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Rajesh Setty
Rajesh “Raj” Setty is a serial entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley. He currently serves as president of WittyParrot. He was instrumental in founding several US and India technology and publishing companies. Raj has been a member of Band of Angels since 2007 and is an award-winning teacher at the Founder Institute. He has authored 13 books and has published more than 1800 blog posts. You can read his blog and follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

Entries by Rajesh Setty

The Secret Behind a One Day Project Going Viral

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2015 | 4:28 AM

Corom Thompson and Santosh Balasubramanian, Engineers in Information Management and Machine Learning at Microsoft were playing around with Microsoft's newly released Face Detection APIs through a web page called

What happened then was magical.

In their own words on their blog, Corom and Balasubramaniam, say

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What to Do When You Are Growing Your Core Fast, But Not Fast Enough

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 4:02 AM

What to do When You are Growing Your Core Fast, But Not Fast Enough?

Case in point is LinkedIn.

A disclaimer: I love LinkedIn and have continued to be amazed at everything they do. The prompt for the reflections in this article was from LinkedIn's recent acquisition of

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Three Hidden Costs of Bad Marketing

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2015 | 3:23 AM

Granted, there is no sure shot recipe for a winning marketing program. However, you and I will agree that there are countless ways of doing bad marketing.

On one end of bad marketing is "clueless marketing" where you spend a ton of money on trying to take your message to...

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Why Many Smart People Don't Complete Reading the Business Books They Buy

(3) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 7:39 AM

Are you one of those people who buy business books, but don't completely read them?

Don't answer that question aloud.

Also, don't ask me back that question.


I am guilty as charged.

I have bought a few hundred business books so far and I have received a few hundred...

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How to Communicate the Outcome of Your Assignment to Your Boss

(2) Comments | Posted March 21, 2015 | 10:46 PM

At the basic level, your efforts on the given assignment will directly influence the outcome of that assignment. If the assignment is a material one, your boss will be very interested in more than a good outcome for that assignment.

The complexity is generally embedded in the assignment.

The simplicity...

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The $17K Watch and the Art of Deflection

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2015 | 12:00 PM


You have experienced the art of deflection a lot of times, usually when you read the jokes. Here are a couple of them.

Two Jokes

This one is from Steve Sanderson with the title "Why men shouldn't write advice columns".

Dear John,


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The Uncommon Reasons for the Rise of Stress

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2015 | 3:41 AM


Do you feel like there is an unlimited supply of stress in this world?

No, not the kind of stress that comes with growth.

Unfortunately, it is the kind of stress that comes with being stuck.

Common sense says that your growth is...

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5 Steps to Reset Your Mood for More Power

(4) Comments | Posted February 22, 2015 | 6:08 PM


Have you created a mess for yourself as a result of being in a bad mood?

Don't worry.

Everybody has.

You are not alone.

Bad moods suck.

Yet, you and I get into bad moods often BECAUSE others in our life push our...

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9 Characteristics of a Good Mentoring Relationship

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 8:00 PM


A good mentor is a gift from the Universe. If you find one, do everything you can to convince them that it is worth their while to mentor you. I am fortunate to be on both sides of the table almost on a...

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Three Ways to Get Good, Immediate Feedback

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2015 | 10:09 PM


There is an old saying -- "feedback is the breakfast of champions." I would make a small change. In my version, it would be -- "good feedback is the breakfast of champions." The only thing that would ace this is "good, immediate feedback."

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3 Steps to Create MAGIC in 2015

(0) Comments | Posted January 1, 2015 | 6:25 PM

The new year is here. It is a point in time where many of us stop, reflect on the past year and see what changes could be made in the new year to make the next year better than the previous one.

Here are three steps to consider if you...

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How to Tell a Transportable Story in a Thank You Card

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2014 | 1:21 PM

A transportable story is one where you make it a no-brainer for the recipient of your story to pass it along to one or more people.

A transportable story will have the following elements at a minimum:

1. Compelling idea/cause:

A underlying compelling idea or a cause will lay...

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Relabeling Your Way to Start Practicing Grateful Living

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2014 | 5:21 PM


You and I know that there are literally hundreds of reasons to be grateful for. But, in your busy life, it is something that is easy to forget and move to the other end of the spectrum where you start taking things for...

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The REAL Golden Network

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 3:04 AM


If you are going for a hike on the hill close to your home, you might be able to get that done on your own. However, if your goal is to climb the Mount Everest, you need to join a tribe that can...

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You Can't Start Flowing Until You Stop Resisting

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2014 | 4:43 PM


It is important to remember and remind yourself of a basic tenet in Neuro Linguistic Programming and it goes like this:

The meaning of your communication is in its response

It seems simple, but it's very easy to forget and more importantly very...

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How b.good Blends Loyalty With Love

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2014 | 12:03 PM


Loyalty programs are not new. Before the age of smart phones, people were carrying punch cards to get a free gift of some kind (e.g.: a free drink) when they got the whole card was punched. Carrying those cards was a messy affair...

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V is for Velocity

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 10:36 AM


Speed is questionable, but velocity is pure gold because with velocity, right direction is generally implied. If you are going fast in the wrong direction, it doesn't help. In fact, it hurts, badly.

In Sales or anywhere else in life, meaningful progress happens...

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Q is for Questions

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2014 | 12:38 AM


Questions are important.

Actually, that's not right

Questions are VERY important

When the great master Peter Drucker passed away, several gurus remembered their interactions and experiences with Drucker in various media outlets. I had an opportunity to read many of them. The one...

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R is for Resourcefulness

(2) Comments | Posted February 2, 2014 | 9:56 PM


Resourcefulness in simple terms would be to get the required things done by creatively optimizing the resources that you already have.

In his insightful article on this topic, Paul Graham talks about THE quality that he looks for in founders, THE...

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N is for Nurturing

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 2:15 PM


Your offering may be so good that some prospects may fall in love with it the moment they see it for the first time or hear about it for the first time. But even amongst them, only a few of them are going...

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