Studs and FIghters

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by Karthik Shashidhar on Monday, January 26, 2015

Fringe, Geekery & Life Hacks

Session type

Technical level


To understand the life-changing framework of “Studs and fighters”, which describes two problem-solving methods which are neither mutually exclusive nor exhaustive. This framework has proven impact in various walks of life.


There are two kinds of people in the world. Studs and fighters. Imagine the round-the-world race between Ganesha and Subramanya ( Subramanya took the fighter way out, putting in the hard yards and toiling (to be fair his peacock did most of the toiling), and completed the race. Ganesha was the stud - thought for a whle and found an “easy” solution to the problem.

This represents two methods of problem-solving which we shall call “stud” and “fighter”. This talk will describe the framework and present its implications in different contexts and circumstances. For example, what kind of person should you recruit for what job? Should Mitchell Johnson be dropped because he gave away too many runs last match? Why does street food taste better than food in a chain restaurant? Why do Carnatic concerts have standard formats? And so forth.

Speaker bio

Karthik Shashidhar is the inventor of the concept of Studs and Fighters. He came up with it sometime in 2007 while toiling away at a job that consisted of simple but significantly repetitive work. Since then, he has applied the framework to various phenomena in the world and is at the forefront of the research on this framework.