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‘Cash on Delivery’ isn’t broken! Stop fixing it! (published for Linkedin)

A recent article in Economic Times points to the problems faced by online players in delivering their goods and services on cash-on-delivery (CoD) basis. I cringe everyitme I read such an article. Since 2007, there’s an all-too-common narrative about the cash-on-delivery model in online retail. CoD is...
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Flipkart pioneers ‘app-as-a-service’ (published for Linkedin)

Flipkart recently ‘relaunched’ its mobile site and received immediate vindictive commentary. As you’d recall, after Myntra went app-only in May this year, there has been a raging debate on whether India’s consumer Internet firms should ditch websites (both desktop and mobile) in favor of mobile...
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How I know that you don’t have a billion-dollar idea? (published for Linkedin)

I get exposed to a lot of startup ideas due to the nature of my work. It is exhilarating to meet so many young and smart entrepreneurs trying to solve real problems in unique and interesting ways. As I talk to more and more startups...
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What redBus gets right that your startup doesn’t? (published for Linkedin)

I am in love with redBus. There. I said it. I love redBus not only because they’ve built a fantastic product solving uniquely Indian problems, but also because the approach they’ve taken to build the company offers multiple insights for a range of startups globally. Here’s...
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Why Ola crushes Uber in India? (published for Linkedin)

Call it occupational hazard, but I can no longer be a consumer of a service without thinking about the design language of the business and the entrepreneurial vision behind it. I have recently moved to Bangalore – the silicon valley of India – to work...
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And then it rained…

She had been crying on the phone for a while.  She mustered enough words to say, ‘we shouldn’t meet anymore; it’ll help me move on’ and then hung up. He was walking to his place after a movie, listening on his phone the songs that...
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Investors don’t bet on you…they hedge on you! (published for Linkedin)

It is no secret that same set of investors invest in similar type of companies.  They invest in startups and hedge their investments by investing in similar business ideas run by different people.   It is a big lie when investors say that they are...
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Intuition

She:  Happy Birthday! He:  Thanks, I guess! She:  It’s a little weird, huh? He:  Hmmm…not weird but unexpected.  You haven’t been wishing me for the last two years! She:  Hmmm…I want to tell you something.  For the last few days, I’ve been having a very...
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Mourning

Today I had a dream. A terrible one. You were blind. It made me feel helpless but you didn’t seem too perturbed. It was almost as if you knew this was going to happen. You were too aware of your deteriorating condition. You were prepared...
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Narcissism we bring to love

‘I love you for what you make me want to become.’ ‘I love you for who I am when I am with you.’ ‘I love the fact that you can invoke some feelings in me that no one else can; feelings that I never knew...