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Kevin Rustagi
Austin, TX
Entrepreneur, Personal Motto: Actio et Cogitatio
Interests: Startups, Design, Music, Collaboration.
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Thanks so much for this wonderful resource Professor! I've been swapping book titles with friends and I'm so glad that you mentioned 'Give and Take' and 'Made to Stick'. Give and Take has become one of my absolute favorites, and I think Adam Grant did a phenomenal job. I really need to get on top of my stuff and read Thinking Fast and Slow and Influence - keep hearing about those. One book that I've been sharing a lot (besides Give and Take) is 'The Dip' by Seth Godin. I also really enjoyed 'How Will You Measure Your Life' by Clay Christensen - perhaps your students might like that one? Can't wait to take your classes next year - just paid my deposit! All the best, Kevin Rustagi, GSB '16.
In the latter half of college, I began to notice and understand that I had a major health issue. Due to some pretty intense allergies, I would sleep for 8 hours, and if in an unclean environment woudl feel as if I'd slept for 3. And then, I would go... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2013 at Kevin Rustagi
How many hundreds of times have I heard that from some kind but woefully powerless consumer-facing individual? It's something that I would always kindly ask for a manager exception to reach beyond, but I have now started to ask about my own life. I'm in a reset time, an in-between... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2013 at Kevin Rustagi
1) Great design is NOT conservative. 2) BUT great design is bred by constraints 3) Therefore: you must have the right constraints. Design without a timeline is not design. It is simply frolicking in an open expanse. Design with the wrong timeline is junk though. So - where do we... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2013 at Kevin Rustagi
It takes a lot of courage to be the opening act at a concert. Think about it for a second. When has the opening act ever gotten nearly as much applause, love, or money as the main event? It’s rare. Let’s talk about extremes – just to prove my point.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2013 at Kevin Rustagi
This is a 5-minute blog entry. I’m sitting in the Value Inn in Killeen TX, home to the US Army Base, Fort Hood. The Value Inn is the sort of place that you’d find for the almost-homeless and exists conveniently as a cheap alternative to hotels for military personnel who... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2013 at Kevin Rustagi
This is a 5-minute blog entry. I’m sitting in the Value Inn in Killeen TX, home to the US Army Base, Fort Hood. The Value Inn is the sort of place that you’d find for the almost-homeless and exists conveniently as a cheap alternative to hotels for military personnel who... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2013 at Kevin Rustagi
I am writing this entry on a regional flight from Killeen TX to IAH en route to BOS. A few minutes ago we took off and I heard those proverbial words - please turn off all iPads, iPods, etc. It's amazing mobile device advertising really. And it springs me into... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2013 at Kevin Rustagi
All of the money I've made after college was made by taking risks. And you know what? I got into MIT by going for broke too. Though it was quite painful the most recent time my bank account got emptied, and it probably won't be the last, it's made me... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2013 at Kevin Rustagi
I love this video. The reason that I do is it is a combination of branding and just sheer cool factor. What is the real meaning here? What do they, as marketers (and they are marketers), want you to walk away with? That the bass here is deep and real.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2013 at Kevin Rustagi
My grandmother is turning 90 next month, and today we had our quarterly chat. It's not scheduled; it just generally happens that way. We discussed the idea of working for early stage companies and how, at my prior venture, I went for nearly 18 months and paid myself less than... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2013 at Kevin Rustagi
An amazing HBR article I came across today. My reflections: When you're doing something creative and focusing on the highest levels of management, it is so important to enable and empower creators. One of the things that I was so proud of with Ministry of Supply in my role of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2013 at Kevin Rustagi
While this may sound like a Dr. Seuss novel too, it is an important topic. A friend recently spoke with me about his love for risk. Wait a second! Red flag. Isn't that like saying you love driving 130 mph on a motor cycle through traffic? Well, not quite. Richard... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2013 at Kevin Rustagi
It's a new blog, so today I'm doubling down. My good friend Ian Tracy is one of the more passionate guys that I know. He double majored as an undergrad in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering. These majors are usually just plenty on their own. Ian thinks deeply about what... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2013 at Kevin Rustagi
It's a new blog, so today I'm doubling down. My good friend Ian Tracy is one of the more passionate guys that I know. He double majored as an undergrad in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering. These majors are usually just plenty on their own. Ian thinks deeply about what... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2013 at Kevin Rustagi
I've got so many goals. I've got goals for my goals. And potential? Oh boy, you want some potential? Are you ready for this? I went to MIT, got into Stanford Business School early, worked on the iPhone 5, AND hold the record for Kickstarter in Fashion. BUT that all... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2013 at Kevin Rustagi
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