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Business

Work from Home – Studies show Incredible benefits

Different companies are looking at work very differently now. They are trying to evaluate if the current COVID-19 enforced ‘Work from Home’ arrangements can be continued? If they can have a mixed approach – where you work off-site for most times but have face time in the office with your colleagues

25 May 20 4 min read
Business

Telegram gains 3 million New User in 24 hours when Facebook Properties were down yesterday!

There was a major outage yesterday in all of the Facebook related/owned properties.  There were significant outages worldwide [https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/13/18264092/facebook-instagram-down-partially-post-messages-profile-loading] in Facebook (and Facebook Messenger), Instagram, and WhatsApp!  In fact the service was not restored until almost this morning US time. #Telegram

14 Mar 19 1 min read
Business

India is winning the NPA war

Modi Government’s Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) reform is at the heart of the fight against NPAs that the banks had amassed over UPAs 10 year rule.  Even the new Chief Economist of IMF, Gita Gopinath, praised the GST and IBC reforms [https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/imf-chief-economist-praises-gst-ibc-reforms-says-growth-very-solid/

11 Jan 19 2 min read
Business

Who Has The Best Premium Scannable Fake ID?

Things to know / Getting YOUR i.d. For people that are not 21, or possibly off by a long shot, a principle choice you will sit on is regardless of whether to get a phony ID, and why you should. Indeed, the appropriate response depends completely on your identity and

27 Dec 18 2 min read
Business

Indian IT Companies are Losing the Scale Game

Around 7 years back someone from India sent me a SWOT of Infosys – created by some investment analyst.  The number one strength mentioned was “Brand Value”.  Since I was from the IT industry in the US and had worked in the consulting industry for some time, it amused me.  Little

08 Oct 18 4 min read
Business

China’s leading fake id maker IDChief is back!

Straightforward entry to fabrications has provoked police to venture up their requirement endeavors Bouncers in Campustown are veterans at spotting counterfeit IDs. They know the signs – the logo isn’t exactly right, the shading is off, the card simply doesn’t have the correct feel. Be that as it may,

01 Oct 18 6 min read
Business

National Stock Exchange to Use BlockChain for E-Voting Tests

The National Stock Exchange of India Ltd (NSE) is planning to use the block-chain technology for e-voting for the listed companies.  For this the Elemential Labs platform will be used. National Stock Exchange to Use #BlockChain for E-Voting Tests [https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwp.me%

01 Oct 18 1 min read
Business

Booming Car Exports from India to the World

Mercedes-Benz will assemble the the new GLC SUV in its Pune plant and export it to the US.  As Trump administration puts tariffs on China manufactured goods, the cars assembled in India could get a flip. Booming Car Exports from India to the World #CarExports #Automotive [https://twitter.com/intent/

26 Sep 18 1 min read
Business

Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali is India’s Most Trusted FMCG Brand

TRA Research (formerly Trust Research Advisory [http://www.trustadvisory.info/tra/home.php]), is one of the leading Brand Intelligence and Data Insights Company – part of the Comniscient Group. The latest Brand Trust Report 2018 report – TRA 2018 Brand Trust Report [https://www.drishtikone.com/content/files/wp-content/uploads/2018/

08 May 18 2 min read
Business

Is Infosys on the Acquisition block?

Economic Times suggests in an article [http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/markets/stocks/stocks-in-news/infosys-mammoth-cash-pile-may-attract-global-suitors/articleshow/19568541.cms] that Infosys is a very attractive acquisition target right now.  Look at some of the facts: * Infosys has Cash and cash equivalents (Rs 22,000 crore) equal to 17% of the company’s

16 Apr 13 1 min read
Business

Warren Buffett bets big on selling Insurance online in India

As Indian masses come online, Warren Buffett, the master of traditional businesses, is betting big on Indian consumers.  Ironically. He wants to sell insurance online.  Currently, Berkshire India sells motor, travel and health insurance products online at BerkshireInsurance.com.  Now it wants to market life insurance as a corporate agent

14 Apr 13 2 min read
Business

Apple to increase its presence by 3 times in India by 2015!

The Apple is planning to grow big in India.  The company now believes that India is very critical to its future growth plans. > According to the India Times [http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/apple-plans-to-scale-up-presence-in-india-to-triple-exclusive-stores-to-200-by-2015/articleshow/19204356.cms] , Apple is planning to triple the number of “exclusive stores” in the

26 Mar 13 1 min read
Business

Startup Tips from Dave Zilberman, partner @ Comcast Ventures

A very interesting discussion with David Zilberman, a venture capital guy – partner at Comcast Ventures.  He discusses the tips for startups David Zilberman is a partner at Comcast Ventures, the venture arm of Comcast, the media giant and parent company of NBC Universal. He joined Comcast Ventures in 2006, and

11 Mar 13 1 min read
Business

How a Movie Trailer can predict its success

Tonight is the Oscar night.  A night when the well made movies triumph.  But what happens on the Box Office?  Does a movie trailer make it a success?  Can it predicts how well it will do?  Well, one company does think so. > According to the Innerscope Research [http://innerscoperesearch.com/

24 Feb 13 2 min read
Business

5 Rules for Great Presentations

Though these rules seem simple, they are very interesting and useful. Go through them carefully and try to use it. Five Rules for Creating Great Presentations [http://www.slideshare.net/duartian/five-rules-for-creating-great-presentations] from Duarte, Inc. [http://www.slideshare.net/duartian]

24 Feb 13 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Are we hard wired to Avoid Exercise?

Are we wired for being against the exercise?  It seems that there are individual differences because of the threshold we have in our body for exercise.  And that can make it easy for some and difficult for others.  So what is the way out?  Start with baby steps… and slowly

19 Feb 13 1 min read
Parenting

The Silent Cry of an Abused Child

Child abuse is a very painful experience for those who have gone through it.  The pain and the ingrained hurt in the victims really hit home for me when I watched Amir Khan’s episode on Satyamev Jayate.  This short but highly creative ad film brings out that message – of

15 Feb 13 1 min read
Business

Google to earn $5 billion from its ads on Tablets!

This confirms what we have been discussing earlier.  How Google works and what its strategy is pointing to in terms of revenue earning. > Google [http://www.fastcompany.com/most-innovative-companies/2013/google]‘s ads are everywhere [http://www.fastcompany.com/1805995/google-goes-after-your-local-small-business] , but new data [http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/

14 Feb 13 2 min read
Business

Indian Startup Review: CouponDunia

CouponDunia [http://www.coupondunia.in/] fills an important gap in India’s online retail market – coupons.  I had often wondered what could be the alternative for coupon sites like FatWallet and PromoCodeWatch [https://www.promocodewatch.com] where in India.  Well, CouponDunia is not quite Fatwallet in that it is not

01 Feb 13 1 min read
Business

Is it the end of the middle manager?

Knowledge will dictate the future of organisational hierarchy as bureaucratic structures are replaced and where leaders will emerge rather than be elected, say Kate Tojeiro and Dr Jonathan Trevor. The power of middle managers will gradually disappear as organisations journey through a ‘monumental’ evolutionary process driven by the now paramount

29 Jan 13 1 min read
Business

What does a perfect Start-up Team include?

Getting to start up a new business and to grow them to something that can be a financial and business success is not easy. Many things need to be considered when starting up a business. Like how you’ll pay your employees for instance. Then you have to consider US

22 Jan 13 3 min read
Business

Anil Ambani and Adi Godrej profusely praise Modi and Gujarat

At the Vibrant Gujarat summit, Adi Godrej and Anil Ambani gave a lot of praise for Gujarat and Leadership of Modi. Related articles from External Sources Narendra Modi a ‘king among kings’, says Anil Ambani at Vibrant Gujarat summit [http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/narendra-modi-a-king-among-kings-says-anil-ambani-at-vibrant-gujarat-summit-316076] [http://www.ndtv.com/

11 Jan 13 1 min read
Business

Cognizant replaces Apple in the Top 10 Happiest Companies in the US

BusinessWire has come out with a list of 100 “Happiest Companies in America” after thousands of independent employee reviews and analysis of hundreds of companies.  These companies are dedicated to creating a happy work environment with many of them making use of things like conflict management [https://development-academy.co.uk/

25 Dec 12 2 min read
Business

Times Internet acquires share in Fab.com

Times of India group has made a major investment in the fast growing e-commerce start-up Fab.com through the group company Times Internet.  The investment is supposed to be in 7 figures.  Personally, I think it is a very smart move by Satyan Ganjwani and probably the first serious attempt

19 Dec 12 1 min read
Business

Instagram wanted to sell your photos?!

First Instagram – which is anyways in a mess due to its Twitter disengagement decision – made another blunder – saying that it can sell your images. > Instagram said [http://blog.instagram.com/post/38143346554/privacy-and-terms-of-service-changes-on-instagram] today that it has the perpetual right to sell users’ photographs without payment or notification, a dramatic

19 Dec 12 1 min read
Business

Impact of Magazines going Digital: “The Last King of Print”

Interesting impact of Magazines going digital – specially Newsweek (now, Daily Beast) > “I don’t actually go to newsstands anymore,” said Tina Brown [http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/192375/tina-brown-i-dont-actually-go-to-newsstands-anymore/] , the editor in chief of Newsweek/The Daily Beast, a few days after she announced last week that Newsweek would

14 Dec 12 1 min read
Humour

10 Excellent Lifehacks for India from Reddit users

Here are some excellent “Life hacks” for India from Reddit. #1 (Link [http://www.reddit.com/r/india/comments/14npdb/what_are_the_lifehacks_in_india/c7ew6a0] ) * Pretend to talk on your phone when taking an auto/cab late night and casually mention that you are travelling in a cab

13 Dec 12 5 min read
Business

Top 15 Marketing Trends for 2013

In a very interesting presentation, Rohit Bhargava has identified 15 marketing trends for 2013, that the companies can use profitably.  They are: 1. Shoptimization: “New mobile apps and startups let consumers optimize the process of buying everything from fashion to medical prescriptions.” – medical SEO [https://inboundmd.com/seo-for-doctors-dentists-healthcare-practices/] can be

08 Dec 12 3 min read
Business

Google brings the Great Online Shopping Festival to India

Google [http://google.com] has partnered with more than 50 retailers (Including Flipkart [http://www.flipkart.com] and snapdeal) to plan for an online shopping [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Online_shopping] bonanza called “The Great Online Shopping Festival [http://www.gosf.in/]“.  It is the Indian equivalent of Cybermonday

07 Dec 12 2 min read
Careers

Top 10 most overused buzzwords on Linkedin Profiles

Linkedin [http://www.linkedin.com] is the professional career portal and more for businesses.  Interestingly, people who have an account on it, have their profiles up and most of these profiles have buzzwords [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buzzword].  Well, these buzzwords match the ones that recruiters want to see,

04 Dec 12 2 min read
Business

Indian companies most fraudulent in the world after the Africans!

We Indians keep lamenting about the politicians and their corruption.  Because they are the easy target.  The truth is that even the businesses are as bad. It now comes to light [http://www.financialexpress.com/news/shocker-indian-companies-second-worse-only-to-africa-in-world-on-fraud/1037573] that outside of Africa, India has the highest Corporate frauds in the

29 Nov 12 1 min read
Business

Indians hoard 20,000 tons of Gold worth 75% of India’s GDP!

We Indians love Gold.  We all know that India is the largest Gold market in the world.  But did you know how much gold we Indians keep with us?Here is [http://www.financialexpress.com/news/indians-hoard-20k-tonnes-gold-worth-record-1.16-trn/1037761] a shocker: > Indian households have piled up as much as 20,

29 Nov 12 1 min read
Business

PVR to acquire Cinemax properties: What does it mean for Film Releases and Investors?

PVR Ltd. is acquiring [http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/media/entertainment-/entertainment/pvr-buys-cinemax-promoters-entire-stake-for-rs-394-98-crore/articleshow/17415370.cms] 95.27% stake in Cinemax India.  Cinemax chain of multiplexes, are owned by the Kanakia Group, and operates 138 screens in 39 locations across the country.  PVR, on the other hand, owns 158

29 Nov 12 4 min read
Business

“Stay Interviews” being used by Indian companies to keep their best talent from leaving

An interesting process that has helped companies keep their best talent from going out is being used in IT firms.  It is probably really required there.Here is an example [http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/jobs/india-inc-hits-upon-idea-of-stay-interviews-for-its-high-performers/articleshow/17393690.cms] of Hexaware Ltd. using the “Stay Interview” process. > In

28 Nov 12 1 min read
Business

Is World Investors’ Honeymoon with “surging India” over?

Interesting discussion between Ashish Chauhan, MD and CEO at BSE Ltd, and Ashish J Singh, chairman of Bain & Company India at the World Economic Forum Ashish Singh discusses the relationship that India has with foreign investors. Singh acknowledges that foreign investors are “confused about India today.” According to Singh, while

28 Nov 12 1 min read
Business

Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, Tata are slashing talktime and freebies

For the prepaid telecom customers in India, changes have been introduced in the shape of reduced talktime and lesser freebies.  For others, tariff revision is not far off.  Why?  Because of two things: * Pressure on the revenue per minutes measure * Government charges being levied on the telecom companies > Chief executives

22 Nov 12 2 min read
Business

Consumers willing to trade Privacy for Personalized Experience via Social Media this holiday season

The Consumer attitudes are changing a lot!  In a recent Accenture survey [http://www.accenture.com/SiteCollectionDocuments/PDF/Accenture-Interactive-Survey-Results.pdf] , near 2/3rd participants said that would trade increased privacy for more personalized offers – which means that people are willing to give their personal information to have a more personalized

20 Nov 12 1 min read
Business

Samsung Galaxy SIII beats iPhone 4S hands down globally!

While the whole world is going gaga over Apple and iPhone, it is Samsung with its Galaxy powerhouse phones which are kicking some serious ass [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/hardware/Samsung-Galaxy-S-III-beats-iPhone-4S-to-become-worlds-no-1-smartphone-Strategy-Analytics/articleshow/17142802.cms] behind the scene. > Strategy Analytics estimated Samsung sold 18 million S III models in

08 Nov 12 1 min read
Business

Volkswagen launches Used Car Sales Operations

Maruti has a big market in used car sales.  But I am not sure if there is any big company which has taken the “seconds” car market seriously.  Here is one – Volkswagen.  Its used car business is called – Das WeltAuto. > The company has commenced operations with 15 dealerships across the

06 Nov 12 2 min read
Business

Roche’s Hepatitis Drug Patent Revoked by India’s Intellectual Property Appellate Board

In a major win [http://india.nydailynews.com/newsarticle/bb7f0b4b32e0dfe8f7ffe77002886b7e/india-revokes-roche-hepatitis-patent#ixzz2BCAsXcTi] for Indian drug companies which manufacture generic drugs for major ailments, the India’s Intellectual Property Appellate Board revoked Swiss giant Roche’s patent for a hepatitis C drugs.  This means that the patent that could have prevented

03 Nov 12 1 min read
Business

Crony Capitalism: Kejriwal’s Ambani expose’ in brief

The expose on Mukesh Ambani by Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan was indeed explosive.  The way Arvind Kejriwal is going, he will shake up the entire system in an unprecedented manner.  Which, in my eyes, is a great thing.  The only way to take on this system of corruption and

01 Nov 12 3 min read
Business

India is adding 18 mn Internet users every year @ 41% growth rate!

In the coming years, India will become a major market for online products, information and services in every area.  It is one of the world’s fastest growing market [http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/india-among-fastest-growing-internet-markets-study/articleshow/16990524.cms] and has been growing at an astonishing rate of 41% annually.

29 Oct 12 1 min read
Business

India is 132nd out of 185 in Ease of Doing business

Overall, India has a pretty bad record in the ease of doing business.  Out of a total of 185 countries, India ranks 132 in a World Bank study [http://www.doingbusiness.org/data/exploreeconomies/india/]!  This page has the tables for overall competitiveness and key indicators for each topic as

29 Oct 12 1 min read
Business

Goldman Sachs new Bangalore Office site has an on-site tomb

Goldman Sachs is the Investment bank to work for.  It is the place for the hard-nosed professionals with million dollar take homes.  In India the Goldman Sachs employees have a strange problem. The office space, it seems is has some serious issues [http://www.businessinsider.com/goldman-sachs-has-trouble-in-bangalore-2012-10]. A Toronto-based architect

23 Oct 12 1 min read
Achievement and Leadership

Tatas are a $100 billion Conglomerate. India’s first!

Tatas is India’s first $100 billion conglomerate.  I am not sure if many in the Indian media have noticed it [http://qz.com/18169/gone-global-how-tata-became-indias-first-100-billion-company-thanks-to-foreign-sales/] and commented on this extra-ordinary milestone and achievement. > Without fanfare, Tata posted a tally of sales across its more than 100 operating companies [http:

22 Oct 12 1 min read
Business

Starbucks Enters India.

The first Mumbai StoreFinally, after a lot of wait and hand wringing, Starbucks has opened its first store in India.  With 4,000-square-foot, two-level store in historic Horinam Circle Starbucks opened a new chapter in India’s beverage market.  A country where one can get great Chai for Rs 10

22 Oct 12 1 min read
Business

India is running out of mobile numbers!

Mobile penetration is deep in India!With world’s second largest population and a deep penetration of the cell phones already reaching a billion and growing, India has a unique problem at hand.  It is running out [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/India-to-run-out-of-phone-numbers-by-next-year/articleshow/16908983.cms?utm_source=twitter&

22 Oct 12 1 min read
Business

Is Netflix preparing to launch its service in India?

Netflix has come out with a new job ad that suggests this movie distribution juggernaut may be entering India very soon. This is what the ad is looking for [http://jobs.netflix.com/jobsListing.html?id=NFX00144]: > We are looking for highly motivated individuals with the right mix of technical,

22 Oct 12 1 min read
Business

Infosys Financial Results and its Future Contradictions

One is trying to understand Infosys and where it is going.  Honestly, I cannot make out the logic behind some of what is happening in there.  Read the following and contemplate: * Lost a major transmission client in Europe (portfolio worth $15 mn) * Pricing and Currency Fluctuations: Lost $13 mn on

12 Jul 12 2 min read
Business

Book Review by Jasleen Matharu: Winner’s Price

Winner's PriceS.V. Divvaakar’s first offering as an author, “The Winner’s Price” landed in my hands a few months back. It was in its proof reading phase and almost ready to go into print when I came in contact with the author who asked me for my opinion

22 Mar 12 2 min read
Business

The Hacking Wars and the coming “March Storm”

The Anonymous HacktivistsUnbeknownst to many, there is a virtual war going on.  Hackers vs the US Government.   Recently, computer hacking group LulzSec has been brought down by the FBI, when they arrested some of the top guys in that group.  They did so by introducing a mole named Hector Xavier

08 Mar 12 2 min read
Business

What Hinders Success of Indian Startups?

A lot is talked about India’s market and the potential for startups.  Many have been started and many have succeeded, but numerous – disproportionally large numbers have failed.  And failed miserably.  So, one is bound to ask the question – why is it tough to start a venture in India? Market

02 Feb 12 4 min read
Business

Adidas to sell $1 shoes in India!

There is a popular story in the most popular Marketing text book for MBAs written by Philip Kotler. A shoe company sent a salesman to Africa to sell shoes.  He went there and saw no one wearing shoes and wires back “No one wears shoes here.  No market”. A few

21 Nov 11 1 min read
Business

What’s in a name? A LOT!!

When you are starting off your business venture, one of the first thing you need to do is to have a name of the company or organization.  The exercise is sometime excrutiating in the way it taxes your mind, if you doing it with some sense.  There are many ways

04 Sep 11 2 min read
Business

Cognizant is #3: the How and What of it

How did Cognizant become #3 of the Indian IT companies?  That’s an interesting question.  Here are three reason that “First Post” identifies [http://www.firstpost.com/blogs/business-blogs/who-cares-if-cognizant-overtakes-wipro-employees-do-52975.html] : 1. Long-standing emphasis on the quality of its work-force. 2. Wipro, the company it toppled, has been preoccupied with

04 Aug 11 5 min read
Business

Indian Online Bookseller Flipkart is now valued at $1 billion

Indian online book sellers, Flipkart – are now valued at $1 billion!  The company was started in 2007 and their growth has been nothing less than spectacular!  Now they are raising $150 million in a PE round [http://www.siliconindia.com/shownews/Flipkart_to_raise_150_Million_Valued_at_1_Billion-nid-87665-cid-100.

02 Aug 11 1 min read
Business

Ransom Insurance comes to India!

Now there is a new kind of insurance in India.  Its called “Ransom Insurance”.  Apparently, there are way too many kidnappings occuring these days specially amongst the high and mighty.  Therefore, its always a danger of a kidnapping looming around. For example, in 2006, Anant Gupta, son of Adobe Senior

02 Aug 11 1 min read
Business

Android versus iPhone – Getting Google right

The future of computing is heavily dependent on the present and near term of the phone world.  And in this space, it seems that Android is the one which is leading the space in terms of how many phones are adapting the operating system.  But is Google really a winner

18 Feb 11 2 min read
Business

NASDAQ Attack by Hackers – Reason for Worry?

Recently hackers went into NASDAQ’s system and put in some suspicious files which were later found by a team of forensic experts including FBI team members.  The markets in North America, Europe and in many countries of Asia – including India – are electronic.  If hackers could get in to probably

08 Feb 11 2 min read
Business

Obnoxious Bosses and their Punishing Evaluations and no Humor!

My first boss was a particularly obnoxious person.  He would be fidgety, unconventional and rude to the core.  I still remember him shouting at me because I had missed bringing a document in the reception area of a large merchant bank “You are TOTALLY ZERO.. and USELESS.  Absolutely DUMB!” Bosses

22 Jan 11 2 min read
Business

Top 15 Finance and Investment related Sites from India

Unlike, US, in India there isn’t enough information on the investments, finance and markets.  Not just the news, the retail investors need information.  Which is very little for most part.  For a such a large country, the number of online sites which provide information are very less.  Just a

30 Dec 10 2 min read
Business

World without the Toilet Paper tubes

Unless you have severe issues and have been holding back for a long time or are from the sub continent where a healthier way of water is used, chances are you have seen a toilet paper roll.  Remember the tube over which the paper is rolled up on?  Well, now

27 Oct 10 2 min read
Business

Business in US targeting Indian Americans

Indian Americans are now being looked at by the local media in the US.  In the last many years, specifically from the late 1990s to now, the Indian Americans have grown in numbers but more so in wealth and consumer influence. There was a strong rush into the US, during

24 Oct 10 2 min read
Business

GE CEO Immelt sees India Growing at 30% a year

Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of General Electric is a smart person.  When he speaks, a lot of people listen.  In an interesting interview to Business Today [http://businesstoday.intoday.in/bt/story/9415/1/india-should-be-a-$10-billion-market-in-five-years.html] , he picks up many topic threads. Manufacturing and Technology based industries versus

19 Oct 10 2 min read
Business

Is Seducing boss the best way to the top?

In these times of distressed economy, it seems affairs still work.  As per the “Best Boss” survey by Adecco Group [http://www.cnbc.com/id/39619940], 17% of the Americans think that having an affair with boss is good for advancement of career.  It leads to better promotions.  7% – one

12 Oct 10 3 min read
Business

Blackberry launches Playbook tablet

As the tablet market heats up, Blackberry is coming out with its own version of its competition to iPad.  As we said in an earlier post [https://www.drishtikone.com/future-world-computing-will-be-defined-smartphones-today-not-laptops] , that future of computing is going to be decided by the mobile computing as opposed to laptops of today.

27 Sep 10 1 min read
Business

Flavor of Tomorrow – Debt

“Fortune favours the brave.” “The night is the darkest just before dawn.” “Buy low, Sell high.” These are maxims that are oft repeated in the capital markets.  While they make perfect intuitive sense, they require courage and character to implement.  How the whole world wanted to buy equities at the

03 Sep 10 3 min read
Business

Ethics and US Corporate Executives

I saw this quote on the facebook wall of my friend.  Worth quoting here: > “If (BP CEO) Hayward gets kicked out, he’ll walk away with a generous pension entitlement of nearly $900,000 a year.To jaded American eyes, these figures may not seem that large. But that’s

22 Jun 10 1 min read
Business

Hinglish Ads in US media to target Indians

Corporates in US are waking up to the Indian American population.  The ads in US – mainstream media – say it all.  I recently got this small card from McDonalds with Hinglish Ad slogan – the type one sees in India. And then, this weekend, I was driving happily along the Highway 6

09 Jun 10 1 min read
Business

Strengths and Weakness of Indian Enterpreneurship

An interesting discussion started off on my school alumni group.  While one guy felt that Westerners are more enterprising than Indians are.  Another countered really well by giving great example like that of Dhirubhai Ambani and Narayana Murthy, who started real late in their lives. My contention is that there

03 Jun 10 4 min read
Business

TiE – an organization that charted a new path

The Indus Entrepreneurs [http://www.tie.org/] (TiE) is a unique organization.  Its roots are in the “Indus” region – or South Asia primarily.  Founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley, it has by now opened up 53 chapters across 12 countries with over 11,000 members and over 2500 Charter members.

27 May 10 1 min read
Business

Bill Gates babua goes to Bihar!

Now Bill Gates has new lessons [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Lessons-to-be-learnt-from-Bihar-says-Bill-Gates/articleshow/5931899.cms] to learn from Bihar, specially women of the self Help groups.  After crossing the Kosi river to get to Khagaria in Bihar, he came in contact with many great stories of human endeavor and perseverence.

15 May 10 1 min read
Business

Can credit markets take off in the same way that mobile did

Some of India’s billionaires made their fortunes from the mobile phone industry, these entrepreneurs took big risks and innovated the industry to suit the Indian consumer and needless to say, their bet paid off. Which leaves to wonder, why has no one innovated in finance to the same level?

29 Apr 10 1 min read
Business

The right way to invest in infrastructure

New thinking is needed to deliver the benefits of public-works spending and eliminate the waste. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463336373430&i=6c633a32343834] Topics: By InvitationIn the NewsPublic SectorTransportation Update your Quarterly feed preferences [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

IT in the new normal: McKinsey Global Survey results

Recession or no recession, corporate and IT leaders continue to see a key role for IT, especially in regard to capturing efficiencies across the enterprise. Many expect IT investments to grow soon. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463336373034&i=

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

The future of capitalism: Building a sustainable energy future

In a collaboration between Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and McKinsey, a panel of experts and CEOs from leading energy companies debate the critical scientific, resource, and policy issues challenging energy sustainability today. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

Managing water strategically: An interview with the CEO of Rio Tinto

Tom Albanese explains how Rio Tinto is adapting its operations to a future when climate change may make the world’s dry parts drier and wet parts wetter. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463337303231&i=6c633a32343934] Topics: Climate ChangeEnergy,

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

The path to successful new products

Businesses with the best product-development track records stand apart from their less-successful peers in three crucial ways. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463336393532&i=6c633a32343839] Topics: Operations Update your Quarterly feed preferences [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

Making game theory work for managers

A new model, rejecting solutions optimal only for a single precisely defined future, generates answers representing the best compromise between risks and opportunities in all likely futures. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463336383839&i=6c633a32343933] Topics: EuropeStrategyTransportation Update your

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

Creating competitive advantage with IT architecture: An interview

Xie Qin explains how he used service-oriented architecture to create a smarter, more efficient system. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463336383735&i=6c633a32343932] Topics: Asia-PacificChinaBusiness TechnologyInterviewsTelecommunications Update your Quarterly feed preferences [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=1000

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

Enduring ideas: The three horizons of growth

In this interactive presentation—one in a series of multimedia frameworks—Steve Coley, a director emeritus in McKinsey’s Chicago office, describes the three horizons framework. Based on research into how companies sustain growth, this approach illustrates how to manage for current performance while maximizing future opportunities for growth. Read

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

Strategy through turbulence: An interview with Don Sull

London Business School’s Don Sull discusses how to find the upside in volatile times. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463336383536&i=6c633a32343931] Topics: InterviewsStrategyVideo Update your Quarterly feed preferences [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

Competing through organizational agility

Three distinct types—strategic, portfolio, and operational—help companies compete. Each of them has its own sources and dangers. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463336383538&i=6c633a32343838] Topics: By InvitationOrganizationStrategy Update your Quarterly feed preferences [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

Rebuilding the American dream: An interview with Pete Peterson

The quintessential business statesman reflects on a long career and the work needed to rebuild America’s economic future. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463336383033&i=6c633a32343836] Topics: Economic StudiesInterviewsPublic SectorVideo Update your Quarterly feed preferences [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

Next-generation water policy for businesses and government

The solution to water scarcity, in part, will come from new technologies for better managing water as a resource. But to make these technologies more effective, business and policy leaders will need to work more closely to implement them. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

Water as a scarce resource: An interview with Nestle's chairman

The chairman of Nestlé explains why water is “by far the most valuable resource on this planet” and what we must do to conserve it. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463336373832&i=6c633a32343832] Topics: Climate ChangeInterviews Update your Quarterly

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

The business opportunity in water conservation

For many companies, water efficiency is a long-term requirement for staying in business, a big commercial opportunity, or both. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463336373830&i=6c633a32343833] Topics: Climate ChangeEnergy, Resources, MaterialsStrategy Update your Quarterly feed preferences [http://rss.

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

Making the most of corporate social responsibility

For companies that see CSR as an opportunity to strengthen the business, the big challenge is execution. Smart partnering can provide a practical way forward. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463336373632&i=6c633a32343739] Topics: By InvitationNonprofit Update your Quarterly

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

Supporting top management with next-generation executive information systems

Chief information officers have a chance to expand their influence as the mediators between business requirements and IT capabilities. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463337313633&i=6c633a32343939] Topics: Business Technology Update your Quarterly feed preferences [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

Video interview: Reshaping business education in a new era

Blair Sheppard, dean of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, discusses how the expectations of MBA students are changing—and why the traditional MBA education needs to change as well. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463337313630&i=6c633a32353030]

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

Deleveraging: Now the hard part

The challenge of managing the enormous debt burden weighing on global recovery is only just beginning. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463337313534&i=6c633a32343937] Topics: Economic StudiesPublic Sector Update your Quarterly feed preferences [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

The five attributes of enduring family businesses

The keys to long-term success are professional management and keeping the family committed to and capable of carrying on as the owner. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463337313434&i=6c633a32343938] Topics: GovernanceOrganizationStrategy Update your Quarterly feed preferences [http://rss.

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

Building a sustainable Ford Motor Company: An interview with Bill Ford

The carmaker’s executive chairman talks about its prospects, technological change in the industry, and manufacturing in America. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463337303937&i=6c633a32343936] Topics: AutomotiveClimate ChangeInterviews Update your Quarterly feed preferences [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

How business interacts with government: McKinsey Global Survey results

A variety of government actions in addition to laws and regulations powerfully affect companies’ finances, executives say. But executives also indicate that companies’ processes to manage their relationships with government are generally less robust than are the ones used to manage relationships with other stakeholders. Read more on the McKinsey

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

The looming deleveraging challenge

Several major economies are likely to face imminent deleveraging. If history is any guide, it will be a lengthy and painful process. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463337323737&i=6c633a32353130] Topics: Economic StudiesAudioPublic Sector Update your Quarterly feed preferences

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

When your calendar is a moral document: Video interview with Rev. Jim Wallis

The CEO of the social-justice organization Sojourners discusses rethinking values in the wake of the crisis. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463337323531&i=6c633a32353038] Topics: GovernanceInterviewsNonprofitAudioVideo Update your Quarterly feed preferences [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

A strong foundation for M&A in 2010

M&A activity was more resilient in 2009 than commonly believed, and conditions are improving for 2010. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463337323134&i=6c633a32353031] Topics: Asia-PacificCorporate FinanceOrganization Update your Quarterly feed preferences [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

M&A teams: When small is beautiful

Large M&A departments aren’t essential for making successful deals. Small, project- based teams can be preferable. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463337323132&i=6c633a32353033] Topics: Asia-PacificCorporate FinanceOrganization Update your Quarterly feed preferences [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

A lighter touch for postmerger integration

Some Asian companies take a different, hands-off approach to M&A outside their borders. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463337323130&i=6c633a32353034] Topics: Asia-PacificCorporate FinanceOrganization Update your Quarterly feed preferences [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

CO2 abatement: Exploring options for oil and natural gas companies

Oil and natural gas companies play a central role in CO2 emissions. How can the industry meet the challenge from climate change regulations? Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463337333730&i=6c633a32353137] Topics: Climate ChangeEnergy, Resources, Materials Update your Quarterly

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

Rethinking how companies address social issues: McKinsey Global Survey results

Many companies committed to addressing social issues in developing markets are overlooking a strategy for boosting their social impact—and perhaps their profits—a McKinsey survey suggests. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463337333436&i=6c633a32353134] Topics: StrategySurveys Update your

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

Why don’t back-office efficiency drives stick?

A granular look at back-office operations shows why across-the-board cuts make no sense. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463337333334&i=6c633a32353135] Topics: Operations Update your Quarterly feed preferences [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d6

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

Using knowledge brokering to improve business processes

New applications of open-innovation principles allow progressive companies to enhance not only their products but also their core internal business processes. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463337333231&i=6c633a32353132] Topics: By InvitationOperationsAudioStrategy Update your Quarterly feed preferences [http://rss.

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

US energy savings: Opportunities and challenges

There is great potential to reduce energy consumption and minimize its total cost by using existing technologies–and without changing the everyday habits of consumers. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463337333132&i=6c633a32353131] Topics: Climate ChangeEnergy, Resources, Materials Update

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

A hospital-wide strategy for fixing emergency-department overcrowding

Reducing wait times requires an end-to-end transformation of hospital processes and a shift in staff culture. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463337323835&i=6c633a32353035] Topics: Health CareOperations Update your Quarterly feed preferences [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

Conversation starter: Planning for your next CEO

CEO succession all too often becomes at best an exercise in damage control and at worst an unseemly scramble that can hurt a company and destroy shareholder value. Planning for CEO succession should be an ongoing process–beginning the day a new CEO starts on the job. Read more on

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

Risk roundup 2010

Top risk forecasters highlight their picks for this year’s economic and political hot spots. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463337343632&i=6c633a32353233] Topics: Strategy Update your Quarterly feed preferences [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

How inflation can destroy shareholder value

If inflation rises again, companies will have to do more than just match it to keep up—they’ll have to beat it. Multimedia bonus: An interactive exhibit allows you to see over time how much a company’s earnings must increase in order to keep cash flow stable. Read

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

This is the time to deliver on upstream operational excellence

With oil prices squeezed, now is the time for oil and gas companies to focus on operational excellence. What lessons can managers draw from world-class operators in the business? Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463337333732&i=6c633a32353136] Topics: Energy,

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

Five myths about how to create jobs

With unemployment hovering just below 10 percent, job creation is now priority number one in Washington. But America’s jobs challenge is a marathon, not a sprint. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463337363437&i=6c633a32353236] Topics: Economic StudiesPublic Sector

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Business

First Test Match with Bangladesh – End of Day 3

Strange test match it has been until now with Bangladesh.  With a team that can beat the best on any day, here is a team which won everything except the finals in the ODIs. And then, in the walkup to the match, Sehwag suggested that Bangladesh were an ordinary side.

19 Jan 10 1 min read
Business

First Test Match with Bangladesh – End of Day 3

Strange test match it has been until now with Bangladesh.  With a team that can beat the best on any day, here is a team which won everything except the finals in the ODIs. And then, in the walkup to the match, Sehwag suggested that Bangladesh were an ordinary side.

19 Jan 10 1 min read
Business

Are Men more Efficient Shoppers than Women?

I still remember going shopping for dresses for my sisters in Lucknow with my colleagues (Chikan Salwar-Kameez).  The ladies would keep looking at one dress after another and end up buying something that I thought was not the best design or dress.  I would stay sitting down either dozing off

28 Nov 09 1 min read
Business

Large SAP project coming up at UN

That’s a fairly big SAP project out there to be won!  I wonder who will end up getting the development work for it.  Support/Backup support work may go to some Indian IT majors, but I guess the front runners for the meat of it may end up being

25 Sep 09 1 min read
Business

McDonalds advertising in Desi Community in US

McDonalds is trying big time to woo the Desi population in the US.  How do I know?  Well, a local desi event in Houston has just been sponsored by McDonalds.  I thought maybe that was  mistake of the advertising person, who didn’t know what he/she was upto. But

07 May 09 1 min read
Business

How the Famous Companies were named?

Ever wanted to know how the different companies were named?  Here is an interesting primer. Mercedes: This was actually financier’s daughter’s name. Adobe: This came from the name of the river Adobe Creek that ran behind the house of founder John Warnock. Apple Computers: It was the favourite

06 May 09 4 min read
Business

India's first cricket match

India had yet another test cricket series win yesterday – this time against the Kiwis.  If the Indra deva (or the rain god) was not so partial towards the Kiwis, then India would have scored yet another win in the series – probably one of the biggest win against any team in

07 Apr 09 1 min read
Business

Madoff is in Jail – Ponzi comes to a close

Madoff is in jail today.  He has put millions of dollars of many hard working people into oblivion. I guess the expression “Laughing away to his bank” was actually made for Madoff… as he “Made off” with the hard earned money of his victims. And what was his scheme?  Well

12 Mar 09 2 min read
Business

Today's Business Brew from Indian Papers

* Nifty slips below 2600; BPCL, HUL, TCS down (ET) * The Sensex opened 67 points lower at 8,259. The index is at almost the day’s low, down 111 points at 8,215.  Hindustan Unilever has plunged 3% to Rs 217. Jaiprakash Associates has shed 2.5% at Rs 68.

09 Mar 09 1 min read
Business

Netflix – Oasis in the stock tumbling desert

In the midst of all the economic crisis and downfall in the stock market and tremendous layoffs.. there is one stock that seems to be shining.  And when you look at it.. you almost say “Duh”! Well, the company is Netflix (NFLX). In februart it surpassed a major milestone – 10

05 Mar 09 1 min read
Business

Investing advise from India

Gautam Khandelwal helps his clients and friends with advise on stock trading, mutual funds, and investment.  With online stock trading [https://www.sofi.com/invest/] becoming so popular in India, there has been a great proliferation of ordinary people investing everywhere.  Which has meant big stock losses as well.    Here

27 Feb 09 2 min read
Business

Money Tips #1: Reduce Auto Insurance Costs

Auto Insurance could a big expense in these days when one is trying to reduce costs and save money.  And guys, the cost of maintaining a car is not just from the gas but also the car insurance [https://www.youi.com.au/car-insurance] you pay through websites similar to

27 Feb 09 3 min read
Business

Churn in the World of brands!

This is a very interesting study! The barely 10-year-old Google is the world’s most powerful brand, followed by General Electric and Microsoft, according to a s urvey conducted by Millward Brown’s BrandZ index (attached). The survey assigned values to various brands based on their financial strength and consumer

25 Feb 09 7 min read
Business

Top 20 All time best Indian Test Batsmen

I have often wondered who were the All time best Indian batsmen in test cricket.  I formulated my own stat comprising Runs per innings and a combination of no. of 50s and 100s one scored with no. of Not outs per innings average added and the ducks deducted.  After all

18 Feb 09 1 min read
Business

Cricket India gets a makeover

Cricket India got a makeover!  New Jersies and a new style.  I thought there wasn’t a whole deal of change… and its not that much jazzier than the last one anyways.. what do you think?

18 Feb 09 1 min read
Business

GR Vishwanath, the artist batsman turns 60 today

India was 41 for 4, soon after he entered.  Farokh Engineer, Eknath Solkar, Anshuman Gaekwad and MAK Pataudi had already gotten out.  Now, it was largely left to this artist and Ashok Mankad to dig India out of the hole.  Mankad was never the best player of pace and West

12 Feb 09 1 min read
Business

Layoffs and Supply Glut in the Market

Last two weeks have been terrible for jobs around the world! As the Satyam fiasco started, by last Friday (Jan 10) 20,000 resumes had been posted on the net, according to one source.  In fact other Indian companies are making a bee-line for the resources of Satyam – specially who

17 Jan 09 2 min read
Business

Satyam CFO: I paid no attention to the Balance Sheet

> In 2002, I tried (without success) to induce Stanford University to retract my MBA. Here’s why: The dean of the business school when i got my degree there was Robert Jaedicke.  He was also an accounting professor, and I took advanced accounting course while I was a student.  I

13 Jan 09 2 min read
Business

Save Detroit and jobs and dump top 3 car makers

There is a lot of discussion of failure and bailout or otherwise of the US Auto industry.  Here is a video as well with Peter Schiff [http://www.europac.net] discussing this thing.  I agree with a lot of what he says. It can’t be denied that lot of

21 Nov 08 1 min read
Business

Introduction to the APPLIKOM project

This very useful program was born after many hours spent joyfully searching for reliable methods to help humanity using our immediate environment; home, workplace, public parks, streets, blocks, neighborhood, city, state, country, cultural background etc. Slowly, step by step, developing a special language composed of symbols, having in mind the

21 Nov 08 2 min read
Business

Aussie-sissies start whinning after losing to India: Cricket

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Ponting.jpg] Image via Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Ponting.jpg] There is something desperately wrong with the Australian cricket today!!  They lost a series so badly that they had never experienced in many decades. So, what do the Aussies do?    Aussie-sissies

19 Nov 08 2 min read
Business

Revival of the three auto makers

The total job losses will be: Automakers: 239,000 Dealers: 975,000 Other industries (finance, advertising etc): 1.7 million Roughly 2.5 to 3.0 million job losses are expected. If we assume the average income earned by each of these jobs to be ~ $40,000 a year (and

18 Nov 08 2 min read
Business

14 Ways to Get Breakthrough Ideas

ChangeThis.com [http://www.changethis.com] is a wonderful site which has these short papers called “Manifestos” – where people (and very accomplished ones!) share their thoughts in a succinct way with everyone.  The Manifestos can be downloaded and are very useful for all.  Here is one that I really liked.

12 Nov 08 1 min read
Business

Modi's decisiveness helps Tata makes Nano decision

About a month back I had argued that my candidate for India’s PM [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/?q=blog/narendra-modi-prime-minister] would be Narender Modi.  I still stand by it and to my surprise and amazement, Ratan Tata also seems to feel that this guy acted the fastest

08 Oct 08 1 min read
Business

What does failure of Freddie and Fannie mean?

US Government has bailed out Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae – the two main organizations for mortgages.  Their debt and useless mortgages had reached an unsustainable level.  This has put the future of finance industry to question.  As far as effect of this action is concerned, the following are some macro

10 Sep 08 1 min read
Business

Deal or no deal… WB stands to lose anyways

So Tata is definitely going out of bengal owing to the Singrur episode.  Even the “peace deal” is not swaying Ratan Tata [http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/FullcoverageStoryPage.aspx?sectionName=&id=25e1e600-b8dc-4744-b3c7-f1598ca8677dTata-Singurrow_Special&&Headline=Tata+wants+to+say+bye+bye+even+after+Singur+peace+deal] – because “it lacks in clarity”

09 Sep 08 1 min read
Business

Steve Jobs is dead…

…. so said Bloomberg site today in an incomplete but “ahead of time” obituary for one of greatest CEOs of our time….  before retracting the story.  But not before a tipster had sent the file off to the Gawker [http://gawker.com/5042795/bloomberg-runs-steve-jobs-obituary] It is pretty hillarious.  Although his fight

28 Aug 08 1 min read
Business

Rural Retail Sector in India is super hot!!

This is the strangest thing about the Indian scenario – things that seem obvious are not and those that are totally out of the realm of possibility become a hit. Retail is a hot sector, but not all the ventures are succeeding in the urban areas.  And rural areas, where you

28 Aug 08 1 min read
Business

Insurance sector of India – a very informative report

Insurance is a rising sector in India.  In fact it is one of the hottest in the country right now.  Not many really do understand the intracacies of all the components of the industry.  This document – “Lloyd’s Report on General Insurance in India” – does a very good job of

03 Aug 08 1 min read
Business

Top Stock Analysts in India

If you’re wanting to start stock trading uk [https://learnbonds.com/uk/trading/stock] then this list might interest you. I got this list forwarded by someone and the write ups.  Its a list of analysts who have been rated by Business Today (based on inputs from various fund

28 Jul 08 12 min read
Business

Long term investing is a smart option!

Picking stocks and investing is not as easy as it seems. There are many who go around thumping their chests because they think they can pick winners (yours truly included!). But real winners are few and far between for anyone. Only very few investors and the top ones do it

28 Jul 08 2 min read
Business

Is Multi-tasking good?

The ability to be able to multi-task is great!  Right?  WRONG!  So say the studies.  For starters, the US economy loses USD 650 billion a year in lost productivity.  Basically its information overload and the effect of inertia.. it takes time to get off the attention from that phone call

27 Jun 08 1 min read
Business

Popular and irritating corporate expressions

Have you been on the corporate roller coaster for sometime?  Then you may have come across many expressions that for some reason have become very popular…. and irritating at the same time.  Are you on the same page as me?  Ok.. there I go… 🙂  Enjoy.. and share yours as well.

19 Jun 08 1 min read
Business

Service and the Economy

By Bob Livingston author of How you do…What you do (with special permission) ======================== We are a service economy.  Close to 80% of our GDP is service based.  In a marketplace wrought with problems and concerns over the economic downturn, one must wonder how we will pull ourselves out of

14 May 08 4 min read
Business

Ausissies… Grow up you aging tantrum throwing kids!

“We believe it is possible to make intelligent, thoughtful and even provocative public comment without descending to personal abuse.” Is what the Chief Executive of Cricket Australia [http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/03/09/2184465.htm] (CA) says in a letter to the BCCI (Board of Cricket

09 Mar 08 1 min read
Business

Cricket's demise?

Finally, the Indian team is coming back after a rather acrimonious tour of Australia.  Many things happened – specially to the spinner Sardar – Harbhajan Singh.  He was slapped a racism charge and soon every pseudo and his brother in India started self beating and denounced India and our culture.  As if

06 Mar 08 1 min read
Business

Managing Information, the life blood of an organization

Information is King it is said.  However, rarely is information even obtained within most major corporations.  Most only reach the level of having huge piles of data.  Data that is not even verifiable or in a form that could be used.  There are multiple sources for the same data sets

16 Feb 08 1 min read
Business

Option ARMs, Bind Insurers, and the Mortgage mess

Here is an interesting scenario: A person buys a house for $185,000 in 2006 and keeps paying his mortgage month after month.  Now, in early 2008, he owes the bank – $192,000! What’s wrong with this picture?  Well he did a payment-option adjustable rate mortgage.  He owes $1300

12 Feb 08 3 min read
Business

Microsoft + Yahoo = Microhoo or MicroWho?

Today, Microsoft announced a bid for Yahoo [http://www.techmeme.com/080201/h1815] of ~ USD 45 billion.  These are indeed bad days for Yahoo as it is laying off 1000 employees and its stock is falling down.  Well, the record of blunders by Microsoft in the Internet world has been

01 Feb 08 1 min read
Business

The racist Mike Proctor's secret fuzzy logic is now out!

By now there have reams and reams written on the Harbhajan-Symonds’ monket incident and Bhajji’s ban.  A lot of hue and cry over the hypocrisy of Indians and the technicality of whether he said “Monkey” or “Maa Ki” or anything else. None, except Sunil Gavaskar [http://www.patheos.com/

25 Jan 08 1 min read
Business

Perception of an Indian Brand: Tata's fight

Tata is buying the American luxury car brand Jaguar.  There is expectedly a huge hue and cry.  People believe that association of a luxury brand with an *Indian* company will dilute its appeal.  It is all about perceptions after all.  The Indian brands, this writer [http://ridingtheelephant.blogs.fortune.cnn.

20 Dec 07 2 min read
Business

Perception of an Indian Brand: Tata's fight

Tata is buying the American luxury car brand Jaguar.  There is expectedly a huge hue and cry.  People believe that association of a luxury brand with an *Indian* company will dilute its appeal.  It is all about perceptions after all.  The Indian brands, this writer [http://ridingtheelephant.blogs.fortune.cnn.

20 Dec 07 2 min read
Business

Vikram Pandit's $18 million purchase of an apartment

Amit [http://www.blogjunta.com/] writes about Vikram Pandit, the new CEO of Citigroup and mentions Pandit’s purchase of an apartment near Central Park for ~$18 million in September 2007. > …..he (Vikram Pandit) and his wife Swati reside at Central Park West and 81st Street , an apartment he purchased

20 Dec 07 1 min read
Business

Vikram Pandit's $18 million purchase of an apartment

Amit [http://www.blogjunta.com/] writes about Vikram Pandit, the new CEO of Citigroup and mentions Pandit’s purchase of an apartment near Central Park for ~$18 million in September 2007. > …..he (Vikram Pandit) and his wife Swati reside at Central Park West and 81st Street , an apartment he purchased

20 Dec 07 1 min read
Business

First ICL Twenty20 tournament Finals won by Chennai Superstars!

Chennai Superstars claimed the inaugural ICL twenty20 tournament after defeating local favourites Chandigarh Lions by 12 runs in the final match on Sunday. The first real alternative to BCCI and the normal cricket establishment of the world, Indian Cricket League, reached its finals.  It may not have gotten as much

16 Dec 07 1 min read
Business

First ICL Twenty20 tournament Finals won by Chennai Superstars!

Chennai Superstars claimed the inaugural ICL twenty20 tournament after defeating local favourites Chandigarh Lions by 12 runs in the final match on Sunday. The first real alternative to BCCI and the normal cricket establishment of the world, Indian Cricket League, reached its finals.  It may not have gotten as much

16 Dec 07 1 min read
Business

Benefit of Dividends to Stock Investing!

Joshua Kennon [http://beginnersinvest.about.com/b/2007/12/13/john-burr-williams-on-dividends.htm] says in his Investing blog this about dividends: > In his classic 1938 text The Theory of Investment Value, John Burr Williams published the following poem: > “A cow for her milk, a hen for her eggs, And a stock,

16 Dec 07 2 min read
Business

Benefit of Dividends to Stock Investing!

Joshua Kennon [http://beginnersinvest.about.com/b/2007/12/13/john-burr-williams-on-dividends.htm] says in his Investing blog this about dividends: > In his classic 1938 text The Theory of Investment Value, John Burr Williams published the following poem: > “A cow for her milk, a hen for her eggs, And a stock,

16 Dec 07 2 min read
Business

Ganguly's return and the "Men" of Indian Cricket

In the history of Indian cricket, only a few captains and players will stand out as truly great and outstanding!  In terms of captains, until now, only FOUR really stand out in my eyes: 1. Pataudi 2. Ajit Wadekar 3. Kapil Dev 4. Saurav Ganguly They were the only captains

14 Dec 07 2 min read
Business

Ganguly's return and the "Men" of Indian Cricket

In the history of Indian cricket, only a few captains and players will stand out as truly great and outstanding!  In terms of captains, until now, only FOUR really stand out in my eyes: 1. Pataudi 2. Ajit Wadekar 3. Kapil Dev 4. Saurav Ganguly They were the only captains

14 Dec 07 2 min read
Business

Stock Advise from Texas Prison serving Life sentence

A friend told me about this blog of a prisoner [http://prisonproxy.blogspot.com/] serving life in the Texas Penitentiary (Prison) for something he had done.  This guy writes stock/investment analysis that are amazingly detailed and useful.  He has a lot of fans/people who follow his blog!  He

12 Dec 07 1 min read
Business

Stock Advise from Texas Prison serving Life sentence

A friend told me about this blog of a prisoner [http://prisonproxy.blogspot.com/] serving life in the Texas Penitentiary (Prison) for something he had done.  This guy writes stock/investment analysis that are amazingly detailed and useful.  He has a lot of fans/people who follow his blog!  He

12 Dec 07 1 min read
Business

Adlabs to buy Cinema Houses in the US

As the Indian movie industry starts to assert itself, the culture exports from India get some new boosters.  Adlabs, Ambani’s movie company is set to buy Cinema halls in the US to screen Hollywood and Indian movies.  It is a venture that was long overdue!  The strengthening Rupee helps

11 Dec 07 1 min read
Business

Adlabs to buy Cinema Houses in the US

As the Indian movie industry starts to assert itself, the culture exports from India get some new boosters.  Adlabs, Ambani’s movie company is set to buy Cinema halls in the US to screen Hollywood and Indian movies.  It is a venture that was long overdue!  The strengthening Rupee helps

11 Dec 07 1 min read
Business

Singles site for the Widowed and Divorced

Its all about the right idea and execution in the world of business. There are numerous singles and marriage sites that it is nothing new to have another one! So, it was a surprise to see a site with a concept that will surely work in this area – marriage/singles

11 Nov 07 1 min read
Business

Singles site for the Widowed and Divorced

Its all about the right idea and execution in the world of business. There are numerous singles and marriage sites that it is nothing new to have another one! So, it was a surprise to see a site with a concept that will surely work in this area – marriage/singles

11 Nov 07 1 min read
Business

I am appearing on radio for Investment talk

Update – the program has been cancelled due to some issue internal to the radio station. I will let you know the new program date. I apologize for the inconvenience. Next Saturday I will be on radio. The radio channel is “Hum Tum City” and is run by Ajay of NetIP

28 Oct 07 1 min read
Business

I am appearing on radio for Investment talk

Update – the program has been cancelled due to some issue internal to the radio station. I will let you know the new program date. I apologize for the inconvenience. Next Saturday I will be on radio. The radio channel is “Hum Tum City” and is run by Ajay of NetIP

28 Oct 07 1 min read
Business

Rural B-School Empowers Women in India!

In 1990, I went to Insitute of Rural Management, Anand [http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&ct=res&cd=1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.irma.ac.in%2F&ei=8bYfR-bIDZjceonThLcN&usg=AFQjCNHL6Atu72YADg2ARk_w9lK-S3h8tA&sig2=mzDGYMmSwi-ZJ1RggDlrRQ] . It was and remains one of the premier Business School that caters to

25 Oct 07 2 min read
Business

Are stock tips in finance mags worth it?

Many of the small investors follow the recommendations and tips of fancied stock analysts.. but are these tips of any use? Well, here are the results from an objective test…. these highly-paid guys failed miserably! The conclusion [http://www.cxoadvisory.com/blog/external/blog10-16-07/]: the buy recommendations of columnists in

24 Oct 07 1 min read
Business

Shunning Advertising while becoming a household name!

I had talked of investment advice from Phil Fisher, who talked of a superior advertising capability within a company to be a good investment. Well, now the investment gurus would need to go a step further… the best companies are those who become household names without much advertising! Like Google

24 Oct 07 1 min read
Business

Stripper, Hedge Funds and Breasts

Street advice on Wall Street is: When your cab driver starts giving you tips it is time to sell. And when your cab driver turns out to be an ex-Wall Street analyst, it is time to buy stocks! These days hedge funds are in a really bad shape. In order

24 Oct 07 1 min read
Business

The MBA school divide in India

There seems to be a divide amongst the Bschool graduates in India. Those from metros and top-tier MBA schools are going for the corporate jobs, while those in the second tier cities are opting for the public sector. > Students from those business schools which are located in tier-II cities, such

22 Oct 07 1 min read
Business

Common Stocks and Uncommon common sense!

I had posted two stories on Stock Markets (One [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/?q=how_does_the_stock_market_work_1] and two [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/?q=how_does_the_stock_market_work_2]). But really speaking stock markets are really not such gambling dens

17 Oct 07 1 min read
Business

How does the Stock Market work – 2

Here is the second one – sent by Sudhir Rao: It was autumn, and the Red Indians on the remote reservation asked their New Chief if the winter was going to be cold or mild. Since he was a Red Indian chief in a modern society, he couldn’t tell what

16 Oct 07 1 min read
Business

How does the Stock Market work – 1

Here is the first of two “How does the Stock Market work” series – sent by my IRMA alumni to the entire yahoogroup: Once upon a time in a village, a man appeared and announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for Rs10. The villagers seeing that there were

16 Oct 07 1 min read
Business

How to Create a Killer Business Plan

Here is a guest article from By Christine Comaford-Lynch Author of Rules for Renegades You’ve got the idea, now package it well. The way you present your company and vision determines whether you get the right financial partners and the right deal. It costs so much money to build

15 Oct 07 5 min read
Business

Vodafone Hijacks Airtel's Domain Name!?

There are no ethics in business anymore! Those who thought that MNCs in India would be more ethical are smoking pot! Here is an interesting and a distasteful hijacking of the domain by Vodafone of Airtel’s domain name. Type Airtel.com and you will be directed to www.vodafone.

10 Oct 07 1 min read
Business

Sreesanth's sixer and a dance to Nel's taunt

Here is Sreesanth’s dance – This is the # 10 batsman Sreesanth, of India, responding to the South African Andre Nel’s comment "Man, just don’t swing your bat, ..have a heart to hit the ball", by hitting the very next ball for the maximum six runs and by showing

22 Sep 07 1 min read
Business

Yuvi's 6 sixes!

Twenty20 World Cup 2007 for cricket is going on.  And India has reached the semis.  It is against the formidable Aussies.  However, a record was set in the match against England, when Yuvraj hit 6 sixes in one over of Stuart Broad – a fast bowler.  Just before the over, Flintoff

22 Sep 07 1 min read
Business

Indian companies leading Leadership development!

Are the Indian companies coming of age?  From the also rans – to now ones that celebrate and harness the leadership and prepare leaders of the future, Indian companies have been a revelation in this year’s "The Top Companies for Leaders 2007" [http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/leadership/2007/

22 Sep 07 1 min read
Business

Mobiles, Prashant Tamang, and SMS messages

Suchitra Krishnamurthi is mad, because of scammy SMS messages which ask to be forwarded on to friends!  She got one – ostensibly started by this girl who had lost her arms in the Hyderabad blast.  She decided as a good samaritan to put this unfortunate girl in touch with an NGO

21 Sep 07 3 min read
Business

How Microsoft lost $18 billion!

There are times when an organization or person just cannot get it wrong!  And then there are times when the same person just cannot get it right!  Microsoft and Bill Gates is one such example!  Until the 1990’s whatever Gates and MSFT touched became gold!  What happened afterwards is

14 Sep 07 1 min read
Business

Think India – an interesting book from my ex-boss Vinay Rai

Vinay Rai – the Head of Group Usha – and now managing the Rai Education empire – with colleges and MBA institutes under Rai Foundation – has written a book Think India [http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0525950206?ie=UTF8&tag=syncbrain-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0525950206] . Apart from being

13 Sep 07 3 min read
Business

Top 100 Personal Finance blogs

Here is an informative list of personal finance [http://firefinance.blogspot.com/2007/09/top-100-personal-finance-blogs-ranked.html] blogs.  Worth keeping for interesting reading. Here are the top five… 1GetRichSlowly [http://getrichslowly.org/]2MyMoneyBlog [http://mymoneyblog.com/] 3TheSimpleDollar [http://thesimpledollar.com/]4FiveCentNickel [http://fivecentnickel.com/]5BankDeals [http://bankdeals.blogspot.com/]

07 Sep 07 1 min read
Business

Origins of Potato Chips and its appeal!

It is amazing how small changes to make things easier creates immensely popular stuff.Potato Chips [http://encyclopedia.tfd.com/Potato+chips] are one such thing!  It might just look like a small thing.. but the world-wide sales of potato chips in 2002 was around USD 30 billion!  And you

25 Aug 07 1 min read
Business

US: The Debtor Nation!

US consumption – US production = Brazil’s annual output. And Brazil is the 10th largest economy on planet earth!  So, the Americans [http://www.harvardmagazine.com/2007/07/debtor-nation.html] take on a debt that is close to the entire annual output of Brazil!!  Is that a cause for concern?  Well,

17 Aug 07 1 min read
Business

Toy recalls and question about trade with China!

These days, when everything seems to be made in China… well at least everything that we buy in the US really comes from China – it does come as a jolt when something like toys are recalled en mass by the largest toy manufacturer!!  First Mattel did a massive recall [http:

14 Aug 07 1 min read
Business

Conservative Investing versus Safety in Investing.

Women are conservative when it comes to investing… so says a study [http://cfainstitute.org/aboutus/press/release/07releases/20070724_01.html] according to a study published in the July/August edition of Financial Analysts Journal.: > In addition to finding that women are inclined to invest more conservatively than men,

12 Aug 07 1 min read
Business

IBM warns its employees – Gurgaon is not safe!

Gurgaon is not safe.  And IBM [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Unsafe_Gurgaon_IBM_issues_advice/articleshow/2257863.cms] has sent out a circular to its employees to be smart and be safe.  This is going to be an issue in Delhi and the adjoining areas… where utter poverty and lawlessness

06 Aug 07 1 min read
Business

Should Infosys buy CapGemini?

It is being rumored that Infosys may buy CapGemini.  Although CapGemini has a total Sales of USD 10.35 billion and Infosys sales are USD 3.1 billion, but its profits and market value are half that of the Indian company. Some say it is too big a fish to

30 Jun 07 1 min read
Business

India is a more Forward Looking Culture than the US!

According to the latest HBR – Forward Looking cultures [http://harvardbusinessonline.hbsp.harvard.edu/hbsp/hbr/articles/article.jsp?ml_action=get-article&articleID=F0707B&ml_issueid=BR0707&ml_subscriber=true&pageNumber=1&_requestid=33180] generally create more competitive economies… at least, I believe, in the long run.  The illustration of the

29 Jun 07 1 min read
Business

Woolmer Death: Was he murdered or not!

So, the Jamaican police says that Woolmer died of natural causes [http://www.rediff.com/cricket/2007/jun/12woolmer.htm].. and was not murdered: > Former Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer [ Images] died of natural causes, and was not murdered as initially suspected, Jamaican police said on Tuesday, bringing to an

14 Jun 07 1 min read
Business

Coach Mess of Indian Cricket!

So what is going on with Indian cricket??  The BCCI – with no less than Sunil Gavaskar at helm of coach selection committee name Graham Ford and John Emburey as the main candidates – one would assume that they would have asked them?!!  Apparently not. NOT even BEFORE they offer the job

14 Jun 07 1 min read
Business

The Email War and Long Term Business Success..

Know of the latest in the email war?Yahoo Mail [http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/mail/yahoomail/tools/tools-08.html] has raised the storage to UNLIMITED!  Now, you need not delete your emails.. pics etc.. just to make space for the new emails.  They have followed Gmail now.

10 Jun 07 1 min read
Business

Book Review: The Peebles Principles

(Review written by Kenneth Davis) At once engaging, informative, and keenly insightful, The Peebles Principles may well serve as a call to take action as much as it is a how-to guide on becoming a multi-millionaire. Through a detailed series of successful deals – with a failure or two thrown in

06 Jun 07 2 min read
Business

Astronomical Price Tag of a NY City Cab License!!

People in India complain about the cost they have to pay to the Engineering college to become Engineers!  In NY, you and I cannot even THINK of getting a license to DRIVE A CAB!!  Guess how much it costs? > The price of a licence to operate a New York taxi

03 Jun 07 1 min read
Business

Google acquires Geotagging site Panoramio

MOre acquisitions for Google… it is in on a spree!! > More geoweb tools for Google. Geo-tagging photo site Panoramio announced on its blog this morning that it will be acquired by Google for an undisclosed sum. Google posted the news on its blog last night. > The company is a one

02 Jun 07 1 min read
Business

Recruiting through Facebook!

So this is where the world of recruiting is going towards?  If the Gen Me is in these places and the companies need to get their attention… then it does make sense to target the "water holes" where the new folks come and meet. > "Generation Me." That’s one term

31 May 07 1 min read
Business

Longevity of High Growth Stocks!

So many Indian stocks are growing at a rate mushc faster than the Indian economy – in fact many times. The projections for these stocks growth rate are fantastic at times.. going into many decades. But, can a company – high growth one – keep growing at a multiple to the economy itself

28 May 07 1 min read
Business

Why the print newspapers do not do well online!?

Mike Markson lists some reasons why the local newspapers do not do well online…. > 1. Local brands don’t translate online. New mediums need new brands. [http://ries.typepad.com/ries_blog/2007/04/new_medium_new_.html] Localnewspaper.com doesn’t work. > 2. Local markets don’t exist online

22 May 07 2 min read
Business

Will Murdoch Gobble WSJ?

Wall Street Journal is already a very Right Wing newspaper in the US.  That is why although its business news is good, but I just cannot read its political commentary.  It simply insults my intelligence.  Now, Rupert Murdoch [http://news.moneycentral.msn.com/provider/providerarticle.aspx?feed=OBR&Date=20070510&

11 May 07 1 min read
Business

Woolmer was poisoned by a weedkiller.

New evidence says that Bob Woolmer was poisoned by a Weedkiller.  So, maybe it wasn’t aconite then.  This case is going all over the place!  I wish if the authorities could be a little thoughtful and not release half baked information every now and then.  Wonder if even this

06 May 07 2 min read

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