Entrepreneur Vs Employee. Father vs Son.

I have followed some heated arguments in social media about entrepreneurship. It's all good, until we kind of weigh in into judge what is best. For example thoughts like, Been an entrepreneur is way better than been an employee If someone's father is rich and influential, then son's achievements are obvious. Well on the surface… Continue reading Entrepreneur Vs Employee. Father vs Son.

Pick your battles

There are many bad people and bad situations I come across each day.  It's like I am about to get out of home to go to Colombo, to find out two dogs are barking at me at the gate. What are my options ?  Take cover, ignore the beasts, carry on with my journeyBark at… Continue reading Pick your battles

First AI Summit in Sri Lanka

My life has changed 180 degrees, when I did the data science coursera course from Johns Hopkins University, . That new learning cannot be undone. My understanding of the new world has changed. I started conversations with few of my colleagues and mentors on how Data Science, Machine Learning and AI can make a real… Continue reading First AI Summit in Sri Lanka

Doing the impossible

In a brainstorming session at a recent workshop, I listened to a banter between two participants. It made me laugh. It was also profound. A: "It's a dream you are proposing. It's impossible. How can we make impossible happen?" B: " You mean, you don't know how to do the impossible?" A: " yes, that… Continue reading Doing the impossible

A rant: Grit of street entrepreneurs.

I met this entrepreneur at Ambalangoda railway station on the morning that dawned with a curfew imposed in Gintota for a clash that had potential to brew in to an ethnic tension. I asked him questions about his life and his work. " I have been selling water and soft drinks in trains for 20… Continue reading A rant: Grit of street entrepreneurs.

How to be a good technician. ( A different perspective)

I meet some remarkable young people in Sri Lanka at the most unlikeliest of places. I found one last week, in front of a hardware store in my neighbourhood. It was 730 in the morning. I was there to rent a water motor, he was there to rent a heavy duty drill. He's a mechanic,… Continue reading How to be a good technician. ( A different perspective)

When to startup

pic credit: Dialog After the #ngage session, after the food ran out, few young people (age 20-30) asked me questions. I could distill them to this question. " I want to do a startup on something I love, but cannot find time with my current job. Should I quit? " My answer is A BIG… Continue reading When to startup

Outsourcing everything

There are things you cannot outsource. There are things that cannot be 'Uber of this' or 'AirBnB of that'. As much as there are trends, we should not be enslaved to think that everything can be outsourced to cut cost or look sexy launching an app. There are many failure stories, that does not get… Continue reading Outsourcing everything

How to innovate over and over.

Most of us, when we hear about "innovation" tend to visualise staff retreats, having fun and been creative by expressing ideas. Then come up with that 'aha' moment, and go and work on it. Once in a year routine, may be twice a year. Far from it. Innovation in reality is loads of hard work,… Continue reading How to innovate over and over.

How can I help you ?

At events, especially after completing a talk, number of people who network with me is high. It's all good. But time is limited. At one instance there were 3 persons from different organisations around me. All want to talk about their work, but all want to leave soon as well, because it was already past… Continue reading How can I help you ?