A flute must be…

October 17, 2012 at 10:33 pm (Uncategorized)

A flute must be adorned with a suitably beautiful song. Playing a random tune does not do it’s simple beauty justice.

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The idea of a c…

October 17, 2012 at 10:32 pm (Uncategorized)

The idea of a communist capitalist excites me. In that contradiction might lie the fine balance of human well being.

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At times It is …

October 17, 2012 at 10:30 pm (Uncategorized)

At times It is a fine line between treating an ill person with dignity vs ignoring his illness altogether

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How bribing did not help me

October 17, 2012 at 10:28 pm (Uncategorized)

I am trying to get my damaged passport replaced for the last month or so. Damaged passports can not be replaced under the Tatkal route, hence I had to go through the whole verification procedure again. This process has been delayed further because I have not been staying at my present location for over a year.

So finally the police officer arrived for verification at my place. I paid him a bribe, and he promised that my form and papers would be dispatched the same day. Since I did not have the potocopied papers he required, I told him I would get them to the police station in the evening. Instead, trying to accommodate me because of the bribe I paid, he asked me to deposit the paper at the security guard’s room in my society which he would later collect.

Several days passed and the papers still lay with my security guard. The police officer had simply forgotten.

Had I not paid the bribe, I would have had to go to the police station to submit my papers instead and things would have moved faster,

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Greater Noida police station …

October 17, 2012 at 10:22 pm (Uncategorized)

… is in sector Beta 2.

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Optimal number of founders in a startup

August 14, 2012 at 3:22 pm (Uncategorized)

I have realised in my short stint as a co-founder at Uberlabs that the optimal number of co-founders has to be an odd number. Practically speaking, it can be 1 or 3. Any number greater than that would be too many co-founders. (We are 3 co-founders at Uberlabs)

If you have an odd number of co-founders you can break deadlocks in decision making by majority voting. I personally do not care much about ending up on the losing side of this process because the other 2 co-founders are smart people and they will not make outrageously wrong decisions anyways. If you do not trust your co-founders to be smart, you are screwed anyways.

There are ofcourse successful companies with 2 co-founders as well, but in general it will work only if there is a clear understanding right at the beginning of who is going to make which decision. In case of Microsoft and Apple it was one guy doing product strategy/marketing, and one guy doing tech.

Not that you will require this deadlock breaking vote all the time. Infact you need it very rarely. Most arguments, if well formed and well presented, are heard patiently and are received well.

At Uberlabs we have also managed to divide work among ourselves well. 2 of us work on tech most of the time, while the other looks after sales/marketing/talking to investors 70% of the time. From time to time we meet and discuss each others problems. This brings me to my second insight: Perspective Depth.

I define perspective depth as your degree of engagement in a project. When you get very deeply involved in a project you sometimes miss seeing the broader overall picture. You need to take a few steps back. Sometimes you do not have the time or the inclination to do it. Hence you need someone else who is a little disengaged from your project, but knows what is going on. It works nicely for us. Hence we end up being 70:30 involved in our projects; 70% in our area (me in tech) and 30% in the other aspects (product strategy etc).

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My asinine opinion on the Higgs Boson discovery

July 18, 2012 at 12:19 pm (Uncategorized)

The Higgs Boson is actually a pixel. Just like pixels on a computer screen bring an image to life, Higgs Bosons bring you and me and anything solid to life.

Lets think about it for a while.

What the Higgs Boson really does is that it imparts mass to particles that interact with it. The space around (and inside) you is filled with millions of Higgs Bosons. The subatomic particles in our body interact with these Higgs Bosons to different extents and acquire different sets of masses. Since they have acquired masses they become capable of reflecting light and interacting each other, hence I can now see you and touch you.

Hence the Higgs Boson is really a 3d pixel strewn across the universe so that things can seem life like, just like the pixels on the laptop screen, or the dust particles in the atmosphere used to render 3d objects as in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EndNwMBEiVU.

What this also tells me is that *this* universe is only a display device. There might be another universe where we are stored as programs. Just like a monitor and a CPU are often separate. The processor universe sends signals to this display universe, and this display universe uses the Higgs Bosons to render us.

What do you think?

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Love

December 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm (Uncategorized)

“the higher he soars, the more successful he becomes, the more in love he will be with you.

that is because you have become a frame of reference

a fulcrum of memories”

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The burden of ability

December 5, 2011 at 1:34 pm (Uncategorized)

Employment is a key development narrative in India’s battle with poverty. You could give a poor person 1000 Rs today, but he will spend the money drinking and gambling. You give him a job and he will slowly learn how to save money and put it to good use.

The people who generate employment are industrialists and entrepreneurs. Most industrialists and entrepreneurs were ordinary men once and they made it big through hard work, intelligence and perseverance. The wheel of human development hinges on the axle that industrialists forge, not just for technological advancement, but also mass employment.

If there are not enough jobs today it is because so many of us who could be entrepreneurs and industrialists never thought of giving it a try. It does carry risks and is easier said than done, but for each one of us able people who decides not to take it to the larger grander scale, we fail hundreds of people who we could potentially have employed.

If all of us remain employees forever, we will all be out of jobs, no?

 

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Entrpreneurship Caveat

November 14, 2011 at 6:57 am (Uncategorized)

We speak of entrepreneurship as if it is a special thing, whereas in villages and towns across India most people who earn a living are entrepreneurs who have their own shops or local businesses. Kids who work at sweet shops cleaning tables and cycle shops fixing punctured tyres invariably setup their own shops. Yet, we the enlightened and the educated do not think of it as an obvious means of earning our daily bread. The BPO and the software industry manages to pay us just enough to keep these feelings from surfacing. What can not be ignored though, is that this industry provides employment to lakhs and lakhs of youth. In our poor country this step has to be taken first. Only then does entrepreneurship come into the picture. Imagine how many of us would struggle to earn our daily breads if a TCS or an Infosys did not exist.

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