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Growth Hackers Conference 2013 in Tweets

Last week, some of the renown stalwarts of ‘Growth Hacking’ descended to computer history museum, Mt view to share their lessons and experiences at the 3rd “Growth Hackers Conference” organized by Gagan Biyani and Erin Turner. I was tuned in to twitter to follow the action while some of the best minds mesmerized the audience

List of Speakers
  1. James Currier
  2. Jared Fliesler
  3. Elliott Shmukler
  4. Dan Martell
  5. Mike Greenfield
  6. Gustaf Alstromer
  7. Sean Ellis
  8. Laura Klein
  9. Ivan Kirgin
  10. Stan Chudovsky
  11. Simon Tisminezky
  12. Gagan Biyani
  13. Andy Johns.
Here’s a compilation of all the gyan for you for a quick chew


The Bucket List

It’s one of those cheesy things that I try to stay away from but for some reason I felt like listing down things I would love to do. So here it is a collection of things I thought myself and a few I read elsewhere and liked


  1. Attend (and Dance) in Rio Carnival (Year 2014)
  2. Skinny Dip at midnight
  3. Fly a plane/helicopter
  4. Skydive/Basejump/Bungeejump
  5. Learn to read, speak and write urdu
  6. Learn a new/foreign language
  7. Write a book
  8. Make a documentary/movie
  9. Learn a form of fighting (Muay thai, Martial arts etc)
  10. Learn to play a musical instrument
  11. Invent something (that sells) *That’s a classic*
  12. Change someone’s life forever(for good)
  13. Swim with the dolphins
  14. Climb a mountain
  15. Scuba Dive
  16. Learn to cook
  17. Learn street magic
  18. Teach a course at a college or school
  19. Do something sexually taboo (to say the least)
  20. Repeat point 19 with a twist
  21. Get in crazy nasty shape. (Strong, Lean and Fast)
  22. Fall in bottomless pit of love
  23. Record a song
  24. Live minimally (For 2-3 months)
  25. Stay alone (For 2-3 months)
  26. Sell your startup
  27. Acquire a company
  28. Grow some plants/fruits/vegetables
  29. Date someone 10+ years younger or older than myself
  30. Learn to Meditate and Do it Regularly
  31. Attend Maha Kumbh or Kumbh mela
  32. Own a house with a water slide, tunnel, garden and bunch of other stuff
  33. ……..
  34. ……..


Books to read:

Songs to listen:

Quote Factory

Here’s a bunch of quotes I wrote..Yes, I am Narcissist like that 😀

  1. Whatever you do, never run out of your luck – 6/4/2012
  2. Entrepreneurship Ne Ghalib Nikamma Kar Diya, Warna Hum Bhi Aadmi Kaam Ke The.. – 23/6/2012
  3. Life never fails to surprise and people never fail to disappoint – 25/7/2012
  4. Discovery is the king – 17/8/2012 (On discovery/curation of content on the web)
  5. Work is the biggest distraction – 25/8/2012 (On creativity/innovation)
  6. “Hazaaron idea aise ki har idea pe dam nikle” #startupshayari – 25/11/2012 (On having a million ideas about hundreds of things)


Terrific Quotes

Here’s a compilation of some really cool quotes

On Time

  1. “It’s not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?” – Henry David Thoreau
  2. “Creativity is the residue of time wasted” – Einstein

“We now live in a nation where doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the press destroys information, religion destroys morals and our banks destroy the economy” – Chris Hedges

“When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.”

On Motivation

  1. “Work like there is someone working twenty-four hours a day to take it all away from you”   –  Mark Cuban
  2. “Don’t wait for motivation, use discipline to get u started, and let motivation catch up”

On Business/Startups

  1. “Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.” ~@drewhouston, Dropbox

On Being Busy

“Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness; obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day.” – Tim Kreider

“To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, subtract things every day,” –  Lao Tzu.

You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit. ~ Oscar Wilde


Reminder: you are either building a technology business or losing to one

“One of the advantages of being disorganised is that one is always having surprising discoveries.” — A A Milne

Nuggets of Wisdom

I spend a considerable time reading articles online, and quite a lot of them have a few lines that make you pause for a minute and think..The more you think about them, the more you want to think about them.  I really want to archive these lines/ statements/prophecies to refer to them as and when I feel like, thus this blog post.

6 Things Jeff Bezos knew back in 1997 that made Amazon a gorilla

On Long Term Vision: If everything you do needs to work on a three-year time horizon, then you’re competing against a lot of people. But if you’re willing to invest on a seven-year time horizon, you’re now competing against a fraction of those people, because very few companies are willing to do that. Just by lengthening the time horizon, you can engage in endeavors that you could never otherwise pursue. At Amazon we like things to work in five to seven years. We’re willing to plant seeds, let them grow—and we’re very stubborn. We say we’re stubborn on vision and flexible on details.Long-term market share is more important than short-term profits because without long-term market share there will be no long-term profits

the best customer service experience is when they never have to contact you.

Paul Graham

Don’t worry if something you want to do will constrain you in the long term, because if you don’t get that initial core of users, there won’t be a long term. If you can just build something that you and your friends genuinely prefer to Google, you’re already about 10% of the way to an IPO, just as Facebook was (though they probably didn’t realize it) when they got all the Harvard undergrads.


Empirically, the way to do really big things seems to be to start with deceptively small things. Want to dominate microcomputer software? Start by writing a Basic interpreter for a machine with a few thousand users. Want to make the universal web site? Start by building a site for Harvard undergrads to stalk one another.

Empirically, it’s not just for other people that you need to start small. You need to for your own sake. Neither Bill Gates nor Mark Zuckerberg knew at first how big their companies were going to get. All they knew was that they were onto something. Maybe it’s a bad idea to have really big ambitions initially, because the bigger your ambition, the longer it’s going to take, and the further you project into the future, the more likely you’ll get it wrong.

I think the way to use these big ideas is not to try to identify a precise point in the future and then ask yourself how to get from here to there, like the popular image of a visionary. You’ll be better off if you operate like Columbus and just head in a general westerly direction. Don’t try to construct the future like a building, because your current blueprint is almost certainly mistaken. Start with something you know works, and when you expand, expand westward.

The popular image of the visionary is someone with a clear view of the future, but empirically it may be better to have a blurry one.

Russ Grandinetti from Amazon

In Grandinetti’s view, book publishers—like executives in other media—are making the same mistake the railroad companies made more than a century ago: thinking they were in the train business rather than the transportation business. To thrive, he believes, publishers have to reimagine the book as multimedia entertainment.




It’s been almost a month(shame on me) that has been unavailable to a large extent and I couldn’t do enough to get it back up. Though I have a lot more to say about this and other things, I’d keep this post short and sweet and will get back to action with an elaborate one asap.

Till then, keep talking !!

Gmail now has ‘Undo Send’ feature

While this definitely isn’t a new update it’s a useful one and I am not sure if many people are aware of it.

For those who didn’t know, Gmail now has a undo button which can prevent you from sending erroneous emails. The way it works is that Gmail holds up your email for about five seconds(or more?) before sending it and you can undo sending of email in that time window by clicking the undo button


But mind you this isn’t a default setting, you’ll have to work a bit to get this working. By default when you send an email you’ll be getting the same old message

gmail_sentTo incorporate this change go to Gmail settings(right top) and go to the labs section.


Labs section is a collection of lots of new(and mostly useful) features that are in testing stage and haven’t been released for masses.  Look for the “Undo Send” feature there, enable it  and you are done.


Though the Gmail Blog says the time in which you can do an undo is 5 seconds I’ve found it to about 9 seconds when I tried to time it a couple of times.

So what do you think about this feature ? Useful  ? Not Useful ?