Powerful Words That Transformed My Worldview In 2014

Some words have magic in them. They pop out of screens and alter our perspectives permanently. An article by Allison Vesterfelt did exactly that.…

Will Ello Survive?

I believe in the ideals of Ello. We need a better web, where we can communicate, discuss and collaborate without tens of sites prying on to us. Ello has given a hope. I wish it survives.…

Insights From Startup Expo @ ISB, Mohali

A crash course on everything startups need to know.…

Five Insights From Successful Indian Entrepreneurs

Inspiration from those who ran before me.…

Tools to launch your domain

If you write down the sequence and follow it, you won't miss a step and will save ton of time.…

Paranoid is ok; Paralysis is not ok

As I build my new company, I will find myself in novel situations. I may become uncertain, nervous and sweaty. Yet, never should I become paralysed. It will destroy everything I build.…

Big Ideas From Peter Theil

Seven big challenging ideas from Peter Theil, Paypal founder…

Taking The Biggest Bet Of My Life

Rule of thumb for career change: You take a bet, you make it a win. While still winning, you take your next big bet.…

Advice to my fellow developers

If I would become a story-teller, I'll be telling other's stories. As a software developer, I can be a story with the products I develop.…

Top Ten Articles Read In February

February was a month for consumption. I read a lot. I'm listing the top 10 blog-posts with key-points.…

Striking a balance

Is striking a balance always right?…

People Aren't Potatoes

Treating people as replaceable commodities is an antiquated idea. It is time to bury the idea.…

Books Read

Summary of books read…

How I Use Twitter As A Learning Tool?

Of all the social media platforms, Twitter stands-out as a great place to discover and discuss ideas. Use it.…

Why It Hurts To Be An Indian?

Going from an emerging economy to a submerging economy hurts.…

Best Of Jan Reads

Thinking in ratios and doing things together may turn out to be the best tips of this year.…

When To Listen To Your Critics?

You better listen to critics. But not when you ideate.…

Do Credentials Matter?

One's credentials do not guarantee success; it's their attitude that makes or breaks a venture.…

Who Wins - Jack or The Hammer Man?

Widen your knowledge rather than develop a narrow vision.…

Why 2013 Is The Best Year For Me?

Because I broke my mental barriers.…

What I Have Been Reading

The best of books, blogs and newsletters (of 2013)…

If Church Can Reinvent Itself, Why Can't Companies

Despite doom-sayers, the Church has survived thousands of years because it reinvented. Why can't companies survive the changing environment?…

Ignorant Of Many Things

There are three types of ignorance - should know but don't know, better to know but don't know, don't care to know, so don't know.…

Books Read In 2013

Key insights from the eight books I read in 2013…

Buy Your Favorite Books At Flipkart eBook Sale

A sale is going on at my favorite e-book store. Go buy them while it lasts.…

Startups And Security

An interview with Sastry, a serial entrepreneur about balancing speed in bringing a product to market and sufficiently securing it.…

Are You Learning A New Domain? Visit Its Zoo

If you are learning about a new domain, learn about its individual entities well before jumping into its ecosystem.…

What I Learnt Building For AppStore

Eight key lessons from building and selling Mac & iOS apps.…

What an Indie Developer Expects From Apple

At WWDC, Apple introduced improvements aimed at both users and developers. But it has to improve its 'doing business' part.…

Focus On What Matters Or Sleep Alone

If you are an independent software developer, there is only one metric to measure & improve.…

Thank You

To those of you who helped me to become an independent software vendor.…

Whatever Happened To New Year Resolutions

Magic happens when you follow-through your new year resolutions…

Challenges In 'Consume' Phase Of Learning

To learn successfully, you need to learn from authentic sources with a structure. Challenge is in discovering these sources and framing a structure.…

Learning Phases And Its Support Systems

Do you have a disciplined and structured routine to become an expert?…

Get Over Your Fears, For They Are Just Imaginary

Beauty of believable lies is that, part of the statement is a fact and a false part attaches itself to the fact part so innocuously that we believe the whole statement to be true. We need to learn to separate lies from facts; then, reject the lies and work hard and smart to turn the facts to our favor.…

An Award To End The Year

It is always nice to get an award.…

What Ails India?

If you think corruption is the fundamental cause, it is not.…

No, I'm Developing A Product

Say the solo-ISV prayer to focus on the essentials.…

Productivity Hacks That Work

Practical hacks to improve your productivity.…

Why I Support Koodankulam Protesters?

You may disapprove their point of view, but defend their right to have a point of view. Or else, tomorrow you will lose the privilege to have a point of view.…

Joining Elite Clubs

What are the benefits of joining clubs?…

NEFT/RTGS as a payment option for governmental transactions

Process flow diagram for introducing electronic transfers for delivering public services.…

What Is A Tool?

Is software first-order creation or a second-order creation?…

This ≠ That

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We Need A Better Google Plus

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How Your Attitude Impacts Your Career Growth?

Your attitude determines the limits of your career.…

Notes from 'Steve Jobs'

Key points from this fascinating book.…

Creativity - Alchemy or Science?

Interview of Craig Wynett, Chief Creative Officer, Procter and Gamble…

Common Traps In Getting Meaningful Feedback

Three traps in getting feedback.…

How The Damn Google Spoiled My Career

Degradation of brain power was gradual; but its impact after years later is telling.…

How To Get The Feedback That You Deserve

Obtaining feedback is critical to designing products that stand the test of time. But getting meaningful feedback isn't easy.…

Customer Service Is Sales

If you deliver superb customer service consistently, you will get repeat customers.…

Can Companies Learn From Religions?

Most religions follow a pattern to build a community. Can companies adopt these patterns?…

Documenting Your Decisions

Always document the context of a decision. You'll be surprised how this one activity can improve your decision making capability in the long term.…

Will A SOPA Like Protest Succeed In India?

Can mass online movements change democracy?…

Is SOPA Only About Movie Industry?

Why tech community isn't going against their own in the fight against SOPA?…

Serving The Nation With A Delight

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We Don't Need More; We Need Better

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Looking Back At 2011 With Pride And Satisfaction

I didn't achieve what I set to do. But I'm happy and satisfied.…

Beware of Cloning Best Practices

It is regretful that consulting profession is crowded with sheep in lion's cloth.…

38 Lessons

I look back at what I have learnt, one lesson for each year I have spent in the journey.…

Don't Make All Mistakes; Learn From Other's

We can't learn from our mistakes because we, as humans in general, are averse dissecting them. So let's learn from other's mistakes.…

Don't Torture Context To Fit Your Solution

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Whats Wrong With Our Educational System?

Five factors that are wrong in our educational system.…

Is Problem Solving an Art or Science?

Problem solving is as much a science as an art.…

Build An Ecosystem For Learning

I explain the framework I have defined to assist my self-learning. I list the tools that help me to learn.…

What Is Your Ideal Job?

Have you paused to think what your ideal job would be?…

Seven Insights From Two Months of Blogging

What I have learnt blogging regularly.…

Talk Their Language

Communication is effective and complete only if audience understand what is being communicated. Don't throw jargons for critical ideas hindering the comprehension.…

Don't Replace Backbone With A Wishbone

It is easy to wish for our situations to be transformed magically. It is easy because every one does so. But only those who step out of their wishing zone create magic.…

Rich Repository of Business Cases

Practicing with busienss cases facilitate developing a structured approach to solving problems.…

Is Problem Solving Tying Us To The Past?

If you want to create a better future for yourself and your company, be a better problem solver.…

A Dedicated Blog On Problem Solving

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SODAS - A Simple Problem Solving Methodology

Introducing a simple problem solving methodology.…

Don't Polarize

Polarized solutions provide short-term success, they are ineffective in the long-term.…

Aim For Success

Efficient problem solvers aim at success rather than perfection…

How Ideologies Impact Problem Solving?

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Don't Fail to Ask 'What is The Problem?'

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom. So what is a prudent question in resolving a problem?…

Be a Problem Solver

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Book Summary : The McKinsey Way

Key takeaway from this book is, there should be structure in your thinking, analysis and communication for effective problem solving.…

Don't Frown Upon Problems

Don't complain when problems overwhelm you with their forms and dimensions. Be happy. If not for them, you don't have a job in knowledge industry.…

Ten Commandments of a Problem Solver

The main principles for solving any problems…

It's Not A Blog, It's A Book

How Guy Kawasaki's advice changed my blogging practice.…

Work Less and Do More - Interview with Stever Robbins

Interview with Stever Robbins on his new book 'Get It Done Guy Book'…

Seven Business Trends to Watch in India

What are the future trends in emerging markets?…

Book Review - Fail Safe Investing

World of investment doesn't have to be "a parallel universe controlled by prophecy, mysterious symbols, obscure cycles, and strange ideas about how human beings behave." Harry Browne shows it can be safe and simple.…

Should Books Be Backed By Scientific Research?

Books that had profound impact on me and those improved my life were not based on scientific research, but commonsense. Would you read books by field-workers or only by researchers?…

Book Review - Making Breakthrough Innovation Happen

Case studies of breakthrough innovations in India.…

Are You Unlearning?

Most learning is true within its context. When that context changes, are you prepared to unlearn?…

Book Review - Making India Work

William Bissell, CEO of FabIndia, diagnoses reasons for current state of affairs in India and prescribes solutions.…

Lessons In Consulting

Consulting is the only profession where you are paid to learn on the job. It is exciting as well as frightening. But if you got a right mind-set, there is no other profession like consulting.…

Starting a Startup is Like an Itch - Says Vivek, Co-Founder of InterviewStreet

Interview with Vivek, co-founder of InterviewStreet.…

Quotable quotes from 'A Game Plan For Life' by John Wooden

Quotes I liked from A Game Plan For Life.…

Book Review – A Game Plan For Life by John Wooden

If you wish to be mentored by a meaningful life, pick up this book.…

5 Steps To Achieve Your Goal – Lessons From Failures

Are you moving towards your goal or just spining round and round?…

Technology is Powerful; But Its Not The Panacea - Says Ranjan Varma, a Personal Financial Expert

Interview with Ranjan Varma, who is tapping the internet to create financial products for common man to use.…

Good Morning. How Much Did We Make While Sleeping?

Wealth can not be created if revenue is a function of hours worked. What avenues are available for creating passive income.…

Don't Set a Goal Without Knowing Your Passion

An interview with a whiz kid from Tuticorin on how he launched and grew his online business while still at school.…

What We Need Is Integrated Thinking. Not Polarized Perspectives

Even in this scientific age, our minds have not evolved to hold supposedly conflicting ideas. In our proclivity for quick closure, we simplify and settle on one side of the camp.…

Guys Who Co-created Online Music Speak

Interview with Heflin & Jasinthan about how they co-created music using online tools, with teams in India, Italy & Canada.…

How To Be Effective As A New Manager?

Five tips to get you started as a new manager.…

How to Ask For Help and Get It?

We recognize that with little help we can make a head-way. But out of inhibition, we do not ask for help. If you are suffering because you do not ask for help, here are five insights to help you.…

Thank God For Internet

New models of co-creation built around the internet are emerging. How will it impact businesses?…

Smart People Ask For Help. Do You Ask For Help?

You don't have to sweat it alone. Be smart and seek expert's help…

Planning To Implement CRM? Read This e-Book First

A free guide to successful CRM implementation.…

Will Social Media Knock Out Newspapers?

Reach your economic buyers wherever they are.…

3 Core Requirements For A Happy-path Project Life

For a happy-path project life-cycle, its essential to have a well defined support structures in place. Without these structures, there won't be any life in the cycle.…

How To Be A Champion And Remain One?

Becoming a champion is a three stage process. It is not a step-by-step process; these three stages may be present in varying degrees in the journey to be a champion.…

Should You Run That Extra Mile to Make a Sale?

Customer is king, is a mantra that Sales team lives by. But there are times we need to differentiate between bad customer service and annoying customer demands.…

Four Lessons I Learnt While Working For A Cardiac Surgeon

Four lessons I learnt while developing an IT system for a cardiac surgeon.…

Don't Despise Little Beginnings

Long before an achievement comes to light, somewhere there is a small step. Don't ignore it.…