Yes … No … Mu

In his 1974 novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig translated mu as "no thing", saying that it meant "unask the question". Having grown up in India and being raised a  Hindu ... the shades of GREY are part of my thinking. There are no simple YES-NO answers to complex questions. …

It took 9 months to deliver the baby …

I was recently talking to a highly driven entrepreneur, who talked impressively about how time-to-market was critical and scaling needed to happen yesterday. He seemed to focus all his energies on getting right there to top quickly and getting a lot of funding to support his expansion plans. I only appreciate and admire his zeal. …

Learning from Obama …

I have been watcing the US Presidential election closely for months (years!) now ... much to the irritation of my wife.I am very fascinated by Obama's election strategy. In many ways I think it is very instructive for start ups (even if he doesn't win ... with I think is very unlikely).#1. He set a …

Why I hate email …

I hate corporate email.Everyone in my team now knows that I rarely read emails unless(a) there are from a client(b) the subject is screaming for my personal attentionTo me corporate email corrupts ones mind, body and soul ... and destroys culture of teams. Blackberry and other PDAs accelerate that decent into hell.If you think I …

Takes a country to keep my mail on hold …

In the process of relocating back to India, I came back to my apartment in Santa Clara for a few weeks to close out everything here.I have been away for over 6 months now ... and had put my mail on hold from India by going to the USPS web site. Mail hold works only …

Throw Out Your Business Plan – Part I

If you are starting a new company or creating a new business within an existing company that is truly unique in the market place … my recommendation is to NOT have a business plan. Why: “Are you advocating we jump into a new business, throw things around and see what sticks. Smells like WebWan or …