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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 about his formative years in India. Dr Khanna talks about what brought him to the US. How mentors played an important part in his life and how he


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 this way, but I bet that if faced with a choice of a star researcher who wasn’t nice to others, to put it simply, or someone who is


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. I was reminded of this multiple times traveling through Chile this past week. Chile has been Latin America’s success story, having graduated to a per capita income that

Perils of Hierarchy

Perils of Hierarchy

One of the downsides of traveling across the developing world routinely is an overexposure to hierarchy. At its most obvious, this is manifest in most accomplished individuals being accompanied by an entourage of overly fawning folks. Ostensibly they are there to help get things done, so that the eminent person


The Wind in your Sails

This post is part of my Thinking Like an Entrepreneur Series, where I attempt to distil my personal experiences for would-be entrepreneurs. Recognizing large patterns and trends in the environment is something that all entrepreneurs (and investors alike) want to do well. Such understanding can make a large difference; even