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After 3 years of working from home (translates into wake-up, code, sleep, wake-up, code, sleep, ...) finally, pykih has grown out of it's "proverbial garage" start-up stage. Today, we moved into our first office. Big kudos to the team for believing in the dream and sticking around through out the early days.
When facing the challenge (wife abducted) even Lord Ram did not know initially where to focus initially. He knew he could not do it alone. So he got partners and a team (Sugriva, Hanuman, etc.). Like a start-up, he tried doing everything (sent Vanar sena in all directions on a scouting mission). Once he had a hint where to focus, like a start-up he too tested with a MVP (sent Hanuman to Lanka) to be sure. Once sure, he channelised 100% of his forces (complete vanar sena, built bridge, etc.) on that one target market. Once he conquered, he found a CEO (Vibhishan) to manage his creation and returned.
Mr. Radhesh Kanumury, IBM Country Lead for Global Entrepreneur Program, visited pykih office today. We had an insightful discussion with him about the trends in analytics market at large and how various industries (FMCG, Media, Data Journalism, etc.) are leveraging analytics. We show cased how pykih's technology simplifies consumption of analytics and brainstormed how various IBM technologies can augment the impact of our work.
Our knowledge has outgrown us
We know more than we can use
Facts have replaced understanding
We have thoughts, just no thinking
No two men can express their know-how to each other
For each knows far too much about too less (specialisation)
And each less, has words of it's own (technical jargon)
Words dedicated to those dedicated to it
He who governs does not understand those governs
He who thinks does not understand those thinks for
He who wants to learn does not understand he who knows
No one understands the other
We stand in awe of the knowledge we have created
We created it to come out of darkness
We have now created far too much of it
that we are going blind from over exposure of light
In a new age we live with a new faith
worshipping priests of knowledge
bowing to kings with white collars
creating a new caste system, only the replace the old
With a pen in one hand, coffee in another,
I write, hoping that this piece of knowledge
will not be lost in the ocean of knowledge
becoming what most of it has become - knowledge in the dark
To find answers, he sets out on a journey to find a famous wise sage, living up in the northern mountains away from humanity. Below is how their conversation unfolds:
Chanakya: What and why triggered the existence of One India?
Monk: What triggers any creation?
Chanakya: A thought?
Monk: Yes. The moment you thought of it, it was to come to life, in this lifetime or another, by you or by someone else, in a month or in a century.
Chanakya: Is an idea always destined to be created?
Monk: Creation is a chemical reaction. On one end, an idea is an abstract entity without matter seeking life. On the other end, there are men with life but without purpose. The catalyst joining the two is the simple question - “Why do I exist?”. Everything else is rationalised retrospectively.
Chanakya: Why did I create it?
Monk: Your mind was weak, your soul empty and your intellect sharp. You saw the Yavanas (Greeks) and decided to emulate. You created something that was not destined to be ours.
Chanakya: Did I sin?
Monk: You tell me? Did Brahma (the Hindu God of creation) not get banished from active worship for creating life as we know it?
Chanakya: How can I undo it?
Monk: What is alive cannot be killed. You can kill this manifestation of One India but the idea will remain. Someday, the sheer will of that idea will find another man to manifest itself into existence. Whether that manifestation would be for the good or bad, we cannot know.
Chanakya: How can I ensure that my creation will not devolve?
Monk: You cannot.
Chanakya: Then what must I do?
Monk: A creation devolves either when the creator does not create the manifestation in his lifetime or when the creator attempts to create the manifestation in his lifetime alone.
Chanakya: That does not make any sense.
Monk: Oh, but it does. Open your mind to life beyond the boundaries of one lifetime and you will see what I mean.
Chanakya: I do not follow!
Monk: Everything that existed, imagined itself into existence. You imagined One India into existence. I am sure you will manage to imagine immortality into reality too.
Chanakya: Immortal? But how?
Monk: I am asking you to do the unthinkable. I am asking you to do what Brahma failed to do. I am asking you to evolve into the immortal Vishnu whose nine incarnations have guided Brahma’s creations time and again.
Chanakya: Where must I begin?
Monk: Why is Vishnu immortal?
Chanakya: Because time and again, men have appeared who have thought like Vishnu, continued his work and adorned his symbols.
Monk: Where must you begin?
Chanakya: Before I die, I need to find men who will think like me, continue my work and adorn my symbols. Before they die, they must pass on the baton. And this is the way, immortality can be achieved.
Monk: Who will those successors be? Kshatriyas or Brahmins?
Chanakya: Kshatriyas are strong, disciplined, risk takers and tasked to protect lands. However, they have stake in the game. After winning, they focus on building their own dynasty. On the other hand, Brahmins are trained since childhood to have a strong mental faculty. However, knowledge brings pride. Praise a Brahmin and show him respect and he will soften down. Also they are not risk takers.
Monk: It is time you create a new varna, an Intellectual Kshatriyas of sorts.
Chanakya: I know what I must do. Pranam.
Monk: May all the worthy manifestations of your idea adorn by your own nine immortal symbols.
When one is playing a long term game as building a business, it is important to not burnout and maintain one's sanity despite ups and downs. Generally, to relax one would play i.e. watch a movie, read a book, watch a TV show, play a game, etc. But then during our peaks at work, we feel the same, if not more, pleasure and excitement as one could get while play. Then, what is the difference between the work and play apart from change in domain? May be the opposite of work is not play but is doing nothing and it takes patience to do nothing and sit in one place.
Love this paragraph of a poetry written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson on the Crimean War fought between England, France, Ottoman Empire versus the Russian Empire.
Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.
This is a man made canal which connects Sturgeon Bay to the Lake. This canal was originally privately constructed by an individual. He had got it hand dug in the 1800s. 30 years after its construction, he sold it off to the US govt. The canal is deep enough to allow Steamers and Freighters to pass by.
Canal Station / Pierhead Light - This fully operating US Coast Guard station is located at the Lake Michigan end of the Sturgeon Bay ship canal.Land purchased in 1836: Pier Head navigation built in 1882. The Station was built with a tower light in 1899: renovated 1903: automated in 1972.
Hull of a wrecked ship