If you’re in the tech space you’ve probably heard of Sriram Krishnan and Aarthi Ramamurthy - kick-ass Silicon Valley power couple who’ve worked with legendary folks like Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Marc Andreesen, Jack Dorsey, to name a few and host the popular podcast ‘The Aarthi and Sriram Show’
2 years ago, I tweeted for the first time ever -
It didn't work.
But I never deleted that tweet because I was sure I’d work with them someday.
2 years later, I'm working with them!
Here's the story👇
Watching folks from my hometown trailblazing, putting themselves out there, & making it big really inspired me over the years to follow my ambitious dreams.
I knew I wanted to work with them.
But I wasn’t sure how I was going to do it.
They were out there collecting the Tech infinity stones working with Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Netflix, Microsoft, YCombinator, a16z
And I was just a random kid from Chennai with zero connections or clout. How can I get in their radar?
Enter: The Aarthi and Sriram Show
I loved the show. More importantly, I was the show's target audience.
So, I did the obvious👇
The show was the perfect opportunity for me to get on their radar. I was persistent bc I believe if you look up to someone - you will learn a lot by working with them.
So, I tweeted @ them, sent free show art/DMs, & asked my friends to tag them.
Till last year.
Last year they had a mixer in Chennai - I had to be there.
Despite the thunderstorms - I got there, met them, & handed them a note signed as their 'future show guest'.
I expected them to forget about the note or discard it but...the next day I woke up to their kind DMs 👇
But I still wasn't working with them.
I didn't want to send a resume, it was boring & they get it everyday.
I sent them a pitch deck...pitching myself.
I sent it & went to bed with no expectations. In a few hours, I got an email - they wanted to get on a call!
Fast forward: It worked! I currently work on creating content for the show!
Here's the #1 thing I like about working with them👇
They have an iterative approach to building - It's never 'do this', it's always 'let's try this', 'what do you think?'
But working with folks you look up to has cons: They were only supposed to be in your head; initially felt intimidating regularly texting/ideating w. Them🥲
With time, I'm sure they'll continue to reach new heights & I will (hopefully) go on to do interesting things but our paths crossing has been iconic for me.
I'll end with this:
Reach out to your favs, it might just work out!
In case you’re wondering, here’s that first tweet: