I was recently reading Scott Galloway’s (professor of marketing at NYU, Stern) newsletter. While the entire newsletter is about Airbnb’s valuation, Scott also mentions the company Snowflake, a cloud-based data warehousing company, in passing.

Snowflake, a company that has solid business fundamentals (more on that below) was founded in 2012…


1. TikTok and ByteDance — Org structure

The news about the sale of TikTok’s U.S. operations has been doing the rounds for a few weeks now. Despite all the attention and effort that the deal has received, it is currently stuck in limbo with a final decision just around the corner. Or at least, that’s the hope.


Since it was the first time that I was applying for the Schengen and that too for approximately 2 months, I had to be extra careful .

Get a travel agent-

I would definitely recommend the help of a travel agent if your travel period is longer than 20 days…


Athens

City Circus Hostel

Santorini

Bedspot Hostel

Napoli

Nepolitan Trips Hostel & Bar

Rome

Alessandro Palace Hostel & Bar

(‘The Yellow’ Hostel is great too albeit more expensive. Their parties are the talk of Rome. You could also stay at Alessandro- it is 20 steps from Yellow and pay a cover to enter the parties thrown by Yellow)-

Florence

Plus Florence

Paris

Couchsurfing

Nice

Hotel Ozz by Happy culture (not the best staff)

Porto

Porto Lounge Hostel & Guesthouse

Lisbon

Home Lisbon (The BEST hostel I stayed at- Don’t miss the Mama’s dinner)

Seville

For You Hostel

Amsterdam

Via Amsterdam


It was my childhood dream to backpack across Europe and I am glad I finally got around doing it this summer (2019). The trip took 15–20 days of planning (30–45 minutes/day)

The Plan

On the planning side, I had 3 things set in stone. The rest of it was left…


Since it was the first time that I was applying for the Schengen and that too for approximately 2 months, I had to be extra careful .

Get a travel agent-

I would definitely recommend the help of a travel agent if your travel period is longer than 20 days…


From the many side projects that I have had over the past 4 years, the one that I have been most passionate about, has been the podcast- ‘In Conversation with Ashwin‘.

On the show, I have hosted techies, actors, yoga gurus, entrepreneurs, authors and feminists. …


People skills come naurally to some while for some others, there is a learning curve here. People skills are skills and hence very much learnable.

The minute we see ‘social skill’ as something that is not naturally inherent in someone but something that can be acquired and developed for particular situations (introverts make for great stage speakers/presenters), we are approaching this more scientifically and less emotionally.

Susan Cain, in her book Quiet, describes presentation, expression and social small talk as skills that can be learnt.

It is true that natural extroverts have it easy in this space but that is not to say that these skills are supposed to be inherently present in each of us us for us to be a particular way.

Like most things, social skills can be learnt and practised over time. That is oddly comforting.


John D Rockefeller, arguably the richest man to have ever lived, (if you calculate his present value of then money, he’d be worth more than $300B) was a very shrewd businessman. His choices were very well thought out, long-deliberated and quite unpopular. …


A key learning that I took away from Jim Collins’ ‘Good to Great’ is what he calls the Hedgehog concept.

While introducing the concept, Jim discusses the difference between a fox and a hedgehog in the context of their behaviour in the wild. …

Ashwin Chhabria

Perpetually beta. More at www.ashwinchhabria.com

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