Features NOT-EQUAL-TO Product

A cool feature or a collection of features that existing players don't have aren't enough to declare yourself a product and feel that is defensible. Most start ups that just have an interesting play on an existing products / services, fall into a trap thinking that alone can help them displace existing players and incumbent …

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. …

Thanks, for rejecting me …

After crossing due hurdles, I joined Little Flower College in Hyderabad for my 11th/12th. The principal Brother John was an old mentor from my school days. Religiously met him on the first day. Brother John asked me what my goal in life was. I replied "I hope to join an IIT". Like his characteristic cane, …

Propelled like the "Midnight’s Children"…

I grew up in a middle class family with no experience in running a business. I guess my MBA didn't help either.An MBA at an IIM is prestigious, but I think it was preparing me for a career in an MNC ... like the civil services creates bureaucrats for the public sector, the "BSchools" in …