Archive for the ‘Entrepreneurship’ Category

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, […]

Thought experiment  You lose your memory. But science has advanced. The reconstruction device can selectively gather your memory from someone else and upload it to yours. But it can only do so for 5 people. 5 people Their memories about you Uploaded onto your brain To reconstruct yourself Who will those 5 people be? What […]

Give everyone a mask

3, Nov 2016

I am a big fan of anonymity.  It works. No one can deny it.  And no matter how hard you try, no matter how much you care, no matter how much you listen – radical honesty isn’t easy to come through.  Embrace anonymity.  Invite anonymous questions for the town hall Have an anonymous feedback form […]

Stick to your decisions  It’s terrible advice, in my opinion, in these times.  The platform that we are all standing on today, is changing.  Every moment.  The only religion then, worthy of standing by, is the belief that you took the best possible decision in the circumstance that you were in, with the data that […]

I am scared 

20, Oct 2016

I am scared Not because I have witnessed the result of the decisions Not because I know exactly how much it will take Not because I have failed before and know what it feels like Rather I have heard how it sounds I have been told what failure is like I have seen it from […]

Only 5% create noise  Only 5% create ruckus  Only 5% break the law  Only 5% are brutal, unsympathetic, cruel and don’t care They don’t necessarily win in the end, or get their way. And even if they do, it’s short lived and gives a false impression of victory.  But they alter the path  They force […]

Three reasons Misalignment of incentives: happens 20% of the cases The conflicting parties are not aligned towards the same goals. One has been told to increase sales at all costs. One has been told to reduce costs whatever it takes. Managers are almost always to be blamed. Leadership is the root cause here. Rather poor […]

Why hasn’t it been done already? Unless one does not go through the logical and emotional journey of discovering this answer, you are almost always destined to regret going down this path without the diligence it deserved. There are 3 possible responses to this question It’s been done, I just don’t know of it: Happens 20% […]


10, Oct 2016

Don’t be around people that bring you down  Don’t be around people that make you feel useless Don’t be around people that look for reasons to point your mistakes  Don’t be around people that do not know how to respect people below them  Don’t be around people that don’t say sorry  Don’t be around people […]

Here is the deal about wild bets.  They are wild for a reason.  If one knew what were to happen, they wouldn’t be wild anymore. They wouldn’t even be a bet.  So stop attaching a probability of success to them. Don’t try to tame them.  By the same measure, lack of conviction instantly kills any […]

Choices you make 

6, Oct 2016

March 2014 I missed my connecting flight from Amsterdam to Delhi because the Seattle Amsterdam flight was delayed.  The next one was after 16 hours I was given meal coupons and a fake apology.  I chose not to accept it. Asked for a 24hr visa instead to step out.  It was 7pm when I got […]

Cool or boring?

30, Sep 2016

In the past 4 months, nearbuy has built merchant tech that has never been built before in India, and I would argue perhaps the world.  And I have spent the last month on the road showcasing this tech and gathering feedback. Investors, customers, merchants.  The response is usually that of astonishment and amazement.  “This is […]


27, Sep 2016

What leads to procrastination? Most social responses will center around laziness. The inertia to not move. The need to remain status quo.  Most internal reflections will discover that it’s the world’s judgement of the output that scares people.  If I do this now, it won’t change my image, as against doing it later.  I have […]