Women as CEOs, digital native children as designers of the world being eaten by software, work and AI, and ok, since we are all remote-working thanks to coronavirus, a reflection on the loneliness it may precipitate for some and some excellent hacks for getting it right all feature in this week's picks.
If you want to remove hiring bias, don't turn to AI; take a leaf from the British civil service's book and use first-principles thinking to fix the process.
The cost of implementing some form of AI today is minuscule compared to the opportunity cost of inaction. After all not implementing AI today will not defer the future.
When I was 15, I was trying to understand the present. Now when I am not 15, the quest continues.
An interesting thing about being plugged into the startup world is the frequency with which one sees "new ideas". Many of them, alas, are just old ideas being rebranded or old ideas that the person proposing them is not aware of. Facebook's widely documented travails, with legislators inquiring into Facebook's role in the 2016 US … Continue reading Facebook is here to stay
This article is the sixteenth in the Startup Series on FirstPost’s Tech2 section and first appeared on May the 25th, 2017. Apart from having a strategic direction and enough money to execute on the vision, the key challenge for founders is talent. Based on my experience, I will go out on a limb and say … Continue reading Attracting talent
This article is the fifteenth in the Startup Series on FirstPost’s Tech2 section and first appeared on May the 10th, 2017. As a professional and an advisor, I have been on both the founder’s and the early employee’s sides of the question of equity for early employees. In an early stage venture, equity is an … Continue reading Early employees and the art of equity distribution
This article is the thirteenth in the Startup Series on FirstPost’s Tech2 section and first appeared on April the 3rd, 2017. The excessive media focus on techies as startup founders often makes non-techies doubt their ability to found and build a startup and create value. Many non-tech persons I meet believe that they won’t get … Continue reading How to be a valuable non-tech co-founder
This article is the twelfth in the Startup Series on FirstPost’s Tech2 section and first appeared on March the 16th, 2017. Asking for help is an essential founder survival skill. But founders often do not know when to seek help, whose help to seek, whose help to accept, and how to evaluate and pay for … Continue reading Getting help for your startup
Millennials, often described in media as hapless, poor and unfocused, reportedly dropped a cool $25 Billion on diamond jewellery in 2015. This indicator of current and future demand for sparklers notwithstanding, we are nearing the peak of natural diamond mining. It raises the question as to why synthetic diamonds have not taken off. After all, … Continue reading Of diamonds and responsible eternities