Manisha Gupta

Explorations of a Poet and Quant

Mom Google isn’t listening to me.

I was preparing breakfast when my daughter complaint “Mommy Google is not listening to me. HE is annoying me…” My elder daughter was already on the breakfast table. Confused, I asked “Who?” as I entered her room. “Google” she yelled…. Continue Reading →

Artificial Intelligence, Product Management, Uncategorized

Lean in, but with Compassion

I had the opportunity to meet Sheryl when she came for a talk at LinkedIn. Her book had just released and she was sharing her perspective with Reid in a fireside chat. She imparted her wisdom about the power of… Continue Reading →

Random Thoughts

Read at Flash Speed – million books per second!

I love books and wish I could read more than I am able to. During the Christmas break, we got hooked on to the science fiction series “The Flash” on Netflix. In one episode Barry read a book in seconds,… Continue Reading →

Artificial Intelligence, Product Management

“Simple” an obsession that moves mountains

Recently reread the book “Insanely Simple – The obsession that drives Apple’s Success by Ken Segall”. A book that has been my guiding force in making many decisions specially in building products and businesses. Here are some nuggets in case… Continue Reading →

Books, Product Management, Random Thoughts

The Wharton Warriors & Intrepid INSEAD in China

China – a controlled country housing millions of content countrymen striving for continuous growth. A country with beliefs; where an army of life size terracotta warriors accompanied Emperor Qin into immortality. A country of creative courage; where once dividing inter-province… Continue Reading →


Quantum Physics

A chemical reaction, or Quantum Physics An attraction, or merely a belief? Reality or Perception it is? Vanity Deep Sorrow Endless hope or Life it is? Music it is, Conversation it is, Subtle nod it is, The ocean wave it is…. Continue Reading →

Product Management Tools

Tech Blogs Strategy – TechCrunch – Tech Product Mgmt – Frameworks Strategy – Porter’s Five Forces Product Design My Principles Useful (solves a problem / Quality/ Trustworthy) Usable (ease of use / Intuitive / Simple ) Wow (Innovative, Delightful, Addictive)… Continue Reading →

Product Management Still a Debate?

Product Management has been a functional role for more than a decade now and Product led companies like LinkedIn, Google and Facebook are well recognized for their success stories. Off late though I have witnessed debates like “Sales sells and engineers… Continue Reading →

Product Management

How Gandhi Negotiated Independence

Gandhi was the figurehead for Indian nationalism and employed non-violent method called “Satyagraha” in pursuit of his goals. It is said that the negotiations for India’s independence started with “The Gandhi-Irwin Pact”; which gradually led to greater negotiation between the… Continue Reading →

Product Management, Travel

Japan – most ancient modern country

Bushido: The Soul of Japan (1900)”. I heard Junichi Endo express his desire to see Japan Rewire as he reflected on the decrease in Japanese representation in Wharton (1 student in 2015), a steep decline from an impressive 50 in… Continue Reading →


How far do you choose to fly?

My daughter loves to dance. When she was in kindergarten she performed a self-choreographed routine in her school’s Talent Show. It was a long one and after a couple of minutes I saw parents starting to stand as they started… Continue Reading →

Dear friend

Dear Friend, Hope you are doing well. I just woke up from a sad dream under the influence of high fever …saw you in my dreams again and in my numbness am writing to you. Hopefully this will make some… Continue Reading →

Brahma : Love

Brahma is the creator of this Universe. What is the emotion he instills in you ?


Vishnu: Trust

Lord Vishnu is the preserver of this Universe. What is the emotion he instills in you ? One of my paintings…  


If you have to ask

Such a wonderful way to say the heart knows more than the brain does! If you have to ask, you will never know If you know, you need only ask!

Such a wonderful way to say the heart knows more than the brain does! If you have to ask, you will never know If you know, you need only ask!

What really matters

Sometimes I feel utterly confused and unclear about what I really want from life. It might have something to do with the major personality flaw I am sure I suffer with … when alone the simplest of things give me… Continue Reading →

Equality or Balance ?

A friend asked me recently if I believe in Equality or balance. “Balance” I immediately answered back. But found myself pondering about his question for days and scribbled something on a piece of paper. Don’t think I have the complete… Continue Reading →

Memoirs of an unborn child

I made these as a birthday gift for Gunjan on behalf of Naveli who was yet to be born and placed them strategically in different areas of the house then. Of course the best place for “I am Watching” was… Continue Reading →