I recently watched the movie “White Tiger” on Netflix, after having read the book a few years ago.
The story is about Balram, a man from the lower castes in India who decides to escape from a life of servitude in his self described journey of “entrepreneurship”
In the book and in the movie, Balram speaks about the “Rooter Coop”. He describes it as this mechanism of society that prevents him from rising above his life that his birth destined for him.
Here is how it is described in the book:
Go to Old Delhi, behind the Jama Masjid, and…
This essay is a deeply personal one, an emotional postmortem of my startup journey which ended a few months ago.
My story is not a pleasant one; it is neither sweet nor harmonious, as invented stories are; it has the taste of nonsense and chaos, of madness and dreams — like the lives of all men who stop deceiving themselves. Herman Hesse (Demian)
What we can’t say is usually where some truth lies. Perhaps one level deeper, the things we can’t say toourselves are where the deepest truths lie. One of the questions that I never had a good answer…
Only when our appetites are under our control can we begin to see the flaws in our perception of food, society and the cultural norms that reinforce these flaws. We also begin to see the many ways we chose to lie to ourselves and rationalize certain behaviors.
Like a drunk person watching a video of themselves and reacting with “Wow, was that really me? I don’t remember urinating in the kitchen sink!” — Here are some flaws in our thinking that are all too human.
For most of my life I ate Breakfast Lunch and Dinner as if there was…
This is the first part in developing a framework for living in a world full of possible suffering, tragedy and hope.
Some stories are neither a mere recounting of events, nor just a pleasing read.
Instead they are glimpses into the structure of Being itself and calls to actions of how to orient ourselves in this world.
The story of Joe Simpson is one of these. He is a mountaineer who shattered his leg in a fall on the 21,000ft Siula Grande in 1985 and his exhausted climbing partner, Simon Yates, who had struggled for 12 hours to save him…
It is said that in embarking on a journey to build a successful startup you alternate between sheer terror and elation. I’d like to emphasize this statement and unpack it further. If you’ve been in a startup or started one you know that the rollercoaster of terror, elation, doubt and uncertainty is the surest way to learn.
In this journey you need to become accustomed to having the rug pulled out from under your feet when you least expect it rather more often than not.
“What’s hard — really hard — is moving from an idea to reality. It’s hard…
Today I was a fool.
I packed my bags in the morning and was ready to visit a family member in Croatia. I found myself standing calmly in a queue walking towards security when someone passed me holding their passport. Did I have my passport? No I didn’t even pack it, it was in my cupboard.
I had one hour to boarding time. It looked hopeless. A wave of annoyance washed over me and immediately it coalesced into me wallowing in my own carelessness and reprimanding myself internally. …
Startups are complex, with many variables and figuring out how all those variables fit together with that specific time in that a specific market is more art than science. Kinda like cooking.
“Cooking is an art, baking is a science”
I have often heard that, when baking, the difference between something delicious and something inedible is following exact formulas. When cooking with new ingredients you may never know which combinations or ingredients go together without trying to actually put them together.
There is an aspect of experience, instinct and somewhat luck that can result in something uniquely successful. …
To be a successful entrepreneur I believe you need to have the right mentality on certain critical issues. I’ve seen people pick up thought patterns in their employment which they carry over to being an entrepreneur. Sometimes these ways of thinking can become long-lasting core part of you and follow you for many years without you knowing.
Successful people have their own systems for judging people, they make a point of having “instant reject criteria” to save time in determining who they want to work with and who they don’t. …
Working on something new to help make people’s lives a little healthier and a little easier. Formerly CEO + Founder of nFold. Product / Growth + Marketplaces