My Experience

Uncomfortable Co-Founder Conversations

By Poornima Vijayashanker I recently met up with a friend of mine to have tea and catch up in San Francisco. I hadn't seen him since he had sold his last company a year ago, and he was really eager to get to work on his next project. As he was telling me his idea I got excited, because I had heard this same concept only two weeks prior - a friend of mine in Seattle had already built the prototype ... Read more

The Beauty of Impermanence

By Poornima Vijayashanker  At the beginning of last week, in spite of my writing frenzy, I made it a point to take a break to have dinner with a dear friend, Anna, who was visiting from Toronto. Anna share with me that she’d soon be done with her MBA, and she’d really like to take sometime off. She even thought about moving to New Zealand! However, the thought of uprooting herself and starting over again seemed like it would be too much. Plus ... Read more

Finding Flow

By Poornima Vijayashanker  During my staycation a couple weekends ago I watched the documentary Happy. While the documentary highlighted a number of sources of happiness such as support from friends and family and the ability to overcome adversity, the one source of happiness they talked about that resonated with me the most was operating in a state of flow. Most of us know this as being in the zone. Once we’re there we are just so deeply involved and focused on a particular ... Read more

The Temptation to Quit

By Poornima Vijayashanker  I began running in high school. I loved being outside, by myself, and especially running in the 90+ degree Texas summer heat (an obvious precursor to my now 10-year Bikram yoga obsession, I mean practice). I was by no means a star runner. I just did it because I enjoyed the activity and of course the runner’s high. Challenging status quo. In 2010, I was getting a little bored, so I decided it was time to try something new. I didn’t ... Read more

Behind the Scenes

By Poornima Vijayashanker  Last month I mentioned that I had presented a TEDxNavesink talk in New Jersey. I want to give you a behind the scenes look at what went into preparing for this talk, in hopes that it will encourage you to consider getting up on stage one day! Let’s start by going back to January 2014. Shannon Winning reached out to me via Twitter. The theme of the TEDx was play. Well I love to play with technology and I want to ... Read more

Settling Accounts Civilly

By Poornima Vijayashanker                        Lately the concept of money has come up in a number of my conversations, especially when it comes to receiving it from close friends and personal acquaintances like clients. I’m a fan of this French quote: “Les bons comptes font les bons amis.” Translated literally means: Good account make good friends. However, I know people get a little bit queasy when it comes to settling accounts. So I’m going to give some personal examples of how I’ve dealt with sensitive situations ... Read more

It’s OK to ASK for Help

By Poornima Vijayashanker - Get free updates of new posts here  Too often we get overwhelmed because we think we have to solve every problem alone! Asking for help seems like a sign of weakness, you feel like you're burdening someone by taking up their time, or worse yet you might have overlooked the importance of building up a support system. However, one of the hallmark traits of successful people is to be OK with asking for help when they need it. In ... Read more

How I Decided to Leave Corporate America to Join an Early Stage Startup

By Frances Advincula  I subscribed to Inc. Magazine when I was 10. I bought the domain name BuyConvectionOvens.com because I saw an infomercial on internet businesses that said you should start a business that resonate with what you love. At the time, my dad and I spent a lot of time baking on the weekends, so to my 10-year old self, an online business selling ovens made complete total sense. (Please don't laugh.) That's when I first started playing with HTML, which unfortunately ... Read more

4 Steps to Consider Before Pairing Up for a Project

By Poornima Vijayashanker  I recently met up with a friend of mine to have tea and catch up in San Francisco. I hadn't seen him since he had sold his last company a year ago. He was really eager to get to work on his next idea. As he was telling me his idea I got excited, because I had heard this same concept only two weeks ago. A friend of mine in Seattle had already built the prototype for it! I ... Read more

How to Find Your Learning Style

By Poornima Vijayashanker  In the first grade, my parents discovered that I had a natural interest in math. I was motivated to learn, because I just loved participating in the school math competitions and winning! On a normal school day, I’d just be ignored by the other kids, and sometimes even slighted by teachers for being the only Indian kid in the school. But on math competition day, none of that mattered! It was just me and a 100 math problems to solve ... Read more
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