About

My name is Neha – welcome to Project Hustle!

Everyone has a hobby. My hobby, broadly speaking, is exploring various life projects and challenges in an attempt to improve myself – from technical skills to fitness challenges.

This site is dedicated to exploring these projects, learnings, and musings.

Let’s Chat

I’m always happy to hear from folks and if you’re in the Bay Area, always happy to meet up for coffee.

Welcome, have fun, and if you see something you like, feel free to reach out on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook.

I love meeting & connecting with people. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and love meeting people so if you’re in the neighborhood, reach out.

About Me

Education

I graduated from Johns Hopkins University and also studied briefly at Oxford University as a visiting student.

While at university, I double majored, double minored, though mostly focused on economics and computer science.

Year Off

After 16 years of trying way too hard, I decided to defer my job offer and take a year off to focus on self-developmental goals other than pure academics, including:

  • Solo-backpacking 30 countries
  • Vipassana 10-day, 10 hr/day meditation course
  • Fitness (Insanity/P90x)
  • Entrepreurial side hustles

Microsoft

These days I work at Microsoft as a Cloud Infrastructure Consultant – in other words, serving as a technical resource building cloud infrastructure and automation solutions for Microsoft’s enterprise customers.

Small Business

I’ve always had a deep love of entrepreneurship, growth strategy, and system-building. On the side, I run a small business with ~10 part-time employees and ~30 clients. While I develop my technical skill at Microsoft, this side business has been a fun outlet for that extra, entrepreneurial energy.

Interests

Broadly speaking, I spend a lot of time thinking about ways of improving myself

Personal Development Broadly speaking, I spend a lot of time thinking about personal development. I consider myself a constantly evolving piece of software - continually identifying the bugs and feature implementations I can add to myself and the million things I have yet to learn. Reid Hoffman terms this state “permanent beta”, which I entirely identify with.

Sometimes a feature gets added and the whole thing blows up (cue Stack Overflow), but for the most part, it’s worked out pretty well. I can’t imagine not being obsessed about personal development, what I can learn, and how I can improve; it comes with its ups and downs but for the most part, I’m incredibly proud of how far I’ve come and more importantly, how much further I have to go from here.
Optimizing Processes As opposed to simply continuing with the status quo.
Future Plans & Trajectory In other words, how to maximize the impact and value I provide in my chosen career path.