About Me

My name is Manish Jain and I was born in Pune, India then moved to the US when I was 4 months old. I’ve lived all over the US – Buffalo Grove, IL; Washington, IN; Bloomington, IN; Scottsdale, AZ; Foster City, CA; Washington, DC and Redondo Beach, California. Currently, I reside in Bombay.

On the work front, I have over 25+ years of experience in the technology sector and in the halcyon days of the dot com bubble, I co-founded shaadi.com (read the origin story). Since October 2005, I’ve been in Bombay to focus on technology-driven ventures which included an algorithmic trading fund (click for more info) and currently – MProfit which is an investment tracking app (Android/iOS/web) that seamlessly manages all your financial investments in a single screen. In January 2023, we announced a funding round for MProfit from Zerodha’s Rainmatter, Enam Holdings, and several others.

In addition, I’m an advisor to several startups and love interacting with entrepreneurs. If you would like to get in touch with me, email me at mrjain (at) gmail (dot) com.

About the name?

celestri.org was chosen because I wanted something that was unique and evoked the thought of the sky, which is something I don’t get to see very often in smoggy Los Angeles Bombay.

History of My Blog

March 22, 2020 – v8.0 launched
Since the world is dealing with COVID-19 I figured this would be a good time to update my blog with a new theme. Still using WordPress.com and one of their free themes.

April 4, 2017 – v7.0 launched
After using the self-hosted version of WordPress for the past 13 years I decided it was time to move to the WordPress.com managed service. I know all the cool kids are using Medium.com but I have over 500 blog posts from the past 13 years and didn’t want to run into migration issues and hence just moved to WordPress.com


April 19, 2011 – v6.0 launched
Updated the theme to Notepad.


December 28, 2008 – v5.0 launched
Using WordPress v2.7 using the Mandigo theme. Started to use a new commenting engine from IntenseDebate.


December 26, 2006 – v4.0 launched
Using WordPress v2.1.x. Click for more technical details.


May 15, 2005 – v3.0 launched
Finally decided to ditch the static web pages and go for a more dynamic platform, then i noticed a free blogging software that iPowerWeb offered called b2. Around the time I was about to implement b2, I stumbled upon WordPress and started using it instead.


June 15, 2004 – v2.0 launched
After moving the sites between several web hosters I decided to use iPowerWeb, at this point the website was still manually created using FrontPage/Dreamweaver.


1999 – v1.0 launched
I originally hosted the website at shaadi.com from 1996-1999 then switched it to homepage.com, a casualty of the tech bubble. I used Microsoft’s FrontPage to create the site.


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