Nattu, LottieFiles, and the Magic of Great Design

I once made the rookie mistake of inadvertently mentioning a computer mouse in front of Nattu, and then got a three-minute meditation on the evolution of the mouse as a tool. He is the one person I know who genuinely believes in magic — that is, the magic of creating beautiful and simple products. I think it is my duty to warn you of the madness that…

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What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

I’m a grumbling, breathing, walking fabrication of fears. At any one moment, I’m nurturing two very unlikely anxieties with a couple more on the back burner. There’s the fear of failure, of judgement, and of the wide mysterious chasm that is my future. Perhaps that’s true for everyone. I’m guessing everyone carries a set of their own apprehensions – everything that has ever weighed us…

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10 Must-Read Books for Startup Founders

6 weeks ago, one of my mentors sent me this list shared by the Harvard Business Review, on the 10 must-reads for IT leaders. He included a note that said the 10 books collectively will help me get through the overly-exaggerated vexations I was experiencing then. While I’m not sure if they’ve wiped my worries entirely – I figured many of my fellow startup colleagues…

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Why the world needs Wonder Woman

How often do you watch a superhero movie and recall the superhero as smart, charming, strong, caring, and glamorous? Even before the movie was released I wanted Wonder Woman to be amazing. Because if it didn’t become a major hit, critics all over the world would have drawn sweeping and cynical conclusions about the potency of female superheroes – and with that female directors, female…

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Here’s the Bhutan I know

There are two broad categories of responses I get whenever I tell someone I am from Bhutan. The first one, usually retorted by immigration officers in the US goes something like, ‘What is a Bhutan?’ ‘Is it a real country?’ and on more than one occasion, ‘Did you just say Utah?’ The second category of responses, typically accompanied by a shriek of excitement is ‘OMG,…

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What Every Woman Should Wear: A 101 Guide to Your Everyday Wardrobe

If there is one thing I am sick of reading – it’s the articles that specify what women should and should not wear by a certain age, because ‘by this age’, women should know it’s always better to leave something to the imagination [Insert Anderson Cooper eye-rolling meme] Stop telling me that I need to polish my 9-to-5 with a silky blouse and blazer, or…

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Are you still relevant in 2017?

When the Luddites of the early 19th century first started campaigning against the mechanisation of weaving, their fears were probably fueled more by their overstressed imagination, rather than streamlined statistics. But a recent study done by the Economist Intelligence Unit suggests that the Luddites were right all along. Recent developments in technology signals that a world run by robots and AIs are not so farfetched…

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