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Silicon Valley’s Hottest Startups Get a Taste of Going Public Without the IPO

Private market valuation has gone way to high, the post addresses pain points most of these unicorns will end up with once they go public.

Stories of Linux: Interview with Ian Murdock on Debian’s Early Days

We all use one or the other Linux component in one of the devices.  You should definitely read this interview of Ian Murdock, founder of Debian project.

Unicorn Fears and Stopping Stops

Another post on the Unicorn i.e Billion Dollar valuation of companies from Silicon Valley.

Report: India Set To Overtake U.S. To Become World’s Second Largest Internet Market

I hope the quality of service gets some mention too as of now its pathetic.

EU clamps down on bitcoin, anonymous payments to curb terrorism funding

Days are not far when government will demand all encryptions in name of national security. This is a not going to help the adoption of Bitcoin.



Random thoughts: On Romanticizing Failures


People say success & failures are complementary. It is like two side of coin & both co-exist. Over last few years I have noticed in every spectrum people are celebrating failures be it cover page of famous magazine, online portal, help/advice avenues like Quora or social media portals like Twitter, Facebook, Medium or LinkedIn.

 I have nothing against them, these are my thoughts :

  1. Weather its absolute NO in love/relationship.
  2. Not clearing interview of your dream job
  3. Failing miserably after taking enormous amount of funding from external investors.
  4. Got backstabbed by best friend or business partner.

I have gone through some of these & all I can say is coping up with failures is not easy. It can hit you hard & at times it can cost your life.

I have learnt from my past & moved on. I am not going to write a best-selling book glorifying my failure because someone has done so, in the end it is a failure. I don’t need extended coverage defining my celebration but an extended coverage of how I fixed my failure, my only hope with this is that it will help others not take the same route.

What are your thoughts about failing?


filter coffee

Welcome to this 35th post on the Startup Announcements. This is the weekly roundup on funding and acquisition around startups in India.

Some notable funding announcements:

This Chef’s Basket Has Raised $6 Mn From SAIF To Serve Ready To Cook Food

Ready to cook food market will explode soon, everyone is on move & no one has time to cook.

Explara raises Rs 3.2 Cr funding; to roll out movie ticketing next month

I have seen Santosh & team for long, looking forward to try out movie ticket booking from them soon. It is good that now someone will compete with bookmyShow

Some notable Acquisition announcements: 

Shadowfax acqui-hires delivery startup Pickingo

Another hyperlocal startup failed to raise next round of funding & gets acqui-hired.

Online auto classifieds portal CarTrade acquires CarWale 

Its a good move & acquiring CarWale will add more talent to CarTrade pool & help in consolidating the market.

Ola Acquires Intelligent Transportation Company, Geotagg To Strengthen Ola Shuttle

Ola is aggressively strengthening its tech domain, this acquisition help in same.

Some notable Layoff/Departures/Closure/Appointments announcements:

Vizury Joins The Firing Squad As It Pivots; Lays Off 50 Employees Across Three Cities

Sign of correction, its good.


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



Welcome to this 23ed post on the Enterprise Announcements. This is the weekly roundup on funding and acquisition around enterprise technology.

This weeks funding related news 

Expedia Spends $3.9 Billion On HomeAway, The Biggest Airbnb Competitor

Airbnb is one reason why booking sites like Expedia will bleed over the time. This investment makes complete sense for Expedia, old guards coming out with all guns blazing.

Influencer Marketing Startup Mavrck Raises $5M

We will see more such tools coming out & getting funded.

Digg Raises $4M Series A From Betaworks Backer Digital Garage

Digg, the famous social platform is having a dream run. Let see how/what they will do with this funding.

This weeks acquisition  related news

Activision Gets Candy Crush in Tax-Saving $5.9 Billion Deal

Remember Candy Crush kids, the free game? Its sold for $5.9 billion.

This weeks Layoff/Departures/Closure/Appointments news 

Marten Mickos Joins HackerOne

Marten is well respected Tech CEO & has successful exits with MySql & Eucalyptus. Lucky HackerOne.

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


I recently invested in over 150 startups

How platform like AngelList making everyone an investor.

Surviving an acquisition without selling your soul

Acquisitions are not always good/great as glorified by media, the piece gives a good insight on same.

Things to do before the money runs out

Sridhar, CEO Zoho has great piece of advice for everyone building next big thing & on funding.

What the top venture capitalists say about the tech bubble

Another post from Fortune on ongoing Silicon Valley Tech bubble conversation.

Hacking a Corporate Culture: Stories, Heroes and Rituals in Startups and Companies

Another great read from Steve Blank.



Random Thoughts: Purpose of life.


Few months back I celebrated 29 years of my existence. I have been thinking for sometime, what are we here for.  This is my list which I am always reminded to :

  1. Parents & Family: Everything I have right now is because of my parents & awesome family around.
  2. Friends: Its good to have few friends closer to you, they are the ones who will be there for you in every phase of life be it good or bad. So please choose your friends wisely.
  3. Helping everyone: I consider myself lucky to be the guy who is in position to help. This help can be  mentoring, motivating to providing monetary help to those who are in need of it.
  4. Society: Society is like movie script, it has well written protocol & one has to follow it. Society will always be on up as watchdog & pointing at our wrong doings. The question for me is how can i live in this world with society affecting least to my happiness.

Have you ever given thought on Purpose of  your life?

Random Thoughts: On OpenStack


OpenStack is over 5 years old now.  I have seen the project from days when many pundits claimed its not needed or it is a dead project or what not. These are some of my thoughts about the overall project & where it i s headed.

Community: I think OpenStack is one of the biggest project so far written in python. The latest release has over 5000 developers. Every release has followed a cycle & delivered timely.

Marketing Hype: OpenStack no more enjoys the hype it used to years back, tech scene changes so rapidly. 

Foundation: I think forming OpenStack foundation was one of the best thing happened to the project. The folks are working really hard to push project forward in whatever best possible way they can.

Foundation Members: OpenStack has almost every enterprise backing, check this link if you don’t believe me .  All these organization wants to make money out of it & hence they all have aspirations. Most of them have full time employes hacking/contributing to upstream OpenStack code.

Definition of OpenStack: It has been over 5 years & we have not come to a conclusion what components must/must-not have to make the product “OpenStack Powered” I know Rob & others been working hard on this, not sure when will this be finally a reality.

VC’s putting $$$:  Vc’s believed in Openstack & startups building services around OpenStack ended up getting funded over a billion $. Source

Acquisitions & Closures: In this 5 years tenure we saw a lot of these smaller startups getting acquired by traditional vendors like Piston, CloudScaling, BlueBox.  At same time we heard about Nebula closing down & HP public cloud getting shut.

Job Market: OpenStack created a great job market & even 5 years down the line being an OpenStack developer can get you good $$. If you have contributed upstream then companies will be after you to hire.

The dream of Federated Cloud: I am still waiting to see if  I will even be able to share my workload simultaneously on Rackspace, IBM Cloud or others with single OpenStack dashboard. This dream which was sold to us, I don’t see happening at all.  After fighting with Simon all these years over API I have to agree having Amazon API support as native would have increased OpenStack’s adoption.

Too many install Options: I have to agree many ways to do the same thing can be confusing. Installing OpenStack is still hard and perhaps will always remain so. I won’t be surprised if someone writes a detailed thesis on the installation procedure & options [with comparison to all devOp tools] for OpenStack & upgrading OpenStack.

Pain of managing Install/API doc:  Every new release has 100+ new flags & coordinating with developers or upstream contributor is not an easy job.  Anne & team are doing excellent work. They will love to see your contribution & this is the best place if you want to get started with  contributing to OpenStack project.

PS: I was one of the core OpenStack documentation contributor &  still a community coordinator for OpenStack project in India.


The Dilemma of the Startup CTO Title

Interesting take on titles associated with founders & why it makes sense to have a clear vision where it can be headed.

Startup Playbook

If you are part of startup ecosystem, you should read this. Its been written by non other than @sama itself.

Go, a language made to be mastered

If you want to get into dark side [programming/development] you should start with Go programming, the blog post explains it well in details.

The Surprising Benefits of a Quiet Ego

Quite Ego in my understanding is all about Empathy & how it leads to happy environment all around.

A New Kind Of Drought In Silicon Valley

Semil Shah writes about how Investors in valley are being more cautious & why only those with honest matrix will get funded.


Moving On, last day at The New Stack


Leaving an organization is extremely difficult especially when  you have been part of it from day Zero[or before] or a 1st/2nd hire.  But as someone said every great thing comes with an expiry date hence here I am writing my post on my last day of work at The New Stack.

The Journey

I got to know Alex [Founder of The New Stack] via Krishnan   met in Portland during OSCON & got to know about this opportunity.  I was more than happy to take the task as my work included getting website developed with remote developers, find interesting authors/contributors & spread word about The New Stack, building an awesome community via social media, offline mediums, meetups.


It was great almost 2 yrs journey with Alex & The New Stack team. The team has grown so does our visibility, people talk about us & quality of our published content.

  1. I got to meet so many amazing people & made few good friends.
  2. Great amount of  learning & mentoring from Alex[he will continue doing so :) ] and rest of the team.
  3. Keeping nerves in place during situations like server downtimes or verbal  arguments with people loaded with Egos.
  4. Getting more work done with being  empathetic with co-workers
  5. I have my own podcast  channel now, credit goes to Alex for the pep talk. [Be humble, honest & let the people talk.]
  6. I feel being more confident, relaxed, happy about everything in Life

Personal Goal

I am an average writer so plan is to keep working on my writing skills & occasionally submit some contributors post for The New Stack[considering my writing skill qualifies :D]

Last Not The Least 

OpenStack project has been one common connection or reason I got this gig or met Alex & Krishnan. I am thankful to the folks for pulling up such a brilliant project & uniting so many like minded folks on planet.  I have not written about it in long a separate blog will be posted soon.

Nepal is suffering & you are all responsible


Ordinary Nepali friends are in real pain & I have written about same before in my previous blog.

Who are the real culprits for current situation:

Nepali Politicians

Nepali politicians are thick skinned. They are part of every deal be it taking bribe from India or China for giving contracts or  channeling  money to personal pocket out of millions  received from world as aid in recent earthquake. Be it Oli, Prachanda or Madheshi all are same living in distant world. Why at very first place the constitution got passed with having severe discrepancies?

Why is ruling government not taking correct measures to restore peace in Tarai part, why are protesters getting shot on point blank? Can you all calm down, quit your ego & think for the  starving family out on remote hills or the poor farmers/laborers in Tarai. All these while you been appointing naxalites & murderers to top position, is this how you are aiming for progressive Nepal?

Indian Government 

I have high regards for prime minister Mr. Modi but what is this blockade going on? Why are our diplomates so useless & what has we got to do with Nepali constitution? Don’t we have enough problem in our own country which requires immediate attention? Nepal has moved on, stop being big brother to them, the new leaders think they are more happy keeping equidistant relationship b/w India & China. What is wrong with that?

Nepali Police

Stop treating protesters like dogs, they are as Nepali as you are. You have already killed 50+ so far, how many more is the target? Do let us know if there is a bounty/prize/medals Prachanda or Oli is giving you for the same or is it Chinese arms manufacturers?

Chinese Government

If  China thinks by they can get into minds/nerves of ordinary Nepalis & replace it India its not happening. India & Nepal has 100+ years of cultural bonding. China should come clean with its intention, we all know how much ruling politicians are aligned to them.

Nepali Journalist 

Well Nepali journalists are competing with Indian counterparts. I am yet to find a single journalist sitting in Kathmandu asking tough question from Oli on constitution amendments to killing of protesters to excessive force in Tarai. All this while they been governments cheerleader & throwing muds against India. My request to all of them is just grow up & think beyond being Anti-Indian or Anti-Madhesh. What have you done about human rights violation happening in Tarai?

Journalism is considered 3ed pillar of democracy  but all these days what you folks are doing is hate mongering, racist slur, spreading lies & propaganda. Can you all stop spreading lies & do fact checking before sharing it among your followers on social media & writing for you newspaper?

Nepali People 

Can we stop fighting with each other & discriminating on basis of origin Dhoti VS Pahadi

Ask tough questions from your government be it blockade or constitution or equal rights for women

Agitation will do no good & will harm overall country.

Everything has a price & India as well as China knows about it.

Stop wasting time on free NCELL plan fighting over unnecessary issues & burning blood on social media platforms.  Your government is not listening, next time go vote & select right candidate/ministers.

Also stop blaming India for all your problems we been your friends for century & helped you in all good/bad situations.

China can only compliment to an extent with resources [arms, petrol or bribing politicians], it cannot replace Indo-Nepali ties. Stop living in dreams & believing in what your media or politicians are saying.

My friend Binaya reminded me of John Lennon — Imagine, embedding the same here.


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