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Punit Soni
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We had our first big TGIF event and it quickly morphed into a large scale Karaoke night! Love this place!

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I loved how our first big TGIF event at Flipkart quickly morphed into a large scale Karaoke night!
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Driving around Bangalore in the rain. Love the monsoon!

Happy weekend everyone :)
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Glad to see you enjoying Bangalore! :)
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Its week 4 and it feels like an year. Weekdays are a blur of meetings, intense product conversations, trade-offs, negotiations, design workshops and what not. Here is what my day looked like today:

8am: Conversation with a recruiter about the interviews of the day

9am — 10am: Two phone screens with potential candidates. Both incredible, both passionate and both considering jumps across continents to be here at Flipkart.

10–10:30: Conversation about a potential partnership with an external company. The company is in the middle of a super hot sector in the middle of a super hot India bubble. Too frothy..its all too frothy..

10:30–11: HR Sync. Some drama, some warm and fuzzy issues, all good.

11–11:30: Another Candidate conversation. This one is a slam dunk. Need to fly her out.

11:30 — Noon: Discussion on the new campus and how to configure things. We are moving to a new campus which is already small for our needs. So while we plan for a new campus, we are planning for the campus after that. Well, wow.

Noon — 1pm: Product conversation on a new feature we want to launch. Launch dude, don’t waste a min. Launch and iterate!

1–1:15pm: Discussion on an new process we want to institute to make things more agile. Need-to-get-faster. Even faster. This place is about N times faster than Google. Sometimes it feels way too fast. Sometimes way too slow.

(15 min lunch somewhere in the middle between conversations. Food is delicious. Its 8 steel boxes each with a different item in it. Looks something like below!)


1:30–2pm: Work on a marketing effort which will allow us to acquire tons of new users. What’s the priority here? Should we do this? Or not? I don’t quite know. I am going to let the direct lead make the call. And step in only if asked.

2–2:30pm: Sync with PR team. Not going to say much more :P

2:30–3pm: Working time to catch up on things. I have 30mins to think through the next meeting which is a big one. This will be real product work.

3pm — 5pm: Work with the Product team to unblock a huge cross-functional project

5pm — 6pm: Listen to a cool new pitch on a new consumer idea

6pm — 7pm: Meeting a group of Infrastructure folks to discuss how to open up new capabilities in the system. Deep technical work. Real engineering stuff. Makes me feel alive again.

No two days are alike. No day is typical. Tomorrow is not going to be the same. The fun part of this job is that every day brings with its own challenges and excitement. The sad part is that I have not worked out in a month and need to figure that out!

Feels like the days when I had just started at Wharton. Those initial days felt like we were drinking fine wine through a firehose.

The firehose is full blast. The wine is fine.

Welcome to Flipkart — the craziest Internet company in the middle of a crazy, chaotic, loveable country that is India.

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We just launched the Seller Analytics Dashboard to our entire live seller base. Now, sellers can slice and dice their metrics using multiple filters and time periods, understand trends or download the most granular level data.
We will keep working to make you guys successful!

https://seller.flipkart.com/
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Please improve delivery services as well
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"Daddy, why do we have to sleep?"
"So you can meet little fairies."
"You are better than any fairies I can meet"

This is why we have kids.
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I didn't plan on having any and I ended up with four. Best thing in the world, even though they drive me insane sometimes. 
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The headline is courtesy my friend Anshu Sharma (@anshublog) who crisply explained in a short phrase what I spent minutes espousing. The venue was TiEcon where I was invited to do a fireside chat with Anshu about Flipkart, India, Internet, and the power of ecommerce.


The world is full of conflict zones. Young people picking up guns to fight for various causes (whether real or percieved). I wonder how different things would be if we could hand every one of them a smartphone with a connection to the Internet, and show them how they could make money of it. I wonder if the belief that they could all make a better life for themselves would be a start towards tempering the fires burning across the world.

By most metrics, India is a poor country still building its infrastructure up. But if you walk around in the country, all you see is young people studying, reading, buying, selling, figuring out all sorts of schemes to get ahead in life. India is in reality a very rich country. Because its youth have belief that they can get ahead in life, and build a better, more prosperous future. A key part of that belief stems from the access to a smartphone and to the Internet.

If everyone in the world had a shot at a better life for themselves, if all of them could be handed a cheap android device with a connection to the rest of the world, perhaps we would have way less wars. Perhaps the war mongers would be way less powerful.

Or as Anshu put it so eloquently on stage at TiEcon, it would be the Internet versus ISIS.

And we all know who would prevail.

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+Bryan May Explain to me again how the state recognizing gay marriage has any impact on you whatsoever?
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Its Sunday night and we are back after a long day driving around Bangalore. It has been overcast all day, and I am sitting in my study, a steady drizzle in the background overlaying the OST of Interstellar on my computer.

We are nearing the one month mark in Bangalore and feel like we are settling in very comfortably. Work is awesome, people are friendly, food is incredible, weather is glorious. There is nothing really to complain about. Bangalore has a lot of things going for it, but its beauty has been fading for a long time now. Sometimes if you look hard enough, the years fall apart and old Bangalore reveals itself. You can see past the wrinkles to see the beauty of past. But you have to know where to go, and what to look for. One such place is Taj West End in Central Bangalore.


This has quickly become my favorite spot in the city (perhaps driven by the fact that I have not really seen much of the city yet). This is a huge swathe of land in the middle of city full of lush tropical foliage and birds. Feels like someone parted a veil and we are in colonial Bangalore. The air feels cooler, there are wisps of cloud around snaking creepers hanging from large century old trees. Its peaceful; the silence hangs from the trees and permeates everything. But then I realize that just walking around here is a privilege. That so many will never get to see this part of Bangalore.

Living in India is an exercise in contradiction. On one hand, I am keen to land safely, ensure my family lives a very comfortable, relaxed life and can transition to a new country (and yes, it is a new country after two decades out of it). On the other hand, I know I want to experience India like it is. This is not really India. The Truman show like gate communities, the 5 star hotels, the swanky clubs. They may look like the new India, but its not it.

There is an acute sense of living in a bubble. And I never felt that back in US. Maybe it was the same there, but it was never so obvious. Don’t get me wrong. Its a very comfortable and interesting bubble. But I know a bubble when I see one.

While I write all this, a streak of ants are carrying a dead spider across the room towards the balcony in some weird parody of the opening shot of an over-intellectualized art film. I guess try what we may, the tropics will outlast us and our antiseptic existence.

It will be ok after all. We will get there.

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Bold is beautiful. Great job Myntra!

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+Trisha Rudra Is there a link to the dress on that video page? I could not find it.
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So we have finally moved lock, stock and barrel to Bangalore (well..the barrel is still on a ship somewhere). Its literally 5 days since we landed in the country and we are now bang in the middle of a full-on honeymoon period. Here are the top 5 highlights currently:

Weather — Its almost always between 70–85F. No sweat, no heat, no discomfort. Makes you feel like you are wasting your time going to work and should be out in a park somewhere!

*Rains *— I was born in India and one thing I miss when living in California were the torrential rains. Monsoons here are a sheet of wall that hit the streets. You can spend hours in the patio, listening to the pitter-patter of rain over warm cups of chai (or some good wine)

Mangoes — I am ODing on Mangoes currently. I eat them at Breakfast, eat them at Dinner, eat them for snacks. Banganpalli, Alphonso, Badami, Malboa, so many varieties, so many flavors!

Fresh Bananas from the neighbour’s garden — We literally landed and the next day, our new neighbours passed a bag of fresh bananas plucked from their backyard over the fence. Its not about the bananas, its about the incredible feeling of community. A friend (Canadian transplanted into Bangalore of all places) dropped by with a box of food knowing we are still struggling to cook at home. Folks keep calling to check on us. We feel incredibly loved here.

Convenience — I feel things get done in a different way in India, but they get done pretty efficiently if you know the system. Need refreshed ATM card, no worries, the bank guy will drop by your home. Need to get clothes laundered, text someone and they show up in 5 mins to pick it up. Need food, hundreds of deliver Apps abound.

Now I know we are observing India for a bit of a position of privilege and its probably not as convenient or seamless for everyone (that’s a topic for another day). But right now, we are happy to have chosen this adventure. We love the people and love the experience. Its great to move countries and reinvent yourselves.

Somewhere along the way, I went to US and over time, it became home (and is the place I will end up after I am done with my adventures). But today, it feels beautiful to be back here in India, rediscovering the country where I was born. India sometimes get a bit of flak and some of it is perhaps rightfully so, for there are abundant socio-economic issues here. But what we tend to overlook is that there is an earthiness to its people, that if you look beyond the creaking infrastructure and the mindless red tape, there is a society that is aspiring to succeed while it holds on to its sense of community and tradition.

More soon. Mangoes are waiting…
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see you soon +Dave Russell :)
And yes its crazy thunderstorms and hail here :)
+Lucas Mendes Pereira Brazil is on top of my list of countries to go from here !
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We recently launched a new site at http://seller.flipkart.com for folks interested in selling on the Flipkart Marketplace. Learn more about what it takes to open a store on Flipkart.
Join in guys!

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Chief Product Officer, Flipkart
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I have the fortune to be married to the most amazing, beautiful woman in the world. I love running, playing soccer, and reading. Part time, I also love building products. I work in Flipkart as Chief Product Officer.

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Found Talvi, Climbed 20+ Peaks, Launched Google+, Build tons of Mobile Apps, Built Moto X/G/E
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