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What's The Secret To Success? Ingratiate Yourself With People Of Great Wealth

As the CEO of a rapidly growing fintech company and a frequent contributor to Forbes, I get asked to do a lot of media interviews. The same questions seem to pop up time and time again, but during a recent interview, I was asked a question I had never encountered before. The interviewer asked, “What was the most important thing you ever learned in school?” I’ve grown so used to delivering the same soundbites that I was caught unprepared. I thought for a moment, and then the obvious answer came to mind. “Ingratiate yourself with people of great wealth,” I replied without hesitation. The interviewer was a bit taken aback because it’s somewhat of a blunt answer. However, the seemingly cynical response was, in fact, the most important thing I ever learned in school. I’m a proud Arizona State University Sun Devil, a graduate of the W.P. Carey School of Business with a degree in finance. During my senior year at ASU, I took an upper-level finance course taught by a famously eccentric profe…
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The Musings Of An Indian Angel Investor - Learning On The Job

The Indian startup ecosystem is an exciting one, and I’ve learned a lot during my journey over the last few years as an angel investor. The space is evolving and so am I. I’ve made a lot of mistakes, and hopefully am getting smarter year on year. What I try to do in some of my posts is share some of my learnings – what’s worked and what’s not; what the other players in the ecosystem are doing; what’s going well; and what could be improved.Part of the reason I do this is because I think if we learn to be open and transparent with each other, everyone in the ecosystem stands to benefit. My worry is that if we don’t do this, the misunderstanding between funders and founders will increase, and this creates a mess which harms everyone. We need to learn from each other and to trust each other, and that’s why it’s important to be frank and forthright, even if this means being politically incorrect sometimes.INDIA'S MOST INNOVATIVE & LARGEST PAPER BAG MANUFACTURER (with Customized Sol…

Apple Introduces iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition

Customers Can Now Purchase iPhone in a Beautiful New Finish & Contribute to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS
CUPERTINO, California: Apple® today announced iPhone® 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition in a vibrant red aluminium finish, in recognition of more than 10 years of partnership between Apple and (RED). This gives customers an unprecedented way to contribute to the Global Fund and bring the world a step closer to an AIDS-free generation. The special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone will be available to order online worldwide and in stores beginning Friday, March 24.

“Since we began working with (RED) 10 years ago, our customers have made a significant impact in fighting the spread of AIDS through the purchase of our products, from the original iPod nano (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition all the way to today’s lineup of Beats products and accessories for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The introduction of this special edition iPhone in a gorgeous re…

11 Ways Successful People Deal With People They Don't Like

Everyone has to interact with someone they don't get along with every once in a while, so be prepared the next time it happens to you.It’s inevitable that you’ll encounter people with whom you disagree. There are some people you instantly click with and others you can take or leave. And then, there are the select few you just can’t stand!How can you get along with someone you find difficult, distasteful or downright obnoxious? Well, it helps to remember that you aren’t perfect either. Remember that whatever you might feel about a person, someone else might feel the same about you. We’re all human, after all. We all have our faults.It’s usually possible just to avoid people you don’t get along with. However, at some point you may have to work with someone you dislike. That may seem tough, but you can work with (almost) anyone if you just keep a few things in mind. In fact, by using these tips, you might find that a challenging person can still offer useful insights. They may even b…

Xiaomi Unveils Second Manufacturing Unit in India in Partnership With Foxconn

Reaffirming its commitment to 'Make in India' after logging $1 billion in revenue in the country last year, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi on Monday announced its second manufacturing unit in partnership with Taiwanese electronics major Foxconn in Andhra Pradesh.
With the new manufacturing plant also at Sri City, in Andhra Pradesh, more than 95 percent of Xiaomi's smartphones sold in India will be manufactured in the country.Xiaomi will now have a combined production capacity of one phone per second during operational hours."We are present in 20 markets globally but India tops in terms of volume and is also the fastest growing market for us. All eyes are on this market and we will continue to do what we are doing and provide great after sales service and experience for our users," Manu Jain, Vice President and Managing Director, Xiaomi India, told IANS.The company also launched Rs 5,999 Redmi 4A smartphone powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor paired up 2G…

5 Ways To Spare Your Body If You Have A Desk Job

Want to stay active and spare your body while at work? Here are some tips to follow to minimize the harm due to prolonged sitting.5 Tips To Follow1. Reduce Your Sitting TimeHow much do you think you sit on a given day? No, seriously: think about it. Sit at breakfast, sit in the car, sit at work, sit at the computer, sit during lunch, sit in meetings, sit in the car again, sit at dinner, sit while staring at your phone, sit in front of the tv – you got the point a while ago!You may have heard, “sitting is the new smoking.” It may sound ridiculous; however, according to the World Health Organization physical inactivity due to sitting too much is causing an estimated 3.2 million deaths annually!1Apart from sleeping, our bodies are meant to move.2. Get Up And MoveInactivity is not only bad for our bodies but bad for our brains as well. Recent studies and historical texts have shown physical activity is linked to optimized cognitive function.2Movement is how we interact with our environmen…

10 Books Every Leader Should Read to Be Successful

Reading is the only proven shortcut to success.One of the best ways to ensure that you grow as a person and a leader is to read -- a lot.Time and time again, we learn that the most successful people are also avid bookworms. Constant reading allows them to absorb knowledge, broaden their worldviews and perspectives and challenge obsolete viewpoints.But of course not all books are worthy of the time and effort it takes to go from cover to cover. To help you on your journey toward becoming a successful leader, here are the top 10 books you should be reading now.1. Managing the Mental Game by Jeff BossUsing a blend of mental-training methodologies, former Navy SEAL Jeff Boss shows readers how to build self-confidence and fortitude, enabling them to reach new levels of success.Managing the Mental Game contains useful exercises on learning how to manage chaos and pressure in order to stay clearheaded and calm in uncertain and difficult situations. Boss’s advice helps you understand that str…

Naidu lays foundation for VEM Aerocity in West Godavari district

20 more small units will come up in the vicinity, he saysChief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday laid foundation stone for the construction of the defence spare parts manufacturing company, VEM Aerocity, at Vatluru in Pedapadu mandal in West Godavari district.He went round the photo exhibition arranged by the VEM company executives and interacted with the students. A Skill Development Centre had been proposed in the company to provide training for the youth.
Job generation
Addressing a meeting later, Mr. Naidu said the government had sanctioned 350 acres for the project, which could generate about 7,500 jobs once the construction of the company was completed. The Government of India listed the VEM Aerocity under A-Category and 20 more small units would come up in the vicinity, he said. Stressing that the government was giving priority for setting up industries and industrial corridors, the Chief Minister said jobs cannot be created without industries and the Defence Research Dev…

Google just made the internet a tiny bit less annoying

Google wants to make the internet a happier place by taking an irksome security step and—poof!—turning it invisible.
Like going through airport security and taking off your shoes, filling out a CAPTCHA field is an annoyance: You have to squint and transcribe distorted letters or numbers to prove you’re not a malicious robot when doing something benign like opening a new email account. Google’s version of this internet time-suck is called reCAPTCHA, the previous iteration of which involves just checking a box that says “I’m not a robot.” But now you might not even have to face the tyranny of clicking that box.
On Wednesday, Google launched “Invisible reCAPTCHA,” a service that works as a background bot-sniffer—without a human having to do anything. (The beta version launched last November, according to Google.)
“Powering these advances is a combination of machine learning and advanced risk analysis that adapt to new and emerging threats,” the company said in a video. Whether a website mak…