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Fail and pass

Here’s an op-ed titled ‘Fail and pass: Why Modi must take a cue from Li’s rhetoric‘ published by The Indian Express.  That India should not be afraid might seem an odd thing to say at a time when Indians are brimming with confidence. After all, it is the only one of the


Start-Up & Stand-Up India

On this Independence Day in India, I watched PM Modi’s address to the Nation in Delhi. The oration was spirited, as is normal with this PM, and the message reassuringly positive. Of course, the jury is out until there are results, but in the meantime, I want to highlight the


The Passing of an Idealist

The passing of the 11th President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam, has triggered an outpouring of affection. The so-called “missile man,” named


Entrepreneurship as a Team Sport

This post is part of my Thinking Like an Entrepreneur Series, where I attempt to distil my personal experiences for would-be entrepreneurs. In

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Interview with Indiaspora

I did a radio interview with Indiaspora few weeks ago. Here’s a short note about it from their show episode page: Learn


Hire for Attitude or Aptitude?

A stalwart in my profession (academics) always says, “Hire the best athlete.” Don’t worry about their attitude. He didn’t quite say it


Letter from Santiago

Even richer emerging markets must continue to harness talent. Harnessing latent talent is a central part of any country’s economic development story.