What are the ten web-sites in India one should visit daily?

Answer by Vasundhara Tadkalkar: What are the ten web-sites in India one should visit daily?

1. Quora
Not that you need encouragement—it’s the one of the most popular sites on the Internet. Plus there is bonus! you are not wasting your time. You are just adding piles of information to your storage. Fun, isn’t it?

2. Reuters
If you’re looking for sober, unbiased news coverage that’s less infotainment, less political activism, and more pure journalism, then the international news agency with 160 years of history as the world’s most respected wire service is probably your best choice. Established in London in 1851 to provide financial market data, Reuters built a reputation as the first to report international news scoops, including news of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Reuters online is multi-lingual, employs thousands of reporters, and hits all the highlights without the fluff. It’s like normal news, except for grownups.

3. Pinterest
Pinterest is a bit like Hotel California: “you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave”—it’s that consuming. On the social pinboard site you “pin” images from around the Web to your categorized boards, and others can then repin your pics. It’s a way to collect your thoughts, bookmark recipes and tips, or just get inspired. If you’re not already pinning, check out how you can get started.

4. Lifehacker
Your life needs some hacking and this Gawker site has the low-down on how to do it. While there’s a lot of emphasis on improving your digital well-being, there are also plenty of other worthwhile tips and tricks to be found for bettering your life overall, in areas such as food, creativity, work, and travel, to name a few.

5. The Verge
Former Engadget Editor-in-Chief Joshua Topolsky launched The Verge to be an accessible technology site, but one with longer, in-depth features and reviews where the design is as important as the writing. Mission accomplished. The Verge may not have the most traffic among gadget blogs (yet) but it’s definitely got the buzz; it even won five Webby Awards last year. The site now also features The Verge Video, with regular video updates about the gadget world.

6. Slate.com
One of the very first online magazines alongside Salon, Slate’s come a long way from the days when it was owned by Microsoft. In its 17 years the online magazine has covered or argued about everything you can imagine in politics, tech, business, art, and life. It couldn’t make paid subscriptions work but succeeded in podcasts, and became an award winner at the National Magazine Awards in 2011.

7. CollegeHumor
Perhaps you wish you could relive your college glory days—the good times when everything was a riot. Luckily there’s plenty of that fun to be had at this comedy site, home of some of the most consistently hilarious sketches and series of today. Most of the time they are NSFW (not safe for work), so check it out before the boss gets in.

8. Twitter
There was a time when only a handful of the PCMag staffers had Twitter accounts. Now Twitter is a full-time companion for just about everyone here, and you’re probably no exception. Even if you don’t tweet anything yourself, it’s the best place to read breaking news from media outlets, pithy comments from celebs and comics, and some solid lunch longreads. In fact, if you follow your favorite sites on Twitter you probably don’t need to store them in your bookmarks bar.

9. Consumerist
When a tech product is flawed or an online service doesn’t work like it should, you’ll read about it in PCMag’s review. But when customer service reps refuse to listen to your cable troubles or restaurants are overcharging for their meals, you’ll read about it on The Consumerist. Now owned by Consumer Reports, it’s updated throughout the day and is chock-full of useful shopper information.

10.Amazon
Last but not least, keep update of whats going on in market. Who wouldn’t want to save a handful!

Edit: Here are some fun things you can do on internet

1. Make some sick beats at Patatap
They even have matching visuals to complement the sounds. Jam out with your friends for a guaranteed good time!


Source – howcast

2. Learn any course you can imagine at Coursera
Learn from literally thousands of options, a lot of which are free. Knowledge is power after all, especially unnecessary knowledge!


Source – dogster

3. Read hilarious online comics like Dr. Mc Ninja
Or go on to comic prospector and find something else you like (But if you don’t like Dr.McNinja then you suck)


Source – cloudfront

4. Photoshop pictures online using Pixlr
No need to sign up or anything, just go on and manipulate your photos and make your friends look fat. It’s a classic!


Source – filecluster

5. Play hi quality games at BigPoint
Just make sure you have an unlimited internet plan, otherwise you’re screwed.


Source – gamesnips

6. Send files upto 1GB for free from Pando
That’s HUGE!


Source – betanews

7. Learn how to make pretty much anything at VideoJug
Learn to make cool cakes or candles or dirty toys or whatever.


Source – onelittleproject

8. Learn to read body language and detect lies at Blifaloo
There’s no sure shot way to tell if a person is lying, but you can always pretend that there is and get them to tell the truth anyway!


Source – salon

9. Get free tech support at Techguy
If you’re having problems with your computer, this free volunteer site will sort you out. Forget your stupid computer guy who only shows up when you’re not at home!


Source – zen cart

10. Find free wifi spots worldwide at WifiFreeSpot
It even lists some clinics in Delhi with free Wi-Fi! Now I can just pretend to have a migraine and get free internet woohoo!


Source – politic365

11. Send an anonymous email with 10MinuteMail
The email address disappears after ten seconds, so you go scot-free while your nemesis finally accepts that you are the better human.


Source – timeninja

12. Learn any language in the world at Duolingo
With a little patience, you can be spewing French pickup lines and Spanish cuss words interchangeably. Very useful.


Source – valuewalk

13. Watch from hundreds of documentaries atDocumentaryHeaven
It’s got Kubrick on the home page, which basically convinced me that this site is legit. They’ve got loads of free documentaries ripe for the picking!


Source – planocritico

14. Learn killer magic tricks at GoodTricks
Everybody loves magic, so if you want to be the next David Blaine (Do you really?), then head on over here and start levitating or whatever.


Source – megnetudeconsulting

15. Torrent websites for everything else!
Just don’t download anything illegal! *smirk*


Source – betanews
Get off Facebook and go do something useful!

As Aryaman suggested,
You can visit 9GAG which has the best funny pics, GIFs, videos, memes, cute, wtf, geeky, cosplay photos on the web. 9GAG is your best source of fun.

Thank you for the suggestion!
Thank you everyone for the upvotes! 2K that’s amazing!

Edit : 4k+!!! thanks everyone.

Arpit bhati suggested some channels on you tube- Vsause, Numberphile, Minutephysics, CGP Grey. Hope you like it.

Rahul Gupta suggested Howstuffworks, well how could I have forgotten it.
thanks for the suggestion.

Some of the above are from schoopwhoop, another awesome site to visit!
Thanks for the love, its my 1st above 100 & 5k upvotes.

What are the ten web-sites in India one should visit daily?

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Which is the best city in India to settle and why?

Gandhinagar: Why you should move here?

Answer by Ajeet Panigrahi:

Well before I answer this question, I would like to say that I lived in many different cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata , Chennai, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Patna, Pathankot, Kochi, Nashik, Lonavala, Nicobar, Bhubaneshwar, etc.

But the city I liked the most and one of the city where anyone can live a peaceful and uninterrupted life goes like this:

1. The city is Planned, in a damn good way. It was planned by HK Mewada and Prakash M Apte, who worked as trainees under Legendary Architect Le Corbusier, the architect who designed Chandigarh. The plan somewhat looks like this.


(Image source:  Page on indiatravelite.com )

2. Some one said about Greenery. This is the Greenest City in Asia with 54% forest cover of its total area. For instance, a normal city has 150 Trees per 100 persons, but this city has more than 400 trees per 100 which is very high.

​( Image Source: www.swastikrealbiz.com)

3. Has a market place in every 1 Sq. Km where one can find all the basic daily needs.
4. Has got garden in every sector where people spend time with families.
Few of the Gardens are so well made that they do attract lots of people from outside.

​( Image Source: www.omnilexica.com)

5. The normal view of a road is like this. Its not a Highway, but only a Sector Road.


​( Image Source: epaper.timesofindia.com)

6. Temples! There is Akshar Dham, Gandhi Mandir, and many small temples in each sector.


​(Image Source: www.travelguru.com)

7. Has got very less traffic. A busy day somewhat looks like this.


​( Image source: Xossip)

8. Pollution, naah, I couldn’t find any.

9. And the best part are the people. Gujjus are the best and one of the least violent people in entire country. Ther are always Maja Ma Che.

10.Mahatma Mandir..
Don’t be surprised, its not airport..


​(Image source: swapnasrushtiwaterpark.com)

11.These kind of pedestrians


​And you can roam anywhere anytime without fears.!!!pretty safe.
(Image Source : katiraconstruction.com)

12.Celebrations (Navratri)


​(Image Source: www.gandhinagarportal.com)

13. Water show


(Image source: www.swaminarayan.org)​

14. IT Parks (TCS Builiding) Many such buildings are coming up. Also to mention the first smartcity of India, GIFT City is also coming up.


​( Image Source: www.snehalshaharchitect.com )

15. This is how intersections/circles look like. There are many like these in Gandhinagar. They are just like mini parks built in between the roads.

(Image source: Google Images)

16. And to all the Non Vegetarians out there, resist this if you can. For your information, that is completely vegetarian. (I am saying it being a non vegetarian).

(Image source: Google Images)

There are many more things I can say but need to leave office.
And Yes the city is GANDHINAGAR, Capital of Gujarat.

Some things which I couldn’t add due to time constraints, added by Mithil Leua.
Edit 1: Sources added.
Edit 2: Some details of Interchanges and Food added.

Which is the best city in India to settle and why?

What are the most common mistakes first-time entrepreneurs make?

[ I found this nice answer on quora. Very informative. I am also entrepreneur, and i would like to be in touch with others, so i have added contact form at the end of this post. if you feel, please drop me some lines via that form.

-Gaurav Chauhan]

 

Answer by Yash Kotak:

I started my first company Lumos right after graduating from IIT Gandhinagar. Dreamy eyed noobs that we were, we made tons of mistakes.

I’ll mention the top 5 mistakes we made that led to our failure. But first the story to give you some background:

July 2014

In July, we started building smart internet connected switches that learn from user behavior and automate all the electronic appliances in a home.

We felt that it’s a pity that our search results and news feed are personalized to us but our homes, where we spend most of our time, are not.

We had a vision that our switches will learn and personalize the electronic appliances in a home to its owner. We decided to name the company Lumos.(Yes, I am a big Harry Potter Fan!)

We took some pre-seed investment from an angel investor and headed off to our alma mater IIT Gandhinagar to get incubated. We converted a lab into our office space and the Lumos saga started!

The Lumos Team at Work!

We built like crazy. That’s the thing about us engineers; if you give us something interesting to build, we will forget everything else and just build. Our first prototype, which automated lights, was ready in 45 days.

The second prototype, which could automate lights, fans, ACs and water heaters was out in another month. This is really fast according to hardware standards.

November 2014

In mid-November, we got a product designer on board to design the final product. In December, we were already in talks with investors to raise the next round of funding.

Our First PCB (That did not work 😛 )

We were on track to have a market-ready hardware product in less than one year. We were pleased with ourselves. The investors were pleased with us. Life was a bed of roses.

December 2014

Until it was not. We had underestimated the work that goes into making a market-ready hardware product. We had overestimated the demand and utility of our product.

Hardware products sell at 4x–5x the component costs. How did we not know this?!

We were wildly wrong about the price at which we thought our product would sell. And when all this realization came together, shit got real.

January 2015-April 2015

We were forced into a deathly spiral of pivots that almost killed the company. We made bigger mistakes. We left IoT as a sector. We lost a cofounder on the way. The pivots are a long story. I’ll save it for another day.

Now that you have some background, here are the top 5 mistakes we made in Lumos and what we learnt from them.


Mistake 1: We were neither experts nor target users of the product that we were building.

We had never used the existing home automation products in our homes. We were not experts in the IoT sector. When you have new at something, you give yourself the famous Dunning Kruger Pass on your decisions.

“The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias wherein unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability to be much higher than is accurate.”

And we did give ourselves the Dunning Kruger pass. Had we been users of existing smart switches, we would have known that the incremental value that our product was offering was quite low. Had we been experts in IoT, we would have known how to price hardware and the difficulties in building it.

By avoiding this mistake, you can avoid a lot of other mistakes which happen as a result of this one.

Learning: Work on something where you are either an expert or a top user. If not, become an expert/top user.

Homejoy founder Adora Cheung herself worked as a professional cleaner to understand the business.

Mistake 2: We did not do the due diligence on the idea before we started building the product.

We did not understand the market and competition well enough. We also did not figure out the persona of our customer. And whether that customer was looking for the value that we were providing.

We did not question whether we would be able to provide that value in that first place.(Machine Learning cannot read the human mind. Not yet!).

It is always possible to validate or disvalidate a lot of assumptions about the product, market and competition without building the full-fledged product.

One way we could have done it was by selling existing products to our potential customers.

Learning: I learnt this very useful method in an accelerator. Make a thorough list of hinge-breaking assumptions for your market, product and competition. Hinge breaking assumptions are those that can make or break your company.

Rank them according to probability of the assumption being wrong and subsequent risk to company. Start validating from the top while building as less as possible.

Mistake 3: We let sunk cost bias affect our decisions about pivoting.

It was not that we were clueless about the problems in our product. We had doubts in our minds. In a startup, you almost always have doubts. But we had built so much. We were in love with our product. And we were not ready to ask the difficult questions.

Is it okay to be doubtful about your product? Is it okay to voice your doubts and bring the team morale down?

Or make your cofounders feel that you are not as committed to the idea and the vision as they are?

It helps to be transparent about your doubts with co-founders in the long run.

It would have saved us a couple of months and some money.

Learning: It is absolutely necessary for founders to be committed to the vision of the company. However, there are multiple ways to achieve a vision. Don’t fall in love with one way. Accept the possibility that you might have to start things over from scratch.

Build a culture of transparency in your company. Encourage dissent among cofounders and deal with it objectively.

Mistake 4: We were trying to do everything for everybody.

We were making switches that could automate your lights, fans, ACs and water heaters. We would have tried to automate your TV, Fridge, Oven and Car as well had it been feasible to do so.

We were pitching power savings as well as luxury. This made the product and the pitch very complicated.

Learning: As a startup, you are constrained in resources. So it is always better to identify and solve one problem very well instead of solving n problems in a so-so way.

Nest solved the heating problem. Dropcam and Canary solved the security problem. Try to be a drug for your customer instead of being a vitamin.

Mistake 5: We underestimated hardware.

Building a successful startup is hard. Building a hardware startup is 10 times harder.

Pebble, with all its Kickstarter success, is still in troubled waters.

Building a prototype is the easiest part of building a hardware startup. The real challenge comes in product design, production engineering, manufacturing, distribution and marketing/sales. And you need to have friends in China.

Also, hardware product validation and iteration cycles are much longer than software ones. Getting funding is relatively difficult; VCs ask for traction(~$1M on Kickstarter/Indiegogo last I heard)because of the inherent risk in a hardware startup.

Managing cash flows is hard because you have to pay your vendors months before you get paid from your customers.

Source: The Lean Hardware Startup: Investing in Hardware Startups

Considering all this, we were not the right team to build a hardware company.

Learning: Understand what you are getting into if you are starting a hardware company and plan accordingly. Get experienced people on your team or get into a hardware accelerator like HAXLR8R.

Today.

Eventually, we ended up leaving hardware and IoT and decided to build something that solves a problem that we had experienced.

Since Gandhinagar(where Lumos was located) does not have many startups, interacting and sharing experiences with other entrepreneurs was always a big problem for us.

Also, we had to subscribe to a lot of blogs (crowded inbox) just to stay updated with top content on Entrepreneurship.

We decided to build FundaMine to solve this problem.

FundaMine is a community for professionals to stay updated and interact with others in their profession.

Currently, FundaMine has communities(mines) on Entrepreneurship, Product Management, Android Dev and IoT. Do check it out!

Drop me a line at yashpkotak@gmail.com if you have any comments or want to discuss anything in detail. I can also be reached at @YashPKotak. If you are in Bangalore, we can also catch up for a cup of coffee!

What are the most common mistakes first-time entrepreneurs make?

 

How to get paid application for free, legally from Google Play Store?

Here i will tell you How to get paid application for free, legally from Google Play Store?

From http://www.androidpolice.com/

What can be awesome than free?

What can be more interested than free?

Lets check out FREE APP OF THE WEEK n play store?

We are used to get some free app which were free otherwise from amazon app store. FREE thing is oldest and working marketing idea to get more customers. When you offer something for free, people feel that let`s check out. After all it is free. So on one mighty day at Google headquarter some one thought the same and here we are. Google play store offers free app of the week. You can download a paid application for free.

Now what you have to do is go to play store app, find the FAMILY FUN image and tap on it.

From https://i2.wp.com/www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/nexus2cee_FreeApp1.pngOnce you tap on NEW FAMILY FUN, you are redirected to family section where you find another image saying free app of the week.

From https://i1.wp.com/www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/nexus2cee_FreeApp2.png

Tap on free app of the week and you are good to go. Remember you have to install via taping FREE APP OF THE WEEK. if you manually search and install the same app, you will be charged. Be careful.

Source: http://www.androidpolice.com/2015/06/12/google-play-offers-its-first-free-app-of-the-week-a-pbs-app-tucked-away-in-the-family-section/

LinkedIn: What makes a LinkedIn profile great?

Answer by Aaron Clayton-Dunn:

I work at a startup and we’re building out our engineering staff. In order to find our application engineer last spring, I spent weeks scouring LinkedIn. Having read thousands of profiles, I figure I’ll summarize what makes a profile stand out to me. If you are looking for a technical role and you want to generate a lot of interest from recruiters, here’s my advice:

1. Upload a picture. Of you. Yes, your face. At a good resolution. Why? Two reasons. One—when recruiters spend all day looking at profiles, it’s easy to forget that each profile is actually linked to a human being, not just a humanoid machine that may or may not meet the job requirements. A picture of said human is a good reminder of that. Two—recruiters end up seeing the same profiles again and again as they try out hundreds of different filters. Because visual memory is one of our species’ superpowers, the picture will anchor your profile in recruiters’ minds. When they stumble upon it again, they’ll remember you and continue building their mental model of you instead of starting over from scratch.

2. Make a call to action in your summary. If you are willing to speak to recruiters, encourage readers to get in touch.

3. Include your contact information unless you are categorically closed off to anyone reaching out to you for any reason. Who knows what someone will want to get in touch about! Add the “Advice for Contacting” section and put your email address in an obscured format like first (AT) last (DOT) com to evade unwanted attention from simple-minded bots. I would urge you not to rely on people contacting you through LinkedIn’s messaging system for a few reasons. Not every recruiter has the paid account which allows you to contact people that way. Those who do have paid accounts have limits on the number of people they can converse with. Finally, the messaging system is surprisingly buggy.

4. Write a summary that gets at the heart of what you’re interested in doing and conveys both your expertise and your eagerness to learn and take on new challenges.

At the end of the summary, just go ahead and write “Keywords: graphics, graphics engine, game engine, OpenGL, WebGL, C++, [insert 30 more].” By using the term “keywords,” you don’t have to shy away from redundancies which are helpful to include if you want to turn up in lots of searches. “Skills” is a good approach too, especially when you take the time to break the skills into categories. Feel free to include both keywords and skills.

5. Convey your passion for something. And not just your passion for solving hard problems. That’s what everybody writes. What do you love to work on and think about? Games? Distributed systems? Bioinformatics? Write that! And don’t stop there. If you’re actively pursuing a new job, explain the type of role you’re seeking, the company size you’re targeting, and the technologies you’re excited to explore. It’s not just about finding a job. You’re a software engineer; believe me, you can get a job. It’s about finding a job you love.

6. For each section in your work experience, list your responsibilities and accomplishments. Be honest, be specific, and use numbers when possible.
7. Don’t write big paragraphs. Break up your ideas into logical chunks and use single dashes or tildes for bullet points.

8. Link to other places you want people to find you online. If possible, showcase your work on Github or on a “projects” or “portfolio” page on your personal website.

9. Here’s a good one from Mr. Friedman, my ninth grade English teacher: read over your writing out loud. You’ll weed out some typos and realize when a sentence has taken a turn for the worse.

10. Ask one or two friends who write well to read over your profile. They’ll help you make your points succinctly and fix up your grammar mistakes. Hopefully they’ll wince and stop you from writing a summary like “People often call on me to solve arbitrarily complex problems” or a headline like “Perceiving the future.” I didn’t make those quotes up.

11. If you’re looking for a job in a new city, update your location to that new city. This step is easily overlooked but actually quite important. The city you choose dictates who contacts you and what jobs LinkedIn recommends to you.

12. If your job experience involves a number of shorter engagements, be aware that this might be a “red flag” for certain employers who are looking for someone with a track record of long-term commitments. If you are looking for a long-term position but you’ve held a number of positions for less than a year, I would suggest saying something in your summary to create a short narrative of your career path and aspirations and affirm that you are looking to make a serious commitment to a new employer. Alternatively, if you are looking for part-time or short-term engagements, make that clear in your summary. That’s perfectly fine too and it’s always good to be upfront about what you’re looking for.

13. Solicit a handful of strong recommendations.

That’s all I’ve got for now. Good luck finding a job where you learn a lot, work on something important, and spend your time with people you admire and enjoy working with!

LinkedIn: What makes a LinkedIn profile great?