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
“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
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)
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 
This week’s eclectic, interesting reads: At the cusp of technology and regulation, Matthew C Nisbet argues why scientists must join food activists in examining regulation. This in the context of GE crops. The designer of all things i - Sir Jonathan iVe, oops, Ive - on his quest for simplicity, and why simplicity isn't simple. … Continue reading Four For Friday (17)
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
What a difference two days make! First, T-Mobile in the UK informed the Information Commissioner's Office that some of its own rogue employees had sold on the firm's contract customer data to third parties. These third parties then ring the contract customers just before their contract expiry to offer deals that may or may not … Continue reading Whose data are they anyway?