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When most people are either confused or like being confused, it helps to put things plain and simple.

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The Zen Attitude

I was reading Srikrishna‘s latest article on Hindu Business Line – Zen and the entrepreneur.

We seem to encounter the first two koans mentioned in his article (Persevere, grow) on a daily basis, the third one (listening to customers) is yet to happen to us. It would be a happy moment if we were to get that far.

The Zen koans are meant to tire the logic, giving a student of Zen the opportunity to look beyond from where the intellect ends. But the Koans of entrepreneurship require you to work within the bounds of logic.

One of my favorite koans is the Epimenides Paradox (which I happened to read in Douglas Hofstadter‘s epic book GEB). Epimenides was a Cretan who made one immortal statement: “All Cretans are liars.”

Its been a primal human trait to try making meaning out of the chaos. The fascinating fields of astronomy, philosophy, evolution, number theory, quantum physics, .. have all sprung out of this basic urge; the urge to define the (currently) indefinable. But once meaning has been made things become less interesting, losing their charm. True-blood entrepreneurs look forward to the challenge of not being able to see or define success clearly. They prefer chances of failure over the comfort of a well set path to mediocre success.

All said there is much an entrepreneur can learn from spirituality.

Let the sufi in you follow your heart,
let the zen in you step aside letting life take its course,
let the yogi in you enjoy the path that leads to your destiny.

Sri, thanks for adding to the chaos! 🙂

web 2.0

History has always intrigued and humbled me. And consumer internet has been my main focus of interest in the last couple of years. So this well made video on the history of internet immediately caught my fascination. The video also brought up the role played by European organizations in the evolution of the internet, something I had been ignorant about till now. [Second thoughts: Was it really my ignorance or was it the story the American text books I read during my engineering wanted me to buy into ;-)]

Going forward, I plan to blog more extensively about the changing trends in the use of internet technologies that aim to enhance creativity, communications, secure information sharing, collaboration and functionality of the web.

Checkout the HD version of the video on Vimeo.

funds
We have all heard stories of how hard companies are finding it to raise funds. It feels nice to hear a different story once in a while. I have always tried to maintain a positive outlook in life, and my fool’s optimism tells me that there was never a better time to start on a venture :-). History has it that many of the great institutions we look up to today started off during a downturn. And I for sure wouldn’t want to miss out on the one that’s going on right now.

I happened to be passing by Kevin’s Corner yesterday, and found his posts on fund raising refreshing for my tastes.

Links to Kevin’s posts on fund raising:
1. Raising Seed Capital In A Recession
2. Venture Capital Outlook For 09
3. Raising Seed Capital In The “Great” Recession

Little angel

As the borders get blurry between F&Fs, Angels and VCs, Scott Shane tries to make some ground with his post which some what demystifies the angel math.

It also brings up the point that entrepreneurs look at angel investments for reasons more than the funds and contacts it brings in. Angels should ideally be less of businessmen and more of what the name means.

Article Link: The Funny Math of the Angel – Venture Capital Financing Gap

boring meeting
I came across this article on a linkedin group. It talks about habits, breaking routines, and cultivating new ones. All of which I strongly subscribe and occasionally succumb to. Striving for continuous improvement (which has been referred to as the kaizen technique here) has been a guiding philosophy for me in life [for those of you who chuckled after reading that bit, hey I still have a long way to go.. :-)].

The fight-to-flight response when the fear of the unknown kicks in, which also the post speaks about, is something I see happening quite often around (and in) me. Another good point is made about the different approaches that people take while solving problems. It’s not a good idea to force-fit your approaches on others, and the make of a good team would be a nice blend of people with different approaches.

Article link: Can You Become a Creature of New Habits?

Hello world!
To all you programmers, coders, geeks & nerds out there :-).

Link to a “Hello World” program collection.