Protect the team from chaos

Krishna, lifting a mountain to shield people from rain — Protect people from chaos

There is a story of Krishna, growing up in Vrindavan. Indra (god of rain & lightning) was feared by human beings because he would either give the people no rain or flood them if he was not satisfied with their worship. When Krishna found out, he opposed the performance of sacrificial worship for Indra. He emphasized the importance of karma and doing one’s duty. This made Indra angry. Indra started torrential rain lasting for seven days and seven nights.

As an entrepreneur, you are exposed all the time to a lot of chaos. It’s your responsibility to protect other people…

Build a balanced team

Brahma (Creator), Shiva (Destroyer) and Vishnu (Preserver) — Balance your team

Hindu mythology talks about Trinity: Brahma — The Creator, Vishnu — The Preserver and Shiva — The Destroyer.

Brahma, the creator of the universe is associated with knowledge — Saraswati. On creating the world he gets mesmerized by his creation that he follows it passionately, pursuing only the possession of materialistic truth and believing in his subjective world, ignoring the ultimate truth of the soul.

Shiva is the God who does not believe in illusions but seeks the soul, the only Truth. Thus, he shuns the notion of the world, society, rules, and culture. He prefers to stay alone on…

The Foundation

Near the city of Hassan, three hours drive from Bengaluru in India is a small town called Halebidu. It was the thriving capital of the Hoysala empire in the 12th century. Hoysala Empire ruled most of the modern-day Karnataka for close to 400 years from year 950 CE to 1343 CE. The capital of the Hoysala Empire was initially located at Belur but was later shifted to Halebidu and remained. During their reign, Hoysalas built about 1500 temples of which now just about 100 temples survive while the rest of the temples have been destroyed by the invaders over a…

Human-Machine Cooperation

Machine learning algorithms are very dependent on accurate, clean, and well-labeled training data for training to produce accurate results. It’s for this reason that the vast majority of the time spent during AI projects is during the data collection, cleaning, preparation, and labeling phases. When an early-stage ML-based product, trained on limited data, is deployed in production, the results are not accurate. The results may contain false negatives which wrongly indicates that a particular condition or attribute is absent or false positives which wrongly indicates that a particular condition or attribute is present.

ML models mature slowly as more and…

Estimating the price of a home is both science and art. Home characteristics, such as square footage, location or the number of bathrooms, are given different weights according to their influence on home sale prices in each specific geography over a specific period of time, resulting in a set of valuation rules, or models that are applied to generate each home’s Zestimate. Specifically, some of the structured data that is used in the estimation include Physical attributes: Location, lot size, square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms and many other details. Tax assessments: Property tax information, actual property taxes paid…

The most common question that I hear from my clients is what are wireframes and why are they important during initial phase of product development.

Wireframes help fine tune the product flow and design before the hard part of development starts.

To design good wireframes, the user interface designer need to follow these steps:

#1. Understand use cases

Use cases describe product features from the point of view of end user. Analyzing them is the first step that should be taken into consideration while developing wireframes.

#2. Model user personas

User modeling is essential because it defines the user of the product and goals they want to achieve…

This four-part series is about my experiences and lessons learnt from bringing advantages of technology to Indian farmers. To read part 1, click here.

Field officer talking to farmers

An old farmer was fumbling with his newly bought Android phone stretching his ears to understand instructions from our extension officer. The extension officer had installed our app on his phone was trying hard to show him how it works. This was one of my many on-site trips to understand the introduction of technology to farming ecosystem. We were ready with our solution after more than 12 months of hard work and intermediate field testing. It…

Bringing technology to Indian farmer (View original)

Our car was traveling on dry, dusty roads deep in villages of Indian state of Haryana. It’s peak of summer and it was hot inside despite the air-conditioner running on the full. We were going to meet a few farmers in village 11H, named after the branch of Gangnahar flowing through the village. I was heading a technology team of an Indian agriculture startup. Along with our field team, I was going to meet farmers in remote Indian villages and understand the ground realities and explore ways to bring about benefits of digitization to the masses.

The car pulled into…

Rajeev Dixit

Those places where you find resistance in yourself, that’s where growth happens. I am a Co-founder and CTO at

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