When I was 15, I was trying to understand the present. Now when I am not 15, the quest continues.
On the same day that I saw a journalist in London seeking to speak with people about workplace isolation, a friend in California noted that she wanted to have a little social but found that her real world community was either virtual or non-existent. My friend in California chalked her lack of community down to her being an … Continue reading Work and isolation
A few years ago, shortly after the 2008 crash, American Express in the United States paid many of its less profitable customers to close their accounts and go away. The move garnered much attention and analysis then. It was seen as a de-leveraging move. Whatever hubbub surrounded the brand then has since died down and … Continue reading Brand leadership has to change
This article is the fourth in the Startup Series on FirstPost’s Tech2 section and first appeared on Oct the 19th, 2016. In one of my corporate venturing roles with a large Indian conglomerate, I served as the country manager of a European country. That was also the job title on my card and in my … Continue reading On fancy job titles
Aston Martin, James Bond's car of choice (except when he went through a BMW phase), showcased a powerboat at Monaco Yacht Show this year. Writing in the Financial Times, Philip Delves Broughton laments that Bond's legacy is being junked by this luxury marque and outlines the dangers of brands diversifying into unrelated categories, especially those … Continue reading Autonomous cars and luxury marques
This article is the first in the Startup Series on FirstPost's Tech2 section and first appeared on Sept the 5th, 2016. “I want to be a founder.” Alarm bells start ringing, when I hear these words from the mouth of a person with no more definitive an idea than being a founder. It is now … Continue reading Starting something new?
Holacracy. MOOCs. Food labels. Holacracy isn't working. MOOCs have low completion rates, and an estimated 90% drop-out rate. Food labels to help consumers make informed choices show mixed effectiveness and decidedly no downward impact on public health concerns re obesity. Other than not working as well as optimistically assumed in their wake, they have one … Continue reading Motivation as a design assumption