India Through Billboards

This is first thing I see as I step off a sixteen hour flight into the airport terminal. High-end mobile phones (but not so high-end to be Apple) and gold — both having symbolic importance. It portends...

Netflix And Monoculture

1/ I've hunted high and low for some Wong Kar Wai movies (old favorites of mine) to re-watch this weekend. But in vain. And that worries me a lot. 2/ Netflix got 45 million people to...

Wishes for Twenty Eighteen

Here are my wishes for 2018 for each of us. If the unexamined life is not worth living, is the un-lived life worth examining? Live life to the fullest -- every single moment of it. Take...

Twenty Seventeen in the trivial

I’m going to succumb to the draw of considering arbitrary moments as significant markers in time. Here’s a ‘storm about a few random and trivial things about 2017. These are in no particular order...

Build a Good Place to Work

Every time I need to introspect about the management aspects of my work, I browse through Ben Horowitz's blog or his book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things. His clarity of thought when it comes to...

Chesterton's Fence and Innovation

Chesterton's Fence is the principle that reforms must not be made until the reasoning behind the existing state of affairs is understood. An essayist named Chesterton (wikipedia) was discussing reform and how to go about it....

Work-Life Balance

From http://shyamsankar.com/the-case-against-work-life-balance-owning-your-future: I hate the construct of work-life balance for the same reason I love engineering: the reality is dynamic and generative, not zero-sum. It’s about transcending the constraints of simplistic calculations....

Observations on a Changing Consumer Story in India

I created a Medium Series that became popular and got featured by Medium. It was about interesting changes I observed when I was in India this April. But Medium Stories are only viewable in their native...

Four Lessons From Fred Wilson

I really admire Fred Wilson for his clarity of thought. So when he gave a talk where he listed out four lessons from his life, I just had to write them down. My favorite one is...

On Connection

This post is a little bit stream-of-consciousness, but everyone needs to pull a James Joyce once in a while. Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice starts with these lines, with the protagonist, Antonio, griping: In sooth, I know...

How Fast Can You Make Time Go?

There are many anecdotes of Southwest Airlines’ legendary customer service. Here’s yet another one, but this time I was left with a deep realization. The events It’s an evening flight from LAS to SFO....

Virtual Reality and Bending Spoons

Can Virtual Reality really be impactful outside of the obvious media and entertainment use cases that proliferate today? I remembered this brilliant TED talk from 2007: Go to the 09:13 timestamp and start there. It...

On Making The Web Broadly Accessible

From Webstock: The Map & The Territory: Our map of the Web is made through a vision of the Western world. We think mobile devices are always on, always connected, and uniquely yours. But this isn’...

On Cognitive Laziness

From More On Why Smart People Are Not Always Rational: We are sometimes irrational because we are stupid (unintelligent) and we are sometimes irrational because we are ignorant (lack knowledge), but we are often irrational because...

How To Be Right Often

From Some advice from Jeff Bezos: During one of his answers, he shared an enlightened observation about people who are “right a lot”. He said people who were right a lot of the time were people...

Apple Should Make Android Apps & SDKs

The concept is not as unthinkable as it sounds. Read on! Who is the main competitor for Google’s Android OS? If Apple’s iOS came to mind, it would be wrong. Android’s main competitor...

The Difference Between Android AOSP and OHA

There are two “flavors” of the Android OS: (1) OHA — Open Handset Alliance — which needs to be licensed from Google and used within their T&Cs, and (2) AOSP, which is the open source version...

Focus On Any Metric In Isolation Is Incorrect

From Growth Hacking Is Bullshit: For near-term growth-orientated product teams (often called “growth teams”) and marketing teams, focussing on the immediately measurable should not translate to focussing on the trivial. The size of the changes you’...

Product Managers Are Not Mini-CEOs

From Balanced Product Management: “But,” you say, “product is supposed to be the mini-CEO and the vision, right? How can you be the vision if you’re not deciding all the things?” Here’s the secret—...