Stop Being a Google-Noob : Tips to Get Better Google Search Results

Picture this:

You need online shopping data for a presentation. You are on a deadline!

You get on Google in a hurry.

A couple of hours have passed and all you have discovered is an e-store that sells absolutely awesome shoes.

You suddenly remember that presentation your manager is waiting for. Dang!

This has happened to the best of us at some point.

Google is like an Oracle. It’s a great tool to find stuff online. It has increasingly become the most trusted source to turn to, when we need answers. But, the trick lies in asking the right questions.

Motivated by my own ignorance and watching the guy in the next cubicle go round in circles, I set out to find better ways to Google stuff. This amazing infographics by Splashsys on illustrates How to Search Google Like a Pro(more…)


Tipsy Gets Social: Social Media Explained with Beer! [INFOGRAPHIC]

Many years ago, when we were creating a website for our first start-up venture, there were just 2 buttons on the social widget; Facebook and Twitter.

A couple of weeks ago, while setting up this blog I configured the “Share This” widget full of social channels. I frequently use a few of them, while the others, I have only heard of. It can get overwhelming sometimes when you can’t tell your Vine from your Instagram & a Post from a Pin.

Thankfully, there is help at hand. Beer!

Jonathan Berthold of Digital Media Cafe unravels various social channels using Beer in this infographic. So, go right ahead and indulge. This one’s for the road!!


Source: Jonathan Berthold,

Source: Jonathan Berthold,

5 Awesome Presentation Tools to Knock Their Socks Off!

Meetings. Reviews. Sales-Pitches and practically every conference room congregation revolves around presentations. Like me, if you have been to slide-fests often enough, you probably dislike presentations as much as I do. While a lot depends on the presenter, their ability to tell a story  and their command on the subject. It is the tools that often let one down. Boring slides, insipid clip-art and charts that have been done to death.

For years I used PowerPoint as the only tool to make presentations. The familiarity with the tool ensured effectiveness but the story-telling was missing from it. It is this slide-fatigue that compelled me to look for alternatives. Presentation tools that helped me paint a picture & tell a story like never before. I am rounding up five tools here that will help you hit one out of the park without burning a hole in your pocket.


4 Ground Rules For Start-up Success (Don’t start without #3)

If you’re tired of being a corporate drone and want to make it on your own, you need to have two things above all else: persistence and resilience. In today’s world, where recessions and economic meltdowns are common, you would need persistence to succeed. While the statistics paint a gloomy picture of their success, the start-up ecosystem has never looked better. Fresh ideas are taking shape everyday. Entrepreneurs are changing our world, one start-up at a time. So how do you beat the statistics and get your dream start-up off the ground? While there are a lot of factors that go into making a venture successful, here are ground rules that are absolutely essential.

Picture Credit: Seeker of Guidance, Flickr

Picture Credit: Seeker of Guidance, Flickr


Top 5 Productivity Apps on Android to stay ahead in 2014. I can’t live without #2!

You take your cellphone with you everywhere, but do you really use it? With smartphones, you can do so much more than just make calls and send messages. Smartphones (and tablets) have become powerful enough to let you do almost everything your desktop computer can. They are also much easier to carry and handle.

If you own an Android device, you can use it like a personal assistant, secretary and personal computer all rolled in one, by using some of the great apps available for download in the Android market. I have made a list of the top 5 must-have productivity apps that will greatly boost your productivity in 2014, at work and elsewhere too.  (more…)

The 5 Life Lessons I Learnt From My 5-Year Old

I wake up one fine morning; sit with a steaming cuppa by my favorite window overlooking the skyline of a city that is bursting at its seams. As I introspect, I wonder where the last five years have gone.  One fine day I held this little guy bundled up in a blue giraffe blanket and my world changed forever! Out went video games, parties and nights about town. Suddenly I was dealing with poop, handling a tyrant (not really!) and nodding off at work.

Being a dad (or Baba, as he calls me) has been a rewarding experience. A really popular quote from The Spiderman goes “With great power comes great responsibility”. For the father in me this quote has turned on its head “With great responsibility comes great power”.  And that power is learning that fatherhood brings. The more time I spend with Junior the more I learn, even while I pretend to be the wise one!