The Epidemic of Busy

Isn’t it incredible how terribly busy everyone seems to be? When the great Americans invented take-away coffee, we should have known that the value of leisure will never be greater than the value of work ever again. The excuse of busy ‘Sorry, I’m busy’ The most common excuse we resort to when we haven’t followed through on our follow through, when we haven’t completed a…

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LottieFiles for Dummies

What is LottieFiles? If you’re anything like me, and you don’t spend every waking hour of your day designing animations, you’re probably unfamiliar with the animator’s workflow and caught yourself wondering what LottieFiles is all about. Over the last several weeks, I have had several people ask me what it is, how it works, and what problem it solves. So here’s my attempt at explaining…

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Too Foreign for Home, Too Foreign for Here

As far as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to travel the world, and live in different cities and experience different cultures. By the time I was in High School, I was ready to jump headfirst into a global adventure with arms spread wide open, and now, having lived in New Mexico, Rhode Island, New York, Hong Kong, Oxford, London, and Kuala Lumpur, and having…

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Why Your Startup’s Story Matters

I was recently invited to speak at the 4th MaGIC Academy Symposium on Disruptive Entrepreneurship. Staying true to the day’s theme of Growth and Opportunities, I spoke on the topic, ‘Why your Startup’s Story Matters. I wanted to highlight the importance of empathy in growth and marketing – how understanding the customer’s story helps us identify areas of improvement and growth. I wanted to share…

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Why do we work so hard?

Karl Marx was known to believe that being occupied by good work was living well. He was under the impression that engagement in productive, purposeful work was the means by which people could realise their full potential. While I don’t usually agree with a lot of Marx’s ideologies, I will credit him for having gotten just that right about the modern world. It’s safe to…

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How to create [business] opportunities

I met with several (aspiring) Bhutanese entrepreneurs and students during my short trip back home last week. While I was generally impressed with this newfound energy, curiosity and willingness that now seem to permeate the streets of Thimphu – I was overcome with a sense of helplessness whenever I was asked this question. ‘What new business opportunities do you see in Bhutan?’ I get asked…

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10 pieces of wisdom from the man who refuses to age

As we gear up to celebrate my dad’s birthday next month – we are reminded of a running joke in the family that we will be celebrating his annual 62nd birthday. At first it was a joke intended on occasions where he parades around in his military jacket – proclaiming proudly that it still fits perfectly some 5 decades later. Other times I’d notice him…

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How Amazon’s innovation culture can be incorporated at your Startup

There hasn’t been a hotter business topic than Innovation for the last couple of years, yet I am a little surprised that so few founders invest in actively nurturing innovation at their companies. You’ve probably achieved long strides in other aspects of your business like reengineering the supply chain, boosting product quality, and rolling out fancy frameworks like the lean 6 sigma. These efforts have…

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