Sunday, November 22, 2009

Running with Gazelles, Eating with Lions

Why this writeup?

ans: To tell the others (excluding bolt), that they should read this wonderful book.

African proverb from The world is flat by T.L.Friedman.

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up.
It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed.
Every mornning a lion wakes up.
It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death.
It doesnt matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle.
When the sun comes up, you better start running.

I think, It is right time I am reading this book.

Sunday, November 01, 2009


Why is this writeup?
wrote this golden words in victorious mood, on March 20, 2008.

So We celebrated Holi at talentica with full enthusiasm yesterday. So it started with Tug of war competition,
which definitely we won without any serious competition as being strongest team, with Major, Ryan, Nitin on our side, We were predicted to be winners of competition
and we came true to prediction, defeating oppositions in few seconds. though you might be thinking sandip more and tug-of-war..something is wrong? no man yes I was right there though I didnt play any significant role other than providing some entertainment to spectators when Major was giving fundaes to me about how to stand and how should I was fun in the end...Winning or loosing doesnt matter in such kind of events. but you should assure that you win :)

Elements of Sustainable Companies

Why you want to read this?
Well because, I didnt write this.

Start-ups with these characteristics often foretells the success of a business and the likelihood of it becoming a sustainable, enduring company. We like to partner with companies that have:
Clarity of Purpose
Summarize the company's business on the back of a business card.
Large Markets
Address existing markets poised for rapid growth or change. A market on the path to a $1B potential allows for error and time for real margins to develop.
Rich Customers
Target customers who will move fast and pay a premium for a unique offering.
Customers will only buy a simple product with a singular value proposition.
Pain Killers
Pick the one thing that is of burning importance to the customer then delight them with a compelling solution.
Think Differently
Constantly challenge conventional wisdom. Take the contrarian route. Create novel solutions. Outwit the competition.
Team DNA
A company's DNA is set in the first 90 days. All team members are the smartest or most clever in their domain. "A" level founders attract an "A" level team.
Stealth and speed will usually help beat-out large companies.
Focus spending on what's critical. Spend only on the priorities and maximize profitability.
Start with only a little money. It forces discipline and focus. A huge market with customers yearning for a product developed by great engineers requires very little firepower.
Writing A Business Plan
We like business plans that present a lot of information in as few words as possible. The following format, within 15-20 slides, is all that's needed:
Company Purpose
Define the company/business in a single declarative sentence.
Describe the pain of the customer (or the customer's customer).
Outline how the customer addresses the issue today.
Demonstrate your company's value proposition to make the customer's life better.
Show where your product physically sits.
Provide use cases.
Why Now
Set-up the historical evolution of your category.
Define recent trends that make your solution possible.
Market Size
Identify/profile the customer you cater to.
Calculate the TAM (top down), SAM (bottoms up) and SOM.
List competitors
List competitive advantages
Product line-up (form factor, functionality, features, architecture, intellectual property).
Development roadmap.
Business Model
Revenue model
Average account size and/or lifetime value
Sales & distribution model
Customer/pipeline list
Founders & Management
Board of Directors/Board of Advisors
Balance sheet
Cash flow
Cap table
The deal

Serenity in Pandemonium

He said, "he wants to go to himalaya leaving everything behind to search for peace"
His friend told him, (tapping index finger on his left ): "man..........peace is here, you dont need to go to anywhere"

This conversation was enough to start one thinking about inner peace, I read somewhere that introvert people get their energy from silence, from being silent,being alone.

Actually I dont know but if you ask me which place, (to clear the air, I think I am an introvert person). I like to go some place most when I am confused, I am unsure about future, I am damn upset due to someone or about something. or one want to get free.....

I love crowded city bus stops. you just go there sit there. The best thing about it is that you are alone with so much things happening around, you can spend any number of hours you want to sit there or stand there, no one will ask you question that why are you sitting/standing there. may be someone can ask about time, if you have wrist watch, or about some X bus going to Y place has came in last Yhrs/minutes. you can ignore him (but not her as abla nari ko help karna chahiye), or you can say you dont know. so apart from this disturbance you would be left alone. so what you do there..then I try to see in people's faces, in their eyes. if some good girl (well you cant stare at her just like that, atleast I cant ) is there I look around to see how many passer-bys who stare at her...I try to read their eyes. and also the passer-bys who ignore her due to their ego or worries..I look at her expressions. though I dont get anything.but just trying to understand things. then everything will leave, catching there buses, and when only 1-2 people remaining know that its time for you to leave as by the time like outside chaos getting vanished, you will find your mind becoming calmer.

If someone is waiting there for long, I try to guess what that person might be thinking..

Serenity in Pandemonium...wordweb zindabad. "Peace in Chaos" was not bad title too..
Its like chaos inside you trying to compete with chaos in outside world, and you try to find meanings of many meaningless things going on outside and may be at that time you find out that same thing is happening inside you the chaos is temporary it will callm down after some time as the chaos outside just be with it.

this is quite old post I wrote it on private blog, just republishing it here.

The story of accident

I thought he was taking right to enter BRT lane,
then I thought left in same lane.

then realized he hadnt seen it,
but he was driving it straight.
it was deja vu.
There was panic I shouted then in a moment we were in the air
and in the next moment, on the road in the pain surrounded by public.
It was like stunt in movie, only difference was we were part of that.

Sometime u know it is going to happen and it happens.

now recovering from accident with bedrest, direct fall on back is so painful.
he was soumya and date was 3rd aug 08