Do you want to print sticky stamps for your company in India? Try Stickystamp.
StickyStamp is an online sticker shop that makes kissable sticker stamps for laptops. Two of my good friends are behind it – Issac and Surya.
I think they are doing something awesome. I just got a sticker which was made by them and you have to see it to know how good it is. I also know at least 6 different companies/people whom I know very well, who have used their service and are absolutely delighted by their service.
I recalled this from a Paul Graham essay “Do things that don’t scale”,
Your first users should feel that signing up with you was one of the best choices they ever made. And you in turn should be racking your brains to think of new ways to delight them.
I also know there is something kickass is happening on their background. I am neither an investor nor a successful entrepreneur yet but If I had money I would invest in them. You get a feeling something is working right when you see them and I hope only expect good things for them from here.
Have you watched Highway yet? May be you should!
Veera finds that there are no locked doors and if she wants to escape, she is free to. And she does run but slips and falls down. Turns back to see this overwhelming view of Milky way in all its glory. She couldn’t take it anymore and runs back to her captors. “Tu Kuja” plays on the background.
While the rendition and the picturization itself is very beautiful and it kind of brought back beautiful memories from a past star gazing experience, there was something more to it and I had to understand what the song meant. I looked it up. It was poetry where I least expected it. Its a lamentation of a dejected heart thats wants something but can’t have it. Its a cry of a poor soul which knows it has to let go and move on but still can’t do it.
I don’t have a point to make. Its just that I love this song and movie for reasons I can’t fully comprehend.
There is another song which kind of invokes the same emotion in me – Kun Faya Kun.(Incidentally from the same director and same music director)
“You tried to do a startup, you are travelling, you could get a really good job if you so chose to, things are happening in your life. Only you alone fail to see that you are in a good place”
“Stop acting like an emotional trainwreck and start taking care of yourselves”
“You just don’t know what you want in life. But thats okay. It would be incredibly boring if you lived the rest of your life knowing what the end is going to be”
“Be awesome yourself first before seeking out someone else to be awesome with”
“Sometimes its ok to be selfish about what you want.”
Past few posts have been depressing and whiny. Probably I was that way for the past few months.
I have made many mistakes in the past two years. The root cause of most of it is not being truthful to myself. Some times it was because I lacked courage but mostly it was because I take easy ways out.
Sometimes I forget how grateful I must be for where I am. Even if I have to start from scratch, I am at a much better place than I could hope for right now!
I quit Goyaka Labs recently. I have been struggling with myself to keep going at it only to realise I am doing more harm than good to myself and my friends/co-founders.
I lacked purpose for what I was doing. I had stopped producing. The team wasn’t going anywhere and I felt I was part of the reason. I felt like such a let down to all those awesome entrepreneurs and hackers I had met. I went into depression.
There was a limbo period when I couldn’t make a decision as to whether to keep going or quit, for I knew both decisions sucked. My previous post is an example of me trying to fight it out. But I was rightly pointed out, that not making the decision is the worst thing I could do at that moment.
I am super grateful to Alagu and Raj for being understanding and super helpful all along, even after I told them how I felt. If there was any sadness, it is only that it didn’t work out. By the way, they are still at it and I sincerely wish them the best.
I am also thankful to everyone else who has helped me in this journey so far. You are amazing!
I want to do a startup one day. When I find the right thing to do and a right set of people to do it with. But thats just me getting ahead of myself.
Right now, I am starting over from scratch. Here’s to more adventures. Wish me luck!
Why do we fall sir? So we might learn to pick ourselves up
This, this, this and this!
My journey is not easy! There are times I just want to run away, travel around the world and get lost. I am weaker than what most people think of me.
There are people whom I admire, who seem to play the game so easily. May be they are better wired than me or they hide their battle wounds well. Either way they seem to be flying.
I just keep needing a constant reminder that its ok to fail. That every time I fall, I just have to get back up one more time. That its gonna hurt but anything worth getting is gonna hurt. That its failure, when I decide to give up. That giving up without trying my best is worse than giving up.
You worked hard to get into a good school. You probably went to one of the best school there is. You put in a lot of effort to stand out there. You slogged hard when you could have just chilled out with your friends and may be had a good time. You stuck to the high standards that you defined to be above everything else, even your peace of mind and health, and at times even above people who cared about you.
Maybe you went to that high paying job that everyone else wished they had. You quit that too because it was getting too easy and pointless. You went after work, glory, purpose, money and what not and you wanted to get there fast. Maybe you even had a great start doing that.
But along the way you realize the place you wanted to go had changed and you are no nearer to it than you were one year ago. What is worse is you are no longer sure if there is even anywhere you want to go.
You hoped that in all that effort that you had put in, you were convinced that you *deserved* to be successful, to be content, to be happy, that you would know what you wanted.
Then at a random moment, it hits you. Something you probably knew but never really understood. That it had to be about the journey and not about the destination. That deserve’s got nothing to do with it.
This was an interesting year.
Started a company along with two of my best friends – Alagu and Raj. Our startup got selected to YCombinator. That is one heck of a ride.
Wrote lots of code.
Went on outings to Mangalore, Half moon bay, San Francisco, Goa. I lived in the valley for couple of months. I biked the golden gate bridge. I met a lot of new people. Made new friends. I got together with a lot of my friends from college.
Lived in six different houses.I travelled abroad for the first time. I sailed in a ferry boat for the first time. I drove a car at 140Km/H. I started using metropolitan transport for office commute.
Spent all of my past two years savings and for the first time I could remember, went completely broke.
Have a paunch now and to my embarrassment got it pointed out by a lot of people.
Was way out of my comfort zone for most of the year. I was depressed quite a few times.
Wanted to learn guitar. Have successfully postponed that for one more year.
Repeated the same mistakes I thought I wouldn’t do yet again. Figured I might do them again.
Failed, quite a few times. It hurt.
Was an egoistical asshole quite a few times. That hurt too in hindsight.
Learnt that nothing matters, that each day that I wake up to is new and that I have to be graceful about it.
Just doing what I love could be the best thing I could give myself.
I could say I lived a lot this year.