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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 →

Book Summary: The hard thing about hard things by Ben Horowitz

TL;DR: This book is a great reference for the following things (some well-summarized in this YC talk):  Various aspects of running an enterprise tech company in the valley. How to hire execs. Contains a comprehensive checklist of things one should… Continue Reading →

PAN-IIT GLC 2015 Learnings

Book Recommendations: Mindset, the new psychology of success, Carol Dweck: Sal Khan’s talk Built to last, Jim Collins: Pat Gelsinger’s talk Womens’ Day Sessions: Management is not command-and-control as Indian upbringing tells you – it is about gaining influence, gaining… 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 →

Notes from The Power of Positive Thinking

Caveat Emptor: Great book, but throws in way too much Christianity/religion in the face of the reader. IMHO, it is much easier for humans to place absolute confidence and faith in an abstract higher power, than it is to place… 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 →

Notes from Thinking Fast and Slow

This post is a collection of insightful concepts and statements I found in Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow. Apologies for the lack of coherence towards the end – the volume of the book ensured I got down to just… Continue Reading →

Nora Denzel’s advice to women in CS

Happened to watch this GHC 2012 keynote from Nora Denzel, someone who’s broken the glass ceiling in a number of ways. The gist of her advice to women in CS is in 5 crisp points, worth archiving, so here it… Continue Reading →

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