Archive for the ‘Entrepreneurship’ Category

Nothing changes your life in 30 seconds  Don’t fall for the trap, the easy diet, the short cut, the motivational video, the click bait, the pretty face, the higher pay.  What will it take to be successful? It will take everything!  ?

Email from a colleague that’s moving on  ?

I am an eternal optimist. People who know me well call me the irrational optimist.  It’s my belief that the future is always beautiful. Tomorrow is always better than today.  The operating word I chose to describe the future is better.  It will be bigger. It will bring in more gratification. It will make you […]

Drop the debt 

15, May 2017

Debt is largely a misunderstood financial instrument, especially at a consumer level. Somehow taking debt is not considered being financial prudent. While there is enough literature to suggest that debt can be a fantastic lever for growth, if managed well.  Reason it carries a bad reputation is because of all the horror stories when the […]

Right before the gym entrance this morning, I am greeted by a guy I have seen several times working out.  “The gym is closed” “Really?”  Of course the question was a rhetoric. I wasn’t going to believe him. I went up to the door. And indeed, there was a closed sign hanging on the door.  […]

As the founder of a pro-consumer tech startup, the right thing to say is “customer is the king”. The right thing to say is that we are “customer obsessed” The right thing to say is that “the customer is always right” Just that – the customer isn’t always right. The customer is always optimizing for […]

I rarely talk about the future. Because it’s my imagination that I will try and impose on someone else, without having given them the basis for imagining it.  However, day before, I found myself doing so. Talking about the future. How I imagined nearbuy to be 2-3 years from now.  It sounded like science fiction. […]

I tend to think a lot. More than I should. And starting this year, I wanted to change that.  The human ability to imagine, sets us apart, in both good ways and bad. While it’s allowed us to created the world that we live in today, where the environment isn’t creating our world but we […]

…and yet someone would have thoroughly enjoyed the journey, the pain, the joys, the emotional ups and downs.  …someone would have said, “I don’t even know what Rome is. I am just in love with the process.” Long term quality results require long term quality focus.  No short term reactions.  No drama.  And it’s so […]

We have been taught to mind our Ps and Qs, since we were kids.  Say please. Say thank you.  And we have mostly done a great job of adhering to it. Well, mostly  However, notice how our thank you are almost always trigger-based  Someone does something for us. Thank you.  Someone brings something for us. […]

I saw “I am Bolt” – a documentary on Usain Bolt, this weekend.  It’s about his journey to become the fastest man ever on earth, and to go on to win Golds in 3 consecutive Olympic Games – a feat that will remain largely unmatched for a long long time.  Watching the documentary made me […]

Be silent – in the heat of anger Be silent – when you don’t have all the facts Be silent – if your words will offend a weaker person Be silent – if your words will offend anyone Be silent – when you ought to listen Be silent – if its none of your business Be silent […]

Recall how many times we have asked something from someone And then reacted adversely to the response, when it came through  Anger, sadness, rudeness, hurt, let down, defensive Ever thought how unfair this is? We asked a question  And couldn’t deal well with the answer  Do I look fat in this?  Over time the opposite […]


20, Mar 2017

The easiest thing in the world is to expect something from someone else I expect you to love me  I expect you to show up I expect you to understand  I expect you to care I expect you to appreciate  I expect the world to… The hardest thing is to expect something from your own […]

They say entrepreneurs make better investors. Because they know the grind. They have been through the emotions. They recognize the fears and the irrational optimism.  Entrepreneur turned investor A combination that works  Just that, it doesn’t.  An investor’s default response is meant to be no. An investor’s job is to enter and exit businesses. Their […]

Under promise and over deliver does not work anymore  Customers expect more  Employees expect more  You should expect more from your own self  Momentum is precious. The only valuable act you and your organization can indulge in.   Making sure you over deliver.  And because you can over deliver, go ahead and commit more  Over […]

On 31st January, I went live on Facebook to share the nearbuy brand brief, as part of our search for a creative agency.  It was honestly a natural thing for us to do. We were frustrated with the current pitching process in the industry. And realized there were so many awesome agencies that we had […]

Everyday Every single moment  Our brain has the power to think, to imagine And what’s separates humans from other species is our ability to imagine the future. The possibilities. The multiple outcomes.  And most of us misuse that power.  We misuse the power when the ability to imagine is used to imagine the worst.  And […]

At times you find life lessons in the oddest of places.  Security messages when you are onboard the aircraft are mostly considered useless. You have heard them several times. Of course you know how to use a seat belt. It’s 2017! And no, when something bad happens we won’t remember to follow the lights on […]

We all hate it, don’t we This is how the rules are  I am just following the system  I can’t help you. The right person is sitting there in that corner We are like this only  Sorry ma’am. I understand but I can’t help  No you don’t understand And yes you can help But it’s […]