Observations of 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...

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....

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—...

Selling Is Never About Convincing

From Mark Cuban on his blog “The 6 Things You Need to Know to be Great in Business“: Know how to sell. Selling means being able to convey why your product or service, which may be...

Leaderboards In Games And Classrooms

Leaderboards are found in all games — they are expected to drive competition, inspire participants to strive harder to win, and play more. As such, most social & mobile games use them as do some other savvy...

Personalized UI: Shape Shifting

Whenever we think of personalization*the first thing that comes to mind is Amazon displaying products we are likely to be interested in. The next thing that come to mind is like advertising on the internet....

Kill All Daemon Processes

Paul Buchheit is one of my favourite essayists. I wish he would write more often. Here’s an excerpt from his latest “The Technology“, which is a must read: Which brings me to the second pattern:...