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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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Fri, 05 Dec 2014 10:46:02 +0000

Downshifting is a noticeable worldwide trend, one that I’ve experienced with myself, in my own personal network of 30-somethings and fellow startup founders. The first principle for downshift thinking is to be eager to trade in money for time. Listing out the classic traits I’ve directly observed in downshifters: Reducing the amount of time spent on apps, especially […](image)

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Collaborating Over IdeasSantosh

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:36:14 +0000

Innovators cultivate rich networks for the purpose of harvesting ideas*. While there exist many solutions for harnessing ideas within an organization, there’s hardly any solutions for harnessing ideas from ‘outside the organization’. I stumbled upon this apparent gap when setting up a venture group around school alumni. Here’s a concise, 2 min video introduction that explains the problem […](image)

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The Role of IntelligenceSantosh

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:43:01 +0000

A friend once described his version of intelligence to me as the ability to discriminate that which is improbable from the rest. This definition isn’t a precise dictionary definition, but it’ll serve the purpose of this discussion. Imagine the future intelligently. Imagine improbable outcomes that question the future of status quo. Then in that case, failure is a failure of […](image)

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2014 Goes BySantosh

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:44:16 +0000

A viral cold has brought with it an opportunity to reflect. Going over all the events that dot the past year, I realize how challenging it can be to nurture an idea to fruition. Tangible outcomes, the ones you can feel or touch, those that are real to you and everyone else; they’re hard to create from scratch. I’ve joined up this year’s Startup Leadership […](image)

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Build Before You JudgeSantoshThomas Rhett on the Making of 'It Goes Like This'

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:24:44 +0000

Over the past few weeks I’ve repeatedly come across instances where the ability to build out an idea and get feedback as an atomic action has proved to be a huge advantage. While this won’t prevent one from spending time and effort on bad ideas, it does protect you from the more likelier instance of having a […](image)

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