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New Year, New Post

Hello everyone and welcome to 2018! It’s going to be an exciting year. I’ve kicked off the year by writing a bimonthly column for YourStory (, the TechCrunch of India. My goal is to answer questions from Indian entrepreneurs and share my experiences with them. So far so good! I have written two posts which […]

How the Military Scales a Technology Leader

First Round Capital recently shared advice from Adam Pisoni (co-founder of Yammer) about how to scale oneself as a technology leader. He gave five tips, including one he learned from General (Ret.) Stanley McChrystal. This made me wonder what the military solution equivalent would be for Adam’s other 4 suggestions. After a bit of research, […]

Lessons Learned from a Shark Tank Survivor

I’ve given a lot of pitches – to investors, customers, friends, and to really anyone willing to listen. Some go well and others are complete disasters, but all give me the opportunity to make the next one better. Recently, I was given the opportunity to pitch our product, Napwell, on ABC’s Shark Tank. To see […]

TechWatch Q&A Series: What Makes YC Great, Business Models, and My Favorite Apps

I want to thank everyone for the great questions. I promise to answer more next week. 1. Why did you join the YC program? What is the difference between YC and other incubators? -Tokyo To give a brief background, YC or Y Combinator is a startup incubator based in Silicon Valley in the United States. […]

TechWatch Q&A Series: Introduction

I’m very excited to share that I will be answering questions from Japanese readers weekly on the TechWatch Blog, a technology blog supported by East Ventures. This is a copy of my introduction post in English. If you can read Japanese, take a look here: “Software is eating the world.” – Marc Andreessen, co-founder of […]

I Believe Every Lie That I Ever Told

I’m not a lyrics connoisseur, but occasionally I’ll hear a line I can’t stop thinking about. In high school, it was from “Air Force Ones,” a heartfelt ode to sneakers. The line was “I treat my shoes like my ride.” It made as little sense then as it does now – I bought my shoes […]

What I Learned My First Time on Live TV

This week I shot my first live TV segment for FOX on the Napwell (, the world’s first napping mask and a Kickstarter project I launched with one of my longtime friends, Justin Lee. Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston Having never been on live TV, here are 11 things that I learned: […]

Meaningful Conversation 4: Mongooses and User Experience

I am running a social experiment to have more meaningful conversations. This is a recap of one of my attempts. If you want to see why I am doing this, please read this: My Experiment to Have More Meaningful Conversations. This is the first conversation in this series that is not centered on my work, but […]

What Guyana Taught Me about Startups

I am a proud member of the Global Shapers, a program created by the World Economic Forum to empower millennials in cities all over the world to make a local impact. Conversations with international Shapers are inspiring. They give me alternative perspective, both cultural and geographic, and I try my best to use their wisdom […]

Meaningful Conversation 3 – Seducing the Teller at Wells Fargo With Work

I am running a social experiment to have more meaningful conversations. This is a recap of one of my attempts. If you want to see why I am doing this, please read this: My Experiment to Have More Meaningful Conversations. This was the first day that I approached someone that I did not know well […]