What we learned together this week

What we learned together this week

Happy Monday!

Before we dive into all the details, here is a brief summary of today’s newsletter -

✨ Our masterclass with Microsoft President and EVP Jean-Philippe Courtois is now live!

💌 The three key newsletters from the previous week are - How to send smart connection requests; The best of what we read and reflected on this week; and What to do when life refuses to make sense

🗣 Sign ups for our new programme, the Tech Strategy Fellowship are now open. Our classes for the of CEO and “I don’t know what I want to do with my life”Fellowships continue, feel free to sign up for the next cohorts.

Now on to the weekly recap of what we learnt together


  1. How to send smart connection requests

    One common phrase that keeps cropping up on Network Capital and LinkedIn is “looking to connect”. There is nothing wrong with it but it makes it a bit hard on the receiver. Unintentionally you are adding to their cognitive load. Read this newsletter to see how you can send smart connection requests.

  2. The best of what we read and reflected on this week

    Your time and attention are the most scarce commodities so you should spend them wisely. Let’s spend the time we spend on reading, thinking and learning smartly. Read more.

  3. What to do when life refuses to make sense

    2020 didn’t make too much sense for most of us but we live to see another day. The pandemic thwarted many of our plans and plunged us into heaps of uncertainty but we are still standing (somehow). 2020 won’t be the first or last of our challenges. There will be times when life will refuse to cooperate and we will have to find peace in chaos. 

    Uncertainty and confusion often cost us our happiness but we must remember that this too shall pass. It is helpful to remind ourselves at times like these about 3Ps. Read more.


Leadership Lessons & Career Principles with Jean-Philippe Courtois

Few days back we had the opportunity of hosting Jean-Philippe Courtois (JPC) on Network Capital TV. The vodcast is live and we are delighted to share it with you. JPC talks about a range of critical subjects, including but not limited to 

1. How his leadership role and style evolved within Microsoft over 36 years

2. Nuances of cultural intelligence

3. Mental models to understand how corporate impact and social impact go hand in hand

4. Principles of work-life harmony

5. Role of mentors and ways to build strong mentor-mentee relationship

6. Art of being a constructive contrarian and advice to his 18 year self

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Enthused by the response to Network Capital’s cohort based fellowships, we are pumped to announce the launch of the Tech Strategy Fellowship. In this 5 week fellowship, we will focus on understanding the culture and strategy of the tech companies that are changing the way we think, work and behave. 

It is not only for those who wish to pursue a career in tech but also for people who are fascinated by the intersection of technology, policy and society.

The goals of the fellowship are - 

  1. Develop strong understanding of how these companies monetize their products and services 

  2. Figure out new opportunities where you can carve out a role for yourself 

  3. Answer the question — “should this exist” / Businesses exist to serve a purpose. Have you ever thought about what that purpose is? What should it be?

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Afterthought — “If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.” 
― Leo Tolstoy

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