Akshay Nair

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  1. What are some of your favourite quotes of all time?

    “If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night. I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently. When you look into infinity, you realize that there are more important things than what people do all day.” – Bill Watterson

  2. If you could be anyone, who would you be and why?

    The future version of me after I’m done procrastinating (also known as the version who is able to endure any pain and hardship that present version is putting off).

    Everyone else has their own difficulties to worry about (which I cannot claim to know), or has earned their own happiness rightfully (which I cannot claim to have earned) so I wouldn’t be anyone else.

    Instead, I would be the best version of myself that isn’t myself, the future me closest to the present.

  3. If you were (un)lucky enough to win the lottery, what would you do?

    • Talk to a lawyer and a financial advisor. Create plans and an investment portfolio. Protect my privacy in case anyone wants to publish my name. No one should know that I’ve won.
    • Additionally invest some money into long-term, low-risk bonds for a safety net.
    • Give a small portion to family and friends that don’t live with me (such that they don’t know that I’ve won); also invest in opportunities, such as education, for immediate family members
    • Donate a significant amount, including earnings from investments, to a number of charities ranked highly on GiveWell.org (again, without anyone knowing that I’ve won)
    • Fund scientific research, and use some assets to fund a number of startup ventures of my own
    • As earnings come in through the rest of my life, keep donating to initiatives, scientific research, and the same charities; by the time my death rolls around, everything will have been given away
    • The above steps will have been done accordingly such that it minimizes the amount lost to taxes

    (TL;DR: protect my privacy, create a safety net, allocate some to family, use the rest to invest and then fund good charities, science and startups with the returns)

  4. Why did you become a part of AOA?

    I’m not one to turn down an opportunity. Opportunities such as AOA can lead to further opportunities in the future, ones far beyond our present imagination. Where there’s risk, there’s often reward.

    Not only that, but being on extracurricular teams such as AOA makes me more extraverted and sociable because it forces me to interact with groups of people at a time.

    Lastly, I’m also looking for inspiration and ideas to kick-start my next app. AOA helps me manage an interesting university life, leading me to keep an interesting space in my brain. This is essentially an incubator for great ideas, fostered by a nurturing, inspirational environment.