Archive for the ‘Entrepreneurship’ Category

As far back as I can remember, I wanted to be a space scientist. An astrophysicist to be precise.  My immediate and extended world knew of my dreams. That of doing my PhD from the US and working at NASA.  And in 2002 I left for the US. To pursue my PhD. From Michigan State […]

The founder’s role

15, Feb 2017

I spent almost the entire past weekend trying to resolve a conflict at work. I knew I had to intervene to solve it. I had to take charge. Fix it. Make sure the problem was solved and not just the situation.  It seems the conflict did get resolved.  It seems I had some role to […]

People stand in line for hours when an iPhone launches, to be one of the first to buy  Women tend to express their emotions better than men  Research suggests that  high EQ is a better indicator of success  Squatting is one of the fastest cardio ways to burn fat  Driving a car in the first […]

Imagine an angry mail written to you Imagine a conversational fight you are in the middle of  Imagine an individual being mean to you Imagine a situation that requires you to react  At that moment, your instant feeling and thus your instant reaction – is conclusively the wrong one.  It’s the hardwiring of evolution that […]

IQ was what got the previous generation to succeed. Mostly.  Not anymore.  In today’s world of distraction, instant gratification, unlimited access and boundless opportunities – your ability to focus is what will make you stand out.  Focus is the new IQ Here is the deal about focus It’s spelled as “consistency”  The irony of today’s […]

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 […]

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 […]