quillbot founded Rohan Gupta is the CEO and Co-Founder of QuillBot, a cutting edge NLP startup with millions of users. He holds a B.S. in Finance and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He is passionate about technology, philosophy, and changing the world.
QuillBot is on a mission to make writing painless. We are starting with our state-of-the-art AI paraphraser, which functions as a full-sentence thesaurus. Millions of people already use it to craft sentences, improve fluency, and get over writer’s block.
In an exclusive interview with AsiaTechDaily, Rohan says:
Don’t assume other people (even successful people) have it figured out. Your life is a series of experiments. You need to build up your mental model and decision-making process instead of just following “best practices.” Those practices are a great starting point, but you need to understand the reasoning behind them and iterate them to match your own needs. Ultimately you need to build up your capabilities to make decisions in novel situations. I think this is also an important trait necessary to build up an interdisciplinary skill set, which is essential for a founder or business owner. A founder is always going to be involved with multiple aspects of their business. Having the ability to learn and then combine various knowledge bases will be something you use every day.
I try and remember that the real goal in life is to improve myself instead of my external conditions. Self-improvement is not something you lose. You can lose a job, and you can lose valuables but never self-improvement. But you can’t lose your skillset, and that makes it the most worthwhile investment. Visualizing what 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year of constant improvement can do helps motivate me no matter what situation I’m in.
I would have started “investing” in myself sooner. If I had understood the compounding nature of skills and knowledge, I could have developed myself even further than I am today. The real “race” in life is not against others but the perfect version of yourself.