, and growth marketing functions as an early team member.

Outside of the office, find me: reading, hosting dinners, writing, learning new skills, or listening to a podcast.

As of January 1st, 2020, I moved to San Francisco.

If you’ve made it this far, let’s talk. I’d love to hear your story.

Still curious? Listen to parts of my story here.

This is a year old, since then, I’ve changed my mind about some things I mentioned here.


Twitter: @abhimvyas

Futureland: @abhi

Highlighter: @abhi

Reading.supply: @abhi

MyStack: @abhi

Breaker: @avyas



Oct. 2016: I asked Gary Vaynerchuk for an internship in front of 1,500 people at a conference

Aug. 2017: My 1-1 with Gary at the end of my internship

Nov. 2017: Vlog of the longest day of my life (traveling from NJ to SF)

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