Kuhan has always been drawn to pursuits that prioritize thinking and problem-solving over memorization, taking him down avenues he never anticipated going down.
In his culture, it's expected that one day you'll become a doctor, so Kuhan began his university journey in the sciences. Having always had an aptitude for math, he began taking math and statistics courses, which eventually led to a position at an insurance company in auto insurance, sparking an interest in becoming an actuary. Actuarial sciences seemed like the perfect solution to bridge his family's expectations with a career path that would allow him to do what he wanted to do - think, problem solve, and apply math in a practical way.
Four years of actuarial work later and the enthusiasm and interest had waned. He realized that actuarial work wasn't sustainably engaging to him so he had to find ways to make things interesting. One day the idea came to him to start a company that made the process of purchasing a car less agonizing by making clear what the total purchase and operating costs would be upfront. Thus, the Price My Ride startup was born. Energy and enthusiasm renewed, he worked on Price My Ride for a number of years, though in the end it didn't get too far off the ground. However, it did open the door for other side projects such as Gepeto (an app that uses augmented reality technology to encourage creative storytelling in kids) and The Scrolling Project (a non-profit organization aimed at breaking mindless scrolls we all get stuck in on social media).
When I asked Kuhan what his thoughts are on what a career is he had this to say:
“It's building momentum to move into something else. It's all about acquiring skills and finding new places to apply them. It could be a strange disparate application. Like I’m probably using a lot of thinking I learned in insurance and digital marketing (who would've thought) but it's true. Not necessarily building on momentum, but just using it. It’s OK to take a lateral move and move from industry to industry but so long as there's some application of what you know then that's a career vs a traditional career path. I'm all for switching industries. It doesn't take long before you're comfortable, and you separate yourself because you've done something else.”
Today, Kuhan works for a digital marketing firm in working with PPC and Google Ad work - a discipline within marketing that is rapidly becoming more math-oriented, and a natural fit for him. In regards to coming up with and exploring new project ideas, he doesn't think that that's something that will ever go away with him. He intends to continue working on various entrepreneurial side projects, as well as write essays and papers to connect with people on various topics - a surefire way to keep things interesting.