Business , Inspiration , Startups / February 2, 2017

Title: Rework Author: Jason Fried and David Hansson Jason Fried and David Hansson share their radical approach towards building Business for the modern age with the book ‘ Rework ’. Jason and David worked completely contrasting ways to industry norms while creating Basecamp – a web-based project management tool. They share their Understanding & Thinking as a simple yet fresh approach towards creating something new. Starting: Start as early as possible. Create something tangible and try to sell it. We all have that friend who says he had the idea for eBay and would have been a billionaire only if he acted on it. That’s absolutely false. Everyone has ideas, it’s the implementation of ideas that makes all the difference. So let’s say you’re a filmmaker, just create a short film and share it with the world. Learn along the way rather than just planning to make a movie once you have the money. Product: When you start, you don’t necessarily need a perfect something. In fact, minimising things can make them simpler and more appealing to a lot of people as well. Just create something people would use. Once you have a drug that people are addicted to, you…

Jeff Bezos and the age of Amazon
Business , Entrepreneur , Inspiration , Startups / January 31, 2017

Title: the everything store : jeff bezos and the age of amazon Author: Brad Stone What went behind the making of Amazon? How did a Startup selling Books become a $100Billion giant? Jeff Bezos was working in Wall street at a hedge fund co. called D.E.Shaw in the early 1990s. He was working on building a network international trade and started looking at internet enabled business opportunities. During the early 1990s Internet usage grew multifold very quickly and that’s when Jeff envisioned a store to conduct commerce using the Internet. Jeff selected Books category as there are millions of Books giving a large no of Products to start with. Jeff also has an individual liking towards Books, in a way Steve Job’s loved music and led to the creation of iPods. Amazon was soon shipping hundreds to thousands of books every day and conducting commerce through the Internet. After a successful stint with Books, Amazon launched categories of Music & DVDs. Around that time, a new company was gaining a reputation as search engines and Jeff personally invested $250,000 after meeting its founders. The company, of course, is Google co-incidentally an Amazon rival decades later.   Amazon has been largely…

Failing towards Success
Business , Inspiration , Self improvement / January 21, 2017

Title: How to fail at almost everything and still win big Author: Scott Adams Scott Adams, the founder of Dilbert & author of “ How to fail at almost everything and still win big ” shares his life’s story. All along, he strongly advises not to take advice from cartoonists. A few points he puts forward are: Learning from failures Scott failed on various occasions in his businesses as well as personal life. However, he kept on failing smart i.e. learning from failures and trying better next time. Also, improve the odds and become more valuable with every attempt. Say Raj and Prem are 2 guys in college, trying to get a girlfriend. Raj starts liking 1 girl, researches all about her and after months tries to go after her, only to discover she has a boyfriend or isn’t interested in him. Prem, however, flirts and approaches as many girls as possible. This, in turn, allows him to know what girls like, how to talk to girls and basically, improve his chance of making a girlfriend. Goals v/s Systems The same example also makes for his 2nd That is, to have systems instead of Goals. In today’s world, things are…

The monk who sold his Ferrari
Inspiration , Productivity , Self improvement / January 13, 2017

Title: The Monk who sold his Ferrari Author: Robin Sharma The Monk who sold his Ferrari Book Review Robin Sharma writes a beautiful book that truly appeals to the soul. It says about living Life to the fullest. As we grow up, we tend to get busy in our work & daily chores. Today’s fast paced world has led us to forget some of the most important things in our lives, such as being grateful for this wonderful life or spending some quality moments with our parents or kids. The Monk who sold his Ferrari reminds us to live a life rich in health, wealth & spiritual being. It speaks in an effective yet non-preachy manner to lift us from mediocrity and show us a path towards living a fulfilling life. The writing is really Inspiring and its a book for everyone who would like to live a simple, Happy and purposeful life. Click on the link if you would like to check out The monk who sold his Ferrari

The hard thing about hard things
Business , Entrepreneur , Inspiration , Startups / December 29, 2016

Title: The hard thing about hard things Author: Ben Horowitz The Hard thing about Hard Things by Ben Horowitz Ben Horowitz tells us about his experiences as a CEO during running Opsware (previously known as Loudcloud) , which was later acquired by HP for $1.6B in 2007. He talks straight about the difficulties/ challenges a CEO has to face while running a company. Majority of the management books talk about setting up of great business practices, culture and good things, however very few talk about what to do when that doesn’t happen. So Ben decided to share about various tough decisions that he had to make as a CEO to show the brutal side of businesses in his book ‘ The Hard thing about Hard Things ’. Firstly, he clearly states that there aren’t any recipes for succeeding in business and doesn’t try to hand over 5-10 practices or things to do. Instead, he talks about his experiences at being an Entrepreneur, a CEO & finds those learnings still very applicable while working as a VC. Some of the lessons he shares in the book are: As a college student, he played Football & was part of higher academic groups….

Start with Why
Business , Entrepreneur , Inspiration / December 21, 2016

Title: Start with Why Author: Simon Sinek Book Review of ‘ Start with Why ’ by Simon Sinek. New York 1900’s. Samuel Langley started with an ambitious mission to be the 1st person to fly an airplane. He had all the right ingredients – prestigious qualifications & work experience, great market conditions – well funded, best talent available, powerful contacts, media following his every move. Nearby in Ohio, Wilbur & Orville Wright were attempting something similar with money earned from bicycle shop proceeds. They did not have great formal education, no Funding or well known persons working for them. Both Langley & Wright Brothers were pursuing the same goals and had strong work ethic. Obviously Wright brothers were the one to succeed in flying the 1st airplane, despite Langley being the one with all the resources. The difference in them was Wright brothers had a dream & believed they could change the world with their flying machine. Langley was only motivated by the fame to be the inventor, so he couldn’t inspire the people around him and also quit once Wright brothers succeeded rather than try and improve it further. Washington, August 28th 1963. Martin Luther king Jr. gave the…