[This article was originally published at https://www.smallbizdaily.com/if-you-truly-want-to-innovate-hire-people-who-arent-domain-experts/]

In today’s business landscape, smaller companies regularly disrupt larger companies because they bring less baggage to the table — less legacy thinking, fewer cumbersome protocols and systems and — most importantly — less fear of failure. Fundamentally, they are looking ahead to the…


[First published on LinkedIn on September 17, 2014]

The recent [2014] Facebook meme asking people to list the ten books that have had the greatest impact on their life got me thinking. My list was the first ten books that came to mind, which I thought was a good proxy…


“You can touch the sunrise, Feel the new day enter your life.” — Duran Duran (Reach up for the sunrise)

Four years ago, after the 2016 Presidential election was called in favour of Donald Trump, I wrote that 60 million Americans effectively punched my children in the face.

2016 Vote map depicted by population rather than geography — from Jetpack.ai

Four years…


Hiring is tough, and the process is flawed for both companies and candidates. When being hired as a software engineer is strongly positively correlated to time spent leetcoding, we definitely haven’t figured things out.

The single biggest chunk of my time and energy is spent on hiring and team building…


Here we go again. This time it’s Harvey Weinstein. How many more of these are we going to go through? It’s starting to veer into “thoughts and prayers” territory — and then we move right along until the next one hits.

In the meantime, countless women, and more men than…


Parenting and Leadership — same difference?

I’ve had a good response to my written musings and talks on leadership, and if there’s one principle I’ve always aimed to adhere to, it’s that my success as a leader is ultimately measured by how many leaders I help unleash. …


[Note: this is a repost of an article from my short-lived wordpress blog, first published in 2013. Hopefully putting it on Medium ensures longevity]

A photo of a printout of the CricInfo website in 1995. No Snag It or Snipping Tool in those days!

I don’t think any of us involved in the founding of CricInfo in 1993 envisaged what our baby would grow into today. I’m often asked how…


The one true Nanny — image via Grannies Kitchen on Flickr

By now we’ve all seen the video of Professor Robert Kelly gamely attempting to keep a straight face and stay focused as his adorable children video-bomb his live interview with the BBC. In case you haven’t, here it is, via The Guardian.

I was surprised to discover, upon getting online…


It’s Veteran’s Day today. We are supposed to be reflecting on the contribution of our veterans, both living and no longer with us. We are supposed to be honoring them, and what they fought for - the principles on which this country has evolved.

Unfortunately, what we’re seeing instead is…


“I get knocked down, but I get up again…” — Chumbawumba

Like many observers, I was pretty stunned at Donald Trump’s win last night. I liken what happened to having 60 million people line up to punch me, my wife, my children, and humanity, in the face. …

Rohan Chandran

Technologist, Cricketer, Father (& Husband) and Manchester United fan.

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