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A Student’s Guide to Startups by Paul Graham

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IMO, there is no one in the startup world who puts his points across better than him. Here is an essay by Paul Graham on student startups.

PG addresses the issue of student startups. Should/shouldn’t one startup while he is in college? If so what are the pros and cons? What is the ideal age to startup?

According to PG, mid-twenties is the sweet spot for starting up.

Pros:
1. Access to co-founders
2. Not much expenses
3. Stamina
4. Ignorance

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IIT Bombay Alumni LinkedIn data

Over the last 53 years (since its inception in 1958), around 39,000 engineers and scientists have graduated from IIT bombay. The general questions one would like to know are – Where do they live? Where do they work? What do they do? I doubt if there were any exact data to answer these questions before. Thankfully, now LinkedIn provides some of the data we need. I had spent some time to analyse these data and get insights into these questions. Have a look.

Around 25,000 Alumni are on LinkedIn. Seems like a decent stat to infer insights. Most of the Alumni who passed out after 2007 have not updated their profiles. So, I looked up till 2005/2007. Have a look at this.

1958 – 2007
Nearly 20,000 Alumni. I have not included the people with no dates specified. Turns out IT, Engineering, Consulting are the careers which most Alumni are pursuing. TCS, IBM, Microsoft are the companies most Alumni work for.

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1958 – 2007 is a very long time span to look at. So, here is a break up of the total time span.

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Startups by IITians

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Before a year, if anyone asked me how many IITians startup, then I probably would have said, I donno know exactly. 4-5 startups per batch? After reading a lot on blogs about startups, I came to know how wrong I was. The answer is quite a lot than I actually thought. Of course, it is compared to other Indian colleges.. etc etc. Now, I am actually wondering can I get a rough figure of number of IITians who started up? I am trying to create a log of all IIT startups I come across. So far I came across 40-50 startups by IITians. As of now, I have made a log of 30 of them. In the coming days I will update this log and hopefully I will be able to get a complete list of them. Read More

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Mobstac story compilation

Mission: 

MobStac’s mission is to make it possible for people to consume the Internet on any mobile device on the planet by accelerating the availability of mobile Internet content and delivering it to the widest possible audience.

The rapid proliferation of mobile devices to all corners of the world has compounded the need to service a class of devices that will be the primary Internet access device for many. It is with the purpose of serving this global market that MobStac was founded. Read More

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Learning Python The Hard Way, lessons 1-15 gist

Well, I am back to learning Python. This time I started off with ‘Learn Python The Hard Way‘ by Zed A. Shaw. It’s an amazing book for beginners. I am planning to write what I learnt as I progress. Here is the gist of the first 15 lessons.

Gist of first 15 lessons along with their .py files

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My views on digital education

This my opinion on the article  ‘Digital Music to Digital Education‘ from edtechly blog. You can also read this opinion here too.

I still remember the days I was listening to music on casette player in my home. With in a few years digitalization and my dad got a phone with music player as a gift. It completely changed the way I consumed music daily. I no longer needed to buy music. I downloaded them off internet or a friend shared his music collection on a CD. I got access to a very large collection of music. At present, we are in a stage where all our songs are synced on all our devises effortlessly.

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Unpluggd ’12

I had planned to Unpluggd ’12 in Bangalore but missed it because of a nightout with friends. Gladly, I could catch up with the talks on their youtube channel. Here are the amazing talks from Amit Ranjan (Co-Founder, Slideshare), Hitesh Dhingara (Founder, LetsBuy), Aloke Bajpai (Co-Founder, iXiGo). Read More

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1 MIN READING: The fisherman and the businessman

Most of us have already read this popular story, but this is for those who haven’t already read it. I love the simplicity of the story. It tells you that life is about being content with what ever you have.

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The Businessman and the Fisherman story:

There was once a businessman who was sitting by the beach in a small Brazilian village.
As he sat, he saw a Brazilian fisherman rowing a small boat towards the shore having caught quite few big fish.
The businessman was impressed and asked the fisherman, “How long does it take you to catch so many fish?”
The fisherman replied, “Oh, just a short while.”
“Then why don’t you stay longer at sea and catch even more?” The businessman was astonished.
“This is enough to feed my whole family,” the fisherman said.
The businessman then asked, “So, what do you do for the rest of the day?”
The fisherman replied, “Well, I usually wake up early in the morning, go out to sea and catch a few fish, then go back and play with my kids. In the afternoon, I take a nap with my wife, and evening comes, I join my buddies in the village for a drink — we play guitar, sing and dance throughout the night.”

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