The Man Behind World Pulse

Jensine Larsen
Posted December 1, 2017 from United States
Ankur Naik
The Man Behind World Pulse
The man behind World Pulse - Ankur Naik
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There is an astonishing man behind World Pulse. You should know him.

For over a decade, Ankur Naik – World Pulse’s technical architect - built World Pulse alongside me. His hands have invented, tested, curved, created, and engineered nearly every pixel and byte of the World Pulse’s social network from the ground up.

At a time when it seems prominent men everywhere are becoming exposed as abusers of women, it is refreshing to expose a man who has devoted his life, his hands, and his heart to creating space for women across the globe to tell their true stories. He has lovingly built and crafted the vision of World Pulse from the day it was a small seed in our imaginations – and for that I will be forever grateful to him.

I remember the first day I met Ankur so many summers ago in an old Portland coffeehouse for an interview. At the time all I had was a brochure and big idea. I thought he was quite sweet and stylish with his cap and dark frame glasses. But then he stunned me with his thorough analysis and proposal for what was possible technically for World Pulse. I can’t believe that I did not know then that one of the most fortunate meetings of my life had just happened. I had encountered someone that would alter my own life forever.

And since that day, Ankur has ALWAYS been there, for that call late at night or at the crack of dawn if the site is down, or some other technical emergency arises. It was as if, every time the baby cried, he would get up to care for her over long, tedious, inconvenient nights. His long term steadfastness through difficult times brings me to tears.

In the early years he completely volunteered his time, working late every night on the side of his full time job. He would stay up until 3 or 4 in the morning coding, building, debugging, designing. Patiently listening. Searching for solutions to help. Passionate about equality and justice. Always determined to make World Pulse the best it can be to as a vessel for the dreams and visions of women – a place for connections to transform lives. In our meetings – often loud with womanish laughter and surging emotions, Ankur sits gently poised, always at the ready with intelligent counsel and options for making World Pulse better and better.

With quiet grace Ankur helps to hold and nurture the space that surrounds all of us, online and offline. He has become a World Pulse historian, cataloging all the past home pages of World Pulse and sharing them for us in silly power point presentations to make our team laugh. And we have delighted in his understated love of 80’s dance music, his sharp fashion sense, Star Trek, vegan doughnuts, his dog Mazzy, and how he is always off on another wacky group bike ride. We celebrate his quirky sense of humor, his dependability, and most especially his faith and belief in all of us to make this dream come true for women and men around the world.

Although he is shy and prefers to be behind the scenes, there are rare times he is visible in the World Pulse online community. At these times, when the World Pulse women see his face and feel his presence he gets showered with appreciation. Gertrude from Zimbabwe said to him, “If I were god, I would create more Ankur Naiks in this world!” And Sunita from Nepal said, “I can’t help but imagine if all men were like you, Ankur, how few days it will take to bring the revolution.”

Now there are more hands chiming in to help design and improve the World Pulse platform – hands of both men and women. Ankur has paved the way for their tender support to grow our dream together.

Every day Ankur reminds me of how committed a man can be – an unflagging force day in and day out, supporting the movement for women’s empowerment – for all of us, women and men. He is a model and friend to other men, many who are finding their way and their voice. A true partner and ally – a visionary and a leader. No matter which way you look at it – we are all grateful for Ankur inside and out. Myself most of all.

Thank you, Ankur for being the web magician of World Pulse’s voices. With all that I am, thank for being my partner in this dream.

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  • Tamarack Verrall
    Dec 03, 2017
    Dec 03, 2017

    Dear Jensine,

    Thank you so much for telling us the background story of Ankur in such wonderful detail. How wonderful to know that you have had such profound support, also to know that such a deeply committed man walks the earth and decided to become committed to your seed of this now full bloom, giant, magnificent Grandmother Tree that is our beloved World Pulse. His decision and dedication to take on the many growing pains of the tech wizardry has made so much possible for us all. Ironically I had just returned from getting help from my older brother who is dependably available to solve my tech questions, as his quiet commitment to WorldPulse. I had the chance to meet Ankur briefly, was able to witness his peaceful and steady presence there, and had wished that I had thanked him. Thank you for making it possible for me to thank him now for all he has done and continues to do. 

    With love and gratitude to you, to Ankur and to the whole Team,

    Tam

  • Jensine Larsen
    Dec 04, 2017
    Dec 04, 2017

    Oh Tam, thank you for your uplifting words.  I am so glad you had the honor of meeting Ankur, and he the honor of meeting you!   The gentle technologist who supports us all -- this is an archetype that needs to be more recognized and celebrated!!

  • Sophie Ngassa
    Dec 01, 2017
    Dec 01, 2017

    Dear Jensine, am very touched by this story. Thanks for throwing more light about Ankur's work and commitment to the progress of World Pulse. Yeah! Ankur "The Web Magician", hats off to you. I really appreciate for all the men in the world who are devoted to helping women succeed. I have also benefited enormously from the support of men in my Tech journey. I had the chance to communicate with Ankur once on the World Pulse site. Accept warm greetings for Cameroon.

  • Jensine Larsen
    Dec 04, 2017
    Dec 04, 2017

    Thank you Sophie - your words touch me, touch us all.   It is important to hold up and honor the gentle work that many men do to support women and help them succeed.  We need each other.  I am so glad you have those that are supporting you on your ambitious journey too!! 

  • Olutosin
    Dec 02, 2017
    Dec 02, 2017

    Dear Jensine, Thank you so much from sharing this story, so encouraging. Ankur is such a loving man. I have met and appreciated him too. Our world is blessed with a man like Ankur. What if all men were created like Ankur, there wouldn't be any reason to speak against domestic violence or inequality because they wont exist. Thank you for being a great example that men could be good. Thanks Ankur.

  • Jensine Larsen
    Dec 04, 2017
    Dec 04, 2017

    Yes, OLU, YES!!  We are blessed ... if we can shine spotlight on more men like Ankur perhaps they will multiply!   I love you!

  • jlanghus
    Dec 02, 2017
    Dec 02, 2017

    Hi Jensine. Thanks so much for sharing the story about the behind the scenes wonder that is Ankur. I too wish there were more male advocates for women's rights, visions and overall well-being. He sounds like a true hero, and I'm glad to hear about him and his part in creating your amazing vision/platform for women. It's also great that you are shining the light on him, and expressing gratitude for all that he has done and continues to do:-)

  • Jensine Larsen
    Dec 04, 2017
    Dec 04, 2017

    Thank you Jill for your words - and all the amazing words you share to our community network, uplifting so many!    Yes, Ankur is a true hero, no doubt about it, and if I could I'd sing his praises every week of the year!    And, you are my Shero for all you do for World Pulse! Thank you.

  • jlanghus
    Dec 05, 2017
    Dec 05, 2017

    You're welcome:) Thanks so much for your acknowledgement and words of gratitude. They mean so much to me:) You have such a rare and wonderful gift of uplifting everyone and making them feel so loved, special and acknowledged. Please keep up your awesome work.... Namaste:-)

  • mae me
    Dec 02, 2017
    Dec 02, 2017

    Dear Jensine,

    I am smiling while reading your story about Ankur.  Give my warmest Thank you for him.

  • Jensine Larsen
    Dec 10, 2017
    Dec 10, 2017

    Thank you Maeann for your kind comments about Ankur - he is a gem!  I love your mantra "connect with a heart" - you are doing that every day on World Pulse. Thank you so much for being such a strong support to so many members.  We love you!  

  • mae me
    Dec 11, 2017
    Dec 11, 2017

    Youre welcome I am happy to encourage :) and connect with a heart...

  • Ankur Naik
    Dec 05, 2017
    Dec 05, 2017

    Thank you so much for the kind words, Jensine and everyone! It's been a great privilege and honor to be part of World Pulse and to see it grow over the years. The most rewarding and inspiring part has been witnessing all of the fantastic work, connections, and impact being created by our community members. I'm excited to see what the future brings!

  • Jensine Larsen
    Dec 10, 2017
    Dec 10, 2017

    Ankur - My wish is that every day you are overflowing with awareness of all the lives you have touched.   We are the lucky ones and I too am filled with excitement for the future.  Always evolving, always so curious to see what will be - anything is possible - thanks to the foundation you have created.   THANK YOU!!! XOXO

  • JulieG
    Dec 06, 2017
    Dec 06, 2017

    Dear Jensine,

    I'm so grateful you directed the spotlight to Ankur, so we can all know and appreciate his story, dedication and commitment to not just the technology, but also to the mission.  Thank you both for your steadfast commitment and hard work! 

  • Jensine Larsen
    Dec 10, 2017
    Dec 10, 2017

    Thank you Julie - He truly is one of the most special people I have ever met.  I am sure he will appreciate your kind words.  Thank you for all the ways you lifting up those around you! 

  • Soumya Vilekar
    Dec 07, 2017
    Dec 07, 2017

    Dear Jensine,

    Amazing to read about this wonder magician who has been there with WorldPulse and continues to create the magic of WorldPulse with his style . Truly appreciate the way you introduced and then spoke about the man behind WorldPulse. I ahve been here on WP since last 5 years and it has been an evolving journey for me . Every moment WP has added value and courage to my decisions, work and existence. Thanks so much Ankur to you , for standing with this amazing community.

    Regards

    Soumya

  • Jensine Larsen
    Dec 10, 2017
    Dec 10, 2017

    He is a wonder magician  - how did we get so lucky?  Wow - 5 years!  What you describe is how it has been for me too - an evolving journey!  It touches me to hear how much you have gained by being a part of this special community - you are a big part of the magic that is here with all that you bring. Thank you for your presence and light here.  We are so fortunate to have you and to witness your leadership and vision.

    Hope to meet you one day!

  • Lana Holmes
    Dec 27, 2017
    Dec 27, 2017

    Beautiful, articulate and well deserved acknowledgement of Ankur.  Thank you for taking the time to acknowledge his longstanding, tireless efforts and more so... his devotion to the elevation of what is needed for World Pulse.    Much love and respect,  Lana

  • Niko Grimanis
    Jan 15
    Jan 15

    What a wonderful story Jensine.  I feel so privileged to have worked with Ankur as a QA Tester.  It has been such a pleasure to be part of his team; putting our heads together towards a common goal.    

    I learned so much.  

    Thank you 

    Niko

  • Lily Habesha
    Feb 23
    Feb 23

    Hey Jensine,

    I was bragging about the man Gashe Tamiru to WP members, thinking he is the only man who joins WP and encourages everybody to join WP. He invited me to some Plat Forms and invited me to speak about WP in places.

    This Ankur is another great man , I never heard before about him. But one day, when we were taking digital change makers 101 training one of our trainers mentioned there's a guy who is behind us all.

    Greet this brother for me.

    Love from Ethiopia

    Lily

  • bukkystars
    Feb 25
    Feb 25

    God Bless him.

    Olubukola Adesina