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.
July 31, 2017

Infatuation with cleverness more than impact

31st July 2017, BUSINESS STANDARD

R. Gopalakrishnan, Author, Corporate Advisor and Distinguished Professor at IIT Kharagpur How do you assess the impact of an innovation? Consider which of these four innovations has made greatest impact on mankind - invention of anesthesia, synthesis of urea fertilizer, discovery of penicillin or internet / email. The answer depends on how greatly the innovation has been adopted and how much it has changed peoples’ lives.
July 7, 2017

Child-like Innovator-entrepreneur Mind-set

07th July 2017, BUSINESS STANDARD

By R. Gopalakrishnan, Author, Corporate Advisor and Distinguished Professor of IIT Kharagpur, Email : rgopal@themindworks.me As I write my 50th Innocolumn for Business Standard, I reflect on the soft side of innovation and entrepreneurship. . Entrepreneurs are like the repeat Everest climber, George Mallory, who when asked why he persisted, replied, “Because it is there.”
June 9, 2017

The two ends of the innovation chain

09th June 2017, BUSINESS STANDARD

R. Gopalakrishnan, Corporate Advisor and Distinguished Professor at IIT Kharagpur rgopal@themindworks.me Perovskite is mineral calcium titanate, discovered in the Ural Mountains in 1839, the same year that Jamsetji Tata was born. 168 years later, perovskite is at the heart of a very exciting solar technology.
May 12, 2017

It takes long from invention to commercialization

12rd May 2017, BUSINESS STANDARD

R. Gopalakrishnan, Corporate Advisor and Distinguished Professor at IIT Kharagpur rgopal@themindworks.me I have been struggling with the nagging question about how long it takes for an invention (when an original idea has been articulated) to become commercial (when it is widely sold in market).
April 14, 2017

Time from conception to commercialization

14th April 2017, BUSINESS STANDARD

R. Gopalakrishnan, Author and Corporate Advisor, Email : rgopal@themindworks.me My last anecdote was about how it took fifty years between conception and commercialization of the ball pen, an apparently simple innovation that is basic to our lives now (BS, 3rd March 2017). The article drew a noteworthy response from an IIT contemporary
March 3, 2017

Fifty years between conception and innovation : The ball point pen

03rd March 2017, BUSINESS STANDARD

R. Gopalakrishnan, Author and Corporate Advisor, Email : rgopal@themindworks.me Pen maker John Loud got a ball point pen patent in 1888, Anton Shaeffer in 1901, Michael Brown in 1911, Lorenz presented a prototype ball pen in 1924,
February 3, 2017

Promoting curiosity in business

3rd Feb 2017, BUSINESS STANDARD

By R Gopalakrishnan, Author and Corporate Advisor “....Men of business are not often at home in the world of ideas; it was Jamsetji’s distinction that he lived in both worlds, the world of ideas and the world of action.