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Thought Leaders in E-Commerce: Talha Satter, CEO of NimbleRx (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Nov 25th 2019

Talha talks about trends and opportunities in pharmacy e-commerce.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to yourself as well as to NimbleRx.

Talha Satter: I’m from Pakistan. I’ve been in the US for 10 years. I run a company called NimbleRx. Our company enables online commerce and delivery for pharmacies around the country.

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Catching Up On Readings: Thanksgiving 2019

Posted on Sunday, Nov 24th 2019

Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers! This feature from TechCrunch looks at the publishing trends in the third quarter of 2019 when the top 1% of publishers globally accounted for a whopping 80% of the total 29.6 billion app downloads. For this week’s posts, click on the paragraph links.

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Bootstrapping a Tech Company by an English Major: Kevin Groome, Founder of Pica9 (Part 7)

Posted on Sunday, Nov 24th 2019

Sramana Mitra: I’d like to cover this CEO transition, which is always a tricky thing to do. For founders to let go and bring on a new CEO is a tricky transition. How did you do it? What wisdom do you have to offer for people who are trying to do that?

Kevin Groome: Let go of the suspicion that you’re irrelevant. For so many years, I felt like Pica9 was my fourth child and the most troubling of them all. Letting go of that and letting the organization stand on its own two feet can’t happen if I’m constantly doubting itself. Trust is huge – the trust in the whole organization.

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Thanksgiving Meditations: Colors

Posted on Sunday, Nov 24th 2019
Fall Snow, New England | Sramana Mitra, 2018

My last thank you note goes to my readers, especially those who are participating in the Colors series.

This year, I started publishing a new series on LinkedIn, Facebook, and my blog called Colors to explore a topic that I care deeply about: the Renaissance Mind. I am just as passionate about entrepreneurship, technology, and business, as I am about Art and Culture. In this series, I typically publish a piece of Art – a painting of mine – and I request you to spend a minute or two deeply meditating on it. I urge you to watch your feelings, thoughts, reactions to the piece, and write what comes to you, what thoughts it triggers, in the dialog area. 

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Colors: Green Village in the Snow

Posted on Saturday, Nov 23rd 2019

Green Village in the Snow | Sramana Mitra, 2018

I’m publishing this series on LinkedIn called Colors to explore a topic that I care deeply about: the Renaissance Mind. I am just as passionate about entrepreneurship, technology, and business, as I am about art and culture. In this series, I will typically publish a piece of art – a painting, a poem, a piece of music, so forth – and I request you to spend a minute or two deeply meditating on it. I urge you to watch your feelings, thoughts, reactions to the piece, and write what comes to you, what thoughts it triggers, in the dialog area. Let us see what stimulation this interaction yields. For today – Green Village in the Snow.

Green Village in the Snow | Sramana Mitra, 2018 | Watercolor, Pastel, Ink | 9 x 12, On Paper

Bootstrapping a Tech Company by an English Major: Kevin Groome, Founder of Pica9 (Part 6)

Posted on Saturday, Nov 23rd 2019

Sramana Mitra: What’s the next major inflection point?

Kevin Groome: The introduction of Campaign Drive. We kept on building the software and getting more of our legacy customers over to the SaaS platform, which was an enormous risk point. By 2014, we were able to say that we had 90% of our legacy customers on our new SaaS platform.

Sramana Mitra: When did that finish?

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Thanksgiving Meditations: Dance

Posted on Saturday, Nov 23rd 2019

My second thank you note is for regaining something unexpected, something that I value tremendously: dance.

I studied Indian classical dance since I was four years old. I stopped studying when I came to college in the United States. In college, however, I choreographed and performed about five times a year. 

When I went to grad school to MIT, I stopped performing on stage, but I picked up Ballroom and Latin dancing, and had a blast learning to Waltz, Foxtrot, Swing, Rhumba, and eventually, started studying the Argentine Tango. MIT had a terrific Ballroom Dance club and I made many friends with whom I danced five times a week. It was an excellent stress management mechanism that I kept up throughout my years of running companies.

In the last 15 years, I haven’t danced that much.

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Best of Bootstrapping: From a Small Town to $12 Million

Posted on Friday, Nov 22nd 2019

What a wonderful story of an ecommerce company bootstrapping to $12 million from a small town called Horsens in Denmark. All of the 60 employees working under TrendHim CEO Sebastian Petersen work out of Horsens currently.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start at the very beginning of your journey. Where are you from? Where were you born, raised, and in what kind of background?

Sebastian Petersen: I’m from Denmark. I would say I had a pretty ordinary background. Both my parents were working in the public sector. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit together with one of my best buddies growing up. We were always together.

We knew when we were 15 that we wanted to build something on our own. I tried different things when I was young. That’s how I started. I went to a regular high school. I thought I was going to be an engineer. I quickly found out that’s not what I wanted to do.

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