The real story in India’s demonetisation saga

“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

Four For Friday (37)

Stanford University announced its new President this week. Marc Tessier-Lavigne is a "pioneering neuroscientist, former Stanford faculty member and outspoken advocate for higher education". More importantly, in keeping with Stanford's reputation as a crucible for entrepreneurial creativity, he has been executive vice president for research and chief scientific officer at Genentech, leading work on disease … Continue reading Four For Friday (37)

The design challenge called Indian traffic [2]

An earlier, admittedly ranty post documented the weirdness that is Indian traffic. Though it focused more on vehicular traffic than on pedestrians, any good traffic system design should enable peaceful co-existence of both vehicles and pedestrians. I have spent some time thinking about traffic systems since I have been able to observe traffic in several … Continue reading The design challenge called Indian traffic [2]

A Passage To India (2010 ed) and the other R-word

When EM Forster wrote A Passage To India, the Indo-British relationship was one of the ruler and the ruled, of imbalances in power. Things are different now in 2010. Britain lags behind and grapples with an economic crisis of monstrous proportions, while India's economic growth gallops along at 8.5%. Naturally, all eyes are on David … Continue reading A Passage To India (2010 ed) and the other R-word

Four For Friday (9)

This occasional series of good readings from around the web covers the themes of strategy, technology, investment and regulation. This week's picks focus on innovation and investment. How do Innovators think? - from a  conversation between Professors Jeff Dyer of Brigham Young University and Hal Gregersen of Insead, and Harvard Business Review. Paul Kedrosky writes … Continue reading Four For Friday (9)

Four For Friday (7)

This occasional series of good readings from around the web appears when the week’s readings have been thought-provoking. The themes are strategy, technology, investment and regulation, but sometimes they just cannot be separated. Adrian Chan (@gravity7) shared this article from 2006: differentiating risk aversion from betrayal aversion using game theory. Sustainable Innovation is tricky. Always … Continue reading Four For Friday (7)