Archive for December, 2016

When you are not practicing, someone else is. And when you meet each other, they will win.  This paranoia drove me in 2016. I double down-ed on the practice. To prepare for the right time, not knowing when it will come. Not worrying about it either. This list is a compilation of the content pieces that […]

This year truly tested me. It started with a massive high – we had pulled off a remarkable Management Buyout in 2015, closed the year with the best sales ever and entered Jan 2016 with spirits and energy at the highest levels possible. And then it struck! Feb-Mar 2016 The investment scenario had turned upside down. […]

At toll booths, boom barriers reflect the behavior of most organizations out there.  Employees approach with ideas, advancements, experiments, wild bets at the toll booth.  Someone, supposedly capable but mostly simply a checker, is siting. Accepts some form of exchange – money in real world, ideas, presentations, data in organizations.  And the boom barrier is […]


27, Dec 2016

Interviewed a super smart woman last evening. She is a visual designer. And while her work spoke for her talent and finesse, what stood out was an honest admission towards the end “Creativity doesn’t come naturally to me. I have to work really hard for it. It’s unlike the movies where one sit and creativity starts […]

People need to feel secure  In their relationships  At their workplace  Amoungst colleagues Around competition  People need to be told “I will watch out for you”  When times are bad  When times are good  People want to know that if they show up and give their 100%, they will grow as will the company  So […]

I just returned from a fundraising road trip.  6 days 3 countries 5 cities 1 key learning  “So Ankur, what do you think  of this player xxx?” “I think highly of them, but they are not in the same space” “But they can get into the space” “Yes they can, but they won’t”  “But what […]

When Vidur was 6 months old, we conducted a mental experiment.  Every night, when we put him to sleep, we played music. The same kind. Every time.  For about 3 weeks, we followed this regime. While putting in effort to put him to sleep. Effort that was visibly coming down with every passing day.  By […]

Something has changed on Uber maps. My home address, when pinned, reads the name of the colony next door.  So this morning I found my driver wandering in that colony. Called him to check.  “Sir – but you entered the name of this colony, so I came here” “I didn’t enter that. It was Uber […]

Is perhaps the only rule of fund raising as well “Don’t waste your time with explanations. People want to hear what they want to hear”  Prepare well.  And that means – prepare for what works for them. Not what works for you.  On second thoughts – this is the first and only rule for life.  […]