Happy Feet SaaS

Change is easy to miss, hard to get right. Policymakers take pride in thinking that they create markets. Many believe that the 1992 World Bank report which called India as likely software superpower was responsible for the creation of $150bn IT services industry. In emergent systems like markets, it is hard to say which inputs change … Continue reading Happy Feet SaaS

When Mario plays Soccer

Can he become a Super Mario? Everything about the future is so clearly visible when looked through the rearview mirror. Wish I knew what influenced outcomes for a tech startup founder in India. When you look back decade-long to sketch the picture from 2007 till now, leaving out the frenzy of funding peaks & disappointment … Continue reading When Mario plays Soccer

Great marketers create TED, Bad marketers create FUD

NN Taleb, Naval & Seth Godin are top thinkers of our time. What distinguishes Seth from others is his ability to take original difficult ideas and visualize it for a commoner. He is careful to remove the overtone of intellectual sound in what he says and does not scoff at those who don’t get it … Continue reading Great marketers create TED, Bad marketers create FUD

My 10000 hours in M&A and Indian startups

Many months ago I had read this wonderful tweet by Kanyi Maqubela‏, a young VC from Colloborative fund on 10,000 hours of his being a VC and I thought to myself that is good way to document one’s learning. Last 18 months my stint was as a Fellow-In-Residence (M&A) at iSPIRT (startup think tank), I … Continue reading My 10000 hours in M&A and Indian startups

NN Taleb talks to mother nature, translates for rest of us. Skin in the game, latest episode

NN Taleb talks to mother nature, translates for rest of us. Skin in the game, latest episode Skin in the game (SITG) was one of my most anticipated book. @nntaleb is nothing short of genius, it is as if he has conversation with nature and then translates that for rest of us mortals. The book is … Continue reading NN Taleb talks to mother nature, translates for rest of us. Skin in the game, latest episode

Naval is a honeypot for first principle thinkers

Naval is a first principle thinker, his ability to think about anything deeply and articulate them in the most lucid way is unparalleled, very rare to find an individual like this. Many have interviewed him on their respective blogs, podcasts and conference. Several of these places have curated nuggets of his thinking, here is my … Continue reading Naval is a honeypot for first principle thinkers

Bhajan, Gita and Veda level thinking of CryptoAssets and Token Economics

Bhajan, Gita and Veda are hindi words when translated into english it stands for Metaphor, Mental Model & First Principles level of thinking. As I was explaining blockchain, bitcoin, ethereum to few folks interested in ICOs I found it useful to explain it through above three levels of focus. Being a new space there is … Continue reading Bhajan, Gita and Veda level thinking of CryptoAssets and Token Economics

We wanted ‘Google from India’ instead we got …

I was meeting a classmate from college after many years who is now a senior engineer at the Mountainview office of Google. We were toasting his 10 year anniversary at Google and our conversation shifted to Indian startups. Pretty soon his exasperated question to me was - “Where are the big startups that we have … Continue reading We wanted ‘Google from India’ instead we got …

Story of three Indian product entrepreneurs on a beach

[posted on 8 Jan 2017, migrated from ubedge.com] I get to meet and hangout with many product entrepreneurs in India across a wide variety of spectrum (wannabe, early stage all the way up to category leader). I have been one and have crossed a few early stages myself, based on my experience I see 3 … Continue reading Story of three Indian product entrepreneurs on a beach