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The Uber episode, capitalism and arrogance of tech founders

By now, you must have watched how Uber CEO Travis argued with a ‘partner’ driver, showing off his arrogance and short temper. After being questioned, he even rated the driver one star. Since he is caught, Travis has apologized and will now look for ‘leadership help’. It’s clear this video is a reflection of me—and the criticism we’ve received is a stark reminder that I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up. This is the first time I’ve been willing to admit that I need leadership help and I intend to get it. The Truth Travis isn’t alone. Most of the even mildly successful tech founders have turned arrogant. And at the core lies the basic structure of capitalism and an belief (or assumption) that everyone just works for money. And since we (=  tech d...

Which Hyperloop route do you want? Mum-Delhi in 80 mins ? Chennai to Bangalore in 20 mins?

Hyperloop One will soon starting working in India and the company wants to know which route would you like to see going *hyperlooped* first? India, vote for your fav route from 1 of our proposed 5. Now traveling doesn’t need to take days! #VisionForIndia https://t.co/TGd8IxVsKh pic.twitter.com/L7h5DPy21j — HyperloopOne (@HyperloopOne) February 28, 2017 How about Koramangala to Whitefield as a PoC ? :)

Annotation is now a web standard ! 

On February 23, W3C, the standards body for the Web, standardized annotation. “Many websites already allow comments, but current […] systems rely on unique, usually proprietary technologies chosen and provided by publishers. Notes cannot be shared easily across the Web and comments about a Web page can only be saved and viewed via a single website. Readers cannot select their own tools, choose their own service providers or bring their own communities.” What does this mean? The W3C standards are a key milestone towards a future in which all pages could support rich layers of conversation without requiring any action by their publishers—because that capability can be built into the browser itself and be available as a native feature, just like web search. The shared vision is that conversat...

Several Indian sites are affected by Cloudflare’s #Cloudbleed HTTPS Traffic Leak (The List)

Between 2016-09-22 – 2017-02-18 passwords, private messages, API keys, and other sensitive data were leaked by Cloudflare to random requesters. Data was cached by search engines, and may have been collected by random adversaries over the past few months. Here are a list of few (Indian) sites that have been impacted – you should change your password if you are using these. HDFC Bank Citibank Infibeam Uber.com Zoho Lenskart Check the entire list (others include Digitalocean, medium and several prominent sites).

De-Risking Your Startup and how investors evaluate (SAAS) startups

An interesting set of advice and perspective on how investors actually evaluate SAAS startups and the impact of ARR on valuation / funding. Though may not be 100% applicable in Indian context, this is worth a read. De-Risking Your Startup — SaaStr 2017 Talk from Leo Polovets

So You Have An Idea? #Entrepreneurship101

[Notes from NextBigWhat team : We are kicking off* a series “Entrepreneurship 101” mainly focused on first time entrepreneurs. This series will help you understand the deeper aspects of entrepreneurship and things you need to think deeper before starting up. We are dusting off some “golden oldies” content from our archives on how to think about starting a business and building it into a scalable venture and building a robust company – think of it like a mini-MBA in entrepreneurship. These were a series of blog posts written by Kartik Varma, co-founder PropTiger.com, back when we were called PluGGd.in, and the word unicorn still referred to a mythical creature and was not associated with the start-up world. We will re-post these blog articles over the next few ...

Gross margins for SaaS startups in India

Gross margin is a very important number for SaaS products as that gives an indication to how much money you will have left to innovate on hiring,discounts,marketing etc. What is a good gross margin for a SaaS startup in India? To get the answer to that,lets first see what is gross margin: “Gross margin is defined as the percent of revenue left over after the cost of servicing that revenue is taken into account” So it is not just the cost of goods, but also the cost involved in servicing and supporting your product. For Saas products the highest cost comes from hosting services. But thanks to cloud providers like AWS and Google cloud, hosting service costs have been coming down. And this in turn increases your gross margins. It is widely accepted that a gross margin above 80% in...

Innovating for the next billion & lessons learned building Google Maps : Lalitesh katragadda

How were the early days of Google maps? How do you build a community around your product? How will automation change the tech ecosystem and lives? Watch this video of Lalitesh Katragadda, Co-founder of Google India and the man behind Google map maker. Lalitesh delivered this talk @UnPluggd, India’s biggest startup conf. » Subscribe to NextBigWhat’s Youtube channel.

Salman Khan on Future of Education : Mastery Learning will be more mainstream

Salman Khan on Future of Education : Mastery Learning will be more mainstream

Tesla India Launch : Hopefully this summer !

Tesla plans to open its Gigafactory in India and while India launch was rumoured to happen in 2015, it has been delayed.

Broken Hearted and on Facebook? Well, here is how FB is playing its card

We also saw that people increase the number of times they go on Facebook before and after their “Single” status update.

Karnataka panel wants 65% reservation for locals in IT sector [Trump effect?]

And 65% reservation in high-skilled or category 'A' jobs.

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