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Do what you LOVE and do it OFTEN

This is YOUR Life. Do what you love and do it OFTEN. If you don't like something, CHANGE IT, If you don't like your job, QUIT. If you don't have enough time, STOP WATCHING TV. If you are looking for the love of your life, STOP. THEY WILL BE WAITING FOR YOU WHEN YOU START DOING THINGS YOU LOVE. STOP OVER ANALYZING. LIFE is SIMPLE. OPEN YOUR MIND, arms and hearts to new things and people. We are united in our differences. TRAVEL OFTEN. Getting lost will help you find yourself. SOME OPPORTUNITIES come only ONCE, Seize them! LIFE IS ABOUT THE PEOPLE YOU MEET, AND the things you create with them. SO go out and start creating!. LIFE IS SHORT. LIVE your DREAM and SHARE your PASSION


This is an excerpt from the mission statement of Holstee, a NY based company which sells eco-friendly clothing and accessories. This manifesto went viral last year with more than 50 million hits online. This was Holistee's mission statement. The founders Fabian Pfortmuller, Mike and Dave Radparvar w…

The Science of Business Planning- The Start

Most people I know look at business planning as a very time consuming and cumbersome process. However, believe it or not, this entire process has determined viability of many a venture. When you start putting your ideas into words, the process of execution of your business begins to shape up and thus shapes up the aspects of execution of the idea that you might have overlooked while cooking it up.


I would recommend this exercise to whoever wants to execute an idea. It is time very well spent. 
The science of business planning is simple. Take a few hours off your busy schedules and just focus on what you are trying to build. As you focus, these are the basic classifications of thought that you will require to gather Start with the two steps below for today


a. Executive Summary. 
This will be the last section that you will write. It will not be more than 2 pages but once you are done with the rest of the sections; this section will be really easy to traverse. You will be able to explain the…

Gartner, MENA et al

Despite and Inspite Gartner and IDC  and other analyst predictions ( Ref and Thanks to RWME and Arun Shankar), the world market may move in a certain direction, MENA will continue to live a technology avatar of its own in 2012.
I agree with Gartner that we will see the growth of cloud services, I disagree we will go that far with it. The pre-requisites to such an enablement is all infrastructure, security and virtualization are still in infancy with us. I believe cloud enablement will occur with an increase in focus of many an enterprise in our region to secure, manage and plan their infrastructure.
A lot more of our local data centers will try to enable Cloud services with their facilities. However, they will fail to recognize the core of the reason why cloud is a concept. - ie scalability, control, measurability and agility. Running a cloud ops is about people and processes, centralized management and automation. Clouds make money through multi- tenency models, chargebacks and p…

Romania is a Wonderland

Am going to be a little patchy for the next few days. Just landed in Bucharest and on my way to Brasov for my project meetings.

The Mid Market Game

How do you define a Mid Market game? Who is Mid Market? Really, all economies that I have worked in, as a progression of my career so far, have defined mid market differently. Understandably Mid Market is essentially not your neighborhood mom and pop outfit with a 6-7 employees and its definitely not a corporation with over 50 employees and a flashy Management Team and layers beneath them. But then a  a mid market company in aviation may have several thousand employees and one in technology may only have a hundred. 


The middle market start at revenue or valuation levels of $5 million, $10 million, $25 million, $50 million, and $100 million. At the upper end of the middle market neighborhood, I’ve seen those same businesses claim revenue or valuation cut-offs of $100 million, $250 million, $1 billion, and $2 billion.So there goes, your mid market is defined. For where ever you are. :)


Despite the status of the US Economy, fundamentally statistics show that there has been tremendous growt…

An Indian Inventor Disrupts The Period Industry | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation

An Indian Inventor Disrupts The Period Industry | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation: "According to her, rural women are clueless as to how to use them, think twice about spending even the small amount of money to buy a packet, and sadly have a devil-may-care attitude about their health. "When I caution them that they might have to have their uterus removed because of reproductive infections, they just say, 'So what? How long are we going to live anyway?'"

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Business Plans. The most important decision makers

Good Morning. Thereal value of creating a business planis  not inhaving the finished

product in hand; rather, thevalue lies in the process of researching and thinking about 
your business in a systematic way. 

The act of planning helps you to thinkthingsthrough thoroughly, studyand research if

you are not sure of thefacts, and look at yourideas critically. It takes time now,

but avoids costly, perhapsdisastrous, mistakes later.


I always ensure that entrepreneurs I consult have thought through and written about
their businesses enough to understand what it entails. 
Ittypicallytakes several weeks to completea good plan.Most of that time is spent in research and re‐thinking your ideas and assumptions. But then, that’s the value of the process. So make timeto do the job properly. Those who do never regret the effort. And finally, be sure to keep detailed notes on your sources ofinformation and on the assumptions underlying your financial data.
I get frustrated messages from entrepreneurs who …

Here comes 2012

New Beginnings. Are just a state of your mind. Tomorrow will be just as long, short, interesting, uninteresting, busy or lazy as another day. Yet, hope of a new day, faith in a better time and a human persistence for anticipation makes its way into a celebration every 365 days.

If we were to bring the same hope, faith and sense of achievement into each next moment; time and space work their way around your ambition. You don't need a new year's day to resolve to be a better person, work on a better relationship with your friends or family, to stop addictions, to become healthy or to create a list of rules. You just need a decision and you need the will power to stick to your decision. Today. Now and every moment. New Year day or not.

Make each moment rich. Create happiness for yourself and those around you each moment. Not a moment in the future and not dependent on an event. It doesn't matter if its not now. Go to bed every night, satisfied in your conscience, that you did…