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Last Build Date: Sat, 09 Sep 2017 18:37:23 +0000


Perseverance, or the Art of Just Not Giving UpSantosh

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 17:20:17 +0000

At today’s deAsra Foundations’ Entrepreneur Excellence awards, Sonali and Anand Deshpande shared 5 ingredients that they believe were instrumental in Persistents’ remarkable success. They are dream and dream big; create your team, you must know you can’t do it alone; focus; be ethical and lastly persist. These are certainly great ingredients for me to take back with […](image)

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Enthusiasm Behind PerseveranceSantosh

Fri, 05 May 2017 03:04:24 +0000

Mathieu Ricard’s notes on perseverance at meditation encouraged me to write about the examples of people around me transforming enthusiasm into perseverance. At work, I have a colleague who’s now completed more than 2 decades as a founder, CEO of the same company. I had the good fortune of spending an entire day watching him work. His pitch […](image)

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Meditation Over TimeSantosh

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:28:40 +0000

For the few who’re keen on learning about my continuing meditation practice. Through 2016 I was not very serious about my meditation practice. I’ve recovered lost momentum since the beginning of this year. I was reintroduced to practice right after I met a friend of my brother. Let’s call him Steve. Steve stays in Bangalore […](image)

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Political Suicide?Santosh

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 04:32:10 +0000

Demonitisation day #5. Doubts about the thoughtfulness and preparation behind the move have been widely cited. The system is beginning to appear stretched. FirstPost and Mint present a fairly balanced view of the repercussions of demonitisation. Given the logistical nightmare, and the 100 percent chance that this will result in sheer chaos, anarchy and anger his vote base (since […](image)

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Cashless India in a Single DaySantosh

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 17:00:21 +0000

8th November ended like any other day. I’d just gotten home from work. My father called me. Excitedly he told me that our PM, Narendra Modi had recalled 500 and 1,000 denomination notes. I responded that it’s probably a hoax and switched to youtube to check just in case. It was true. A number of my colleagues who I […](image)

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Reciprocity: Simplifying Business NetworkingSantosh

Thu, 24 Sep 2015 05:19:45 +0000

A little and a lot, both can be said about business networking. To write about the little is to summarise all the many little things I’ve learned over the last 9 years. Its quite simple that every business conversation starts with give and take. As a novice I’ve found learning this simple protocol to be long and confusing. A […](image)

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Is the thinking mind a Mirror or a Whiteboard?Santosh

Wed, 19 Aug 2015 05:54:41 +0000

I do enjoy pondering on the attributes of the thinking mind. What is the thinking mind? What’s the purpose of the thinking mind? What is the nature of thought? If we wanted to understand the biological content that makes thoughts possible, where should one look for it? Questions go on endlessly. One fundamental question I […](image)

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A clutch of thoughts with no specific objectiveSantosh

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 09:03:33 +0000

A few thoughts on achievement. It’s a good idea to aspire to achieve. On achieving whatever it is that you desire, it’s certainly possible to lose connection to the emotional content of your work. For instance, it’s never easy to come in every day with a smile. I’m fortunate to know of a few rare, exceptional people who can do that. […](image)

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My Experience: Startup Leadership Program 2015Santosh

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:36:46 +0000

After what has been a while, I’ve put thoughts down on paper. I decided to write about my experience attending SLP Pune 2015. It was in the nick of time too. Admissions to the next SLP batch close on 15 August 2015. In a way, I’m glad SLP came along when it did. Mid-way through […](image)

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Fiery Summer BloomsSantoshSummer

Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:29:52 +0000

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Neuroscience-led VenturesSantosh

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 02:32:01 +0000

A friend with a PhD in statistical modeling of brain signals recently shared his view that solving the Brain is a final frontier. Neuroscience and related areas continue to attract the best of breed from engineering, sciences and of course philosophy. Entrepreneurship and technology are not exempt either. To give you an idea of the scale of the problem at hand, […](image)

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India’s Mobile-Only Products 2015Santosh

Sun, 22 Mar 2015 16:41:17 +0000

Ecommerce and local commerce services here in India are beginning to soak up the mindspace around the buzzword “mobile-only“. I imagine that the idea of mobile-only will follow the regular cycle starting with sinking in deeper into app design and eventually, business design too. But there’s something superficial about the way its being thrown about. Here’s one instance of the term in use to critique the product […](image)

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India’s Digital Payments FreewaySantosh

Sat, 14 Feb 2015 06:54:59 +0000

In the process of building a movie tickets platform, the BookEazy team stumbled upon a revelation of card-less digital payments. We weren’t the only ones to come upon this discovery. And yet, its taken eight years for the digital payments freeway to become a potential reality. I believe that this is an important, polarizing discussion as it offers the ability […](image)

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Turning the PageSantoshSpore GameplaySpore Gameplay

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 02:29:29 +0000

I’m transitioning from an independent software developer to a new role as a small cog in a very large machine who’s intent is to digitize India. As every day flies by, the sights and sounds I see change dramatically. I’ve been keeping an eye out for games that have successfully managed to compress vast timelines into gameplay experiences. […](image)

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What I Wish I Knew When I Was …Santosh

Tue, 10 Feb 2015 13:26:12 +0000

The central question around contrast in cognition is that you’d never know what you’d know before you knew it. No matter how much we try, we can’t be perfectly immersed in a different way of thinking without perhaps a deliberate effort and a great deal of abstraction. What if you could ask how Bill Gates felt about […](image)

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Mon, 09 Feb 2015 05:45:26 +0000

“We are going to take percentage of Hindus to 100 in country …”, – 22 December 2014, I don’t want to focus too much on what has been said or done in the past few months with respect to religious conversion. Who did what and which side is right or wrong. In fact I’d rather […](image)

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Watching the MindSantosh17th Jan '15 0942 graph17th Jan '15 0942 pie19th Jan '15 1050 graph19th Jan '15 1050 pie

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 03:27:32 +0000

I now have my hands on a working Muse EEG headset. EEG headsets are a reimagining of existing technology that’s been available for the last several decades. Interaxon’s Muse is one such headset. With the Muse comes an opportunity to talk about the mind in meditation with objectivity that only data can bring. I’ve meditated for over a hundred sessions of […](image)

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Digitizing the Long Tail of Ecommerce and Local ServicesSantosh

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 06:12:32 +0000

We’re going through a significant degree of change here in my home country. As far as historical trends go, this is the fastest pace for any change and we squarely blame technology for what’s happening. Oddly, one might live through an entire decade and yet not notice this change. In a conversation last night with […](image)

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Fri, 16 Jan 2015 01:51:54 +0000

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The Transformational GearSantosh

Thu, 08 Jan 2015 13:46:17 +0000

There’s some thing strange about waking up at 5am every day. It’s an hour where you’re truly alone. A daily opportunity to not speak and allow the routine turbulence of thoughts to clear out. A long time ago, I started waking up at 5am out of necessity. I was in the Pacific timezone and I’d recently signed up on a project that […](image)

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Why Decision Making is Still HardSantosh

Wed, 07 Jan 2015 05:48:16 +0000

The good news is the world’s just gotten smaller thanks to the information age. The bad news is that we’re still using second-best crutches to make decisions. As an entrepreneur, I’m faced opportunities to make a terrible decision if I simply go with the fact that they’re available to me now. This applies to fundraising, who to […](image)

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The TeleporterSantosh

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:45:22 +0000

Thought experiments rely on the idea of immersion to allow you to explore conceptual frontiers. I’ve stumbled upon one such experiment in Sam Harris’ book Waking Up that helps to ascertain important ideas around our notion of the past self. While the experiment is useful to review the impermanence of that notion, its also incredibly valuable […](image)

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ImmersionSantoshNeo, Morpheus Training

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:20:00 +0000

A lot has been written and said about why Brain Games, or Brain Training works [1] and doesn’t work. If you listen to what Jane McGonigal [2] has to say, she says that games are a panacea for many of our ills, including productivity [3]. Where does the truth lie? I would think claiming to be […](image)

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Innovation’s Grand IllusionSantosh

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 09:10:28 +0000

This weekend brought with it an opportunity to background-think over the contents of design thinker Manoj Kothari’s talk to my SLP class. We understand and appreciate innovation thanks to its promise of improbable outcomes. Occasionally, an entrepreneur’s first attempt hits the mark as a wild success. The norm is that entrepreneurs wish to learn to repeat the innovation process through practice. […](image)

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Holding Contradicting ThoughtsSantosh

Sat, 06 Dec 2014 21:21:49 +0000

Contradictory thoughts appear to be cul-de-sacs, promising nothing of value. Counter-intuitively, the introduction of doubt is a key ingredient in evolving outcomes that are beyond simply predictable. Design thinkers are often encouraged to shift or overturn values in order to explore new outcomes*. This weekend’s Startup Leadership class involved a discussion with Manoj Kothari of Onio Design. He […](image)

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