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

yahoo future, online user behavior

I wish Yahoo redefines WYSIWYG.

(WYSIWYG – A popular acronym, especially among Web enthusiasts, What You See Is What You Get) Why do we visit Facebook as often as we do? Are we really thinking ‘let us keep in touch with friends’ or are we

yahoo future, online user behavior

I wish Yahoo redefines WYSIWYG.

(WYSIWYG – A popular acronym, especially among Web enthusiasts, What You See Is What You Get) Why do we visit Facebook as often as we do? Are we really thinking ‘let us keep in touch with friends’ or are we

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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Envisioning the next wave of B2C in India

I see a pattern in the evolution of Consumer Web (B2C) in India. When an experience ceases to be a novelty offline, it begins to thrive online. Often, this offline experience has become mundane, unreliable, or just expensive for the

Envisioning the next wave of B2C in India

I see a pattern in the evolution of Consumer Web (B2C) in India. When an experience ceases to be a novelty offline, it begins to thrive online. Often, this offline experience has become mundane, unreliable, or just expensive for the

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

kindle behavior, reader behavior, publishing industry, amazon disruption

Can I buy a few pages Mr. Publisher?

The idea of allowing readers to purchase a book incrementally is not new. We’ve seen startups such as inkling.com attempt to do this in education, where students hate the idea of buying an entire reference book. There’s LonelyPlanet which sells

kindle behavior, reader behavior, publishing industry, amazon disruption

Can I buy a few pages Mr. Publisher?

The idea of allowing readers to purchase a book incrementally is not new. We’ve seen startups such as inkling.com attempt to do this in education, where students hate the idea of buying an entire reference book. There’s LonelyPlanet which sells

A Request to the Dean and the Admissions Committee of Wharton, HBS, MIT Sloan, Stanford, and other global b-schools.

I’d like to start by narrating a pattern that I’ve observed lately. The smart guy with reputed brands on his LinkedIn profile says – “I think this is the right time for me to follow my heart. I want to

A Request to the Dean and the Admissions Committee of Wharton, HBS, MIT Sloan, Stanford, and other global b-schools.

I’d like to start by narrating a pattern that I’ve observed lately. The smart guy with reputed brands on his LinkedIn profile says – “I think this is the right time for me to follow my heart. I want to

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

Innovation Abuse – the new corporate evil to watch out for.

The word “innovation” is blatantly abused by companies, especially by veterans in the Tech industry who struggle to keep up with smarter competition from startups. For a moment, consider all the ideas that get approved, the huge funding that gets sanctioned,

Innovation Abuse – the new corporate evil to watch out for.

The word “innovation” is blatantly abused by companies, especially by veterans in the Tech industry who struggle to keep up with smarter competition from startups. For a moment, consider all the ideas that get approved, the huge funding that gets sanctioned,

You can’t miss the energy!

GSF has been rapidly gaining momentum since we got tech-crunched! Here’s a link to a short post I wrote on the official GSF India website to describe a day spent at GSF in Bangalore . http://gsfindia.com/blog/you-cant-miss-the-energy/

You can’t miss the energy!

GSF has been rapidly gaining momentum since we got tech-crunched! Here’s a link to a short post I wrote on the official GSF India website to describe a day spent at GSF in Bangalore . http://gsfindia.com/blog/you-cant-miss-the-energy/

My baby needs an invisible car seat. Oh wait, it can be done!

Car seats work only when the baby stays inside them. I’m convinced that toddlers in India cannot be expected to stay inside car seats. Here’s why – The road is full of drama and often the action here is stranger

My baby needs an invisible car seat. Oh wait, it can be done!

Car seats work only when the baby stays inside them. I’m convinced that toddlers in India cannot be expected to stay inside car seats. Here’s why – The road is full of drama and often the action here is stranger

Valuable hires for making your company future-ready.

As the world becomes increasing data driven and consumers become increasingly distracted and cognitively unavailable, there is going to be a massive need for smart people who can build products that allow for such conditions. Not folks who are plain smart, but

Valuable hires for making your company future-ready.

As the world becomes increasing data driven and consumers become increasingly distracted and cognitively unavailable, there is going to be a massive need for smart people who can build products that allow for such conditions. Not folks who are plain smart, but

hard problems, social behavior, social psychology

Why I stopped using the phrase “This is not rocket science.”

If you say, “My idea did not work out.” Reply: I can see why it won’t work. Blah Blah…[An explanation follows] If you had said, “My idea worked!” Reply: Great! I can see why it would work. Blah Blah…[An explanation follows] I am 100% sure

hard problems, social behavior, social psychology

Why I stopped using the phrase “This is not rocket science.”

If you say, “My idea did not work out.” Reply: I can see why it won’t work. Blah Blah…[An explanation follows] If you had said, “My idea worked!” Reply: Great! I can see why it would work. Blah Blah…[An explanation follows] I am 100% sure

online behavior, ecommerce user behavior, website design

Facing the truth of E-commerce. The business of selling pixels.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had in-depth conversations with three different e-commerce businesses. 1. An online aggregator for offline designers across India, selling unique accessories for men and women. 2. A peer-2-peer social lending (microfinance) platform where one can give

online behavior, ecommerce user behavior, website design

Facing the truth of E-commerce. The business of selling pixels.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had in-depth conversations with three different e-commerce businesses. 1. An online aggregator for offline designers across India, selling unique accessories for men and women. 2. A peer-2-peer social lending (microfinance) platform where one can give

What makes online content viral?

I recently read a research paper that attempted to answer this question. I thought it would be useful to summarize some of the key findings. The conclusions were based on the content sharing patterns of NYTimes. This is a myth

What makes online content viral?

I recently read a research paper that attempted to answer this question. I thought it would be useful to summarize some of the key findings. The conclusions were based on the content sharing patterns of NYTimes. This is a myth

The End of “Do Not Touch”.

Remember the old days when retail spaces had “DO NOT TOUCH” posters that instructed customers to stay away from products and display pieces. Those days are probably over. Even the small-store owner in the heart of India admits that he

The End of “Do Not Touch”.

Remember the old days when retail spaces had “DO NOT TOUCH” posters that instructed customers to stay away from products and display pieces. Those days are probably over. Even the small-store owner in the heart of India admits that he