Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Should I text him? [Infographics]

Souce: Becca 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Paypal Mafia in U.S and The Burrp Effect in India

That's the alumni of the online payment company that went public in February 2002 and was acquired by eBay eight months later. They earned the nickname several years ago when PayPal alums started a string of successful companies.

“Burrp had made sure to recruit exceptionally talented folks. When these guys wanted to get better at what they do, starting up seemed like an obvious next step,” says Nischal. Here is the list of the people who’ve either started up or done a phenomenal job at high growth startups:
Read full story here: The Burrp! Effect

Saturday, February 8, 2014

We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand. — Randy Pausch

When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave--"Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams"--wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have...and you may find one day that you have less than you think"). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Biohacking Infographics

Biohacking is the practice of engaging biology with the hacker ethic. Biohacking encompasses a wide spectrum of practices and movements ranging from Grinders who design and install DIY body-enhancements such as magnetic implants to DIY biologists who conduct at-home gene sequencing. Biohacking emerged in a growing trend of non-institutional science and technology development. (From Wikipedia)

Monday, December 2, 2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Other Untold African Story

“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

When we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. I've always had a problem with problematic representation of Africa in Western media. Usually Africa finds herself in the western news only when it fits into pre-existing-stereotype that had been created for the continent. It makes me feel helpless when i think of the power of these media giants and the size of the problem. On one side It's frustrating because I don't know a perfect solution for it. One the other side I know Africa has a bright story that needs to be told to everyone in the world. Eg. This Crowdmaps shows there are more than 45 tech hubs, tech labs, business incubators and hacker spaces on the continent. Am aspiring to be a story archaeologist and dig all genius entrepreneurial and startup stories that needed to be told to the world. Your Story, my story, Africa's story need to be heard loud and clear both inside and outside the continent. It's time to impact Africa one story a time.
This is a good start. Watch this TEDtalk to get more glimpse on what's happening.

 Once in a while though, they run positive story such like this, (BBC)Why the world’s technology giants are investing in Africa.  But it's like hit-and-run. They don't stay there and track the progress.

There is a need for more voice. Not just for voice of news, but for voice of stories too. I want to amplify that voice, the voice of the doers and makers in my own way.  So that the ones who hear it will be inspired  to DO. When they do, we'll have more stories to tell about the DOers for the generations to come.

I'm in a process of starting an exciting project, something I'll announce soon. I can't contain myself, too excited. In the mean time wish me good luck.

Africa's Tech Hubs and Hackerspaces

Image Credit : Here
Cheers for the stories yet to be told. Billion Stories!

Update: TED has published another blog on this for further read.