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Jennifer Connely’s virtuoso performance

Review in Haiku:


Haunting and yet beautiful.

She makes you breathe in the surreal through her passion and in her pain

About Me:

In my day job I drive growth at Google. Ex @ Adobe, SAP, LinkedIn and IBM

We all build diverse interests in hacking through life.Here, I write occasional essays on investment, self improvement, market trends, venture capital, growth, art, music and occasional football. Follow me on twitter @hackrlife or on my substack here.

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There is more funding in the market, than there has been in the history of Venture Capital. Find out why and where as we enter H2, 2021

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Now am neither a VC nor an expert, but with the ease of investing into pre-IPO startups through platforms like SoFi and Robin Hood, I try and read a bit to have a more informed opinion about where to invest my pennies in and which industries to track in terms of job opportunities.

This essay is just based on some of that secondary market research and from Series A funding data from…

Key passages and insights from the book

“ZERO TO ONE EVERY MOMENT IN BUSINESS happens only once. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won’t create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren’t learning from them.”

“The best entrepreneurs know this: every great business is built around a secret that’s hidden from the outside. A great company is a conspiracy to change the world; when you share your secret, the recipient becomes a fellow conspirator.”


Adventures in personal finance


As I have mentioned earlier as well, am not really a seasoned investor or experienced trader. I am the average nerdy guy next door, who has a job in IT and spends most of his days in lockdown and zoom calls.

Saving money never came easily to me, for a simple reason. I never made that much to start with. So I never really bothered and lived paycheck to paycheck.

But with age, the tougher realities of life started to rear their head up 😊

  • Responsibilities
  • Family
  • Financial discipline to provide family security
  • Fear of…

With so much of data, which one’s do you actually care about

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If you are working in software, and driving product or growth, then your life is pretty much a combination of metrics, measurement and excel sheets in between zoom calls.

At least with me , the rabbit hole to get lost from starting with a simple data point into complex oceans of excel pivots is very tempting. I mean it’s like Wikipedia or Youtube. …

The painting with a 100 proverbs

Painting: Netherlandish Proverbs by Pieter Bruegel

Location: Gemäldegalerie, Berlin

Hanging inside the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin is one of the most famous paintings of the 16th century. 64 x 46 inches of satirical brilliance depicting man’s folly and sinfulness in a world gone crazy.

Crafted in 1559, and titled The Netherlandish Proverbs (also called The Blue Cloak or The Topsy Turvy World), it is an oil-on-oak-panel painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, depicting a scene with literal illustrations of Dutch proverbs and idioms.

Bruegel was amongst the foremost Dutch proponents of the Renaissance known for…

Tarry a while, maybe…

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To preface, I am not an investor. Not a quant. Not a securities analyst and definitely not an expert on investment. My risk taking appetite on stocks at one time is maximum $300. So honestly I am not writing from an expert perspective. I am mostly writing from a middle class “perpetually broke” individual retail investor (who does once a year hobby trades) perspective.

However, there is one thing that I am good at. Business numbers, business projections, earnings summary, profit and loss, debt and so on. I have been running numbers, excels, projections, ARRs, MRRs…

A beautiful singer-songwriter ballad

Nicholas Well’s has not yet hit mainstream even though he has been around the blocks from 2005. But then that’s the hamster wheel of the music charts. One never knows the precise reason of why an artists becomes a hit.

Right time, right place, right producer and some questionable stuff can rise up the charts and some seriosuly good stuff can get lost in the sidelines. It’s like shorting a legitimately good stock.

Well Spotify’s algorithms do the trick most of the time and this time too it did not fail me. …

Uma Thurman comes of age

Review in Haiku

And Girl

You’ll be a woman


A study of ani-impressionism in an impressionist frame

Location: Musee D’Orsay — Paris

Artist- Edgar Degas

Ballet Rehearsal on Stage was published in 1874. It is a series of three paintings by Degas, each slightly different from the other, but depicting a similar narrative.

This painting (as well as the series) captures a “behind-the-scenes-look” at a Parisian ballet rehearsal. Ballet is known for its glamour, drama and artistry. In this painting though, Degas expertly robs it of any grandeur so as to depict an authentic visualisation of what happens during a break in a ballet rehearsal.

Impressionist is his creativity…


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