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July 2011

Be hungry, be bold, find solutions

There are two pieces to the entrepreneurial puzzle.  The first is the lofty idea and vision that drives the company, and the second is the grounded and dirty implementation.  A lot of entrepreneurial texts take the idea as a given, perhaps refined through an ideation process.  From there, it’s all …

Fireside Chat with Joe Fernandez of Klout

  I chose to interview Joe Fernandez of Klout.  Klout is doing pretty incredible things to track influence across social media networks.  It’s not perfect but it’s an excellent way to get an idea of who you are influencing  on social media channels.  The vast amount of data and algorithms …

Launched! (finally……..)

After plenty of blood, sweat, and tears,  GetDataDriven.com 1.0 has finally went live. Since this is my first web project that I’ve built front to back and had a significant hand in design, I’m extremely ecstatic that I got to finally launch this web app. Let’s take a look at …

Hustlin

“Hustlin: verb, Havin the ambition and drive to do everything and anything to make mad money.” If you go to Urban Dictionary and look up hustlin’, the above definition is what you get, and nothing really captures sales better than that. At bloomspot, the crux of our business if built …

TrueU: Gettin’ Schooled

True University was a great success.  In two jam-packed days, I experienced an entrepreneurship bootcamp where I learned about topics including design, the early stages of a startup, engineering, and networking.   World class speakers came to “drop some knowledge” on the True family.  Vivek Wadwha was one of those …

Loving Risk

Recently, I read a Techcrunch article by Michael Arrington about the risk profiles of entrepreneurs. Arrington makes a very interesting point contrasting the traditional human risk profile against the risk profile of an entrepreneur. Normally, people are considered risk averse and thus need to receive premium compensation for taking on …

The Future of Tech

At the present rate of progress, it is almost impossible to imagine any technical feat that cannot be achieved – if it can be achieved at all – within the next few hundred years. -Arthur C. Clarke, 1983 Fundamentally, technology, at it’s crux, is about progress. It is technology that …

Importance of User Feedback

A couple of weeks back, I joined a few fellow TEClings on a trip to the offices of a True portfolio company where we provided some feedback and product testing on one of the company’s popular apps.  The session was recorded and later viewed by their team.  It’s hard at …

True University: A True Success

As I drove to Berkeley on Tuesday night, I thought about what my next two days would be like. Words that popped into my head included “exciting,” “crazy,” “challenging,” and “fun.” Each and every one of these words accurately represented my experience at True University – and for that reason, …

Heading Towards Something Good

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past few weeks in the Valley, it’s that I love the startup environment too much to do anything else with my life. So while I don’t know how exactly things are going to work out a year or two down the line, …