Working at a Startup Before Starting One Yourself [Is it a good idea?]

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I started my first company when I was 19, the second one when I was 23 and my third and current startup when I was 26. In between, I worked for a little over 15 months for two different startups. Over the last few months, a few people have asked me whether working at a startup is helpful if one plans to start up soon.

The simple answer to that is, yes! In reality, the answer to this question is much more complex. There are good startups and there are bad startups. I am not referring to the business performance here. Rather, I am referring to the environment and culture. The right kind of environment and culture can teach you a lot of things that will be important when you start up on your own.

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Key Takeaway from Shah Rukh Khan’s TED Talk – Love & Compassion

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Shah Rukh Khan’s TED talk video is finally here. I am not a big SRK fan but lately, I saw a few of his interviews and I think he’s becoming more interesting as he is aging. I was waiting for TED to release this video and I spent a good 17 minutes listening to this man whom millions of people consider a major heartthrob. King Khan as he is called in India is someone who led a different period in Bollywood movies with his lovely charm.

So, Shah Rukh Khan’s TED talk is roughly a 17-minute monolog where he’s tried to insert elements of satire and comedy while talking about a rather broad and sensitive topic – humanity.

In the video shot in Vancouver, Shah Rukh talks about his teenage when he lost both his parents. And a particular conversation with his mother when he was 14 and driving to the hospital with his father’s dead body in the car and his mother suddenly realized as asked, “When did you learn to drive?” “Just now,” Shah Rukh replied. Situations bring the best out of people. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. And I have seen this with many other people, some of whom are my closest friends on how certain life changing events bring out their abilities to a greater extent.

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My CV of Failures

Well, it’s been quite some time since I wrote my last post. I think I should have added that to my CV of Failures as well. Anyways, over the last few weeks, the CV of Princeton psychology Professor Johannes Haushofer has been getting a lot of attention. He’s published something that he calls the CV of Failures which highlights all the things in life you failed at. He’s not the first one to do this though.

Inspired by Professor Johannes Haushofer’s CV of Failures, I decided to work on my own set of failures. The idea to make this failure resume got further triggered by Ankur Warikoo, a friend, and CEO of Nearbuy who shared his failure resume as well. Continue reading

The Toughest Startup Challenge – Hiring!

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This is a reblog from a post I did on KillerStartups in 2012. It still seems to find relevance hence I thought of posting it here.


 

I am sitting at my desk in Bangalore, India, trying to figure out why so many startups around the globe fail. Many times, startups are backed by great ideas as well as awesome founders, then why can’t things be materialized as intended? From what I understand, and I am sure many will agree with this as well, the biggest challenge for startups today is not securing funding or having a great idea, rather the biggest challenge is hiring. Continue reading