Happiness is

Happiness is NOT having an expensive phone
Happiness is being able to do things with your phone, you want to do

Happiness is NOT owning a big sedan
Happiness is going on a random drive with your loved one

Happiness is NOT having the membership of the most exclusive club
Happiness is taking a leisurely stroll in the park with your dog

Happiness is NOT owning a bungalow
Happiness is coming home to a waiting wife and daughter

Happiness is NOT living in Bandra, Worli or Town
Happiness is having good caring neighbours

Happiness is NOT being a CEO
Happiness is earning your bread by living your dream

Life gives you one shot
Live your dream
Make your passion pay your rent

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Things to remember – Evernote

I went Premium on Evernote on 3rd September and till now, I am happy with my decision.

Since most of the stuff I save there are either official or personal, I can’t share as to how exactly it has become a critical go to app for me.

Today, I found a random use case that I can share!

I am off to my hometown after 2 long years in October and there are lot things that we need to take. So I have created a notebook for that trip.

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Under that, various notes are coming up! The first one is a list of activities my daughter intends to do there. The second one is a photo note of things we need to pack and to remember, where exactly have I stored them.

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So when I start my packing in about a month, I will know that these two things are here and are due for packing.

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Oh, and otherwise? As I said, I am happy, I went Premium! Two reasons, offline notes, massive space.

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I went Premium on Evernote

You don’t know me well. There are very few services or apps on which I would spend my money.

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I just spent Rs. 2360 for an year on Evernote.
You need to be convinced about a service or a product or an app and need to find a definitive and long term use case before you put your money in it.
I am a working professional and I handle sales in the organization I work for. There are office meetings and client meetings and Alliance partners meetings and some more meetings and then, some more meetings. There are many services that I sell.
I capture all that in a notebook (a physical old school notebook). I realized that my capturing the data is perfect. Going BACK to the data is not. How do you create a history of conversations of meetings which is readily available? Notebooks change. Diaries change. One way is putting everything in your company’s CRM. That becomes the company data. Does not help me when I am out there in the field or when I sit with my CEO. How do I recall what all I discussed with him 2-3 weeks back?
Evernote is helping me in digitizing my physical notebook in an organized manner. Just take a photo, put it in the respective digital Evernote notebook and you are sorted.
Need to go Premium arose when I realized that there’s a limit to MBs you can upload. I have two notebooks in my Evernote. Office and Personal.
For the sake of data confidentiality, I cannot share a single screenshot with you guys.
But yes, I got convinced and yes, I went Premium and yes, this one’s for keeps!

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Push to Kindle

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There, I have set the context. I had an Eureka moment.

You often come across articles on Web which are worth reading more than once. The option is to save it in Pocket.

I do that but only for “Read it Later” purpose. But I “read” on Kindle. I am into Kindle big time. If something is in my Kindle, I will read it and read it well to have some takeaways.

So it so happened, that I was reading an article on Inc.com. The Beatsbydre story. I needed to read that in leisure. I was able to send it to my Kindle. It’s less than a minute thing.

You all might be knowing it all along but for me, Eureka!

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Open the article on Web. (by the way, this too is worth a good read)

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Go to print.

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Change the printer! (Voila!)

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A PDF attachment sent to your kindle id comes as a book!

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Open Kindle app on your phone there and then!

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Sync

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The article as a book!

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Now read, not to read but to learn! :D

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How should you treat your sales function

Entrepreneurs always have a chicken and egg situation regarding every functional pillar they need to put in their organizational structure.

Essentially it’s sales and operations for the first year or two. Sales being cost intensive becomes a debate in the conference rooms.

Questions is how much should you invest in sales and when? Do you wait for revenues for ramp up?

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It is essential for every organization to be a sales organization at heart. Whatever you do, excel at that but have a superb sales engine to propel the growth.

When to invest and how much to invest? At what time do you look at ROI?

I always say, sales function is like oil exploration activity. You drill the ground. You drill the ground. You drill the ground. Your competitors are also drilling the ground. The more ground you have with your drill machines, the higher the probability of your hitting the oil.

Choice is yours!

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The Airtel’s 3X 3G plan is brilliant!

I use Airtel. Don’t judge me, please!

I am on a 950/6GB 3G plan and I just about manage my months with that. My primary usage of 3G and so much data is tethering. Well, I am a sales guy and generally out of office.

My billing cycle is 20th to 19th of every month.

Well, yesterday, while I was taking an afternoon siesta, my daughter went on a Doraemon YouTube spree on my phone and brought me to the brink!

I really can’t go back to edge for Internet now. Well, who has that much patience now? I went to an Airtel Centre and I enquired if there was anyway, through which the situation could be salvaged. There I came to know about the 3X 3G plan.

Simply put, you can have 3 times the 3G data plan you have opted for, of course, at a price. So how does that work?

My plan is 950/6GB which comes to around 158 bucks/GB. If I exhaust my data within my billing period, I will get upto 12 GB extra 3G data at 158/GB.

This is brilliant. So for months, where I exceed my data, I do not have to wait for the cycle to get over for FUP to switch off and 3G to switch on.

It keeps me online and lets me do my work from out and about. In my case, being out and about matters more than 158/GB because, by being out, my chances of closing a deal go up. I have a better crack at that bonus, you see!

It gives the freedom to people who need data and it gives revenue to the mobile company.

Think, that’s the way forward with the data. It will help, if the 3G speeds move up a bit, is a different discussion altogether!

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The Foursquare dilemma

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See that?

When you phone gives you as much battery as mine, it’s neither here nor there. It’s teasing enough to get you through the day without the additional load of a power bank in your pocket always. ( I carry mine but they have been shifted to the carry bag now :) ).

Now this span of life is squeezed by certain compromises, one of them being keeping location services off.

I love Foursquare. I love the explore section. It’s of immense use. But then, keeping location services off makes me forget to tap it on and check in and then tap it off.

It’s just a little bit of that extra effort! :)

So….. Will see.

For the phone, I louuu Moto G!

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The Paradigm Shift

Have a look at this PwC report of the world’s top 100 companies by market capitalization. In simple terms, how the shareholders do the valuation of the companies. Doesn’t mean that, solid multi billion dollar revenues do not automatically make you the most valuable company in the world.

http://www.pwc.com/gx/en/audit-services/capital-market/publications/top100-market-capitalisation.jhtml

YET, the paradigm shift has not taken place so far. Traditional companies in traditional industries having physical transactions and billions and billions of $$$ sales are still the most valuable companies in the world.

Google is the only exception. Just wondering, if the intellectual innovation based tech companies ( Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, Foursquare etc ) with no transaction value can break into this league.
If so, why? Just because, they have the power to INFLUENCE your transactions with these traditional companies.

The landscape may change very soon!

( Note to self: I shouldn’t really be writing a tit bit post while passing time, stuck at a traffic junction )

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Travelkhana.com – Brilliant

As I browsed the site, I found out it’s me only who has been slightly late in spotting this service.

We all know how those catering tenders in Railways are floated and how they are awarded. We all know that 105 people out of 100 don’t like the quality served on trains.

Someone spotted the opportunity and viola!

There are millions who use trains in India daily. The words to focus in the previous sentence are MILLIONS and DAILY.

The business model was pretty easy. Take a percentage of that as a business goal for every 5 years and work towards that. I am sure these guys at http://travelkhana.com would have that already figured out. Success or failure are the only two options when you start a business.

They have the attention. They have been awarded the Startup of the Year, they have been covered in Wall Street Journal and the ilk.

Their website is ridiculously easy to understand and order.

Amazing! My two paise to them would be this:

1. Make an absolute mobile friendly site.
2. Cash on Delivery is great but has a problem of leakages. Have your own coupons which people can keep. Something like Sodexho.
3. Apps gonna help you increase penetration.
4. Build and promote the SMS facility. The ocean lies there. The volume lies there.
5. Let’s go back to the sentence of success and failure being mentioned as the only two options. You have multiple kitchens. Ensure the maximum investment happens in keeping the quality uniform. Build a niche, have your positioning (low fat or Indian Thali or whatever) and hammer home the point on uniformity.

As for me, whenever I am traveling alone the next time on train, I am gonna try you guys.

Once again? This is brilliant!!

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The best To-Do app

Well this post may seem biased to iOS and Android users since I use a Blackberry with just its calendar as the best possible to-do alternative.

Well, it’s just that digital to-dos just doesn’t cut ice with me.

I wasn’t thinking about it but then Mr. Anaggh Desai (@anaggh) tweeted something on pen and paper lists and I realized, I just can’t do without pen and paper lists!

I have no answer to why? Just that a small Bilt Diary (you know, the really small list one?) and the pen.

So how does it work for me?

Well, I split my day into two lists.

1. Personal – This is made at 7 AM. What all I need to do for the day. You know, Groceries, Bill Payments, stuff

2. Office – This is made at 9 AM. All that which needed a follow up, all that which needs to be done today and the pending follow ups for tomorrow.

Other than that, at times, I pull this out to jot down spontaneous things. Numbers, Ideas, references, CEOspeak

It’s simple. It works. For me at least!

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