PRODDUCT at Spotify

I had a blast last night hosting a PRODDUCT event at Spotify! We had a great turn out and I personally got a value out of the discussions and the ideas that the audience presented. We kicked off the event with a quick product design activity where I asked audience members to sketch out a new feature for Spotify’s iOS/ Android app. Audience members were given five minutes sketch out their ideas and then present them to the audience. It was great to see the amount of audience participation there was for this activity. We then had a fireside chat with Jason Yip, who is an agile coach at Spotify. We dived deep into Spotify’s Product Development process and left plenty of time for audience Q&A. Below are some of the pictures from the event:

The HoloLense Experience

“We’re making a long-term bet that immersive, virtual and augmented reality will become a part of people’s daily life.” – Marc Zuckerburg

This past week I had the opportunity to try out the HoloLense at Microsoft Build in San Francisco. I was overall impressed by the experience. Having also experience the Oculus Rift, I found the HoloLense to have way more practical use cases other than gaming and entertainment. As with any new technology, the HoloLense still has a long way to go to be ready for the mass consumer market but it’s great to see Microsoft thinking ahead and innovating towards the next platform after mobile.

Zain Abiddin Hololense at Microsoft Build
Zain Abiddin tries out the Hololense at Microsoft Build

The following video goes deeper into some of the possibilities of Hololense:

 

Interviewing Lewis Howes on CreativeLive

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend Lewis Howes’s CreativeLive Course called “Start Your Profitable Podcast & Build a Brand“. Lewis himself is the host of “The School of Greatness”, a podcast I’ve been listening for a couple of years. He interviews renowned athletes, authors and people who have already achieved some level of greatness in life. By being a part of the in-studio audience on CreativeLive I got the opportunity to sit in a hotseat and get direct feedback from Lewis himself on my interviewing skills. Here’s the video below:

I consider Lewis a mentor of mine. I’ve learned a lot about building an online business through his podcast and the content he has shared. He recently also came out with the The School of Greatness BookIt’s a great playbook for making your vision into a reality.

In the book he goes over the following 8 Steps for living a life of greatness:

  1. Create A Vision
  2. Turn Adversity into Advantage
  3. Cultivate A Champion’s Mindset
  4. Develop Hustle
  5. Master Your Body
  6. Practice Positive Habits
  7. Build a Winning Team
  8. Live a Life of Service

The book is filled with stories of how Lewis himself was able to use the above steps to change his life from living on his sister’s couch to becoming a successful entrepreneur. It’s a highly practical book that I highly recommend you check out!

Meeting Mark Zuckerberg

This past Thursday, I got the opportunity to meet with Mark Zuckerberg and ask him some questions about his personal life at a Q&A at Facebook HQ. Here’s the video from the Q&A. You can see me ask Mark about his daily habits as well as the advice he would give his younger self at 33:30 Min in the video here.

 

Check out the pictures below:

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Q&A with Mark Zuckerberg
Q&A with Mark Zuckerberg

WWDC14

This past June I had the opportunity to attend Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference. This year, Apple did something different. They decided to pick the attendees for this year’s conference through a lottery system. I was lucky enough to get picked.

It was my first WWDC and I had no idea what to expect. For me, the highlight of the event was meeting my heroes. I was able interact with people whose work I admired from afar. People like Jonny Ive, Marissa Mayer, Tim Cook, Eddy Cue and Phil Schiller.

For me, it was quite surreal to meet these folks but after having a conversation with them you realize they are just as human as you.

Perception & Success

I recently found a lost video of an event that I hosted at my company’s office back from June 2010. When I founded Chillik Media back in June 2010 out of a business plan competition at my University, I was introduced to Sunjay Nath. Since then, I have built a mentorship relationship with him.

Here’s the presentation he did on “Perception and Success” at Chillik Media offices: