Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“When your feet start to hurt, place yourself in someone else’s shoes.”

— Demi Lovato

Donald Duck Day 👍

Did you know…

… that today is Donald Duck Day? Donald first appeared in The Wise Hen on June 9, 1934. While Donald is over 80 years old, he doesn’t act a day over 20! Happy Birthday, Donald! We hope Daisy Duck bakes you your favorite cake!


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“A little nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men.”

— Anonymous

Random phrases and Day is Averaging out

  1. Cup Of Joe
    A cup of joe is an American nickname for a cup of coffee.
  2. Son of a Gun
    A person, usually one who is behaving badly.
  3. Beating a Dead Horse
    To bring up an issue that has already been resolved.
  4. Jig Is Up
    For a ruse or trick to be discovered; to be caught.

Thank you friends, you are kind.

I have blogged for 15 years. My other blog on has 2,57,000 views todate.

This is my second year of blogging here and from 13th May, my new friends have encouraged me with their comments, likes, views which is astonishing, pleasing and a gratifying experience. Thank you all.

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I appreciate your encouragement and your feedforward always. Regards. Jay

What mentors do for startup founders

A startup can have all of it — a good suggestion, an expanding customer unfriendly, funding, an excellent outlook — yet discover itself floundering, struggling to cope with a transforming into team or finding out the most effective approach to make use of these bucks for enlargement. And that’s the place the appropriate mentor could be helpful, nudging the founders within the appropriate path and helping them develop each for my part and professionally.“Having the appropriate mentor is crucial. It can be the difference between making a fine decision and a disastrous one,” says Abhishek Verma, founding father of nine-month-historic startup Mojostar, a celebrity-pushed retail business. Verma receives advice from those that have been there and accomplished it before him on three counts — navigating massive partnerships and negotiating, hiring the appropriate americans, and getting to know the way to allocate capital. Verma, who became part of Myntra’s brand team previous, has drawn his mentors from the style etailer’s old management team.TIES OF suggestions

Warren Buffett – bill Gates

The Microsoft founder has commonly mentioned famed investor Warren Buffet is his adviser when it comes to ideas and investments, other than being a detailed pal. Gates has noted Buffett asked him a couple of hard questions in the early years of Microsoft, which helped him build the company into the tech giant it grew to be

Larry Ellison – Marc BenioffThey’ve have had public feuds but they’re additionally shut friends, and Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison supported Benioff throughout the early days of Salesforce, offering counsel, assist and day without work from work.bill Campbell – Jeff BezosA former Columbia institution soccer participant and educate, Campbell labored with and mentored with one of the vital greatest names in tech, including Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Larry web page and Eric SchmidtWhile mentoring is constantly about a casual, very own relationship with a senior or more experienced grownup who takes an hobby in a more youthful entrepreneur with spark and power, in some instances the relationships are more formal. a few accelerators assign mentors to the startups of their programmes, while some angel investors play the role of adviser. In other circumstances, “professional mentors” engage a stake in the company to dish out suggestions.A examine by activity insight, a non-profit that supports excessive-impact entrepreneurs the world over, found that 33% of founders who are mentored via a hit entrepreneurs went on to turn into correct performers. “The magnitude of difference between the performance of companies with a success mentors and groups that lack them suggests that the cost of beneficial mentors for startups may well be above all excessive,” activity insight’s director Rhett Morris writes.Sagar Yarnalkar, founder of grocery delivery platform DailyNinja, says his mentors are also his angel investors — TaxiForSure’s Aprameya Radhakrishna, Freecharge’s Kunal Shah and Anupam Mittal of Shaadim. “Aprameya helped me plan my incentive structure to work with companions and milk carriers beneath the gadget. He had journey working with providers right through his time at TaxiForSure,” he says. Shah and Mittal helped set up conferences with key buyers. All this helped Yarnalkar bag an additional round of funding from Sequoia Capital last December. “a pretty good mentor will need the equal factor you desire and back you to the hilt,” he says.usual MENTORS IN INDIAAparameya Radhakrishna, founder of TaxiForSurePhanindra Sama, founder of RedBusKunal Shah, founder of FreechargeAnupam Mittal, founder of ShaadimGlobally, too, founders of tech giants like Apple’s Steve Jobs, Google’s Larry page and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos have mentioned how having a mentor helped them build and scale their companies.

In India, there are lots of a hit entrepreneurs who associate with more youthful ones to support build the startup ecosystem. closing yr, Niti Aayog invited purposes for its ‘Mentor India’ programme, beneath which mentors might guide schools college students in govt Atal Tinkering Labs. around 750 mentors have been chosen for programme throughout the country. whereas some entrepreneurs just put their identify down as a mentor in order that a startup can raise money, others are in fact attracted to the increase of the business and support every time feasible.

Some suppose the word ‘mentorship’ has been abused in India. “Mentors in India are overrated. basically, ninety% of the time an entrepreneur takes the name of someone as a mentor because it sounds respectable. on occasion an angel investor puts in money and leaves however is credited as a mentor,” says Somdutta Singh, vice-chairperson of Nasscom Product Council and a member of the core administration committee of girls Entrepreneurial telephone, NITI Aayog. She says many incredibly-valued startups in India grew through inserting big names as mentors after they had been beginning but the relationship wasn’t really one in every of nurturing and advising.

If entrepreneurs get a “skilled mentor”, it comes for a monthly price. Singh herself is a mentor to startups via her consulting firm and her roles at Nasscom and Niti Ayog and fees a charge for her time.“just a few accelerators charge startups charges each month for an hour of mentoring, but mentorship isn’t consultancy provider. which you can’t pay them by using the hour,” says Ishan Singh, who has led three investments and is a mentor to 10 startups, including WeDoSky and PeeBuddy. He become previously a mentor to the founders of 91 Springboard. An advisory equity stake, constantly 1-5% within the enterprise, helps the mentor be utterly aligned to the growth of the enterprise, he says.There are still risks though. PeeBuddy co-founder Deep Bajaj remembers the time a “mentor” disappeared after inquiring for a 2% stake in the enterprise. “fortunately we hadn’t issued it. but i know many startups who haven’t been as lucky,” he says.To counter this, in Israel, its innovation authority has a formalised mentor-mentee programme, which ensures that the individuals signing up as mentors are tracked online for the number of hours spent assisting startups. Nasscom’s Deep Tech membership has all started an analogous programme with legal professionals, accountants and entrepreneurs appearing as mentors, and they need to visit the startups twice a week.

So how does one select the foremost mentor? Somdutta Singh has an ‘paintings’ —Aspiration-Responsiveness-Transition — for it. “The startup’s aspiration should healthy the mentor’s. Responsiveness is helping them connect with the appropriate individuals. Transition is to help startups develop. A mentor may still do all these,” she says.Verma says a startup should have a clear purpose and define specific results for the relationship. Ishan Singh, too, advises startups to spell out the expectations they have got from the mentor and to do wide research before signing one on. Mentors should be sincere ample if assist they can’t support, Singh says. “I even have declined somewhat a few startups as a result of I don’t consider i am the right grownup to help them,” he says.

I like Ecem Yucel poetry on Medium.

I came across to you during a bleak twilight.
You eavesdropped to the silent scream in me;
I peeked at what you hid in your eyes.

Like every stranger who’d recognize one another
from the same shade of dark clouds they carry overhead,
we also acknowledged each other

by exchanging embarrassed smiles
as the witnesses of the never-ending darkness
in our worn-out hearts.

You gave me a quick nod,
I granted you half a smile,
then we went our separate ways.

via Witnesses – Ecem Yucel – Medium

Which part of body I devoted all my life to develop :)

“A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body – the wishbone.”

via Today’s Quote

Death will be optional – A WhatsApp forward going viral

Death will be Optional by 2045
Death will be ‘optional’ and ageing ‘curable’ by 2045, say genetic engineers

Sat, Apr 21, 2018 @thinkspain

DYING will be ‘optional’ within just 27 years and the ageing process will be ‘reversible’, according to two genetic engineers during the presentation of their new book in Barcelona.

José Luis Cordeiro, born in Venezuela to Spanish parents, and Cambridge (UK) mathematician David Wood, founders of the operating system ‘Symbian’, have just published The Death of Death and say immortality is a real and scientific possibility that could come much earlier than originally thought.

Humans will only die in accidents, never of natural causes or illness, by around the year 2045, say Cordeiro and Wood, who say it is ‘crucial’ that old age starts to be classified as an ‘illness’ so that publicly-funded research into its ‘cure’ can extend.

Nanotechnology is key, among other new genetic manipulation techniques, the engineers said during the presentation at Barcelona’s Equestrian Circle.

The process will involve turning ‘bad’ genes into healthy ones, eliminating dead cells from the body, repairing damaged cells, treatments with stem cells and ‘printing’ vital organs in 3D.

Cordeiro, who is based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA, says he has ‘chosen not to die’ and that in 30 years’ time, he will be ‘younger than he is today’.

Ageing is the result of DNA ‘tails’, known as ‘telomeres’, in chromosomes – of which every cell except red blood and sex cells has 23 pairs – becoming shorter, and reversing ageing involves lengthening the telomeres.

Telomeres become damaged and shortened with the passage of time, a process that speeds up in the event of toxins entering the body – smoking, alcohol and air pollution are among elements that reduce the length of telomeres, thus accelerating ageing.

Cordeiro and Wood believe that within 10 years, illnesses such as cancer will be curable, and that major international corporations such as Google will be ‘entering the field of medicine’ because they are ‘beginning to realise that curing ageing is possible’.

Microsoft has reportedly already announced the setting up of a cryopreservation centre in which a scientist is researching the possibility of cancer being completely curable within a decade.

The engineers explain that, although ‘people generally do not know about it’, it was discovered in 1951 how cancer cells are immortal: when Henrietta Lacks died from cervical cancer, surgeons removed the tumour and kept it – and it is still ‘alive’ today.

Immortality will not necessarily mean the planet becomes overcrowded, the scientists say: there is still plenty of room for more people on Earth, and these days, people do not have anywhere near as many children as they did in past decades and centuries; plus, ‘it will be possible to live in space by then’.

“Japan and the Koreas, if they continue with their current trend of hardly having any children, will become extinct – within two centuries, there’ll be no Japanese or Korean people on the planet,” Cordeiro says.

“But thanks to these new techniques, there will indeed be Japanese and Korean people, because they’ll live forever and remain young.”

The cost of anti-ageing treatment was compared to that of the latest SmartPhones.

“At first, it’ll be expensive, but with a competitive market the price will gradually fall because it’ll be something that benefits everyone,” Cordeiro says.

“Technology, when it’s new, is poor and extremely expensive, but it eventually becomes democratic and mainstream and becomes cheaper.”

The engineers say they have already been employing their techniques for two years – illegally, but in Colombia where there are fewer regulations covering genetic manipulation.

Elisabeth Parrish, their first human patient, ‘started to see symptoms of ageing and asked what could be done to prevent it’.

Her treatment is ‘very risky and even illegal’, Wood explains, but at the moment is going well, has not had any adverse side-effects, and the level of telomeres in her blood is ’20 years younger than before’.

“I want Spain to have a place in the world of these technologies and show that we’re not mad, it’s just that people still don’t know about them,” Wood concluded.

The Death of Death will eventually be published in four languages at first – Spanish, English, Portuguese and Korean – and all proceeds from its sales will be ploughed back into the authors’ research.

10 Mind-Blowing Things That Happened This Week (6/8/18)

10 Mind-Blowing Things That Happened This Week (6/8/18)



Keeping up with the news is hard. So hard, in fact, that we’ve decided to save you the hassle by rounding up the most significant, unusual, or just plain old mind-blowing stories each week.

The first full week of June began with a bang. On Sunday, a volcano in Guatemala blew its top, burying whole villages beneath a curtain of burning ash. More on this disaster below. We’ll also take a quick look at nine other stories that really deserve your attention this week—from political upheavals in Europe and Africa to a brand-new billionaire plot to take on President Trump.

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10Guatemala’s Volcanic Eruption Wiped Out Whole Villages

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On Sunday, Guatemala’s Fuego volcano exploded in a blast of superheated ash and flying rocks. There had been little warning of imminent danger, and many of the small villages built on the mountainside were wiped out in the blink of an eye. Before authorities in Guatemala City had even begun to get a handle on the disaster, reports were already being beamed across the world of a catastrophic death toll.

At the time of this writing, nearly 100 have been confirmed dead with close to 200 still missing. Searches for survivors have been repeatedly called off as the still-active volcano fires off new eruptions. By this point, though, it seems like there is little hope for the missing. Realistically, it seems that the final death toll will exceed 200.

In Guatemala, blame has already been directed toward the country’s civil emergency authority, which was still telling people that there was no need to evacuate mere hours before the blast.[1]

9Arizona Caught A Twisted Serial Killer

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Last week, the biggest local news in Arizona was that a serial killer appeared to be on the loose. Six people were gunned down over the course of just a few short days, one of whom was a high-profile court psychiatrist.

On Monday, the story became even more twisted. Police tracked the killings to Dwight Lamon Jones, who committed suicide as the cops closed in. It was only after he was dead that investigators realized that all his victims were connected.[2]

Years before, Jones had been involved in a divorce case that didn’t exactly find in his favor. It’s now apparent that at least four of his six victims were connected to this case, including lawyers who worked for his wife and the court psychiatrist who evaluated him. Far from being a regular serial killer, Jones’s reign of terror seems to have been inspired by revenge.

8The Trade Wars Began

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No one thought he would really do it. Last Friday, President Trump allowed new tariffs to finally go into effect on steel imports. But the targets of his new program weren’t China or other unfriendly nations. Canada, Mexico, and the European Union (including Britain) were all hit with the new steel tariffs. Needless to say, they were not happy.[3]

The White House has called Canada and Europe’s cheap steel a threat to national security. Trump has also pointed out repeatedly that the current international system of tariffs and other trade policies is unfair to the US and he wants free trade that is fair. In many cases, other countries have significantly higher barriers to imports from the US than the US has to imports from those countries.

With these new tariffs, the Trudeau government in Canada has reacted with outrage, claiming that the US is breaking international trade law. In Europe and Mexico, more direct action has been taken. Brussels is preparing to introduce huge new tariffs on US goods starting in July while the Mexican government has already moved to attack American farmers.

In other words, the trade wars are finally on. Which industries prosper and which industries get completely screwed over is something we’re gonna have to wait and see. Then again, the squabbling countries may just come to the negotiating table and hammer out a deal that’s fairer to all parties.

7The Koch Brothers Announced A Multimillion-Dollar Plan To Take On President Trump

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This one will cause some head-scratching in certain circles. Following President Trump’s imposition of tariffs against Mexico, Canada, and the EU, the billionaire Koch brothers came out swinging Monday with a plan to spend millions combating the president’s move. Their proposal potentially puts the White House on a collision course with one of the GOP’s biggest support networks.[4]

The Koch brothers are dyed-in-the-wool, free-trade libertarians. However, their Republican sympathies have meant that they’ve generally refrained from criticizing the president during his time in office, even when Trump has been in a protectionist mood. Apparently, Friday’s steel announcement was one step too far. The brothers’ powerful political network is now training its guns on Republicans backing the president’s position.

The Koch brothers are known for supporting causes that benefit their business interests. But their actions have sometimes sparked controversy. For example, rightly or wrongly, critics have accused the brothers of engaging in political and business activities that undermine minorities and immigrants while donating money to their causes and running misleading PR campaigns and education efforts.

It is unclear if this latest Koch initiative will fall into the same category that has been previously targeted by these critics. In other words, will the Koch position on tariffs be publicized as something that helps minorities and immigrants when it will ultimately hurt workers in these groups but benefit the business interests of the Koch brothers? We’ll have to see if the critics fire back at the billionaires again.

The brothers also made it clear that they despised Trump during the 2016 presidential election. Charles Koch compared the choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as the option to vote for cancer or a heart attack. So the dynamics are a bit more complicated that they initially appear.

Nevertheless, this story marks another step in the death of libertarianism among the GOP. With Paul Ryan on his way out and tariffs coming in, it’s starting to look like libertarian lawmakers will soon be out in the cold.

6A Huge Soccer Corruption Scandal Hit West Africa

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These days, the words “FIFA” and “scandal” seem to go together like flies and feces. Even so, the scale of corruption uncovered in West African soccer this week was still mind-blowing. On Wednesday, an undercover documentary two years in the making was screened for the first time in Ghana. It showed over 100 mostly West African referees taking hundreds of dollars in bribes before international matches.

The headline case involved a renowned referee from Kenya who was supposed to be working at the World Cup in Russia this year. But for Ghanaians, the biggest shock was likely the image of the head of Ghanaian soccer smilingly pocketing over $65,000 in cash on camera, not least because he then said that the president of Ghana would require a bribe, too.

Investigations have now been launched into many of those filmed, but the journalist behind the documentary has also been accused of using enticement and entrapment to ensnare his subjects.[5]

5Mass Protests Paralyzed Jordan And Brought Down The Prime Minister

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It may be that 2018 goes down as the year of people power. Barely a month after mass protests in Armenia toppled the government, a wave of protests in Jordan has already brought down the prime minister.

Last Wednesday, a series of economic reforms instituted by the IMF sent people into the streets of Amman. By Sunday, they’d metamorphosed into a howl of rage against a government that has been unable to raise living standards. On Monday, the king ordered Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki to resign.[6]

Since then, the protests have only gotten larger. This Wednesday, a general strike crippled the Middle Eastern nation’s infrastructure. Protest leaders and trade unions are now saying that they’ll stay on the streets until the entire government goes.

Interestingly, Jordan isn’t the only country currently paralyzed by protests. Armenia’s next-door neighbor Georgia is also dealing with an angry street movement whose march against elite meddling in the court system may yet bring down the government.

4The Spanish Government Collapsed

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If you haven’t been keeping up on your Spanish news, know that you just missed the craziest week that Madrid has seen in a long time.

Last Friday, the calls by the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) for a no-confidence vote on Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy were joined by those of right-wing populists Ciudadanos. Together, the two parties were able to bring down Rajoy’s government after 29 officials from his People’s Party (PP) were convicted of corruption.

The sudden demise of Rajoy was meant to signal snap elections, a quick victory for Ciudadanos, and a new populist party in power in Europe. Instead, something far stranger happened.

The prospect of a nationalist Ciudadanos government seemingly put a fright into the Basque and Catalan parties, who feared less autonomy as a result. So they decided at the last moment to jump into bed with the PSOE. Other center-left and left-wing populist parties quickly joined them. Before anyone could get a grip on what was happening, PSOE suddenly had the numbers to form a government without new elections.[7]

So they did. Spain is now led by Pedro Sanchez, who has already unveiled a female-dominated cabinet and initiatives on climate change. What the public makes of this is another matter. This is the first time that a Spanish PM has taken office mid-term and due to parliamentary machinations rather than a vote.

3Paul Manafort Was Accused Of Tampering With Witnesses

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Just last week, Paul Manafort was already neck deep in doo-doo of his own making. As part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 election, the ex-Trump aide was discovered to have been illegally working as a foreign agent for Ukraine’s prerevolution government. This Monday, Manafort sank even deeper into his own smelly quagmire. Mueller officially charged him with tampering with witnesses.[8]

As this is confusing, we’ll make it clear. Manafort’s crimes are completely unrelated to the president, Manafort’s time on the Trump campaign, and the investigations into alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 election. (Mueller was given carte blanche to prosecute any additional crimes he happened to uncover.) In Manafort, he apparently found a guy who thought “crime” was his middle name.

Manafort now stands accused of contacting witnesses after he was initially indicted in February and trying to get them to change their stories. He will remain under house arrest, with some outlets alleging that he may be moved to jail before the end of the week.

2Ethiopia Offered Its Mortal Enemy An Olive Branch

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In 1993, the province of Eritrea voted to leave Ethiopia, a split that went without incident. Over the next five years, though, nationalists in both parliaments stoked hatred toward the other until a dispute over the border town of Badme finally erupted into a bloody war.

Between 1998 and 2000, around 70,000 people died. By the time peace was signed, Eritrea had begun forcibly conscripting people into virtual slavery in its army, a practice it continues to this day. Meanwhile, Ethiopia never implemented the results of a boundary commission’s investigation that was key to securing peace. The two sides have been ready to super-kill each other ever since.

Until now. On Tuesday, Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali announced that Addis Ababa would implement the commission’s recommendations, effectively ceding Badme to Eritrea. His hope appears to be that this will end hostilities while allowing Ethiopia to forge new economic links with its rival. At the time of this writing, Eritrea had yet to respond.[9]

1Iran Prepared To Restart Enriching Uranium

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Last month, President Trump dramatically pulled the US out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, calling it deeply flawed. European powers, which rightly or wrongly see it as the key to stopping Iran from developing the bomb, scrambled to save it. But they may have been too late. This week, Iran informed the world that it was preparing to restart enriching uranium if what remained of the deal fell through.[10]

As we’ve previously reported in this column, the nuclear deal was not realistically meant to eliminate Iran’s nuclear program. Instead, it was designed to lengthen Iran’s breakout time for getting the materials to build a nuclear weapon from a few months to at least a year.

The US and its allies hoped that Iran would be slowed down for at least 10 years, but they couldn’t be sure. There were other serious weaknesses with the deal, including Iran’s insistence that their military sites could not be inspected.

In 1994, former US president Bill Clinton used an executive agreement for a nuclear deal with North Korea. Ultimately, that didn’t stop a potential nuclear crisis with North Korea. Trump is also dealing with that now. In the long run, would former President Obama’s executive agreement have been more effective with Iran than Clinton’s was with North Korea?

Hard to say. At the moment, Iran is technically still abiding by the deal. However, Tehran is skating dangerously close to the line, suggesting that some in Iran are secretly hoping the deal will collapse anyway. If that happens, the likely bet would be Iran sprinting for the bomb and either getting it or getting into a war with Israel or the US before that happens.

European powers still haven’t given up hope, though. It may be that the deal is somehow preserved, even with US sanctions coming back into force. We shall see.