Abhishek Desai

My, myself and the Internet

Keep pushing yourself — The “Trishul” way

CAUTION: Too much bollywood filmy drama ahead. (T)Read carefully! As entrepreneurs, we all need constant source of inspiration to keep pushing ourselves especially in tough times. Many of the entrepreneurs come from modest backgrounds, especially in a developing country like India. For most of them, aspiration to become rich; the idea of making big; desire […]

10 Principles for Good Business

If you are in the field of design, you may know the “10 Principles for Good Design” by Dieter Rams — a legendary designer. Here is why, he expressed them. Back in the late 1970s, Dieter Rams was becoming increasingly concerned by the state of the world around him — “an impenetrable confusion of forms, colours and noises.”. Aware […]

If you could only take one or two software products to market, what would they be and why?

I came across above questions on Quora. My first reaction was to mention some cool well-known products, which I wish I could have taken to market. But that would have been a shallow answer. Thinking about it for some more time, I came up with following. The scale at which software products (and thus a software […]

A way to get people’s passwords (not phishing)

Create an interesting concept page, which looks like yet another “cool-app-you-can’t-live-without”, for e.g. An app to find your “past crush” Ask people to login using email and password upfront. Keep some annoying password rules so that people have to enter complex passwords (optional). Store those passwords as plain text in your database! (or simply email […]

Why software consultancies fail to transform

For many small software consultancy companies, here is the perennial dilemma. “Whether to remain a consultancy company or to become a product-based company?” For two obvious reasons. It is very hard to scale consultancy companies. Real money (and glory) lies in becoming a successful product-based company. There are a few examples of such successful transformations. […]

When do you decide to become a manager from a programmer

A lot of programmers quander if they should be programmers all their life or become managers. They love programming so much, they loath the idea of being a manager and why should they? By sheer serendipity, I believe I have found an answer to this riddle. I came across this masterpiece from Paul Graham today, […]

The hard thing about hard things – Key takeaways

The hard thing about hard things is the most powerful business book I have read in recent times. It is written by Ben Horowitz, co-founder and general partner of Andreessen Horowitz, a Silicon Valley–based venture capital firm. Previously he was cofounder and CEO of Opsware, formerly Loudcloud, which was acquired by Hewlett-Packard for $1.6 billion […]

A beautiful reply from a salesman

We are big fans of Joel Spolsky and one of his companies, Fog Creek. It is a software company specializing in project management tools. One of its main products is FogBugz. Couple of years back we evaluated FogBugz for project management and bug tracking. We were impressed with the product and customer service but did not buy the paid […]

Why we celebrated 10 years of Digicorp

We completed 10 years in business on 16th January 2014. We were approaching this milestone and we knew we would have to do something significant. It is certainly not a small feat. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, about one-third of businesses survive to their 10th year [unverified claim]. But at the same time […]

Install Clearly from Evernote Now

Have you heard of “Clearly” from Evernote? It is a small browser plug-in which makes blog posts, articles and webpages clean and easy to read. Oh boy, and what a job it does. Just one click and voila, your world changes instantly. Check following example of an article from Economic Times. ET article without clearly. Can […]

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