Ashish Kulkarni\’s Journal

December 27, 2005

links for 2005-12-27

Filed under: Links — by Ashish Kulkarni @ 10:35 pm
  • Q: Why are people so uncomfortable with Wikipedia, Google and that whole blog thing?
    A: Because these systems operate on the alien logic of probabilistic statistics, which sacrifices perfection at the micro scale for optimization at the macro scale.
  • Television is bad for your brain, but TV shows (via DVD/bittorrent) can be good for your brain. Some Reasons:
    1) TV Addiction is a distinct possibility
    2) TV News reduces left-brain logical thinking
    3) Having TV in background causes “brain drain”

December 26, 2005

links for 2005-12-26

Filed under: Links — by Ashish Kulkarni @ 10:37 pm

Humor from Overheard In The Office

Filed under: Humor — by Ashish Kulkarni @ 9:33 pm

I really love Overheard In The Office. Here are some recent gems that I particularly liked:

Agent #1: Why is that dog wearing a “W” on its head?
Agent #2: That’s not a “W”; it’s obviously an “M.” It’s just upside down.
Bystander: Um…those are reindeer antlers.

Boss: I’m getting nailed to the wall here, guys! C’mon! I’m not Jesus Christ! Help me out!

Manager: Here you go.
Employee: Oh, thank goodness. This is what she’s looking for…I’m so glad you found it. I would have had to redo it right now.
Manager: I found it on your desk.

CSR #1: What does IT stand for?
CSR #2: Idiotic tendencies.
CSR #1: Oh, so that’s why we forward them all the stupid questions.

CSR on phone: Sir, would you mind slowing down just a little bit? You’re really giving me a lot of information, and it’s not really registering in my brain because I’m still trying to type in all the other crap you told me.

Worker: So the Christmas party is mandatory?
Boss: Of course not, but if you don’t show you’ll probably be ostracized.
Worker: …And I have to sign a waiver to drink?
Boss: Do you think a company of lawyers would let everyone drink, then drive, and not cover their asses?

Co-worker #1: Where is my breakfast burrito?
Co-worker #2: Sorry bud, I totally forgot to order you one.
Co-worker #1: Next time I shoot my .357 magnum at the range…I’m going to draw your face on the target.

VP: There is only so much you can do with one hand.
Co-worker: I’m not going to touch that.

VP: We have to create the problem that the customer will want to solve.

Co-worker #1: I’m really hot.
Co-worker #2: I’m turning the heat down to 90. If anyone’s cold then they can go into [Jessica]’s office, but first you have to take off your clothes because it’s a sauna in there.
Co-worker #3: You shouldn’t tell people to take their clothes off before going into [Jessica]’s office.

Worker #1: Do you have any time available to meet on Thursday?
Worker #2: It will be pretty tough; I have back to back meetings all day.
Worker #1: How about 11AM?
Worker #2: Okay, I have nothing scheduled at all between 9AM and 5PM.

Warning: Incoming Links

Filed under: Uncategorized — by Ashish Kulkarni @ 2:10 pm

I’ve been going through my backlog of links on bloglines, and I’ve bookmarked well over 30 links, so expect that the next post will have a lot of links to read through!

I tend to put description about the links in the entry itself, instead of creating a blog entry for every link (that would be too many entries!) and a duplication of effort. I also treat it as a challenge to produce a 255-character elevator pitch for the article. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I don’t 🙂 What do you think is the best way to go about it?

I’ll be posting how I use and bloglines to find good articles on the web within a few days.

December 25, 2005

links for 2005-12-25

Filed under: Links — by Ashish Kulkarni @ 10:34 pm
  • Google has firmly established that relevant, useful, and unobnoxious advertising can be stunningly lucrative: On average, every search you do on Google generates $.12 in revenue for the company.
  • mentions three kinds of companies: 1) Lifestyle companies, which aren’t geared for growth 2) Cash Flow companies, which are profitable and grow at 10-20% per year 3) High Growth companies, which can grow at 50-100% per year. VCs natually prefer the latter
  • insightful blogging tips from professional blogger Darren Rowse
    (tags: blogging tips)
  • Curious Office Partners (a Seattle incubator) is thinking small about the next consumer Internet applications, by funding often overlooked innovators in micropayments from $10,000 to $250,000.
  • insightful advice from a VC on startups. “There’s never been a better time than now to start a company. In the past, entrepreneurs started businesses. Today they invent new business models. That’s a big difference, and it creates huge opportunities.”
  • a good set of 12 questions to ask yourself if you are bootstrapping. Quote: “First time entrepreneurs have a major advantage/disadvantage: they don’t question everything before they leap into the business”
  • brings up two important points about VC funding: timing and approach. Timing is important, as idea risk is more acceptable than execution risk, hence should be approached at the proper time via your contacts or networking.
  • The advent of the Internet has created new opportunities for freelancing, particularly for software developers from countries with low average salaries
  • great discussion on why the glitter of instant tech wealth is the reason for all the interest in startups like, skype, and riya — also discusses some hard facts: “the median VC investment loses 36%” and the implications of that statement
    (tags: startup vc)
  • long and interesting post from Rick Segal regarding the multi-step process that his firm (JL Albright) is using to invest in startups. a must read!

December 24, 2005

links for 2005-12-24

Filed under: Links — by Ashish Kulkarni @ 10:37 pm

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