Archive for the ‘Entrepreneurship’ Category

I signed up for Amy at x.ai 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 […]

Talent

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.  […]

Last evening, at a team dinner, a much loved colleague remarked “We don’t have assholes in the founding team”  He didn’t mean assholes. Instead, he was using it interchangeably with attributes such as taskmaster, autocratic, “shut the fuck up and get this done” DNA.  I felt at peace within, when I heard this. Because over […]

Grow.  It’s a big world.  There’s room.  You fit.  I promise. 

I was told of a WhatsApp group last evening by a colleague Upon getting added to the group, you can send in a request for an Uber ride, identifying the pick and drop. Someone will respond with a quote less than the price Uber quotes. You transfer that amount through PayTM to that number. The […]

Million dollar home Million (or billions) in funding  Press coverage Facebook and instagram shares Awards  Top lists Jury invites  Special passes Autographs  Success!  Success – in the form we all have been trained to believe exists.  Success – that we all work towards. Crave for.  A misplaced definition of what the world chose for you […]

At 22, I was a shy, low on confidence, single track mind, under exposed to the world guy.  Nothing to write home about.  So when I meet a 22 year old confident kid, who knows the world, who understands the power of story telling, who knows their own self and their place in the world, […]

I always take the front seat when in a cab. Besides being more convenient, it is also respectful. Never understood the deal about sitting behind.  Today though I was terrified.  Because the seat belt wasn’t working.  All through the ride, I found myself reaching out to the belt, subconsciously. I felt naked. Incomplete. Scared.  And […]

Who is winning? 

7, Nov 2016

During a match or race, this is such a valid question.  During a debate or a conversation though, no other question can be worse off.  When stepping into a debate, the intention is to discuss, put your point across and listen. Perhaps refine your view, or establish it even further in your head.  More importantly, […]


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