I’m Garen Checkley

Hi, welcome to my most-minimal website! You can reach me at GarenCheckley@gmail.com or @garencheckley on Twitter.

My Work: Emerging Markets, Tech, and Culture

I work in Google's Next Billion Users initiative. You can see some examples at:

Gender-equity related

Toward Gender Equity Online: Research with the Next Billion Users (Google 2019)

“Privacy is not for me, it’s for those rich women”: Performative Privacy Practices on Mobile Phones by Women in South Asia (SOUPS 2018)

Gender Equity in Technologies: Considerations for Design in the Global South (ACM 2017)

General emerging markets related

• A Framework for Technology Design for Emerging Markets (ACM)

• Designing Great Apps for New Internet Users (Google I/O '17)

I’m also working on

• understanding the capabilities, contexts, and people who are just now coming online.

• moving to / living lived in Bangalore, India.


I'm *trying* to learn Hindi -- so feel free to talk at me in Hindi.

Readings I like, with some notes

I read lots of random stuff, sometimes take notes. Here are some good ones.

• The Drunkard's Walk by Leonard Mlodinow (garenNotes)

• Poor Economics by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo (garenNotes)

• Factfullness by Anna Rosling Ronnlund, Hans Rosling, and Ola Rosling  (garenNotes)

• Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson (garenNotes)

Portfolios of the Poor by Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford, Orlanda Ruthven (garenNotes)

• White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (garenNotes)

• The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt (garenNotes)

• Mismatch by Kat Holmes (garenNotes)

• Made to Stick by by Chip and Dan Heath (garenNotes)

• Systems Thinking for Social Change by David Stroh (garenNotes)

• Traffic by Tom Vanderbilt (garenNotes)

• Geography of Thought by Richard Nisbett (garenNotes)

Don’t Think Like an Elephant by George Lakoff (garenNotes)

• Orientalism by Edward Said (garenNotes)

• Scarcity by Mullainathan and Shafir (garenNotes)

• The Next Billion Users by Payal Arora (garenNotes)

• Planet Money 1000 by NPR (garenNotes)

• A Never Before World by Rama Bijapurkar

• The Evolution of Everything by Matt Ridley

• Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey Moore

• Measure What Matters by John Doerr

• Design Driven Innovation by Roberto Verganti


• The End of Average by Todd Rose (garenNotes)

• Curb Cuts (and the Curb Cut Effect) by 99 Percent Invisible

• On Average by 99 Percent Invisible

• Productivity by Sam Altman

• Incremental and Radical Innovation by Don Norman and Roberto Verganti


(Trying to do more of this.)

• Scooters, Technology, and Gender in India 

The Bandwidth of Work 

• The Premium Sachet


• What’s up with the homeless situation in San Francisco in 10 slides