50+ Websites To Learn New Things Everyday Read more at:

Enormous amount of knowledge is available just a click away, you’re now your only excuse. Now you can learn anything from coding, designing, art, business management, enhancement of cognitive abilities and more. To get started use these 50+ splendid websites which can help you learn a lot in any discipline.

1. Brain Pickings – It’s one of the most interesting, uplifting and timeless websites on the planet. Maria Popova collects pieces of writing and illustrations on psychology, philosophy, language and literature, and biographies and distils them to provide an elixir for you. Like me, if you celebrate intellect more than material then it’s a gold mine for you.

2. TED – TED features powerful talks from leaders and experts in their fields such as – Richard Branson, Tony Robbins, Steve Jobs, Stephen Hawking and many more. Here are few must watch TED talks:

Ken Robinson – How schools kill creativity Steve Jobs – How to live before you die Susan Cain – The power of introverts

3. Stack Exchange – Brilliant platform where you get answers to complex and technical questions quickly. Most answers are highly accurate and written by expert in their field.

4. ZenHabits – An inspiring blog by Leo Babauta about implementing zen habits such as simplifying life, living frugally, inner happiness, motivation, health habits and inculcating good habits in daily life. His book “The Power of Less” has helped me make significant changes in life – a great read.

5. Daily Writing Tips – A remarkable website for everyone who is interested in learning how to write. It contains invaluable tips to improve writing.

6. Gibbon – I found this website in 2013 and since then it’s been a joy ride. It’s approach is simple – providing the right resources from the web in a list, to learn the specific skills. There is a lot to learn here.

7. Wikipedia – It’s hugely popular and there has been many questions on the quality of information it offers. Though seeing from another perspective – It’s gives you enormous amount of validated information for free which cannot be found in one well consolidated encyclopedia, anywhere else.

8. Growth Hackers – A goldmine for start-ups and entrepreneurs which focuses on using frugal marketing techniques to sell and gain exposure.

9. Investopedia – Words like investing, stocks and finances, scare the shit out of you? Well, not anymore. Investopedia is an easy to understand online dictionary of finance, credit cards, forex, wealth creation and protection and lots more. Apart from educational content, they offer interactive tools such as Investopedia Stock Simulator which lets you practice stock trading for free.

10. Mental Floss – A website filled with many interesting articles about facts, news, trivia and quizzes. Everything has been presented in a humorous way and is fun to learn.

11. Grammarly – Platform to instantly check your writing for grammar, punctuation, style and more. They regularly post interesting grammar tips and dicussions on their Facebook and Twitter page.

12. Labnol.org – Digital Inspiration is an award winning blog by Amit Agarwal who writes about technology hacks, how to guides, web applications, and consumer electronics. He is also the author of the book The Most Useful Websites.

13. Litemind – A brilliant website which helps you explore ways to use your mind more effectively. It features simple activites to boost your brain power, escape thinking traps, improve problem solving skills, perfect memory and more.

“Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can; there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.” — Sarah Caldwell

14. Entrepreneur – Famous website for established and aspiring entrepreneurs about advice, insights, profiles and guides. Their content is easy-to-understand and follow.

15. Stumble Upon – An easy way to discover new websites, photos, articles and videos from across the internet. It has large number of categories to choose from.

Example: If you are into “Art” you can specifically select the category to discover art related content.

16. Big Think – Many top thinkers and doers such as Guy Kawasaki, Walter Isaacson and Dan Harris contribute to the knowledge available on Big Think. Each idea filters through its significance, relevance and application.

17. The Mind Unleashed – A blog about spirituality, consciousness, health, paradigm shift, world truth and science which makes you ponder and question existence of various things.

18. Goodreads – It’s the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. It’s a social network for readers where you can decide what to read next, see what others are reading, review the book you like, join various reading groups and more.

19. How Stuff Works – It is an award-winning website which features easy to understand answers and explanations to how world actually works. They simplify, complex concepts, terminologies and mechanisms, including articles, images, videos and animations.

20. Codecademy – Coding has become an essential skill, just like computing, reading, writing and mathematics. That’s what makes Codecademy an essential. You will learn how to work with important coding platforms such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, Python and Ruby. Learning experience is fun, addictive and intuitive.

21. BBC Future – The ultimate guide to many innovative ideas in science, technology and health that are transforming our day-to-day world. Each topic is well explained with in-depth articles, videos or interactive media.

22. 99U – Award winning website which features action oriented insights from leading researchers and visionary creatives.

23. Fast Company – A marvelous website about technology, ethonomics, leadership and design. It inspires readers to think beyond traditional boundaries and create a better future.

24. eHow – eHow is an online “How To” guides directory with millions of articles and videos offering easy to follow step-by-step instructions. They have an engaging YouTube channel filled with short videos on how things work.

25. Power Searching With Google – Google has become a vital part of our daily lives yet not many people know how to harness its true potential. This will help you lean how to find the most relevant information through Google.

26. Make Use of – A large website which covers recommendations, guides and answers to internet, Windows, Mac, iOS, android, gaming, hardware and other related topics. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi

27. Quora – A large community of people who engage in questions and answers. Questions can range from simple life problem to the world epidemic, or anything for that matter. It’s quite addictive and a huge source of knowledge.

28. Fact Slides – Compelling website which showcases proven facts about large number topics such as money, psychology, Google, pollution, women, countries and many more. Some great facts from the website: “The first mobile phone call was made in 1973 by Martin Cooper, a former Motorola inventor.” and “India has the largest slave population in the modern world with over 14 million slaves.”

29. 8 Facts – Various random facts in pictures. You can go through the facts easily using their Facebook page.

30. Reddit – A platform which allows users to submit and curate content. There are hundreds of topics where new information is added in every few minutes.

31. Code.org – Simple and interactive tutorials to learn code, develop apps and games. It’s a non-profit organization that attempts to encourage students to learn computer science.

32. Writer’s Digest – A gem of a resource for beginning and established writers. It features tips, stories, how-to guides and courses for writers.

33. Makezine – For people who love making things and working on complex projects which can be accomplished with household items or cheap materials. Make features electronics, computers, robotics, wood working, metal works, paper craft, 3D printing, art & design and more project fields.

34. Scribd – A large digital library of digital books and audio-books which can be subscribed for a monthly payment.

35. LifeHacker – A successful web blog about life hacks and application recommendations. It provides solution to simple problems to save time and efforts.

36. Learn Genetics – Learn about genetics, cell biology, human health, evolution and ecology, neuroscience and scientific tools in an interactive way.

37. Outgrow.me – A marketplace for successfully crowedfunded products. Learn and generate ideas from various creative and innovative products.

38. The Good Men Project – Great source of stories revolving around the question – “What does it mean to be a good man?”. It has covered topics such as stereotyping of men, relationships, social problems, age and raising boys.

39. Forvo – The largest pronunciation guide website on the Internet. All pronunciations are submitted by users and reviewed by volunteer team of editors.

40. Hyper Allergic – The site describes itself as a “forum for serious, playful, and radical thinking”. Their articles are in-depth and quite insightful.

41. Geek Wire – Covers the most widely followed topics and technology based companies. Its focus is to share news on consumer electronics that matters.

42. The Daily What – Covers latest trending topics from all over the internet. Animals, art, celebrities, geek, news, politics, sports, tech, videos, viral and WTF, are the topics covered in the website.

43. The Whole Brain Atlas – A website by Harvard which explains various aspects of brain. – How it functions and what causes specific brain diseases.

44. Human Anatomy – This website will help you learn about human anatomy and its functions. Each topic is explained in simple terms along with pictures.

45. Today I Found Out – A daily blog about interesting facts such as – why New York is called “Big Apple” or what causes arms, legs, and feet to “Fall Asleep”.

46. Wikiquote – Run by Wikimedia Foundation. It’s a large collection of quotes from notable people and creative works in different language and translation of non-English quotations.

47. Instructables – Collection of user created DIY projects. All projects can be commented and rated by other users for quality. It has lots of simple step-by-step DIY projects which can be completed using household materials or cheap materials.

48. OpenIDEO – An global open platform by IDEO to solve big challenges for social good with innovative ideas and techniques.

49. GOOD.is – A website with lots of interesting content about the stuff that matters. Some of their best posts are: 16 Images That Perfectly Capture How Completely Nuts Modern Life Has Become and These Amazing Designs Are Helping People Tackle Rising Sea Levels

50. Hack A Day – A daily blog about computer hardware and software hacks for convenience, novelty, functional and creative reasons.

51. Farnam Street – A mind blowing blog by Shane Parrish, about learning new things and connecting ideas across multiple disciplines. He says “I want to go to bed each night smarter than when I woke up.” Information on the blog is thought-provoking which will make you ponder. Suggested by Apoorv Gaur. Isn’t there so much to learn? I constantly come across new resources which will be updated here. Stay tuned and don’t forget to share the wealth of knowledge, you have just discovered.

Written by Anubhav shukla:-



Tips for young entrepreneurs to learn from experienced business owners

As a beginner, young entrepreneur may or may not hit the perfect strike. Unless he seeks the right guidance at the right time! The initial days of any startup may be a drill down to basics and advanced requirements. Get on to some experience and keep the spirits kicking!

As the new generation dive off in business, a young emerging community of potential entrepreneurs comes into the light, regardless of the experienced tag, they bring in an intellectual approach to the most complex problems.

Kauffman Foundation in 2016 stated, 6.02 percent of the adult population in the US owns a business as their main job! We’re more often encountered with smart minds starting up their own piece of work, getting on to the props too soon than expected! Though there’s a lot which is needed to learn, we can still expect to budge up a little for the ones coming

Experienced entrepreneurs are the ones who have experimented, tried hard and made their mark stable over the time. Endless examples may come up, it depends on how you find the one inspiring enough for your startup!

Young entrepreneurs need to learn 5 basic guidelines or maybe just some advice to stay on, maintain and further succeed in whatever they’ve thought for.

1. Curiosity with smartness

Understand that taking responsibility to start your own business isn’t a piece of cake! You ought to have a streamlined approach, a curiosity to see through the smaller things which could make a bigger impact for the people, or your target audience. Your product/service is successful only when it’s actually needed. Identify the gap in the market and how you can set on to fill in.

For this, you should be having an innate entrepreneurial streak, a mind which is constantly working out in response to everyday activities, looking through every encountered possibility which can trigger a new business idea. Follow a similar approach to tap what others haven’t analyzed yet.

2. Be flexible to individual goals

The bottom line should always be to build adaptability of situations and circumstances. We’re in an environment where neither the technology nor the demands remain constant. It all plays around our flexibility and adaptability of whatever strikes the moment. React, plan, stay prepared and gear up for unforeseen situations that may really affect your business.

The basic idea should be of having a growth and adaptability plan for at least initial 10 years, a blueprint, in this case, can be a roughly plotted sketch of how you plan to work when there are fluctuations affecting your business. In the scenario, never pay great heed to your individual goals, instead look for a larger perspective and how it may impact sooner or later.

3. Consistency & endurance

A 14-year experienced entrepreneur stated in an interview with “GoodFirms”

It’s imperative how we look to the need, and how we decide to bring in to the audience. There is just one aspect which separates an experienced business owner from a non-experienced one, and it is Endurance!” Deepak Tomar, CTO, Clavax Technologies


harder than your limits and challenging even the toughest situation. Keep your energy levels soaring high so that you can manage your time wisely and keep on working diligently after failures and lows in the journey.

4. Focus on your brand value

The initial days of any startup may be a drill down to basics and advanced requirements. You may encounter a new practical requirement almost every day. It’s natural though, initial is always learning and discovering what could bring out the better. Do not get too preoccupied with the requirements that you forget to maintain your brand value.

Keep the pace smooth, you need to manage things parallel to each other, without comprising your constant quality which may be your brand recognition by the time. it’s undoubtedly a challenge but, standing up to the same may give you more stability in the market for a longer run.

5. Take notes

Being an entrepreneur is never a classroom training, reading & listening ideas and further implementing them in the practical world has nothing to do with the textbook values. You can learn maximum from the everyday activities, keep a habit of carrying a notebook along whenever you step out. Note down whatever interest you or brings a spark.

“I firmly believe that anyone who aspires to lead a company must develop a habit of taking notes. I carry a notebook everywhere and am an avid note-taker and list-maker. This helps me to focus on what I need to get done and encourages me to be productive – and discourages me from procrastinating!”

Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group

While being a rock strong identity in oneself, it’s hard to achieve success without a talented team! Focus on hiring character for your company, you can always train a person on skills but, can’t make someone’s values fit your business norms. Learn from what u missed or have lacked upon, turn your weaknesses to the path of potential.

Embrace every advice you receive but, follow the ones which can speak your spirit.

By Anubhav shukla


Poem on mother with great think


*☝एक बार इस कविता को*
*💘दिल से पढ़िये*
*😋शब्द शब्द में गहराई है…*

*⛺जब आंख खुली तो अम्‍मा की*
*⛺गोदी का एक सहारा था*
*⛺उसका नन्‍हा सा आंचल मुझको*
*⛺भूमण्‍डल से प्‍यारा था*

*🌹उसके चेहरे की झलक देख*
*🌹चेहरा फूलों सा खिलता था*
*🌹उसके स्‍तन की एक बूंद से*
*🌹मुझको जीवन मिलता था*

*👄हाथों से बालों को नोंचा*
*👄पैरों से खूब प्रहार किया*
*👄फिर भी उस मां ने पुचकारा*
*👄हमको जी भर के प्‍यार किया*

*🌹मैं उसका राजा बेटा था*
*🌹वो आंख का तारा कहती थी*
*🌹मैं बनूं बुढापे में उसका*
*🌹बस एक सहारा कहती थी*

*🌂उंगली को पकड. चलाया था*
*🌂पढने विद्यालय भेजा था*
*🌂मेरी नादानी को भी निज*
*🌂अन्‍तर में सदा सहेजा था*

*🌹मेरे सारे प्रश्‍नों का वो*
*🌹फौरन जवाब बन जाती थी*
*🌹मेरी राहों के कांटे चुन*
*🌹वो खुद गुलाब बन जाती थी*

*👓मैं बडा हुआ तो कॉलेज से*
*👓इक रोग प्‍यार का ले आया*
*👓जिस दिल में मां की मूरत थी*
*👓वो रामकली को दे आया*

*🌹शादी की पति से बाप बना*
*🌹अपने रिश्‍तों में झूल गया*
*🌹अब करवाचौथ मनाता हूं*
*🌹मां की ममता को भूल गया*

*☝हम भूल गये उसकी ममता*
*☝मेरे जीवन की थाती थी*
*☝हम भूल गये अपना जीवन*
*☝वो अमृत वाली छाती थी*

*🌹हम भूल गये वो खुद भूखी*
*🌹रह करके हमें खिलाती थी*
*🌹हमको सूखा बिस्‍तर देकर*
*🌹खुद गीले में सो जाती थी*

*💻हम भूल गये उसने ही*
*💻होठों को भाषा सिखलायी थी*
*💻मेरी नीदों के लिए रात भर*
*💻उसने लोरी गायी थी*

*🌹हम भूल गये हर गलती पर*
*🌹उसने डांटा समझाया था*
*🌹बच जाउं बुरी नजर से*
*🌹काला टीका सदा लगाया था*

*🏯हम बडे हुए तो ममता वाले*
*🏯सारे बन्‍धन तोड. आए*
*🏯बंगले में कुत्‍ते पाल लिए*
*🏯मां को वृद्धाश्रम छोड आए*

*🌹उसके सपनों का महल गिरा कर*
*🌹कंकर-कंकर बीन लिए*
*🌹खुदग़र्जी में उसके सुहाग के*
*🌹आभूषण तक छीन लिए*

*👑हम मां को घर के बंटवारे की*
*👑अभिलाषा तक ले आए*
*👑उसको पावन मंदिर से*
*👑गाली की भाषा तक ले आए*

*🌹मां की ममता को देख मौत भी*
*🌹आगे से हट जाती है*
*🌹गर मां अपमानित होती*
*🌹धरती की छाती फट जाती है*

*💧घर को पूरा जीवन देकर*
*💧बेचारी मां क्‍या पाती है*
*💧रूखा सूखा खा लेती है*
*💧पानी पीकर सो जाती है*

*🌹जो मां जैसी देवी घर के*
*🌹मंदिर में नहीं रख सकते हैं*
*🌹वो लाखों पुण्‍य भले कर लें*
*🌹इंसान नहीं बन सकते हैं*

*✋मां जिसको भी जल दे दे*
*✋वो पौधा संदल बन जाता है*
*✋मां के चरणों को छूकर पानी*
*✋गंगाजल बन जाता है*

*🌹मां के आंचल ने युगों-युगों से*
*🌹भगवानों को पाला है*
*🌹मां के चरणों में जन्‍नत है*
*🌹गिरिजाघर और शिवाला है*


*🌹हर घर में मां की पूजा हो*
*🌹ऐसा संकल्‍प उठाता हूं*
*🌹मैं दुनियां की हर मां के*
*🌹चरणों में ये शीश झुकाता हूं..*


This startup impressed K-Start with new strategies, got funding, and became profitable in 1 year

The-year-old Guarented, which provides furniture and electronic appliances for rent and sale in Bengaluru, is eyeing expansion to Pune and Hyderabad for renting, and Tier II cities for selling refurbished goods.

Guarented co-founders Abhimanyu Dikshit, Harshwardhan Raikwar, Prateek Agarwal (L to R)

At a glance

Startup: Guarented

Founders: Abhimanyu Dikshit, Prateek Agarwal, Harshwardhan Raikwar

Year it was launched: 2015

Where it is located: Bengaluru

Sector: Ecommerce/rental

Problem it solves: Rental and retail of refurbished goods

Funding: Rs 3.7 crore

Three 29-year-olds – Abhimanyu Dikshit from Varanasi, Prateek Agarwal from Delhi, and Harshwardhan Raikwar from Gondia – who graduated from IIT-Kharagpur in 2012, are building a startup, making a profit, and expanding with crowdfunding. Their venture is in the rental space, which already has a handful of players. But Bengaluru-based Guarented has a unique story along with a sustainable business model.

Work brought Harsh and Abhimanyu to Bengaluru after graduation. Harsh has worked at Accenture and Capillary Technologies, while Abhimanyu built his own startup in data analytics, Retention.ai, which was later acquired by content distribution app InShorts.

But their CV credentials did not help them when it came to house hunting in the country’s IT capital. Nobody would trust the bachelors with their electronic appliances or furniture. So the duo bought them all online at a discount, sharing the expenses. When their friend had to move out, there was confusion on how to split the money they had paid for the items, and how to share with a new roommate. They figured that renting would make more sense. (This was a time when Bengaluru-based rental market leader Furlenco was focused on renting furniture, not appliances, and Rentomojo was serving only in Mumbai.)

Harsh and Abhimanyu had a chat with their friend Prateek, who was then working with Futuresfirst in Delhi. The trio, who had always wanted to start up, had found the perfect opportunity, and Guarented was born.

A new appliance would become old after the first time it was rented out to a user. Also, they had limited money; the three co-founders decided to buy pre-owned goods and refurbish them. Wanting to build good traction before raising funds, they procured the supply from local dealers at a good price and started renting them out via the Guarented website

The three-member team worked out of Harsh’s house for 10 months, even doing deliveries themselves. With limited marketing through Facebook and Google ads at Rs 500 per day, they managed to get 100 orders in the first month of operations. In five months, Harsh claims, they had 500 customers.

But renting is a capital-intensive business, and they soon ran out of capital.

“Raising debt was not possible then, as we had just incorporated the company. After a lot of brainstorming, we decided to go the crowdfunding way,” Harsh tells YourStory.

With this model, they were able to attract investments in small amounts from their network –starting with Rs 5 lakh from Prateek’s earlier boss Arun Kumar (Founder of MagicTiger). Guarented would buy products on these investors’ behalf, not the company’s. The agreement was to give them 24 percent annual returns, despite the business’ performance. (Today it is 20 percent) This model helped them raise money fast.

Team Guarented

Winning the jackpot

Guarented’s first equity funding was in April 2016 from Aneesh Reddy, who was Harsh’s boss at Capillary Technologies and senior at IIT. Guarented was making Rs 5 lakh in monthly revenue then. But they needed even more capital to meet the demand-supply balance.

VC firm Kalaari Capital’s seed fund initiative Kstart was inviting applications at the time. Guarented’s application found luck.

“Kalaari Capital MD Vani Kola was impressed that we had figured out how to raise more money and had come up with the crowdfunding idea ourselves. She knew that we had invested everything ourselves. So although we asked for Rs 3 crore, we got Rs 3.5 crore,” Harsh recounts

“We do it in-house, as our core capability. We have our own vendors for spare parts, and our own carpenters and technicians from Rajasthan and Gondia. We train them, and their new skills improve their salary too,” he says

This is Jeff Bezos’ 3-question test for new Amazon employees

This is Jeff Bezos’ 3-question test for new Amazon employees

Amazon is a highly sought after company to work for, and today has well over 5,00,000 employees.

But in the company’s early days — when Amazon’s headquarters had only just moved from Jeff Bezos’ garage into a downtown Seattle office near a heroin-needle exchange and a porn shop — there were far fewer employees. Amazon was only a team of 10 in 1995, and Bezos was still driving packages to the post office himself.

To ensure that the company would retain high standards as it grew, Bezos outlined a simple, three-question testfor hiring new employees in his 1998 letter to shareholders, a year after the online bookseller went public.

“It would be impossible to produce results in an environment as dynamic as the Internet without extraordinary people,” Bezos wrote of Amazon’s workforce, which in three years had ballooned to 2,100 people. “Setting the bar high in our approach to hiring has been, and will continue to be, the single most important element of Amazon.com’s success.”

Although written 20 years ago, a representative for Amazon confirmed to CNBC Make It that Bezos’ thinking is still a part of the company’s framework for hiring today.

Here are his three guiding questions for bringing on new talent, according to the 1998 shareholder letter.

1. “Will you admire this person?”

First, Bezos encourages Amazon recruiters to think about their personal opinion of the candidate.

“I’ve always tried hard to work only with people I admire, and I encourage folks here to be just as demanding,” Bezos writes. “If you think about the people you’ve admired in your life, they are probably people you’ve been able to learn from or take an example from.”

Bezos isn’t alone in his thinking. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also advocates for hiring people whom you respect. “I always tell people that you should only hire people to be on your team if you would work for them,” Zuckerberg recently told Recode. Of his own high-ranking employees, like Sheryl Sandberg or Chris Cox, Zuckerberg says, “in an alternate universe, I would be honored to work for any of these people.”

2. “Will this person raise the average level of effectiveness of the group they’re entering?”

With this question, Bezos is aiming to get a sense of a person’s capacity for innovation.

“We want to fight entropy,” Bezos writes in the 1998 shareholder letter. “The bar has to continuously go up. I ask people to visualize the company 5 years from now. At that point, each of us should look around and say, ‘The standards are so high now — boy, I’m glad I got in when I did!'”

Amazon is known as a demanding work environment, and high standards remain at the core of the company that has made Bezos the richest man in the world.

“Leaders have relentlessly high standards,” according to Amazon’s statement of its 14 driving principles. “Many people may think these standards are unreasonably high. Leaders are continually raising the bar and drive their teams to deliver high quality products, services and processes.”

To ensure that it is hiring the best and brightest, Amazon even appoints a group of its current employees as “bar raisers.” On top of their day jobs in various sectors of the company, these employees are tasked with providing additional perspective on new hires around culture fit and talent.

3. “Along what dimension might this person be a superstar?

It’s equally important to consider a candidate’s individual talents, according to Bezos.

“Many people have unique skills, interests, and perspectives that enrich the work environment for all of us. It’s often something that’s not even related to their jobs,” he writes in the 1998 letter, citing at the time his excitement about having hired a National Spelling Bee champion.

“I suspect it doesn’t help her in her everyday work, but it does make working here more fun if you can occasionally snag her in the hall with a quick challenge: ‘onomatopoeia!,'” he writes.

Bringing a unique perspective to work is another of Amazon’s 14 principles. “Leaders create and communicate a bold direction that inspires results,” according to the company. “They think differently and look around corners for ways to serve customers.”

For young people hoping to score a job at Amazon, the company’s Worldwide Operations Talent Acquisition Director Sean Kelley tells CNBC Make It that familiarity with those 14 principles is key for getting hired.

“The leadership principles are the playbook,” says Kelley. “It’s super straightforward… All you really have to do is tell us stories that align with those principles and help us help you.”

As for Bezos’ questions, even beyond Amazon, the list could be a helpful tool to use before any interview. Adora Cheung, a partner at prestigious Silicon Valley accelerator Y Combinator, says she reflects on the letter before hiring anyone.

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Jeff Bezos keeps this inspiring quote on his fridge

Jeff Bezos keeps this inspiring quote on his fridge


Jeff Bezos is the richest person in the world, thanks to Amazon’s growing success — most recently the e-commerce giant’s billion-dollar acquisition of online pharmacy PillPack on Thursday helped boost Amazon’s stock. On Friday, Bezos, Amazon’s founder and CEO, was worth $141 billion, according to Bloomberg.

That success is inspiring to many, especially other entrepreneurs.

But sometimes even the richest guy in the world needs some motivation. So what does Bezos do? He recently revealed his source of daily inspo: a quote tacked on to his fridge.

In May, Bezos tweeted a photo of a printed out poem, captioning it, “Love this quote. It’s been on my fridge for years, and I see it every time I open the door. #Emerson.”

The quote reads:

Bezos gives credit for the poem to Ralph Waldo Emerson, and it has been widely attributed to Emerson. But the poem’s origin has been debated (it’s also been attributed to Bessie Anderson Stanley and Robert Louis Stevenson, according to the executive director of Poets.org).

Whoever the author, the poem is about success, and Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon and the richest man in the world, is certainly successful by conventional means — his company has a $807 billion market cap.

But the quote gives a glimpse into the things Bezos values beyond money.

While he might be best known for Amazon, Bezos also knows a thing or two about doing what you love, while still making a positive impact on the world, which are also common threads throughout the poem. He’s described outer space as a passion of his, and is the founder of the space company Blue Origin, on which he’s said he spends a billion dollars a year of his own money. He recently called his efforts with Blue Origin the most important work he’s doing, which he not only says is imperative, but also a passion of his.

“You don’t choose your passions, your passions choose you,” Bezos recently said of his commitment to space exploration during a forum on leadership. “All of us are gifted with certain passions, and the people who are lucky are the ones who get to follow those things.”

“[I]f I’m 80 years old, looking back on my life and the one thing I have done is make it so that there is this gigantic entrepreneurial explosion in space for the next generation,” Bezos also said in a 2016 interview. “I will be a happy, happy man.”

In the past, he’s also fleshed out the fun he has had building Amazon, and has been reported saying he “loves his job” and that “he tap dances into work.”

As for the part of the quote that preaches the importance of winning the affection of children, on social media, Bezos has revealed his soft side when it comes to his kids. He recently shared an Instagram post snuggled up with a giant stuffed animal with the caption, “Very comfortable on my kids’ giant panda doing mail and putting final touches on this year’s annual shareholder letter. About to take the kids to see Rampage…”

Since he posted it in May, the tweet of the inspirational poem has garnered more than 11,000 re-tweets and over 33,500 likes.

Bezos’ love for the quote is also aligned with his bookish tendencies: He’s known as an avid reader. Amazon started as an online book retailer, and there’s even reportedly a list of books Amazon employees refer to as “Jeff’s Reading List.” Books that have influenced Bezos’ leadership style reportedly include business management reads like “Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies” by Jim Collins and the novel “The Remains of the Day” by Kazuo Ishiguro.

And while Bezos might be inspired by the words in the poem on his fridge, he’s also given his own fair share of advice on how to reach success. He’s well-known for his inspirational, annual shareholder letters, which are often considered a must-read by business professionals, and in interviews, often shares inspiring advice on how to reach success.


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94% of engineering graduates are not fit for hiring, says this IT stalwart

A McKinsey report had flagged the issue more than a decade ago when it said just a quarter of engineers in India were actually employable.
Last year, a study by employability assessment company Aspiring Minds created a stir by claiming that 95 per cent of engineers in the country were not fit for software development jobs. IT veteran TV Mohandas Pai has termed the study “total rubbish”. Pai, the Chairman of Manipal Global Education, has been a CFO and a board member at Infosys. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw—founder, chairperson and managing director of biotechnology company Biocon—too disagreed with the findings.

Now an industry veteran’s observations have echoed the findings of the study. CP Gurnani, CEO & MD of Tech Mahindra, has said that 94% of engineering graduated were not fit for hiring. “The top 10 IT companies take only 6% of the engineering graduates. What happens to the remaining 94%?” he said in an interview to TOI. Due to to the widening skill gap, now industry has to retrain even those who get hired. “If you come to Tech Mahindra, I have created a five-acre tech & learning centre. Other top companies have also created similar facilities to skill employees. For learnability, skill development and being ready for the market, the onus is now shifting onto the industry,” he said.

Commenting on the poor quality of engineering graduates, Gurnanai said, “Let me give you an example from a city like Delhi. A student scoring 60% marks cannot pursue BA-English today, but can definitely go in for engineering. My point is simple — are we not creating people for unemployment? The Indian IT industry wants skills. For example, Nasscom says 6 million people are required in cybersecurity by 2022. But we have a skills shortage. The point is if I am looking for a robotics person and instead I get a mainframe person, then it creates a skill gap. This comes as a big challenge.”

The Aspiring Minds study claimed that only 4.77 per cent candidates could write the correct logic for a programme—a minimum requirement for any programming job. More than 36,000 engineering students form IT-related branches of over 500 colleges took Automata—a Machine Learning based assessment of software development skills—and more than 60% could not even write code that compiles. Only 1.4 per cent could write functionally correct and efficient code, it said.

It said employability for roles such as mechanical design engineer and civil engineer stood at a meagre 5.55 per cent and 6.48 per cent respectively. The lowest employability percentage was for the chemical design engineer role at 1.64 per cent. Employability in the domain-specific roles was the highest for electronics engineers at 7.07 per cent.

A McKinsey report had flagged the issue more than a decade ago when it said just a quarter of engineers in India were actually employable.

India’s problem of substandard engineering education is now widely known. Except IITs and other prestigious technology institutes, most engineering colleges are unable to provide education to engineering student that would get them suitable jobs. At the root of the problem is mushrooming of low-quality engineering colleges over the years. As students from such colleges fail to get suitable jobs, they face decline in enrolment. Now a large number of these colleges are being closed down.

There will be around 80,000 less seats in engineering this year in the country. This will lead to around 3.1 lakh seats less in four years. According to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), nearly 200 ‘substandard’ engineering colleges have applied for closure. Since 2016, the number of engineering seats has been on the decline. According to AICTE, it is around 75,000 annually. In 2016-17, total intake capacity at undergraduate level was 15,71,220, of which total enrolment was 7,87,127, which is just around 50.1 per cent. In 2015-16, total intake was 16,47,155, of which enrolment was 8,60,357, which was 52.2 per cent

AICTE wants to close down about 800 engineering colleges across India. There are no takers for their seats, and admissions are plunging in these colleges every year. Nearly 150 colleges are closed down voluntarily every year due to stricter AICTE rules. According to a rule of the council, colleges that lack proper infrastructure and report less than 30% admissions for five consecutive years will have to be shut down. AICTE has approved the progressive closure of more than 410 colleges across India, from 2014-15 to 2017-18.

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Startup Street: Trapigo To Deliver Local Delicacies On Your Train Seats

This week on Startup Street, meet the last-mile delivery company that will now be responsible for serving local cuisines on Indian trains. Some interesting facts about the world’s largest artificial intelligence startup, a new safe zone for fin-tech startups to test their technology in, and the startup backed by biggies such as Sunil Munjal and the Indian Angel Network that is going international. Here’s what went on.

A Startup That Will Deliver Food To Your Train Seats

The Indian Railways has appointed a last-mile delivery startup that will deliver food orders placed online to passengers’ seats.

Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, the catering arm of the railways, has tied up with Trapigo to local cuisine to travellers on the go, according to its media statement. “In IRCTC’s mission to ensure reliable delivery of hot and fresh food from the choicest restaurants in the city, Trapigo with its own fleet of delivery boys in co-branded uniforms will guarantee the execution,” the release said.

Food ordered on IRCTC’s e-catering website, or through its smartphone app called ‘Food on Track’ will be delivered by Trapigo for a nominal fee of Rs 15 per order. Users will also be able to track orders in real time.

Trapigo is a business-to-business or B2B logistics startup that was founded by a group of IIT, IIM, NIFT and NID alumni in 2017. It had started off in Mumbai by delivering flowers, cake and food. Currently it caters in all key Tier-I and Tier-II cities, according to its website. It added that delivering to traveling customers on train is now one of their unique propositions.


The partnership has been rolled out on a pilot basis in Nagpur from June 1. It will be expanded to other cities in the North-Central belt like New Delhi, Itarsi, Bhopal and Jhansi, the statement said.

IRCTC has also tied up with Shree Mahalakshmi Swayam Sahayata Bachat Ghat, a self-help group from Ratnagiri, to provide Alphonso mangoes to passengers. The self-help group will sell mangoes at a discounted price of Rs 470 per dozen. “This is the first of its kind effort in offering seasonal fruits in a moving train,” the statement said.

The Biggest AI Startup In The World Is Also One Of The Richest

Here’s something you might not know: the world’s most valuable aritifical intelligence startup is not housed in California’s Silicon Valley. It is in China, and is backed by Alibaba. In the last six months, it has raised over $1.2 billion.

SenseTime Group Ltd. recently raised $620 million at a valuation of $4.5 billion, led by Fidelity International and Silver Lake and Tiger Global, according to its media statement. This comes barely two months after it scored $600 million from Jack Ma’s Alibaba and other investors like Temasek Holdings.

With the latest fundraising, SenseTime will continue to invest in R&D and talent. Standing solidly on the treble of technology, business and capital, SenseTime is propelling the AI innovation capacity and industry to new heights.

SenseTime Media Statement

Investors are betting big on Chinese AI startups, as they expect a boom in the sector backed by the government’s intention of making China a global leader in technology by 2030.

SenseTime develops systems that can analyse huge databases of faces and images and works with policing bodies across China. Essentially, if someone has been photographed by a Chinese-manufactured phone, or strolled down the streets of a Chinese city, chances are that their faces have been digitally scanned and crunched by SenseTime’s software.

That technology makes the startup pretty valuable in the country which has one of the world’s biggest surveillance systems. SenseTime claims to have a year-on-year growth rate of 400 percent, and revenue jump of more than ten-fold just this year.

Fin-Tech Startups, Meet Your Very Own Sandbox

The Maharashtra government has announced a sandbox to aid startups in the financial technology space. A sandbox, in technology parlance, is an isolated environment generally seen as a safe zone to test financial innovation with a limited rollout of new disruptive products to select customers.

“The sandbox will be opened today,” said SVR Srinivas, Maharashtra’s principal secretary for information and technology said at the Mumbai Fintech Festival on Saturday. “In this sandbox, all the startups will be welcome. They can register, they can open their APIs (application programming interface) and banks can consume,” he said.

The move comes nearly three months after a Reserve Bank of India panel recommended setting up a “regulatory sandbox” to foster financial technology innovation.

There are significant potential benefits of having a sandbox in place, according to Deloitte. It could reduce the time-to-market for new fin-tech products, provides better access to finance, regulatory clarity and also minimises compliance costs. Also, if the product fails or doesn’t perform as well, the consequences remain limited, Deloitte’s report had said.

Srinivas said that banks and non-banking lenders should open up their application programming interfaces to help the startups in the state. He added that the state will sign an agreement with the Government of Andhra Pradesh, which is also working on developing Vishakhapatnam into a fin-tech hub.


Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who inaugurated the sandbox, said that the state is the first in India to have a dedicated fin-tech policy. He added that they also plan to appoint a dedicated fin-tech officer under the state’s information technology department.

Fadnavis said that as part of the fin-tech policy, Maharashtra has given tax benefits, financial incentives, cheaper electricity and internet connectivity for industry players.

This Sunil Munjal Backed Startup Is Going International

The Founders of Get My Parking Rasik Pansare and  Chirag Jain with Philippe Op de Beeck from APCOA.
The Founders of Get My Parking Rasik Pansare and Chirag Jain with Philippe Op de Beeck from APCOA.

A three-year old startup, backed by Sunil Munjal and the Indian Angel Networks, just partnered with the biggest European player in its industry in a bid to solve people’s parking nightmares.

Get My Parking, a tech startup that gives real time parking information, partnered with APCOA Parking to customise and deploy an “open internet of things technology that integrates parking equipment onto a standard, interoperable platform,” the startup said in a media statement. This partnership will also allow the startup to scale to the 13 countries where APCOA operates more than 1.4 million parking spots, the statement added.

Get My Parking’s technology will enable APCOA to provide the latest consumer solutions which includes ticket-less automated access and cashless exit. “It will soon be enhanced by pre-booking options and on-street parking payment functions,” the statement said.

The New Delhi startupfounded by Chirag Jain and Rasik Pansarelast raised $3 million from BeeNext, IAN Fund and Indian Angel Network in September 2017. It had also received $1.1 million earlier that year from a number of investors, including Sunil Munjal’s Hero Group. The startup has received $4.5 million in funding so far.

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Meet the two Indian startups that stole the show at Booking Booster in Amsterdam

Two Indian startups Global Himalayan Expedition and Sakha received grants of €400,000 and €325,000 respectively. The startups were part of Booking.com’s 2018 accelerator programme for startups in sustainable tourism. 

At the Booking Booster finale held at Tobacco Theatre, Amsterdam, Netherlands, two Indian startups garnered sizeable funding and grants from the travel ecommerce startup. As a part of the Booster, 10 startups that help bring sustainable tourism will be mentored, guided and trained at Booking.com’s headquarters – Amsterdam. 

On Thursday, among a lot of fun and fanfare, 10 startups pitched their ideas and scaling plans to a live audience and panel of judges from Booking.com.


The vision and passion we have seen from all the startups this year has been truly inspiring,” said Gillian Tans, President and CEO of Booking.com.

Over the past few years, Booking.com has been looking to expand its presence from just being a hotel booking platform to a one-stop travel destination. After three weeks of workshops and intensive coaching sessions led entirely by Booking.com employees and experts, the programme culminated in a final pitch to receive grants of up to €500K from Booking.com’s €2 million fund in order to help support the next stage of the startups’ projected growth. 

Of the 10 finalists that pitched and got funding, Sakha Consulting Wings: Women on Wheels and Global Himalayan Expedition were awarded the highest grants of €325,000 and €400,000 respectively.

The 10 startups at the Booking Booster finale

The 10 startups that participated in the 2018 programme are from six different countries and operate collectively across six continents, including Antarctica. Their businesses also represent a diverse mix of innovative online marketplaces that connect travellers with inclusive travel experiences, cutting-edge technology solutions, and initiatives that empower local communities to benefit equally from the global tourism opportunity.

“India is an important source of talent when it comes to startups. We are delighted that two startups from India with great ideas focused on sustainable tourism were part of the grand finale and both have received a combined total grant of €7.25 lakh. Our aim is to build a network of like-minded organisations and individuals that are leveraging technology to create a more sustainable future for destinations worldwide as such initiatives further expand our commitment to make a positive impact globally,” said Ritu Mehrotra, Country Manager – India, Booking.com.

Sakha Consulting Wings: Women on Wheels

Started in 2008, Sakha Consulting is a unique social enterprise, launched to offer safe transport solutions for women by women in selected cities in India, providing livelihoods with dignity through professional driving opportunities to resource-poor women as part of the “Women on Wheels” (WOW) initiative. Global Himalaya Expedition (GHE) organises impact expeditions to provide clean energy and digital education access to remote mountain communities in the Himalayas, helping to put them on the map for future travellers to explore.

Meenu and Veronica, Sakha

“Booking Booster provided us with some much-needed time to reflect, re-strategise, and fire up our rockets. It has given us new perspectives and tools for analysing our business, as well as the insights to synchronise our impact and business narrative,” said Meenu Vadera, Founder of Sakha Consulting. 

The team aims to use the funds to scale up their capacity, improve operational efficiency and multiply our impact exponentially. Over the next two years, this funding will enable them  provide livelihoods in transport to over 1,000 resource-poor women, who will be able to earn collectively over two million euros for themselves and their families and provide 1.1 million safe rides to women across India. 

“Sakha’s commitment to empowering women in India to take control of their livelihoods and of course with how GHE is literally bringing light to remote mountain villages through their Himalayan expeditions. We are all looking forward to seeing how their plans unfold over the coming weeks and months as we work together to bring their vision for a more sustainable travel industry to even more destinations worldwide,” added Gillian. 

Global Himalayan Expedition

The Global Himalayan Expedition, started by Paras Loomba leads difficult terrain expeditions, where travellers provide solar power to electricity off-the-grid mountainside villages and help put the communities on the map for future travellers. 

Jaideep adds that the The Booking Booster has been extremely beneficial to GHE and has helped us to understand the dynamics of customer development while still maintaining a deep, tangible impact for indigenous communities around the world. 

“This grant will enable us to scale our operations to other geographies and empower us to conduct 160 impact expeditions with 2,500 tourists, bringing electricity to 100,000 villagers and in the process offsetting 9,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions,” he says. 

Currently, it has conducted over 31 expeditions that cost between Rs 50,000 to Rs 2,00,000 and have helped over 31 villages get electricity. 

Paras and Jaideep, Global Himalayan Expedition.

The other startups 

All 10 of the sustainable tourism startups are being awarded grants from the 2018 Booking.com’s Booster Program’s €2 million fund, including Community Homestay Network (Nepal) for €225k, Keteka (United States: Operating in Central and South America, Antarctica) for €275k and Wheel the World (United States) for €275k. HiveSters (Thailand), Hotel Con Corazón (Netherlands: Operating in Nicaragua), KITRO (Switzerland), Reflow (Netherlands) and Tastemakers (United States: Operating in Africa) each received grants of €100,000. 

“I was especially impressed with Wheel the World’s moving mission to empower people with disabilities to explore the world within the adventure travel sector,” says Gillian. 

All the startups that participated in the programne will receive 12 months of mentoring and coaching from a strategic mix of Booking.com experts representing all parts of the business, as well as opportunities and access to collaborate with Booking.com on potential innovation initiatives and experiments to help accelerate their future growth.

In addition to Booking.com scaling grants that were awarded, Amazon Web Services (AWS) will also offer to each of the Booking.com’s Booster finalists the possibility to benefit from its Startup programme: AWS Activate. AWS will provide startups with the resources they need to quickly get started on AWS – including credits, training, and support – to bring their ideas to life.

In helping travellers to explore and experience more than 130,000 unique destinations all over the world, Booking.com also seeks to contribute to the health of these destinations so that future generations can continue to enjoy them for years to come. 

Together with the recently launched Booster Labs and the Booking Cares Fund, the Booking Booster Programme sits alongside Booking.com’s internal volunteer programme, where employees have long partnered with local organisations on projects that help improve destinations worldwide. Together these initiatives make up and further expand Booking.com’s commitment to make a positive impact on the global tourism industry.

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