Articles

July 8, 2016

Sustaining the chutzpah of an innovative fmcg start-up

8th July 2016, BUSINESS STANDARD

Bill Gross, the founder of many start-ups and the incubator of many others, delivered a TED talk in June 2015. While he is passionate that start-ups are the biggest drivers in any economy, he was also curious about why some start-ups succeed and other fail;
July 16, 2016

India Experiences Zeigarnik Effect

16th July 2016, ECONOMIC TIMES

Participating in a senior leadership seminar in 1989 on ‘Quality Convenience Foods’ at Four Acres, Kingston-upon-Thames, along with twenty four Unilever managers, I sliced and diced reams and reams of data over an exciting fortnight.
August 5, 2016

Make in India by globalising wellnessision

05th Aug 2016, BUSINESS STANDARD

By R Gopalakrishnan, Author and Corporate Advisor The previous column (BS, 8th July) explored what it would take Patanjali Ayurved to build on its fabulous chutzpah in the FMCG market. Reflecting over readers’ responses,
August 28, 2016

Success of Digital India will bring e-waste

28th August 2016, ECONOMIC TIMES

The World Economic Forum places India at number 91 in readiness to transform intoa digitalised economy. Notwithstanding this poor ranking, the government’s Digital India idea is futuristic and compelling. The plan comprises three components: creation of a digital infrastructure, delivering services digitally and digital literacy.
September 2, 2016

Innovation to impact behavior for Swachh Bharat

02nd Sep 2016, BUSINESS STANDARD

By R Gopalakrishnan, Author and Corporate Advisor To illustrate that innovation is possible even with a subject like open defecation (OD), I had written two earlier columns (BS 18th April 2014 and 8th Jan 2016).
September 20, 2016

The experience of mapping your genome

20th September 2016, ECONOMIC TIMES

The Hindu belief is that we are born with an opening balance sheet of good and bad deeds, karma. We don’t know the balance sheet, so we get on with our lives. Through life’s actions, further good and bad deeds occur along with their consequences.
October 2, 2016

Gandhi: The Great Communicator

2nd October 2016, ECONOMIC TIMES

On Gandhi’s birth anniversary and as the government designs its global communications after the horrific Uri incident, I am tempted to recall Gandhi’s response in the face of great provocation.
October 14, 2016

An idea is like a foetus

14th Oct 2016, BUSINESS STANDARD

By R Gopalakrishnan, Author and Corporate Advisor We routinely use the reproduction metaphor when we talk about ideas, for example, we use expressions like “The idea was born”, “How the idea was conceived”, or “The idea was aborted.” How did this metaphor of an idea in the brain and a foetus in the womb come about?
November 11, 2016

A concept grows in the brain like foetus in the womb

11th Nov 2016, BUSINESS STANDARD

By R Gopalakrishnan, Author and Corporate Advisor There was an amazing response to my metaphor of ‘concept in the brain’ resembling a foetus in the womb (BS, 14th October 2016). In both cases fertilization has occurred but existence has not happened.