Archive for the ‘Entrepreneurship’ Category

Build vs buy

15, Feb 2018

Build: We should build the capability of doing this in house. It’s core to us and we have the expertise to build it. Buy: This is important to us but we either don’t have the expertise to build it or the time to invest in it. We will be faster or better getting it done […]

Choice 1 Nothing that I at an individual level makes any difference. I could save animals, nature, not lie or steal or kill or harm – and yet the world remain the same. So fuck it – I will live life the way I want to. My way! Nothing else matters. Choice 2 Everything that […]

Let myself down

23, Jan 2018

You work really hard. And at some point that work stops becoming a process, a way of life, an approach. Instead, it attaches itself to a goal. A goal in your head, created by your expectations. And then you don’t hit the goal. Suddenly, while you should have met that moment with the reality of […]

It’s market practice

18, Jan 2018

Had a late night discussion within the senior management, on the principles of annual bonus. In question were people who join between Jan – Mar every year and are not eligible for the annual appraisal or bonus, in April. When they do go through the process the following year, should they be compensated for 12 […]

The other day, at an office party, a colleague asked me “All through this fund raising process, when things were not going our way, how did you remain so patient?” Inside of me, I was like, “patient? Me?” I am nothing like patience. Yes, I am calm on the outside. Tolerant. But inside, I am […]

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12, Jan 2018

Imagine you meet someone for the first time and get talking “So where did you do your MBA from?”, you ask. “Gujarat” “Wtf! Who does their MBA from gujarat. This guy looked smart to me!”, you think to yourself. “Oh ok. Where from in Gujarat?”, you ask. “IIM Ahmedabad” :) While this scenario is fictitious, […]

You were supposed to get something done And you couldn’t So you would come up with that elegant savior of all times An excuse As if, the excuse is good enough Since you have an excuse, you are seemingly pardoned from the crime of not doing the job Now go back to a normal day […]

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5, Jan 2018

Don’t regret what eventually happened or didnt Regret what you did or didn’t to make it happen   Don’t regret that you didn’t make it Regret that you didn’t even try

Imagine You, a male, are shouting at your wife/girlfriend in the middle of the market. Almost getting physically abusive. An observer, draws the courage to come up to you and says, “you do know you should be respectful towards women?” At that moment, it strikes you that this person is right. You are being a […]


3, Jan 2018

Most of us think of success as relative. Am I more successful than him? Does she have more fame than me? What do I need to do to become wealthier than him? Success isn’t relative Achievement is And we confuse success with achievement Success is absolute – what you feel within. It has only one […]

Last year, I started the practice of reflecting on the year from a content perspective and sharing my Top 10 Books, Videos, Articles and Blogposts from the year (Click here for the 2016 list) The exercise helped me a lot – because it mandated going back to all the key content pieces and find the […]

Student A and Student B give an entrance exam Student A scores 93% Student B scores 96% The cutoff of the exam is 98% Who do you think will feel worse at not making it? Most of us will say Student B When “technically” both should feel worse equally Both didn’t make it But Student […]

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9.58 Rings a bell? Let me give you a hint 9.58 seconds Now it does, doesn’t it? The world record for the 100m sprint Held by? Usain Bolt Know Usain Bolt? Of course. Who doesn’t? Let’s extend the quiz, shall we? 10.3 No? 10.3 seconds? Still no? Anil Kumar Prakash Maybe? Anil holds the Indian […]

It doesn’t matter what you say, people will understand it in their context, through their lens, colored by their biases, driven by their experiences That could lead to the false conclusion – “why does it even matter what I say?” Or the better conclusion “Instead of saying what I want to say, can I attempt […]

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We learn the most when we least expect the lesson Somehow the jerk, the surprise leaves an impression that’s hard to erase, ignore or forget. The beauty though – is that by the same measure one can’t plan for such lesson They just happen Maybe that’s what they call experience

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Institute or course?

18, Dec 2017

One of my personal favorite questions during an interview is What do you think matters more – the institute from where you story or the course that you study? Over years, there is an emerging pattern. Individuals performing external facing roles (sales, marketing etc) invariably say the institute name matters more. While internal facing roles […]

Congratulating an entrepreneur on raising funds is like congratulating a chef on buying vegetables It’s a milestone well passed But not a journey that’s yet over

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Smart or wise?

4, Dec 2017

You are smart enough to predict what will happen But are you wise enough to know how to react, when it does happen?

You are amazing

27, Nov 2017

You are amazing because you read my mind, you comfort me, you say exactly what I WANTED to hear at that moment or You are amazing because you speak your mind, you direct me to the truth, you say exactly what I NEEDED to hear at that moment Its easy to find people amazing if […]

your stamp on it

22, Nov 2017

A famous sculptor wanted to sculpt his final masterpiece on top of a hill He had time left for only this one – and he wanted it to be his best work ever He worked, day and night, creating patterns and bringing the mountain stones to life And when it was all over, he asked […]