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Arvi Krishnaswamy

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2016

How Scott Cook coaches innovation teams

Observations on the approach taken by Scott Cook, co-founder of Intuit in coaching innovation teams.

2015

Chicken and Egg problems with Platform Experiments

While applying rapid experimentation to product platform experiments - one side is always the product.

Look Mom, I’m on CNBC Live!

I was on TV as a part of a startup ecosystem panel discussion on disruptive innovation with Harshada Sawant of CNBC

Why Lean Startup Is Hard In Practice

The hard things about Lean Startup in the real world.

2014

Himalayas Trek: Triund, Mt Dhauladhar Base Camp

If you are considering trekking from McLeod Ganj up to [Triund], this travelogue should serve as a quick and dirty ro...

My Second PyCon

A decade back, college kids used to get taught assembly, C/C++ and Java. Javascript has taken over as the assembly ...

Why People Buy Things From You

People don't buy things from you because they understand what you do.

Customer Development, Invalidation, Karma and WhatsApp

This is an amazing story worth sharing again, and again. In May 2009, an entrepreneur shared this on an online forum ...

The Evolution of the PMO Site - Vajpayee to Modi

Here’s a colorful look back at the PMO India site over the years, with archives from the Wayback Machine. Vajpayee...

Why Large Companies Should Consider A Lean Startup Approach

Recently, Adam Penenberg made a great post about large companies and why the MVP matters to them. There’s several thi...

A 10 Minute Good Reads Challenge

Can you put down a list of good blog posts that you've read in 10 minutes?

Why I'm a Mentor at Lean Startup Machine Bangalore

Lean Startup Machine is coming to Bangalore, India. I join a fabulous lineup as a mentor for new entrepreneurs who will attend the 3-day workshop.

Kicking off Levitum Knot Hangouts On Air

I’d blogged recently about how we’ve adopted a new approach to how we’re running meetings at Levitum. A simpler, c...

Running Effective Meetings At Your Startup

We are currently experimenting with a clean, new approach to how we're running meetings during the week. This post shares the thought process behind the changes we've made.

Unending Love, Audrey Hepburn's Favorite Poem by Rabindranath Tagore

An ode to the classic poem.

A Checklist of Lean Startup Customer Development Interview Questions

Questions that you absolutely have to ask.

Seth Godin on Not Reinventing the Wheel

Honor those that came before and use their work as a building block for yours.

How I Lost Ten Kilos In A Year

A weight loss story. No magic. Just exercise and eating well.

What We Learnt From A Failed MVP (Lean Startup)

Lessons learnt applying Lean Startup principles to a new MVP that invalidated our original hypothesis. This post made it to page one of Hacker News, and is part of an ongoing series.

Five Most Popular Amul Ads Of 2013

Wonder what the most popular Amul Ads of 2013 were? Well, here’s a quick round up of the top 5. Record number of ...

Applying Lean Startup Principles To Mobile App Development

I attended DroidSync, an event organized in Mumbai by my friend Prajyot Mainkar of Androcid for app developers and en...

Three Tennis Serve Tips I Wish I Had Known Earlier

When I watch Roger Federer serve, his fluid brilliance is incredibly captivating. Balanced and relaxed start position...

2013

Making Droidcon Bigger Better

Droidcon is India’s largest Android conference, and is part of the international chain of Droidcon conferences that h...

My First Pycon

Late last month, Vinu, Aditya, Jay and I attended Pycon India for the first time. I made a presentation about the tec...

A Case For Paid Trials Instead Of Interviews

Only 1 in 10 startups survives growth from initial co-founders to 10 people. Only 1 in 10 makes the next leap to a ...

A New Site Design Pelican Kleen Theme

So, I moved from Blogspot a year or so back, and began using a fabulous static site generator called Pelican. The dis...

2012

The Pursuit of Dreams

The Education section of todays Times of India has covered my wife Monami Bhattacharya, chronicling her journey from ...

Musiguru - Part Deux

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I...

The End. And New Home

Arvi's blog has a new home. All new posts will appear here. So long, blogspot.

Agile Team Analogy - A Michelin Star Restaurant

My favorite analogy of great team work has always been the Beatles. A group of diverse people coming together to buil...

Amul Cartoon Ads

This is my dedication to Dr Kurien of Amul, who passed away recently (September 9th 2012) at the age of 90. The Amul ...

Ten collaboration tools every tech startup should consider

Our Bangalore based team at Levitum works from home 3 days of the week. It’s awesome since we save nearly two hours o...

Adieu Blogspot

It was just a matter of time. My old blog from blogspot was lying virtually abandoned.I’d considered Posterous. And T...

2010

My Birthday

Time flies. Or does it soar? I can’t believe that nearly a year has passed by since my last birthday! My wife and I t...

My mom retires this Friday!

After nearly three decades as a middle school science teacher, Padma Krishnaswamy, my mom retires from D.A.V. Gopalap...

Feb 4th: Bangalore Bus Day

If you live in Bangalore, you'd empathize with the clip below:Do you hate Bangalore traffic as much as most of us do?...

ACJ Speaker Session: Technology and Journalism

Slides from my speaker session at Asian College of Journalism earlier today. Great audience, and insightful points ra...

Featured in Iowa State University Newsletter

I'm honored to be featured in my alma, Iowa State University's annual departmental newsletter for 2009-10. The newsle...

2009

Twit or Tat

A little bit of this,and a little bit of that.I tweet lots,and twit not.Follow me on Twitter,and we'll get to know ea...

Trends to Watch

Our team at Levitum has put together a list of key mobile cloud trends to watch in 2010 based on market research. Whi...

Ten Little Things

It's been a whirlwind few months, and I've mostly been staying in touch with friends through Facebook and Twitter hav...

Doggie Spy Cam

Our golden retriever (Ma Belle) had started behaving a little naughty when we used to be away from home - chewing our...

Monkey Business

Here's a little blast from the past - pictures taken near the Mahatma Gandhi statue near Marina beach (you can see th...

Ma Belle and Leia play

Our dog and one of her pals at play on our terrace. Check out this video on YouTube:Leia is the tease with the toy an...

Tether your iPhone and laptop with Airtel or Vodaphone GPRS

Ok, I'll have to assume you've already unlocked and jailbroken it. If not, ethical ground aside, head here - you can ...

Fair winds, matey!

So long, and fair winds, matey!

How to rejuvenate an old PC with Puppy Linux

Got an old laptop or PC with 256MB or less RAM? Puppy Linux can help rejuvenate it for you.Having said that, you'll n...

H1N1, Drought, and our Right to Justice

When I first heard of H1N1 a couple of months back, I seriously thought it was some new U.S. work visa category! It's...

Evernote, Spotify and Amahi

I've been using Evernote for over a year now as my primary note taking app. It does a fantastic job keeping my notes ...

Je rêve un rêve

Sorry for having disappeared for a bit again - it's been a busy couple of months, and this should be an eventful post...

Off to Bheemeshwari

Monami starts work at Sungard on Monday! Since we've got a small window of opportunity now to have a quick vacation w...

Do you remember these old Ads?

Remember the Liril girl? Vinod Khanna in the Cinthol Ad? Hamara Bajaj? The Zing Thing? Here are some old Indian TV...

Two Impostors

“Defeats never make you grow, but you also realise how difficult what I achieved up until today was, and this is some...

Pakistan military funding? Not again!

Obama's speech in Cairo yesterday was a great positive step towards U.S. relationships with the Muslim world. While I...

Obama has 15, Manmohan needs 33

It turns out that Manmohan Singh needs 33 cabinet ministers as a part of his panel. In contrast, Obama requires only...

This blog aint dead yet

And what a time to revive it.The Sensex zoomed up 2111 points today, a euphoric stock market response to the UPA Cong...

2008

Car Accident

This is a slightly delayed post to share an update that most of you are aware of by now, but may not be aware of all ...

Comic: Ma Belle's Vet Trip

Ma Belle is now a happy four month old pup and is growing up into the sweetest thing ever. She is the darling of the ...

My Food Blog - Fresh New Look!!!

My Food Blog has a fresh new look with a blazing fast blogger template that 'pre-loads' pages in advance so that your...

The "City Lights" Happydent ad

What an ad.A glorious sunset. Eastman color hues. A good looking young villager on a bicycle crossing a bridge leadin...

Bravo Rafa! 2008 Wimbledon Champion!!!

In the 22 years that I've watched tennis, I havent seen a better match, and this is perhaps the greatest every Grand ...

In Memoriam: Sam Manekshaw

In Memoriam: Field Marshal Sam "Bahadur" Manekshaw(3rd April 1914 - 27th June 2008)The stories of Sam Bahadur's life ...

Ma Belle vs. Froggy

Our golden retriever pup is a hyperactive bundle of energy and loves playing my wife's old stuffed animals. Watch thi...

Does meeting madness get to you?

Do you feel at times that you are in so many meetings that you just arent adding much value? Or that you are in an a...

Birthday gift for Monami - Ma Belle!!!

We have a new addition - my gift to Monami for her birthday! A golden retriever puppy! Although her birthday was earl...

Crazy to think Federer can win

Extracted from Peter Bodo's insightful post on the eve of the Federer-Nadal French Open Final."You have to be nuts to...

Where did May go?

It's been a whirlwind month of May and I've been away doing quite a bit of travelling both on a personal front and on...

Get Tata to love the turtles!

All,I got this note from a friend that I wanted to share this with a broader group. I know we all get emails like th...

Dancing to the jailbreak rock!

I wasnt too keen on an iPhone since I prefer to separate my phone from personal entertainment, and I didnt want to ja...

Jukeboxtube - a jukebox for youtube

Looking for a jukebox for Youtube? Check out jukeboxtube. It provides a simple way on the right pane to run a searc...

Fireflies Festival of Music 2008 and Fes, Morocco

I will go to Morocco someday. I just dont know when.I cant quite describe what mysterious forces seem to draw me ther...

Who is Alex Goggins

Alex Goggins is a seven year old girl who was shot seven times in trying to defend her mother (also in picture)."Alex...

Saturday Post - Inaugural edition in Chennai!!!!

I am very happy and proud to share some great news. On Saturday, Feb 9th 2008, Vanchi Publications, launched the firs...

Which DSLR to buy?

So far, I've always had a point and shoot digicam. While I havent suddenly been bit by the shutterbug, I've increasin...

If you could have dinner with any person

Question: If you could have dinner with any person, from any part of the world and from any point in time (past, pres...

Anniversary

We just celebrated our anniversary with a relaxing few days at the lovely Victor Exotica resort in Goa, spending end...

Djokovic will beat Federer

Djokovic will beat Federer. But Shhhhh for now.I have a good feeling about Nole and his all court game.. Let's wait a...

Who is Bhagiram Barman

On November 24th, 2007, a young Adivasi girl was stripped naked on the streets of Beltola, Guwahati in Assam, and sev...

Monami on cover of Cosmo!

Monami is on the cover of Cosmopolitan!!!As a clever reader of my blog, there's no fooling you, and you've likely alr...

In Memoriam: Sir Edmund Hillary

In Memoriam: Sir Edmund Hillary(20 July 1919 – 11 January 2008)Hillary has inspired me not just through his legendary...

2008 - Carpe Diem!

What a crazy, crazy world we live in! Time flies by through the year and the best time to reconnect with your friends...

Ratatouille in one word - Yummy!

To me, Pixar's animated movie, Ratatouille, is perhaps the very best of 2007. I watched it on a long haul flight, an...

2007

Polar bears

There's enough said and written about global warming and its impacts. But these pictures I found online about polar ...

Tennis season blues, Federer's Peak, and Justine Henin Comics

It's December, and the tennis season for 2007 is pretty much over. As you know, the season runs Jan-Nov every year. A...

Voila! Travel pictures!

There's so much to write about our travels and experiences in Europe over the last month, but there just hasnt been e...

Where is Arvi - in Belgium for few months

Many of you know this by now, but for those whom I might have missed talking to or emailing (Sorry - its been a few h...

The Simple Pleasures of Life

Amazingly enough, many of the best things in life come simple and easy.O Discovering the Flight Simulator in Google E...

IT skills that will get you hired today

Wonder which IT skills are in demand in the job market? Here are some excerpts from an insightful article from Comput...

Federer's 12 - all his trophies!

And so here you have it all... Federer's 12, and in all likelihood a sequel and more coming soon...His Grand Slam tit...

India's greatest President to teach at PSG

"A developed India by 2020, or even earlier, is not a dream. It need not be a mere vision in the minds of many Indian...

Jai Hind!

"India of today", Watercolour by M.F.Husain, done for 'The Hindu' on the occasion of 60 years of Independence

Ten Questions with Jeffrey Pfeffer

Here's a little insightful gem straight from Guy's blog - an interview with Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II P...

Marketing Practice - Excellent blog on Indian Brands

You'd love reading Harish's blog - Marketing Practice, an excellent online resource on Indian brands recommended by G...

Order of the Phoenix Lacks Magic

We finally watched the much awaited Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix last night at Inox! Compared to the fir...

Sigur Ros

I discovered the music of Icelandic group Sigur Ros last week, and they have a distinct ethereal sound I’ve never hea...

5 in a Row

5 in a row. And what a match this was. Rafa played a better game overall and has a Wimbly in him for sure, but Fedex ...

What's your most memorable sporting moment?

Serena Williams led today's game against Daniela Hantuchova 6-2 6-5 when she fell down with painful calf muscle cramp...

Hanauma Bay Snorkelling - Comic Strip

Hanauma Bay StripPictures from our snorkelling adventure in Hanauma Bay in Hawaii I threw together while experimentin...

Johnny Mac and Mac Mini

I recently finished reading John ("Johnny Mac") McEnroe's autobiography, very aptly titled "Serious", a reference to ...

New reality show on the lot

Now, I really detest reality shows - I've always found them fabricated and boring. But there's a new reality show com...

Gun Bazaar of Pakistan

glumbert.com - The Gun Bazaar of PakistanThis video shows a guy named Suroosh Alvi who uses his mom's connections to ...

A special wedding gift

Here's a neat pic of Monami and I flanked by my best buddies from school at our reception (L to R - NP, Anand, and Ra...

Delirium Café - Guinness record for most beers!!

Did you know that the Delirium Café in Brussels holds the Guiness Book world record for the most beers? It's located ...

A Maglev train ride in Shanghai

I made my second visit to China last month, spending a week in Shanghai. As some of you may know, the first operation...

How to access blogspot from China

I'm currently in Shanghai for work related meetings and have been having trouble getting to Blogspot since the Chines...

Fireflies Festival of Music 2007

It's that time of the year again - the annual Fireflies 'dusk to dawn' festival of music is back, and after rumors do...

Namma Bengaluru!

I've resisted blogging about Bangalore and stray dogs (over 10 on my street!) - there's just enough said out there an...

An April Fools Day prank

I started a silly prank on a few colleagues this Fool's Day - The pretext? That we had just closed a deal through a r...

14-yr old Federer with Connors

This is high on the Cute-o-Meter!!! 14 year old Federer, who was a ballboy at his hometown tournament in Basel, Switz...

My food blog - stats from Google Analytics

Google Analytics offers interesting insights into the visitors to your blogs. For instance, I found thatMost visitors...

Good news - my patent received!

Well, some good news to share: A patent applied by Iowa State in Feb 2001, based on work I had done earlier during my...

Jan 24th - I got married!

*Note: This is a backdated entry*The highlights from our wedding and honeymoon are now online! More pictures to come ...

A day in Korea

I made a brief trip on Jan 18th to Seoul, Korea along with our sales team in an effort to identify strategic partners...

2006

Nadal: 'In any other era, I would already be number one'

'In any other era, I would already be number one'. However, says Rafael Nadal in an interview with Bikash Mohapatra, ...

Maine Kya Kiah?

Melanie organized a fun carol singing event at work last week. Although I joined the first days practice, a bad throa...

$499.95 on Amazon - my college project report

Neuro Fuzzy Methods for Adaptive Video Image Compression Using Iterated Fractal Transforms - For Sale ($499.95) (Har...

Did I tell you that I'm getting married?

I am!!! Here's our wedding invite designed by Monami and I - well, mostly by her really. It's in the format of a boo...

Casino Royale

When I went into the theater to watch Casino Royale this weekend, I was expecting the usual 'leave your brains in the...

12 (Indian) Days of Christmas

Looking for a laugh?Check this out:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owK5tHjL0aE This is a great spoof of the traditiona...

A(na)kin to Darth

Meet Darth.In order to enable an increasing need for my being 'always on' and connected, I recently got a new lifelin...

My cousin interviewed Stephen King

After Christina Aguilera a few months back, my cousin recently interviewed Stephen King!!!Yes Rahul - this is big tim...

Goofy Duo

Mons and I got a digitized sketch made at Garuda Mall.

Visited countries map

I've traveled to 22 countries, but I am yet to touch LatAm and Africa. Lets see - I might visit Serengeti in Tanzania...

Sampras vs. Federer Wimbledon 2001 Highlights

The year is 2001, and the quarter finals of Wimbledon has just ended. Roger Federer has dethroned the reigning champi...

One laptop per child - $100 each

Nicholas Negroponte's dream of 'One Laptop per child ' is inching closer towards reality.2B1, the children's laptop f...

Bush, Manmohan, Aishwarya rai and Sonia are traveling in a train...

(I'm posting a joke a friend forwarded me - source unknown)Bush, Manmohan, Aishwarya rai and Sonia are traveling in a...

Gone in 60 minutes

The box of assorted fireworks we bought for Diwali - Sparklers, Flower Pots, Pencils, Hydrogen Bombs, Rockets, Hitler...

Avast! On board the Black Pearl!

My company hosts an annual 'Aisle decoration' contest sometime around Diwali, and its always a very competitive and h...

My Birthday

I had a lovely birthday, spending my day trying to do as many of my favorite things as I could. I had a list of ten, ...

A-ha - 'Take on me'

Is it just me, or is this one of the finer music videos ever made? Did any one else like this one? This was one of t...

Hampi Dumpty - my fall

That's a small gash I had from my bike fall. Not seen in the picture - I had bruises on my arm, knee and shoulder, wh...

I got a tattoo too

On the last day of our trip to Brussels, I and my colleagues visiting from the States made a trip down to the nearby ...

My Brussels trip

Travelling again, but this time on work, I was in Brussels during the last week of July. Although I’ve been to Europe...

Holidaying in Pune and Nasik

I’m falling pretty behind on my blog and am writing a few ‘predated’ posts. ;-)I was in Pune and Nasik in July, visit...

Zen Sarcasm

1. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me ei...

Who's it gonna be?

"I was built to be the best Number one and nothing less Leave me to my destiny I have waited patiently I have vision'...

Harry who?

Shannon, one of my good friends from my Iowa Sate days sent me this pretty funny pic of her dressed up as Harry Potte...

Curry-N-Rice Girl

Now this is a really funny video Nick sent out :-))) It's called Curry-N-Rice Girl and is a parody of Gwen Stefani's ...

'Special' baby grew outside womb

In a freak case, a baby girl in the UK has survived and been delivered by emergency Caesarean after growing in her mo...

China Shining

I just got back from a 2 day business trip to China to finalize an agreement with a new customer. I was quite blown a...

Jose+10

I just love the new Adidas ‘Impossible is Nothing’ commercials featuring two kids in dusty Latin American slum select...

Operation Heliconia

Back when I was in highschool, our teacher gave us a biology class assignment - each one of us was to put together a ...

Shanghai Nights

I'm off to Shanghai, China this coming weekend on a short business trip to meet with a prospect. Any tips on things ...

Kabbaladurga

Inspired by Vidya, one of the 'kids' in our office with a passion for trekking, a few of us set off on a day trip las...

Huckabay McAllister

Christine sent me a link to the Huckabay McAllister dance company she now works with in San Francisco - they've got a...

Indian Autorickshaw Challenge 2006

A few months back, we hosted a mock intra-team Olympics at work around the time of the Winter Olympics at Torino. One...

DAV Gopalapuram - India's best school

My highschool (DAV Gopalapuram, Chennai) featured recently in a Rediff article titled "Welcome to India's best school...

A summer for sport!

For sports lovers, this is going to be a long and fun filled summer, with the French Open, FIFA soccer world cup, and...

Learn telephone etiquettes from Calvin

Bicycle Thief

After what has felt like the longest time ever, I saw a good movie worth writing about. And what was special about th...

Baghdatis the Greek

The resemblance goes beyond the sirtaki like poise - Baghdatis's dream run to the Ozzie final earlier this year was a...

Coming soon.... Roland Garros 2006

The games begin on May 28th and run all the way through June 11th. I'm eagerly looking forward to another showdown b...

define: rime

RIMEPronunciation: 'rImFunction: nounEtymology: Middle English rim, from Old English hrIm; akin to Old Norse hrIm fro...

Salsa at Opus

Although I love latin music and dance, it's been a while since I've had a chance to go out dancing here in Bangalore....

Bheemeshwari Cauvery Fishing Camp

Last weekend, Aditya, Vengada, Ramesh and I made a trip to the Bheemeshwari fishing camp along the Cauvery river. Th...

A thespian dies, and Bangalore burns

Rajkumar, the Kannada thespian died of a cardiac arrest at the age of 77 last Wednesday, and the state plunged into m...

The Fireflies Festival of Sacred Music

The Fireflies Festival of Sacred Music is an annual "dusk to dawn" all night long music festival held at the Fireflie...

Guardian article on books and gender

Take a quick look at the list below. If the list for your gender seems to reflect your personal tastes, you might wa...

My 55 word short story

I am "it". I was "tagged" by my colleague Monami as a part of this ongoing online feud to write the best 55 word shor...