My Experience

Picking Provocative Partners

By Poornima Vijayshanker We all know the common adage ‘no man is an island’. This applies to our professional lives as well as our personal ones. The people who we choose to partner with for a project can lead to progress or peril! Choosing a partner is indeed a difficult decision - you want someone you can rely on during the best and worst of times, who complements you well, and who can also nudge you when you know you need it. Too ... Read more

Prioritizing for Passion

By Poornima Vijayashanker  I often jump right out of bed and get to work (I’m writing this post at 5:50am PST). Some people would say it’s easy for me because I’m an “early bird”, but a few years ago I preferred to start my day later, and I had the option to. Instead of waking up early, I’d stay up later and was much more of a “night owl”.I became an early bird out of necessity. My commitments to work and my ... Read more

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 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
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