Winning Edge

Maria ‘I am just fedup of this whole rigomore of politics. Just want to exit party as I feel am not capable of handling it more.. The recent defeat’

Nancy.. an ace political advisor ‘dear.. the opposition focused on nationalism and won’

Maria ‘is caste, color, creed, religion still playing role for votes’

Nancy ‘unfortunately it does.. and then the employment of our own citizens’

Bob the opposition party lead calls up Maria

Bob ‘Maria.. agreed we both have different political view.. but please come for celebrating my victory’

Maria puts the phone down.. as she remembers her past

Maria was a good writer, a blogger, a journalist deeply in love with Bob till one day Bob decides to be spokesman of an upcoming political party. Maria feels this is not right for him.. Both have difference of opinion and she seperates from him only to find herself getting an offer from a major party to be their PR. Soon because of her strong writing, content.. she becomes party leader and though Bob keeps loving her till date, still because of ideology difference..

Maria wipes her tears and attends Bob’s winning party

Bob ‘Maria.. how much I knew you would come’

Maria ‘have put up my papers’

Bob ‘what.. just a mere defeat and you moved away’

Maria ‘I am still trying to figure out.. what I wish to do in life. ‘

Bob ‘why don’t we unite’

Maria ‘our ideologies differ’

Bob ‘winning edge dear.. may be internally we both may be having same views’

Maria ‘seriously.. why all this’

Bob ‘look at the perks available to be a politician… never we can get as common citizen’

Maria ‘Bob… is it the only reason you have become a Minister’

Bob ‘Maria… am always there for you… enjoy the party’

3 months later

Bob ‘Maria.. you never told me .. you made an app to resolve issues of people’

Maria ‘it is funded venture..’

Bob ‘I can easily acquire your venture’

Maria ‘not possible.. it is funded by the major party

Bob ‘common.. 1 million downloads and 50000 problems solved..’

Maria ‘you too solve problems’

Bob ‘you know it is so busy.. have to keep traveling overseas’

Maria ‘political intention towards people most import.. good bye’

Happy Holi

Sweety ‘this is absolute ridiculous that I have to carry now your baby.. the startup venture on my lap just because you feel, investors will be happy that am owning this venture’

Jax ‘dear Sweety, as an Investor, I have never failed. For some strange reasons this startup entrepreneur refuses to listen to me.. hence through my sister’

Sweety ‘what if Bob denies including me in his venture’

Jax ‘My dear sister… he is a nice human.. continuously believes in his project.. however for strange reasons.. he is not interested in taking our offfer’

2 months later.
Sweety ‘Am getting married to Bob’

Jax ‘are you kidding… I wanted to own that venture.. and you were just a tool for same’

Sweety ‘Jax… In India, there is a myth around this story demon Hiranyakashyapu and he was so egoistic, he wanted everyone to obey only him.. His sister Holika had a boon that she will never get perished in fire.. so he orders his sister to help him out fight a young boy Prahlad who is pious, but staunch devotee of god’

Jax ‘then?’

Sweety ‘she burns out.. the boy remains unaffected.. some angel saves him’

Jax ‘what you wish to convey?’

Sweety ‘No hostile takovers or employer dominance or relationship dominance every works out… I started loving Bob and he is working on this startup to bring in lesson’s learnt from great stories.. so he ended up narrating me about Holi day’

Jax ‘what is it all about?’

Sweety sprinkles colors on Jax

Jax ‘little sister.. are you nuts.. colors in USA’

Sweety ‘dear brother.. enjoy colors of life.. stop being egoistic and be humble.. angels usually should not depend on VCs. It really sucks when investors end up talking to startups in a way.. that they are beggars. Have seen so many deals.. where nothing really happens.. but egoistic pursuits.. or they go overboard investing in loss making startups.. strange is case… better sense needed’

Jax ‘god bless you.. when is the marriage?’

Sweety ‘April 1’

Valentine day business

Maria ‘every valentine, individuals purchase rose to share with their beloved ones’s and my family living is off the rose plantations.. a family business. But i want to move over to chocolate making’

Rick ‘Maria, as wife, have seen you passionately decorating roses for years.. why this chocolate wave’

Maria ‘complimentary gift.. and I too love chocolates’

Rick ‘that business needs food authority approvals’

Maria ‘yes… and have already applied’

Rick ‘how you compete?’

Maria ‘it will be a special flavor chocolate ‘crispy rose chocolate’

Rick ‘what?’

Maria ‘yes a bit of rose flavor dash over cream chocolate’

Rick ‘will it taste good’

Maria shares a chocolate hand made by her.. and gives a rose to Rick

Rick ‘reverse gear.. I am supposed to give you rose’

Maria ‘gender equality dear… why not me giving you that’

Rick hugs Maria

Rick ‘cool crispy rose chocolate business’

Dancing

Dancing with a not so control over feet
a bit of zig and then a zag
falling and tripping down…
rising up… and again holding a juice glass..
dancing…. twisting legs a bit here and there…
and then at times a pause..
again breaking into dance…

entrepreneurs dancing to tune of investors…
or investors dancing to tune of entrepreneurs…
merry making…
holding hands up and waving the year back..
so what if losses exist, so what if cribs exist
let us give another year and think afresh
to succeed again…

Julie ‘why this dance preach now’
James ‘dance startup… am thinking of initiating it’

Happy Newyear 2019

As seed ceased to be favorite and many moved to series of series for funding, the entrepreneurs and the spirit of entrepreneur wondered, is it so cool to chase investor or is it better to chase your own dream, The dream of realizing your dream can be converted to some meaningful service or product for many… An impact which can help many get livelihood or if nothing else, revive the lost spirit of entrepreneurship with us.

Half educated, many didn’t have options but to be business men or strive on self for their livelihood. Came the buzz of startup.. and a research for innovation ended up becoming a venture just to bet on.. and keep betting on it and improving its valuation.

Life as it moved, from the very school, where we study with hope to get jobs, we could see multiple spin offs in form of startups. Investors galore began investing and it became a boon for quite some time, only to be jolted with a fact that all bets may not turn out to be success stories.

The challenge has been to disrupt the way of thought process of investors, the corporate CEO’s to understand that entrepreneurs may have their own set of positives and negatives and more important would be to help them sell genuinely and create a profit and see how the turnaround time to acquire customers improve.

With key focuses on marketing and performance management, I wish all startups to succeed in these focuses to bring in happiness to all stakeholders. Folks like us would be consultants to few, would be written off by few, would be needed by few and we as mentors or coach or guide keep pushing the goal to disrupt education. So what if I attempted writing stories and poems on entrepreneurship and it got viewed by over 98 countries, the attempt has been to disrupt education as story telling effort and then the experiment to convert the entire entrepreneurship ecosystem as game.

The year 2018, disrupted in form of having over 10 colleges having a willingness to experiment with me to set up entrepreneur ecosystem, with over 50 more willing to join this bandwagon. Not to mention a few interest from entire universities. With over 2000+ freshers extending their arms to get into deep learning and experimenting with Artificial intelligence to analyze the entire startup ecosystem, ensured, the whole startup accelerator program get converted to series of experiments and formulate hypothesis around it.

Got an extremely thumping response from over 150+ very senior industry professionals at CXO, Vice President, Adviser designations just to cite example, all from reputed premier institutes willing to concur and work on my framework for entrepreneur success. This moves to next level of serious efforts to improve the research quality and bring in industry-academic-NGO interface striving to work and understand various formulae for entrepreneur success.

Got opportunity to work on applying machine learning principles to understand deeper issues of women through an analysis of gender violence data from 1993 till date. It came with a felt need that any country need to strive to move beyond ME-TOO movement and focus on solving the root causes of various problems faced by children and women in all walks of life.

There were experiments conducted to avoid individuals come of their laptops and mobile sets and make use of toys and games to improve their aptitude and numeric capabilities. The whole focus on use of toys and games to become aids to school teachers and bring in enthusiasm in kids, took small part of me to child hood days where sans devices, too life continued.

With serious probing and mining data, consolidating the same through an architect framework, the experiments to make simple micro service architect approach to capture data from diverse applications, realized Artificial Intelligence is not so easy when it comes to huge publishing data sets in standard format, and it needs more deeper coding principles to be adapted for graphic analysis and remains a work in progress of 2019

2019 goals to focus on free and low cost skilling continues and at same time the focus to bring in a true entrepreneur ecosystem culture within Indian Institutes remain the major goal, and at same time remain truly committed to goals of quality and help companies in their quality goals of ISO 9001, 27001, CMMi and multi other standards and take few private incubators (example automotive focused) to next level of growth remains in wish list.

Wishing all a very happy look forward, prosperous new year.

As someone said, each busy person does have time to manage all the goals, if desired.

Keep working hard towards your goals and all the best.

Never mind burgers

Joy was too found of burgers… However one day

Doctor ‘Joy.. to avoid heart attacks… you need to avoid all junk food’

Joy ‘Burger? reputed brands make it’

Doctor ‘I again repeat.. avoid all junk’

Joy ‘I just cannot stay with burger… am addicted to it’

Doctor ‘two wheat breads… in between put cuccumber, tomatoe and carrots’. That is your burger’

6 days later

Joy ‘it is not too bad… but am getting fedup… suggest variations’

Doctor ‘I am not a cook… figure out.. items which have low calories etc’

a month later…

Doctor see’s a shop near garden ‘LIGHT BURGER’ and decides to visit that shop

Doctor observes Joy

Doctor ‘you?’

Joy ‘I decided to make low calorie burgers to benefit folks like us.. obese guys’

Doctor smiles..

Doctor ‘only max 3 in a day’ with fruit juices

Leadership Letdown Lessons

Leadership Letdown Lessons

Leadership begins with a great vision accompanied by focused mission to serve a cause. Politician can focus on employment or immigration or farmers or industry. Corporate leaders can focus on productivity or quality or cost optimization or profit maximization.

Letdown begins when implementations fail, when promised deliverable’s not met, statistics depict a nice to read story, but ground realities are totally different. Governance weakens, each member tries to pull each other, ego and conflicts surface and Leadership Letdown begins

Lessons to learn: Involve group buy-in when working for a cause, Non-transparency never works, give all leads a due credit, focus on critical internal issues and ensure only security factors considered for external issues. Not to overspend on any fanciful dreams, ambitions or compete with others, rather use the budget wisely to support your focused mission

More you talk, more you fail. Actions important and then the talking. All failed projects have a reason to fail. All failed leaders have an opportunity to re-think of what they are doing. No institution or corporate or systems will get sabotaged by any association or party or group or people. Effective incident and problem management systems be established.