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Janahan Sivaraman

Currently learning 2 languages "by ear". Cooking and sharing recipes. Secrets to growing your career in Tech.

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How to Migrate From Ghost to Substack (Pt 1)

Last week, I migrated the TTT newsletter from Ghost to Substack for 2 reasons 1. Better email deliverability 2. Network effects to grow the community Since switching, I've grown subscribers over 10%. It's not just me, see this thread from Louie Bacaj... In a prior role, systems my team and

How to Migrate From Ghost to Substack (Pt 1)
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TTT 20: I Need Help

Welcome to the 20th edition of the TTT Newsletter. I'll be sharing a 2 tweets I loved and a thought I had. Hi friends, இரவு வணக்கம் (iravu vaNakkam), Buenas Noches, and Good Evening from New York City! Tweet I loved I’ve been designing and operating distributed systems since

TTT 20: I Need Help
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TTT 19: I Was Wrong

Hi friends, இரவு வணக்கம் (iravu vaNakkam), Buenas Noches, and Good Evening from New York City! Thing I did Most people forget 99% of what they learn during a conversation in a foreign language. I came up with a strategy to combat this. A few weeks back, I shared my

TTT 19: I Was Wrong
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TTT 18: How to Add Value

Hi friends, இரவு வணக்கம் (iravu vaNakkam), Buenas Noches, and Good Evening from New York City! Thing I did I wrote the first in a series on How to Add Value: Reduce Urgent Pages. Our slogan at work is to “Add Value, then Make Noise”. We already covered how to

TTT 18: How to Add Value
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How to Add Value: Reduce Urgent Crises

In 2015, I quit my job to start a company with some buddies of mine. I did 14 hour days. I built real-time data pipelines with Kafka. I’m still impressed with what we built. But after 9 months, we ran out of money. I was so tired. I couldn’

How to Add Value: Reduce Urgent Crises
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TTT 17: Smooth Tamil

Hi friends, இரவு வணக்கம் (iravu vaNakkam), Buenas Noches, and Good Evening from New York City! Thing I did Last week, I went to Houston, Texas to visit my cousin. I booked the tickets on Tuesday and left on Thursday. 2 days in advance. Life is for the living. I

TTT 17: Smooth Tamil
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TTT 16: Obsession

Hi friends, இரவு வணக்கம் (iravu vaNakkam), Buenas Noches, and Good Evening from Nashville, Tennessee! Thing I did I took the entire week off of work from my job. I didn’t open my work laptop. In fact, I didn’t even bring my work laptop. As someone who has

TTT 16: Obsession
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TTT 15: Content Flywheel

Hi friends, இரவு வணக்கம் (iravu vaNakkam), Buenas Noches, and Good Evening from New York City! Thing I did I wrote a Twitter thread that went viral! I got a 48% raise this year. I didn't threaten to quit. I didn't get competing offers. Even with inflation at 17%. Here's

TTT 15: Content Flywheel
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TTT 14: Just Say No

Hi friends, இரவு வணக்கம் (iravu vaNakkam), Buenas Noches, and Good Evening from Maryland! This is where I grew up and where my parents still live. We added 30 newsletter subscribers this week! Thank you to everyone who read and shared "Brag Doc". The feedback was both encouraging and overwhelming.

TTT 14: Just Say No
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How To Ask For A Raise

I got a 48% raise this year. I didn’t threaten to quit. I didn’t get competing offers. Even with inflation at 17%. I thought you had to do both, but luckily I saw this LinkedIn post from Louie Bacaj in Feb 2022 - during Performance Reviews. Let me

How To Ask For A Raise