Hello. This is my timeline of the projects I’ve built—from newest to the oldest. I work as a full-time freelancer from home, coffee shops, etc. I enjoy doing this and while I’ve got good offers for positions as a senior developer or chief technology officer over the years, I’ve never taken any of them so far as I enjoy what I presently do. This page is a recollection of projects I’ve made. Presently, I’m actively working on 2 Android apps. I will update details on these apps in this timeline once the first version is published. But for now I’ve left placeholders (which you can ignore as well).
I built a finance management app called FinanceNow for my client. It’s a simple to use app that lets you input your financial data to get information about your financial health which includes your months to survive, insurance required and many more cool features. The app is a standalone app so no data gets sent to the internet, it’s completely offline. This app was launched on 10th June 2017 to the Google playstore.
And before that, I worked on a project called Yahavi which was an entertainment app. It was going well and I worked to build an excellent app but the client apparently ran out of funds and this project got stalled.
Before that, I built an eCommerce website for a company who sells cakes. It’s custom-built with an administrative panel from where my client can manage inventory on their own. Most of my apps are self-managed this way and I only get paid for development and no maintenance (since these are self-maintenable).
Before this, I was on a small break from working for clients, I had moved to my hometown and was there for a couple of months. Here I worked on a micro-business that now pays off a small amount every month. It’s a series of web plugins. I consider these as assets since they keep generating revenue every month through purchases (mostly foreign users). I’ve also written several free plugins as I’m a huge supported of FOSS projects as well.
And many more such plugins. I made some themes too…
I had learned how to build mobile and web apps on my own and studied how projects were made and delivered in larger corporates. I wanted to experiment single-handed fullstack development i.e. to build an entire product end-to-end single-handedly, and was looking for the right client to test this. And I got lucky...
The app was built completely by me from scratch. The client agreed with my proposal of individual development and I kept delivering to the timeline confirming that I was capable of such work. The app was well built and I did it cheaper too as the client agreed to a lower pricing option where I retained ownership of the source code. We also had agreed that I get full credit for development work so that I’m mentioned in any articles or media, and also that I had bragging rights i.e. to use it in any contest and win prizes—which I did...
Things were going well. The client had started to negotiate on me coming on board as the CTO for his startup and I thought things were going to settle down for a year or 2 with me working for a single startup.
But then all of a sudden the client breached the terms of our agreement. He had revoked the keys I had set up on the servers and removed access to me from the play store account—this was in violation of what we had agreed with, he could have legally paid the higher development rate that I had initially offered and obtained the source code. He even blocked my number preventing me from calling him so I wrote legal notices using the DCMA and copyright act to Google and IBM’s softlayer team. Google responded back that they would verify the ownership if it belonged to me and then take down the app if it did. And just like that in 24 hours, the app was down.
With this proof, I had written to the NS Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, IIM Bangalore whom the startup was incubated under but no response from them even with Google’s proof. I was not surprised considering that they give away tax payers money to startups with no justification on the legality of what they do with it.
Finally the client unblocks me, and then we make further negotiations that ends up in him settling to finally purchase the source code legally. The client didn’t stop with the app block, he committed further crimes and I have written a summary of those in LinkedIn for anyone to read it… Part 1, Part 2. The final payment was half the actual amount and so I agreed to give rights only to the Android source code and keystore file which he needed and lift the ban, and allowed the web source code which was already stolen to be used by him freely without raising any more issues. Legally the web source code still belongs to me but then you win some, you lose some…
This was a large project considering that it had tons of features and I gained a lot of experience which I could not on my earlier projects, which were a range of small-to-medium sized projects.
A website for my dad’s business who was able to get some leads through it.
A multi-lingual medical consulting website for my cousin which unfortunately wasn’t promoted or used well… yet beautifully designed and coded.
A beautiful blog for a good friend…
In between all these projects, I used to go to many meetups related to my work. This even helped me get clients (like the "highway delite" client was from a meetup). I even gave a talk in one meetup.
I even took a free workshop on introduction to ethical hacking, web development and android development at Hasanath College, Ulsoor at this time but unfortunately took no photos then.
And my first project when I moved to Bangalore—an Android app that was to be internally used by a Bangalore-based real estate startup. The day I landed in Bangalore, I had already set up a meet with “The House Monk” who found me through Quora. Fortunately, I had the skills that they were looking for in an Android developer—a programmer working with reactive extensions for Android (RxAndroid).
Before I had moved to Bangalore, I was living in my hometown. A city called Trichy in Tamil Nadu. Even then I was building apps and taking workshops. The reason I even moved was to find more opportunities and Bangalore was perfect for my work.
Through a referral from a professor, I got to conduct my own Android workshop for a college. This workshop was a grand success and over 300 students turned up, they enjoyed it and even got in touch with me weeks / months after the workshop. I still keep in touch with some of them every now and then.
Before this, I was invited to be a guest of honor for a conference where I was also presented a paper for the International Journal for Research in Applied Science and Engineering Technology (IJRASET).
The main reason I wanted to publish my paper was because one of my professors from college had liked my final year anti-malware project and she encouraged me to submit a paper on it in any computer science conference. And so I did, and it got approved and even published in a journal with an SJ impact factor of 3.995.
I was at the end of my college days that I realised that I enjoyed doing projects. So, I figured that it was a good idea to register as a company. So, I started up on August 2014, by registering in the sub-registrar office in my hometown.
Even before this, I had done many projects and workshops during college itself and that is what even led me to startup on my own.
A friend who ran an educational academy for students invited me to give a paid 3-hour talk on programming along with some other events at Idhaya Engineering College for Women, Chinnasalem, Villupuram District, Tamil Nadu.
Before this I was working on a web app for a friend. It was called “Hiveyo”, an interesting contact management concept which didn’t really take off back then.
Before this was my first paid project which I ever made. It was an Android app we named as “MediScan” and my friend did not want to pay a project centre for his final year project. So he offered to pay me instead to develop it… I had created proper wireframes and made the app professionally. This was because I wanted to make projects professionally. So I learned about various agile processes used within IT companies and how they moved from wireframes / prototype to MVP / final product.
My own final year project was a real-time anti-malware system which I called as “Killer". But officially for college, it was known as “Portable Data Protected System” (PDPS) and it used a different approach to preventing malware attacks on computers. I even packaged it in a read-only pen-drive so that it seemed like a fancy commercial product that can simply be plugged into a computer to enable it’s protection.
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Towards the end of my first year, I attended a workshop on Ethical Hacking conducted by InfySEC, a cyber security company from Chennai at St. Joseph’s College on the 25th and 26th of June 2011. I had made an interesting query during the workshop and they liked it (so much that they even took a photo of it). After the workshop, I had a conversation with the head, Vinod Senthil and he was fascinated by the knowledge and experience I had on web security for my age. More than that, he told me he liked me as a person and asked me if I could manage their company’s Facebook page as a social moderator and a technical instructor. I accepted the request and gained a ton of experience interacting with various folks who were in security and many young enthusiasts who were getting into the field.
In my second year of college, I had become the head of the CyberKatz Computer Club. Back then, it was the only computer club in the college. And second years did not become heads of clubs, I was lucky to have good seniors who recommended me.
When I first joined college I already had a couple of “blogs” and websites made. The news that I know to build websites spread and one day I was asked by a senior to build her final year project. It was a large project in scale to what I normally made back then. I took it as a challenge and I built a web app using a mobile-friendly web framework called Sencha Touch. It was a web-based mobile-friendly version of Uber made in a time long before we even came to know of Uber.