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INTERESTING READS #82

Our Cluttered Minds

Internet has affected our attention span significantly,  the post talks about the same.

Serverless Architectures

Interesting post with clear explanation on the cloud technology called Serverless.

The hunger mood

One of the posts which talks about what is going to our mind & what makes us hungry, you will be surprised to read the outcome.

My friend shared this post from Tim Urbun post yesterday & honestly I could relate myself falling to one of these category as well.
AEON with another brilliant post, the good/bad side of loneliness.

POKÉMON GO WILL MAKE YOU CRAVE AUGMENTED REALITY

Finally we are talking about Augmented Reality, thanks to Google/Pokemon. Will this change the way we are consuming Internet, we will witness it in coming years.

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INTERESTING READS #81

The State of Enterprise Software

Jerry Chen, one of the successful entrepreneur turned investor has some solid piece of advice for those who are building enterprise software.

Training to Be a Good Writer

I have been reading every single post from Zen Habits & this one I found gold considering am still learning that art of becoming a writer.

60 YouTube channels that will make you smarter

Another post on Medium, with interesting list of videos.

Why Raising Too Much Money Can Harm Your Startup

Mark Suster writes about why taking too much can do more harm than help to your startup.

The Truth About Healthy Eating   [YouTube]

This week watched this documentary & it was an eye-opener. Our busy life has made us belive on what the marketing folks tells us to buy, is it really healthy? Watch it and find out.

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Random Thoughts: We have stopped being grateful

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We are living in a hyper-converged world, smart phones & social media taking more time than family/friends/nature/surrounding.

  1. We have enough to feed ourself unlike those laborers working in mine/rail/road constructions.
  2. We have enough to commute from one place to another in cab/car/taxi/auto unlike many others who still walk miles barefoot for work.
  3. We are free/independent to walk/eat/drink/talk/mingle the way we like unlike many other parts of the world.
  4. We have affordable medical care unlike many other part of the world, so we get sick, visit doctor, get medicine & come back.
  5. We were lucky unlike millions others whose parents were not rich enough to send kids to colleges/schools for Engineering/Medical/Science/Arts degree.

What has happened to us?

Most of us are turning into robots, turning into a angry box, frustrated, stressed & focusing about better future.

We have to live for now, feel every single moment of our life.

  1. When was the last time you spoke for over 20 minutes with your parents, considering they are not staying with you?
  2. When was the last time you took you siblings for lunch/dinner/coffee?
  3. When was the last time you told you wife/bf/gf like truly about how much they mean to you?
  4. Do you even remember the name of your gatekeeper who opens your colony gate and salutes saying namaste saheb or to the office boy who gets you tea?
  5. When was the last time you were out of internet for 24 hours because you wanted sometime with yourself or your family?
  6. When was the last time you slept without worrying about next month’s car/home EMI

Life is about living in present & feeling grateful with what you have currently not planning for uncertain future.

Interesting Reads #80

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Forgiveness

Kamal Ravikant, one of few people I see as my mentor with the beautiful post. You have to let go many things from your past.

Avoid Burnout by Asking This Question

HBR post on how different type of  motivation defines quality of output to the work we are doing.

Serverless Architectures

Anyone who wants to get into Serverless Architectures, this is post is a good start.

2300 years later, Plato’s theory of consciousness is being backed up by neuroscience

Title says it all.

Don’t beat yourself up

We all make mistakes but instead of living with the guilt, we need to learn from it & move on quickly.

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Surge pricing debate: Question nobody asks

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Surge pricing for taxi aggregators has been banned in Karnataka. While I have been reading the opinions of various people on different social media platforms on it, there are a few voices that are missing – taxi drivers. They’re the ones who really suffer from this ordeal, especially drivers who have bought cars on loan and work 14 to 15 hours continuously to complete enough trips to get a bonus.

It was in the news that in Bangalore  Uber and Ola cars were seized. Even the government of Maharashtra is thinking of coming up with legislature to ban surge pricing on  taxi aggregators.

In Delhi as well surge pricing is banned, many vehicles were seized. As a result if you are booking Uber/Ola from Noida or Gurgaon asking to travel to Delhi the drivers will ask you to cancel the trip. Mr Kejriwal said surge pricing equals “daylight robbery” and his government does not buy app based taxi aggregator arguments.

It’s not like surge pricing is new. It’s common practice and we have paid for it plenty of times before. Here are five examples.

 

  1. Happy Hour at your favorite pub: Why do they give you 1+1 beer during the afternoon? That is because they want to fill those tables and sell more. Remember, only drinks are free & hence restaurants makes enough from food to compensate on your beer/drinks offer.
  1. Airline reservation : Compare today’s fare to the fare next month. There will be a significant difference in price. Why do you book tickets in advance for your  destination? Is it because you’re getting a good deal from the airlines? The economic principle for supply and demand has existed for ages. We have paid premium fuel prices to black marketers selling fuel during strike. We have also paid 5-10 times more on onions a few years back because they were unavailable. Those who were not interested in paying the price for it ended up without having it in their plate.
  1. Your favorite band’s show :  Take example of any event you like, they have early bird tickets, almost half the price of the real ticket.
  1. Technology conferences : Tech big shots come here and talk about recent trends or make a product launch {Apple/Google events?}]  The early bird access you love? That’s surge pricing
  1. IRCTC Tatkal tickets:  Why are you paying almost double for booking same tickets 48 hours in advance and end up paying start to end destination fare?

These drivers are poor, which means that they don’t have a Twitter presence and are not competent enough to participate in hour long debates on various news channels [english/hindi/regional]. Is that why they are losing?

We should be changing the lives of these drivers instead of making them lose their incomes. Some may even be ridden with debt, because they took loans, migrated to Bangalore away from living with their families – and instead living inside their cars (true story).  

 

Instead of debating surge pricing, we should have been pondering over :-

  1. Why do car aggregators only pay 30-40% of the surge money they make to those poor drivers?
  2. What kind of health benefits are these drivers getting? Are taxi aggregators giving any health insurance?  
  3. How can we empower the families of these drivers so they can raise kids and family in better and more empowered ways?
  4. How can we stop local authorities,  police and administration from harassing them?

 

INTERESTING READS #79

Apache Hadoop Explained: Kafka, ZooKeeper, HDFS and Cassandra.

Short & crisp guide to the big data technology.

Social Media De Addiction — Experiment 1

Excellent post with experiment around our addition on Fb/Twitter & likes.

Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person

Title says it all. 😀

Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

Mark Suster in his post tells us about the change VC industry has witnessed over recent years, the good/bad/ugly side of it.

Elon Musk, Will.I.AM, and Jim Gianopulos on future of technology [YouTube]

Interesting discussion from the tech luminaries, how Star Trek, Hollywood, Science fiction innovated technology.  A must watch.

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INTERESTING READS #78

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Fasting-like diet reduces multiple sclerosis symptoms

Fasting has been in practice for generations in Hinduism & Islam,  seems like our scholars knew about its advantage long back.

STARTUP READING LIST

Good collection of books and blog.

Steve Blank on the Tech Bubble: ‘VCs Won’t Admit They’re in a Ponzi Scheme’

Steve Blank, one of the best minds in valley tells you whats happening in funding world.

Running a Hackerspace

Good advice to everyone who wants to organize events at a hackerspace.

Startup Exit Stories You Didn’t Read About

Media has always glorified startup success story, this post shares some exit stories you would not have heard about.

Random Thoughts: On reading Bhagwad Gita.

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I finally finised reading Bhagwad Gita,  a hindu holy book which is collection of over 700 verses. It’s a  discourse between Krishna and Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra.  I would strongly recommend almost everyone to read it, it has nothing to do with your race/religion.  We all can relate to one or the other  discourse provided, I made small list of sentences/lines which had great impact on me.

  1. Our expectation is root cause of unhappiness.
  2. We have to maintain equanimity in almost every aspect of life & treat it equally so neither be too happy or too sad.
  3. Karma is what defines our caste not what we got at birth.
  4. Our mind is an asset and if we let Maya/Illusion control it, we are slave to materialistic aspect of life. This will make us unhappy.
  5. Our gunas  satva , rajas and tamas should not act on us & affect our happiness.
  6. Some task in our life are not done for a purpose to return outcome in our favor, we just have to do it.

The simple thought of reading Bhagwad Gita came to me from one of the tweets from @Arpit  [See his notes]

INTERESTING READS #77

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Burn, Baby, Burn. No More.

Agree to most part of this post on the recent discussions across startup ecosystem around burn rates, profit and all.

Practical Business Python

Good list of python tools/packages related to data visualization.

Varieties of Anxiety

We are living in a world where anxiety & depression are new age disease. But we should know following self healing techniques, meditation & mindfulness helps in the same as well.

A. Richard Newton Distinguished Innovator Lecture Series – Diane Greene [Video]

Diane Greene, founder and former CEO, VMware and board member, Alphabet (formerly known as Google). If you are building a startup, you should watch this video.

Indian Scientists Make Sea Water Drinkable, Pilot Plant Produces 63 Lakh Litres A Day

The title says it all, read the story for details.

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ENTERPRISE ANNOUNCEMENTS #41

Welcome to this 41st post on the Enterprise Announcements. This is the weekly roundup on funding and acquisition around enterprise technology.

This weeks funding related news

CloudHealth Technologies has raised $20 million in Series C

Maana Raises $26 Million Series B

This weeks acquisitions related news 

Microsoft acquires Italian IoT platform Solair

Google acquires Synergyse

This weeks Layoff/Departures/Closure/Appointments news

Google Hires Ex-Motorola President Rick Osterloh to Manage Its Hardware Unit

I will try to come up with similar list every week, feel free to let me know some worthwhile announcement which i can post here. @koolhead17  

 

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