Category Archives: Business

The Underdog

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. - Mahatma Gandhi
It's an interesting experience to lead a fast growing company. Every day is enlightening, both at the professional and personal level. Add to it, regular meditation, the actual pursuit of enlightenment. We have definitely crossed the ignore-and-laugh stage. How do we...
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Too Big To Fail – Why Mega Corporations Are a Mockery of Capitalism

There are a few things I liked about America from day one. One of them was the Rule of Law. Second was the ease of starting a business; and obviously you have the American Dream where anyone can become anything. But there is one thing which I did not like. It was big corporations. My initial...
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“It’s not about the money. It’s about the game.”

Well, the title quote here isn't by me.  But a prominent quote but from one of Michael Douglas' bits of dialogue in the film "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps." This is an interesting quote and not far from the truth. It was in the context and vernacular of Wall Street, which I don't know much about....
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Can Someone Be a CEO Without Doing Sales?

I was having discussion with one of my friends a few weeks back and this question came up. What I have always thought was that a CEO is a glorified sales person. I still think the same way, and any deviation from this rule is an exception. Which is someone being really lucky or the...
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Why Things Should Work The First Time

A few days back I bought an Iomega network storage from Fry's.  I connected it to a wireless router at home and connected the software which came as a CD for my MAC. It did recognize the IP address but the status of drive showed it as off. I thought it may have something to do...
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Who The Hell Are You?

I was thinking about some past employees we had back when the company was really young and small. It's kind of funny how they perceived my potential and the company's potential (and the lack of both in their perception). There was a sales guy in 2007 who decided to move on in just two months' time...
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Business and Ethics

Once you enter the arena of business you realize that greed is universal. The whole system works by balancing or aligning greed. There is a saying that "No battle plan survives contact with the enemy." It also holds true with the business world. A business never works the way it was planned. Like a tree which...
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Paid Online Advertising

I just read that GM is pulling it's paid ads from Facebook.  Here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannmuller/2012/05/15/gm-says-facebook-ads-dont-work-pulls-10-million-account/. As much as I like Facebook, I think GM has done the right thing. I have always been skeptical of the impact of online advertising. I myself never click on an ad, and I bet I am not the only one. I agree...
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Man vs The Mission

Every organization has a mission, whether it's for profit or non-profit. Though the word mission is abused and overused a lot, the truth still stands that the mission is always bigger than man. Humans have always struggled with the question of "Why do I exist?" I think most missions stem (or should) stem from this....
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Speaking Your Mind

Have you ever wondered why when you see broadcasters make blunders and they had not been more careful? Whether it’s Rush Limbaugh on the far right or Bill Maher on the far left, all have had moments when they said something which they regretted or apologized for later. The answer to why this happens is actually pretty...
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