The allure of the American Dream is now a net negative for Indian H1B workers

America, a cradle of opportunity where ambitious folks came to realize their dreams, is no longer net positive for highly skilled Indian immigrants. Yet, throughout history, skilled immigrants moving to America was a positive-sum.

Enterprising and hard-working immigrants won as America provided them a conducive environment to achieve their potential. America won as without those talented resources, maintaining the number 1 status would’ve not been easy. Lastly, the whole world won because eventually, new innovation seeped through the porous borders to make life better for everyone across the globe.

Breathtaking highways, thermally regulated suburban houses, and the allure of the…


Western philosophers, from Plato to Descartes, believed that decision making was a rational thought process. Our emotions, our hearts, and our intuition have no place in sage decision making.

Scott Adams, a popular modern philosopher, seems to be a fanboy of Descartes — when Dilbert calls his boss's penchant to ignore data for intuition, a slippery slope to witchcraft.

The idea that intuition is a slippery slope to witchcraft is carved in the hearts of all who have spent time making product decisions in a matrixed environment of a technology company.

Yet, in his popular and inspiring commencement speech, Steve…


Hypothesis validation is much more than AB tests. Learn when to use what

More and more teams rely on A/B tests to validate and quantify hypotheses. The pursuit of data-driven culture is a great thing, except when teams start overdoing it.

Truth is, A/B tests are overused and abused by some teams, becoming a substitute for common sense and clear thinking. A Google search on “Is A/B testing overrated” shows this chronic problem.

In this post, first, we’ll briefly tackle why AB tests are not a panacea for all problems. Subsequently, we’ll look at other hypothesis validation methodologies Growth PMs must draw from for robust and speedy decision making.

Why we can’t rely on only AB Tests

  1. Low sample size: It…


The answer to why Apple failed to build Instagram gives us a clue

The framework that explains why Apple can get into building chips, but can’t compete on apps (photo sharing, maps) can teach us a lot about an optimal organizational structure for a mid-size to large companies for data teams.

Organizational structure is critical because the same people organized differently results in a ‘different’ organization. Between two ways of changing an organization, ‘changing who is in it’, and ‘changing the interaction topology’, the second is cheaper and less disruptive.

First, we’ll discuss Stack fallacy that explains why big companies fail to capture a new market. They fail when they go up the…


Correlation is not causation. It is common knowledge; thanks to the constant supply of social media feeds.

For example, for sure, you could test your 5-year old next time you are in a plane whether he has it figured out like Family Circus: I wish they didn’t turn on the seatbelt sign so much! Every time they do, the airplane gets bumpy.”

Here is a relationship between cell phone and cancer uses.

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https://xkcd.com/925/

As a tech employee for a large organization, we often deal with buzzword bombers who overdo correlation vs. causation; they throw it specifically at the analysis that is…


A Dying Elephant metaphor will help you crack this puzzle

A lot of smart folks work for dying companies. Surprising, considering a lot has been written about career planning — where to work and where not to work. Let’s unpack the elephant metaphor to understand why it happens.

An elephant dying with Cancer

It is a metaphor that does a great job of explaining all parts of moving pieces here.

First, we don’t call a small, barely funded startup an elephant. An elephant is a big bulky animal, and so are the companies we’d call elephants.

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Photo by Michael Browning on Unsplash

Second, cancer captures the idea of inevitability. With the science we have now, unfortunately, cancer is a death sentence…


Science-based Tips and Tricks to overpower procrastination from a procrastinator.

I’ve been struggling with procrastination for a long time. I’m sure, you, too, must have struggled with it. In fact, procrastination is a pandemic that has afflicted humans for eternity.

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Photo by Pedro da Silva on Unsplash

Fortunately, however, psychologists have been studying procrastination for long; hence, they have actionable tips and tricks to manage it. In this post, you’ll find out not only the insights from the research papers, popular books, and online courses but also how it has worked for me.

A tale of two concepts before we get started: Will Power and Belief.

Will Power:

Don’t ever berate your will power for procrastination. Procrastination, like a…


Share Buyback, widening income inequality and Covid package

The stock repurchase is getting extreme reactions from pundits. Here is Chamath Palihapitiya arguing against it.

Even, Donald Trump is against stock repurchase now. Imagine how bad it must have gotten that it is now out of favor from a politician who supported it earlier.

Read along to learn what is going on here.

Basics

A company sitting on cash has three-way to spend the cash:

  1. Funnel the money back in the growth of the company. Re-invest the money in the business or fund a new business line. For growth stages companies, this is the way to go. …


Master product sense by knowing what it stands for…

A journey of thousand miles doesn’t begin with a single step. It begins with the knowledge of the direction of the goal. Similarly to master product sense, you must know what it really is.

Here are the ways folks in the industry define product sense:

  1. Product sense is having an eye for the product.
  2. Product sense is the ability to make an optimal decision when faced with ambiguous data and situations.
  3. It is the ability to understand what makes a product great. Also, called product intuition and product judgment.
  4. Product sense tells you what to build and why. The business…


How loss-aversion psychology plays with our career decisions

Loss aversion, a concept born out of Prospect theory, not only explains the seemingly irrational economic choices but also career decisions. This blog post discusses how loss/risk aversion bias may affect our career decisions.

The core idea of the theory is that we have a tendency to attach more value to losses than to equivalent gains. The loss of $100 is more hurtful than the joy of winning $100. Studies suggest that the emotion of loss is twice as powerful.

Evolution rewarded risk aversion in old times. In primitive age for a hunter-gatherer, losing a day of food was a…

Soru

Product, Growth, Data Leader. Author — Lean Experimentation. Visit https://sorukumar.com/

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