Nihal Mehta – Win or Learn

Nihal Mehta launched real-time city guide buzzd in 2007, raising about $4 million in venture funding and drawing about two million users. But in an era before the smartphone craze, he struggled to find a great mobile revenue model. By mid-2010, he was forced to slash his staff by more than half and personally float payroll. While buzzd was on its deathbed, Mehta took the time to fortify the relationships he had built over the years. He persuaded investors to convert their preferred stock to common stock and reconstituted the board – all while selling them on a new product that would help connect brands almost instantly with targeted consumers.

There is no winding down for entrepreneurs. There’s only winding up. Rather than just accept defeat and pack it up, Mehta raced to figure out how to preserve capital, modify his vision and refocus his efforts. While the media may describe your struggling company as “failing,” the only way you can truly fail is by bringing your venture to a complete stop. You should try to never hit zero mph – just slow down the pace enough to catch your breath and gather all the hard work, talent, relationships and personal equity that you have worked so hard to build. Then take all that you can gather from the startup experience of disrupting a targeted industry and figure out how those assets can best be used to build something new. Mehta did just that.

LocalResponse rose from buzzd’s ashes, raising an estimated $7 million in 2011. And now major companies — ranging from Coca-Cola to McDonald’s to GMC — use LocalResponse in harmony with social media to find and reach potential customers. For example, if someone tweets about being hungry, an ad for Pizza Hut appears. Or if someone posts a status update about hating tax season, a TurboTax ad shows up on their screen. Can’t figure out how to pivot from a less-than-successful trajectory into a more promising business model? The real asset you could be sitting on is a talented and harmonious technology team — a team that could work miracles as part of another organization. Consider being acquired, because it’s rare to find the trifecta of great talent, people and teamwork in one place. Just look at Yahoo. Last week it bought MileWise and GoPollGo, just to have them shut down and roll their staff into the Yahoo mobile team. Yahoo did the same thing last year when it acquired Stamped, and it spent millions of dollars to retain all but one of the staff at San Francisco’s Web clipping startup, Snip.it. Others, such as Facebook, are also in the market for buying the talent and tech percolating from the startup world, so don’t write off acquisitions when trying to salvage your efforts.

The personal investment you make in your company should pay entrepreneurial dividends, regardless of whether you make millions or don’t make much money at all. Do not allow your startup relationships to voluntarily dissolve with your corporation. There is a reason people believed in you as an entrepreneur, and your job is to harness that entrepreneurial spark even if your current venture is not a champion. Every successful entrepreneur and investor knows that it’s never win or lose — it’s always win or learn

6-Year-Old’s Alleged Rape in School Sparks Massive Protests in Bangalore News Opinion

Gun please, to shoot the school authorities. How could the school not be responsible ?. Are you doing background checks on the teachers ?. How can you let an 6 – year old wander around the school ?. The government should do more than to monitor those schools. All the other parents must boycott the school. The school authorities should be put in Jail.

NDTV News Item

Linux Disk Cache

Linux Disk Cache speeds up the programs.  Disk Cache memory is available to applications. How to figure out how the disk cache is been used, then use the free -m command and look at the row that says “-/+ buffers/cache” in the column that says “free”. That’s the amount of Disc Cache in the system.

Best information about Disk Cache is
Linux At My RAM

India’s Low Male to Female Ratio

I have captured as much of information as possible on this issue. Your comments are welcome.

Inhumanity in Indian hospital Child dies as the father didn’t pay Rs200 for the incubator in the hospital.

Indian doctors illegally removed wombs from poor woman

New born baby girl found abandoned in garbage

Baby girl lies unwanted as two families battle over a new-born boy
This case smacks of a feudal mindset that discriminates against the girl child. Also it’s the negligence of the hospital staff that has created this confusion and caused so much suffering to this little girl.

India’s unwanted girls

Economist Article on India’s Skewed Male Female Ratio

Why is there is an preference of a boy in india?. The answer is both cultural and economical.

India doesn’t have a government sponsored social security net. It’s the boy who usually supports the parents. Boys are considered assets and they are given the means to be supportive in the future.

Indian woman mostly live with the husband’s family after the marriage and most of the times it requires an hefy dowry to get them married to a good family.  Girl is considered a liability in this case also.

The worrying trend is that the preference of boys isn’t just for those poor, but also for the Rich.

The solution is of two parts.

1.  Abolish the dowry system.

2.  Provide some sort of social security net to every one.

Cults in Our Midst

Source Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

How do you recognize the fact, that you are in a cult.

Cults are not always easy to recognize at first glance

Readers should know that a number of cults are highly litigious and use their wealth and power to harass and curb critics. Citizens, academics, journalists, former cult members and their parents, and publications ranging from Time magazine to the Journal of the American Medical Association have been the targets of legal suits brought by various wealthy cults in efforts to intimidate and silence critics. Defending himself or herself against the false accusations made by some of these cults can break the ordinary person. It appears that winning is not the most important goal for the cults. Their motivation appears rather to be to harass, financially destroy, and silence criticism.

Cult leaders tend to be determined and domineering and are often described as charismatic. These leaders need to have enough personal drive, charm or other pulling power to attract, control, and manage their flocks. They persuade devotees to drop their families, jobs, careers, and friends to follow them. Overtly or covertly, in most cases they eventually take over control of their followers’ possessions, money and lives.

Cults are authoritarian in structure. The leader is regarded as the supreme authority, although he may delegate certain power to a few subordinates for the purpose of seeing that members adhere to his wishes and rules. There is no appeal outside of the leader’s system to greater systems of justice.

Other groups want to recruit members into pay-as-you-go programs and, therefore, target employed persons with money-making skills, to whom the cults will sell “courses,” gradually hooking these
people into greater and greater commitment to the group, as well as selling them more and more expensive courses.

The key to successful thought reform is to keep the subjects unaware that they are being manipulated and controlled—and especially to keep them unaware that they are being moved along a path of change that
will lead them to serve interests that are to their disadvantage. The usual outcome of thought-reform processes is that a person or group gains almost limitless control over the subjects for varying periods of time.

Put forth a closed system of logic and an authoritarian structure that permits no feedback and refuses to be modified except by leadership approval or executive order. If you criticize or complain, the leader or peers allege that you are defective, not the  organization. In this closed system of logic, you are not allowed to question or doubt a tenet or rule or
to call attention to factual information that suggests some internal contradiction within the belief system or a contradiction with what you have been told.

In particular, when you question, you may be made to look ridiculous and called a renegade, a spy, an agent, a nonbeliever, or Satan, or whatever disparaging terms are used in your particular group. There’s always an internal language with terms to ridicule or denigrate. In some way, you are made to feel bad for doubting or questioning. You’re convinced by the closed logic of the cult and by peer pressure that to question means you don’t believe enough. So you stop questioning.

Exhaustion and confusion increase cult member’s inability to act. In most groups, members are made to work morning, noon and night. It’s no wonder they become exhausted and unable to think straight. In this context, to think about leaving becomes completely overwhelming. If escape even crosses your mind, you think – where would I go? What would I do? Who would accept me? You have lost so much self esteem that the thought of leaving is unbearable. You can’t imagine abandoning your protected little universe to go out into the horrible world that all the time you’ve been trained to believe is the other, the evil, the bourgeois society, or of Satan. The non-believers are not going to accept you. The minute they find out that you were in “that,” you are going to die on the spot or be chased away. Nobody would hire you; nobody would want you; you will never have a relationship. You are a loser.

Then, back at the cult, they are denounced and defiled. They are entered on a roster of enemies and non-people. Horrendous lies are told about them to reinforce the cult’s line on why they are no longer members. Such denunciation is not a pleasant prospect for someone thinking of leaving. The pariah image takes on enormous proportions and coming to fit that image seems a fate worse than death.