#8 Cardinal Rules to Build A Profitable Startup – Retrospective Account

The past couple of years have witnessed a lot of start-ups rise and shine, and then there were others who witnessed a deep decline. Many of them even shut shop. Here’s a quick account of our story — a journey that started from a dingy,…

Building the ‘A’ team for your StartUp

Startups fail at an alarming rate of 92%. Very rarely, it is because of a bad idea. In fact, most startup ideas are brilliant and very connected to the problem they are looking to solve. They fail due to bad execution, which is a result…

From Burn to Lean: A First- Hand Retrospective on the Cockroach Approach to Startup Survival

A few weeks back, I was invited to a collaborative talk on building lean startups that are self-sustainable and independent of investor funding.   I took this as an opportunity to reflect on Exotel’s journey that started from a dingy, windowless room. At the time,…

8 Unique Productivity Hacks That Helped Us Survive The Startup Grind

Everyone thrives on being productive. For startups, being productive or not can be the difference between being alive or not. Startups experience unique constraints in terms of time, talent, resources and money. The combination of these constraints makes them productive in creative ways. There are…

8 things to do if you want a fast career growth in a startup

Most of us want to do our jobs well. We want meaningful jobs, greater security, higher status, bigger pay packages and a brighter future. This expectation is valid irrespective of the type of industry or organization one works in. The one place I particularly find…

6 ways to manage a partly remote team (with some help from Dilbert)

Working remotely has become a common norm across many companies, more so in startups. It provides great flexibility to employees & allows employers to work with good talent. There are companies like Helpscout and Buffer that have entire distributed teams. Their entire culture is based…

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