Technology is eating the world.

We order food through our smartphones, shop on e-commerce websites, & learn new skills on the internet. We even consult our doctors through telehealth platforms! (1/4)…
#Technology has enveloped us more than ever in the history of the human race. It has made life easier for people, educated them, empowered them, & freed them to experience the joys of the world.

As a tech investor, I often think about the purpose of technology. (2/4)
Look at how technology is empowering #India. Access to affordable smartphones, 4G connectivity, & e-commerce has transformed the way we live. Millions of gig workers find employment with just a bike & a cellphone, boosting dozens of home-grown startups in the global market. (3/4)
To me, the larger purpose of technology is to eliminate human drudgery, empower underserved communities & enable accelerated progress. (4/4)

#Technology #Innovation #Future

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Yes, you read that right. In any entrepreneur's life, every day is a bit of a #crisis. Things go wrong, people misunderstand, conflicts occur — crisis is a constant companion.
Most #entrepreneurs learn to "deal with the crisis" over time. I don't think it's enough to treat crisis as unavoidable & hence reluctantly deal with it.

To be successful, we need to proactively embrace crisis & excel at dealing with it.
- Crisis can present opportunities
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जब तक सांस तब तक आस, they say in Hindi.

Roughly translating to "till there's life, there's hope". In my life, I've thought of it more like, "till there's work, there's hope." (1/6)
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Here are some ways to do it. (3/6)
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Legend says these were Alexander's last 3 wishes. Over 2300 yrs later these are still applicable.
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If you have kids (or even if you don't) you have likely watched all these animated movies. Some deep lessons sprinkled in these are worthy of thought.

Do you have a favorite line or a favorite movie?

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Everybody has heard of #bitcoin and cryptocurrencies by now.
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3. You and your potential business partner should have a common vision, work ethics, and goals setting

4. Discuss each other's strengths and shortcomings

5. Pick someone from a different background and with different strengths to complement you
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