Binding the PHDs with Startups

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

Less is More: The Minimalist Entrepreneur

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

How To Avoid Startup Execution Mistakes in Product Development

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

The Startup Depression and Entrepreneur Anxiety

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

Startup Act 2.0: The Bipartisan Job Creation Plan

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

Obama Wins, Technology Wins!

Obama government is playing a major role accelerating tech entrepreneurship. Below is a summary of what was done earlier. Promoting high-growth entrepreneurship Unlocking capital: This spring President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act (http://wh.gov/QBy), a bipartisan bill that allows startups to raise capital from investors more efficiently, among other initiatives, by allowing small-dollar crowdfunding investments (http://wh.gov/3Buf), … Continue reading Obama Wins, Technology Wins!

Mark Suster And This Week in VC Are Back!

I was searching for Eric Ries videos on youtube and accidently(Isn't accidently a word?) landed on his video with Mark Suster on This Week in Venture Capital a few days back. I was thinking to myself, 'Wait a mint.. What the heck happened to This Week in VC??' I thinking about dropping an email to … Continue reading Mark Suster And This Week in VC Are Back!

If You Want to go for the Big Bet and Change the World, Quit Whining!

Well, startups are different! They are not the same enterprise you've worked for or you've seen. You don't work a 9 to 5, you don't have paid vacations, you don't do just one thing, hell, it is not a white collar job to begin with! Don't work at a startup if you don't want to … Continue reading If You Want to go for the Big Bet and Change the World, Quit Whining!

The Tragedy of ‘Silicon Blah’ is not ‘Silicon,’ but People Themselves!

I came across Brad's post on 'Silicon Blahs' around the world right after we started calling Colombo start-up community, The Silicon Reef. The first question Shamal had was 'What do you think?' Then I replied him with my thoughts. I wanted to  comment on Brad's blog, but I guess a post on this would be … Continue reading The Tragedy of ‘Silicon Blah’ is not ‘Silicon,’ but People Themselves!

How We Added the ‘TWiST’ to Colombo: The Rise of New Silicon Reef!

It's been 'something!' Over the effort that was put in, it was great to work with the start-ups from Colombo and share their experiences and work with them to pitch at the most viewed start-up talk show in the world, This Week in Start-ups. I couldn't have done this if it was not for couple of people who helped … Continue reading How We Added the ‘TWiST’ to Colombo: The Rise of New Silicon Reef!