Nice talk about how innovative design principles at Amazon helps their business.

  • Engage through content
  • Negative operating cycle
  • Innovation process: Willingness to fail


Great post at

Startup Triplets:  Startup Advice In Exactly Three Words

1.  Watch your cash. 
2.  Pick founders carefully. 
3.  Hire generalists early. 
4.  Hire specialists later. 
5. Invest in culture. 
6. Avoid tempting distractions. 
7.  Support customers maniacally. 
8.  Avoid business plans. 
9.  Write a blog. 
10. Never fudge numbers. 
11. Encourage diverse thinking. 
12. Guard your time. 
13.  Defer renting space.
14. Get enough sleep. 
15.  Delay raising capital. 
16.  Persist through downturns. 
17.  Decide with data. 
18.  Improve product daily. 
19. Recognize revenue consistently. 
20. Start charging early. 
21. Reward early adopters. 
22. Sell something today. 
23. Say “NO” often. 
24. Accept imperfect data. 
25.  Recruit with zest. 
26. Nurture your best. 
27.  Treat vendors well. 
28. Believe in yourself. 
29. Respect your competitors. 
30. Try something new. 
31. Build a brand. 
32. Focus, focus, focus. 
33. Iterate more often. 
34. Use your product. 
35. Live your vision. 
36. Encourage rational debate. 
37. Make decisions swiftly. 
38. Face harsh realities. 
39. Don’t break laws. 
40. Protect your health. 
41. Celebrate your successes. 
42. Cancel unnecessary meetings. 
43. Improve emloyee’s resumes. 
44. Beware big bullies. 
45. Share the experience. 
46. Maintain your relationships. 
47. Keep it fun. 

I have sent emails to friends about how I went about preparing for my GMAT. This was very effective for me (I ended up with a 760) and I thought that sharing it more broadly might help others. Below is a summary of what I did.


Not very tough. High school math. Need to brush up some formulas, and practice a bit to rule out silly mistakes.

Verbal: This was the tough section for me. Practice helped a lot in this section.

I found Sentence correction to be the trickiest part. I spent a lot of time understanding the typical sentence correction cases given on the GMAT. Primary References: Kaplan GMAT, Princeton GMAT, Spidey’s notes (this
one is a pdf file
Spidey’s notes is amazing, but you need to read the chapters from the books to really understand what is mentioned there.

Reading Comprehension..Is not tough, but requires a bit of practice.

Logical Reasoning..again refered to Kaplan GMAT and Princeton GMAT chapter summaries. Then it was getting some practice questions done.

For practice I used these:

  • Few questions in Kaplan and Princeton.
  • GMAT official guide, 11th edition. This book is awesome. It is by the people who conduct GMAT and has real past GMAT questions. This alone is sufficient for practice. However it has no notes, hence the other books are required.
  • GMAT Powerprep .. The best and most accurate test and is given free when you register for the GMAT. It has 2 tests. Best to take them in the last week. I practiced tests from Kaplan as well…but these are way tougher than the actual GMAT.

Regular 1 hours each day, for about 5-7 weeks is more than sufficient for the GMAT.

Following Amazon’s list of highest selling items, here is the list of most searched words. I am surprised that I hadnt heard of quite a few of them..

Fastest Rising (Global)

  1. michael jackson
  2. facebook
  3. tuenti
  4. twitter
  5. sanalika
  6. new moon
  7. lady gaga
  8. windows 7
  10. torpedo gratis

Fastest Falling (Global)

  1. beijing 2008
  2. euro 2008
  3. heath ledger
  4. barack obama
  5. amy winehouse
  6. kraloyun
  7. dailymotion
  8. bebo
  9. wii
  10. emule

The zeitgeist according to Amazon: The following is a list of the bestselling products on in 2009 by total units sold:

  • Electronics: Kindle Wireless Reading Device
  • Books: “The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown
  • Kindle Books: “The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown
  • DVD: “Twilight”
  • Video On Demand: “Twilight”
  • Music: “I Dreamed a Dream” by Susan Boyle
  • MP3 Album: “No Line on the Horizon” by U2
  • MP3 Song: “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas
  • Video Games: Wii
  • Computers: ASUS Eee PC 1005HA 10.1-Inch Black Netbook
  • Software: Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007
  • Home & Garden: Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator
  • Grocery: Coffee People, Donut Shop K-Cups for Keurig Brewers
  • Gourmet Food: 50’s Decade Box Gift Basket
  • Health & Personal Care: Omron HJ-112 Digital Pocket Pedometer
  • Beauty: Bare Escentuals bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation
  • Toys: Scrabble Slam Cards
  • Baby: Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether
  • Clothing & Accessories: Levi’s Men’s 550 Relaxed Fit Jean
  • Shoes and Handbags ( and Crocs Cayman Sandal
  • Jewelry: Sterling Silver Marcasite & Garnet Glass Heart Pendant
  • Watches: Casio Men’s Sea Analog Illuminator Dual LED Dive Watch
  • Sports & Outdoors: P90X Extreme Home Fitness Workout Program
  • Home Improvement: Toro Ultra 12 Amp Variable Speed Electric Blower/Vacuum
  • Automotive: Battery Tender 021-0123 Battery Tender Junior 12V Battery Charger

I play songs on youtube all the time, and sometimes have wanted to play an entire song in a loop. However this feature is not present directly on youtube. I just found this tool which allows you to play a youtube video in a loop:

You need to take the youtube video URL:

Copy the VideoID (the highlighted part in the link above) and paste it onto the box at endlessyoutube. Now you are all set to listen to the video in a repeat loop.

Google just released a new version of map-directions for India. If you have ever navigated your way through a new city, you know how difficult it is and how often you need to stop to ask people about the right left turn you need to make. Google maps now does just that. They provide directions emphasizing on landmarks instead of street names. This is a really practical way of adapting to the needs of a region. Awesome feature..

Here is an example of how the directions from MG Road to Forum look: