Internet News! Gmail Goofs up! Facebook with new feature…

Mad Day!

am sure at midnights, when you see a broken star! that day counts to be unusual day of your life…

Same way! internet had an unusual scene today!…

Gmail going down for a while, like real while and every thing goofed by that time… I saw a post that when you search Gmail in google, it brings up a link which has an EMAIL in it…  I couldn’t believe it as it’s one of the most secured service provides from internet world and goofing up with such mistake is not expected by Gmail.

but this is what I saw, when I myself search “Gmail” on

Gmail Down, goofed up with security


the email that you see in the image is a WORKING email of god know’s who from this website.

the best part was! (worst actually) that each refresh I did on google with Gmail as a keyword, it poped up a random email…(I was thinking if i could see my email there) 







From gizmodo’s blog post :

After connecting the dots, TechCrunch found out it belongs to one David S. Peck: the internet’s most popular inbox owner. He’s confirmed that he is indeed receiving thousands of emails, the majority of which are blank. According to TechCrunch:


I am sure this guy in my screenshot must have received the same…


But! let’s talk about the new buzz in Facebook!.

Facebook recently came with this new feature to which Facebook thinks that it’s the newest feature in the internet world!.. but actually they are walking way behind with this feature…

the feature is “trending” which originally is from Twitter! to which, facebook announced it’s release a week ago!

Trending feature in facebook

new feature in


This was actually announced in sept 2013 and since then was thinking of why are they taking so much of time to come up with this feature!

as the matter of fact, they had this HASHTAG feature out already! but was not at all in use as people who were talking in that TAG were just talking in that TAG and no one else was aware of the conversations going in there if they never knew it’s trending!


but now am sure! this TRENDING feature of facebook would at-least pull people to facebook to see what’s trending!…

yet! the filter option is not there! where you can filter the trends from specific area.. lot’s of updates on the way Facebook!…

I am once in a while writer! let’s see what’s next to post!..









Ways to get EXCITEMENT at WORK!

Before we get in to the ways of being EXCITED about our work or at work, let’s get in to a real case study from
childhood… YOUR CHILDHOOD.

I am sure you loved going school daily, no matter if you were a topper, a failure, a looser, a dumb/bimbo
or wat ever. But you LOVED GOING DAILY….

I remember my school days when i use to LOVE meeting my friends at school rather than getting excited
about my studies….

I was a failure and am sure MAXIMUM of my school friends would agree to it… (few won’t as they were
failures too :D)

however, the excitement of meeting friends did help me to stick to school and classes on daily basis.

So, let’s go to top 6 Reasons on why I loved going school DAILY???

  1. Get NOTICED :- Yes! I ain’t good looking, not that handsome, am DARK and ROWDY…. but I got noticed in school by many students and the reason behind that was my daily activities which helped me become a center of attraction. I was too notorious but good in co curriculum activities held in school. So the bottom line is, I was a performer.
  2. Co-Curriculum Activities :- One thing is so sure that pulled me to wake up early in mornings was the Co-Curriculum Activities held at school. It gave me excitement to perform, to become a part of team and give my best to get noticed.
  3. Students and Friends :- It’s quite important that you have mature and flexible nature team members so who can meet your chemistry. More important is, YOU HAVE TO MEET their requirements, their nature and their maturity to be one of them. Trust me this gives you 2 things; 1> you come to meet different personality people, 2> when you accept their nature and their personality; it makes you their close and most wanted friend.
  4. Teacher’s Threat:- I know, I know; students usually run away from those threats to be in their comfort zone; but trust me, facing them is altogether a different feeling and experience and also makes you scheduled and disciplined enough to be on time and on task and thus, it makes you get the end results.
  5. Stupid Games and Gigs :- I am damn sure you guys must have played pen fight, truth and dare, antakshari and lot many games in your class room, well even that was a spark to attract you towards being with your friends in school….
  6. Exams and Tests :- it was obvious, if you don’t attend your exams or tests, you fail in subjects, or fail in your final exams etc….. this gave you a fear of being out of your group if you fail in class or it gave you a fear of being 3rd or 5th or being a social outcast :D. Important is, you had a fear of failure which helped you upgrade your self … get end results.

Now remember one main thing out of all above, it was an indirect force which pulled me to school on daily.. Helped me gain knowledge.. helped me study in an environment. And of-course, upgraded me a lot…..

Okay!!! So, let’s get back to work….

Now, learning from your school, below are the things you can do to make your self excited @ work….. (trust me this will help you)

  1. Get NOTICED :- Let me tell you something, when people start talking about your performance is the time when you start getting NOTICED…  all you need to do is, be on your task, be on your toes, be the best to achieve it,,, and then; you are the HERO!! this keeps you excited about your work and your workstation…
  2. Company Activities :- usually companies do have some activities to get involved in, some of them don’t BUT…. it’s never to late; if their is no initiative for any happening activities at your company then you can always take a stance to initiate something that is happening and which can help you and others to be excited about the workstation….. 
  3. Team mates and Friends :- to jell up with your colleagues around is most important as because, if you are not casual and easy with your team members and your friends at work; you feel lonely which makes you a boar and an out caste member of a team…. Give you self a Go to understand people around, learn from them and be comfortable with them…. this will help you to learn and unlearn things, would give you a homely environment at workstation and would help you gain more relations around…. 
  4. Be Creative :- Once you have read above, do one thing, make a note in your mind that you have to do something new TODAY and make sure you LOVE IT…. no matter what is it,,,, but it has to be at your work station… for example, a note, a drawing, a song, a painting, something crazy or whatever… but get something NEW…this will help you brain storm a bit and would help your sleepy brains to do something new…
  5. Stupid Games and Gigs :- Never feel old, get on your desk, play pen fight, truth and dare, antakshari, dumb charades or wat ever makes you feel happy….. make sure you don’t hamper your work and play em all in your break timings… but… gaming daily is enjoying daily… 🙂 
  6. Exams and Tests :- It actually sounds boring when you have to test your self for all your capabilities and skills and etc… remember, Examination and test has no age to pass… even big bolly heroes do that,,, they watch their hit films and flop films to analyse what went wrong and what was so right about their movies… trust me if you analyse yourself, you are helping yourself to upgrade, to carry more skills, to be with time and trend….. 

So! guys…. these are my funds…. hope it helps you to gain excitement at your workstation….

Be Excited,,, Be Creative,,, Be Working….

Quotes by Steve Jobs…

  • “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”
  • “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”
  • “We’ve gone through the operating system and looked at everything and asked how can we simplify this and make it more powerful at the same time.”
  • “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”
  • “I want to put a ding in the universe.”
  • “I was worth over $1,000,000 when I was 23, and over $10,000,000 when I was 24, and over $100,000,000 when I was 25, and it wasn’t that important because I never did it for the money.”
  • “The Japanese have hit the shores like dead fish. They’re just like dead fish washing up on the shores.”
  • “Unfortunately, people are not rebelling against Microsoft. They don’t know any better.”
  • “Bill Gates‘d be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger.”
  • “The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste. They have absolutely no taste. And I don’t mean that in a small way, I mean that in a big way, in the sense that they don’t think of original ideas, and they don’t bring much culture into their products.”
  • “My job is to not be easy on people. My job is to make them better.”
  • “We made the buttons on the screen look so good you’ll want to lick them.”
  • “Click. Boom. Amazing!”
  • “You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.”
  • “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”
  • “Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?”
  • “A lot of companies have chosen to downsize, and maybe that was the right thing for them. We chose a different path. Our belief was that if we kept putting great products in front of customers, they would continue to open their wallets.”
  • “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
  • “Recruiting is hard. It’s just finding the needles in the haystack. You can’t know enough in a one-hour interview.
  • So, in the end, it’s ultimately based on your gut. How do I feel about this person? What are they like when they’re challenged? I ask everybody that: ‘Why are you here?’ The answers themselves are not what you’re looking for. It’s the meta-data.”
  • “We’ve had one of these before, when the dot-com bubble burst. What I told our company was that we were just going to invest our way through the downturn, that we weren’t going to lay off people, that we’d taken a tremendous amount of effort to get them into Apple in the first place – the last thing we were going to do is lay them off.”
  • “I mean, some people say, ‘Oh, God, if [Jobs] got run over by a bus, Apple would be in trouble.’ And, you know, I think it wouldn’t be a party, but there are really capable people at Apple.
  • My job is to make the whole executive team good enough to be successors, so that’s what I try to do.”
  • “It’s not about pop culture, and it’s not about fooling people, and it’s not about convincing people that they want something they don’t. We figure out what we want. And I think we’re pretty good at having the right discipline to think through whether a lot of other people are going to want it, too. That’s what we get paid to do.
  • We just want to make great products. (I think he means “insanely great products!“)”
  • “So when a good idea comes, you know, part of my job is to move it around, just see what different people think, get people talking about it, argue with people about it, get ideas moving among that group of 100 people, get different people together to explore different aspects of it quietly, and, you know – just explore things.”
  • “When I hire somebody really senior, competence is the ante. They have to be really smart. But the real issue for me is, Are they going to fall in love with Apple? Because if they fall in love with Apple, everything else will take care of itself.
  • They’ll want to do what’s best for Apple, not what’s best for them, what’s best for Steve, or anybody else. (this actually reiterates my oft-repeated mantra of “ubiquitous evangelism” in companies)”
  • “People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.”
  • “Our DNA is as a consumer company – for that inpidual customer who’s voting thumbs up or thumbs down. That’s who we think about. And we think that our job is to take responsibility for the complete user experience. And if it’s not up to par, it’s our fault, plain and simply.”
  • “That happens more than you think, because this is not just engineering and science. There is art, too. Sometimes when you’re in the middle of one of these crises, you’re not sure you’re going to make it to the other end. But we’ve always made it, and so we have a certain degree of confidence, although sometimes you wonder.
  • I think the key thing is that we’re not all terrified at the same time. I mean, we do put our heart and soul into these things.”
  • “We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life.
  • Life is brief, and then you die, you know?
  • And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.”
  • “Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
  • “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
  • “In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains of the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.”
  • “So we went to Atari and said, ‘Hey, we’ve got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we’ll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we’ll come work for you.’ And they said, ‘No.’ So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, ‘Hey, we don’t need you. You haven’t got through college yet.”
  • “The people who are doing the work are the moving force behind the Macintosh. My job is to create a space for them, to clear out the rest of the organization and keep it at bay.”
  • “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
  • “I’m the only person I know that’s lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year…. It’s very character-building.”
  • “I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do.”
  • “Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.”
  • “I’ve always wanted to own and control the primary technology in everything we do.”
  • “It comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much.”
  • “It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”
  • “Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.”
  • “Insanely Great!”
  • “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”
  • “It’s rare that you see an artist in his 30s or 40s able to really contribute something amazing.”
  • “I feel like somebody just punched me in the stomach and knocked all my wind out. I’m only 30 years old and I want to have a chance to continue creating things. I know I’ve got at least one more great computer in me. And Apple is not going to give me a chance to do that.”
  • “I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”
  • “Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?”
  • “The products suck! There’s no sex in them anymore!”
  • “The cure for Apple is not cost-cutting. The cure for Apple is to innovate its way out of its current predicament.”
  • “If I were running Apple, I would milk the Macintosh for all it’s worth — and get busy on the next great thing. The PC wars are over. Done. Microsoft won a long time ago.”
  • “You know, I’ve got a plan that could rescue Apple. I can’t say any more than that it’s the perfect product and the perfect strategy for Apple. But nobody there will listen to me.”
  • “Apple has some tremendous assets, but I believe without some attention, the company could, could, could — I’m searching for the right word — could, could die.”

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How To Manage Multiple IT Projects

Hey Managers and “WANA BE” managers.. 🙂


Am up with something that every manage would look around for.. and that is HOW TO MANAGE MULTIPLE IT PROJECTS at the same time..

I look after sales, admin and also make sure that all my projects go well and deliver the actual quality my client looked for.. and at the end of the day; i leave myself exhausted as things do go well, but then i leave my place with lots of loose ends which makes me incomplete.

Thus, I thought to make formula which can make me feel better, reduces my workload and also helps me achieve all my company goals, client objectives and on time project completions.

We all know that most project managers are able to evaluate and scope a single project, plan the implementation, communicate with team members, and manage the risks. But the moment you start managing multiple projects simultaneously, the PM’s job takes on a new dimension. Problems arise because of an increase in responsibility, coordination, and additional teamwork needed.

So let’s look at some of the key challenges you face when managing multiple projects (this is what i faced and sure you people are facing the same).

Managing multiple IT projects within the enterprise can be a daunting task. In fact, many project managers say that they would gladly stay back to only one or two projects vs. managing multiple projects (THE LOOSERS). The reason is simple, Managing multiple projects is not suited for all. Experience do counts however, you even need to be choosy with equal speed of smartness! When looking at the single-project concept, the roles and responsibilities prove themselves substantially simpler than for larger projects. However, the larger the project, the more coordination and tracking are needed to ensure that project deliverables are met. You’ll undoubtedly have on average three to five team members on each project. If you have five projects going at once, you will have to manage 15–25 team members. This doesn’t even include the interaction between you and the client. The challenges here include:

  • Not enough visibility on the detail being performed by project teams (i.e., developers, testers, etc.).
  • Not enough time to attend to meetings and still track tasks and milestones (i.e., tight deadlines).
  • Managing multiple risks and resolving multiple issues.
  • Lack of experience in juggling multiple tasks and meetings (e.g., gets too crazy).
  • Limited resources within the resource pool.
  • Conflicting priorities among projects. (trust me when your objective oriented, you want all the projects to be in priority :D.. it happens with me all the time :D)
  • Integration of all projects and their target dates not always clear.
  • Communications among too many people affecting performance.

So for now, let’s look at the best techniques we can use to manage all our projects:


  • Managing time effectively

Mostly when manager are tied with multiple projects, they want to give their best quality output in every project and also they want to get the project done by the time given; however, they fail achieving it; reason behind the failure is the time management.

It’s an smart necessity for managers to delegate their time and plot it between the projects. but the question raises here is HOW to do that?

here is a simple formula we need to focus on:

    • To manage your time, you need to manage all your tasks accordingly. remember, it’s the only key to achieve a project completion with excellence.
    • it’s complex when you are not choosing the right resource for the right project (I know managers are chosen only when they know how to delegate the resources, but it’s a fact; they always fail in deligation). however, if you choose a right resource for a right task? it will always help you lower your burden, get a quality output with masters hands on the project.
    • Leveraging group skills or dynamics
  • Checklist for managing multiple projects: You should create a portfolio checklist for managing multiple projects. You could use a life-cycle checklist to help (e.g., Have I received all the specs? Have I involved QA on each project team?).
  • Prioritization of projects: You need to determine which projects are more important than the others. When faced with multiple projects, it’s important to decide what to do and in which order it gets done. It’s no use simply selecting any project you like and paying attention to that project alone. Careful analysis is needed to ensure that each project meets your company’s strategic objectives and that you are aware of target dates.
  • Categorize your work: This strategy reduces complexity. You have to make progress on all fronts when managing multiple projects. Don’t leave one until next week and expect results. Check the progress of each project on a daily basis.
  • Sequence work tasks: Ensure that for every project the tasks have been properly sequenced and that they make sense. I have seen managers run from project to project, grabbing at straws. It’s imperative that each project be clearly broken down into manageable tasks and that they be correctly sequenced.
  • Create a dashboard: ah. this is something that really helped me to workout with all my projects and also has given me the exact detail i needed quickly.

A recommended process
If you really want to make an impact when managing a portfolio of projects, you’ll need a method of prioritizing and categorizing all projects. Project Management Dashboard illustrates a process for managing multiple projects, and I’ve found that it works rather well. Based upon your available time and your current workload, prioritize each new project handed to you. This prioritization allows you to determine exactly when to start the project and how it affects your other project timelines. Assuming all is okay, you proceed to categorize the project tasks into categories (A, B, and C), which assist you in figuring out which tasks are more important than the others. Please note that other valuable techniques such as network diagrams or PERT charts could also be used, but I’ve found that a simpler way is most effective when managing multiple projects. These tasks are then captured into a centralized enterprise project tool such as these:

  • Kidasa Milestones Professional
  • Pacific Edge
  • PMOffice
  • Project Arena
  • WorkLenz

These are a few of the great tools to use for to use for tracking and coordination. After all, if a task does slip, you want it to be visible so you can inform the client about its impact to the project.


Project Management Dashboard

You should also:

  • Prioritize your projects according to the client’s business and IT strategies.
  • Rank all project tasks into A, B, and C categories.
  • Spend enough time and effort on tasks A for each project, and then proceed to categories B and C as deemed necessary (e.g., technical meetings or workshops).
  • Notify the client if you cannot meet a deadline or complete a task.
  • Capture all issues and risks into a centralized project database for efficient reporting.


It does not end here, there is lot more for me to explore in project management and if you have any valuable input to enhance the system followed, please send me a detailed email at, I would really appreciate it 🙂



Hellllooooo people..

It’s the time to provide tons of power and energy to rural children’s growth and to empower the nation to be a part of the cause which can give a better future to our INDIA.

The Vidya Mandir has taken a step ahead to envisage the citizens and raise funds for rural children.

The Event is organized by Pinakin Sages, one of the leading Event & Entertainment Companies in Ahmedabad and it will cover the following areas of Ahmedabad (Image Given Below)

My Dear Aamdavadi friends, your heartily invited to participate in the Marathon which is on 26th of January 2011.  For more information on enrollment, please call Vaibhav Sharma at +91 9601502221.

Chalo toh Amdavadi mitro.. malye marathon maaa. 🙂 😀 😎

WARNING :- Don’t Miss it…

Setting Up Smart Objectives.

Nothing happens until we plan and good plans have goals and objectives.  Setting goals and objectives correctly provides the necessary support and aids in there achievement. Before we dive into how to go about setting SMART objectives, it’s important to understand that there is a world of difference between goals and objectives.

  • Goals relate to our aspirations, purpose and vision. For example, I have a goal of becoming financially independent.
  • Objectives are the battle plan, the stepping stones on the path towards the achievement of my goal.

A goal may have one or many objectives that would need to fulfilled to achieve the goal. For example, to become financially independent I would need to

1) get out of debt,

2) improve my saving and

3) start a business.

The most well known method for setting objectives is the S.M.A.R.T. way, the SMART approach is well understood amongst managers, but is poorly practiced. S.M.A.R.T refers to the acronym that describes the key characteristics of meaningful objectives, which are Specific (concrete, detailed, well defined), Measureable (numbers, quantity, comparison), Achievable (feasible, actionable), Realistic (considering resources) and Time-Bound (a defined time line). Lets look at these characteristics in more detail.

SMART objective are the stepping stones towards the achievement of our goals……


Specific means that the objective is concrete, detailed, focused and well defined. That is the objective is straightforward, emphasizes action and the required outcome. Objectives need to communicate what you would like to see happen. To help set specific objectives it helps to ask the following questions:

  • WHAT am I going to do? This are best written using strong, action verbs such as conduct, develop, build, plan, execute, etc. This helps your objective to be action-orientated and focuses on what’s most important.
  • WHY is this important for me to do?
  • WHO is going to do what? Who else need to be involved?
  • WHEN do I want this to be completed?
  • HOW am I going to do this?

“The successful man is the average man, focused.” – Unknown

Diagnostic Questions

  • What exactly are we going to do, with or for whom?
  • What strategies will be used?
  • Is the objective well understood?
  • Is the objective described with action verbs?
  • Is it clear who is involved?
  • Is it clear where this will happen?
  • Is it clear what needs to happen?
  • Is the outcome clear?
  • Will this objective lead to the desired results?


Objectives need to be achievable, if the objective is too far in the future, you’ll find it difficult to keep motivated and to strive towards it’s attainment. Objectives, unlike your aspirations and visions, need to be achievable to keep you motivated. Whilst being obtainable, objectives still need to stretch you, but not so far that you become frustrated and lose motivation.

Diagnostic Questions

  • Can we get it done in the proposed timeframe?
  • Do I understand the limitations and constraints?
  • Can we do this with the resources we have?
  • Has anyone else done this successfully?
  • Is this possible?


Objectives that are achievable, may not be realistic….. however, realistic does not mean easy. Realistic means that you have the resources to get it done. The achievement of an objective requires resources, such as, skills, money, equipment, etc. to support the tasks required to achieve the objective. Most objectives are achievable but, may require a change in your priorities to make them happen.

Diagnostic Questions

  • Do you have the resources available to achieve this objective?
  • Do I need to revisit priorities in my life to make this happen?
  • Is it possible to achieve this objective?


If the objective is measurable, it means that the measurement source is identified and we are able to track the results of our actions, as we progress towards achieving the objective. Measurement is the standard used for comparison. For example, what financial independence means to me, may be totally different compared to what is means for you. As is so often quoted, if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it! Importantly, measurement help us to know when we have achieved our objective.

Diagnostic Questions

  • How will I know that the change has occurred?
  • Can these measurements be obtained?


Time-bound means setting deadlines for the achievement of the objective. Deadlines create the all important sense of urgency. If you don’t set a deadline, you will reduce the motivation and urgency required to execute the tasks. Deadlines create the necessary urgency and prompts action.

Diagnostic Questions

  • When will this objective be accomplished?
  • Is there a stated deadline?

“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.”

If you are an entrepreneur, what are your new year resolutions?

New Year Resolution for an Entrepreneur

the below lines inspired me when i was reading Inside Steve’s Brain…

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary – Steve Jobs”

Bring Discipline.

I have always failed in being disciplined, it’s tough and it makes you feel tied with something that you wana be free from… when you are building a business, it’s tough as you need to take the responsibilities for many things around and when you are a boss, one of the challenges for you is the lack of a boss. If you have nobody to report to, you are free to define your working hours, holiday seasons etc. Unless you are building a lifestyle business, this is a no-no for the high impact entrepreneur.

Discipline is the key and define 2011 to be the year when you will chose to get disciplined.

[Collaboration] Stand for We.

Collaboration is the key and even earlier, Given the limited resource you will have (unless extravagantly funded), share your technology with others. Leverage other’s channel/technology, if you can.

[Lean] Release Early – Release Often

it’s important though tough to define the balance between perfection and speed. Do not wait till eternity to release the perfect product, yet do not launch a half-baked product. Even if you have earlier committed the crime of launching a half-baked product earlier, start afresh and focus on the core.

[ Funding] A Milestone or End of the Journey?

For some reason, a lot of Indian entrepreneurs believe that funding is the first sign of success. Sometimes startups reach out to angel investors, even before they have a concrete idea.

Well, no gyaan here as even i think thought of the same stuff in my early entrepreneur’s day but raise funds only when you have to. But first, focus on building a great business – at least do a Proof of Concept (PoC), before you start fund raising activity (will take anywhere between 2 months to 8 months and might end up spending the entire of 2011 chasing the sun).

[Hypothesis] Try, Fail, Modify, (Re)Validate

As we enter a new era (plus a lot of hype) of lean startups/products, I’d recommend startups to validate their hypothesis with simple PoCs before they actually start building a mammoth product. And once you have identified the gap, don’t be lean for the sake of it. Get to the real meat when it comes to the feature sets and keep trying unless you attend product/market fit.

Read: Groupon Story – WordPress Blog to Billion Dollar Company

[Delivery] Be Awesome

Awesomeness is in the delivery. Awesomeness is in the user experience. As more startups continue to target niche gaps, quality of service/offering will be the key. An entrepreneur I know calls himself ‘Chief Awesomeness Officer’ – before every decision, he’d ask ‘Is this going to be an awesome thing to do?’,

[Metrics] What Matters

Doesn’t matter if you are a solo-preneur or have a 10 plus team, define metrics of your success.  What is important to measure? How do you measure that?

Define metrics for the team as well. How do you build a culture of individual performance that leads to the collective win?

Start Selling

If you are a geeky entrepreneur, stop coding. Stop waiting for the perfect product.
Start selling. Meet lots of sales guys. Meet marketing fellas. If you attend any event, do not get into your comfort zone (i.e. end up meeting the same old geeky friends), instead meet new guys.
And if you are an entrepreneur from marketing/sales background, get to know the engineering behind products. Get into the depth of ‘what does it take to build great products’. Helps in selling the product.

2011 is beginning of a new decade (which ends with the famous 2020) and unless you are a believer in Mayan prophecy, this is the year to make awesomeness.

Again, we wish you a happy new year 2011 and will be your friend in the journey.

If you are an entrepreneur, what are your new year resolutions?

The Power Of Joint Ventures…

I mentioned previously that to be successful, we need to build social networks and partnerships that will provide mutual benefit. One such arrangement is a joint venture. This is specifically a partnership between two or more people, where the combination will result in benefit to both parties.

Usually the two (and sometimes more) businesses in the joint venture will have a similar target market. They will complement each other in the provision of services to the customers. The common ground of customers that they attract means referrals either way resulting in more sales. This is a very powerful tool which should be utilised in marketing.

What are the benefits of setting up a joint venture? This can be illustrated in examples of joint ventures which we commonly see in our malls and shopping complexes.

A one stop shop for home appliances could work with a supermarket and occupy neighbouring areas in a mall. This arrangement within shopping complexes is quite common. Those buying kitchen appliances could buy groceries at the same time, and those who buy foodstuffs could buy kitchen appliances.

They share rent, and any promotions such as cooking shows will help both businesses with the sales. They share costs of these common sales pitches. This would encourage mutual help between both companies. The tag team of sales and promotions will boost each other’s morale. Cost of advertising is also reduced.

This can be taken a step further. They could help each other in promotions of products. The supermarket may have a special on meats and provide discount vouchers for roasting pans which can be purchased next door. And buy a barbecue set and you might be offered a supermarket voucher which is redeemable.

The partner is verifying by their actions that they recommend to their customers the other company, and vice versa. They could identify any referred sales and pay out a percentage as commission.

Another well known joint venture is cinemas (or any other showgrounds such as stadiums) and foodstalls. The food-stalls sell souvenirs and movie paraphernalia, while before each movie screening, advertisements of ice-creams and popcorn appear. Customers also benefit by having entertainment and food at their convenience.

I recently witnessed another joint venture in action at a shopping complex. The car park provider teamed up with a car washing company. While people parked their cars, they could have their car washed and waxed all in the time the customers go shopping. This would be a worthwhile partnership as customers would prefer to visit that particular car park to get their cars cleaned. The car washing company benefits with having a portion of the car park customers paying them for their services.

These examples illustrate the power of setting up joint ventures. There is minimal cost required when two companies which provide services complimenting each other become partners. The joint ventures possible are limitless, and this simple idea could generate multiple sales and significant profits.

Think about this concept which can make you rich. To your success.

Treasure BOOKMARKS for Entrepreneur

Hi Folks,,,
Got some important stuff for all upcoming business tycoons. this is real TREASURE for all of you.
Got some Bookmarks, treasure for me.. hope it ll help you all as well.
check them all below.

General Startup Advice

The Idea

Product Strategy

Running The Company

Startup Culture

Assembling Your Team

Sales & Marketing

Business Model & Monetization

Venture Capital, Funding & Equity