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INTERESTING READS #85

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The Neuroscience Behind Bad Decisions

Research finding suggest how biased and confused we can get with many choice.

The next big thing will start out looking like a toy

One of the old post from renowned VC where he mentions how small ideas/projects made big in the end.

Understanding VCs

If you have wondered why some VCs write so much or market themselves on all social media platforms, this post has an answer for you.

A Harvard psychologist says too many people think about happiness all wrong

Another psychologist with his findings about our happiness

Equity in Startups Is Losing Appeal

The gold rush for building next unicorn and making big is gone, employees are no more motivated over equity.

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INTERESTING READS #84

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To Those Who Are Struggling

Life has all kinds of flavor including sadness/struggle/loss, the post talks about how to keep going in every situation.

Open Source Won. So, Now What?

Open Source is getting adoption from every corner & even closed source company like Microsoft is getting to it, still the movement has its own challenges.

What Great Listeners Actually Do

Debunking the myth of great listener, excellent post. It makes me a listener.

The Power of Calm

Stay calm for healthy/successful life, don’t belive me read the post.

The Meeting That Showed Me the Truth about VC’s and How They Don’t Make Money

VC’s job is sexy only on paper and press, in reality smart ones work equally harder to get enough returns.

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INTERESTING READS #83

My spotless mind

Scientists are working on drug which will erase your fearful/troubling past memories, but do we really need it? This Aeon post talks in details about it.

To Fall in Love With Anyone

Want to fall in love with someone? Try answering 36 questions with him/her & you will fall for them, I have not tried it but the NPR podcast guest narrating this experiment has.

Why Yahoo! Alumni are Mourning

Yahoo is sold to Verizon [source], the author ex-yahoo employees talks about the glorious past of yahoo writes about culture/management/people.

I Have No Confidence… So This Is What I Do

James Altucher gives excellent advice on how to gain confidence & do good with life.

Nepal’s Maithil women break traditional gender roles

How things have changed for women’s in Maithila for good, it could have been much well written in my opinion.

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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.

 10 Types of 30-Year-Old Single Guys

My friend shared this post from Tim Urbun post yesterday & honestly I could relate myself falling to one of these category as well.

Only the lonely

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.

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