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Punit Soni
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Chief Product Officer, Flipkart
Chief Product Officer, Flipkart

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I have been traveling a bit in the past few months, and for all the pain, there is one big advantage about 24 hour long cross-continental travel between US and India. You end up getting a lot of time to disconnect and think about what’s going on around you. And one thing that has been top of mind lately is that we are due for another wave of technology to shake things up around us. We had the Personal computing wave, and then came the Internet era which morphed into the mobile age. What’s next?

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https://medium.com/@punitsoni/at-the-cusp-of-the-next-wave-7d0c6cd74503#.y73x6wb5z

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I have consistently mentioned in my previous posts that the first thing you do when you settle into a new role as a leader in an organization is to study the communication design of the org. A lot of the inefficiencies in the organization are typically due to unclear goals, dependencies spread across multiple teams with incoherent priorization, and the lack of a process behind decision making. These are the kind of things that a communication map fixes. Put simply, a communication map is what you use to navigate the organization and make it more nimble, agile, and decisive. It tackles the following four aspects:


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https://medium.com/@punitsoni/build-a-communication-map-for-your-org-438ef4eaaf48#.o2v6gdxb4

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Everything I get to the airport, I wonder if it will be my turn. Sad.
Need to educate folks about who we are.

I am so happy to hear this news. This is incredible work and is a testament to good, thoughtful long term investments in Product and Technology, married with some serious business savvy.
Kudos to +Rick Osterloh and the rest of the +Motorola Mobility team.

http://www.technewstoday.com/28424-lenovo-scoops-up-300-million-in-profits-thanks-to-motorola/

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Traveling through rural Tamil Nadu. Roads are full of kids heading home. Almost none have shoes on, all have books in hand.

Go India!
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New Windows 10 FK App, FK Lite mobile site, refreshed desktop website, new exchange program for phones and TVs... the team is killing it right now!
What a great start to 2016.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/services/retail/flipkart-to-launch-an-exchange-programme-starting-with-smartphones-and-television-sets/articleshow/50764356.cms

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Recently I remember speaking to a group of future leaders from some of India’s foremost companies and someone asked a question, “What defines a great leader”. I think I gave a wholly unsatisfactory answer at that time centered around enabling people. And its just a role that others decided to foist on a person. I saw a lot of confusion in people’s eyes.

I can see how in certain contexts (like a traditional family owned business), folks can confuse leadership with dictatorship, with a sense of kingdom or glory. But in a pure tech setup, the company is a group of equals all of who have come together to further a common goal. How does a leader operate in that context?

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https://medium.com/@punitsoni/leadership-in-a-world-of-equals-b3d8ad7fa93a#.nz8tqdsuv

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Well, its a little less than an year, but enough to be able to write this post. Even though I was born in Bombay, I have not spent any significant part of my adult life here and so this has been quite an interesting year. I have the interesting vantage point of both understanding the underlying cultural nuances and being able to notice them since they are so fresh to me.

A year is genuinely the magic mark. Things do genuinely get better with time and one has mostly worked out most of the kinks by then. You are also clearer about what you really came here for, and whether it was all working. Given all that, a few random observations:

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https://medium.com/@punitsoni/a-year-in-india-42e065f21669#.4zsdxlinu

For those who ask.
Move as fast as possible during gigs, and be as slow as possible between them.

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Melancholy — Subtle sadness without any obvious cause. Typically a syndrome that hits one on a Sunday night.

Life has many ups and downs. More downs than ups. Someone rightly said that behind each success are countless disappointments, failures and struggles. Each down teaches you more about yourselves than you can imagine.

We take life way too seriously. It is not about what the world, society, friends, family think about you. Its mostly about what you think about yourselves. Life is too short to worry about what position you are at, and who thinks you are cool. No one truly cares anyways. Life moves on, people pass away, what’s current becomes irrelevant. The only thing that matters is if you had fun, if you were happy, if it truly had an impact.

So be happy. Do things that matter to you. Be good to your family. Have fun with your friends. Because no amount of overt success, money, or fame will count in the final calculation. The net sum of our lives is the people we love and leave behind, those who care that we existed at all.

So please exist. Breath, live, and love.

https://medium.com/@punitsoni/melancholy-99698b2304a5#.d1s9vrbkr
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