The proposed California state law requiring women on boards of public companies headquartered in the state is a big daring opening gambit in forcing the long overdue conversation on diversity and inclusion.
Protest is a strategic lever which leaders ignore at their peril. And it is here to stay.
The Indian startup ecosystem needs to address the harassment issue as a matter of urgency now. Because time's up.
When I take a painkiller, I trust that a reputed company's product, bought at my local trusted pharmacy, will just make my pain go away, not kill me. My pharmacist in turn believes the company's promise that it is shipping a painkiller - not cyanide - under its brand, and that the currency note I … Continue reading Rebuilding Trust: A Manifesto for 2018
The positions of two CEOs are being discussed this week as untenable. One of them is the British Prime Minister Theresa May, fresh from the weak and wobbly win at an election where she campaigned as the "strong and stable" alternative. The other is Travis Kalanick, the CEO of Uber, who is currently running an … Continue reading Of untenable CEOs
Martin McGuinness, former deputy first minister of Northern Ireland and also former IRA commander, died today. I was shocked to learn he was only 66. Shocked because I have known his name since I was a child growing up in India, and had always thought he was much older. But he wasn't. In that short … Continue reading Leadership and the importance of changing one’s mind
This article is the tenth in the Startup Series on FirstPost’s Tech2 section and first appeared on January the 23rd, 2017. A healthcare startup founder I know was in a dilemma. For a pretty sizeable chunk of the equity pie, she had agreed to take on as cofounder a tech development guy. He would in … Continue reading Risk culture and your startup
When India hosted the Commonwealth Games in 2010, the then-sports minister compared the event to an Indian wedding, saying that while preparations go on until the last minute, everything comes together on the day. I am reminded of that as I watch the stories coming out of India since the sudden demonetisation of two major currency … Continue reading Governance is no “Indian wedding”
I have had both shared and personal reasons to have spent much of the last year reflecting on the nature of governance around us. It was a year marked by sharp separation between opposing factions. This cleavage had long been in the making. The divide between the haves and the have-nots was growing with an … Continue reading The governance we need: a reflection
“Who benefits if we all go cashless?”, asked a friend* of mine. This is indeed the money question in India’s demonetisation saga with its moving goal posts. “I am not here for the enrichment of Visa, MasterCard etc.,” she added. Apart from convenience and fraud protection, the economic case for an individual consumer is near … Continue reading The real story in India’s demonetisation saga