Lessons from Yoda and Gandalf – Part 2

I shared my favorite Yoda quotes with you in part one of this essay. Another favourite character, Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings (LOTR), is one of my perennial sources of insights. Image Source “Despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.” Heroes are born when they accomplish […]

Grand Master Yoda

Lessons from Yoda and Gandalf – Part 1

I first discovered JRR Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings when I was 20. I found it fascinating. For me, it was more than just a fantasy novel. It was an allegory, a metaphor for life itself. I have read the book many times since. This is the kind of book where you read a few […]

Dipa Karmakar at the Rio Olympics, 2016

Should We Celebrate Failure?

Recently, I came upon a report in a newspaper that argued that we should celebrate failure. Quoting an entrepreneur, it lamented that we are obsessed with just a few popular startups. We should pay attention to failures too. “How about instituting a ‘Failure of the Year Award’, just like ‘Entrepreneur of the Year Award’?” it […]

Hari Menon of BigBasket

Lessons from Hari Menon

  I read somewhere that the average age of founders is 28.5 years. That is not Hari Menon. In fact, he defies all stereotypes about successful founders. Not just in personal characteristics, but also in the boldness with which he chose to attempt a taboo sector. When a lot of money is poured into a problem […]

Keri Strug

How winners make it happen?

Vince Lombardi famously said that winning isn’t everything, it is the only thing. Is anyone a born entrepreneur, a born leader or born to win? I believe everyone is born to win but you have to make winning a habit. Think of this: a quitter never wins, a winner never quits. I have been privileged […]


Crouching Tiger, Flying Dragon

I was about 10 years old. Among the 7 wonders of the world, I learnt about The Great Wall of China. Who can decipher the mind of a child, I don’t know really why this wall captivated me so much — was it the fact that glutinous rice flour was supposedly used to bind the bricks, or […]


Journey of Founder to CEO

Steve Jobs is probably the most loved innovator of our times. However, he, the founder, was asked to leave his own company. He is not the first founder and will not be the last to experience this. It is interesting to note that Jobs thought it was one of the best things to happen to […]

DM report cover

The digital marketing evolution and what it means for startups

Rules of marketing have changed. Forever. Companies need to adapt or become obsolete. This then, is the startup marketing challenge — how do you be creative and up your game? Keeping this in mind, we recently hosted the Kstart Digital Marketing Summit where I interviewed Rajan Anandan, VP & MD, Google SE Asia & India. Rajan is […]


WWW: Winning the Women on the Web

I do a good part of my shopping online. I find buying online easier and it gives me a better shopping experience. From an Iron box to tea kettle, from organic food to clothes and jewelry, from furniture to shoes I am game to order what I need online. I am not the only one. […]


Unleashing Shakti, One woman at a time

Download Kstart report on State of Women Entrepreneurship in India. Does it make a difference if there is a woman on both sides of the negotiating table? Do women-led companies create management structures that will allow their employees to rise through the ranks even as they balance professional and family commitments? Most importantly, urgently, we […]