Hi! I’m Harshita Arora. I’m a young engineer and entrepreneur. I started programming when I was 13 and since then I’ve done engineering internships at companies like Salesforce and DoNotPay. I’ve created a dozen iOS apps, and one of them (Crypto Price Tracker) was acquired by Redwood City Ventures. I’m now interested in brain-computer interfaces and working on a mind-controlled drone.
I got interested in computer science and programming through my CS teacher in middle school.
I didn’t know anything about computer programming until 7th grade -- so I certainly didn’t know that it was something I wanted to do. As a kid, I wanted to be a biologist.
Sunk-cost fallacy! See this: https://twitter.com/michael_nielsen/status/1062032179016818691
I think it’s a combination of sunk-cost fallacy (I’ve already been on a streak working towards this goal for the past x days, let’s not screw the discipline) and being intrinsically interested in the work and learning I’m doing.
I listen to music. I sometimes call up my parents or other close friends. I’d suggest reading Epictetus for people who are stressed very often. Stoic philosophy will help.
I admire Patrick Collison a lot -- I think he’s the most intellectually curious person I know. And he’s also very optimistic and kind! He’s the CEO of Stripe.
In my field (brain-computer interfaces), I admire Ed Boyden a lot! He’s a neuroscientist at MIT who’s done important work in optogenetics and expansion microscopy.
I’m still 17 years old! But if I were able to give advice to my younger self, I’d tell her to read even more books :)
Also read this: https://patrickcollison.com/advice
I ask my mentors for feedback. That’s the most reliable source to avoid personal biases :)
My blog: https://harshitaarora.com/
My Twitter: https://twitter.com/aroraharshita33
My LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/harshita-arora11/
Happy to connect!