I can't pinpoint the exact moment when I became fascinated with technology. But the closest I can remember is around the time my dad gifted an iPod touch to me and my brother that we both shared. The touch was unlike any other device, no lags, the User Interface friendlier than Canada haha, and of course, all our music in one place.
This was the first device I ever owned that I can say changed the meaning of technology for me - from some machine that you use to get work done to something you can call your own. This fascination somehow grew like a tree over the years to when I finally went to college and chose Computer Science as my major. Compared to my peers who geeked out on sci-fi and gaming, I geeked out on silicon-valley folklore and how the world has changed with the growth of tech. In fact, the only piece of decoration in my room back home was a framed poster of Steve Jobs with the infamous Pirate vs Navy quote.
I wanted to be a good software engineer but never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined getting my badge photo clicked at One Infinite Loop, former Apple HQ, which I read so much about as a teenager and attend meetings at Apple Park, current HQ, a place that looks like it's 30 years ahead, into the future. To be completely honest, I never had the confidence that I might one day work amongst the brightest teams in the one of the best tech companies in the world AND in silicon valley. But one small step after another led me in the right direction.
Clearly, someone was on point when he said, "You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future."
Mayank is an extremely lively person who is a tech maniac. He literally breathes the technology and to the date wonders about his own miraculous journey from an iPod in hand to Apple meetings at Valley. He admires Mr.Jobs and has rightly followed his footsteps.
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