Often Om Malik shares interesting reads - this was one he shared y'day. I found it interesting for two reasons - good stories can be about things (in this instance containers) and not just people and many more engineering stories, like this, that impact nearly everyone of us needs to told more often. I'd love it … Continue reading How Shipping Container Changed the World
The Seed Accelerator Rankings Project reports over 150 accelerator programs in the United States. In India too we've seen a large number of accelerators pop up over the last two years. Yet this last week, Dave McClure of 500Hats was quoted saying "If you think that running a startup is a bad idea, then running … Continue reading Brandery Demo Day Insights
Despite having been through four startups – and dealt with journalist across two continents, it never is too late to remind oneself of what it is that journalists are looking for and how best to build relationships with them. Great piece by Pete Warden
Now I’m at Google I don’t get to talk to reporters, which is a shame because they’re a lot of fun. When I was doing startups I learned a lot from hanging out with them, because they’re generally very smart, curious people who have a lot wider perspective on what’s happening than anyone else. I even dabbled in writing articles myself at the old ReadWriteWeb site many years ago.
I was talking to a startup founder recently, and realized she didn’t actually understand the basics of what a journalist’s job is like. Knowing the day-to-day routines and constraints on reporters is essential if you’re going to do a good job helping them cover what you’re doing. Here’s my advice, based on my personal experiences over the last few years. I’d love to hear more from other people too, since I think this is far from the final…
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Like nearly every family WhatsApp group, mine if often filled with all kinds of forwards - that I tend to largely ignore or quickly glance and not dwell too long on. This morning my sister shared this piece on WhatsApp and it made me stop & think. It's always sobering to see oneself in the … Continue reading Anger & Knowing One Self
"How can I be as successful as ....?" This is a question, that not just my daughters ask, but many of the young people I meet. Of course, this gives rise to the question "What is success?" No two people define success the same way. While I've read and heard a variety of definitions, I … Continue reading Is Success Even the Right Metric?
As the father of two teens, there are many moments when my children ask, even implore, me to "Just tell me what to do!" As a parent, it's hard not to TELL your kids what to do. Of course there are far more times when they don't want to hear the things I'd like to … Continue reading 8 Secrets of Success
Last weekend, two men, neither of whom I knew personally, died in separate accidents in North America. Yet this morning, as I sit down to write I find the deaths of Dave Goldberg, CEO of Survey Monkey and Parag Parikh, value investor have impacted me in ways I'd not have guessed. Yes we live in … Continue reading Acting on what’s important
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One of the joys of being around entrepreneurs and academicians is that you get pulled in to interview folks - in person, on the phone or Skype, and sometimes as part of a panel. This last weekend, I was part of one such interview panel - where nearly six senior candidates who'd been shortlisted were … Continue reading 4 Hacks to Handling an Interview Panel Well
Since 1988, when I began working, I've been part of three multinational firms (National Semi 1988-96, Synopsys '99-2000, SiRF 2006-08), two startups (Microcon 96-97, Sasken 97-99), started two companies (Impulsesoft '99-2006, Zebu - 2009-'11) and one non-profit (NEN, 2011-14). Between 2006-2011 I also invested or advised a variety of startups, a few of whom have thrived and … Continue reading 4 Lessons from 3 Months as a Gaming Startup