No room for half-heartedness

I recently wrote a piece for MINT on my journey as an entrepreneur and my lessons from it. Reproducing it here, and in the process restarting this blog. Time will tell, if I can keep this up. — Access to good healthcare is critical. India’s National Health Policy draft 2015 intends to make it a fundamental right, yet millions in India and billions around the world struggle for this every day. Even those with access have a frustratingly poor experience. In a world where one can book seats in a theatre or a cab literally at the speed of thought, finding doctors is unbelievably tough. Healthcare records management are a pain too—you either don’t get them or if you do, you have to maintain fat files and often doctors won’t have the time to go through all your reports, severely compromising the quality of healthcare you receive. Blog Continue reading “No room for half-heartedness”

No room for half-heartedness

330 days later, I am back on Facebook

September 10, 2010 – I quit Facebook.

August 7, 2011 – I rejoin Facebook.

Here are the reasons I quit and why I am back:

1. Felt Facebook was having a negative impact on the world  – Read the ‘Facebook Effect’. Understood the brilliant vision behind it and now I support it.

2. Didnt like the most of the posts / people on Facebook. Could not relate to them and their actions – Going to use groups and keep the content relevant.

3. Wasted a lot of time and energy on Facebook. Was a major distraction. – Need to use the positives and enforce self control.

4. Most of my chatter and sharing happens on twitter and felt my social group would soon follow me there. But that didnt happen and once I quit Facebook, I could no longer reach out to them.

Not sure how long my second stint on Facebook will last but what’s important is to be true to today’s thoughts, reasons and circumstance.

330 days later, I am back on Facebook

A Morpheus portfolio company’s feedback

“With due respect to the Morpheus guys but I have never seen a single post from any of the ex-morpheus companies detailing how it helped (or not helped them). Because of this I just dont know what value they bring to table”sushrutbidwai

“I was just thinking that we should get some Morpheus guys to post a short testimony here. You know, as we are the Indian Entrepreneur Community, they must be interested”rick_2047

These are 2 comments on a recent post – “Morpheus’s Batch 6 – Startup Acceleration Program Application is now open!”, on Hackerstreet.

Yes, that’s a fair enough argument. So this is me, Shashank ND from, Morpheus Batch 3 (July 2009) sharing my thoughts on how we are benefiting from being part of the Morpheus Portfolio Companies : Continue reading “A Morpheus portfolio company’s feedback”

A Morpheus portfolio company’s feedback

How the government is killing Indian startups

Some of the recent moves by the Indian Government & its associated Institutions are hurting Indian Startups real bad.

Here’s how –

1. No Automatic Online Payments, thanks to ‘3D Secure’- RBI says, “We will not allow businesses to charge credit cards automatically, even if the credit card holder authorizes such a permission. Each time a transaction is done, a manual intervention by the card holder is necessary.” This is DUMB. This prevents companies from billing a customer on regular intervals automatically. This is inconvenient for the users and kills SaaS companies. Continue reading “How the government is killing Indian startups”

How the government is killing Indian startups

10 Changes

1. Stopped buying / reading newspaper and magazines. Dependent on web
Reason : Stale news, editorial content

2. Quit Facebook
Reason : Irrelevant information, time & focus sink

3. Decreasing use of Google Reader. Dependent on Twitter as a replacement
Reason : Better content at faster pace

4. Started a blog in 2010. Focused on startups, web, technology
Reason : Brings clarity to thoughts

5. Stopped using Read it Later. All articles read on Instapaper. Period
Reason : Simple wins. Always

6.  Started reading fiction. ‘Atlas shrugged’ was the first one.
Reason : Common Sense

7. Zero dependency on the local system. Information is online. OS, drivers, setup files on ext hdd and online
Reason : Local is lost. Need Web OS

8. 99% of all bills / expenses paid online  (Damn Maharashtra Electricity Board)
Reason : Netbanking makes running a company 80% easier

9. iPhone, my best investment ever
Reason : Trust only technology companies – Apple, Amazon, Google

10. All my offline applications are internet based
Reason : Refer reason 7 (More of a filler point)

10 Changes

Student Entrepreneurship

I was recently invited to speak on ‘Student Entrepreneurship’ at TIE Entrepreneurial Summit 2010 in Delhi. My co-panelists,  Vijay Shekhar Sharma (One97), Ashish Kapur (Yo!China) and panel moderator Mahesh Puri (Outlook)   shared their journeys as young entrepreneurs. It was heartening to see that almost 80% of the audience were composed of students and all of them were eager to start their own business. Awesome.

I was unable to share all my views on this subject, so here we are. Lets start by defining ‘Student Entrepreneurship’ (SE). SE is a business started by a student while pursuing his/her education. Continue reading “Student Entrepreneurship”

Student Entrepreneurship

How my Dell XPS m1330 overheating problems were solved?

Couple of days back, my laptop started overheating and got really slow. Not just overheating, it was almost on fire. On further diagnosis, got to understand that the slowness was due to RAM getting full and high CPU cycles. The overheating was because the fan just stopped working. It was doing about 70C.

I called Dell XPS support and they had an engineer at my doorstep in 20 hours. That was too cool. The plan was to replace the heat sink and hard disk. They had a backup motherboard, if there was further damage.

This was the old heat sink and the motherboard. Lot of dust in the fan. The motherboard was replaced one year back with a Nvidia graphics card problem. Didnt get that changed this time. The Dell support dude says the OS and the harddisk was the problem.

This was my heat sink. Check out the thermal padding on the new heat sink on the left.

My Western Digital (160 Gb) hard disk had a corrupt firmware issue. The issue was diagnosed as a 146 error while running the self diagnostic (function key + F11). They replaced that as well, with a new one on the right which had a new design.

This was the thermal pad they used over the processor. It helps in keeping the processor cool and  dissipating the heat to the heat sink. Two of such pad were added. The same was there on the heat sink.

You can see the cooling pad/gel on the processor, the heat sink comes on top of this. Well those where the three things that they changed. After completing this, they found my CD-ROM was not working and the vista CD in extremely bad shape and language (Hindi).

So I am now stuck with a Dell XPS m1330 which does not over heat but has no OS. Thank god for USB bootable Ubuntu, I can at least access the internet without much fuss.

How my Dell XPS m1330 overheating problems were solved?