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Watching Magnus Carlsen, the world champion, play 3 minute blitz chess games on Youtube is entertainment, not education.

That’s it.

I was putting in the hours. After the first 20 hours of playing chess on lichess, I wrote my first chess blog post and it was all good. I had settled into the groove of playing chess and learned the basics. By this point I knew that I had to move the king to safety, develop my pieces and control the central squares at the beginning of every game. …

1 King, 1 Queen, 2 Bishops, 2 Knights, 2 Rooks and 8 Pawns on either side of an 8x8 board are ready for battle. One set is black. The other white.

White plays the first move, and the game is on.

I have never actually played chess seriously until now. I’ve always known the rules of the game, but never played more than a few games in any given year. I’ve definitely never trained to play chess. (Until last week, I didn’t even know what a “fork” was.)

A few weeks ago, at the tail end of the first week…

Two years ago, a cricket match between India and Sri Lanka in New Delhi made headlines around the world when several Sri Lankan cricket players vomited due to extreme air pollution and had to be escorted off the field.

Despite that very public disaster and international embarrassment, today the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium (recently renamed to Arun Jaitley Stadium) in New Delhi will once again host a cricket match on a day where air quality levels are many times higher than India’s guideline for clean air. …

Written by Amrit Sharma

I am excited for TribalScale’s upcoming TakeOver Innovation Conference on Monday, June 11. It’s a one-day conference in Toronto that will bring entrepreneurs and leaders from a diverse set of companies together under one roof to talk all things innovation.

“Uber yourself before you get Blackberry’d.”

In 2011, Marc Andreessen penned an essay in the WSJ that led to the now-famous line, “Software is eating the world.” Well, while some questioned whether that was true back then, 7 years later the verdict is clear. Software is still eating the world in 2018. Amazon, Microsoft, Alphabet (Google), Apple and Facebook are some of…

😱 Blockchain? Wait a minute. I thought you meant LEGOs!

Blockchain technology is radically different than anything we have seen before. It’s ok to be confused. It’s ok to not know what blockchain can do for you, what it means for the world and why some are proclaiming it will have a greater impact on the world than the internet itself. So what is blockchain technology anyway?

“The blockchain is an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value.” -Don & Alex Tapscott, Blockchain Revolution.

😕 In this article, we’ll talk about what this means in plain…

The Voice Revolution Is Here!

🗣 The #VoiceTech revolution is underway. Amazon, Google and Apple are battling for who gets to come into our living rooms and run our increasingly smart homes.

In just a few years, AI-powered voice platforms have gone from the realm of Hollywood blockbusters (like Tony Stark’s Jarvis) to a jaw-dropping reality in millions of homes around the world with Alexa, Google and Siri. Amazon’s Echo Dot and Google’s Home Mini topped shopping wish lists in 2017. The new #VoiceTech frontier is here and it’s promising exciting new possibilities for consumers, developers and entrepreneurs — and we’re just getting started.


A couple months ago, I moved to Toronto, Canada. Even though I speak English fluently and lived in the States for more than a decade, I found myself struggling to pronounce many “Canadian” words. 🇨🇦

For example: Toronto‘s “Times Square” is the Yonge-Dundas Square. Yonge? Is that Yonjee or Yongay? Neither, it’s Young.

Also, Queens Quay, Quayside and Quay West are streets and neighbohoods in Toronto — but how do you say Quay? Apparently it’s just Key.

👉 You can download the “How To Speak Canadian” chrome extension today for FREE from the Chrome Store.

Here’s the full list of words and how they’re pronounced:

Toronto — Tron-OH
Quay — Key
Bloor — Blue-er
Strachan — STRAW-n (‘cha’ are silent)
Wellesley —…

Toronto is delightful. But what is it about the day to day life here that makes it so joyful?

Its the little things.

Letting passengers de-board the subway car before hopping on.
Yielding to the person beside you so they can hop onto the escalator before you.
Holding the door open for the person right behind you as you walk through.
Smiling back.
The nod.
A hello.
A little compliment.
Turning your phone off at the movie theatre.
Being comfortable with your wallet or phone in your back pocket. …

Gratitude is a weird thing. At an abstract level, we often know we have abundance in our lives, but can’t actually capture it in words or with the proper context. I believe that’s because we know what we have, but we don’t have the context to know what we don’t have. And that’s often the hidden areas where gratitude lies.

Let’s just get started with it so you can see what I mean. By the way, these are in no particular order.

“Who knows England who only England knows?” -Kipling

Here are The 150ish Things I’m Grateful For In 2018:

Oh Canada!

We’ve only just met, but I’m in love.

Right off the bat, I just want to tell you that I’m so grateful to you. Last year, I was among the tens of thousands of people that moved to Canada from around the world. Some, like me, were skilled workers. Some were students. Some were fleeing dangerous situations. Canada and Canadians welcomed us all with open arms.

It wasn’t easy to immigrate here though. There were many checks and balances during the thorough process to determine whether I would be a good fit for Canada and a positive contributor…


Turning ideas into reality since 1986. Product Manager. Accidental Journalist. Tweets at @amrit_sharma.

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