Learning by Shipping

Build. Ship. Learn. Repeat.

Abhishek Chakravarty
8 min readSep 5, 2021


Photo by Kelly Sikkema
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For the past several months, I have been trying to improve my 5K timings. The good thing is, there are tons of FREE videos on YouTube by top running pros offering tips on how to run a fast 5K.

I sat down and watched lots of videos to improve my 5K speed. but guess what happened? Just watching youtube videos didn’t get me anywhere.

To run a fast 5K (or a marathon for that matter), one has to actually practice running faster each day. As you try running faster, your body learns & slowly transforms itself to deliver the aerobic performance needed on race day.

All that Content

Just like running videos, there is a lot of Product advice on the internet — Newsletters, Twitter threads, Blog posts, Free and Paid courses, you name it. And some of this content comes from the best in business, people who’ve built products in the top companies of the world.

We love to read their experiences, listen to them talking about the amazing products they’ve built. Of how they turned an epiphany into a multi-million dollar business.

With all this amazing content, I think you’ll agree that one doesn’t need a degree to learn about building Products anymore — all you need is the willingness to learn. It’s all out there!

If you’ve never built & shipped a single product in your life, this content is a great place to start. And yet, all this content is just half the recipe.

Much like getting faster, the only way to really learn to build products is to actually be actively engaged in the process of building a real product.

Internet Content vs. IRL

You see, the thing with most product content on the internet is that it’s highly opinionated — and ridden with survivorship bias. It is also artificially cleaned & structured — written & timed to maximize readership and retweets.

But In Real Life — the process of building products is anything but structured.