Mark Bao

Posted in Business, People by Harsha on March 26, 2009

Inspiration can come from anywhere.

Meet Mark Bao. Not only is he working on more than one startup at the same time, but he is also putting himself totally out there, online, unlike him. Here is a quote from his “Life Goals” page:

help those who can’t help me


You can check out his blog or follow him on Twitter.

That Old Saying Needs To Be Replaced

Posted in Business, People by Harsha on March 15, 2009

Someone did re-invent the wheel, sorry.

CNN video or Wikipedia entry.

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Over exposure, Extra! Extra!

Posted in Big Thought, People by Harsha on March 14, 2009


Talking about over exposure, the dutiful wife of a guy called Mike has put up a website and headlined on CNN.

I checked out the website and while on the outset it seems like a very creative idea, there are some fundamental issues with it.

  1. Guy got wife to look for a gig for him.
  2. Wife finds reason to spend tax refund on a cool computer
  3. More-than-what-I-need-to-know content
  4. Guy comes off looking like a d-bag
  5. Weird picture on “Contact Mike” page
  6. Inappropriate Q&A

So doing some great personal networking or posting resumes on websites and following is not enough exposure for Mike. We need CNN to find us gigs.

Sorry for the sarcasm, but just wrote a post on over-exposure, but I hope he finds a gig.

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Problems of Over-exposure

Posted in Big Thought, People by Harsha on March 14, 2009

Popularly delusional media hound, Ms. Ann Coulter is apparently losing the battle with her own hitherto success. Oops, America is starting to get it right! For a media-savvy, politically incorrect and almost-a-million-copies published, Ann is quite the bookworm!

Over exposure. Something none of us are worried about in today’s day and age.

When do you become too public for your own good?

When will Facebook’s 175 million users implode on each other because they are so tired of being so wired all the time? ESPECIALLY the gen-x segment!

With the risk of over-exposure comes the need to constantly give reason to remain in the spotlight. Even bloggers feel the pressure, hence the countless coaches and teachers on writing better blogs. Write more, say more, see more, do more.

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Web Innovators Group – Boston

Posted in People, Reviews by Harsha on March 11, 2009

Web Innovators Group – Boston┬áis a great resource to check out what Boston startups are up to on demo day.

Dave Beisel of Venrock is the brain and muscle behind this event and has successfully held 21 events (including yesterday) so far. Venrock’s portfolio reads like a Who’s Who of businesses. Pretty cool!

Thanks to Dave, us Bostonians have a great startup resource in our own backyard!

Being Laid Off is SO Much Better!

Posted in Big Thought, Business, People, Pulpit by Harsha on March 10, 2009

Time has a great article on the subject of finding out which is better – being laid off or being employed living in fear of being laid off. Here is an interesting quote:

It’s better to get the bad news and start doing something about it, rather than languishing in limbo.

The quote refers to patients waiting for their biopsy results feeling more stress at that time, rather than when they get the results, even if it meant they had cancer. Once they got the news, they could then take the necessary action either way.

Shame on companies that do not communicate enough, as I know from personal experience, to quench employee’s thirst to know more about the life of the business, about their own jobs, when the economy is in the crapper. I do not think you can over-communicate the issues. It does not mean having daily 9am meetings to talk about the “economy”, and “how it affects us”, but being open about sharing details about the business, I think, helps.

Most employees are not going to feel the same about the business as the founders or senior-level managers do. You need to communicate at their interest level. Telling them things are going to fine when you are firing others is the surest way to increase their stress.

While managers are spending time figuring out how to keep their own jobs and those of their employees, I believe the one thing that will calm everyone’s worries and put them in the frame of mind as that of the patients who got their biopsy results (even if it meant cancer) is to talk with each other openly as two equal human beings. A lot of us get caught up in the titles and pompousness of a “senior level position” or believe that “I am the owner of the business or the manager of this division and I know more”. Sorry, you do not. You are the same as I am. You may have more money than I do, but we both have the same amount of time in a day. That is what equals us.

I think once business owners intrinsicly feel this type of equality, then the communication lines will open up. That is the way I believe that these stress levels will go down.

I speak from experience.

I am way more relaxed now, by the way.

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Posted in People by Harsha on March 2, 2009

I did not realize that 32% of Americans rent. When I think of this housing bailout plan, I think it is totally unfair to people like me who rent.

If you feel the same then visit

A Way to Make Money

Posted in Business, People by Harsha on February 21, 2009

Here is an easy way to make quick cash from an unemployed me.

Have a high-level meeting to find ways to make money in this bad economy. Dust off your files and pull up a super-old (and incorrectly) issued parking ticket. Notify the State first and make sure that I cannot appeal it. Either I cough it up or risk being towed. Finally, assign a frazzled employee to respond to my call only to say “hey, I had to pay my ticket from 1984, so…”.

Congratulations to MassBay Community College and its President Dr. Berotte Joseph on finding a truly unique way to raise cash in this tough economy. My $25 is in the mail.


Fanatic fans

Posted in Big Thought, People by Harsha on February 12, 2009

Some rabid fans want the portrayal of the Joker to be banned from future Batman movies.

I say, the guy is long dead and gone. Leave the movies alone.

Wouldn’t it be great if some of our customers took to the streets (i.e. web) for us? How does one generate such loyalty? Can you influence my perception of you?

Yes you can. It is not just about a great product or exemplary service. It is the packaging of them both. Of course, if you have a crappy product to start with, then you’re out of luck.

Take what you have – your business – and make every interact as dramatic as the Joker’s portrayal by Heath Ledger. Make it crazy and out of this world. Don’t do something incremental from the competition. Go wild.

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Valentine’s Day a Farce?

Posted in People by Harsha on February 11, 2009

Roland Martin writes quite emphatically about the baselessness of the 02/14 date. You decide.