Category Archives: Personal

What are some ways to tackle the lack of time problem?

There are many things that I am unable to prioritize high or make time for anymore. One of those things is taking time to make serendipity happen. Just random, chance meetings. Those happen, only face-to-face.

I tried dialing back in 2012, only to fail miserably.

The problem is like most other folks, I am unable to say no.

That leaves me with very little time for things that are absolutely important and I end up shortchanging those the most.

The last year in particular I have worked – attended meetings, spoken at events and hosted events on 23 of my 52 Saturdays. 

I dont like that at all since it takes time away from me spending time with my kids and family.

I have a new project with my daughter for the last 2 weeks that we are working on which should take us 30+ weekends. My son’s cricket sessions need me to be there at least 1 day a week to catch up with the coach. Finally my youngest daughters need more time to just hang out with me. I have also committed to mentor 3 folks who I work with closely.

So I unfortunately have no time for new projects or mentoring new entrepreneurs at all. I apologize.

I love helping new entrepreneurs a lot. I enjoy my interactions. I cant make time.

So I am going to try and not be at any new startup events unless we have them at our office for this quarter. Let me see how that goes. I have one commitment to meet folks in Delhi on Feb 22nd.

I have a question:

Is it okay for me to ask folks to reduce the time they can meet me and talk about their product / company to just the time of the event? I wont be able to give a lot of time, even at the event, but that’s a choice I am making.

Is that being too selfish?

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Trakdot Luggage Tracker – the best CES gadget

TrackDot
TrackDot

Phones, Televisions, Tablets and Watches were on display at the CES in Las Vegas, but one device which I have been tracking for a few months is TrackDot.

It is a little big, but totally awesome device that helps you track your checked-in baggage.

I rarely check in bags when I am travelling on business, but with 4 kids its hard for us to not check-in bags on vacations.

So far we have not yet lost our bags, but a couple of times my bags have arrived ” a day late” which is a major inconvenience during vacations.

TrackDot will track your baggage an let your smartphone know where your baggage is.

You put it in your bag and it sends a signal to your app on the phone so you can know exactly where it is.

It is in its version 1, so there are many limitations:

1. Its big. If fitbit can be made as small as it is, I guess TrackDot can be too. I am waiting for the next version to be smaller than my fitbit so I can conceal it in my bags.

2. It can only detect your luggage when its closer than 30 meters of your smartphone – that’s lame.

3. At $50 onetime fee, $9 one time setup and $12 annual fee, its a tad on the expensive side, for the value it provides.

4. It needs 2 AA batteries to operate. Also lame.

Ideally I’d like it to be small enough so it can be stitched into the bag / luggage. If it were offered at $25 one time purchase for the device and $10 per year for tracking upto 1 Km, that would be all we need.

Another feature I’d really like is to understand where it was last located. That will really help understand where it was possibly lost. And if it does have tracking send ability why not have it send  its location to a server where it could be located on my app on the phone.

Bag in Fargo, you in New York, but you’d still know it was in Fargo last!

My news diet & media consumption habits

Its very hard to not read or avoid any “other” news, especially disturbing ones. I have personally avoided reading physical newspapers for the last several years. My online Google news app is my sole news source and is customized to technology, business & science news with a few stories about sports. General news, entertainment news or politics are out. The only other reading I do is on my Google reader, which has largely developer and technology blog feeds. My general “surfing” the web is rather rare unless it appears on my Facebook or Twitter feeds.

Since we have not had a television for the last 5+ years, the only time I tend to watch television is when I walk into our office and the TV monitor near the security guard has something on. That lasts a total 10 seconds.

I do get a lot of criticism from friends about this topic. Being largely ignorant about general happenings, my conversations tend to be largely uni-dimensional. I loathe any conversations about politics, dislike talking about celebrities or movies and cant carry a sports conversation beyond 10 minutes.

I mention this because I got an message yesterday from someone who asked me to attend a meeting for a gun control bill or crimes against women (or for its support I dont remember). I ignored it. Then got another message from another friend. I “unsubscribed from that facebook message”. I am sure they think I am heartless or cruel or both.

Truth is I like living in my “fake world” of technology and entrepreneurship. Out here the issues are  superficial, like choosing between a Nokia Lumia phone and a HTC One X.

I also realize I cannot avoid the real world. So I limit my interactions with it or learning about topics such as guns. That’s my way of trying to paint a rosy picture of the world for myself. I know its probably not very healthy, but that’s the path I have chosen.