Devops. Gotta love it.
Most companies or startups for that matter tend to focus on the obvious – Growth. The name of the game is always the same – Get bigger faster. The primary driver behind this is two prong – 1) The heavy reliance on the VC Model (more on this in a separate blog post) && 2) The increasing amount of competition within a certain market or niche. Continue reading
Trust your Employees.
I’ve worked in multiple organizations or teams before and noticed the same issue crop up time and time again. It occurs so much that I believe it warrants some thought and “advice” <rolls eyes, I know I know>
Let me state it in the clearest and best possible way :
The secret to building great teams is to TRUST YOUR EMPLOYEES. Continue reading
Any campaign, every campaign in fact needs to have a soul. It needs to have something relatable. Something of personality.
Think of it like a child. It needs to be nurtured. It needs to be thought of and planned for. It needs to be guided towards paths that seem more likely to lead to infinitely better posibilities.
Sure, there’s a fast track. Just like any child has. But do so with the full realization of where it leads and more importantly the consent of the child.
Trying to copy, compare and just apply what works for others in the hopes of replicating success tends to choke the life and freedom away from a living being. It is within our capabilities as humans and more importantly as children to embrace the world of infinitum and cultivate our hunger and passion for whatever we deem worthy to receive that love and care.
That’s how you should always think of a campaign. The results on the Report Card doesnt matter as much as what the kid wants to do and why he/she believes those results will eventually lead him/her there.
So the next time you need to plan a campaign, think of it as a child. You’ll suddenly realize what makes the cut and what doesn’t.
When you are starting something, you are bound to stumble upon blocks. As a Founder, you evaluate battles and figure out if its worth the effort to continuously blaze through, or instead choose to walk the other way. No matter what the decision is, Never Compromise.
The more I work, the more I realize. I have learnt that what it takes to build a great business is not a framework, not the books, nor the smarts. What it takes is perspective. If you have the right perspective on things, alot of elements fall in place. Learn to have fun, let things go, take yourself a little less seriously. Be intense, be focused, but never let it deter you from enjoying the journey. Stop to smell the roses, skip a step, fall down but smile when you get up and most importantly, stop being a poser. Just be yourself.
Only then will you realize the only limitation to the growth of your business is physical, not mental. You start realizing that you only stop when you’re tired and not because you’re burnt out. Go out. Talk to people. Build something amazing. Be the change you want. Have fun doing it.
A few days ago, I ranted here that I was growing increasingly annoyed with Talkers, and today, a prime example of Doers with a success story appears. The Blogosphere has been buzzing about Instagram’s purchase by Facebook for a valuation of USD $ 1Billion. This is indeed an amazing success for them. There are a few valuable entrepreneurship lessons that can be drawn from this but one of the most important ones to me is – Execution is King – inspired by this article from TNW.
There’s a few things that have started to annoy me in the local startup scene, ALOT. One thing in particular is the fact that there seems to be alot of Talkers but very few Doers.
People that have no real credibility claiming geek cred for things they clearly aren’t good at doing, and in the process have succeeded in leading the blind.
If you really are who you say you are, show your relevant track record in the open and be honest about what you can and can’t do. People respect you for that in the long run. Be clear and honest. Just be a Do-er and Stop Talking.
Earlier today, I retweeted a blog post written by Derrick Ko, an acquaintance of mine who is now in KickSend about an open letter to Angel’s Gate. I have a disclaimer to make. When I retweeted and shared this on Facebook, I have yet to have watched a single episode of the Reality TV show and this bothered me all evening especially since one of the Angel’s is a 2nd Level connection of mine. So much so that I decided to dedicate a few hours of my time to actually watching the entire set of episodes they have uploaded thus far and I now feel that I need to get some truth out about the show and my feelings about it
Last month, I decided to quit my cushy job and go full-time into building both myself and my array of companies. Most of them have been under wraps for quite a while, as I have been servicing a small number of clients not having the need or motivation to look for more. This was particularly derived from the fact that I had a nice monthly paycheck from my current employer and thus entered into a comfort zone for about a year, and truth be told, it made me sick just thinking of how complacent I had become. So I decided to tender my resignation and risk it all. The psychology behind this was to give me the much needed kick I needed to achieve the goals I had always set for myself and not be complacent. Here’s the thought process that led me down this path :