Wednesday, June 13, 2007

India vs India

I came across India Poised initiative from Times of India to spread the message of hope among Indian citizens. The message starts like this:

"There are two Indias in this country.

One India is straining at the leash, eager to spring forth and live up to all the adjectives that the world has been showering recently upon us.

The other India is the leash".

I think this is a perfect characterization of the people - there are people who are always pessimistic and think that nothing will change in India. And there are other people like Narayan Murthy, APJ Abdul Kalam, Subroto Roy, Dhirubhai Ambani etc. who work hard to make things happen.

I belong to the second bucket of people. What about you?

My personal favorite lines from this message are:

"History, they say, is a bad motorist. It rarely ever signals its intentions when it is taking a turn. This is that rarely-ever moment. History is turning a page"

Please check out the full video in the amazing voice of Amitabh Bachchan:

Sunday, June 10, 2007

I don't think we're going to make it

"I don't think we're going to make it," John Doerr proclaims, in an emotional talk about climate change and investment at TED 2007. John is one of my favorite VCs in Silicon Valley and I always love to listen what he has to say about global warming.



Please also watch John Doerr's amazing videos at Stanford University - Educators Corner

Saturday, June 09, 2007

View from the top

I live in a posh area of Menlo Park - next to the famed Sand Hill Road in Sharon Heights Area. This area is minutes away from Stanford University and 2 mins. drive to I-280 - one of the best looking freeway I have ever seen after my drive from Aachen, Germany to Paris, France.

Outcomes vs. Activity

Few days ago, I read a great blog post on Outcomes vs Activity.  Here is a small excerpt from it:

"I am embarrassed to say that it took me 10 years to learn one of the most fundamental pillars of leadership: It is all about outcomes — and not activities. This business truth is simple and obvious, yet, extraordinarily powerful. Unfortunately, it remains strangely elusive for many founders, and most people."    ... More

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