Why Do We Have Positively Enhanced Self-views?

From a Scientific American Article

Most people believe that they are above average, a statistical impossibility. The above average effects, as they are called, are common. For example, 93 percent of drivers rate themselves as better than the median driver. Of college professors, 94 percent say that they do above-average work. People are unrealistically optimistic about their own health risks compared with those of other people. For example, people think that they are less susceptible to the flu than others. Stock pickers think the stocks they buy are more likely to end up winners than those of the average investor. If you think that self-enhancement biases exist in other people and they do not apply to you, you are not alone. Most people state that they are more likely than others to provide accurate self-assessments.

TiECon – Why Every Meet is a Treat

There are lots of reasons to go to conferences – to learn, to network, to connect and immerse yourself. Here are some of my thoughts on why I enjoy TiECon so much.

  1. Energy – Entrepreneurs are energetic souls and kindred spirits. Every one is trying hard to make a difference in their own way.
  2. Knowledge – No single conference I know provides so much for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs.
  3. Inspiration – Two of my favorites this year – Ronnie Screwvala and Chris Anderson.
  4. Conversations – TiECon fosters amazing conversations. Some are casual and some are pretty intense.
  5. Community- Each one of us here is traveling a different path but we have so much in common and a strong sense of Community.

As we were walking out after Chris Anderson’s keynote, Raman Govindarajan (a fellow charter member from TiEChennai) commented “TiECon Silicon Valley is really something”. I agree.


Trends: Kids Tend to Read Digital More

From Report: Kids Tend to Read Digital More Than Print By

A recent report by the National Literacy Trust in the United Kingdom surveyed 35,000 kids, whose ages ranged from 8-16. It stated that 39% of children and young people read on electronic

devices every day, whereas only 28% read printed materials

daily. The number of children reading ebooks has doubled in the last two years from 6% to 12%.

If this trend continues, imagine the impact on:

  • Design of Books
  • Material for books
  • Delivery options from owning to loaning
  • Interaction design with books not just by readers (see what Kindoma is doing)
  • Book distribution
  • Libraries (virtual libraries, personal libraries)

TiEcon 2013

I am quoting from the email received. Pretty impressive stats. Excited to be part of it all.

 Highlights of TiEcon 2013

  • Over 3,000 registered attendees from over 30 countries are expected to attend the event.
  • The conference features over 220 speakers that include renowned CEOs, Entrepreneurs, VCs, and other CXOs of leading companies.
  • Expo Hall: The TiEcon Expo showcases leading edge products and services from startups and large technology companies. The Expo features over 140 exhibitors from countries as far away as Belgium, Brazil, India, Japan and Hong Kong.
  • TiE50 Awards: TiE50 has selected the Top100 global finalists and now the competition is on to pick the prestigious TiE50 Winners. Not only will it inspire entrepreneurs but will showcase many opportunities for investors. Presentations will be held in Room 201 all day Friday and are open to all attendees.
  • Lightning Round Winners: Our content advisory teams have selected 18 of the hottest startups in Big Data, Mobility and SDI. Be sure to check their presentations right after track keynotes on Friday

Networking at TiEcon 2013

TiEconnect: TiEcon offers many opportunities for networking and connecting with various attendees, co-founders and mentors. There are many informal networking opportunities at TiEcon but here is a list of the more formal networking events:

§  MentorConnect: An opportunity to spend quality time with successful entrepreneurs, Venture Capitalists and other movers and shakers. Entrance only open to attendees who pre-registered for MentorConnect. MentorConnect will be held in Rooms G & H on May 17th and 18th at lunch time.

§  FounderConnect: An opportunity to find co-founder for your startup. Pre registration is recommended. FounderConnect will be held in Room 209 on May 17th and 18th at lunch time.

A lot more coming up over the next couple of days.

Progressive Profiling

From Hubspot’s  How to Use Your customer Data to Recharge Your Marketing:

The best way to collect the right information is to use progressive
profiling. Progressive profiling allows you to control which questions
appear on a form based on what you already know about a lead. That
way, each time a lead fills out a form, you are collecting valuable new
information about them while keeping your forms short and easy to fill
You may start with something very basic like name and email and in each iteration (visit or action), you may gather some more information.

LinkLog: Those Who Teach

From Those Who Teach

Teach. Setup a lunch and learn. Try to answer questions you hear people have on places like Stack Exchange. Start a blog! Share open examples of something you’ve learned: code, spreadsheets, emails, anything. It might take awhile to build an audience, but you’ll quickly reap rewards from the clarity teaching brings you.

I resonate fully with the sentiment in this blog post. Every time I taught, I learned it better.

  • Math in high school and college
  • Machine language programming and architecture
  • Bits of Python
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Ideas on marketing

My teaching is more of seminars and sometimes through blog posts. But teaching helps you understand the subject a lot better, focuses your thinking  and provides a strong motivation for deep diving into subjects.

Quote: Specialization

An amazing piece. A fragment that certainly makes you think.

Specialization is undeniably a powerful social and economic force. And yet it is also debilitating. It breeds helplessness, dependence, and ignorance and, eventually, it undermines any sense of responsibility.

Our society assigns us a tiny number of roles: We’re producers of one thing at work, consumers of a great many other things all the rest of the time, and then, once a year or so, we take on the temporary role of citizen and cast a vote. Virtually all our needs and desires we delegate to specialists of one kind or another — our meals to the food industry, our health to the medical profession, entertainment to Hollywood and the media, mental health to the therapist or the drug company, caring for nature to the environmentalist, political action to the politician, and on and on it goes. Before long it becomes hard to imagine doing much of anything for ourselves — anything, that is, except the work we do “to make a living.”

From the book Cooked.

Kindoma – A Few Slides

This is a follow up post from my previous post on 30 Million Word Gap.  A few slides from Tico’s presentation (he was kind enough to send it to me on request) that shows how Kindoma is trying to solve the problem of 30 Million Word Gap.

The Need/Problem


A clearly articulated value proposition


An assessment of Market Opportunity


They have pretty good traction, so far:



As I mentioned in a previous post, they created two research prototypes to learn family behavior before coming up with this product.


OpenKit, Intelligent Home Screen for Android, App Discovery Engine

  1. Mobile Gaming Backend OpenKit Now Available To All DevelopersOpenKit, an open-source social platform for mobile games, is now open to all developers, according to co-founder Peter Relan. The service, first announced in December, has been in private beta since earlier this year. There are apparently 1,500 developers already testing the service. Relan previously told me that he started …
  2. Highland Capital, Andreessen Horowitz & Others Put $1.8M Into Aviate, An Intelligent Homescreen For AndroidFacebook is not the only company to invest in development of products that take better advantage of the Android homescreen. South Korean messaging app KakaoTalk also recently announced its intentions to release a rival Android launcher. And now, Highland Capital, Andreessen Horowitz and others have invested $1.8 million into Aviate, …
  3. A month after booting AppGratis, Apple approves AppCurious — a new take on discovery“new paradigm” is to find and follow friends and celebrities and install new apps based on what they use and share. Nwosu calls it a “Quora for app discovery”;

LinkLog: Big data: What’s Your Plan?

From Big Data – What is Your Plan?

create a simple plan for how data, analytics, frontline tools, and people come together to create business value. The power of a plan is that it provides a common language allowing senior executives, technology professionals, data scientists, and managers to discuss where the greatest returns will come from and, more important, to select the two or three places to get started.

The plan, according to this article contains three elements – Data, Analytics and Tools.

Plans may highlight a need for the massive reorganization of data architectures over time: sifting through tangled repositories (separating transactions from analytical reports), creating unambiguous golden-source data,2 and implementing data-governance standards that systematically maintain accuracy…

Integrating data alone does not generate value. Advanced analytic models are needed – A plan must identify where models will create additional business value, who will need to use them…

Intuitive tools that integrate data into day-to-day processes and translate modeling outputs into tangible business actions

This article gives a sense of several fine grained opportunities in the Big Data Area.