Category Archives: winning habits

Startup founders and toddlers

What do toddlers and startup founders have in common?

One morning I was walking around in my balcony when suddenly my toddler screamed, “Mumma, you just stepped on my cake! I am a chef, and I am making this beautiful cake with cherries which I had kept right there.” I

Startup founders and toddlers

What do toddlers and startup founders have in common?

One morning I was walking around in my balcony when suddenly my toddler screamed, “Mumma, you just stepped on my cake! I am a chef, and I am making this beautiful cake with cherries which I had kept right there.” I

wisdom, self help, changing behavior

How I taught my mind to stop comparing

“Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” said the wicked queen in the fairy tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. That same wicked queen lives in our minds, and ever so often she appears in

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wisdom, self help, changing behavior

How I taught my mind to stop comparing

“Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” said the wicked queen in the fairy tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. That same wicked queen lives in our minds, and ever so often she appears in

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wisdom, self help, balance at work, productivity habits, behavior change

The 3 B’s that define my work

I recently took a sabbatical from ‘structured’ work to allow me to spend unregulated amount of time with my son. This was important to me and to him. Now that he’s started preschool and settled into another routine, I’ve returned

wisdom, self help, balance at work, productivity habits, behavior change

The 3 B’s that define my work

I recently took a sabbatical from ‘structured’ work to allow me to spend unregulated amount of time with my son. This was important to me and to him. Now that he’s started preschool and settled into another routine, I’ve returned

Brainstorming is about picking the right brains!

The best way to evolve an idea(s) is to discuss the premise with smart (& nice) people. An important caveat is to ensure the person has direct experience or interest in the problem area. He/she is either an expert and

Brainstorming is about picking the right brains!

The best way to evolve an idea(s) is to discuss the premise with smart (& nice) people. An important caveat is to ensure the person has direct experience or interest in the problem area. He/she is either an expert and

Behavior design, Google core competency, user behavior

A new way of mapping tech companies – user first degree or second degree?

Founding DNA does not change. When someone asks me what are the big challenges facing a company of any size, I tend to examine the founding DNA. The challenges ahead are typically a reflection of how the founding DNA defers

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Behavior design, Google core competency, user behavior

A new way of mapping tech companies – user first degree or second degree?

Founding DNA does not change. When someone asks me what are the big challenges facing a company of any size, I tend to examine the founding DNA. The challenges ahead are typically a reflection of how the founding DNA defers

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startup founder, entrepreneurship, long term thinking, founder behavior

FYI – The big trend is FYF

An unintended outcome of spending many years at tough problems is an internal bias for bigger and bolder ideas. When selecting a problem to work on or invest in, one may still goof up on many fronts – early traction, trend

startup founder, entrepreneurship, long term thinking, founder behavior

FYI – The big trend is FYF

An unintended outcome of spending many years at tough problems is an internal bias for bigger and bolder ideas. When selecting a problem to work on or invest in, one may still goof up on many fronts – early traction, trend

angel investing, investor behavior, startup,

Make your Angel List a subset of your Bucket List

All this intellectual talk about angel investing is getting me worried about where we’re headed. For instance questions such as, does angel investing give better returns than other instruments? How do you beat the average ROI? What’s the best way

angel investing, investor behavior, startup,

Make your Angel List a subset of your Bucket List

All this intellectual talk about angel investing is getting me worried about where we’re headed. For instance questions such as, does angel investing give better returns than other instruments? How do you beat the average ROI? What’s the best way

business plan, problem solving, behavior change, design behaviors, startup pitch

Why the ‘Problem’ and ‘Solution’ based format is broken?

For decades every presentation be it a startup pitch, a corporate project or a government plan started out with the sacred ‘Problem’ slide, followed by the equally respected ‘Solution’ slide. I’m voting we modify this format, even for worthy problems and

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business plan, problem solving, behavior change, design behaviors, startup pitch

Why the ‘Problem’ and ‘Solution’ based format is broken?

For decades every presentation be it a startup pitch, a corporate project or a government plan started out with the sacred ‘Problem’ slide, followed by the equally respected ‘Solution’ slide. I’m voting we modify this format, even for worthy problems and

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In a world where everyone wants to be a VP, who wants to be a PV?

Product visionary (PV) is a title missing in action. It rarely exists in product companies, and when it does, its unofficial, often appended on to founders or their chief advisors. In a few years from now this title will exist

In a world where everyone wants to be a VP, who wants to be a PV?

Product visionary (PV) is a title missing in action. It rarely exists in product companies, and when it does, its unofficial, often appended on to founders or their chief advisors. In a few years from now this title will exist

How to get good grades in school?

For the majority of my school and undergraduate years, I was a top 5% student. I don’t think I was exceptionally intelligent. I sucked at pretty much any skill that is socially believed to be a prerequisite for academic success – studying

How to get good grades in school?

For the majority of my school and undergraduate years, I was a top 5% student. I don’t think I was exceptionally intelligent. I sucked at pretty much any skill that is socially believed to be a prerequisite for academic success – studying

The Invisible ‘Like’ Button

This post was also published by YourStory.in. — We have had over three weeks of daily workshops at GSF-Bangalore on topics ranging from customer acquisition, minimal viable product, all the way to high performance teams and term-sheets. Every founder here has met

The Invisible ‘Like’ Button

This post was also published by YourStory.in. — We have had over three weeks of daily workshops at GSF-Bangalore on topics ranging from customer acquisition, minimal viable product, all the way to high performance teams and term-sheets. Every founder here has met

I like founders who let the market price their equity.

This post was also published by YourStory.in. — Most founders, including me, have at some point during their entrepreneurial journey been guilty of over-valuing their equity. I’m proposing that founders are better off if they just stick to this rule – “I

I like founders who let the market price their equity.

This post was also published by YourStory.in. — Most founders, including me, have at some point during their entrepreneurial journey been guilty of over-valuing their equity. I’m proposing that founders are better off if they just stick to this rule – “I

Why I cringe when I hear the title “Product Manager”

The word “manage” makes me uncomfortable; less in the context of People, and more in the context of Products, especially Web products that are rapidly owned or discarded by users. Why put the word Manager in the title of someone whose

Why I cringe when I hear the title “Product Manager”

The word “manage” makes me uncomfortable; less in the context of People, and more in the context of Products, especially Web products that are rapidly owned or discarded by users. Why put the word Manager in the title of someone whose

At work, get your calories by feeding on Customer Delight.

It has taken me a while, and several mistakes, to fully imbibe and crystallize the difference between ‘junk’ work and ‘real’ work. I guess I needed to get away from the noise and work on a small project with someone

At work, get your calories by feeding on Customer Delight.

It has taken me a while, and several mistakes, to fully imbibe and crystallize the difference between ‘junk’ work and ‘real’ work. I guess I needed to get away from the noise and work on a small project with someone

When ‘Return (of) Investment’ matters more than ‘Return (on) Investment’

“The woods are lovely dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And money to return before I sleep, And money to return before I sleep.” The only person you will find humming these words is someone who has

When ‘Return (of) Investment’ matters more than ‘Return (on) Investment’

“The woods are lovely dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And money to return before I sleep, And money to return before I sleep.” The only person you will find humming these words is someone who has

Thought for the day – Simple test of your work.

One can put every buzzword in a resume. But nothing beats those who make others say: “Work with me. I know what you can achieve.” I spent a month evaluating resumes for an important position. And I have finally selected the person

Thought for the day – Simple test of your work.

One can put every buzzword in a resume. But nothing beats those who make others say: “Work with me. I know what you can achieve.” I spent a month evaluating resumes for an important position. And I have finally selected the person

It’s harder to be kind than to be clever.

Through a simple childhood story, Jeff Bezos illustrates a very powerful lesson. “It’s harder to be kind than to be clever. It’s the difference between gifts and choices. Cleverness is a gift. Kindness is a choice.” Intelligence is often a

It’s harder to be kind than to be clever.

Through a simple childhood story, Jeff Bezos illustrates a very powerful lesson. “It’s harder to be kind than to be clever. It’s the difference between gifts and choices. Cleverness is a gift. Kindness is a choice.” Intelligence is often a

A brain vs. A pair of hands.

Dr. House (M.D.) absolutely detests sitting in a clinic and prescribing medicines for patients with obvious problems that require no diagnosis i.e. no thinking. After all, he is the Head of Diagnostic Medicine for a reason; he prefers cases where

A brain vs. A pair of hands.

Dr. House (M.D.) absolutely detests sitting in a clinic and prescribing medicines for patients with obvious problems that require no diagnosis i.e. no thinking. After all, he is the Head of Diagnostic Medicine for a reason; he prefers cases where

Simple idea – watch yourself when no one is watching!

A simple idea to guide each day, ‎”Observe what you work on when no one is watching you. It will ultimately define what you can achieve.”

Simple idea – watch yourself when no one is watching!

A simple idea to guide each day, ‎”Observe what you work on when no one is watching you. It will ultimately define what you can achieve.”

Staying Alive!

It is rather sad when people show a lack of respect or understanding for what it takes to keep something alive. That something can be as big as the political revolution in Egypt or something as small as a blog, a

Staying Alive!

It is rather sad when people show a lack of respect or understanding for what it takes to keep something alive. That something can be as big as the political revolution in Egypt or something as small as a blog, a