On democracy

Hallmarks of democracy include the following: Communication is decentralized, with multiple sources of information. Authority and power are constrained by a system of checks and balances. Agendas and goals are established through discussion, not by leader Fiat. There is a reciprocity of influence between leaders and citizens, as opposed to unidirectional influence from elites. Group […]

Fear

While reading “Age of Propaganda”, I came across the subject of fear. It talks about how to generate fear on a group or individuals. These are some well-known trick marketers, politicians and preachers have been using. A fear appeal is most effective when: It scares the hell out of people It offers a specific recommendation […]

Reason

I have been rejected a few times during job interviews. Most of the times reasons for rejection were not provided. It made me angry and sad at the same time. One of the principles I am trying to adhere to is to give genuine feedback and reasons for not hiring someone.

Mismatch

Running a startup is like running a Linux Kernel. Early employees are important threads. Some founders go out to raise and then build an army of employees. They along with their investors for the hope of shipping product quickly. Sadly it never works, one reason being expectation mismatch. Founder expects new hires to be as […]

Book notes: Made to stick

I read this book and It covers 6 essentials keys to build a sticky product. I have added some of my take-ups along with authors storytelling. Simple Simple things scale. A product which is simple gets better adoption. In the book, the Author talks about SouthWest airlines secret to profitability. A simple message to the […]

Epictetus : Stoic philosopher

Epictetus was a Stoic philosopher. He was born into slavery and endured a permanent physical disability. Like Socrates, he too had not written anything. Some of his students collected his sayings and converted it into an Enchiridion (a book containing essential information on a subject.)I remember Chetan telling me about this book while I was […]