I posted a little infographic yesterday on Sri Lanka’s Startup Ecosystem. The intention was to create a conversation (which a lot of people have provided me feedback by now) within the community on what really matters to build a stronger community. I will recreate the infographic based on the findings the next few days. My … Continue reading Current State of the Sri Lankan Startup Ecosystem: The Rude Awakening Show
It is inevitable that Asia will have the most economic opportunities, while the US and the European markets are slowly being saturated in many different industries. South and South East Asia, home to over half of the world’s population, has slowly become an industrial and an economic powerhouse. Whether you like to admit it or … Continue reading Geopolitics in Asia: The truth that everyone knows, but no one talks about!
I wanted to write about this a long ago, but I waited. I waited because a lot of people were very emotional about whatever the political belief they had and many of SLFP supporters were emotional about the ex-president's departure. There's so much I want to write here, but I would rather wait for a little longer. Let … Continue reading Rise of the “Good Governance”: An Insider’s View of the Presidential Election 2015
Most of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) PhD students who want to pursue career in academics end up in corporate or non-academic work, according to Eva Amsen. This is mainly due to repulsiveness of the work place in academia and as well as the benefits offered at non-academic settings. The academic job market has … Continue reading Binding the PHDs with Startups
If you have been working 18 hours per day, you'd exactly know what I'm about to write about. Micro-managing and trying to be involved too much in everything is a disaster. It effects your productivity, creativity and causes a lot more stress than you'd anticipate. I'm not necessarily talking about 'lifestyle-type' businesses here and I'm … Continue reading Less is More: The Minimalist Entrepreneur
Back in 2010, our outsource model was growing. We were getting medium scale projects. I always worried about delivery of these with the limited amount of technical resources we had back then. After a few months of discussion, I ended up hiring one of close friends from an outsource model to head the technical team … Continue reading How We Made A ‘Minimum Viable Product’ For 2 Years And It Just Sucked!
I had a pretty detailed chat with two visionary entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka yesterday, without even realizing we had talked over 3 hours. We talked a lot about execution and why it is important for any startup with products in the technology space. Execution is not just traction. Executing on an idea involves building the … Continue reading How To Avoid Startup Execution Mistakes in Product Development
It is with deep sadness I am writing this post that the founder of Ecomom, Jody Sherman passed away. According to Pando Daily, the news on his death is pretty scarce. This is the second in a raw, after Aaron Swartz hanged himself in early January. I have dealt with pretty dark moments myself in … Continue reading The Startup Depression and Entrepreneur Anxiety
We all heard about the $100 'Direct-delivered-to-inbox' message to Mark Zuckerburg few days back and today I noticed something weird! My wife was looking at her facebook and she said 'Hey I like this Saree too!' I was trying to figure out what she was talking about and I finally went up to her computer … Continue reading Monetization on Crystal Meth: The New Sponsored Page Likes on Facebook
U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.), along with Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced Startup Act 2.0 – bipartisan legislation that picks up where the JOBS Act left off by doing more to jumpstart the economy through the creation and growth of new businesses. Startup Act 2.0 builds upon the … Continue reading Startup Act 2.0: The Bipartisan Job Creation Plan