Outliers 54: No to social media, meetings at 7.30 am, embracing “human and interpersonal networks”

Pankaj Mishra April 13, 2018 1 min

The first time I heard about Gourav Jaswal was some time in 2003-2004 when I was early in my career and working with technology media group, Jasubhai Digital Media.

“You must meet him,” Maulik Jasubhai, the group’s CEO had told me while hiring me. And then there were legends about how Jaswal would turn obscure ideas and aimless pursuits into meaningful and impactful journeys.

Finally, I met him few weeks ago when he walked into FactorDaily office one afternoon.

Over past few years, he’s been running Prototyze, a new age business incubator.

Jaswal is not on WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, you name it. But he still manages to stay ahead of the information clutter, thanks to “the human and interpersonal networks” he so passionately curates.

Jaswal is fascinating and inspiring for many reasons as you can also find out by reading this narrative from Sumanth Raghavendra.

For me, I believe more of us should learn from the way Jaswal has built and evolved with his own “human networks”, far from the clutter and pretentious worlds of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


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