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Posts by Hrush

Building ‘Undefeated’ teams

In 2002, Bill Courtney took over as Head Football Coach for the Mannasas Tigers in Memphis. Their story is chronicled in the Oscar winning documentary, Undefeated. He came to a team that had not won a single game in over ten years. It took him six years, but Courtney took the “losers” and transformed them… Read more →

An all new Cleartrip experience

Good design is good business — this notion is deeply embedded in Cleartrip’s DNA. We’ve always believed this and we always will. Design is what sets us apart. For almost 7 years, the design framework above has served us well. It has supported years of product expansion and iteration, while consistently delivering the best customer… Read more →

On intellectual property

“From the earliest days of Apple I realized that we thrived when we created intellectual property. If people copied or stole our software, we’d be out of business. If it weren’t protected, there’d be no incentive for us to make new software or product designs. If protection of intellectual property begins to disappear, creative companies… Read more →

Goodbye white space

You can put it down to the fabled itch — after seven long years, Cleartrip and White Space are getting a divorce. Cleartrip has always focused on simplicity in the design of our products and our home page has been no different; it’s simple, focused and devoid of clutter. We thought these were good things,… Read more →

Why is programming fun?

“Why is programming fun? The sheer joy of making things. As the child delights in his mud pie, so the adult enjoys building things.” ~ Frederick P. Brooks, The Mythical Man Month

On finicking with trifles

“To anyone who finds that linguistic study is a worthless finicking with trifles, I would reply that life consists of little things; the important matter is to see them largely.” ~ Otto Jespersen [From The Chronicle via Daring Fireball]

Why we fired our PR agency

Yesterday, we had the unpleasant task of firing our Public Relations agency, Buzz PR. We fired them because they were spamming our customers. At Cleartrip, we do not spam our customers or anyone else, ever. Period. There is no negotiating this. Here’s what happened. At around 4 pm, we came across this Tweet from @jackerhack:… Read more →

On leadership and authenticity

Jack Welch, from his book Winning had this to say about authenticity and leadership: A person cannot make hard decisions, hold unpopular positions, or stand tall for what he believes unless he knows who he is and feels comfortable in his own skin. I am talking about self-confidence and conviction. These traits make a leader… Read more →

Default corporate stupidity

Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote, in an interview with The New York Times We always try to ask whether a particular policy exists because it’s a default piece of corporate stupidity that everyone expects you to have, or does it actually help you accomplish something? And very often you realize that you don’t really know… Read more →