Ideas, Creativity, Innovation

About Startups

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I just read 17 Pithy Insights For Start-up Founders. Very valuable insights. I just want to add mine. When work does not seem like work, when you do something that helps someone, when you are creating something you like, you know you are in a start-up. I am on my fourth one now. I made […]

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Book: Letters to a Young Mathematician

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I just finished it yesterday. I really enjoyed reading it. Here are some of my favorite chapters. Why Do Math? The Breadth of Mathematics Surrounded by Math How Mathematicians Think How to Learn Math Mathetmatical Story Telling Pure or Applied? Where Do You Get Those Crazy Ideas? How to Teach Math Is God a Mathematician? […]

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Blogging – Does Currency of Information Matter?

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Currency of information, probably matters to a lot of bloggers. I have been watching the visitor patterns to my blog. It is interesting to note that some blogs I have written almost 6 months ago are suddenly attracting a lot of visitors. I myself follow links and read and blog about information that is useful […]

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JSON – XML with Anorexia?

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Thanks to Jeff for pointing this out. Here is a 3 minute tutorial on JSON. They are both ‘self-describing’ meaning that values are named, and thus ‘human readable’ Both are hierarchical. (i.e. You can have values within values.) Both can be parsed and used by lots of programming languages Both can be passed around using […]

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CQ + PQ > IQ

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Thomas Friedman on Tim Russert’s Today Show: CQ + PQ > IQ CQ – Curiosity Quotient PQ – Passion Quotient IQ – Intelligence Quotient I got a bunch of hits on an old blog entry of mine called Curiosity Quotient and was wondering why. Tom also said that: Green is the New Red, White and […]

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Granular Addressing in Google Video

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I first heard about the term “Granular Addressing” from Doug Engelbart. Granular addressing is the ability to address a small fragment of a document. Here is a hypothetical situation. I am reading an article on venture funding of search startups. I would like to share a few sentences that mention the funding activity to one […]

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Work and Satisfaction

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Your satisfaction must come from the high you get when you suddenly, for the first time understand the problem you are working on and see your way to a solution. I use the word “high” advisedly. You need to be something like an addict for this feeling to provide sufficient recompense for all that work. […]

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Conceptual Difficulties

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Leaving conceptual difficulties unresolved s a bit like using new credit cards to pay off the debts on the old ones. You can keep going like that for sometime, but eventually the bills come due. From Ian Stewart in “Letters to a Young Mathematician“

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Interconnectivity of Knowledge

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I got interested in how people learn when I first read “Accelerated Learning for the 21st Century” about 5 years ago. This lead me to other books. One of the books I read was “Mindstorms” by Seymour Papert. That is where I encountered the term Mathetics, for the first time. For some strange reason, a […]