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Social Proof

Reading Time: 2 minutes Social proof is the endorsement for your business from someone with influence (although with social media nowadays, everyone has influence). Read more...

Dilution

Reading Time: 1 minute Equity dilution works when the same pie is divided among more people. The founder of a company starts by owning all the shares representing ownership of the company. Over time, other people receive pieces of equity in exchange for work (employee stock options), money (seed, angel and venture investors), or services (attorneys, directors, etc.) Because the total percentage of equity will always equal exactly 100%, every time anyone gets another piece, by definition it “dilutes” all of the previous equity holders. Read more...

The Bastard Child of UX: Microcopy

Reading Time: 5 minutes The latest component that has been included in the arsenal of a UX designer is the small bits of copy that appear on an app's interface to guide, to reassure or to delight customers i.e. The Microcopy. Learn all about it here. Read more...

The Journey’s What Brings Us Happiness Not The Destination.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Lately, I have been going through a lot, both at professional and personal level. So, I took the recent break to re-read a book that guided me when I was seriously thinking about working on myself and my self development few years ago - Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives by Dan Millman. Check out what I learned. Read more...

How Uber, Google, Facebook and Other Tech Giants Avoid Paying Billions in Tax?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Let’s start with Uber. Let’s say an Uber rider in Kuala Lumpur taps her iPhone and requests a ride. At the end of the ride the details (such as distance and time spent on the road) are recorded and the rider gets off. No money changes hands, it’s all billed through the rider’s credit card seamlessly;… Read more...

The Startup Idea Litmus Test

Reading Time: 4 minutes Back in school, you must have learned a simple test to determine if a liquid is acid or alkaline. When dipped in the liquid, blue litmus paper would turn red if the liquid is acidic and vice-a-versa. In the same way, by listening to few hundred pitches and working with few dozen of investors, I… Read more...

The Myth Of Originality // No Idea Is Original

Reading Time: 2 minutes No one has ever had an original idea. Every idea worth having has been had thousands of times already. All the great subjects, all the great ideas, have been had already. What can be original is your unique perspective on it. It means that trying to come up with some completely original idea is pointless — if… Read more...

PSA: Trump is Batshit Crazy!

Reading Time: 6 minutes I hate trump and his views. He is full of himself and bat-shit crazy. There I said it. My friend was shocked when I said that and commented that she thinks that “America needs a dictator as they are in the shits, all time highest in homelessness, and so segregated socially, racially, financially”. I completely disagree with… Read more...

What Startups Can Learn From Nigerian Scammers?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ever wondered why the spam emails from Nigeria is always so badly formatted with poor grammar? Or why is it always from a member of a Nigerian royal family? I always wondered why don’t they use better formatting and good english, as I am sure that it will convert thousands more. A few days ago,… Read more...

Startups Are Hard. Really Hard.

Reading Time: 4 minutes No one will give a damn about your startup if you don’t (even your mum won’t) So work harder, hustle more, cry less and quit all your whining. Entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Kevin Hale make building a startup feel easy. Don’t Believe The Media! Globally, there has been this mega trend to glamourise startups. Instagram sold for a $1B.… Read more...

Top 11 Mistakes By Entrepreneurs (Inspired by Guy Kawasaki)

Reading Time: 6 minutes Guy Kawasaki (@GuyKawasaki) is a special advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google. He is also the author of APE, What the Plus!, Enchantment, and nine other books. Previously, he was the chief evangelist of Apple. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate… Read more...

Pomodoro Guide (The only guide you'll ever need)

Reading Time: 2 minutes I have 25 minutes on my pomodoro timer.Note: I have been using Pomodoro for the last 7 years. I believe that I am somewhat an authority when it comes to this technique. I have taught the method to many. I have written a blogpost about it previously. I would like to share it here. Do… Read more...

Ideas Are Cheap – Execution is Worth Millions

Reading Time: 4 minutes People who know me well, will know that I give away ideas freely to anyone who asks me for advice. Why? 1. One of the defining features of an entrepreneur is her ability to generate ideas. But an idea is just that – an idea. An idea is NOT a product. NOT a business. NOT a patent. NOT a trademark.… Read more...

What Is The The Opportunity Cost of Working For Someone Else?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Why do people choose to start businesses instead of working for someone else? Economically, you can think of a startup as a way to compress your whole working life into a few years. Instead of working at a low intensity for forty years, you work as hard as you possibly can for four. This pays… Read more...

Money Can Buy Happiness – Only if You Know Where to Shop!

Reading Time: 10 minutes Part 1: Is it all about the Benjamins? Three sociologistsfrom the University of British Columbia asked 315 Americans to rank their happiness on a 100-point scale and predict how happy they would be if they made ten different incomes, ranging from $5,000 up to $1,000,000 a year . They found a few interesting things related to… Read more...

If Today Were Your Last

Reading Time: 2 minutes For most of us, our biggest sin is taking things for granted and hence, not be grateful for it. I’m as guilty as anyone else. I woke up early today , a new habit that I am trying to assimilate into my life. It was 6am, I still felt tired. I woke up and fixed… Read more...

Ignore The F*cking News!

Reading Time: 6 minutes I have a confession to make. The last time I picked up a newspaper was 3 years ago. The last time I watched the news on TV was 5 years ago – during the financial crisis. I don’t read a single newspaper, offline or online, and I don’t watch any TV at all.  Ironically, choosing… Read more...

The Quick Follower Advantage

Reading Time: 6 minutes Al Ries & Jack Trout's are completely wrong with their law of leadership. it is exceedingly difficult for a first mover to keep their advantage. This worked in the 90s when the book was written (1994) where the network effects were not as viral and people didn't have the ability to reconsider their options with just a touch of a button (smartphones). Find out what works here. Read more...

How to do your investor updates right in less than 30 minutes?

Reading Time: 8 minutes At Infinite Ventures, we have more than 70 mentors and investors. During the founding batch of our accelerator, we realised that creating a system that connects 70 mentors to 5 startups can get pretty messy. We did a couple of things right, and many others wrong — but somehow it worked. A major factor that contributed to… Read more...

Key Insights From Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers

Reading Time: 5 minutes In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell seeks to disabuse us of the notion that genius and greatness are predominantly a function of innate ability and IQ. Instead, Gladwell suggests that things like what income level, culture, and time of a child’s birth are also important contributors to success, as well as a person’s tenacity and agility. Read more...
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