Every post I've written

Where there is vision, people prosper

May 21, 2016

World is a better place because of definite optimists. Their vision continues to prosper the world.…

How to improve project delivery in an IT services company

Feb 10, 2016

How do you take a mid-size IT service company into its next level?…

System for success

Jan 28, 2016

Want to succeed in life? Have a system.…

When quantity trumps quality?

Jan 26, 2016

As a consumer, I prefer quality; as a maker, I prefer quantity.…

Have you chosen well?

Dec 13, 2015

When all is lost, memories and meaning will stay. That is a good enough for me.…

Why I Uber

Oct 6, 2015

I take Uber cabs, because it benefits me.…

Video To Watch: Ideas are easy, execution is everything by John Doerr

Oct 1, 2015

John Doerr, venture capitalist, talks about the next big things and how to identify great ventures…

My Itches, My Ventures

Sep 16, 2015

Is Paul Graham right? Is scratching your own itch the best way to build a product? I'm sure to find the answer soon.…

What I learnt in a year as an entrepreneur

Sep 2, 2015

Three lessons I learnt in a year as an entrepreneur…

Notes from Lean Startup Session by TiE, Chandigarh

Jul 18, 2015

Key component of a startup is the feedback loop…

Roundup of popular and emerging blogging platforms

Jul 17, 2015

Once you decide to blog, then comes the question of 'where' to blog. In this article, I list some of the popular and emerging choices. …

A step by step guide to Email marketing with Zoho campaign

Jul 7, 2015

Email converts 40 times more than Twitter and Facebook combined. With such high conversion rates, startups and small business may well focus solely on email marketing.…

How I designed a super cool icon for free

Jun 25, 2015

A great icon aids your app to stand out in a crowded AppStore. Now you can design a great icon for free.…

Entrepreneurship is a metamorphosis, not a baptism

May 5, 2015

When I was an employee, I used to think that being an entrepreneur is much like an employee, only with added responsibilities. Now that I am an entrepreneur, I realize how foolish I was.…

Notes From Session With Mahavir Sharma, Serial Entrepreneur & Trustee, TiE, Global

Apr 30, 2015

Notes from interactive session with Mahavir Sharma at TiE, Chandigarh…

Podcasts I Listen

Mar 1, 2015

I have never been a 'listening' guy; I'm more a 'reading' guy. But with launch of my startup, I turned to podcasts to learn.…

Want to make doing business in India easy? Start with incorporation

Feb 19, 2015

If starting a business in India has to improve, the entire process should be studied and simplified.…

Will cyber security catch up with rest of the online world in 2015?

Dec 31, 2014

Securing online assets is unbelievably cumbersome and inefficient even in 2014. Will it change in 2015?…

Powerful Words That Transformed My Worldview In 2014

Dec 20, 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?

Dec 3, 2014

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

Nov 23, 2014

A crash course on everything startups need to know.…

Five Insights From Successful Indian Entrepreneurs

Nov 16, 2014

Inspiration from those who ran before me.…

Tools to launch your domain

Nov 10, 2014

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

Sep 17, 2014

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

Sep 14, 2014

Seven big challenging ideas from Peter Theil, Paypal founder…

Taking The Biggest Bet Of My Life

Aug 29, 2014

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

Aug 11, 2014

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

Feb 27, 2014

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

Striking a balance

Feb 24, 2014

Is striking a balance always right?…

People Aren't Potatoes

Feb 22, 2014

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

How I Use Twitter As A Learning Tool?

Feb 14, 2014

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?

Feb 6, 2014

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

Best Of Jan Reads

Jan 31, 2014

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

When To Listen To Your Critics?

Jan 27, 2014

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

Do Credentials Matter?

Jan 18, 2014

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

Who Wins - Jack or The Hammer Man?

Jan 14, 2014

Widen your knowledge rather than develop a narrow vision.…

Why 2013 Is The Best Year For Me?

Jan 1, 2014

Because I broke my mental barriers.…

What I Have Been Reading

Dec 31, 2013

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

If Church Can Reinvent Itself, Why Can't Companies

Dec 25, 2013

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

Dec 16, 2013

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

Dec 8, 2013

Key insights from the eight books I read in 2013…

Buy Your Favorite Books At Flipkart eBook Sale

Dec 6, 2013

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

Startups And Security

Nov 2, 2013

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

Oct 28, 2013

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

Oct 12, 2013

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

What an Indie Developer Expects From Apple

Jun 25, 2013

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

May 22, 2013

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

Thank You

May 3, 2013

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

Whatever Happened To New Year Resolutions

Mar 31, 2013

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

Challenges In 'Consume' Phase Of Learning

Feb 23, 2013

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

Jan 12, 2013

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

Get Over Your Fears, For They Are Just Imaginary

Jan 3, 2013

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.…

An Award To End The Year

Dec 13, 2012

It is always nice to get an award.…

What Ails India?

Dec 8, 2012

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

No, I'm Developing A Product

Nov 3, 2012

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

Productivity Hacks That Work

Oct 24, 2012

Practical hacks to improve your productivity.…

Why I Support Koodankulam Protesters?

Oct 17, 2012

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

Oct 10, 2012

What are the benefits of joining clubs?…

NEFT/RTGS as a payment option for governmental transactions

Sep 21, 2012

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

What Is A Tool?

Apr 8, 2012

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

This ≠ That

Mar 30, 2012

this is not that…

We Need A Better Google Plus

Mar 18, 2012

If Google wants its G+ platform to surpass existing social media sites, it should open it through a 'create' API, as early as possible.…

How Your Attitude Impacts Your Career Growth?

Feb 18, 2012

Your attitude determines the limits of your career.…

Notes from 'Steve Jobs'

Feb 15, 2012

Key points from this fascinating book.…

Creativity - Alchemy or Science?

Feb 14, 2012

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

Common Traps In Getting Meaningful Feedback

Feb 13, 2012

Three traps in getting feedback.…

How The Damn Google Spoiled My Career

Feb 11, 2012

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

How To Get The Feedback That You Deserve

Feb 10, 2012

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

Customer Service Is Sales

Feb 1, 2012

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

Can Companies Learn From Religions?

Jan 29, 2012

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

Documenting Your Decisions

Jan 28, 2012

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?

Jan 26, 2012

Can mass online movements change democracy?…

Is SOPA Only About Movie Industry?

Jan 23, 2012

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

Serving The Nation With A Delight

Jan 22, 2012

It started with a chat with my mentor. I had a ...

We Don't Need More; We Need Better

Jan 14, 2012

More of the same only produces more of the same results. Nothing improves.…

Looking Back At 2011 With Pride And Satisfaction

Dec 29, 2011

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

Beware of Cloning Best Practices

Nov 15, 2011

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

38 Lessons

May 15, 2011

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

Apr 14, 2011

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

Apr 6, 2011

Analyze the situation and tailor the solution rather than tinkering the problem statement to plug the solution at hand.…

Whats Wrong With Our Educational System?

Apr 4, 2011

Five factors that are wrong in our educational system.…

Is Problem Solving an Art or Science?

Mar 24, 2011

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

Build An Ecosystem For Learning

Mar 17, 2011

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?

Mar 10, 2011

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

Seven Insights From Two Months of Blogging

Mar 4, 2011

What I have learnt blogging regularly.…

Talk Their Language

Feb 28, 2011

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

Feb 25, 2011

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

Feb 19, 2011

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

Is Problem Solving Tying Us To The Past?

Feb 14, 2011

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

A Dedicated Blog On Problem Solving

Feb 11, 2011

A Dedicated Blog On Problem Solving…

SODAS - A Simple Problem Solving Methodology

Feb 7, 2011

Introducing a simple problem solving methodology.…

Don't Polarize

Feb 4, 2011

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

Aim For Success

Jan 31, 2011

Efficient problem solvers aim at success rather than perfection…

How Ideologies Impact Problem Solving?

Jan 27, 2011

Ideologies don’t get discussed openly. But they are the ‘invisible hand’, determining our perception and responses. So if the ideologies converge, you will make quick progress.…

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

Jan 23, 2011

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

Be a Problem Solver

Jan 22, 2011

All blog posts on problem solving…

Book Summary : The McKinsey Way

Jan 20, 2011

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

Jan 16, 2011

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

Jan 9, 2011

The main principles for solving any problems…

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

Jan 3, 2011

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

Work Less and Do More - Interview with Stever Robbins

Sep 28, 2010

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

Seven Business Trends to Watch in India

Sep 8, 2010

What are the future trends in emerging markets?…

Should Books Be Backed By Scientific Research?

Aug 25, 2010

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

Aug 22, 2010

Case studies of breakthrough innovations in India.…

Are You Unlearning?

Aug 18, 2010

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

Book Review - Making India Work

Aug 15, 2010

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

Lessons In Consulting

Aug 10, 2010

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

Aug 10, 2010

Interview with Vivek, co-founder of InterviewStreet.…

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

Aug 6, 2010

Quotes I liked from A Game Plan For Life.…

Book Review – A Game Plan For Life by John Wooden

Aug 4, 2010

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

5 Steps To Achieve Your Goal – Lessons From Failures

Aug 2, 2010

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

Jul 30, 2010

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?

Jul 28, 2010

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

Jul 23, 2010

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

Jul 20, 2010

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

Jul 15, 2010

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?

Jul 14, 2010

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

How to Ask For Help and Get It?

Jul 13, 2010

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

Jul 10, 2010

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?

Jul 7, 2010

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

Planning To Implement CRM? Read This e-Book First

Jul 6, 2010

A free guide to successful CRM implementation.…

Will Social Media Knock Out Newspapers?

Jul 4, 2010

Reach your economic buyers wherever they are.…

3 Core Requirements For A Happy-path Project Life

Jul 3, 2010

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?

Jun 30, 2010

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?

Jun 30, 2010

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

Jun 24, 2010

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

Don't Despise Little Beginnings

Jun 20, 2010

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