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Steve Jobs: Man On A Mission

Ramya GovindRaj



Millions of people around the world today are proud owners of Apple products, from smartphones to watches and laptops. The passion and creativity of one person has reached people in the corners of the globe, making Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, one of the most influential people in the tech industry. Some say the founder of Apple lost his footing on his way to success. But, few will disagree that Apple lost its sense of direction and pioneering spirit without Jobs on the front line. Engineering one of the most amazing turnarounds of the 20th century, Steve Jobs cemented his name in history as an icon of American business.

Every Apple fan knows the story of how the son of a machinist with an interest in electronics set out to build a computer for every household sparking the personal computer revolution. However, there are still a few facts that are not common knowledge!

Here are a few lesser known facts about the one of the most inspiring entrepreneurs, Steve Jobs.

1. Apple
Jobs decided to name his company Apple on his visit to an organic farm to collect fruits. He was a fruitarian and his diet consisted of only fruits and fish. 

2. Apple’s typography and font
After dropping out of college, Jobs continued his education by informally auditing classes. One of those courses was a calligraphy course, which was instrumental in the future Apple products’ attention to typography and font.

3. Annual Salary
Jobs’ annual salary at Apple was only $ 1 annually. However, he was a majority shareholder of Disney stock after selling Pixar and held close to 5.5 million shares of Apple stock. 

4. Packaging
An entire team at Apple was dedicated to study the experience of opening a box. Jobs insisted on achieving the excitement and emotional response level that is now common with all the Apple products.

5. Patents
Close to 346 United States patents have been listed with Steve Jobs named as either the inventor or co inventor. Apple’s famous glass staircase is one such patented attraction that pulls passersby into the store.

6. Mentor
Steve Jobs acted as a mentor to Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the founders of the search engine giant Google. He even shared some of his advisers with the duo but was furious when Google went on to launch the Android operating system.

7. Pancreatic Cancer
When Jobs was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer, he waited for nine months before undergoing surgery. He instead opted for an alternative medicine regimen, including a vegan diet, acupuncture and herbal remedies, even consulting a psychic.

8. Bill Gates
Although they were rivals for a majority of the time, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs hit it off while doing an event together for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill Gates even wrote a letter to Jobs about how Jobs should feel great about what he had done and the company he had built. Jobs appreciated the letter and kept it by his bedside.

9. Last words
Till date, no one has been able to decipher Steve Jobs last words which were “Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow.” Jobs spoke these last words on his deathbed while gazing over his family’s shoulders before passing away on Oct 5 at the age of 56.

10. Steve Jobs: The Man With A Mission
One of Steve Jobs’ most famous quotes is “I want to put a ding in the universe.” I think it is safe to say Steve Jobs managed to put more than just a ding in the universe!

Watch Steve Jobs inspire graduates and entrepreneurs to dream big and achieve their dreams in this motivational video! 

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Facebook Facts That’ll Flip You Out!

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Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook as a means of connecting people to one another via the Internet. While Facebook is perhaps one of the most pioneering sites of social media, there are a lot of hidden facts about one of the largest online platforms. Today, we bring you ten things you probably did not know about this platform!

1. No blocking. 

You can block literally anyone except for the Mark Zuckerberg. Why would you want to, anyway?

2. Talk like a pirate

Have you ever wanted to talk like a Pirate but did not know how? Then worry not because Facebook gives you the option of changing your language to Pirate! A win here for sure!

3. No privacy! 

Facebook has access to all your online browsing. Yes. Even after you sign out! Next time you check in somewhere, think twice. Because, Big Brother is watching!

4. The first face

Zuckerberg has a quirky side to him. How do we know? The first face of Facebook was Al Pacino! It was placed on the top left side of the screen!

5. Like the Awesome

The word “like” was thought to be subtle for Facebook and the team wanted to initially call the like button the “awesome” button. What do you prefer? To be awesome or to be liked?

6. Not just a random colour 

Did you know Facebook is blue in colour because Mark Zuckerberg is primarily colour blind? He can’t see the colours red and green. The next best option? Red + Green = Blue!

7. Oh China! 

China doesn’t believe in International social media. The country has blocked Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for almost a decade now. In fact, since the year 2009.

8. The mother of all divorces 

According to reports, a third of all divorce filings in the year 2011 in the United States listed Facebook as a cause.

9. A slap for the internet 

A blogger was so sick of Facebook, he hired a woman to slap him every time he got on Facebook. Now that is perseverance in its true form!

10. Death. Oh death. 

To make things morbid, Facebook has around 30,000 million profiles of people who have passed away. Talk about morbid.

Facebook is clearly more than just being your average social media platform, with its fair share of the dark side and the good side. Let us know if you think there are other strange facts we missed here!

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Life Lessons To Be Learnt From Indra Nooyi

Smruthi Kishore



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Apart from being a wife and a mother, Indra Nooyi is first and foremost known as the CEO of one of the largest companies, PepsiCo. Here are a few great life lessons to learn from the woman who dared to dream.

1. Everyone needs a vision 

When Nooyi became the CEO of Pepsi, she didn’t start off with the idea of changing the face of the company. She started off with a bigger vision for the company and then built towards achieving the goal. This is why it is important to have a vision first and then plan the process out.

2. Listen carefully 

According to Indra Nooyi, listening is perhaps the most important thing. There are always people with ideas for how we can do things differently – ideas we may not want to hear. This is where listening plays a huge role in your life. The next big idea could just be the result of listening, who knows!

3. Ensure that culture isn’t affected  

Where you come from is your defining factor. Even if you move from place to place, ensure your culture remains the same wherever you are.

4. Be a student for life 

Keep learning all your life. The world is always evolving and there is no limit to the information you learn. Let the student in your life always be alive and your life will have new meaning.

5. People are everything 

Growing up, Indra would always see people come to her mother and appreciate her for the good job she had done in raising Indra. These things always had a huge impact on her and she realised the relationships you build growing up have a strong impact in your life.

While not everything comes with just dreaming, these life lessons from Indra Nooyi really help getting things into perspective, making life a memorable experience.

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The Flipkart Success Story

Smruthi Kishore



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Flipkart is perhaps India’s largest home grown e commerce platform today and it has quite a success story to its name. Founded in the year 2007 by Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, this platform was founded with a meagre Rs. 6,500 as a startup fund.

Both were Amazon techies working at creating the next big thing. Little did they know that the idea was just around the corner. Bored with their mundane jobs, Sachin and Binny wanted to create a search engine dedicated to e commerce websites. However, they soon realised that there were very few websites of this kind and this when they came up with something like Flipkart.

They left their jobs in the hopes of shaping the future of e commerce in India at a time when this field was steadily growing. Both of them loved books and founded Flipkart as a platform that catered to book lovers. Want anything, Flipkart made it available. In fact, that is what Flipkart means: Flipping things into the cart. A couple of months into the business, they realised they had a larger target audience to tap.

In the first few years of its existence, Flipkart raised funds through venture capital funding. As the company grew in stature, more funding arrived. Flipkart repaid the investors’ faith with terrific performances year after year. In the financial year 2008-09, Flipkart had made sales to the tune of Rs. 40 million. This soon increased to Rs. 200 million in the following year.

When Flipkart launched, e commerce websites faced one major problem, that of online payment gateways. Back then, not many people trusted paying on the internet. Flipkart tackled this problem by introducing cash on delivery and payment by card on delivery in addition to others. Flipkart was the first to implement the ‘Cash On Delivery’ facility, which every online shopping website in India offers as an option today.

Over the years, as faith was established in Flipkart’s business and easy delivery processes, the acquisitions became higher and the rewards became larger. With Sachin Singh as the Chairman of the company and Binny Singh as the CEO, Flipkart stands as the largest online e commerce platform in the country. Walmart is in talks to invest in this online platform and once the investment goes through, Flipkart and Amazon will stand neck to neck. What started off as only a platform for books has now become a platform for pretty much anything from technology to stationary!

Flipkart managed to open the doors to an e commerce friendly India and this was only possible because of the founders who created and not just thought. A true success story like this doesn’t come too often and when it does, it makes sense to stand up and notice.

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