Kapeesh’s Newsletter

Kapeesh Saraf
Weekly recommendations and musings on the past and future of education, technology and being human
Created 10 Jun 2021
  • What Comcast taught me about procrastination
    25 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 3 0
    In 2013, I had a Comcast landline to support the intercom in my San Francisco apartment building. I moved a few months later but I didn’t cancel the landline connection until 2015, a full 2 years late...
  • My advice to my 25 year old self
    20 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 1 3
    If I could give 1 piece of advice to my 25 year old self, it would be to cultivate more side hustles. Why side hustles? Many people in their late 20s or early 30s ask me for career advice. Already suc...
  • The counterintuitive secret behind Coursera's $5 Billion IPO
    24 Aug 2021 • 1 min read • 3 1
    Conventional startup wisdom is to focus intensely and not get distracted. Coursera was the largest edtech IPO of the decade and is projecting $400M in 2021 revenue. It got there not by focusing, but b...
  • My favorite meeting, team battle rhythms and time billionaires
    19 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 0 3
    I started a writing workshop this week. The idea is to post a short essay or thread to twitter every single day for 30 days. I’ve aggregated links to all of this week’s posts below. How to use a weekl...
  • You are a time billionaire
    19 Aug 2021 • 1 min read • 1 3
    A million seconds is 11 days. A billion seconds is 31 years. A 20 year old has little money, but 2 billion seconds. As a 35 year old, I'm still a time billionaire with probably 1.5b seconds left. How ...
  • How to use a weekly experiment review to create a growth culture
    14 Aug 2021 • 2 min read
    This is a quick atomic essay I’ve created as part of the ship30 writing workshop. The Weekly Experiment Review was my favorite meeting at Coursera. Many leaders want to create a culture of experimenta...
  • Setting the Battle Rhythm of a Growth Team
    14 Aug 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    This is a quick atomic essay I’ve created as part of the ship30 writing workshop. Let's talk about the cadence of rituals to set up your growth team for success a.k.a. the battle rhythm. Growth is cha...
  • To overcome stagnation, find the child within
    09 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 9 7
    In my last week at Coursera, someone asked me, “What’s something from the early days of Coursera that you wish the company could retain as we scale?”. I couldn’t come up with a great answer, so I’ve b...
  • Lessons learned: Achieve clarity of focus with two simple questions
    12 Jul 2021 • 6 min read • 5 0
    This post is about lessons learnt as a career Product Manager. While focused on PM, I think it can apply to anyone. Would love your feedback, and please let me know if you would like me to write more ...
  • Hello ambiguity!
    30 Jun 2021 • 4 min read • 9 3
    “I did one too and it was the best thing I ever did!” “I’m so jealous. I wish I could do this as well.” Those were the most common reactions when I told people I was taking a “career sabbatical”. I wa...
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