You are who you hire

What’s the secret of a truly successful organization?. Its a cliche – Its all about hiring great people. I have a simple rule. If you hire a great team member, you dont have to manage them.

We tried to solve the challenge of “how to hire a great candidate” while we were building a product company. We quickly learned a lot of lessons on why, what and how of “recruiting A-class players”. Everyday in Ameri100 we are working hard to add more “A-players”

I recently came across this book by Geoff Smart and Randy Street – “Who”. This book is fantastic read if you are an entrepreneur, CEO or a manager of a team. Here is the summary pdf.


Are you “A-class” team member?

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Buck Up, Suck Up . . . and Come Back When You Foul Up: 12 Winning Secrets from the War Room

Recently I read this book by @JamesCarville,@PaulBegala. Even though I may not agree the authors political angle, they have done a great job of identifying what are the key factors that will make a political campaign or business a success.

See the attached pdf

BUCK UP, SUCK UP summary

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Hillary Clinton – Digitally disrupted?

All techies could visualize a scenario like this one below.

Hillary was approached by Obama to be the secretary of state. She accepts and comes back to her office. Her “IT Team” walks in and asks “Madam – Would you like 2 blackberrys one your personal and one state department”. She thinks for just a second and says “I want just one – its so easy to carry one blackberry”.


IT team goes back. Sets up a server in the basement and links the state department server.

Rest is history.

HRC gets digitally disrupted. Election lost.

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Yahoo Saga – Marissa Mayer: the futurist

Its easy for anyone to criticize someone for failures. I think Marissa Mayer marissa_new4_400x400@marissamayer was right on so many things that happened at Yahoo. But in the brutal and ruthless tech world, you need to get everything right. Not 90%, not 95% …its 100% correct all times. Timing is everything. Watch this Ted Talk below…

Lets take a look a few years back. As late as 2008, BlackBerry was the king of smart phones and Nokia was ruling the global cellphone markets. Their CEOs were as powerful as one could get. They both got the touch screen and fully integrated iPhone of Apple. Then Google bought a small company called Android for just $50Million and rest is history. 5 years later both Nokia and Blackberry were knocked out fully.

Ms. Mayer did attempt to fix Yahoo. Could Yahoo have become Pepsi (v/s Coke) of Search engine to Google? Probably. She should have set moderate goals and did What Steve Jobs did. Focus, Focus, Focus only on search. Not too many areas too many products etc.

My unsolicited advice – Talk to Satya Nadella  (@satyanadella )and go fix Bing: Only search engine. Nothing else.

She is a great leader and will bounce back. Best place would be Microsoft Bing.


Giri Devanur

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everything is irrelevant

Google’s Leading Futurist Predicts Humans Will Start Living Forever by 2029


Why would anyone wants to live forever?

Ray Kurzweil, thinks many people would want to live. May be the science will reach such peak. But should anyone live forever?

Isn’t the beauty of nature is life and death in perpetual cycles? The process of renewal…if that stops, whats the fun?

I had always thought, everything is irrelevant and so is everyone in the long march of time. Noting should ever be permanent other than god or nature (if you don’t believe in god). 

As long as we live everyday with gratitude, humility, happiness and being healthy…is all what matters. Not how long.

Not forever for sure….Thats my view.

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EY announces Finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 in New Jersey

EY announces Finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 in New Jersey

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ISELIN, N.J., April 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — EY today announced the finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 in New Jersey. The awards program, which is celebrating its 30th year, recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.  Award winners will be announced at a special gala on June 23 at the Hyatt Regency, in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

The finalists are:

Ron Bergamini– Action Environmental Group
Shari Spiro – AdMagic Inc.
Adam Grossman – ADMA Biologics, Inc.
Phil Bomrad – Albireo Energy, LLC
Bruce Flitcroft – Alliant Technologies
Giri Devanur – Ameri100
Joseph Butler – ApTask
James RheeAshley Stewart, Inc
Jaswinder Chadha – Axtria
Andrew Krakauer – Cantel Medical Corp.
Christian Kopfli – Chromocell Corporation
Dr. Shu-Tung Li – Collagen Matrix, Inc.
Peggy McHale – Consultants 2 Go LLC
James Sapirstein – ContraVir Pharmaceuticals
Thomas Coyne – Coyne PR
Daniel Schildge – CRP Industries Inc.
Shekhar Yerramilli – daVIZta
Krishnan Padmanabhan – daVIZta
Steven Lang – DS&D
Scott Tarriff – Eagle Pharmaceuticals
Dr. Subhash Makhija – GEP
Chester Grabowski – Harvest Restaurant Group
Linda Magnusson-Rosario – INSYS Group, Inc.
John Gallucci – JAG Physical Therapy
Richard Maser – Maser Consulting P.A.
Dr. Michael McLaughlin -MedAscent Inc.
Carolyn Clark – MedAscent Inc.
Abby Ayoub – Optical Academy
Michael Ravallo – Pinnacle Freight Systems, Inc.
James Bowman – SBS Group
Rita Gurevich – SPHERE Technology Solutions
Manoj Agarwal – US Tech Solutions, Inc.
David Berlin – Video Corporation of America
Chris Sullens – WorkWave
Susan Guerin – World Finer Foods, LLC

Now in its 30th year, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National program.  Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, onNovember 19, 2016. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In New Jersey, sponsors also include PNC, DLA Piper, Morgan Lewis, Pine Hill Group, Cresa, Empire Valuation Consultants, SolomonEdwards Group and NJBIZ.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

About EY’s Strategic Growth Markets practice
EY’s Strategic Growth Markets (SGM) practice guides leading high-growth companies. Our multidisciplinary teams of elite professionals provide perspective and advice to help our clients accelerate market leadership. SGM delivers assurance, tax, transactions and advisory services to thousands of companies spanning all industries. EY is the undisputed leader in taking companies public, advising key government agencies on the issues impacting high-growth companies and convening the experts who shape the business climate. For more information, please visit us, or follow news on Twitter @EY_Growth.

About EY
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California – $500,000,000,000

Here is the list of top  7 California tech companies (excluding defence/bio tech and unlisted companies like Uber etc as well as Tesla’s ) vault

Collectively they hold $500Billion in cash!! Yes its right Billions (500,000,000,000)

  1. Apple (AAPL): $226 Billion

2. Google (GOOG): $85 Billion

3. Cisco (CSCO): $75 Billion

4. Oracle (ORCL): $57 billion

5. Facebook (FB) : $22 Billion

6. Qualcomm (QCOM): 20 Billion

7. HP (HPQ): 15 Billion

Just these companies added together make it to the top 20 list of countries by GDP!!

Just incredible






Giri Devanur

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Revenge of Steve Jobs?

Did Steve wanted the whole society to be addicted to seeing the handset 24X7?


People see their iPhones more than 270 times per day!!

Will this addiction ever reduce? Only time will tell.


Giri Devanur

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Markets did recover (Giri Devanur)

2 months back on Jan 20th , I wrote that Markets will recover

My logic was 3 things will happen.

  1. China issues will be solved by their market regulator. They brought in a new administrator. Problem postponed:-)
  2. Oil prices – I had written “Its a supply side problem. It will get resolved, and should reach around $35-$40 by the end of the year”. Oil is back to $40. 
  3. Fed & interest rates – Fed did NOT increase the interest rate.

So, markets are back., The recovery is on for some time. Will it last through the year is a big question..I hope so!!


IMG_2648Giri Devanur

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APPS -Accountability, Predictability, Profitability and Sustainability

For the last few months I am developing a framework, which I call ‘APPS’, for corporate executives. Every job and every role, in any company, comes with 4 simple measures. Here are the 4 fundamental questions every professional must ask themselves:

  1. Am I Accountable for my actions, my project, my company, my team and, above all, myself? (alternatively, at the company level, is the responsibility of a P&L unit really Accountable?)
  2. Is the work/project/initiative I am working on, giving Predictable results, which can be measured, and used for improvement? (at the company level, is the revenue/ expense of a P&L unit really Accountable?)
  3. If you work in a for profit environment, almost all actions should lead to Profitability. Whether one is a CEO or the junior-most person, one must directly contribute to the bottomline of the company. The more you contribute the more invaluable you will be to the company and to yourself. Are you adding to the profitability?
  4. Anyone who wants to have a decent career should make sure they deliver consistently to an organization. Then the question one must ask is this – Is your role/ function/ action Sustainable? In a VUCA  (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world, when everything is at stake, is your role/ team/ company sustainable?

If you/team/company embrace the APPS framework, then there is a high degree of success. And that is the secret of survival in the new “new” economy. That’s the reason these 4 words have “ability” at the end of them

.Giri Devanur APPS

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