Hello! Yes I missed this last week. Not any more. From here on, will post every week.
This year is becoming crazy by the day. No doubt nobody will be able to forget this year for their own reasons. One of great news is that SpaceX successfully completed its first Manned mission to space(ISS) in the Dragon capsule. Also the starship completed its 150ft hop. We are many steps closer to Mars!!! Yay!!!
August 3rd 20206,085 Retweets38,889 Likes
On with learnings…
The 3rd best thing from last week after the above 2 is this amazing, mind-blowing Nike ad. If you haven’t seen this, do it now.
When we are on the topic of ads. Here is a wonderful ad by viagra. How sex is important & lack of it creates distance between couples. One of the best visualisations on this topic.Karthik @beastoftraalLoved this ad for Viagra, by the agency VMLY&R London. The way it depicts the implied distance between the couple by extending the space between them, by showcasing what each one is doing on the same (now extended) bed, away from each other was beautiful. And when 'things' 1/4
August 1st 202025 Retweets129 Likes
Peoples creativity is amazing. The amount of hours one has to put in to reach such mastery is just mindblowing. See this video of a skater called Isamu Yamamoto.
I used to think that I am decent at fron-end development. After seeing this 3D toaster made from html & css, I have understood, I know nothing! I didn’t even know this was possible with just HTML & CSS.
Why is developing something in HTML & CSS really difficult.
Often the problems of people are way simpler than we think. Its the solution providers who make it complex. Love this simple idea of sending message on whatsapp to a non-saved number. So much that whatsapp had to bring it down.Shawn Pereira @Incept_shawnGot an email today from the hosting service I used that WhatsAppr.com was taken down because of WhatsApp copyright violation. Took less than a year since launch lol.
July 27th 20204 Retweets43 Likes
See this simple solution to fruit sorting & people approach this with AI to help sort fruits by sizes.
Now another great simple innovation. Hats off!
Another company going remote. Making the workspaces that people made with so much love, irrelevant. This is sad. What will this lead to?Ramki @ramkidOkay, I'm going to try and not make this a senti thread. God knows there are enough of them. Some of them quite excellent in their tear jerkiness. (Meaningless aside. I had a batchmate called Tuhin Sen, and we called him Senti. Though he was anything but.) +
July 28th 202015 Retweets145 Likes
Fintech has been trying to disrupt lending for so long. Lending - the institution is as old as the civilisation itself. It is not just economics, there are emotions, government, its too complex.
The biggest factor in lending is the ability to collect. The other factor is cost of funds. Corona has brought focus on these factors.Mengxi Lu @mengxiluThe year was 2014, fintech twitter looked like this: 1. Congrats on LendingClub IPO 2. Banks will be disrupted and die 3. Congrats on On Deck IPO 4. There will be another 10+ unicorn lenders in the next 5 years 5. Banks will be disrupted and die
Sheel Mohnot @pitdesiWhile fintech has been🔥, there haven't been many bright spots in lending. Enova ($ENVA) is acquiring On Deck ($ONDK) for $90m. On Deck went public in '14 at a $1.3B valuation and had A-list VC investors First Round, GV, IVP, RRE, etc. https://t.co/X1ElAEz0CR
July 28th 202036 Retweets170 Likes
The vision here seems awesome. Get loan on a message. No documentation, no waiting. A uniform interface for lending. As much as there is great merit in this idea, isn’t due diliginece whats important & differentiates the men from the boys?
This is OCEN—the Open Credit Enablement Network. A single API with a uniform flow to power a billion loans for India. Read it in detail here.
People are digging into their savings to make through this time.
Amazon is growingly becoming indispensible to the sellers. Its market reach is unparalleled. This allows Amazon to demand a higher share of Sellers revenue. To be fair to Amazon, it does this by adding new services for both the Seller & Buyer.
Warren Buffett talks about diversification vs concentration. Here buffett talks clearly about 6 stocks being highest diversification for a small portfolio. Risk management comes from higher knowledge of the companies. If one doesn’t have the time to do this, they should just invest in index funds. There is no middle ground.
If you can find 6 wonderful businesses, that’s all the diversification you need. Very few people gotten rich on their 7th best idea but lot of people got rich on their best idea.
Twitter just made public its product roadmap here.
Often in a startups journey, one of the best moments is when the VC/fund reaches out with an interest. Here is a contrary view on how this is misused, one has to be wary of VC using this knowledge to help their portfolio companies or just to understand the space. It doesn’t necessarily mean investing interest in the company.
In the US, 4 tech companies were invited for a discussion. Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos made a wonderful statement, this is a master class in communication. There is a rising discontent among people & governments against Entrepreneurs & Billionaires, though this can explained by the Mimetic theory, I just have 2 videos to present.
This last scene from the movie ‘Guru’.
Also this penultimate scene from the Movie ‘Rocket Singh’
VCs are as close as it gets to a Startup by being outside of it. They also seem to have a more complete picture as they deal with more than one company/startup. Here is a VC turned founder talking about what it takes to make a startup successful. This from a person who has connects, networks, relationships & phonenumbers of people who matter. You can only imagine this to be 100x difficult for a person without this knowledge & access.Soumitra Sharma @soumitra_sharma#1 Doing 0-to-1 is really hard- as an investor, I never truly realized how hard it is to “make something people want” from scratch & have someone care enough to try using what you have built. The struggles of building from 0 can only be truly understood when experienced 1st hand.
August 8th 20203 Retweets52 LikesSoumitra Sharma @soumitra_sharmaAs a founder, I have now felt how hard it truly is to hire, close deals or close any opportunity for that matter, when you are trying to build an unproven company, on a vision that’s new & hard to visualize, with a product that keeps frequently changing & has no scale yet.
August 8th 20203 Retweets25 Likes
Credit Card & outstandings, the India perspective.Kunal Shah @kunalb11Credit card debt outstanding : India: ~$10 billion China: ~$1000 billion USA: ~$1000 billion
July 31st 2020328 Retweets2,891 Likes
Think about a awesome world where we can learn anything from anyone. Knowledge of everybody is available to be learnt & used. The biggest reason that software has been able to win over the world is because of opensource. I can only imagine what would happen if all human knowledge becomes opensource in a easily consumable way. Afterall we are standing on shoulders of giants, think if all of those giants come together as one.
There is no better way to say this
Whenever you lose a deal, think what went wrong. The client has": no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust.
Here is a timeless video from Naman Sarawagi on Internet economies. A wonderful talk about pipeline vs platform & more so on layers on Internet, Network -> Information -> Transaction -> User. Anybody & everybody today should understand this.
Inline with above is figuring out growth for any tech company in its userbase. Figure out who is the adjacent user is & position yourself according to them, thats how you keep growing exponentially. Read it here from Andrew Chen on how his team did this for Instagram.
Andrew: “At Uber, a lot of employees were power users of the Uber product. This led to a lot of voices thinking they knew what we needed to grow just because they used the product a lot. But these were rarely the things that pushed growth of Uber into new audiences.”
You do not need to spend weeks talking to users to get a sense for who your adjacent user is. Look at what is happening on the edges of these states in the data. The data will help you identify places in the product that people are dropping off. This is the starting point to help you develop hypotheses about why different segments of users are dropping off.
Building empathy for the adjacent user is hard because by definition your team is not living the experience of the adjacent user. Your team are power users of the product. They know the product in and out.
D2C seems to be the future of retail. The pandemic as accelerated this shift. Here is a good article on this. The idea is about online & influencer branding & omni-channel retail. If you know somebody who has new ideas on this front, I would love to talk to them.
Even farmers in India are directly reaching their consumers taking away all middlemen. With tools like YouTube & WhatsApp, this is becoming more & more possible. Read it here.
See this one of the most iconic DJ music brands being created. Here is the playbook.Kevin Lee @kevinleeme12/ He invests $5k into a single billboard off the highway exit to Coachella. The billboard has a photo of Marshmello with his helmet, his Instagram handle and the words, "I'm working hard now so that my future daughter doesn't have to sell detox tea on social media."
July 31st 202093 Retweets767 Likes
A DJ who ranks first for cooking!Kevin Lee @kevinleeme23/ Their Youtube channel now has 47 million subscribers and they rank on the first page for unique food dishes of every culture.
July 31st 202019 Retweets262 Likes
Here’s what he says about how they do this.
Now lets also a see a person who has created a great(Best) brand for himself in cooking. This whole thread is just amazing. Constraints + Immersion = Creativity.Kevin Lee @kevinleeme1/ Noma has been named World's Best Restaurant four times. The creative genius behind Noma? René Redzepi - declared a "God of Food" by Time Magazine. This is a lesson in how applying extreme constraints led to the meteoric rise of one of the world's most influential chefs.
August 7th 20201,340 Retweets4,632 Likes
Learn about branding & positioning from one of the most legendary brands - Chennai Super Kings. I love to learn more & more about marketing. All marketing should tap into the emotions of people. I think most just stop at need/pain.
GraphQL is the next hot thing in tech world. Here is a simple post explaining this.Setu Saurabh @SetuSaurabh3 developers have tried explaining graphQL to me, and I still didn't get it completely. This post explained it like a twitter sh*tpost and now I completely get it. The choice of Medium affects our cognition abilities. source: theethernaut.substack.com/p/developer-su…
August 1st 202013 Retweets32 Likes
Could this be the idea of things to come? Can 2G as a technology be deprecated? Given the way companies & governments are going for data, this seems totally possible. But we already have a option Jio-Phone. Hmmm!!!!Sehaj Singh @sehaj23Interesting. Smartphones shall replace feature phones if we shut down 2G & standardize 4G/5G. The partnership with Google for making affordable smartphones was in this direction.
ETtech @ETtechIndia has 300 million mobile users with feature phones trapped in 2G era and deprived of "basic uses of internet" as the world is on the doorstep of 5G telephony, Ambani said https://t.co/I0JTFnkcNK
August 1st 20206 Likes
The way tik-tok has become the poster child of global trade-wars is just amazing!
There was this amazing thread on twitter which talked about how the game has shifted on internet because of TikTok. Earlier the connections(Friends, etc…) that a person created on a platform was the biggest moat(It had to connect to 7 friendds in 24hours). TikTok changed it to delivering the most interesting content within 5 swipes.
How have you categorised your content & the algorithm of selecting the same has changed the complete game. Rather than friend connections it has become about interest & entertainment.
Twitter is one of the greatest levellers. Makes you wonder how did world make-do without it for so long.Raghav Agrawal @impactologyPeople who shit on Twitter have no idea on the amount of access it gives to folks from underprivileged backgrounds to find out about professionals & domains that they could not even have imagined exist and that such things were even valued in society.
July 31st 2020464 Retweets3,176 Likes
One of great insights. The biggest motivator for an employee is the growth of company. Stagnation in company is the biggest reason for attrition.Naman Sarawagi @NamanSrAn employee sticks to an organisation as long as both are growing at same speed. If either one is slow, the other will want to leave.
August 1st 20205 Retweets52 Likes
Some how this is true for other relationships too.Naman Sarawagi @NamanSrEssentially the distance between them will remain same and no one will feel that other is no longer relevant to them. This is true for: friends. relationships. married couples. This could be one reason why fast growing celebrities/entrepreneurs have broken relationships
August 1st 20203 Retweets9 Likes
Meeting people & having deep discussions is the most awesome thing to do. Meet & learn from new people on PeerSpot.abhishek @abhishek_triToday spoke to 3 folks! The best way to learn about something new is to hear directly from someone who is executing it. And honestly, personally this is becoming a better learning for me than reading a book. Learnt some amazing lessons of supply chain today in a tech company.
abhishek @abhishek_triCouple of months back I started this experiment of speaking with some amazing folks on Saturdays. Every Saturday I have someone agreed to just have a casual conversation with me. 45 mins call. Last week I spoke to a person who married in 4 days (that question I had asked) 1/2
August 1st 202023 Likes
Remember 2 girls playing tennis on their roof-tops? Roger-Federer just mest them & its every bit amazing :)
Often people approach new ideas with the framework of problem solving. Here is a thread which talks about creating delight rather than constricting self to problem solving. Its a must read thread.Ritesh Banglani @banglaniI have somewhat changed my mental model since, to focus less on the depth of the problem and more on the "space for delight". It's fine if the customer can't articulate their needs. If tech can help create a 10x better experience for a huge number of customers, it may be enough.
August 1st 202019 Retweets139 LikesRitesh Banglani @banglaniThe life-altering startups of the past decade - Uber, Airbnb, Whatsapp, Instagram - didn't solve deeply felt pain for their customers. Hotels, taxis and text messages worked pretty well for most people.
August 1st 20207 Retweets40 Likes
Sometimes pain becomes apparent only when a better solution presents itself.Sarang Lakare @SarangLakareA lot of times pain becomes apparent only when you see a better experience. Till then you had a different normal. After the new experience, you see a new normal and the previous one seems painful - and the pain begins!
August 1st 2020
This is something true with CRED.
Earth is beautiful <3
Some more beauty. The beautiful Mumbai sunset.
The young people are creating a new world for themselves, all by themselves.
A thread on some amazing advise from a Dad to Daughter.Aanchal Agrawal @awwwnchalOn comedy venues being shut- “Sit at home and whine about it or start building something else, get another degree, do comedy there, explore the world or sit here and find comfort in your sadness, choice is yours”
August 2nd 202034 Retweets568 LikesAanchal Agrawal @awwwnchalMay be I am not made for relationships- “May be you are not, may be you are made for greater things, how will you find out? You will have to keep going at it, there’s no end to conspiracy theories, you can tell yourself whatever makes you happy it won’t change the reality.
August 2nd 202043 Retweets495 Likes
We still dont understand tech deeply enough. Mutiple dependencies create different sets of problems.
Traditional knowledge loosing value by the day. Google launches a $300 program that it will consider equivalent to a 4 year course.
Is this the reason for Microsoft’s renaissance? Their 2nd biggest R&D team in China!
Can your crypto address be your wallet, identity, email & everything else. The world towards no-censorship looks will be made on top of blockchain.balajis.com @balajisWho's furthest along in terms of turning crypto addresses into email account equivalents? One example is ethmail.cc. Rationale: - emails via GSuite still depend on Google - mobile numbers still depend on carriers - crypto addresses depend on no one Need to build.
August 3rd 202070 Retweets310 Likes
I just wish that this is a joke. In my limited research this seems true that FSSAI is giving all kinds of approvals left, right & center. Can we trust anything?
Traditional VC format being disrupted? Sahil Lavingia starts the revolving fund. Read it here.
Its time for action, not advise. This is exactly how I feel right now. Its amazing how different age creates a common pattern among people.Tiago Forte @fortelabs35 is the age when all life advice stops being useful It’s the limits of the observable universe for a human life From here on out we’re just a satellite flying through the barren darkness of space Our solar panels tilted hopefully toward an origin star we’ll never revisit
August 6th 20207 Retweets95 Likes
The internet infra of govt. institutions in India has always been pathetic but its just disheartning to see even the private players not being upto mark. HDFC seems to have crashed during Amazon Prime Day. When will Indians start giving importance to user experience?
Cold emails are one of the best networking tips. If you have something important , its one of the best ways to reachout to people. Here is a thread on same with some really good tips.Misbah Ashraf @misbahspeaks6/ Cold emails are not easy to crack. It is a science which requires very hard practice to get perfect with it. I have spent my last 6 years on this. Never hesitate to send cold emails and hustle your best to grab the opportunity you want. More:
August 6th 20202 Retweets74 Likes
Now GST collections in July 2020 have been 86% of last year. In that, the domestic segment has contributed 96% of its share, the shortfall is from Import revenue. Everywhere around I see, businesses have taken a big hit, so how is it not reflecting in GST collections is the biggest mystery for me presently. Read it in detail here.
Here is a graph for ready reference.
Now when you see tweets like below where restaurants applying for license renewal is just 25-30%. The complete events & HoReCa segment being decimated, the above figures just don’t make sense to me. Can someone please help me demystify this?
Seriously! When people talk about meaning in life, whats the economic value of it?
I feel My whole life was a lie, after reading this. Ashoka invaded & waged wars on another kingdom after turning to Buddhism.True Indology @TIinExileWhen Ashoka became Buddhist: 4th year of his rule. When he invaded Kalinga: 8th year. Ashoka was a BUDDHIST when he waged Kalinga war. After war,he killεd 18,000 Non-Buddhists who allegedly "insulted Buddhism". Whom do they finally blame? Yes, Hindus and Hinduism
August 8th 202012,172 Retweets23,421 Likes
Here are some resources
A new kind of pitch deck on Notion. Here is the notion pitch deck template.
Do you struggle with regex? Here is a GPT-3 regex generator.
If you are looking for some fun projects in HTML, CSS & JS.
Managing images is one of the most difficult things when developing websites. Here is tip to manage this. Need to try this out.