The Anti-Social Network

“Do feelings of deprivation drive entrepreneurs and economies?,” asks Rosabeth Moss Kanter, a professor at Harvard Business School. After watching ‘The Social Network‘ one evening this week, I was left with feelings of inspiration and speculation, much to do with the same question.

Speaking at Startup School, Mark Zuckerberg got a laugh out of how accurately his wardrobe was represented in the movie. “It’s interesting what stuff they focused on getting right,” Zuckerberg reflected. More importantly, Zuckerberg took a stab at Hollywood, “They just can’t wrap their head around the idea that someone might build something …continue reading…

Memoirs of a Spore – I

Earlier this year I worked on an experimental sci-fi short film, “Memoirs of a Spore” (Chapter I, The Rains).

Plot Summary: Once in a long past future, a cyborg ponders their rehabilitation in a metabolic society ravaged by the war, continuous rains, and other artifacts.

I’ll appreciate your feedback.

Concept and Editing: Ashutosh Nilkanth

Visuals: Luigi (BuzzerWorks), Kevin Nelson, Michelle (Loonachic)

Music: Osvaldo Cibils

Sound: R Humphries, ERH

In Touch With Augmented Reality

I’ve been reading a lot about “Augmented Reality” lately. Just the other day, I saw this beautiful short film titled ‘World Builder‘, that also depicts this powerful holographic technology to express the fusion of the physical and virtual worlds.

Augmented Reality (AR) is basically the combination of real-world video imagery and computer-generated data (virtual reality), where computer graphics objects are blended into real footage in real time. The GE Smart Grid demo uses AR (must watch the video). It’s a fascinating technology, and I think it has a lot of potential in the consumer space as well.

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The White Tiger of India

Ready for another Slumdog Millionaire? After Vikas Swarup’s Q & A was made into Slumdog Millionaire by Danny Boyle, it’s the turn of Aravind Adiga’s Man Booker Prize winner The White Tiger. The book’s rights have been acquired by Revolutionary Road producer John Hart’s newly formed Smuggler Films.

I read through an interview with Aravind Adiga, and found some of his thoughts on the book’s development quite interesting. Some excerpts:

[The book] came out of my experience of coming back to India. I grew up in the south; but I returned to the north (Delhi), after having lived in

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The Gaffe of Growing Organically

No matter how good you are, don’t ever let them see you coming. That’s the gaffe my friend. You gotta keep yourself small. Innocuous. Be the little guy.

This quote from “The Devil’s Advocate” has stuck with me for a long time. In my view, it applies to a lot of daily matters — personal or business. It applies to startup’s and entrepreneurs, just as much it applies to living and happiness.

The gist of the matter is to “be small”, like an ant in an ant-farm (notice how most of the modern patterns originate from the …continue reading…