Head of Product Engineering (Tools) @ Postman

2021 - Present

Currently, I am focussing on building the foundation for Postman Tools as Head of Product and Engineering. Join the mission 🚀 from Pune, Bangalore, or remote.


Senior EM @ Postman

2020 - 2021

I was associated with five products

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Staff Engineer @ Slack

2019-2020

I worked as a Staff Engineer at Slack. Since I have been part of Slack,

  • I have worked on the Calls Platform as a contributor.
  • I laid the technical foundation for Shortcuts as a Tech Lead.
  • Lead an internal automation tool as a Tech Lead. One of the core features is, to write one test case and run it against any Slack client ie Android, iOS, Web, and Desktop.
Akshay Deo — frankaffe
Akshay wrote his first code for a construction company at the age of fourteen; his favourite toy in his childhood had been his father’s precious Intel 286. At twenty-three, he built a product that raised seed funding and was later acqui-hired by one of the top five global ad-tech companies. He prese

Senior EM @ Media.Net

2016 - 2019

When Google announced Instant Apps for Android, we decided to shut down AppSurfer with a detailed blog post. Vaibhav Arya, then CTO and now CEO of Media.net, read this blog post and offered us to join forces with Media.Net. I worked with Media.Net for three years as a Senior TLM and Pune site lead.


CTO and Cofounder @ BetaCraft

2015 - 2016

When we were almost out of 💵, I went back to consulting to support the development of AppSurfer. I worked with one of the best Fintech startups in India, Simpl. I built the first version of Simpl's Android App, SDK, and real-time authentication microservice in Golang.


CTO and Cofounder @ Twist

2014 - 2016

After AppSurfer, we briefly worked on a hardware product called Twist. The vision for the product was to convert the most powerful computer in everyone's pocket, i.e., intelligent phones, into a remote control for the TV. We took this idea a little further by converting phones into game controllers as well 🤩.


But we were on a very thin runway and couldn't launch it into the market 💔.


Startup life

2011 - 2016

[Techie Tuesdays] Solapur boy Akshay Deo wants to build a world-class ‘true tech product’ out of India
Akshay Deo’s love of computers and the Android platform has led him to focus on building India’s next big tech product

At 23 (2012), I founded a company called RainingClouds along with three other co-founders. We built a product, AppSurfer, which runs Android on the cloud and can stream on any platform. We got a lot of buzz in tech blogs 🗞.

Try-Before-You-Buy App Demo Platform AppSurfer Lets You Test Apps On Facebook; Debuts An Android App Of Its Own
AppSurfer, an Indian startup working to bring Android applications to the browser so users can “try before they buy,” is today launching an Android application which lets users browse, test, then install the applications they like. The startup has also added a number of new features to its platform…
AppSurfer Takes Android Apps To The Browser, Lets You Embed Them Anywhere
Amazon’s Appstore for Android has long allowed consumers to test apps in the browser before purchase, but a new startup debuting now wants to offer an alternative. AppSurfer, as the company is called, has a bigger vision: it wants to become the “YouTube of Android apps.” Whether or not the company c…

https://venturebeat.com/mobile/appsurfer-adds-tablet-apps-to-web-based-try-before-you-buy-android-app-demos/

First video commercial of AppSurfer
AppSurfer at StartingUp pitch.

We successfully raised one crore INR (~200K 💰) as seed funding from One97 Mobility fund run by Vijay Shekhar Sharma (Paytm founder). We tried multiple use cases around this tech for the next couple of years. Still, sooner or later, the economics of running the business and revenue did not match to convert this into a profitable business 😞. Eventually, most of the products we built were built by Google. We detailed this journey in an official blog post.


College

2006 - 2010

I completed my computer engineering from PICT. As a final year project, we built the world's first Remote Desktop Client (RDP) for Android devices, called Omnidesk. We released this app in two versions, the free version with limited functionality, which got around 50-100k downloads, and the paid one costing between 2.5$-5$, which got around 10-50k downloads in 2009.


Btw I am also the proud owner of the world's first Android phone, i.e., HTC G1, which is demoed in the first video 😌.