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StartUp Dictums March 16, 2006

Posted by shootingcipher in Business and IT.
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A few good points to keep in mind when you decide that its better to rule than listening to some boring Mr Know-IT-All venting his ire. I mean those crazy times when a wounded intellect(ego too) seeks an escape that culminates in setting up a startup …..but ofcourse we all know its not as easy as thwy would make us believe. Came across a few good tips to entrepreneurs here. An excerpt :

  • It’s good to be king — being an entrepreneur is the best job I’ve had. Every day your job is new and different; you constantly have to push yourself in new directions. You no longer have to say, “Well, I’m just an engineer, but…” — you have a great excuse to take an interest in everything. Working in an environment you shaped to your own beliefs about how a company should be run is incredible (and humbling!). And of course there are sometimes financial rewards, although it’s still a great job regardless.
  • Losing sucks — shutting down a company is unbelievably difficult. It affects your home life, your health, your job prospects, your financial stability. Professional investors are grown-ups, but it’s still extremely disheartening to lose the money people invested based on belief in you. If your backers include friends or family, it’s extremely difficult to have to tell them ……………………
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Surviving Mergers ! January 31, 2006

Posted by shootingcipher in Business and IT.
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The bane of mergers and acquisitions are the mass retrenchemnt of employees. But as this article from the Telegraph says, mergers are alo an opportunity to filter out the staff not upto the standards. But who sets these imaginary standards in an already competitive atmosphere? Speaking for the IT industry, of which I have been a part only since the past month and I know I do not have a great knowledge about this, but from what I could feel, a merger generally victimizes the employees of the company being taken over.