Thursday, November 29, 2007


1. Winning isn't everything. But wanting to win is.
2. You would achieve more, if you don't mind who gets the credit.
3. When everything else is lost, the future still remains.
4. Don't fight too much. Or the enemy would know your art of war .
5. The only job you start at the top is when you dig a grave.
6. If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for everything.
7. If you do little things well, you'll do big ones better.
8. Only thing that comes to you without effort is old age.
9. You won't get a second chance to make the first impression .
10. Only those who do nothing do not make mistakes.
11. Never take a problem to your boss unless you have a solution.
12. If you are not failing you're not taking enough risks.
13. Don't try to get rid of bad temper by losing it.
14. If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
15. Those who don't make mistakes usually don't make anything
16. There are two kinds of failures. Those who think and never do, and those who do and never think.
17. Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.
18. All progress has resulted from unpopular decisions.
19. Change your thoughts and you change your world.
20. Understanding proves intelligence, not the speed of the learning.
21. There are two kinds of fools in this world. Those who give advise and those who don't take it.
22. The best way to kill an idea is to take it to a meeting.
23. Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things.
24. Friendship founded on business is always better than business founded on friendship.



Keeping Yourself Positive
By: Brian Tracy

The most important thing you do for your success is to take control of the suggestive elements in your environment. Be sure that what you are seeing and listening to is consistent with the goals you want to achieve.

Listen Your Way to Success

Listen to educational audio programs in your car. The average person drives 12,000 to 25,000 miles per year which works out to between 500 and 1,000 hours per year that the average person spends in his or her car. You can become an expert in your field by simply listening to educational audio programs as you drive from place to place.

Take Courses in Your Field

Attend seminars given by experts in your field. Take additional courses and learn everything you possibly can. Learn from the experts. Ask them questions, write them letters, read their books, read their articles and listen to people with proven track records in the area in which you want to be successful.

Get Around the Right People

Associate only with positive, success-oriented people. Get around winners. As we say, fly with the eagles. You can't fly with the eagles if you keep scratching with the turkeys. Get away from the go-nowhere types and above all, get away from negative people. Get away from negative coworkers. If you've got a negative boss, seriously consider changing jobs. Associating on a regular basis with negative people is enough in itself to condemn you to a life of underachievement, frustration and failure. Associate only with positive people. Get around winners.

Visualize Your Goals

The last thing before you sleep and the first thing in the morning, think about and visualize your goals as realities. See your goal as though it already existed. Your subconscious mind is only activated by affirmations and pictures that are received in the present tense. See your goal vividly just before you go to sleep. See yourself performing at your best. See the situations that you're facing working out exactly the way you want them to.

Feed Yourself Mental Pictures

See yourself living the kind of life that you want to live. See yourself with the kind of relationships, the kind of health, the kind of car, the kind of home you really want. Visualize just before you fall asleep at night. The first thing you do when you get up in the morning is to feed yourself mental pictures. Those are the two times of the day when your subconscious mind is most receptive to new programming, when you fall asleep and when you wake up.

Action Exercises

Here are two things you can do, all day long, to keep your mind and emotions focused on your goals and financial success:

First, listen to audio programs in your car and when you travel around. Continue feeding your mind with a stream of high-quality, educational, motivational material that moves you toward your goal.

Second, resolve to associate with positive, optimistic people most of the time. Get around winners and get away from negative people who criticize, condemn and complain. This can change your life as much as any other factor.

"Increase Your Contacts, Expand Your Influence and Build Your Business Faster!"
You've heard the saying... "it's not WHAT you know, but WHO you know"... how many times has this proved to be true?

Prashanth Rai


Saturday, February 17, 2007

ERI - Desalination - Water - VC - Entrepreneur

Was reading this interesting interview at Sramana Mitra's Blog , Its an interview of HP Michlet, focussing on ERI (Energy Recovery Inc). I am going to list out some of the points that i found interesting for the interview.

What our device does is it recuperates up to 98% of the energy of the brine or the rejected high pressure stream and circles this energy back into the loop. But the practical consequence of this is that we de facto reduce the energy consumption of converting seawater to fresh water by two thirds.

Amazing economics: today, it costs $6-8 to desalinize one gallon of sea water and turn it into drinkable water; with this (ERI/PX - Ceramic pressure exchanger) technology, one is able to do this for 80c.

Desalination world can typically be divided into two camps. One is called thermal which is really an evaporation technology and the other is reverse osmosis.

Middle East has been all about thermal. Just because they’ve had abundant energy and there really has been no opportunity cost attached to this energy

As a function of isobaric technology that we are part of, is that reverse osmosis is going from a historic share of about one third of the market to 60% and I think we will see it stabilize around 80%.

Current state/ Factors influencing:

  • depleted ground water wells

  • increased affluence of the Chinese and the Indian markets

  • increased urbanization

  • global warming an accepted fact

  • rain patterns around the world changes

Desalination becomes a bigger & affordable source of clean water.

Water supply of California is likely to dry up in the next 40 years due to global warming.

Desalination how affordable for california:

  • California, desalinate a cubic meter of water for a total of 1.58 kilowatt hours.

  • Colorado today spends about 1.9 kilowatt hours just to pump the state water project water around to California.

  • In addition to that you spend about 1.6 kilowatt hours just to slush the Colorado River water around in California.

  • energy being consumed by California today just by pumping water around, you realize that it is actually cheaper to use desalination.

26 major desalination projects along the coast of California

So by saying no to desalination plants you are also able to limit economic growth in various areas

Discovery Channel called the PX the most significant engineering breakthrough that you will see in your lifetime.

California is already into a drought

Desalination as such in the U.S isn’t new. But it’s a lot of brackish. If you go to Florida you see a lot of brackish plants.

Next big thing is Osmotic Power

What is Osmotic Power?- where we go from fresh water through a forward osmosis membrane and into salt water. In that process we generate the pressure that will be used to run the turbines which in turn will create electricity. This is the next big wave, I think, for this technology. And this year will be the first major prototype, with an osmotic power plant built somewhere in Europe with our device in it. This is still a few years away from commercialization.

SCOPE: one of the largest utility companies in the world using renewable energy, estimates an annual market of about 1600 terawatts. That should be equivalent to about 50 billion Euros in annual electricity production. It is sizeable and is really a function of the PX that this is possible.

Source: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Friday, February 02, 2007

Apologies for the SPAM

Apologies for the SPAM, Will try and find a way around it over the weekend

Monday, January 01, 2007

Interesting facts - Nandan Nilkeni

The numbers were also encouraging. In 2006, India accounted for 65% of the global offshore IT market and 46% of the BPO market. And, R&D spending grew about four times the global average.

2006 was also the year that India and China came to be spoken of in the same breath. Interestingly, at the start of the industrial revolution, India and China contributed close to 45% of the global GDP. By 1970 this figure had shrunk to 7%. Now it is on the rise again. It is expected to climb to 30% by 2040.

from a post by Nandan Nilkeni in the Infosys Think Flat Blog

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Consulting 101

Consulting 101 by Services Safari
Always travel on your own time, not client time
Always dress one notch better than client's do
Concise, frank, honest communication will win more client loyalty and referrals over time than evasion, obfuscation or avoidance will ever net.
Never accept work that is unnecessary or work you are not qualified to complete. Smart consultants stick to their core competencies.
Always keep the big picture in mind.
Always be a diplomat.
People are always in the heart of every project and great consultants learn to make the most of them.
Solid ethics are not situational.
Always seek second party review.
Lastly, always travel in business attire.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Warren Buffet

Got this is an email....


There was a one hour interview on CNBC with Warren Buffet, the second richest man who has donated $31 billion to charity. Here are some very interesting aspects of his life:

1)He bought his first share at age 11 and he now regrets that he started too late!

2)He bought a small farm at age 14 with savings from delivering newspapers.

3)He still lives in the same small 3 bedroom house in mid-town Omaha, that he bought after he got married 50 years ago. He says that he has everything he needs in
that house. His house does not have a wall or a fence.

4) He drives his own car everywhere and does not have a driver or security
people around him.

5)He never travels by private jet,although he owns the world's largest
private jet company.

6)His company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns 63 companies. He writes only
one letter each year to the CEOs of these companies, giving them goals
for the year. He never holds meetings or calls them on a regular

7) He has given his CEO's only two rules. Rule number 1: do
not lose any of your share holder's money. Rule number 2: Do not
forget rule number 1.

8)He does not socialize with the high society crowd. His past time after he
gets home is to make himself some pop corn and watch television.

9) Bill Gates, the world's richest man met him for the first time only 5
years ago. Bill Gates did not think he had anything in common with Warren
Buffet. So he had scheduled his meeting only for half hour. But when Gates
met him, the meeting lasted for ten hours and Bill Gates became a devotee of
Warren Buffet.

10)Warren Buffet does not carry a cell phone, nor has a computer on his

11)His advice to young people: Stay away from credit cards and invest in

Amazing individual indeed.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

The high performance Entreprenuer....Bagchi

I recently stumbled (not enough in the press on it) onto the book "The High Performance Entrepreneur" authored by Subroto Bagchi, a author i like, ever since reading his story titled "Making of the Mindtree", It is a great piece and one i will always enjoy and re-read.

Quick review: I like the book , but to be honest i expected much more from Subroto Bagchi, his speeches & past articles have set very high expectation.But I completely agree with CK Prahald the book is "A treasure trove of perspective & advice". The book is simple and provides an indicative thought map for budding entrepreneurs.