Systematic Errors in Corporate Decision Making

It is the earnings release season for many tech companies and as an audience it is a great opportunity to learn how past decisions impact the current financial results. Hindsight being 20/20, rationality of past executive judgments are on show for shareholders to evaluate. Repeated mistakes resulting in lost shareholder value are common occurrences in…

Pursue Happiness – Happy 4th of July!

“The U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself” – Benjamin Franklin We all know the below famous line from the US Declaration of Independence – “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with…

Antifragile – The Power of Stressors

What’s common between the viral fever of my toddler son, fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, working-out at gym and start-up companies? They all are ‘Antifragile’. Nicholas Taleb coined this term in his classical work – Antifragile – Things that Gain from Disorder. Here is the simplest way to understand the concept: Porcelain cup can…

You Cannot Do Yoga… Yoga Happens.

It was the summer of 1998 and my cousin and I were vacationing in Pondicherry, a small quaint town in South India  known for this historic French heritage buildings, endless stretches of tranquil beaches and the famous Aurobindo Ashram. Peace and wellness seekers from all around the world flock to this historic town in search…

Certainties of Life – Death, Taxes and Traffic Jams

Apart from death and taxes, the one thing that is certain in life is ‘traffic jams’. Over the past couple of weeks, I have been late to my meetings and appointments mainly due to traffic jams. Yes there is an element of bad time management, but the fact remains that bad traffic is something that…

How Much is Too Much?

‘Too much of anything is bad’ – so says the age-old wisdom. Does it apply to education as well?  Last week Bill Gates tweeted this chart to encourage students to complete college. I love the simplicity, completeness and elegance of the above chart. The message is pretty clear – ‘More school means more income’. But look…

AVOID STUPIDITY… at all costs!

This is what I noted to myself after what happened few hours ago. My wife, my toddler son and I drove back home after having dinner at a nearby Chinese restaurant and we parked our car in our apartments’ parking lot. The routine is generally I get my son out of the car seat and…