Stoa Digest #05: You are what you portray
In a world where everything is now digital, try and be the most you possible!
Highlight of the Week
Comeback King of Good Times!! 🍻
For Community Night on Thursday, we revived the King of Good Times.
No, that doesn’t imply we had a cocktail party over Zoom!
Au contraire mon frére, we actually used him as one of our prompts for a Speed Meeting team activity.
What? How did we manage doing that? Well, we’ll tell you, if you give us a minute!
Here’s the prompt that was provided, and here’s where some of the pitches rest. Anuja, Saumya, Ashwin, Akshay, Shubham & Shonik’s team won this assignment with their pitch!
The Winning Pitch
Like we asked at this Speed Meeting - if there’s an idea you think would do really well in a Speed Meeting setting, do let us know!!
Let’s Rewind: Last Week at Stoa 📆
Tooling Workshop w/ Vensy 🛠
Cohort 2 had a workshop with Notion mastermind and Indian Ambassador to Notion, Vensy Krishna.
Safe to say, it was a great introductory workshop!
Wondering what people created from it?
Aravind built his first ever Notion page and Ruthvik had a very, very cool full circle moment.
Don’t worry Cohort 3, your time will come, but in the meantime if you want to dive deeper into Notion, I’ll leave you with Vensy’s Youtube to swim in!
Personal Brand w/ Raj 👥🗣
“It is in your hands to control what people think about you. You may be really good at something, but it can also drain you - you don’t have to do things only because the world tells you you’re good at doing them, that’s what can cause you to burn out.”
Raj, as always, took Cohort 3’s Ikiguide session one step further, and I hope they came out of this session with a little more clarity than they had when they started it.
Beer Game 🍻
TW: Don’t shoot the messenger!
Cohort 2 had a simulation game in one of their sessions, and suffice it to say, the competition was strong with this one. 😂
The biggest learning from it was, “Don’t panic in a moment of crisis” - if the thing you’re doing is panicking, you’re probably going to affect the rest of the people interacting with you negatively as well.
Also, communication is immensely underrated.
Birthday Parttaaayy! 🥳 🎂
Dheeraj Lobo - 14th July, Wednesday
Vipul Mittal - 17th July, Saturday
I think you know what to do to make them feel like shiny, sparkling, special gems that are part of the Stoa family on their birthdays!!
Community Buzz 🐝
There’s a Bombay meetup in the works, unfortunately though, all restaurants are closed on a weekend so you will have to make do with meeting on a weekday.
Anywho, Priyank has it figured out, and you can find more details here, if you’re interested, or in the vicinity.
Ishan & Shonik have revived the #gaming channel, and they’re both pretty brilliant ‘G(M)ods’ - so the next time you’re doomscrolling, you know what to do instead!! :D
If you haven’t had the chance to order yourself some Potata yet - Rahul, Ishaan & Nicaia might have to change this, and VERY soon - this’ll be the best biscuit you’ve had this year. Promise!!
Did you know Kunika keeps a Notion page of all the chai she’s had? 🤯☕️
Yeah, yep, yes, 100%, ofcourse she does!!
Fellows Rocket🚀Shipping🚢 Content
We’ve had lots of new rocket-shippers this week - spot 👁 them?
🔗 On Linked In -
🐦 Tweeple -
Nihal Rustgi‘s been steadily bringing his LinkedIn game to Twitter; here’s another one.
Mayank Jain - he also got featured in TOI!!
Ishan wrote us some notes on ‘How to start a startup’
We’ve got a Vlogger 📹 in our midst????
Pranav Manie on the Nature of work
For Stoans by Stoans ✍🏼📚⏯
There were a TONNE of movies, shows & Anime talked about on the
#tv-movies-yt channel, we strongly recommend you check them out!
Blogs & Resources 🤓
Looking for recommendations in the UI/UX space?
Varun suggests TIDF & Animesh suggested Uxcel.
Remember Dil Chahta Hai? Here’s a beautiful oral history of the making of the movie.
Meme Wars 🥲
Our memes have been waning this week, honestly, but!
This week’s shiny new winner of Best Meme goes to …………
"Don’t worry Cohort 3, your time will come"
Soooo much biased for cohort 3 :( :(
No one said us "Don't worry Cohort 2, extra stoa swags is on your way"
Honestly, I'm amazed by the efforts you people are putting in creating these blogs.
Surely a source for a lot of good insights in Stoa! Keep them coming 😈