Saif Ali Shaik

  • @saif_shines
  • Senior Developer Advocate, Freshworks
  • Chennai
I'm one of those who thinks we could do a lot more with technology than what we are actually doing with it today. Also, I always get excited about entrepreneurship that reinforces the global economy to spin. 

I enjoy reading code like a book and writing code like a story. Operations that are involved in technology infrastructure is only investment but not an outcome that I am proud of.
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Senior Developer Advocate

  • Freshworks
  • Apr 2021 - Present

Developer Advocate

  • Freshworks
  • Apr 2020 - Apr 2021

Developer Advocate Trainee

  • Freshworks
  • Jun 2019 - Apr 2020

Developer Evangelist Intern

  • Freshworks
  • Jan 2019 - Jun 2019

Student Experience Intern

  • Udacity
  • Sep 2018 - Dec 2018


  • Google Developer Student Clubs
  • Aug 2017 - Dec 2018

Campus Editor

  • LinkedIn
  • Feb 2018 - Dec 2018

Student Partner

  • Microsoft
  • Aug 2017 - Dec 2018

Lead, Cognizant Student Club

  • Cognizant
  • Mar 2018 - Dec 2018

Campus Ambassador

  • HackerEarth
  • Jun 2017 - Jul 2018

Dell Campassador

  • Dell
  • Oct 2017 - Jun 2018


My 2021 Highlights

3 Highlights

Technology and Business

9 Highlights


22 Highlights


Nov 28, 2021
Nov 28, 2021
Sharing experience
I stayed about ~ 4 months alone in a single flat in Chennai when the government imposed COVID travel restrictions. It was easy in the beginning until my first 45 days. Most of all, it helped me become a more independent thinker.

Today, I wanted to talk about the last 45 days at home and my transition back to work from the office.

The Routine
Oct 20, 2021
Oct 20, 2021
Sharing experience
A few months ago, I started reading a book — Tools, and Weapons. I don't remember how I started reading this book. Brad Smith, Chief Legal Officer at Microsoft, wrote this book. Curious about our legal works in the tech industry, I started reading this book. I still haven't completed it.

Read more on Toxic Legalise I took action on.
Oct 10, 2021
Oct 10, 2021
Sharing experience
By default, people often as us - What do you want to become when you grow up?
Maybe that moment when we were a kid. The teacher comes in and asks us this question. I quickly said something I don't even clearly remember - an electrician? An engineer? The same question is in different ways as we grow.
More general question one should ask - What professions do you know, and what parts of it are you curious about them?

Aug 29, 2021
Aug 29, 2021
Wrote a Blog Post
Living hundreds of kilometers away from home is something I've gotten used to within a few months after moving to Chennai. Parents. They don't really get a chance to sit side by side in class to see me interacting with friends, classmates, or situations. The ones who raised me over two decades can only picture what day-to-day looks and feels like.  

All this while, when I say,

  • I went to mess and have lunch with my friends.
  • I don't get cell phone signals in my hostel room.
  • I wrote an exam, and I scored in A, B, C subjects.
  • My hostel food is terrible.
  • I had fried rice, noodles, or pizzas.
  • I took a local train from A to B and then a share auto to reach the hostel.

My parents can imagine what I say. They are aware of what I am talking about and suggest ideas that are best to their knowledge.

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Aug 21, 2021
Aug 21, 2021
Wrote a Blog Post
I read that failure is the stepping stone to success before even I know what loss is or what success is. I remember first reading this statement somewhere in a classmate's notebook and then on a wall at my school. I never thought about it until the next exam, and I got lower marks than my expectations. I somehow perceived it as a failure.

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Jul 25, 2021
Jul 25, 2021
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My whole life, I developed this lousy paradigm to become as independent as possible. We feel restrained to do a lot of things from a very young age.

  • If I need to buy a new bag, I need to ask my parents for it.
  • If I need to go on a holiday trip, I need to seek permission for it.
  • If I need money, I need to request it.
  • If I need to take leave, I need to place a pleasing letter for it.
I understand all these manners are in place to cultivate organized and safe living. 
  • The parents do it to protect us. 
  • The school does it educate us. 
  • Organizations expect it to have us participate in the mission, whichever they are on.
The only answer to escaping from manners that restrained me would be to earn a lot of money or to own/lead a business where I write rules. For which there won't be any rules to order me. I would be independent.
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