Archive for January, 2017

NO! Smart people and nice people think their smartness and niceness diminishes each time they say no to someone.  They believe they are saying no to their own capability of helping.  To their own ability to solve.  What we rarely realize is that the art of saying no is the highest level of respect you […]

I have a “problem” I have been trained to think that everything is a consequence of me. I am the source of the current situation. My thoughts, my actions led to what we are witnessing, especially if it’s bad.  I may not admit it all the time, but within I am already cursing myself. Scrutinizing […]

Yesterday at lunch with two super smart startup founders, we got talking about their pitch deck.  Pitch decks are super fun. I look at the nearbuy pitch deck every other week – trying to make it clearer, sharper, more succinct. And surprisingly find obvious ways of doing so, that weren’t so obvious before.  I told […]

Which one?

23, Jan 2017

Two emails – selling something to me – eyeing for my attention Which one will get a response? Which one went through more effort to write? Which one will continue putting in the effort, despite the response rate?   If we don’t respond too well to lazy work, what makes us think that the world will […]

I am privileged that a lot of people write in seeking help.  What shocks me, consistently, is how few of them know what help they need  My standard response to most emails is my favorite question  “How can I help” Here is the truth  No one will figure out how they can be useful for […]

Progress half done

18, Jan 2017

Self driving cars I am amazed at the pace with which this industry is being transformed. There isn’t any month where an incredible video doesn’t surface – from different companies – showcasing real life implementation.  Without knowing much about the technology – here is an admission I would still make.  It isn’t possible that everyone […]

I signed up for Amy at last week. Had been resisting it for a while, not sure why. On paper it’s the tech I should jump at.  An artificial intelligence based calendar scheduler.  Oh. My. God.  The first few conversations were awkward. Especially marking her on an email with real people. Asking for her […]

Customer service is a hard thing. Especially in India. The Indian consumer is one of the most demanding, and I would argue the most threatening as well.  It’s amazing how high the percentage is of customers emails to us that threaten to go to the consumer courts on their very first interaction. They haven’t even […]

I continue to be shocked by how little people invest in their personal development.  I bet there are more people with mutual fund SIPs than people who read 1 book every year.  Part of it is of course intent.  But the sheer number of people who wish to make a change but are unable to […]

2016 Resolutions Record at least 10 cover songs in my voice – 10/10 I sang more than 500 songs this year – and eventually recorded 30+. Might showcase some of them publicly for feedback Write at least 150 blog posts and at least 100 medium posts – 7/10 Wrote 197 blog posts However, medium didnt […]