Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Leaving hCentive

This is the email I sent out about an hour ago to my company employees:


i am writing to let you know that i will be leaving hCentive at the end of this month. 

there is never a perfect time for such a move but it feels like now is the  time. 

this is a time of important transformation for hCentive. the company has grown from a three-person operation to an important player in the government health insurance exchange space. we needed and have been working on  a new kind of team to take us further in our journey.  i believe that we now have the key players of this new team in place and somebody like me can better help hCentive from outside than inside.

i have really enjoyed my time here. thanks for giving me the chance to always say what’s on my mind. its a rare place that allows everyone to do that and our results speak to the values of risk taking, openness and transparency.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Turning 40

Its my 40th birthday today. In many ways, 40 is old.
For most of my adult life, my self image has been of this 15-year old me. The young, smart-ass kid who is full of confidence and has a strong opinion about almost everything. I am sure its not always been an advantage but it seems to have worked out fine.
But it started to change in the past couple of years. I’ve got two young boys now in whom I can see the shades of the same super-confidence and strong opinions.  I’m starting to notice the bald spot on my head, losing weight is hard and I see a different person in the pictures others take of me. All of  which reminds me of the growing number of revolutions around the sun.
My self image is changing. Instead of confidence; I go for comfortable. I feel no need to impress or express at every ocassion. I act less like the 15-year old punk and more like a man who has been around the block a few times.
Other then that, I don’t feel aged — I am as curious about the world as I was when I was 15.  I enjoyed using typewriters and now I love using Siri. I enjoyed my first car that required manual gear changing and I look forward to my next car that will quite possibly drive itself.
These are interesting times we live in. Its fascinating how much the civilization has changed in the last 40 years and I look forward to the next 40 years bringing even more change.
Here is a toast to staying curious for another 40 years. Cheers !!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Why Dads Matter

Why dads matter?

It takes more than an egg and a sperm to build a human being. Today is father’s day and  I want to talk about what dad’s do and how do we shape our children.
As a young child: Dads can show how to break the consistency of the child care. Many moms either stay all day with their kids or even when they work; their maternal instinct wants to keep the child “safe”.  Fathers, often,  breaks the flow. They bring some excitement and adventure and fun in a young child’s life. Children look forward to this fun. There is some evidence that these early memories can encode sense of adult adventure and well-being. Even WSJ recommends to  play rough with your kids .
For daughters: Dads sets the first and perhaps foundational experience for a young girl of how men love. A dad who always loves his daughter sets the precedent that love is not conditional and allows her to choose a similar partner. Girls, when they grow up, often yearn for same kind of love that they saw from their dads.
For sons: Dads sets the foundational example for  young men on how to handle their masculinity as it emerges in their teenage years. A strong and caring dad can show how to handle the feelings of independence and aggression that every young male feels  and how to channel them constructively into competence, commandership and class (the three pillars of being a real man)
So, here is to our dads and our sons. And to the entire male gender.
Happy Father’s Day.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

I am celebrating Christmas holidays vacationing with my wife and kid in Sedona. The weather has a slight chill to it but the views are beautiful and the resort is amazing.
People who know me knows that I do not believe in any religion. However, I still enjoy many of the traditions that come with religion. Christmas time is one of those. I love getting in the holiday mood at the end of the year; reflecting on things that past and the year that lies ahead. And most importantly just getting together with family and friends and neighbors and be a part of the community. Realizing we are part of something bigger than just ourselves.
So, wherever you are, hope you have a community of friends, family and neighbors you care about and who care about you.
Merry Christmas !!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Happy 35

I am thirty-five today.
I thought I would share some of wishes that are going through my mind when I blow the candles tonight:
  • I wish I turn out to be a great father.
  • I wish me and my wife always live happily together and in comfort.
  • I wish India finds its rightful place on the world forum and grows to be country with no corruption or poverty.
  • I wish America continues to lead the world not just in economy and military but also in education, new research and fair treatment for all.
  • I wish IPO market bounces back and my last startup GlobalLogic goes public soon.
Now, while I am on the soapbox; Here is what I have learnt and I truly believe in:
  • This guy is right. Most of our life is just “luck”. We know much less than we think we do. We can predict even lesser. 95% of what happens to us is not related to our actions.
  • BUT that 5% is important. We can not control what happens to us. About the only choice we have is how we react. That reaction may not change anything outside; but in that choosing, is the only chance of our happiness.
  • That life is shorter than we think. The good or the bad will pass faster than we realize. So when in doubt – prioritize long-term over short-term.
  • And yes, nobody can beat the stock market consistently and with profit without inside information. Anybody who claims otherwise is lying.