A thing or two about vanity metrics

Vanity metrics mean or measure nothing. Well, except to stoke ego of those reporting these vain metrics or used to hide a problem. Whilst saying your company moved goods worth US$ 6Billion in the first quarter of 2020, sounds good to the ears, it really doesn’t say much.  Except, if your shareholders have invested in […]

The long road from idea to revenue

(Warning: May not make a lot of sense, also, don’t take personal) First things first: idea is nothing! it is simply that thing we all have in our heads, sometimes even have on paper and that we hope it/they will somehow turn us into multi-millionaires and build us an empire. If ideas were really a thing, you’d […]

Time for a wearable for the masses? (I)*

Apple has announced its retinue of smart watches. The Curpertino, California based company, which currently has the most cash in its bank accounts compared to any other company in the world today, has been long rumoured to be working on an offering in this category of consumer goods. If history repeats itself, Apple will disrupt […]

eMail etiquette: Yes, there are some basic expectations

I write a lot of emails and I get a lot emails too. Indeed, in the fast paced, information driven world we live in today, email as well as other electronic communication methods and channels have become default. However, unlike face to face communication, the reader of an email usually have to depend on the written […]

One long telephone call overseas – a short story, not 100% fiction

I stared briefly at the call duration, 59:28. Reached for my ear instinctively. Slowly massaging it. Dissipating the heat from having held the mobile phone against it for so long. Funny, I didn’t even feel the phone heating up and warming up my ear. But I did feel the discomfort, or so I thought. Next […]

Going lean

Saw a video by Eric Ries in which he explains the ideas he had shared in his phenomenal 2011 book the Lean StartUp. Some of the ideas illustrated in the video (those that resonated with me) are detailed below: 1. StartUps are not miniature big companies (so they don’t have to function like one) 2. […]