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HBR's 10 Must Reads

HBR Case Studies are one I read a lot during my MBA time, but lately, I miss reading HBR content. This past weekend, I bought “HBR's 10 Must Reads Boxed Set with Bonus Emotional Intelligence (7 Books)”. It’s basically a collection of articles on: HBR's 10 Must Reads on Leadership: Ways you can transform yourself from a good manager into an extraordinary leaderHBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself: The path to your own professional success starts with a critical look in the mirror and what you see there--your greatest strengths and deepest values--are the foundations you must build onHBR's 10 Must Reads on Strategy: Will help galvanize your organization's strategy development and executionHBR's 10 Must Reads on Change: 70% of all change initiatives fail, but the odds turn in your company's favor once you understand that change is a multi-stage process--not an event--and that persuasion is key to establishing a sense of urgency, winning support, and silenc…

Female Founder's Conference 2017 by Y Combinator

I recently attended Female Founder’s Conference 2017 hosted by Y Combinator, one of the top seed accelerators. I really enjoyed listening to the speakers. Here is a live stream of all the inspirational talks:

I really enjoyed the first talk about unicorns:
Be lucky - timing Right motives Hit a big need Do something basic Be willing to work on dubious idea Not be afraid of big idea (be ambitious) Be driven and resilient Focus: life's work Evolve into a manager

Matthew McConaughey Inspirational Speech: Look Up, Look Forward, and Chase

There’s a few things, about three things to my count that I need each day. One I need something to look up to, another something to look forward to, and another is someone to chase.

Now first off I want to thank God, because that’s who I look up to. He has graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or of any human hand. He has shown me that it is a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates. In the words of the late Charlie Laughton, who said “When you got God, you got a friend, and that friend is you” To my family, that’s who and what I look forward to. To my Father who I know he is up there right now with a big pot of gumbo. He has got a lemon meringue pie over there, he is probably in his underwear and he has got a cold can of Miller Lite, he is dancing right now. To you Dad, you taught me what it means to be a man. To my Mother who is here tonight, who taught me and my two older brothers, demanded that we respect ourselves. And what we in turn learned was t…

Demystifying Business Operations — A Radio Talk with Maitreyee and Honey on KZSU Stanford

I had the opportunity to do a radio talk for KZSU Stanford on Business Operations. I really enjoyed doing this and sharing my passion for Business Operations. With that, I launched a medium publication to bring ideas and insights, stories, and resources for building and managing a business operations functions. I am really excited about this building this with a community of Business Operations professionals.

Business Operations Journey and Forward

A typical a conversation that happens frequently: Some curious person: What do you do?
Honey: Business Operations
Some curious person: Cool.. that sounds interesting..what is that? (Scratching head and some sort of this response):
Honey: [provides some long winded answer and it varies] Honestly, Business Operations is not a very lucid field. It’s been around and a lot of people do it, but it’s not relatively mature in terms of a function. 
In my experience, Business Operations is conglomerate of many aspects of a business. There is no formal industry framework for Business Operations like there is for Sales Operations, Marketing, Engineering, Product, etc.
When it comes to Business Operations, I have been in one of these scenarios: Spearheaded building a Business Operations group at an organization Was doing Business Operations without it being called Business Operations, rather was labeled Corporate Development, Chief of Staff, or Strategy & PlanningUnit/Product based Business Operat…

Week to Myself!

For the first time in my career, I took a WEEK (5 business days, 4 weekend) off in between jobs! Usually, I end on Friday and start the new job the following Monday. 
The only exception was between Safeway and Internet Brands when my birthday was on the Monday I was suppose to start, and so I moved to start on Tuesday and spent my birthday enjoying the city, eating tons of amazing food, and partying with friends. 
So, this time I took a week and like all things I planned to do a LOT of things, but didn’t get a lot of it done. Nonetheless, I enjoyed my time off - it was relaxing and productive in some ways. Here is a high-level of of how the week went: 
Saturday - Dance Performance for Canvas Dance Company and fiends potluck  Sunday - Cleaning, meeting someone to give them internships and drinks with friends  Monday - Cleaning, shopping all afternoon/evening with friends Tuesday - Lunch with old coworker and shopping pretty much rest of day with friends  Wednesday - Relaxing and cleaned our w…

Next Venture in Career: Uber!

To a lot of people’s surprise, my new venture is Uber and of course doing Business Operations.  
Some background here, and if you don’t believe in the energetic world and spirituality, you can skip this section. 
March 27 is my Ex-Boss’s birthday (who is almost like a brother to me) and is my father’s death anniversary. This year, on March 27, Bart trains were down and I got stuck in Oakland where my boss lives. Instead of going back and working from home, I called him and took him out for a birthday treat. We decided to avoid talking about work and mostly talked about personal and career stuff for both of us. He asked me what I wanted to do next, and without thinking much, I said ‘I want to work for a consumer company, like UBER, next’.  I had few opportunities in works, but for some reason, I made that statement. Literally, two hours later, an Uber recruiter connects with me about the Business Ops role. The whole interview process was FAST, and its was a very pleasant and easy proc…

Covisint - Last Day

My last day at Covisint (5/5/2017) was very bitter sweet. 
I still remember my first day and reflecting on my role at Covisint here. I got the opportunity to work with some amazing, smart, hard working, and dedicated people. The folks at Covisint are super passionate about their role and the company. I also got to build an amazing team in UX, Training, Sales Ops, Marketing Ops, Business Ops, etc. I hired some exceptional people and they made my life so easy. Also, I got to work with great peers who have become life long fiends. My boss, who was the SVP of Products/CMO, was also amazing and was almost like a brother to me.
The role at Covisint was challenging because the company was moving from a services business model to a PRODUCT/PLATFORM model, so there is a whole bag of challenges that comes with that, but it’s also a great opportunity to learn about impact of leadership, culture change management, communications, and business operations model. 
We, the team I was with, achieved …

The April 30

Improv dancing on April 9 (mom’s birthday) Henna twice in April - myself and in ChicagoBabysat Jax - dog has so much energyDid photoshoot with Tanmoy (checkout his IG: @tanmoy7700Had the worst case of flu and lots of helping handsInterviewed with Uber and accepted offerMango Island dinner with friends Coffee chat with an old friendFlooda with KhinDinner at Christine and Chris for watching Jax and she gave me so much jewelryVery productive work with Canvas and VibityDreamGetters workshop at SlapFaceMovies: Raees, Kabil, Fate of Furious 8, Benghazi Attack, John ReacherSpoke with Kim about life and relationships for couple hoursPoor doggies got super sick, but healed :)Talking and spending time with a close coworkerDrinks at Cham Se - Friday night usualPlayed Bubble SoccerGot this amazing hot stone massageTook care of myself for a day: pedicure, cooking good home made food and eating it peacefullyZumbaSushi - Kappa Maki nightChicago Trip was amazingVisiting my cousins baby showerSpending…

Canvas Dance Company

Dancing has always been my passion and there are many posts about it in the ‘Dance & Music’ tag, but this was one exciting and special because I launched my own dance company!  
For about a year, I (brought some of my friends) to dance with moreUpbeat, by Ritu Singh. I met her at a belly dance class, and she asked me to come perform at some events, and then we were on a rocket ship and did 30+ performances in 2016 under moreUpbeat. 
Over time, I (with the friends that I brought to dane) realized that we wanted to do something different and at different scale and reach, so we decided to start our own dance company.   
It took us the longest time to come up with a name, but we came up with Canvas Dance Company because a stage or dance floor is like a blank canvas and ‘dance’ is the art that you create on it. We did some marketing, got logo made, built our website:, and have quiet a few performances scheduled this year and many more we are pursuing.  You can l…

The March 31

Amazing hot stone massage at a place in Milpitas Judged Fantastic Toastmasters Speech Contest, which were great inspirational speechesCompassionate consumerism Deeper connection  Biological: physical, emotional, spiritual, mental, ... one more Meaningful goals; dont be afraid; baby steps - recipie for success Memories are who we are  Father - joy and happiness - that love and compassion with everyone (won 1st place)Slapface coffee and video recording for DreamGettersHouse cleaned fully - professionally - such a nice feeling Dreamgetters working session was great, and I made indian food for the girls Dreamgetters celebration night - went out to for drinks Cristina got engaged on my birthday! Aaron’s birthday coffee + lunch at Jerseys ANDI Brands 3 hour sessions Andi Brands Calls Dinner with AJ and Femin Vetcon conference - mentoring Went for a nice long walk Ice cream walk with vincent Tea with jeremy Saroj khan workshop 3 days Made cat houseButterfliessssssss Amazing birthday Psychic …

Mentoring at VetCon 2017

Through GrowthX, I got the opportunity to volunteer at VetCon 2017 (3/25/2017), first VetCon event. “VETCON is the veteran entrepreneur [vetrepreneur] conference, an annual gathering of visionaries, hustlers, and game-changers from around the world. We promote the international community of veterans who run their own businesses.
I signed up for a Mentor Speed Roundtable. I really like this model - it almost is like speed dating. You sit at a table, and mentees are matched with you ahead of time based on your expertise and guidance they are looking for. You rotate every 15 mins and essentially a couple hours covers about six sessions. 
I hate this part of the story, but it has a good ending. I had a very rough night and morning and really did not want to go. I almost cancelled, but literally 30 mins before I was suppose to be there, I said to myself, “You committed, and there are people you are matched with that are waiting for you. Give it your best and see what happens.” I pulled mysel…

Birthday Celebrations!

My birthday (March 17) was an amazing day! For one, I took off my birthday from all social media and public profiles, so only few set of people who actually know my birthday would connect with me. I was also not planning on celebrating my birthday, but I ended up having a great birthday.
It was a Friday, and I took the day off, so I slept in. I was up late working on some launch stuff, and wasn’t really in the mood for birthday.
I slept in till like 8 am ish, and then had first round of calls/text for about an hour. Then, I had chai in the balcony where it was sunny and beautiful, and spoke to my mom. My mom told me a few things that were deep and touching: She had a very easy pregnancy with me. No morning sickness, no pains, didn’t even know she was in labor and it was easy. She compared this show I have been my whole life; never hurt her or gave her any pain. She told me to never lose hope (himat mat haarna) and to always get back up and figure things out when life gets tough.  

The Feb 29

We didn't have leap year (February 29), but I thought about people who have birthday's on February 29 and Tony Robbins is one of them. 

I thought I would make my list of good things again and be it 29! Just a disclaimer, I tried to do just February, but some things leaked in from January, but that's ok! 
Went to Improv Comedy in Fremont. This was amazing. They theme that night was 'Deconstructing Relationships'. They interviewed couple of people and did improv comedy of those relationships. It was amazing! Performed at India Republic Day Event and it didn't go that well Performed at Valentines Ball Charity Event and danced for an hour, which was a lot more fun Went to StartUp Weekend AI/VR/IR and pitched Friday night and Sunday night and pitched again  Went to StartUp Weekend Education to just watch the final Sunday pitchesGot new professional photos done by Venu Relaunched my website to make it cleaner and simplerBecame mentor at GrowthX Academy Went to RSA and …

Time.. How do you do it?

Once people get to know me a little bit, I have found myself on many occasions being asked something along the lines of:
When do you sleep?How do you do so much?When do you have time to do all that?
So I have a philosophy, which actually is merely a fact: 24 hours! Every single one of us gets 24 hours in a day. No more and no less. What is different is how we chose to spend those 24 hours. You can do anything and everything you wish to do with three simple tactics!
Plan. This doesn't have to be extensive. It can be as simple as what I want to achieve this month, this week, this day. I literally have three lists and they connect in a way since my monthly goals break down into weekly activities, and daily tasks.  Avoid and Kill Time Wasters. Especially this day and age, there are so many distractions between social media, apps, information overload. Have a time and place for these, but don't let it over power your time. When you wasting time, ca…

Practice Random Act of Kindness

This morning on a YouTube ad, I heard a very interesting phrase. "Nice is saying and doing what you others want. Kindness is done out of honesty. So be kind!"
I have racked up a few stories of kindness stories on Bart!
Carry the Bag! Few weeks ago, an old lady was walking up the escalators at Bart station with a heavy bag. I started right behind her, and I simply said, 'let me get that for you' and I carried it all the way. She was very appreciative!
No Wallet? No worries! I forgot my wallet at home because I am constantly changings purses and bags. The traffic to go back to my house, and coming back to Bart was going to be insane! I asked the station manager if I can use apple pay for a two way ticket, and he looked at me with 'what is apple pay?'. I smiled and explained my situation. He gave me a free round trip voucher for the day so I didn't have to drive back. Co-worker/friend took me to lunch, and another friend gave me ten bucks for emergency. The nex…

StartUp Weekend Experience

Disclaimer: This is a long read, so just warning you! I have sectioned it so it’s a little bit easier for you to follow.

StartUp Weekend? What’s that? Marketing tactic that worked: Word of Mouth!
A good friend of mine went to StartUp weekend with education focus, and they told me about what a good learning experience it was. I was instantly thrilled and excited to attend one myself. I searched for few, but didn’t find one that interested at the time. I kept checking every few weeks, and found the StartUp Weekend AR/VR/AI from Jan 13-15. I bought the tickets right away, and shared it with few friends who also had interest in attending. What Happens at StartUp Weekend? Research and Read!
I had a brief idea from my friends of what their experience was, but as I was getting closer to the event, I started doing a lot of research of what to expect, how to prep, etc. This was really helpful because the more I know, the better I can prepare. TechStars does a very good job explaining the proce…