I was productive in 2018. I am happy to finish the year with satisfaction.
Lessons I learned on this topic from a decade of blogging.
Starting point for adult learning is reading. Pocket app is the best tool to save articles and read them in batches.
All abstractions are useful within a context. This is true in life as much as in technology.
Focus on building financial confidence, not financial freedom. When you have financial confidence, you can generate 4 types of income.
Leadership is holistic. Leaders should lead with humility and confidence.
Safari Online is a digital library for CXOs that has e-books, case studies, learning paths, and much more.
Learning how to think is the best intellectual asset you can build for yourself. Here is one framework to help you.
We all need something to look up to, another to look forward to, and another is someone to chase.
This is the best of times and worst of times to be a CXO. Here is my story of how I am learning to be a CXO using agile principles.
Do you have range of interests? The world needs you.
In the digital era, software is the business. What skills are needed to thrive in this era?
Prepare, Perform, and Probe is a three-stage approach that can help new chief technology officers to master and excel in sales.
Key points from the videos, articles, books, and audio books I consumed in 2018 Q1.
Though Sri Lanka is tiny, it has variety. In our year-end vacation, we visited temples, churches, beaches, national parks, lakes, tea factory, and a spice garden.
We will collaborate to create and capture value. Are you ready for the change?
Through 12 years and 300 posts, blogging has become an integral part of me. It has been a rewarding journey.
Women are the change makers. Even in cyber-security they will lead the change.
Startups can be classified into three stages as per their life-cycle. Here I present guidelines on choosing a tech-stack for each of these stages.
Since 2001, Mary Meeker has been release annual internet trends report. This year report is full of insights that small IT business can use.
I love talking to college students about entrepreneurship. Recently, I spoke to MCA students of Christ College, Bangalore.
You take about 7 years to master a skill. You can continue to learn new skills to build a rich and valuable career.
Successful business-men advice you to learn as many business functions as you can learn. But you should be aware of a mental trap that comes with it.
Should you specialize in a single technology or learn as many business functions as I could learn? Let us find what Jack Ma & Derek Sivers have to say.
TiECon Chandigarh 2017 is a two-day conference focused on the theme of 'Entrepreneurship in times of change'. These are my notes from Day 2.
TiECon Chandigarh 2017 is a two-day conference focused on the theme of 'Entrepreneurship in times of change'. These are my notes from Day 1.
A self-reflective post about what each letter of the job title CTO means to me.
The fields of next decade are: robotics, genetics, digital commerce, cyber-security, and big data. Countries that choose open systems will attract future industries.
If you are faithful in small things, you will become master of great many things
I have read over 100 books. I'm starting to summarize them here.
My notes from the annual NASSCOM Technology conference , 2016.
Such a productive and joyful year
ConvertKit is a well designed email marketing software. I'm starting to use it for this blog.
If your site is only static site should you move it to https? Will moving to https impact site's seo? Read to find out.
World is a better place because of definite optimists. Their vision continues to prosper the world.
How do you take a mid-size IT service company into its next level?
Whenever we face tough situations, we seek answers to solve that particular situation. What if, we sought guiding principles rather than specific answers?
Want to succeed in life? Have a system.
As a consumer, I prefer quality; as a maker, I prefer quantity.
When all is lost, memories and meaning will stay. That is a good enough for me.
I take Uber cabs, because it benefits me.
John Doerr, venture capitalist, talks about the next big things and how to identify great ventures
Is Paul Graham right? Is scratching your own itch the best way to build a product? I'm sure to find the answer soon.
Three lessons I learned in a year as an entrepreneur
Here is a step-by-guide for all the essential tools to build traction for your startup
Key component of a startup is the feedback loop
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.
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.
A great icon aids your app to stand out in a crowded AppStore. Now you can design a great icon for free.
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 interactive session with Mahavir Sharma at TiE, Chandigarh
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.
If starting a business in India has to improve, the entire process should be studied and simplified.
Securing online assets is unbelievably cumbersome and inefficient even in 2014. Will it change in 2015?
Some words have magic in them. They pop out of screens and alter our perspectives permanently. An article by Allison Vesterfelt did exactly that.
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.
A crash course on everything startups need to know.
Inspiration from those who ran before me.
If you write down the sequence and follow it, you won't miss a step and will save ton of time.
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.
Seven big challenging ideas from Peter Theil, Paypal founder
Rule of thumb for career change: You take a bet, you make it a win. While still winning, you take your next big bet.
February was a month for consumption. I read a lot. I'm listing the top 10 blog-posts with key-points.
Is striking a balance always right?
Treating people as replaceable commodities is an antiquated idea. It is time to bury the idea.
All the resources needed for starting and maintaining a blog
Books I’ve authored or co-authored
Of all the social media platforms, Twitter stands-out as a great place to discover and discuss ideas. Use it.
Going from an emerging economy to a submerging economy hurts.
Thinking in ratios and doing things together may turn out to be the best tips of this year.
You better listen to critics. But not when you ideate.
One's credentials do not guarantee success; it's their attitude that makes or breaks a venture.
Widen your knowledge rather than develop a narrow vision.
Because I broke my mental barriers.
The best of books, blogs and newsletters (of 2013)
Despite doom-sayers, the Church has survived thousands of years because it reinvented. Why can't companies survive the changing environment?
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.
Key insights from the eight books I read in 2013
An interview with Sastry, a serial entrepreneur about balancing speed in bringing a product to market and sufficiently securing it.
If you are learning about a new domain, learn about its individual entities well before jumping into its ecosystem.
Eight key lessons from building and selling Mac & iOS apps.
At WWDC, Apple introduced improvements aimed at both users and developers. But it has to improve its 'doing business' part.
If you are an independent software developer, there is only one metric to measure & improve.
To those of you who helped me to become an independent software vendor.
Magic happens when you follow-through your new year resolutions
To learn successfully, you need to learn from authentic sources with a structure. Challenge is in discovering these sources and framing a structure.
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.
It is always nice to get an award.
If you think corruption is the fundamental cause, it is not.
Say the solo-ISV prayer to focus on the essentials.
Practical hacks to improve your productivity.
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.
New applications are never built from scratch; they stand on the shoulders of others. Here are the tools used to build my first Mac / iOS app.
What are the benefits of joining clubs?
Process flow diagram for introducing electronic transfers for delivering public services.
Great free applications for your Mac
Is software first-order creation or a second-order creation?
this is not that
If Google wants its G+ platform to surpass existing social media sites, it should open it through a 'create' API, as early as possible.
Your attitude determines the limits of your career.
Key points from this fascinating book.
Interview of Craig Wynett, Chief Creative Officer, Procter and Gamble
Three traps in getting feedback.
Degradation of brain power was gradual; but its impact after years later is telling.
Obtaining feedback is critical to designing products that stand the test of time. But getting meaningful feedback isn't easy.
If you deliver superb customer service consistently, you will get repeat customers.
Most religions follow a pattern to build a community. Can companies adopt these patterns?
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.
Can mass online movements change democracy?
Why tech community isn't going against their own in the fight against SOPA?
More of the same only produces more of the same results. Nothing improves.
I didn't achieve what I set to do. But I'm happy and satisfied.
Simple blog engine that can run on Google AppEngine and anywhere else Python can run.
Compare the three popular OSes
It is regretful that consulting profession is crowded with sheeps in lion's cloth.
If you are a indie programmer, you are a businessman. Earlier you realize it, it is better.
Review of an iOS text editor.
My favorite free iPad Apps
I look back at what I learned, one lesson for each year I have spent in the journey.
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.
Analyze the situation and tailor the solution rather than tinkering the problem statement to plug the solution at hand.
Five factors that are wrong in our educational system.
Problem solving is as much a science as an art.
I explain the framework I have defined to assist my self-learning. I list the tools that help me to learn.
Have you paused to think what your ideal job would be?
What I have learned blogging regularly.
Communication is effective and complete only if audience understand what is being communicated. Don't throw jargons for critical ideas hindering the comprehension.
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.
Practicing with busienss cases facilitate developing a structured approach to solving problems.
If you want to create a better future for yourself and your company, be a better problem solver.
A Dedicated Blog On Problem Solving
Introducing a simple problem solving methodology.
Polarized solutions provide short-term success, they are ineffective in the long-term.
Efficient problem solvers aim at success rather than perfection
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.
A prudent question is one-half of wisdom. So what is a prudent question in resolving a problem?
All blog posts on problem solving
Key takeaway from this book is, there should be structure in your thinking, analysis and communication for effective problem solving.
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.
The main principles for solving any problems
How Guy Kawasaki's advice changed my blogging practice.
Interview with Stever Robbins on his new book 'Get It Done Guy Book'
What are the future trends in emerging markets?
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.
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?
Case studies of breakthrough innovations in India.
Most learning is true within its context. When that context changes, are you prepared to unlearn?
William Bissell, CEO of FabIndia, diagnoses reasons for current state of affairs in India and prescribes solutions.
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.
Interview with Vivek, co-founder of InterviewStreet.
Quotes I liked from A Game Plan For Life.
If you wish to be mentored by a meaningful life, pick up this book.
Are you moving towards your goal or just spining round and round?
Interview with Ranjan Varma, who is tapping the internet to create financial products for common man to use.
Wealth can not be created if revenue is a function of hours worked. What avenues are available for creating passive income.
An interview with a whiz kid from Tuticorin on how he launched and grew his online business while still at school.
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.
Interview with Heflin & Jasinthan about how they co-created music using online tools, with teams in India, Italy & Canada.
Five tips to get you started as a new manager.
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.
New models of co-creation built around the internet are emerging. How will it impact businesses?
You don't have to sweat it alone. Be smart and seek expert's help
A free guide to successful CRM implementation.
Reach your economic buyers wherever they are.
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.
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.
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 learned while developing an IT system for a cardiac surgeon.
What people, who worked with me, tell about me.
Long before an achievement comes to light, somewhere there is a small step. Don't ignore it.
Before you complain next time about a bad customer service, think again. Were you an annoying customer?
experience of a recent convert to Mac world
My learning model is of two layers - a core layer, domains in which I want to be an expert and a support layer, domains which will help me to practice my expertise effectively.
Motivation is a big part in getting through tough challenges. Drawing inspiration from others can help.
what are the 'category benefits' (those expected out of a category or class of products or services) expected from a consultant?
Companies should spend their resources on improving customer's experience at every point of contact - be it marketing, sales, delivery or post-sales support.
Considering that I'm my own boss but work from client site, should I call myself as a freelance consultant?
New challenges as I become a freelancer.
Indians got the British out of India; but the Indian politicians still use their tactics.
We, Indians, are in this state because you and I, didn't care.
One book that every software developer should read to avoid the agony of software develoment.
Call it 'unfair', but life never presents an opportunity in a golden plate.
don't interpret scriptures literally. But do read them to enhance the quality of your life.
Read your favorite book via email
I only dream of a theological revolution that breaks the shackles of religion for all people. Then we can truly sing, 'Joy to the world'.
I've been lucky, at least officially. Right from the start of my career, I've worked with some of the best minded managers. Each of them have inspired me to be a 'little' better person.
Can we be really proud?
An online book shelf as a service
It is an age old question - is there a god? I journey through life to find practical answers. The journey isn't easy; but the answers out of the journey is practical and they work good for me.
What features should a helpdesk tool have?
there are so many vital issues to be resolved in India for a common man; so much of energy (time, effort, money) is spent on trivial issues.
an alternative way to build managment knowledge without going to school
Learning the basics of investing.
The words that brough magic into my life.
While corporate business and cricket are different domains, IPL has brought them together. Here are some lessons for corporates from IPL.
three factors that contribute to success of a project.
Voting in an Indian election is an experience in itself.
What I'm reading currently.
compensations and promotions should be based on merits and not on seniority
As businesses become virtual, it is not only necessary to ensure that customers have good experience during pre-buying (as they browse through product catalogue) and buying (shopping cart) but post-buying (customer service) as well.
Best of God's own country.
Can you learn from the chaotic Bangalore Traffic?
three of the best life lessons
Django makes me popular
getting into web-development with django.
If you want to keep notes while you travel, twitter can help.
Steps to follow when you switch laptops (Windows based)
Can working in internal project be any fun?
Everything has a first. My experience in travelling in a group.
Don't wait for all things to get better; cherish your life, here and now.
Spending New Year in Ooty
a trip to Goa with family
From being just-a-lump in the womb to where I'm
A memorable day, partly living in the ancient Egyptian way.
My first personal trip abroad.
Beyond the boundary of family, teachers impart values and a strong sense to live life in a worthy manner. I remember those who taught me, not just in school but in life.