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My Daughter’s Email ID

By on Dec 25, 2014 in Entrepreneurship, Wisdom | 0 comments

I’ve been always totally emotional about our venture – CrazyEngineers. I’m not sure if people generally are emotional about their ventures; because most of the ventures are started to make money. However, for me, it’s always been a business+emotional venture. Maybe that’s why we survived the times when it made no money and faced bloody down-times for months and months! When you treat your venture as your child, you always want to be there – in the good and bad times as well. When the venture is sick; you want to be there taking care of it. …and this emotion shows up in various ways. I’ve abandoned my @gmail ID in favor of my @crazyengineers.com ID because it gives me pride and sense of ownership in using that domain. Even while choosing an email Id for my daughter, I decided to go with our own domain. I hope when my daughter grows up to...

Can I MODIfy Myself?

By on Jun 21, 2014 in Entrepreneurship, Wisdom | 2 comments

My 60+ year old Prime Minister is putting in 18 hours/day  and here I am, half his age; writing this blog post after totally wasting entire Saturday in the name of ‘keeping it off for myself’. What makes me sad is that Mr. Modi has been working tirelessly without taking even a SINGLE holiday over a decade (that breaks my record of going to office, without a leave, for ~14 months). We both absolutely love our work; but he’s beating me to pulp when it comes to time management and making use of the time. I hate it! I want to eat simple food, do exercise and Yoga in the morning and work like I’m on a mission. I don’t want vacations. I want to go to sleep tired and fulfilled. Sleep for a few hours and then get back on my feet to beat the time. I guess that’d be awesome and totally *COOL*. But here I am, lazying around after having stuffed myself with an...

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By on Sep 2, 2013 in Entrepreneurship | 0 comments

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Everyone Is A “Resource”

By on Feb 7, 2013 in Entrepreneurship | 0 comments

Hiring for your own company is a completely different experience. I’ve had the experience of most of the hiring process followed by big corporations and it’s completely different. Your attitude when you are recruiting from your employers and when you’re recruiting for your own startup is completely different. When you’re hiring for yourself – you want the best of the best and the biggest plus is that you are in total control of the process. We recently conducted a recruitment drive at an MBA college and our co-ordinator introduced saying we are looking for ‘resources’. Guess what? That single word made a quick change to my mind and everyone looked like a ‘resource’. The business started looking like a cakewalk – hire ‘resources’, pay them salary and get 10x the money you invest in them. I quickly thought of the...

Totally Inspiring Quotes

By on Feb 5, 2013 in Entrepreneurship | 2 comments

If you are experiencing down-times and need a temporary boost to your motivation levels, I’ve a collection of quotes that I found on Srujan Patel‘s blog. I’ve picked the ones that appealed to me below. “Running a startup is like being punched in the face repeatedly, but working for a large company is like being waterboarded.” – Paul Graham (co-founder of Y Combinator) Yeah, it’s about how much you can take and still get up. A lot of people won’t agree with the second part of the quote because they’d already begin enjoying waterboarding. Go search WikiPedia for what exactly it is. “Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t so you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.” –Unknown This quote is what I remind myself when the things aren’t going ‘right’ for an extended period of life....

The Big K Speaks @ TEDx SITM [Video]

By on Dec 1, 2012 in Entrepreneurship | 2 comments

I’ve often wondered why people read motivational books, listen to motivational speeches, use motivational quotes as their ‘status messages’ and do absolutely nothing with their newly obtained motivation. The answer is quite simple – because the motivation is ‘external’. External motivation exhibits ‘Coffee Effect’ – it makes you feel super cool, excited and enthusiastic for a limited time and then the effect fades away. The problem with such type of motivation is that it doesn’t do any good to your life. People waste hundreds and thousands of bucks and 10x worth time on finding sources of motivation but fail to look within. I decided to take up the issue and propose a solution through my recent talk at TEDx SITM. The organisers have finally uploaded the video on YouTube and I’m embedding it here for the benefit (it...

World’s Biggest & Best Business School – “Mom”!

By on Oct 25, 2012 in Entrepreneurship | 1 comment

I’ve discovered that the world’s biggest and the best business school is right around you – your mother! At least that totally holds true for me. It turns out that you listen to all the ‘paid’ speakers who charge thousands of rupees for their time to speak to a group for few hours and basically they’ll tell you what your mom told you over the dinner last night. I’ve observed that pattern over and over again and it surprises me! So those of you who didn’t go to business school – “When in doubt, ask your mom”. The world becomes simpler.

If you’re working for a startup, read this bloody message!

By on Sep 8, 2012 in Entrepreneurship | 3 comments

If you’re working for a startup, then here’s one bloody message for you – Click To Open Stop Wasting Time, Idiot!!

Startups & Entrepreneurship – Do Engineering Students Care?

By on Sep 8, 2012 in Entrepreneurship | 2 comments

An engineering college has invited me to talk to engineering students about ‘startups’. I denied right away. Because I know how curious engineering students are about starting a venture, working for a startup and becoming an entrepreneur. Yet, the professors insisted that I ‘talk’ to students about ‘entrepreneurship’. I know it’s going to be complete waste of their time and my time as well. Engineering in India has become a joke. No one; neither the students nor the lecturers & professors are interested in engineering. Parents enroll their kids in engineering so that they eventually get selected in a big name IT company and that’s the end of ‘achievements’ in life. Who’s going waste their time ‘creating’ something? Yet, there’s a new ‘fad’. There are still a few optimistic people out...

ELFMD #2 : You Must Get Upset At Yourself To Achieve Something

By on Aug 21, 2012 in Entrepreneurship | 1 comment

ELFMD is a series where I share the ‘Entrepreneurship Lessons From My Daughter‘. I’ve figured out that there’s a lot to learn from my ~9 month young daughter which can be applied in entrepreneurship. People usually advice that you shouldn’t take yourself too seriously. I think that might be a right advice in regular life; but the rules do not apply to entrepreneurs or people who are out there to achieve something. Getting upset at yourself is the most basic and necessary step. I’ve noticed that my daughter has derived the ‘anger genes’ from me. She gets upset when things don’t go like the way she wants. Her ways of expressing anger are cuter; but she does get upset at herself at times. When she can’t reach out to distant objects on the tables, she gets upset and then keeps trying until she finally gets what she want on her own...