Notes from barcamp, bangalore on happiness.

For a change I spoke about happiness this time during Barcamp bangalore event.  I think we had 10-12 people out in cafeteria for this session. I am a big fan of James Altucher & Kamal Ravikant, they are very successful in life. I rate them as my happiness mentor.


Since barcamp is a unconference i made no slide, I will just add entry of my notepad which has meat of the talk.


We were born naked

One of the things which a dying person says, I wish i was more happy.

So what is happiness?

— Buying clothes/jewellery during flipkart`s #bigbilloin sale.

— Planning to spend evening at microbrewery drinking IPA

— Or asking out hottest gal in your class for coffee/dinner

What if things don’t work out?

— Flipkart server crashers, your money is sent back to your account.

— The microbrewery says IPA is not on tap tonight.

—The gal says, you are cute but i have other engagements.

In all these 3 scenarios one thing is common, our need is dependent on actions which are not in our control. The end result is, we end up being un-happy. OOh we go tweet, shout at poor waiter or block the girl on whatsapp.

Is it going to change anything? I don’t think so.

James Altucher on Happiness

Only thing that matters to you is your happiness.

  • Not happy with job, change it.
  • Not happy in a relationship, break it.
  • Exercise
  • Meditate
  • Smile
  • Don’t let external forces affect your state of happiness

Kamal Ravikant on Happiness

  • Its your life and if should be in your hand.
  • Be kind
  • Love yourself
  • Money will come & go, what matters is you, your state of well being, your mental state.

I would strongly recommend you folks to follow Kamal & James on Twitter & also read the books they have written.

James Altucher Choose Yourself 

Kamal Ravikant Love yourself like your life depends on it

Lastly you can get these 2 books for free by participating in James Altucher’s Ultimate Book Giveaway

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interesting reads #4 [startups, tech, life]


Isro successfully launches navigation satellite IRNSS 1C

Scripting yet another milestone in outer space, Isro successfully launched IRNSS 1C, the third member of the seven satellite constellation of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), in the wee hours of Thursday.OpenStack Juno released

OpenStack Juno releases

OpenStack the open source cloud computing platform comes out with its 10th release codename Juno. The project has got traction from everywhere community/enterprise/users.

Marc Andreessen on Apple Pay, Bitcoin, and Airbnb

Interesting interview of Marc Andreessen at dreamforce14. His vision, perspective on upcoming emerging technology, startup bubble, burn rate & bitcoins adoption.

Y Combinators: How to Start a Startup

On the ongoing series 2 more video has come.

Lecture 7: How to Build Products Users Love, Part I 

Lecture 8: Doing Things That Don’t Scale, PR How to Get Started

As usual am behind the schedule & need to catch up with it.

Video series on history

The series of course has been most interesting piece of online study video on history. I got a great insight about Indus Valley civilization. Boy they were much ahead of us, multi storey buildings, drainage system, community bath etc. I would strongly recommend you to watch the entire series for more fun.

Kamal Ravikant on Love &  Entrepreneurship

Kamal Ravikant is a famous Author, Startup mentor, VC & coach for life, In this video he talks about his life failures & how he got back to the world. His book “Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It” one a must read for everyone.

James Altucher’s Ultimate Book Giveaway

James is giving around 25 books, all you need to do is to participate in the contest.

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Ibn battuta: The less known, greatest traveler world has ever known.

I am fascinated by achievement of  Ibn Battuta, his travel achievement of 7400+ miles.  Being a muslim, he traveled most part of the world where Islam was practiced. I am not sure if this was the reason for him not getting credit he deserved by the western historians.

This post is not enough about his journey details, i have added footnote with references for more detailed read.

Some notes about his life & journey I made :

  1. He was born in family of scholars and judges in .
  2. He started his first journey at age of 21 years for Mecca to become the best known traveler to the world.
  3. When he returned back home, his parents were dead and his country under threat by the christian ruler.
  4. His resolution was not to travel same route more than once but found himself in Delhi twice & mecca 4 times. :)
  5. He practised Sufism.
  6. During his entire journey he traveled over 40 country including India, China, Russia & most parts of Africa.
  7. He was appointed as ambassador to China by sultan of Delhi. [Never imagined this part]

I am yet to find an interesting book to read about him & his journey.  I found  From pilgrim to world traveler: Ibn battuta  really interesting. I will update the blog as I find more references.



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interesting reads #3 [startup, tech, life]


India’s e-commerce portal launches #Bigbillionsale & it goes for a toss

India`s biggest e-commerce retailer came up with a marketing buzz #bigbillionsale Go buy stuff for cheap. It failed miserably & in the end flipkart had to send apology letter to each of its signed-in users.

Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi share Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to India’s Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai for their struggles against the suppression of children and for young people’s rights, including the right to education.


Dan Rockwell, in very simple post trying to send a message across. The post brilliantly mentions if you are a leader please do this & don’t this to be called as a jerk. You can get most of your work done being polite. :)

50 Websites Your Startup Needs to Succeed

Another interesting article from INC listing tools & trade a startup should have.  The list includes all websites which one might look upon for help while building his/her shop.

Gartner lays out its top 10 tech trends for 2015

Gartner, the research firm has come with its prediction for next year, IOT, cloud computing & 3-D printing are on the list. :D

Marc Andreessen gives $500,000 to diversify high tech

Philanthropist Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, wife of silicon valley top VC Marc Andreessen, are giving $500,000 to three non-profits working on the front lines to bring more diversity to the high-tech industry. I loved the announcement, i hope more rich people come out with such cause to change our planet.

Dilbert Creator Scott Adams Presents His 10 Favorite Strips

Scott Adams is my favourite cartoonist, i read dilbert strips daily. I was delighted to see this article, funny part is that i had read only 2 of his favourite 10  before this blog came out.

The Biggest Failures of Successful People (and How They Got Back Up)

This is one of the most interesting piece from lifehacker i have read so far. It talks about the failures of top innovators & then provides you other side of story, how they fought back, won the race. #mustRead :)

Y Combinators: How to Start a Startup

In this course 3 more lectures  have come :

Lecture 4: Building Product, Talking to Users, and Growing

Lecture 5: Business Strategy and Monopoly Theory

Lecture 6: Growth

I am yet to watch these videos, i will post my notes in separate blog once i am done watching them. :)

3 Pearls of Startup Wisdom From Peter Thiel 

Peter Thiel, the great innovator & startup guy advices startup to stay away for 3 things.

Don`t waste time competing with others.

Build a product which is niche

Form a company with people you know.

James Altucher on life

 Love Yourself As If Your Life Depended On It

I am not going to tell more, go read the story. James & Kamal are the reason why i am so fucking awesome right now. I failed on verge of doing worst but the book/blogs/podcast from james & Kamal was a great motivation to me. I am in heaven, am feeling awesome & this state will continue.

Ep. 28 Kamal Ravikant: How to Become an Angel Investor with Only $1000

Everyone should watch this podcast, kamal talks about his failure & how he was on verge of dying. He then got this feeling of love yourself, which was medicine for him. He got back on feet & life too. I am so happy and cheered up after watching this i cannot explain in words.

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How to Start a Startup note #1


I know everyone is watching, reading, following @sama course how to start a startup. I am keeping this notes for myself, if it helps someone else good karma gets added on me. :)

Lecture 1: Welcome, and Ideas, Products, Teams and Execution Part I

My notes:

  • Don’t build a startup for money, join a startup at early stage & get rewarded.
  • Most successful startups came out fixing real world problems ex- airbnb, uber.
  • Idea comes first & startup second.
  • If you have too many ideas pick one of them & give your best to it.
  • Get into mission oriented ideas.
  • Build a product, company next, PR/Press/VC will follow next.
  • Get a small group of users who love your product rather than 1000 others who just likes it.
  • At early stage spend most on word to mouth, get referenceable customers.
  • Don’t worry about competitors & all the buzz they are getting around press/VC other circuits.
  • Go for a smaller, unique market, find a problem solve it & become the market leader. The growth rate will be much higher.
  • Do not copy an existing idea unless you have some value add on it & will address a specific problem which was missed out on initial product.




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Interesting reads #2 (startup, others)



How Jerry Yang Made The Most Lucrative Bet In Silicon Valley History

One of the most fascinating read about the story of Alibaba & how Jerry Yang, co-founder of Yahoo got into investing Alibaba.

100 things that i learned while building my startup

Interesting piece of 100 advice, every startup guy should read & follow.

Before the startup

Paul Graham shares interesting thought about the overall startup ecosystem which includes mentoring & funding.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Startup Event Marketing

Interesting summery of a DEFRAG 2014, with word of advice around startup funding marketing events. It has become  a new symbol of being successful, go fund an event in valley.

Go Fund Yourself  

Interesting episode from southpark covering about todays mad mad world of startup scene. Incredibly funny worth watching.

 Lecture 3: Counterintuitive Parts of Startups, and How to Have Ideas from Sam Altman.

Yahoo closing down few other services too

Yahoo is known for buying and closing services. As per estimate it has closed over 37 services so far & this new announcement comes with killing few more.

Bred Feld on depression & how to get over it for startup founders

Founder Suicides

What Helps You When You Are Depressed?

Technology Specific

Shellshock Bash bug detailed explanation.

Troy in his blog gives a very detailed description about the Shellshock bash bug, am interesting read if you want in-depth information about same.

What is OpenStack Core — Jay Pipes

Jay pipes one of the key contributor to OpenStack project & part of it since inception has put his $$ of the CORE definition. He covers interesting stuff unlike others where more goes to trademark.

Juno: A free environment for the Julia language

Julia is turning into one of the popular choice for scientific computing & as a result we have Juno announced.


James Altucher on life

Life is Like a Game. Here’s How You Master ANY Game

As usual another blog from James where he shares his secret about being successful, a must read.

How following James Altucher changed life of Niklas Goeke

An interesting post where Niklas Goeke shares how he got his acts together, got motivated, made small  goals. His life got transformed & major credit he attributes to blog of James Altucher.

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Disruption in print/TV industry, who will survive?



Few days back I got mail from a colleague of  NewsX. He was one of the best journalist & prime anchor for the the news channel that time. After having conversation over Skype he told me a lot of things have changed, people are moving to online space. A lot of new online mediums like, making good wave in India. He also mentioned that at few places where he went for interview, they asked him about data journalism & basics of web development i.e html/css.

What is this happening?

If we google a bit, it will not be difficult to find out :

1. Trends show online ad revenue will overtake print  for Uk  This similar trend will follow across globe sooner or later.

2. Every other day you will find famous print edition going only online like this 

3. Mass level layoff happening at various media agencies like this 

How can we survive?

The new age media is data driven & social.  It gets to users as it comes. Some people call Twitter is the killer behind old age media, we got news  of  Bin Laden Death on Twitter before anywhere else. People are more interested & are connected to devices. It makes sense to move everything online.

What are the tools these days new media journalists are using?

Blog Blog Blog

Blog is the best way to let world know about your thoughts. Internet is full of platforms for publication WordPress, google, medium. Pick one of it, write interesting things there.

Data Driven

Todays world data plays key role & in journalism, mapping those data in more presentable way add 10X value. Check the softwares from  You can do awesome stuff with many such tools. But you will get your hands dirty with web technology as well. :)

Twitter/Facebook Others

These are the best medium to reach your potential audience, once you write a blog spread word about it in all these places. Create a page for yourself on Facebook, share your interesting stuff there. Follow interesting people on your domain out there on twitter, exchange your thoughts with them.

Audio/Video casts

Podcast is a best way to bring your thoughts on a topic to the word with audios. Softwares like audacity is excellent tool for same. Once you are done recording, add it to soundcloud & connect the feeds to iTunes. This will increase more audience.

Similarly using software like Google+ Hangouts on air, one can add a lot of participants in a discussion & later upload the same video for others to watch.

Build your audience, learn new technology  is the only way to survive in this disruption.

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Interesting Reads #1

Few weeks back my friend suggested I should come up with my weekly reading list, so here it is. I will try post this every week either on Saturday or Sunday.



ISRO updates on Indias Mars Misson 

ISRO successfully launches its mission to Mars & its called MOM, ISRO Mars Orbiter, you can find all interesting exploration pictures via MOM twitter handle & its one hell of fun @MarsOrbiter

An Invitation to ‘Make in India’ : Indian PM

Government of India launches Make in India campaign, the simple focus is to cut the red take & invite investments in all the sectors. One can find all the details about the over all campaign on the website


15 Jack Ma Quotes To Inspire You

Jack Ma the founder of Alibaba, which recently went for IPO in NYSE has advice for everyone, its worth reading.

a16z:10 ways to damage your fast-growing tech startup

a16z, one of the big VC from silicon valley has piece of caution & advice for startup kids.

Traction: A startup guide to getting customers with guest gabriel weinberg [podcast]

Traction, nice collection which is must read for anyone who wants to get into successful marketing spree for startup. The authors are giving interesting insight in the podcast.

Fred Wilson on starts burn rate: Burn baby burn.

Fred, one of the known VC writing about how burn rate is going to be pain in ass for the startup especially those who are in series A/B/C

a16z: If SaaS Products Sell Themselves, Why Do We Need Sales? 

a16z, talking about the myth SaaS based startups are living on.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Startups

One of the most interesting read on medium, gives an interesting insight about overall startup ecosystem.

Sam Altman: Lecture 1: Welcome, and Ideas, Products, Teams and Execution Part I 

Sam Altman: Lecture 2: Ideas, Products, Teams and Execution Part II

Our very own Sam Altman from YC combinator taking class on startup, must watch for everyone into startup eco-sytem.


Answering the existential question in OpenStack by Jay Pipes.

Jay Pipes, one of the early developers, PTL from OpenStack project has his thought on the way the overall project is shaping up after 4 years of its existence.

#TNS [ The New Stack]

Why One Developer Chose Go

Interesting take on Go language from Cory, It gives a nice prospective about the programming language.

A Linux Hobbyist’s Path to a Career in Tech with 7 Recommendations for Women and Minorities

Elizabeth K. Joseph  is long time Ubuntu contributor & is part of OpenStack now, She shares her experience about being part of women in IT & advice to everyone who wants to be part of it, loved reading it.

#Jamesaltucher [from James Altucher blogs]

Step By Step Guide to Make $10 Million And Then Totally Blow It

James Altucher, a living genius, regular blogger/podcaster/VC in his latest blog shares his prospective about making $$ & losing it. Another fun read.


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Things i love about Mumbai.

I stayed in the city for over a year, i agree i was never part of it. People say Mumbai is not for everyone, i have no comment on that. My one year stay has been a mixed feeling & I would like to share the positive side of it.

Autowalas: I have traveled & stayed in many cities Delhi, Pune, Chennai, Bangalore [insert city name here] Mumbai has been the only city where these folks will take you anywhere by meter. I never felt bad taking a ride & was never scared about the security part.


Nobody Cares: No one has fucking time to see what his/her neighbours are doing. I have no idea who stays next door & i have never seen them.

Night Life: The only city which is awake till 1 am out here in India. Most of my night out has been after dinner post 10 pm. I remember missing my flight to Delhi because i was over confident that i will make it to airport after the party.

Food: From variety of vegetarians i.e gujarati, marathi to mughlai food. Ooh don`t forget the wide number of restaurants serving international cuisine. I spent good time at pop tates & jughead, you should try there sizzlers its mouth watering.


Friends: I made good number of interesting friends here & met many old ones. I will be meeting them whenever am here.



What next: I am headed to Bangalore, looking forward to meet all my old friends. Bangalore has a fascinating technology community, i will try to be part of it.  


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Things or two I learnt following James Altucher.



A lot people like Peter Theil is not a big fan of Twitter, everyone has an opinion or belief and we should respect it.

About me, I have always been a connector & Twitter is one of the best things happened to me. A few months back a tweet from   landed in my timeline, it was a Eureka moment for me because I was going through turbulent times in my personal & professional life.

I made a small list which I have kept as a sticky note after going through his blog & podcast.

1. Be Honest with yourself.

2. Ask whenever you need something.

3. Fail fast & start something new.

4. Your health is key to your successful life.

5. Stay away from those who don’t respect you or are pessimistic.

6. Be Naked, always open to accept & exchange ideas.

7. Help help help others without expecting immediate returns.

8. Get into the habit of reading.

9. Being crazy is good.

10. You have an idea, work on it forget about the end result, give it a try to start with.

In case you want to know more about  James Altucher, please follow him on 



Amazon Page

I will keep adding more to the list over time. I am hoping next year I will be in a position to buy all his books as am still catching up with all his blogs & podcasts.



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