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Journalists Make You Look Better Than Normal

Posted in Pulpit by Harsha on March 31, 2009

Hah. Not that I Google myself on the regular, but I found some articles written about me here, here and here.

The second one actually landed me a really good friend, who first came prospecting as a customer.

These are plugs that I chased after and got. Funny how I sound really smart.

Quotes I’ve made there sound impressive. Heck, I would buy from me. No?

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Employees Suck

Posted in Big Thought, Business, People by Harsha on March 28, 2009

A great presentation shared on SlideShare, my personal favorite!

While not all of us can become founders, owners, entrepreneurs (someone has to do the nitty-gritty work!), there is definite power in scaling up!

This presentation shows founders, owners and entrepreneurs on how they need to better manage their people: Please open up your minds. Stop boxing in innovation and cutting-edge ideas.

Think in short, small sentences and increments. It helps!

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

Brilliant!

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

Hah!

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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Oops!

Posted in Business by Harsha on March 14, 2009

It’s “Elevator Pitch Friday”. This time it is HerHotSpot.com. Restrict all your snickering to TechCrunch. I am still recovering from my laughing fit episode.

Enjoy.

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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Integration Experiment

Posted in Reviews by Harsha on March 2, 2009

I have been trying to integrate my online life by marrying a stubborn wordpress.com together with twitter. The idea is that I’d rather have you read this blog thru twitter than an RSS feed.

That makes more sense, right? Tweet your feedback.

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