Guru Khalsa

What are these projects?

Some of these endeavors are major missions, whereas others are quick experiments or demonstrations. Most (maybe all?) of my projects shared here are software-related, at least for now. Here they are!

PlanGrid

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I'm excited to have joined PlanGrid, where I now work. At PlanGrid I am working to build software that aids in the creation of large and complex buildings such as skyscrapers and highways. I am happy to have the opportunity to learn to work within the context of a larger organization, and in doing so to be taking part in the process of creating physical infrastructure. I appreciate the chance to be learning and growing from my many new peers.

Zoomforth

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In November 2012, I decided to join Chris Murphy to build a company together. We founded Zoomforth, and grew the company from nothing to a key component of many major companies' workflows. Along the way, my role evolved from being a lone programmer hacking out an MVP to leading a small engineering team as we capitalized on improving what we recognized to be the most important parts of our product.

I was incredibly lucky to have worked with exceptionally skilled and motivated peers at Zoomforth. I am also thankful for the support of our investors -- including the support of 500 Startups, whose incubator program was an excellent learning experience. In April 2019, after six and a half years of work, I left Zoomforth to join PlanGrid and explore new challenges. I am proud that Zoomforth continues to grow in my absence.

Radius

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As one of the first ten engineers at Radius, I had the opportunity to substantially contribute to the direction of the company. I joined Radius as my first job out of college, and worked there for two years and a few months. I was lucky to work with skilled engineers whose knowledge and guidance helped me to grow substantially. I learned Python during this time, and substantially improved my front-end engineering competency.

There were multiple projects I worked on over the course of my employment at Radius, but the most exciting and important was the initial application we built when we pivoted from Fwix to Radius. We pivoted from a local news service to a local business lead generation product, and rebranded in the process. On the strength of the initial Radius application, the company was able to raise a Series B round. I left around that time to found Zoomforth. Radius later went on to raise another 96 million dollars, and is still going strong.

Imgist

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I built imgist as a side project early in my career mainly to improve my programming skills. It uses Python on the backend, and at the time I built it I was fairly new to Python.

Imgist scrapes all of the image links on the reddit frontpage (as well as several subreddits), and then provides a viewing experience that shows those images in-line with their reddit titles. The images load in advance, thus providing a fast experience. The result is a smooth, slideshow-style minimalist experience for consuming image content from reddit. You can also jump back to any date, for any of the supported subreddits. It has been running since 2011, and thus has historical reddit content dating back to then. There are hundreds of thousands of posts in the database at this point.

I have not done any real work on it since 2012, but it attracted a small but rabid following when it was first released. Due to the strong support it continues to receive from that small group of users, I have maintained it, and so it remains functional. I intend to release it as open source at some point, but I have not made the time for that yet.

Unrelated Captions

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I created this project in 2010. There is an (often hilarious) absurdity in having images captioned by text that has nothing to do with the image. Initially it was all crowdsourced images, using a custom wordpress-based backend. Eventually, I decided to re-host the site as a static site. You can access the source code for the simplified static site here

AverageCats

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AverageCats was made in 2010 as a parody of LOLcats. It contains pictures of cats with captions of what the cats are actually doing. It uses a custom wordpress-based backend like Unrleated Captions to handle crowdsourced content. I have not given it attention since 2010.

LOLPlants

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LOLPlants is like LOLCats. But with plants. There are a lot of plant puns.

MLIA (My Life is Average)

Project Website (no longer running)

I created MLIA as a parody of FML (fmylife.com). It resonated strongly with many people, and spread virally. It contained crowdsourced anecdotes about "averageness", and was surprisingly amusing. An example would be "Today, I briefly considered getting car insurance, before realizing that I didn't want to deal with it at the moment. Then I had some trail mix. MLIA"

At the height of its popularity under my direction, MLIA was receiving over one million visitors per day, (with an average of 3 pages viewed per visitor). I learned a lot about scaling a project, viral content, and infrastructure over the course of running MLIA. After founding it in May 2009, I sold it four months later, with the goal of focusing on my engineering skills and finishing my degree at UCLA.

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