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Why flipping matters

One of India's most notable and successful Angel investors Mr Sanjeev Bhikhchandani has come out vociferously against the trend of Indian startups flipping to foreign jurisdictions , particularly the US state of Delaware.  I have linked the article above and have also summarized his main assertions against the concept of flipping below : It robs India of intellectual property and data India loses tax revenues India loses Market capitalization Indian investors get shut out I am attempting to respectfully counter Sanjeev's comments with utmost regard for his work. Intellectual property and Data This is partially correct, since in a flip scenario the intellectual property ownership is passed on to the new parent company. The nuance here is that in the case of established start-ups where intellectual property has already been created this transaction happens at a certain prescribed value that brings in monies into India and is thus not a one sided transaction. In the case of fledgl

ADHD: All Dogs Have Dreams

There was a thought in my head It made me smile Thought I would share with you But I never put never put pen on paper Not a finger on the keyboard I scrolled down, switched tabs The thought passed Now I can no longer recall What was it that made me smile Will do a better job, next time

Definitely Maybe?

Maybe we do need to realize that life is not a bed of roses.  That there isn't redemption every time around.  That people are fundamentally broken and do not operate on logic.  That different people work on different operating systems of life and may not be necessarily compatible.  That everything is temporary and the bad times as well as the good times will not stay forever. Maybe we need to  realize who we are, inside and out.  We need to stop running around just sit and watch the show.  For sometimes, you don't really have any agency on matters at.  You are just strapped into the ride. Like it or not.

how to make a hit

The best way to make a hit is to build something for the smallest viable audience and make it so good that people tell their peers.   Via :

Slavery of the Mind

So much of the modern conception of "beauty" has been enforced by the west. White skin, Caucasian features , blue eyes, have all been forced down our throat while at the same time telling us that the color of our skin, our Indian features were somehow inferior.  True Independence is independence of the mind, its been 70 years now. Lets get rid of these false ideals. Wear your brown skin, all shades of it, with pride.

Ironies of Life

Yamaraja once asked Maharaja Yudhisthira, ‘What is the most wonderful thing within this world?’ Mahārāja Yudhisthira replied:  Hundreds and thousands of living entities meet death at every moment, but a foolish living being nonetheless thinks himself deathless and does not prepare for death. This is the most wonderful thing in this world. #dailyreminder

SJW and a little blue bird

I write this in the backdrop of the killing of George Floyd and the protests that ensued. I understand voices of color and I understand the frustration that compels them to violence, the unquenched need to be heard, to be considered. That this comes in 2020, in the country that deems itself the epicenter of modern civilization is a shocker. That too after 8 years of a black president! I have personally encountered racism but in Australia and the UK, never in America. Not to say that because I haven't faced it doesn't exist. I talk primarily with the protests in mind and how the militarization of American police and their disregard for black citizens perhaps is the most important catalyst here. What is also important to note is the sharp left turn that discourse has taken in American politics. Campus Marxism has become rampant on mainstream media and in Washington DC. While I understand the sex appeal of communism and socialism on college campuses, utopian ideas of

Lockdown to Opening up

From a reluctance to try work at home and distant working practices, we have now been forced to live the work at home life for the last 2 months. I imagine, I am certainly not alone, that this pandemic is going to lead to a marked difference when it comes to our working lives. If you are fortunate enough to still have employers or businesses to go back to when the economy opens up again, you will perhaps look at the ways of the lockdown when you were able to get a full night’s sleep, take a quick bath and report to work in 5 minutes while nursing your breakfast instead of commuting 90 minutes each way in the middle of mind numbing traffic. On the flipside, employers too will realize that if a job can be done by Joe from his remote working log cabin in Montana it can also be accomplished by Ram in Delhi, India and that too less than a third of the cost. An example is Tulsa Advisors who are running a global accounts and finance firm from New Delhi. They are working with global comp