Thursday, December 6, 2007

Startup

While searching for "startup" Paul Graham's article showed up and l was able to relate to most of it. Here are some of the key points:
  • In particular, you don't need a brilliant idea to start a startup around. The way a startup makes money is to offer people better technology than they have now.
  • Hire people who could be described as an animal
  • Produce something that customers want. Authors gives a restaurant example.
  • Word "business" is not that difficult to understand in a technology startup.
  • Spend money wisely. Burn it slowly.
  • Are you a "startup" material?
Another great article by Loïc Le Meur on the rules of the game.
  • Don’t wait for a revolutionary idea. It will never happen. Just focus on a simple, exciting, empty space and execute as fast as possible
  • Share your idea. The more you share, the more you get advice and the more you learn. Meet and talk to your competitors.
  • Build a community. Use blogging and social software to make sure people hear about you.
  • Listen to your community. Answer questions and build your product with their feedback.
  • Gather a great team. Select those with very different skills from you. Look for people who are better than you.
  • Be the first to recognise a problem. Everyone makes mistakes. Address the issue in public, learn about and correct it.
  • Don’t spend time on market research. Launch test versions as early as possible. Keep improving the product in the open.
  • Don’t obsess over spreadsheet business plans. They are not going to turn out as you predict, in any case.
  • Don’t plan a big marketing effort. It’s much more important and powerful that your community loves the product.
  • Don’t focus on getting rich. Focus on your users. Money is a consequence of success, not a goal.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Monday, October 8, 2007

Startup commandments

Funny, albeit true commandments (more here). My picks:
  • Your idea isn't new. Pick an idea; at least 50 other people have
    thought of it. Get over your stunning brilliance and realize that
    execution matters more.
  • Your software sucks. So what. Everyone else's does also, and
    re-architecting is the kiss of death for a startup. Startups are no
    place for architecture astronauts.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Pakistan down on its knees

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src: indianexpress.com

India - T20 World Cup Champions

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src: hindustantimes.com

I am so lucky to witness this miracle. After 24 years, India have won world cup, if somebody downplays the feat by saying its just T20 and not "proper cricket" - that person is being naive. One needs to know and think "cricket" to achieve something like this.

As per Cricinfo commentator, the shot from which Misbah got out was a bit too cute. When you need 6 from 4, that's not the shot one should pick. Another thing to note, Joginder's ball lacked pace and hence ball didn't cross the boundary; Joginder's lack of pace is criticized about, but this time it worked in our favor.
It was disheartening to see Sreesanth getting hit badly in one single over. He is a good bowler and I hope he will get better with experience.

All in all, good thing for us is that

  1. Team played like a team (no big guns) and
  2. Dhoni has got just the right start with his captaincy (which Ganguly and Tendulkar publicly supports). All the best to him.

How can we help Indian team win more matches? - Expect less from them :)

Saturday, September 22, 2007

India Team produced an absolute beauty

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India has beaten Australia in T20 semifinal match. Australia are the reigning champions of both Test and ODI format, but doesnt matter what people say about T20, its still a valid cricket format. Champions are champions.

India completely outdid Australians. Indian batsman put up more than decent score on board and bowlers did amazing job. When Hayden and Gilchrist were going strong in the middle of innings, it looked like the match has slipped away - but Indian bowlers turned it back.

What happened there? What caused Indians to put out such a performance?

  • Is it no pressure, as Dhoni mentioned at the end?
  • Is it team overhaul, with big three vacating their spaces?
  • Is it Dhoni's fearless leadership which asks boys to have fun?

Whatever it is, it seems it worked at least in T20 world cup tournament. I mean, 3 straight wins against good teams cant be fluke - can it?
I wish new India team all the best for upcoming tournaments.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

My Mother & Father

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My father, Mr. S L Tundwal, was born in Bhiwani, Haryana, studied Textile Engineering at Textile Institute of Technology.

I am so proud of him to get professional education with very limited means. My grand-father, G R Tundwal, was the only support he had and he did very well. It was because of his education that my brother, Nikhil Tundwal and I got good education.

My father is calm, very thoughtful, and understanding. I know he can fix things up for our family and I look up to him when I am down.

Currently he is Vice President at RSWM Textile mill in Ringus, Rajasthan.

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My mother, Mrs. Indra Tundwal, was born in Delhi, studied at Delhi University and married my father in 1972.

She gave up her career to raise us. She has gone through lot of hardships early on and she chose to fight them all.

She was one person who made sure we excelled in our education, as a matter a fact, in all matters of life. She wouldn't settle for less and instilled the same fighting spirit in us. On the other hand she is a very loving and caring woman. One has to work up to gain her trust, but once you do, she will support you no matter what happens.

She is a teacher in Ringus.

I will forever be indebted to my parents. They made me what I am and I am so proud of them.

mint.com - hard sell

Mint

Mint is a personal finance application that lets users track and monitor their financials in one place without the need of routine maintenance or accounting knowledge. It requires users to put in their username/passwords of banks/credit cards to pull down customer info. It does necessary number crunching and reports analysis of spending/savings and suggests ways to save money.

I decided to give it a test and half way through, I backtracked - I am not sold out on security. Yes, they use similar security measure as other big financial institutes - but its not just technology that helps customers gain trust - its the brand value of the institute itself. And Mint being new kid on the block no where compares to mentioned names like Fidelity and likes in brand value.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

My lovely wife

574106587_3befce8873_o_dHer name is Kavita, she is pretty, way cool, and contrary to yours truly, have a lot of patience.

We got married on Feb 6 2003 in Delhi, India

She is from Ahmadabad, India where she completed her Masters in Microbiology. Currently she is pursuing her PhD in Immunology from

National Jewish Medical and Research Center (Univ. of Colorado Health Science Center).

Besides her studies and lab work she finds time for cooking and sewing. She wants to be a best baker.

College Days

kasauli Found an old picture from college days. I am on extreme left. Picture was taken @ Kasauli, I guess in 1997.

Indian Happy Hour @ DC10 / Sept 15



Where: DC-10 (940 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO 80203)
When: Saturday, September 22, 07
Time: 7.00-9.00 p.m. (club will play their own music after 9.00 p.m.)
Dress Code: Dress to impress
Music: Bally Sagoo, Rishi Rich and loads of floor tapping music



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Friday, September 14, 2007

Absolutely wonderful match

What a match we had today. India played against Pakistan in its first Twenty20 world cup match today - it was a do or die situation. Will all the right ingredients, match made up for its hype - a 20-20 format and on top of that arch rivals playing against each other.

There were lots of ups and downs and all it came down to who can hold their nerves when both teams have equal chances at winning it. 

The thing that amazes me is Dhoni's consistency - you can bet on him - he will play according to match demands - hats off to him. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

T20 / 1st match / WI vs SA

Sopcast link: sop://broker.sopcast.com:3912/10912

Monday, September 10, 2007

Rules of Twenty20

FIELDERS
  • As the tournament's format suggests, each side gets 20 overs.
  • From the fielding side's point of view, restrictions will apply for the first six overs of the innings. Only two players will be stationed outside the area of restriction at the time of delivery.
  • Once fielding restrictions are off, not more than five players will be allowed outside the area of restriction.
BOWLERS
  • They will get to send down four overs apiece.
  • In case a match is tied, a bowl-out will determine the winner. A similar method can be resorted to in the final if there is a no-result, weather permitting.
  • For the bowl-out, five bowlers from each side will take turns to bowl at the stumps.
  • If the deadlock persists, another set of five deliveries will be sent down by the same bowlers. This shall continue till one team gains superiority.
  • In the event of overs being reduced for both teams or for the team bowling sec ond, no bowler can send down more than one-fifth of the total overs.
  • If play is suspended after a match com mences, the number of overs will be revised to a number lower than the orig inally allotted minimum of five overs.
BATSMEN
  • Following a no-ball due to a foot fault, the ensuing delivery shall be declared a free-hit. If it turns out to be a no-ball or a wide, the next delivery will become a free-hit.
  • For a free-hit, the batsman can be dis missed only under the circumstances that apply for a no-ball.
  • Field changes are not permitted for free hit deliveries.
  • The umpire will signal a free-hit by extending one arm straight upwards and moving it in a circular motion.
FORMAT
  • The first round of the championship will be contested by 12 teams who have been 'seeded' and divided into four groups.
  • Group A will comprise South Africa, West Indies, Bangladesh. Group B has Australia, England, Zimbabwe. Group C is made up of New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Kenya while Group D comprises Pakistan, India and Scotland.
  • In the group stage, each team will play the other team in its group and a win will get the victor two points while a no result will have the contestants splitting points.
  • The top two teams from each group will progress to the Super Eights which will consist of eight teams ranked into Groups E and F based on their seedings in the first round. While A1 (the top ranked side of Group A), B2, C1, D2 will constitute Group E, B1, A2, C2, D1 will make up Group F.
  • No points from the group stage will be carried forward and the top four teams from the Super Eights will advance to the semi-finals.
PLAYING CONDITIONS
  • A revised target using the Duckworth/Lewis method will be set for the number of overs which the team bat ting second will have to face.
  • If the side batting second has faced at least five overs and play is suspended and it is not possible for play to be resumed, the fate of the match will be decided by the D/L method.
  • If the team fielding first fails to com plete the stipulated overs within the scheduled time, play shall continue till the overs are completed. The interval shall not be extended.
src: hindustantimes.com

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Chain


"Its better to start a new chain than be a link in an existing one"

Lisa Simpson
The Simpsons

Practical tips on how to rise through ranks

Came across this posting from a Microsoft employee.

Most notable are:
- understand how your company makes money
- being an "individual contributor" doesn't cut it
- while executing, brainstorming/asking questions/challenging hurts
- have your boss champion you
- grow horizontally
- be a "go to guy"
- prioritize
- stand out from the crowd

These are practical advices on how to jump from an average, albeit important, employee to a "the one", indispensable employee. I found these very realistic and agree with most of them.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Cricket live chat




Permanent link: http://denvercricket.googlepages.com/shout.html

Saturday, September 1, 2007

A human being should be able to ...

change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.

Specialization is for insects.

-Robert A. Heinlein

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Cute baby


Found this picture at local Asian store. Speaks volume.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Cricket in Downtown Denver

Hi all cricket players in Denver,

We at Quark are kicking off 2007 summer season with cricket on every Saturday at 11AM for 3 hours.

Around 7-8 of us are regulars and we could definitely benefit from more. We play with tennis balls, so everyone is welcome.

We use Google Calender to manage and organize the plays. Click on following button to check out our schedule and show your interest.



Looking forward to some good plays,
Kapil
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Hiking on Flattop mountain trail in Colorado

Monday, June 4, 2007

Why havent I started a company yet?

I came across this interesting document on www.scribd.com. It contains very concise, too the point, honest and realistic notes about start ups. Since I have been bitten by startup bug I knew I need a right partner to get started. This document confirms that this indeed is very much required.

From Y Combinator Startup School 2007 Notes

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Very good stats work

Check out The real culprits article by S Rajesh. His analysis of Indian batsman clearly shows where we have been failing.

He compares batsman scorecard in good and bad conditions. Good conditions consist of favorable tracks and mediocore bowling attack. Note how Dhoni's performance drops.

Author makes a note of how Kaif actually performed consistent in either of conditions and yet failed to make into World Cup squad.

Article concludes with the note that its bowling which have performed better than our batting in past 2 years while we still call us as a strong batting lineup.

Also checkout Manjrekar's thoughts on Chappell contribution to Indian cricket.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Test blog using Windows Live Writer

test posting.

NDTV & CNN IBN Live

NDTV (premier news channel in India) recently launched broadcast of their TV feed over the net using flash.

Quality is not that great but gets your news as seen by TV audience. I minesweeped their page for direct link. Good thing about direct link is that it will resize as per window height and width.

Also note that CNN IBN provides similar feed though they use Windows media streaming technology as opposed to Flash and feed quality is superior. Here is the direct mms link.

Enjoy

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Please be calm


Everyone of us goes through rough times, least we want at that time is another bad news. That's what Indian cricket team is going through right now. Please show the institution support if not to the team players. We know in our hearts we as a cricket playing nation are very good if not at the top of our game. We will come back very strong.

Its human to be disappointed, to be angry, but act of violence, pelting stones, burning effigies, destroying properties, hurting someone or their family is totally unasked for and completely ridiculous. No reasoning can justify it. I pray for well being of entire cricket institution.

Having said that I sincerely think that one of the reasons we fail to performe is due to immense pressure and expectation we have put on our team. I bet they spend more time thinking about cricket fans as to how they are going to react "in case", as opposed to how to tackle opposite team. But I know nobody cannot fix this, cricket is part and parcel of India. Its just that Indian cricketers have to be mentally strong.

An ardent cricket fan and a strong Indian cricket supporter.