DiscoverAshley Talks – Asia Tech Podcast291: Ankit Prasad (Ashley Talks ASH18)
291: Ankit Prasad (Ashley Talks ASH18)

291: Ankit Prasad (Ashley Talks ASH18)

Update: 2018-06-27
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Podcast highlights:



  • 12:45 What is the Bobble keyboard?

  • 28:00 Does Ankit think Asia is a bit more narcissistic in social media? Will places like Europe or Latin America also hop on that train or is it something unique or heavily used in Asia? Also, does Ankit feel that this social media trend will continue and if so, what's next after emojis?

  • 49:15 Right now, so many companies out there are obsessed with data to feed future AI machines. In Ankit's view, what is the right way to use data?


Podcast notes:


  • 00:05 ASH18 - Ashley Talks with Ashley Galina Dudarenok

  • 00:10 Welcome Ankit Prasad to Ashley Talks

  • 01:00 Ankit programmed his first thing when he was six years old!

  • 02:45 Does Ankit think that ingenuity - when it comes to technology, this skill or curiosity - is learned or inborn?

  • 03:45 Ankit went and built a company when he was 16. Is he coming from an entrepreneurial background or is his family in business? How does that happen to a teenager?

  • 06:15 How did Ankit's parents react when he dropped out of college? Were they sceptical, mortified, excited for him? As a 16-year-old and suddenly placing that financial responsibility for the whole family on his shoulders, was Ankit stressed? Also, was it a smooth journey? What was his darkest moment?

  • 12:45 What is the Bobble keyboard?

  • 14:50 What is the most convenient or most used feature of the Bobble keyboard?

  • 17:35 Where is Bobble keyboard distributed right now? Is it only across India or does it have users from other countries?

  • 19:35 What is the business model behind the Bobble keyboard? How does it make money?

  • 22:30 Is Bobble keyboard possible to launch on Whatsapp, Viber, WeChat?

  • 23:10 What does Ankit think about this new generation of people and this new world of social media, emojis and the Bobble keyboard?

  • 28:00 Does Ankit think Asia is a bit more narcissistic in social media? Will places like Europe or Latin America also hop on that train or is it something unique or heavily used in Asia? Also, does Ankit feel that this social media trend will continue and if so, what's next after emojis?

  • 32:15 If Ankit had US$1 billion and he could spend it on any technology or any project of his liking to build something new or cool, what would he invest that money in? Following on, what can untangle us from the side of technology that makes us lazy, dumb and emotionless? What could save humanity?

  • 35:20 What is Ankit's favourite type of input method when communicating with people?

  • 36:10 What are Ankit's thoughts on the future of video content being put out on the web and the audio content that is being shared? Also, is the future audio or video?

  • 38:20 When Ankit started his business ten years ago, has it changed now? How has the startup ecosystem in India changed? Is it more startup or technology friendly? Does he see more and more people going into business?

  • 45:00 In Ankit's view, the difference between a business and a startup is in its mission

  • 48:15 How long can one be called a startup? Is there a time limit to one being a startup or is it more like a mission - one can be a startup even twenty years down the road?

  • 49:15 Right now, so many companies out there are obsessed with data to feed future AI machines. In Ankit's view, what is the right way to use data?

  • 54:25 What does Ankit think about blockchain technology - its problems and its future?

  • 56:30 Cryptocurrency is Ankit's favourite blockchain application so far. Why is he excited about it and how does that translate to his world? Also, is Ankit investing in cryptocurrency himself?

  • 59:10 AI is the technology Ankit is most excited about right now. Why? And how would he contribute to this technology's development?

  • 61:45 What is Ankit's favourite movie or book?

  • 63:40 Who within Ankit's community/family/famous person inspires him and gives him the traditional spark, passion or strength to go forward and keep changing the world for that matter?

  • 65:10 Check out Bobble keyboard at the Play Store or App Store
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291: Ankit Prasad (Ashley Talks ASH18)

291: Ankit Prasad (Ashley Talks ASH18)

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