July 21, 2018

How a World War caused ball pens to take off.

18th July, 2018 BUSINESS STANDARD

Last week, the Royal Air Force celebrated its century in grand style all over UK. Nobody celebrated the fact that it was the RAF that gave a fillip to ball pens.
June 15, 2018

Avoid hurt to Mother Gaia–treat Earth as a human being

13th June, 2018 BUSINESS STANDARD

Because of testing protocols, promising food innovations sometimes fail to make it to the market. There needs to be an international protocol for testing innovations that impact Mother Gaia.
April 18, 2018

India’s accelerating entrepreneurship culture

6th April, 2018 BUSINESS STANDARD

When I started my HUL career (incidentally, in data processing), some data work was already being undertaken in Tata under US-returned
February 17, 2018

Can startups dance with grownups?

2nd Feb 2018, BUSINESS STANDARD

Nature teaches us that even a big herd of mighty elephants can be distracted and deranged by tiny bees which buzz around their flapping ears
December 8, 2017

Why do not ‘wow’ innovations become unicorns?

8th Dec 2017, BUSINESS STANDARD

The two ends of the innovation journey are rich with literature: the early stage, associated with start-ups, emphasizes creativity and cleverness, and the late stage, associated with large companies, emphasizes scaling and discipline. The in-between pathway is scantier in literature-richness.
November 10, 2017

Start-ups should grow as per their nature

10th Nov 2017, BUSINESS STANDARD

Every species has a natural growth rate, determined by its genetics, metabolism and its environment. Nature frowns on a species grown artificially except within certain limits. Fruit-flies don’t try to become as big as cows, and cows don’t try to become big like elephants.
October 23, 2017

A Biography of Innovations: How to develop a culture with creative failures

21st Oct 2017, BUSINESS STANDARD

When an organization wants to be more accepting of failure and experimental, what are the barriers? Everyone agrees that breakthrough attempts are essential for innovation and, hence, the risk of failure must be accepted by organizations.
October 16, 2017

Start-ups: the good, the bad and the ugly

13th Oct 2017, BUSINESS STANDARD

Businesses have been regenerative for centuries. Today’s established corporations were start-ups at some stage.
September 15, 2017

Can start-ups really impact the economy?

15st Sep 2017, BUSINESS STANDARD

My answer is ‘No’ if we refer to e-commerce type of start-ups and the time horizon is 10 years. For sure, technology can and will impact, for example, India’s healthcare and education access issues in the long run.