The hardest part of start-ups is not knowing what direction you’re supposed to be headed in next. Everything sounds reasonable, especially the rational options. The only problem is, if the rationale solution worked, then somebody would have built it by now. Somehow, something is missing. And that’s what we’re on this elusive journey for … Continue reading You're not wrong. But you're also not right.
I love building. Dreaming and then creating. I think it’s why I love startups so much. This whole process of seeing opportunities for improvement in some way and creating a solution. Then testing and iterating and seeing if it works for more and more people. The challenge is, no matter how hard you try, it’s … Continue reading Don’t build a product. Solve a problem.
I learned my most important lesson in faith when I was 8 years old. I was sitting in the back seat of my grandfather’s big, white Ambassador as my cousin drove my mum and I through the streets of Nadiad, my parents’ small hometown. It had just turned night and the streets were teaming with … Continue reading What driving in India taught me about faith – in self and in fate.
I hate making mistakes. I always have. All my life I’ve worked to have the right answer, to be safe, to work in the space that I knew I could be good and right and effective. Until I decided to start a start-up. Now I’m making mistakes left and right. Because I don’t know what … Continue reading When you make a mistake, don’t feel bad. Get mad.
How much would you miss Poppy if it didn’t exist? This is one of my favorite questions to periodically ask our users. Whether parents or caregivers. It sounds drastic. It sounds like we’re in danger of dying imminently. But that’s just it. We will be dead sooner rather than later if the answer to this question … Continue reading The uncomfortable question to ask your users.
Pride is such a complicated emotion. Today my baby brother walked across the graduation stage and was awarded his PhD degree. He has worked so hard over the past 5 years towards this work that he believes so deeply in. To see his smile as the dean slipped the sash over his head – I … Continue reading My cup runneth over.
Entrepreneurship is a rocky, uneven journey shrouded in the thick fog of ambiguity and imperfect information. It’s too easy get comfortable thinking you’re marching down the right path or that the big easy path naturally means it’s going where you want to go. The way I think of it is that at every step I … Continue reading On the startup journey? Here's who to ask for directions.
I used to have a lot of trouble figuring out what to prioritize and what to work on next. After all, one of the most exciting parts of startups is the infinite possibilities. I’d get caught up in spirals of possibility and doubt and long consideration. Until I was given this advice: Focus on what … Continue reading What kills you first? Fix that.
I am sitting here in the moments before takeoff when there is nothing to do but think. I cherish these minutes even as I’m quickly bored by them. The plane makes the turn into our runway and starts to pick up speed. That welcome acceleration after a tepid march to the runway. My thoughts drift. … Continue reading Musings in transit
It is sheer chaos. Kids of all ages are running around, finished their practice, while the “moms” take a turn at theirs. One mama dances with a baby on a front pack while Peanut is riding piggyback on me, threatening to fly off with every spin I do. Kids dart between our legs as we try to … Continue reading Love, dance and chaos.