October 31, 2019

Building startups and companies that last

30th October 2019 BUSINESS STANDARD

In a previous column (BS, 25th Sep), I had described a progressive and happy society as one where enterprise, education and eudaemonia (=well-being) co-exist.
October 9, 2019

Enterprise, education and eudaemonia

25th September 2019 BUSINESS STANDARD

Indian CEOs should strategize on the fostering of business institutions rather than just running companies. Institutions are superior to companies, just like forts are superior to modern bungalows. India needs more forts.
August 2, 2019

Business ‘Institutions’ essential for India’s growth

02nd August 2019 BUSINESS STANDARD

Reading recent books on business—pharma, financial services, technology firms—it appears that we love to hate business. The truth is that we just cannot do without them. So we mock them, criticize them.
July 30, 2019

Creating an innovation ecosystem

30th July 2019 BUSINESS STANDARD

Although the group had showcased somany examples ofinnovations over thelastcentury, the prevailing perception internally and externally in 2005,...
June 27, 2019

India needs more business institutions, not just companies

27th June 2019 BUSINESS STANDARD

My father arranged a thread ceremony for me when I was eleven years of age. I felt important as I diligently followed the elders’ instructions to follow the priest all the time.
May 30, 2019

Competitor obsession promotes autarky and hubris

30th May 2019 BUSINESS STANDARD

Many Indian startups, designed on Silicon Valley principles, appear to be aiming to ‘destroy the enemy’ and to grab the prize of ‘winner takes all’. In the process, they are drowning in a dangerous ocean of swirling losses.
April 24, 2019

Building trust key to entrepreneurship

24th April 2019 BUSINESS STANDARD

Business and entrepreneurship are clearly promoted by fostering and advancing trust in a society. I came across two books, both of which emphasized trust as a social and behavioral ingredient in the spread of entrepreneurship--Rainforest:
April 4, 2019

17 crore agri-preneurs crying for attention

1st April 2019 BUSINESS STANDARD

The cacophony and energy around Startup India and entrepreneurship has bypassed the agri-preneur. It is time to reverse this unfortunate and cumulative neglect. In economic terms, it is a bit like setting right traditional caste discrimination in social development!
February 28, 2019

Behavior & culture essentials in Startup Land

27th february 2019 BUSINESS STANDARD

The narratives of super ego and toxic behavior among CEOs of large companies are disturbing and increasingly prominent. They have a pattern. After ascent, the CEO is powerful, power damages the brain, and the CEO’s behavior changes visibly.