MIRO Exhibit at SAM

Last night, we had the pleasure of attending an event at Seattle Art Museum. The Alliance of Angels organized a social, followed by a docent led tour of the MIRO exhibit.

Miro was a contemporary of Picasso and was a painter and sculptor. I liked the sculptures very much as they were unique, detailed, and the use of everyday things to make them gave them an interesting twist.

My wife Jayashree had some good observations as we headed back. She compared Picasso’s evolutionary style to Miro’s consistent style. The evolution of an artist vs an artist who stuck to a consistent theme for a large body of work is a topic, I must assume for art Historians.

It was good to catch up with colleagues and their other halves in an informal setting.

Our director’s comparison of Art work and the work of an entrepreneur was spot on. I had heard a similar comparison in the TiECon keynote by Romesh Wadhwani, where he said “Entrepreneurs are every bit as creative as artists. ¬†They just have a bigger canvas”.

Happy Memorial Day! Through the history of our planet, the powers that be have sent so many people to the battlefield and many never came back. We can just take a moment to remember them.


Conference Entrepreneurship Start Up TieCon

TiECon 2014

I spent 2 days in San Jose taking in my first TiECon. It was certainly impressive from content and networking point of view.

The tracks were Big Data, IoT, Cloud &Infrastructure, Healthcare, Entrepreneurship, Nexgen Tech Services.

There was a big Exhibition Hall with about 100 venodors.

In general, the attendees were very friendly, very informal and embraced interactions. It was clear that Networking IS a primary purpose of this conference.

Tracks were stellar. I attended IoT, Cloud, Entrepreneurship mostly. I also participated in the MentorConnect session. There was only one session in which a panelist swore ūüôā

Keynotes were particularly good.  Rakeysh Om Mehra, Romesh Wadhwani, Shahid Khan connected with the audience quite well. 

With lots of business cards in hand, I am now armed. With some key learnings, it is back to the task of how to guide my partners effectively.

Did get to try Uber twice. I have to agree it is disruptive. Saved me 20% on two trips. Taxi Cab companies need to respond with better technology and competitive prices and not by pressing the regulatory panic button.


Fund Raising HomeGuruz

Glad to be helping HomeGuruz out

I got introduced to Patrick from HomeGuruz recently. After a few conversations, I felt that I could really help him achieve his business aspirations.

We are mapping the next steps from a technology perspective on how to move from a manual business process to an automated scalable business process.

The traction is palpable. Patrick is on the phone a lot with customers and service professionals. Over the next several months, my goal is to get him spend less time on the phone and more time ¬†planning for the growth of the business. Meanwhile, we need to convince investors to fund the company. The journey begins…



Conference Start Up

Off to TiECon 2014

This will be my first time attending TiECon. The sessions look impressive. The Mentor Connect and Founder Connect programs look promising.

Mikhail – CEO of QuantumVerse is also attending and we hope to talk to as many people as possible about HummingbirdShare

Hope to see folks from Seattle in the event.

I hope to post observations from the event.


Catalyst Fund Raising Start Up Uncategorized

Should you start at least one business in your life?

Until this point, I have not started my own business – creating a product or providing a service or selling anything. Microsoft was great, but do you really take risks there? Bill and Steve took all the risks.

While I have registered a few LLCs before, nothing concrete seemed to come out of it. It was just a way of taking some small tax breaks.

My last 18 months was spent in an established partnership. It was a lot of hustle to convince start-up companies to work with me. Some risk definitely, but still I did not feel I was in control. That is important to me.

This time, it feels very different. 

I have had the opportunity to work with a few CEOs over the last 12 months and I definitely feel the passion and the craziness in their personalities.

I will be doing more of what I think I am good at. Bringing ideas and businesses closer to fruition by being involved. Unblock technical hurdles. Drive business forward. Be a sounding board. Get paid for it, no doubt. Ethics will be my guiding principle. My partners must be happy.

Show a path for the non technologists that business ideas that need software don’t need to be stymied due to lack of technical skills.

I promise to keep visitors of this site and myself updated on my journey. Wish me luck!