From a man who hasn’t learned his lesson

September 17, 2008 § 2 Comments

Forming a new company is like starting a romantic relationship. The early phase is emotionally volatile. You have to build confidence, establish a sense of fairness and balance. If one person feels he is investing more of his feelings, without reciprocation, the situation can quickly get out of hand, resulting in stormy mood swings ultimately leading to disaster. Continual contact and reassurance are essential.

-Jerry Kaplan. Startup, A Silicon Valley Adventure


Top surrealistic moment

September 7, 2008 § Leave a comment

I like surprises. Pleasant ones. Which is why they are so rare to come by.

I had long thought about this feature that could be in Google Mail. Them only since no other providers have labs for circumstantial geniuses like me to offer their Eureka moment intelligence.

Eventually when I’d slept enough number of nights on the idea, I walked down to suggest.

Here, as you can see, someone got the better of me by thirty minutes.

There was this another something I pursued with almost maniacal exuberance back in 2005. But the then Head Of the Department, and a wise schmuck that he was and is, conjectured that going the entrepreneurial way was too much of a risk for the rat in the Sahara. Me in the world after the Valley burst. It hurt when I saw what must have been my baby in surrogate hands.

But with today’s major disappointment, I feel violated. Not that this was going to be the next big thing in e-mail, but that shocking appearance of what I thought would have been last few days’ most closely guarded secret in the cosmos, and it seemed at least as cruel as watching your innards being beaten to ruby pulp with the dogs watching.

I must try and get some sleep tonight.

An island of hybridization

September 4, 2008 § 3 Comments

A most fascinating piece I’ve read in a long long time about the island, our Island.

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