Gaurav Mantri's Personal Blog.

Oh LinkedIn! Please Take Away Endorsement Feature or Do Something About It

I used to love LinkedIn. I still do, but not that much. I login there once in a while to check out who looked at my profile just to get a kick that yes, I’m still somewhat important. Folks are checking me out :). Though it is becoming more and more irritating than being useful. One of the reasons … [Read more...]

Cerebrata Story – Azure Management Cmdlets

Continuing Cerebrata journey, in this blog post I will describe how we built our 3rd product – Azure Management Cmdlets. In short this product contains a number of PowerShell Cmdlets for managing Windows Azure. Why Did We Build It? Only reason I could think of regarding building this product was … [Read more...]

Hey Boss, You Got A Letter!

Dear Boss, Congratulations on your promotion! Now that we’re starting this new supervisor/subordinate relationship, I’m pretty sure that you may have some expectations from us as your subordinates and we will look forward to hearing about those. We do have some expectations from you as well which … [Read more...]

Cerebrata Story–Azure Diagnostics Manager

Continuing Cerebrata journey, in this blog post I will describe how we built our 2nd product – Azure Diagnostics Manager. History During the public beta phase of Cloud Storage Studio (CSS) before PDC 2009, a number of our users asked us the build the capability of visualizing their cloud … [Read more...]

Cerebrata Story – Marketing

In the previous post about Cloud Storage Studio, I walked you through our experience about building a product and making it commercially available. Now we were left with a gigantic task – How to market the product? In this post I will talk about what all things we did for marketing our products … [Read more...]

Cerebrata Story–Cloud Storage Studio

In the last post about our Cloud Storage Studio/e product, I mentioned how we stopped working on that product in favor of a desktop based product. In this blog post, I will write some details about building a product which turned out to be the flagship product for Cerebrata – Cloud Storage … [Read more...]

Cerebrata Story–Cloud Storage Studio/e

In the last post about Cerebrata, I spoke about our first product Omega.SDSClient and how in a period of 4 months that product completed it’s lifecyle. You can read that post here: http://gauravmantri.com/2012/06/05/cerebrata-story-omega-sdsclient/. In the post, I will continue from where we left … [Read more...]

Works With Me or Works For Me?

Question: If you’re a supervisor (read Boss), how do you describe your your relationship with your subordinates: Is it “They Work With Me” or is it “They Work For Me”? Also if you’re the subordinate, “Do You Work With Your Boss” or “Do You Work For Your Boss”? I’ve come across these two phrases … [Read more...]

Cerebrata Story-Omega.SDSClient

So we had a product (Omega.MSSQL) which can be used to manage SQL Server databases through a browser based interface. Around the time I came back to India, Microsoft announced Windows Azure and one of the component there was SQL Data Services (SDS, code named Sitka). It was presented as SQL Server … [Read more...]

Dear prospective employees, here’s what I ask of you and what you can expect in return

NYTimes written a nice open letter to Indians Graduates and Post Graduates which touches upon nice things. You can read that article here: http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/23/an-open-letter-to-indias-graduating-classes/. Then there was an equally good rebuttal from an employee perspective, … [Read more...]