Category Career

Self-Efficacy: The exercise of control

Introduction This blog post is an attempt to condense some learnings on self-efficacy. Some of us have been introduced to the concept by this illuminating book – A Defining Decade by Meg Jay.  The internet unfortunately does not provide good content… Continue Reading →

Book Summary: ‘Creativity, Inc’

Ideas from the book Make sure your environment facilitates, and not hinders, the culture that you want to foster. If you want open communication oblivious to ranks and pecking order, a rectangular meeting table is a bad idea. So are… Continue Reading →

Book Summary: ‘The Defining Decade’

‘The Defining Decade‘ is a book by clinical psychologist Meg Jay who has spent her career studying adult development and spent multiple years doing therapy for twenty-something clients helping them sort out their lives. Notes below are not exhaustive, those… Continue Reading →

Notes from “The Virgin Way” by Richard Branson

Listen intently to everyone who has an opinion to share (whether you accept it or work on it is a different story, but do soak it in). On luck – “you can really work at helping it along”. Being at the… Continue Reading →

Book Summary: ‘The Outsiders’ – Eight unconventional CEOs

“You are right not because others agree with you, but because your facts and reasoning are sound.” – Benjamin Graham Importance of capital allocation The 8 CEOs studied in the book far outperformed the S&P 500 over a 20-30 year… Continue Reading →

Book Summary: Flow: The psychology of optimal experience

The concept of flow What is described in popular culture as being ‘in the zone’ or ‘in the groove’. Makes use of an individual’s focused attention, referred to as ‘psychic energy’. Focused attention, not time or anything, is an individual’s most… Continue Reading →

Notes from ‘A Curious Mind: The secret to a bigger life’

The author, Brian Grazer, is a famous Hollywood producer, who held ‘curiosity conversations’ with famous politicians, techies, sports-people, Nobel Laureates over 35+ years to understand the world and viewpoints of someone very different from him. He landed a job as… Continue Reading →

Notes from Venture Deals (Brad Feld, Jason Mendelson) – Part II

Part I is here.  In a hurry? Italics in the post represent key dos and don’ts for founders. How VC firms work One management company (franchise) – this is the name of the VC firm you hear. Under them are… Continue Reading →

Notes from Venture Deals (Brad Feld, Jason Mendelson) – Part I

In a hurry? Just skim over the italics in this post – they represent key dos and don’ts for founders. Part II of the post is here. Resources askthevc.com – companion website. Has sample term sheets. Standard Forms used at… Continue Reading →

Work empowers personality

“Bill O’Reilly who precedes me on our channel, is like a superhero. Because if you meet him in person, he is kind of shy, quiet. He would never dominate your dinner table. But you put that guy behind that desk,… Continue Reading →

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