A failure resume is, as its name suggests, a list of rejections and setbacks.

This concept originated in academia, but can be applied to improve one’s career, resilience, and approach to challenges in any walk of life.

I’ve organized my setbacks by year (starting with 2016), and what constitutes a “failure” here is based solely on my own judgement. It’s important to not only list the failures, but also learn from them, so I will add reflections to some of them (in progress). This isn’t an exhaustive list.


  • Spent 6 weeks prototyping a solution at Verloop.io which doesn’t break even on cost
    • Lesson Learnt: In Enterprise SaaS, never write any code before someone tells you what they are willing to pay for that


  • Did not even get interview callbacks from my favourite NLP Company at the time: Rasa
  • Had to quit Soroco because of lack of opportunities to grow internally. Really loved the crew, which was smart but not agile or humble
  • Did not even apply to GoJek, Linkedin and Swiggy’s kickass Data Science teams
    • Lesson learnt: Be proactive. Take moonshots. Setting an upper-cap on your ambitions is kinda stupid

Inspired from Katherine Huang’s Fail Resume


  • Coming Soon


  • Did not even clear Amazon’s first programming round on campus