WWD Reader Profile: Aditya Mahesh, Student/Entrepreneur


WebWorkerDaily readers are a diverse bunch. Every week, I profile a different reader and ask them to share what they do, how they do it, and some of their favorite hints and tips.

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Aditya Mahesh and I am a student at UC Berkeley where I teach a two-unit entrepreneurship class to undergraduate students. I’m also the founder and president of ZapPrep Tutoring, a college admissions consulting web site, and run AM Beat, an entrepreneurship blog targeted at webmasters.

What’s a typical day like for you?

I have class for about five hours every day and teach an introduction to entrepreneurship course to a class of about 60-70 students once a week. Aside from my work at Berkeley, I spend two to three hours each day working on ZapPrep, talking with potential customers, training our tutors and working with clients. I also spend an hour a day blogging at AM Beat and monitoring/discussing that latest webmaster/entrepreneurship news posted by members at AM Beat Wire, my social bookmarking web site targeted specifically at webmasters and entrepreneurs.

What gear and software do you use, and why?

I have an HP DV4-2045dx laptop, which was pretty affordable at under $600 and runs perfectly. I also have an Asus Eee PC netbook for when I’m traveling. Software-wise, I use Google Docs (s goog) heavily to share documents with tutors from across the U.S., and Skype to conduct online tutoring sessions.

As far as mobile technology is concerned, I have an LG Voyager on Verizon (s vz), which is good for texting and calls but has limited web browsing capabilities. That’s not really an issue, however, as I almost always have my laptop or netbook nearby.

What’s your favorite web working tip?

My favorite web working tip actually involves getting away from the computer. I find that I’m much more focused on my work and productive if I take periodic breaks during my workday, instead of sitting in front of my computer for hours at a time trying to finish a project.

If you would like to be profiled on WWD, get in touch with me at simon (at) gigaom (dot) com.

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