Mayuresh Kathé

About Me

I’m Mayuresh Kathé from Mumbai, India.

I was born here, have lived here all my life, and will probably die here, this city is too endearing to leave.

On my father’s side, I bear Indian roots, while on my mother’s side, I’m part European, descended from one of the Greek races.

By training I’m a Fabrication Engineer. My exposure to engineering started when as a kid I was gifted a Mechano set for my birthday, I was mightily impressed by the fact that I could take a bunch of pieces and create something of significance.

By profession I’m a Software Developer. My exposure to computing started at school, when I was in the ninth grade.

My school had a program to introduce students to computers to give us a good foundation to build upon.

Again, I was mightily impressed by the fact that you could create something and change it almost instantaneously to suit the changes dictated by the problem at hand.

This brought me the realisation that software was lot more malleable than hardware, and I loved it.

School was good, I was an average student which was because I could never focus on subjects which I wasn’t interested in, which in turn was an outcome of the inability of my teachers to convince me about the practical application of subjects other than science.

College was great, I got trained by some of the best teachers who showed me how every topic in every subject was important towards mastering my selected engineering discipline.

I worked hard, and the results showed, I topped through all 4 years at college and got selected by Larsen & Toubro Ltd. through campus interviews.

I’d done summer training at Larsen & Toubro Ltd. and had designed and developed a robot to weld inaccessible joints on tube-to-tubesheet heat exchangers.

The robot turned out to be a success which led to my employment with them, and an option to choose a field of work.

I chose to change my field over to software development.

I applied myself like never before and enjoyed every moment of it, and even now, after so many years still enjoy it.

I’ve faced the Kobayashi-maru (mythical Vulcan no-win scenario) in real life, got destroyed almost totally, but re-emerged stronger than ever before.

Contact Details

Email: mayuresh@kathe.in

Career Objective

I'm looking to work with someone with a desire to create great products.
Am willing to tear down walls, build bridges, and light fires.
I have lots of energy, a bit of that “vision thing” and I’m not afraid to start from the beginning.

Work Experience

Larsen & Toubro Limited, Mumbai (1996 - 2000)

The largest company I've worked for till date.
A great company of engineers, building products for engineers.
This was the incubator for my ideas, also a great work environment in the earlier phases.
Improved internal Management Information Systems to bring them on par with changes to user interface technologies.
Researched and implemented the company's first HTTP based information disemmination system.


Vantel Technologies, Bangalore (2000 - 2001)

The biggest mistake of my life.
The Bangalore division was a start-up with a lot of managers but no products.
They never had any direction and ultimately got shutdown due to mis-management.
Created the specification for a proposed $100 Internet Access Device as well as designed the graphical user interface for the same.


Tisya Microsystems Private Limited, Mumbai (2001 - 2003)

Invested heavily in funding this start-up.
Tisya was founded on the premise of developing smart, easy to use computing environments for the general user.
Designed the human interface guidelines for the computing environment being developed in addition to managing the developers through the product development cycle.


Pinstorm, Mumbai (2004 - 2005)

A great work environment.
The first web related start-up that I worked for.
It was an in-between step for me, going from being the most important person at Tisya to a regular employee at general computing industries.
Systemetized the product development processes, environment and tools.
Formed the design and development team.


Cleartrip, Mumbai (2005 - 2006)

Company with a good vision.
Worked during the startup phase as a technology leader cum technology team builder.
Initiated formation of the software development team.
Did rapid prototyping of product modules.
Developed internal information management systems.


Ticketvala, Mumbai (2006 - 2007)

Company with a good idea.
Worked during the startup phase doing project management.
Assisted in refactorization of the visual elements of the existing product.
Advised on changing the business model to suit realities of business environment.


Vaima Technologies, Mumbai (2007 - 2014)

I realised that I love to do a mix of technology and business, basically application of the right technologies to solve a business problem, and figured that the best way to do that would be to act as an independent consultant.

Education

St. John's High School, Bombay (1982 - 1992)
Secondary School Certificate.

Fr. Agnel's Polytechnic, Vashi (1992 - 1996)
Engineering Diploma in Fabrication Technology.

National Institute of Information Technology, Mumbai (1996 - 1999)
Professional Diploma in Network Centered Computing.

Skills

Web Front-end Development.

Hobbies

In addition to tinkering with Web based technologies, I love listening to Jazz and Western Classical music, and reading books on Indian and World history.

Bragging Rights

Survived a brutal 3 hour long examination for Black Belt in Tae Kown Do.