7 lessons learned by playing games

In Arfeen Khan‘s business mastermind workshop, we played few team games. The objective was to learn and keep the energy up.


Here are my top 7 metaphor that you can apply to your business:

  1. Strategy Rocks!: Every game needs to be played by strategy. There is always of easy way to play it. The idea is to take leverage of the abundance resources. To name a few from game point of view it was Brain, Gravity, Hacks and Listening skills.    
  2. Artificial Scarcity: Time pressure was the default rule for all games. Since you are in a competition and there is also a timer you feel the pressure. In reality the team which did not take that pressure often win.
  3. Unstoppable Energy: There are times when the energy of the team helps the participants to win. So support for your team becomes a vital key. We have seen winning momentum of teams continuously winning consecutive games.
  4. Team Strength: The way the team understood each other’s strengths and weakness, the better the results were. Even if it means coup the team’s strategy in order to make the team win.
  5. Star Performance:  When the strategy and skills match, play like a star performer. You win the game before the game begins. Once you are winner in your mind you play it like a champ.
  6. Ultimate Leader: You got to have a leader with right credentials to empower the team. Each game needed a different mind-set to lead and control actions. The key here is to adapt to the situation and make dramatic changes.
  7. Killer Execution: Even if you have all of the above qualities in place. If you are unable to execute it with conviction. It will not bring any outcome. This becomes one of the last but important steps to see the result in your favor.

Have a awesome business year ahead!

A developer’s day in life

I have meet and worked with few developers. I have always found it common theme that they are always better at there task and programming however struggle with time management, project management and client understanding. Everyone is not in this category, its a mix and a match. Let me list out few example of true stories you may be able to relate.

Stories of developer struggles:

  1. Important and urgent emails are not replied for 2 days, especially when the email is from Exec/Director who is asking for some status directly to the developer (When its a flat structure).
  2. The Client has requested for apples and he gets apples tasting like oranges. Most common reason miss understanding of requirement
  3. The projects completes on time but gets over budget, due to number of hours spend by developers.
  4. Or the worst of them all not communicating back to the team when the task is done and there are half a dozen people who are eagerly waiting for it.
  5. so on…

Before even going further and giving my 2 cents blanket advice to budding developers. Here is the principles on which it has been derived. As a developer you much be aware why principles and patterns works out best and we don’t have to reinvent the wheel again. This is a 4 quadrant principle from the book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey.


As such the above image is self explanatory short detail about this is given here

Quadrant 1 is what you must be doing already, because your boss or client is keeping a watch on it. Quadrant 2, honestly if you are struggling as programmer or developer. You don’t bother its not on your books at all or only occasional thought. However remember this is most important quadrant for your career. The time we are saving will be invested in here.

Lets talk about Quadrant 3, mostly likely this will be your major time consuming activity. Some ones else priority, meeting that you need not attend, overthinking and over-designing a simple programming problem, creating generic frameworks in tight deadline and so on.

And your most common friend, Quadrant 4. Checking social media feeds again and again and again. Long coffee breaks and charts, playing games on your smart phone. Checking stock price every minute, Checking on news of countries you don’t belong. Have you ever thought of switching your phone for an hour and working on a programming task. Think about it.

Now that you have got a glimpse about possible struggle and resolving principles. Lets plan a day for you. Its cannot be repeated each day however it will work like a framework to bring yourself in track. Reminder I am not Nostradamus and I don’t have a crystal ball. Use your common sense!

The framework for your EPIC day:

  1. Your day starts at 5 minutes on previous night before you sleep. You know what are the big deadlines of your project. You pick 1 big task for a day, which will take around 90 to 120 minutes to finish. You also pick 2 small task which takes 30 minutes each. So you know your must complete task for the following day.
  2. Good morning! You don’t start with your day with your emails (No-Email). You pick your first task and complete it on the basis which you decided on the previous night. If you are scared of not checking your email first thing in the morning then come 2 hours early then your regular time. So to begin with you check your email as you used to check on your normal day.
  3. Once your big task is done you will already feel more accomplished for your day and you will find you are in control.
  4. You move on to your next 2 task once the first task is complete and the only other activity you can do to bend this rule is quadrant 1 task which is like Server crashed, Application down or fire in the building.
  5. Till you complete all 3 task for the day you will not take up any quadrant 3 task. If some one ask for help or your boss interrupts. Ask politely if you can do that post lunch, since you are middle of a billable task and in a zone. Most sane bosses will understand.
  6. Once you are done will all 3 task hope fully by your first half. Check your email before you take a lunch break. Reply to all the emails which will take less than 2 minutes. There are few example listed here. This tip form the book “Getting Things Done the art of stress free productivity” by David Allen
  7. So you had your lunch and you completed your BIG 3. Already feeling like ready to go home. Note: You have not spent an single minute on Quadrant 4 activity also being able to not do it for rest of your day. Being professional and giving your employer a bang for the buck.
  8. Now is the time for finishing your Quadrant 3 activity. Ideally in a time slot of 60 minutes each. Don’t take more than 2 task mentioning you are already working on some things else. which is already in your plate. Again use common sense in case of crisis and any quadrant one task.
  9. You need to take 10 mins of your planning this will help you if you are on course with your 3 months deliverable, your monthly deliverable, weekly deliverable and all your communications and dependencies.
  10. Planning: So I would recommend you to split it like 1st and 15th of the month check your Monthly deliverable. However 1st of every 3rd month check your 3 months deliverable. Every Friday check your weekly deliverable. Rest of the days check your daily goals. If you have time left check all the gaps of your communications. Like of you are waiting for some decisions or task. send a reminder. If you have completed a task send a notification. This time should be only for planning what to do. So the actual sending of email will be coming next. This time slot is only for brain work. Make good decisions here or I like to say thinking time.
  11. Now you again go back to your email to reply to all the long emails that you will have to read and reply and planned communication you did in previous step. Remember on a good non crisis day you would have spent only 10 minutes of your time on email before you reach at this 3rd email checking event. You keep a slot of 20 minutes to reply all Quadrant 1 and Quadrant 2 email. The main is quadrant 2 email especially relationship building with your clients and boss.
  12. For those you cannot reply answer them back you will reply them by tomorrow end of the day. Then you pick them up same time tomorrow in your 30 minute slot.
  13. The most fun time slot of your day begins, You will divide it into 2 slot, the First named as AutoBot and the second as MyWisdom each one about 45 minutes.
  14. AutoBot: This will be a time where you will add automation to your developer life. You will think of ways which you will do your task faster. Few example: Increase your programming speed by adding auto complete code snippet or some command script to automate your build, unit test and dev-deployment process. We are just following Do not repeat principles in our process. The out come of this time should be towards your long term goals, Should be able to used by your organization or your future team.
  15. MyWisdom: You should spend this 45 minutes for learning some thing new. Ideally by practicing it in a code base or setting up the tool in your computer. If possible avoid consuming articles or video during this time but actually getting hands dirty and making mistakes while learning new stuff. Asking important questions which you don’r know and then learning new things.
  16. If you count till now you will add up to 7 hours. the remaining 1 hour will be taken up by a 30 min status meeting, stand-up or some other meetings. The remaining 30 minutes will be taken up by context switching. Also quadrant 1 task can come up any time.
  17. Happy programming!


1 ) Scenarios for common anti patterns

2 ) Puzzle to choose which is right and wrong when you have to choose between two task


500 companies on mission

mission-and-visonArfeen Khan‘s business training program had a huge discussion between individuals on what is the mission of the company you are building. Every business man and women were telling their mission in terms of turnover. Even I was struggling to find the mission of my company. I have a vague vision of my company however it is not clear. With all the debate around mission, vision and values to create the business. Where few say it doesn’t matter, I believe it is worth knowing your company’s mission and purpose for your existence.

I may still be in search… I thought of searching and studying mission statement of 500 companies who have made a difference in the world.

My mission here is to understand the “Why” they did what they did?

So this is the 1st part of the 5 part series. This post contains mission of 100 companies.

Disclaimer: All mission statements are searched from web either on company’s website or some other online resource. It is not verified by the company. Also few companies have mentioned their visions. The idea here is to inspire you with their mission.

Tata: “To improve the quality of life of the communities we serve globally through long-term stakeholder value creation based on Leadership with Trust.”

Larsen & Toubro: [Vision] “L&T shall be a professionally-managed Indian multinational, committed to total customer satisfaction and enhancing shareholder value. L&T-ites shall be innovative, entrepreneurial and empowered tea, constantly creating value and attaining global benchmarks. L&T shall foster a culture of caring, trust and continuous learning while meeting expectations of employees, stakeholders and society.”

Uber: “Uber is evolving the way the world moves. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our apps, we make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for drivers.”

Tesla: “Our goal when we created Tesla a decade ago was the same as it is today: to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport by bringing compelling mass market electric cars to market as soon as possible.”

AdityaBirla: “To deliver superior value to our customers, shareholders, employees and society at large.”

AirBnB: “To connect millions of people in real life all over the world, through a community marketplace– so that you can Belong Anywhere.”

Twitter: “To give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers.”

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ITC: “To enhance the wealth generating capability of the enterprise in a globalising environment, delivering superior and sustainable stakeholder value”

Alibaba: “To make it easy to do business anywhere.”

Apple: Original “To make a contribution to the world by making tools for the mind that advance humankind.”

Google: “Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”

StartBucks: “Our mission: to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.”

Paytm: “100 Million user product from India.”

Facebook: “Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.

United Nations: “The maintenance of international peace and security”

Microsoft: “At Microsoft, our mission is to enable people and businesses throughout the world to realize their full potential. This is our mission. Everything we do reflects this mission and the values that make it possible.”

L’Oréal: “Offering all women and men worldwide the best of cosmetics innovation in terms of quality, efficacy and safety”

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SnapDeal: [Vision]  “Snapdeal’s vision is to create India’s most reliable and frictionless commerce ecosystem that creates life-changing experiences for buyers and sellers.”

Airtel: “Hunger to win customers for life.”

Walt Disney: “The mission of The Walt Disney Company is to be one of the world’s leading producers and providers of entertainment and information. Using our portfolio of brands to differentiate our content, services and consumer products, we seek to develop the most creative, innovative and profitable entertainment experiences and related products in the world.”

Ikea: [Vision] “At IKEA our vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them.”

Happiest Minds: “Happiest People . Happiest Customers”

Forbes: “To deliver information on the people, ideas and technologies changing the world to our community of affluent business decision makers.”

Nike: “To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world.”

Flipkart: “Provide a delightful customer experience”

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Citi: “Citi’s mission is to serve as a trusted partner to our clients by responsibly providing financial services that enable growth and economic progress.”

Cisco: “Shape the future of the Internet by creating unprecedented value and opportunity for our customers, employees, investors, and ecosystem partners.”

ASOS :”To become the number 1 fashion destination for 20-somethings globally.”

Cocacola: “To refresh the world…To inspire moments of optimism and happiness…To create value and make a difference.”

Ford Motor Company: “People working together as a lean, global enterprise for automotive leadership, as measured by: Customer, Employee, Dealer, Investor, Supplier, Union/Council, and Community Satisfaction”

KickStarter: “To help bring creative projects to life.”

Harley-Davidson: “We fulfill dreams through the experience of motorcycling, by providing to motorcyclists and to the general public an expanding line of motorcycles and branded products and services in selected market segments.”

General Electric: “GE’S Mission is to invent the next industrial era, to build, move, power, and cure the world.”

Patagonia: “Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.”

Virgin: “Our vision is to contribute to creating happy and fulfilling lives which are also sustainable – surely a vision worth aspiring to? With businesses spanning many sectors and touching many aspects of our customers’ lifestyles we feel that Virgin is in a perfect position to contribute to this vision. After all, the Virgin brand has always been about having fun in a unique Virgin way.We believe that we have a part to play in making this a reality and so our vision for sustainability within the Virgin Group is: “to make a credible contribution towards sustainable lifestyles whilst meeting or exceeding the expectations of our staff, customers and other stakeholders.”

Ujjivan Financial Services: “Provide full range of financial services to the economically active poor to build better lives.”

Southwest airlines: “The mission of Southwest Airlines is dedication to the highest quality of Customer Service delivered with a sense of warmth, friendliness, individual pride, and Company Spirit.”

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Amazon: “Amazon’s vision is to be earth’s most customer centric company; to build a place where people can come to find and discover anything they might want to buy online.”

Zomato: “Our mission is to ensure nobody has a bad meal.”

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC): “Our ambition is to be the leading global professional services organisation, solving complex business problems for top-tier clients in global, national and local markets.”

Prabhudas Lilladher: [Vision] “To be India’s leading and most preferred financial services.”

Zappos: “To provide the best customer service possible.”

Marriott: [Vision] “To be the #1 hospitality company in the world.”

Johnson &  Johnson: “Our Credo challenges us to put the needs and well-being of the people we serve first.”

NIIT: “Enable Enterprises Manage Information Better”

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Novartis: “Our mission is to discover new ways to improve and extend people’s lives.”


Philips: “Improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation.”

Paypal:”To build the Web’s most convenient, secure, cost-effective payment solution.”

Walmart: “Saving people money so they can live better.”

Toyota: “Create vehicles that are popular with consumers.”

LIC: “Ensure and enhance the quality of life of people through financial security by providing products and services of aspired attributes with competitive returns, and by rendering resources for economic development.”

Ideo: “IDEO is a global design company. We create positive impact through design.”

LinkedIn: “To connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful.”

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MetLife Inc: “The capable team of MetLife’s Customer Response Center (CRC) shares a common mission – that all customers are “Met for Life.” By balancing the efficiencies of new technologies with the personal touch of highly trained and motivated professionals, we are able to deliver solutions and services that exceed our customers’ expectations. We thereby earn their loyalty.”

Fedex Corporation: “FedEx Corporation will produce superior financial returns for its shareowners by providing high-value-added logistics, transportation, and related business services through focused operating companies. Customer requirements will be met in the highest quality manner appropriate to each market segment served. FedEx will strive to develop mutually rewarding relationships with its team members, partners, and suppliers. Safety will be the first consideration in all operations. Corporate activities will be conducted to the highest ethical and professional standards.”

Caterpillar Inc (CAT): “As a global leader, Caterpillar will provide the best products and services in construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, and industrial gas turbines for helping people in construction and transportation”

Trip Advisor: “To help people around the world plan and have the perfect trip.”

Successories: “Our goal is to provide exclusive, high-quality products and programs and be an authoritative source to help businesses and organizations communicate, drive and reinforce core values, motivate people to superior performance, and recognize individual and group achievements. We do this by being an innovative leader in designing, manufacturing, marketing and distributing such products, always with our customers’ needs in mind. Fanatical customer service is a hallmark of our operating philosophy.

Cultivated Wit: “We believe that humor combined with slick design and a creative use of technology can make complicated ideas more understandable and products more fun. Our mission is to bring great ideas to life and help others do the same.”

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MacDonald: “McDonald’s brand mission is to be our customers’ favorite place and way to eat and drink. Our worldwide operations are aligned around a global strategy called the Plan to Win, which center on an exceptional customer experience – People, Products, Place, Price”

Dominos: “Domino’s is a company of exceptional people on a mission to be the best pizza delivery company in the world.”


Asana: “To help humanity thrive by enabling all teams to work together effortlessly.”

Goldieblox: “To correct the gender imbalance in engineering.”

Ministry of Supply: “That clothing should be an extension of your body, equipping you to realize your limitless potential.”

Warby Parker: “A world where everyone can see clearly, stylishly, and at affordable prices.”

Oyo Rooms: “Our goal is to change the way people stay away from home”

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Sony: “To be a company that inspires and fulfills your curiosity.”

Boeing: “Connect, Protect, Explore and Inspire the World through Aerospace Innovation”

Intel: “Delight our customers, employees, and shareholders by relentlessly delivering the platform and technology advancements that become essential to the way we work and live.”

P&G: “We will provide branded products and services of superior quality and value that improve the lives of the world’s consumers. As a result, consumers will reward us with leadership sales, profit, and value creation, allowing our people, our shareholders, and the communities in which we live and work to prosper.”

Dell: “Dell’s mission is to be the most successful computer company in the world at delivering the best customer experience in markets we serve.”

American Express: “We provide outstanding products and unsurpassed service that, together, deliver premium value to our customers.”

Nestle: “Good Food, Good Life is to provide consumers with the best tasting, most nutritious choices in a wide range of food and beverage categories and eating occasions, from morning to night”

Skype: “Skype’s mission is to be the fabric of real-time communication on the web.”

Mind tree: “We engineer meaningful technology solutions to help businesses and societies flourish.”

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NetApp: “Our mission has always been to help our customers achieve what matters most to them.”

Intuit: “To improve its customers’ financial lives so profoundly, they couldn’t imagine going back to the old way.”

Zoho: “At Zoho, software is our craft and passion. We create beautiful software to solve business problems.”

Lemon Tree Hotel: [Vision] “The Lemon Tree Hotel Company shall be India’s largest and finest chain of upscale, mid-scale and budget hotels and resorts.”

Teleperformance: “At Teleperformance, we deliver an outstanding customer experience, at every single opportunity, as a result of our commitment, passion and dedication to excellence. In so doing, we create opportunities and value for employees, clients, customers, communities and shareholders.”

Barbeque Nation Hospitality Ltd: “Offering a complete dining experience to customers at affordable prices.”

The Oberoi Group: “We are committed to meeting and exceeding the expectations of our guests through our unremitting dedication to every aspect of service.We are committed to the growth, development and welfare of our people upon whom we rely to make this happen.Together, we shall continue the Oberoi tradition of pioneering in the hospitality industry, striving for unsurpassed excellence in high-potential locations all the way from the Middle East to the Asia-Pacific.As a result, we will create extraordinary value for our shareholders.”

Titan Company Ltd : “We will do this through a pioneering spirit and a caring, value-driven culture that fosters innovation, drives performance and ensures the highest global standards in everything we do.”

Indegene Pvt. Ltd: “Create and deliver solutions for healthcare today and tomorrow by seamlessly integrating Analytics, Technology, Operations and Medical Expertise.”

InMobi: “Enabling consumers and businesses make smarter decisions by building the deepest understanding of people across the world.”

Minda Stoneridge Instruments Ltd: “Our mission is to be an automotive System Solution provider and Build a Brand recognized by vehicle manufacturers progressively all over the world, as an organization providing products and systems Unparalleled in Quality and Price.”

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Urban Ladder: [Vision] “Our vision is to set global benchmarks for distinctive products, consumer experiences and honest best practices”

Micron: “Be the most efficient and innovative global provider of semiconductor solutions.”

Cradles to Crayons: “Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. We supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.”

Eram Scientific Solutions: Constantly innovating and applying Science and Technology to develop solutions against the pressing needs of the society. Applying unconventional methodologies and ‘Out of the Box Thinking’ and practices. Focus on developing solutions in alternate energy, clean technologies, and pro nature applications. Ensure the democratization of wealth and knowledge. Evolve itself as an abode of multi-disciplinary development enthusiasts.

Owens-Illinois: “Our mission is to design, manufacture, and deliver products and services that meet the unique needs and expectations of each customer. To that end, we have successfully built a solid foundation and infrastructure for glass container manufacturing.”

Owens & Minor: “Our mission is to create consistent value for our customers and supply chain partners that will maximize shareholder value and long-term earnings growth: we will do this by managing our business with integrity and the highest ethical standards, while acting in a socially responsible manner with particular emphasis on the well-being of our teammates and the communities we serve.”

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Hyatt: “To provide authentic hospitality by making a difference in the lives of the people we touch every day”

Adobe: “To move the web forward and give web designers and developers the best tools and services in the world.”

BBC: “To enrich people’s lives with programmes and services that inform, educate and entertain.”

Tumblr: “To empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve.”

Du Pont:”To create shareholder and societal value while reducing the environmental footprint along the value chains in which we operate.”

Whole Foods: “Our deepest purpose as an organization is helping support the health, well-being, and healing of both people — customers, Team Members, and business organizations in general — and the planet.”

3M: “To Improve Every Life through Innovative Giving in Education, Community and the Environment.”

Hope to write next 100 companies mission statements soon.

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5 Health lessons for an Entrepreneur

Happy New Year 2017!

I am going to talk about the experience I had last year when I became the director of www.73bit.com, it was an unbelievable experience. During that year I had an idea of taking care of my health a little. Simply to loss some weight, however to using some simple hack and make the living changes. I took some tip from a friend who had a dietitian. Even the exercise I selected was all cardio like swimming, walking, climbing stairs and cycle to work. Keeping in mind that all the changes I make in living is simple to follow and sustainable for long term. The food choices were more healthier green and raw. I won’t be specific here because I don’ think I am qualified to mention about anything. Let’s cut to the chase I lost around 10 kg over the period of 11 months and the graph is given below. I am very proud of it because earlier I thought I will be only losing 5 kg. Not only I was able to do that with in 3 months but manage to live it for another several months.


Now coming to the lesson learned of maintaining the weight and keeping the top line in small business

  1. Partners are awesome. The actions we need to take are known to us and the missing piece is partner & team. Both in getting healthier and running my business I had a partner. The milestones were set together, the checks and corrections were made collaboratively. It helps when people around you know what you are aiming for and they can also be a part of journey and benefit from it.
  2. Patience is key. Earlier on the rocket burns a lot of fuel to get it self up against the gravity. Similarly to roll the ball you need the initial inertia and faith that things are going to be awesome. What we focused on was to only concentrate on the actions and measure only 1 factor in out come. One is better than Zero. You can challenge the choice of measuring unit both the weight and top line revenue. However the reason we choose it because it is easy to calculate and shows up every time.
  3. Simple means not easy. The plan and action I took was simple. To keep it continuous for whole year was not easy. There were time when the craving for the Indian sweets or feeling of not answering to that mundane support ticket always came. But the idea to break it down and the thought of fulfilling the simple outcome made me overcome it. I was not successful 100% of the time but didn’t made it slip out of my hand.
  4. Celebrating the small victory. It becomes very important to celebrate all the small victory because keeping the ball rolling is what helps you. It may sound like cliche, but that is how the reality distortion with work in a smaller version. To make the feeling of victory so remarkable just like a child enjoys the sweet candy given to them. There will be definitely milestones in your field which you can attain and if you keep doing hundreds and thousands of time you will achieve your goal.
  5. Make it a growth movement. In case of loosing some weight there are 4 people in my team who lost collectively 55 kg. I am not sure about you but I think that is some weight loss. The idea is to make people around you grow with you. Similarly our clients are happy based on the client survey we conducted and had reached some benchmarks in their goals. We also have the team member who is pretty happy working with us and  has done some good work. The business related achievements are not measurable. We feel good about the business.

The analogy of health is simply to get the measured outcome of weight. However the lessons can be drawn in parallel to the business and make is a success story. I am happy with the results and if the tactics & ideas can help you archive your goals that would be wonderful.

Have a great year ahead! Wish you achieve your dream.

How to search for quality remote work?


Remote working is something which is gaining traction across the global. The trend of growing tech entrepreneurship and individual professional. Made the increase in demand of co-working place. There are company who have remote work options like wordpress.com, basecamp.com and upworthy.com. There are portal which cater only remote working jobs. Also there is a who book written about remote working called “remote” by the team at Basecamp. Below are the few location where you can find good quality remote work.

Places you can search for remote work:

  1. http://stackoverflow.com/jobs : Want to work remotely? The top developer website in the world has something to offer you.
  2. https://www.toptal.com/careers : Top quality technical freelancer. Why 3%? As a network, we have a very rigorous screening process to identify the best. We are experts in our domains, and we look for great problem solvers with passion and drive — the types of people we want to work with (and learn from) ourselves. Of the thousands of applications Toptal sees each month, typically fewer than 3% are accepted.
  3. https://weworkremotely.com/ : We Work Remotely is the best place to find and list jobs that aren’t restricted by commutes or a particular geographic area. Find the most qualified people in the most unexpected places

Here are few links that talk about the companies that offer remote work and there are more than 100 companies

  1. Remote
  2. These 7 amazing companies let you work remotely from anywhere
  3. 100 top companies with work from home jobs

Having given all this information there is an article about “How to Work Remotely and Still Be the Best” It covers following topics:

  1. The Remote or Home Office Setup
  2. Software Tools
  3. Remote Work Best Practices: Bug Tracking
  4. Remote Work Best Practices: Team Communication
  5. Making Your Presence Felt: Don’t Go Invisible

Details can be read here @ https://www.toptal.com/freelance/how-to-work-remotely-and-still-be-the-best

Happy Remote working

Let’s talk about Passion

People With Passion Can Change The World

– Steve Jobs (Apple Inc.)

Passion, it is one of the most popular word used in past decade. There have been lots of books, online articles, TED talks and research around it. Some great thought leaders have advised to follow your passion. There is already a lot of information and research done about passion. You can find more about it from qualified scholars and researchers world wide.

The burning question here is quite simple. Ask your self:

What is my passion?

The answer for the above question will be very helpful to you. Few know the answer to this question and few don’t know what is their passion. For those who know what their passion is, they love to build, write, invent, create, cook, teach, help and so many other things which makes the world a better place to live. The ones who have found their passion always love to talk about it.

When you are in college, it is the last leg before you enter the working life. You will start with a job or start a startup. Pause here. Have you ever thought of starting on your own?Give a minute to this thought. The time when you decide which career path to  choose. Knowing your passion will help you choose what you spend a major portion of your life on. Also, you will be more happy to do what you love to do. There will be a natural inclination towards your work. This is a great time to find your passion. Sleep over it.

Why is this question so important to ask? The main reason is intrinsic motivation. If you want to do anything remarkable, you have to complete the activity till the end. That may take a while and could be difficult. When you have intrinsic motivation it will help you to enjoy till the end of the activity. Hence, you are ready for doing it next time because you love to do it.

Even if you do not know your passion yet, it is absolutely fine. You just have to start searching or discovering your passion. Start with talking to family and friends about the things you love and enjoy to do. Think about the work  that makes your time fly and you have more energy after completing the job.

The theory I am proposing to you here is how about spending your working days with passion for the work you do. How will the days look like? How will you define success? How will your life turn out? Will there be daily stress in your life? How happier will you be? These are so many questions to answer. The interesting point to notice here is when you love the work you do, you make a great career out of it. The outlook towards your work will be completely different.  Your only reason for working will be because you enjoy doing it. You will also be ready to work for free. Yes, the rational mind won’t allow it. However, it’s a metaphor. Which means there will be few external reasons that will motivate your work and the reason for doing it.

Keep the search for your passion alive.

Our #Bootstrap Startup

Thanks to Shekhar for recently writing this article http://yourstory.com/2015/03/mean-startup-choose-boring/


I have changed the word from Boring to Bootstrap. Because now after running the business for more than an year, I learned one thing for sure startup is not boring. We needed a better word to name this kind of startup we run. We are hear for long haul.

This helps us to answer questions from few of our curious well wishers!

  1. The reason we are currently not raising money from Venture Capital is because we are #Bootstrap Startup and we are self-funded.
  2. Our focus is on add value to clients work, hence we make most of our business decisions focus on benefits to them.
  3. We are in search of clients who find our product useful and help them collect and analyse information with a little more ease.
  4. We are working hard on our web based reporting framework (we will write about reporting framework soon in our company blog) platform named Probench.
  5. In order to build a sustainable business we are helping our clients, our team and associated teams grow together.

Happy Startup!

Can I help you? If yes, here is how:


Help is a very powerful human connection. World had benefited a lot from a helping each other. Help in the form of doing things for you with my skills. Here are few of my skills you can make use of:

  1. I can write some computer code which may be help you automate your small task.
  2. I can brainstorm with you on the design/architecture of your software
  3. I can work with data and help you search few records, Excel and SQL are my strength.
  4. I can teach programming basics to you.
  5. I run a business, so I can share any beginner’s guidance with my hands on experience
  6. I can do research on Internet and find related information and create a report for you.
  7. I can watch a presentation video on YouTube and write notes on take away from it.
  8. I can discuss with you on software project management like Agile and Lean.
  9. I can create simple digital diagrams or how to guide. (click here for example)
  10. I can write a help document for your web based software.

Drop me an email @ vikram@73bit.com My name is Vikram Shetty. Director, 73Bit (www.73bit.com)

Happy Helping!

Work Breakdown Tests

We think Test Driven Development is powerful and It can be used as a tool in a different way to get the distributed product development done.

So here is our experiment. This is how it will work. The idea is we will give you a set of Tests and you have to reply us with production source code by making the test pass. The problem statement will be from real world product.

So if you are interested than drop an email to confiablesolutions@gmail.com and we will share the Test file.

What’s in it for you?

That is a legit question, We are a firm believer in Agile methodology and Lean Principles.

We also believe that in today’s world of digital revolution we want to disrupt the most valuable assets of human being is TIME. Thus this initiative is to challenge your software development skills to solve this problem quickly and efficiently. Thus creating an alternative source of income without trading time for money.

Happy Coding!

The new wave of entrepreneurship

Hello Readers,

This is the first time I am posting a featured blog on my personal post. I found the post worth a read. Especially for the industry executive who have deep domain knowledge and looking for a disruption.

There is a multi-trillion dollar economy opening up to technology faster than ever. It has been driven by trends that have changed the nature of how entrepreneurs will be characterized going forward; specifically, industry executives will be the next wave of in-demand startup CEOs.

new wave of entrepreneurship

In April of 2007, Apple changed everything with the launch of the iPhone. It is hard to imagine that it has only been 8 years since the release of the first truly pervasive smartphone, but there is no denying its impact has been world-changing. Beyond the creation of a new dimension of industry-driven, by location-based, services (and with it, a myriad of billion dollar companies), an equally significant phenomenon emerged. By creating technology that was intuitive to the consumer masses, every person around the world started to embrace technology as more than just a work tool. Lawyers, doctors, car mechanics and people from every sector of the economy not only had a tool for productivity, but a piece of technology in their pocket they embraced as an intimate part of their lives.

Furthermore, these new consumers could now point to a standard for usable technology. Cumbersome, enterprise legal software that won’t allow a lawyer to search cases from outside the office is no longer acceptable. For those outside of the Silicon Valley silo, conversations can be heard from construction workers sitting on a lunch break saying “Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an app to …”. Unfortunately, these conversations are often too far away from Silicon Valley’s ears, which are still dominated by the talk of what will be the next WhatsApp or Instagram. Even so, a new breed of entrepreneur is emerging who see firsthand the challenges in their industry, and with that the opportunity to make a world-changing impact, and these entrepreneurs do not fit the founder archetype that many Silicon Valley investors look for.

new breed of entrepreneur

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Previous decades saw similar shifts in entrepreneur characterizations. The late 90s were about Harvard MBAs applying traditional management techniques to leverage brand new Internet technologies. The “aughts” brought on the “22 year-old Stanford Computer Science” graduate applying technology to a low hanging industry. Now, in this decade, we are seeing a new wave of entrepreneurship driven by industry executives with deep product backgrounds leveraging technology to disrupt a traditionally non-tech industry.

For the past 2 years I’ve had the opportunity to see this shift firsthand as the managing partner of Silicon Valley Software Group (SVSG), a firm of CTOs focused on helping companies with their technology strategy. SVSG has seen entrepreneurs ranging from movie producers, lead singers of platinum album rock bands, travel executives, and hedge fund managers all trying to figure out how to leverage their domain expertise through technology. After a number of similar engagements, a few observations have emerged:

  • In each venture, a product-focused entrepreneur saw the adoption of technology among their peers in a particular industry and, with that, the opportunity to create a product focused on that industry.
  • None of these entrepreneurs had notable tech experience.
  • Hardly ANY of these high profile individuals had relevant connections with the Silicon Valley community.

This last observation is of particular importance!

As tunnel-visioned as Silicon Valley might be, there is a reason that it has produced so many world-changing companies.


The combination of growth capital, multidisciplinary talent, and mentors sharing best practices around how to create hyper-growth businesses are often taken for granted by those who are part of the ecosystem. However, the disconnect between Silicon Valley natives and outsiders is shocking. Many of the companies SVSG has come across have no ability to raise strategic capital at first because their businesses are too risky when considering common pitfalls they are more likely to fall into compared with their Valley peers. Concepts as commonplace as the lean startup methodology are welcomed as sage insight to these new entrepreneurs.

What is missing for these new founders is a bridge into Silicon Valley. To date, this has been stymied by a narrow mindset from the Silicon Valley community. However, the forces of capitalism will eventually prevail and these new entrepreneurs will find their own community to center around. Keen investors will lead the herd and take advantage of existing markets ripe for change. Incubators and accelerators will emerge with afocus on entrepreneurs with deep industry experience. We are in a tech boom right now and there are countless ways to apply technology to industries that haven’t changed in decades. For those sitting in the corner office, the time has come to venture out, there are markets to disrupt.

Original Blog @ http://www.toptal.com/it/the-new-wave-of-entrepreneurship

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