I was chatting with someone the other day about the challenges startups face as they scale rapidly. As we went back and forth, I realized that a lot of challenges were quite obvious but when you’re in the thick of things and you’re surrounded by fires, these things seem trivial and thus don’t get the needed attention. However, from my experience, these are highly underrated and while they are not a magic bullet (nothing is) to solve problems overnight, they create the foundation so that you can deal with bigger challenges. Let me be clear — at a startup, the…
Everyone is doing online events. Most of us have been invited to countless webinars, virtual happy hours, reunions, birthdays, standups, catch-ups (the list goes on). And based on my experience so far, people will cringe at the sound of another virtual event. Given that we’re still quite far from “normalcy” to return (IMO we’re not going back to large-scale in-person events with the same frequency as before 2020), what’s the new standard for hosting virtual events in 2021? (the answer is not Zoom)
I’m not an event expert, but I’ve been part of some fantastic online events and very recently…
Progress from 13th — 20th Feb
TLDR: We organized our first community event with 13 people attending!
On the 20th of February, we’re organizing a virtual reunion to bring together members of the St. Stephen’s community, in specific, those who studied with me and graduated in 2013. You can sign up for it here
We’re doing this as a part of RolodexAI’s bigger mission to help people stay connected to those they don’t meet that often. You can find more details of the event here and I wanted to use this to deep dive into why we decided to do this and the series of events that led us to this.
Over the last 2 weeks, we’ve…
Over the last year, podcast listening has gone up significantly. More people have been launching podcasts and more people are now listening to podcasts. This trend can be attributed to a bunch of factors — spending more time at home, AirPods and smart speakers, screen fatigue, etc. I’ve heard a lot of people say “Oh my god, another podcast”, but if you actually compare the numbers — there are roughly 1.8M podcast against 31M YouTube channels. So there’s a long way for podcasts.
Progress from 7th Jan — 12th Feb
TLDR: People signed up but didn’t show up 😩
We didn’t have any major wins this week
I recently started the Ondeck Podcasters Fellowship and came across this essay written by Erik Torenberg about building personal moats. It’s a fascinating article, especially for me who is a generalist and often thinks about how to go about building expertise in something. It’s super important to be really good at something, but when I look back at my life, it was really hard to identify what that was. Even when I was at Entrepreneur First, one thing you need to think about is your “edge” — what that one thing you know or are good at, which very few…
August last year, the price of Bitcoin was rising. There was a new “hot” thing called DeFi and Yield Farming which was also booming. Scared by what had happened in 2017 (the price almost reach $20K and then fell to $3K, rise and fall of ICOs), I was telling a friend how a correction was round the corner, and this frenzy looked exactly the same as 2017 — hell it was the same time of the year and there were billions of dollars moving to projects called Sushi!?
But I was wrong. The past is a great teacher, but using…
Progress from 30th Jan — 6th Feb
TLDR: People signed-up without us asking them to! 🎉
Progress from 23rd Jan — 29th Jan
TLDR: Received a bunch of feedback from users for changes in the experience
a little bit of everything