Recently read something along the lines of: @Uber is a freight broker for human freight.”

As Non-Tech humans like to say nowadays: “I know a Tech Bro when I see one.” Now perhaps the intention of the writer was to prove a point, and he/she (most likely a he) wanted to go for brevity and come up with a smart concise way to convey what Uber is. Perhaps the writer had an urge to be looked upon as an erudite on whatever the latest most current hot topic is (Uber in this case), so I get where the writer might…

(From a recent Forbes article on NVIDIA about how the GPU technology that powers video game is now enabling the Deep Learning revolution.)

This is the beauty of technology. Teams build software to solve a particular problem (or a set of problems) in a specific domain. And it ends up enabling applications and empowering people in ways the creators would never have imagined in their wildest dreams!

“In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time — none. Zero. You’d be amazed at how much Warren reads — and how much I read. My children laugh at me. They think I’m a book with a couple of legs sticking out.” — Charles Munger

“There is only one boss - the #customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.” — Sam Walton (Founder, Walmart)

From the time Alan Turing proposed the Turing Test, scientists and engineers have been trying to build “real” AI. As humans, our reliance (or perhaps, over-reliance!) on machines has increased exponentially.

Most technological advancements have been useful in performing specific tasks. For example: Take me from Point A to Point B, or remind me of a task, or play Chess (or Jeopardy, or more recently Go).

But we haven’t yet fulfilled the promise of real general purpose AI, something that can think and act like a human brain. Partly because the research in the last 20 years has focused on…

KPI = Key Performance Indicator | CSF = Critical Success Factor

1 — It seems that KPIs are becoming more and more convoluted. Perhaps there is a case to be made for Industry standardization for KPIs within the different sectors of Tech? Both for internal measurement and external publishing? Similar to Finance (Financial Ratios)?

2 — A #KPI should be:

  • Based on what is important (CSF)
  • Simple to understand
  • Easy to record/compare over-time
  • Automatizable (Word of the day!)

3 — It is important to remember the purpose of a KPI. The purpose is to help us understand the health of the business/product. Not to give us a false sense of growth/satisfaction/security.

President Xi Jinping’s interest in reviving the Silk Road piqued my curiosity and got me interested in learning more about the route. As it turns out, the ancient silk road was a fascinating route of trade connecting Asia to Europe, and led to significant economic and cultural exchanges. There were actually multiple Silk Routes, the land routes connecting China to Europe via Mongolia, India, Russia, Persia; and the sea route connecting China to Europe and Africa and Middle East via South-East Asia. …

John Doerr — The legendary VC from Kleiner Perkins (KPCB) gave a wonderful talk at UC Berkeley a while back. The talk covered a variety of topics: identifying great companies, evaluation criteria for VCs, areas/industries of interest, and career advice.

I jotted down some notes when he spoke on the topic of career advice.

Career Advice

Know what you are optimizing for.

  • Learning? Work-Life Balance? Money? Or any combination of it?

Learn how to sell.

Learn how to manage a team.

  • Not 1–2 people. At-least 5–10 people.

Seek Mentorship.

Always Network.

  • Develop personal, life-long networks.
  • If you are uncomfortable with networking — Get outside of your comfort-zone and meet with people. …

@vatsals collection of resources related to Venture Capital

When it comes to Venture Capital, there is a great amount of information scattered across the web. I have attempted to collect, sort, and organize the information that I have personally found helpful. Below is a list of Newsletters I subscribe to, Blogs I read, VCs and Entrepreneurs I follow on Twitter, and other Miscellaneous Information that I hope you will find as useful as I did.

If you think there is more interesting material that I should add to this list, do let me know in the comments or over on…

Vatsal H. Shah

Investing, Technology, Startups, Philosophy, History, Strategy, Cricket. Over a cup of Tea!

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