My name is Kris Nair and I'm an entrepreneur turned venture capitalist turned business-designer.
My work moves around the intersection of technology, design, architecture, venture capital, psychology, economics and applied physics. I work with startups and large corporations on business design and future design.
In my work, it starts with ideas. It starts with design. It starts with writing. It starts with strategy.
In my work, It starts with getting started.
Those who travel with the current will always feel they are good swimmers; those who swim against the current may never realize they are better swimmers than they imagine.

Shankar Vedantam’s book The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives (public library) explores. 

In the introduction, Vedantam contextualizes why this phenomenon isn’t new but bears greater urgency than ever:

Unconscious biases have always dogged us, but multiple factors made them especially dangerous today. Globalization and technology, and the intersecting faultlines of religious extremism, economic upheaval, demographic change, and mass migration have amplified the effects of hidden biases. Our mental errors once affected only ourselves and those in our vicinity. Today, they affect people in distant lands and generations yet unborn. The flapping butterfly that caused a hurricane halfway around the world was a theoretical construct; today, subtle biases in faraway minds produce real storms in our lives.

Most people come hard wired (trained by society) that if they don’t do the things they told everyone they do, like if they don’t come out amazing and shiny, they think everybody is going to be mad at them. Everybody is like that.

— things that kill innovation in India is not a technology problem. It is a social problem. 

The purpose of life is not to raise venture capital. Not raising venture capital doesn’t make you a failure. And the purpose of venture capital is not to reward the clever or the good. It’s to (say it with me!) redeploy resources from a lower- to a higher-performing asset class.

World’s toughest job: 24 People Who Applied for the World’s Toughest Job Were In for Quite a Surprise

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Get Over Your Intimidation of Splitting Co-Founder Equity

Discovered this Founder Institute link through the Foundora newsletter & it is interesting because it gives a tool to fix one of the most intimidating tasks in starting a company: Spliting Co-Founder Equity. 

The standard method (I learned after some hit and miss) is to split equal, but it really won’t work when your co-founder joins your startup idea much later, say post prototype. I used to be a bitch when it comes to protecting equity, partially because of some bad tasting experiences in the past. I have messed up some good relationships, and learned tons from it. 

Anyway - here is the link, and download the .xls sheet, play around, and happy startup. 

Read the post here; and here is some intro copy+paste

It’s been well-documented that deciding to take on a co-founder can be a fruitful choice, improving the business prospects for many entrepreneurs. However, if one does partner up, there is one intimidating hurdle that must be overcome: Figuring out how to split equity. For those having trouble with this, Al Bsharah,(co-founder of Embarke) has one simple piece of advice: “Get over it.”

Sending Pizza to outer space. 

It’s a poetry drone! It’s a solar plane! It’s…a single slice of classic cheese ‘za mounted to a weather balloon that’s pumping EDM out into the heavens?

Well, of course it is. That’s because when Anamanaguchi decides to make a music video the sky is always the limit, and the secret ingredient is always a healthy dash of absurdity. So when Motherboard caught wind of what the Brooklyn-based memewave quartet had cooking for the video for “Endless Fantasy,” the title track off their new record, we knew we had be there to see it all take off for ourselves. 

"You will not have wealth, you will not be rich but you will have respect, you will be the soldier of this great Army." — Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw

"You will not have wealth, you will not be rich but you will have respect, you will be the soldier of this great Army." — Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw

Suppose you develop a new technology that is valuable to some industry. The old approach was to sell or license your technology to the existing companies in that industry.

The new approach is to build a complete, end-to-end product or service that bypasses existing companies.

Andreessen Horowitz’s Chris Dixon, Balaji Srinivasan and Benedict Evans discuss the reasons behind, and advantages of, going “full stack.”

We love ourselves to the point of idolatry; but we also intensely dislike ourselves

Every fully developed religion exists simultaneously on several different levels. It exists as a set of abstract concepts about the world and its governance. It exists as a set of rites and sacraments, as a traditional method for manipulating the symbols, by means of which beliefs about the cosmic order are expressed. It exists as the feelings of love, fear and devotion evoked by this manipulation of symbols.

And finally it exists as a special kind of feeling or intuition — a sense of the oneness of all things in their divine principle, a realization (to use the language of Hindu theology) that “thou art That,” a mystical experience of what seems self-evidently to be union with God.

The ordinary waking consciousness is a very useful and, on most occasions, an indispensable state of mind; but it is by no means the only form of consciousness, nor in all circumstances the best. Insofar as he transcends his ordinary self and his ordinary mode of awareness, the mystic is able to enlarge his vision, to look more deeply into the unfathomable miracle of existence.

The mystical experience is doubly valuable; it is valuable because it gives the experiencer a better understanding of himself and the world and because it may help him to lead a less self-centered and more creative life.

In 1958, five years after his transcendent experience induced by taking four-tenths of a gram of mescalin, Aldous Huxley — legendary author of Brave New World, lesser-known but no less compelling writer of children’s books, modern prophet — penned an essay titled “Drugs That Shape Men’s Minds.” 

In Moksha: Aldous Huxley’s Classic Writings on Psychedelics and the Visionary Experience (public library) — a selection of Huxley’s fiction, essays, and letters titled after the Sanskrit word for “liberation.” In the essay, Huxley considers the gifts and limitations of our wakeful consciousness, our universal quest for transcendence, and the interplay of drugs and democracy.

Here: A Rare, Prophetic 1958 Interview by Mike Wallace