The Role of Faith and Irrationality in Business: Coinbase, SEA Startup, Index Funds and NFTs

A year, it has been to Ruminated. A year of newsletters, a year of articles and so many of you joining me on this journey. Thank you. It means a lot to me. Today we will talk about faith. Not religious faith, but the plain not-purely-logical belief that people have in ideas or the future ofContinue reading “The Role of Faith and Irrationality in Business: Coinbase, SEA Startup, Index Funds and NFTs”

The Business Stories that go Unnoticed: Tech in 2021, Winklevoss, Germany and China, Neural Networks and Sanpo-Yoshi

Lise Meitner, Bibha Chowdhury, Andree de Jongh,  Irawati Karne, Jean Purdy and Anandibhai Joshi and in a sense Alan Turing inspire me to my theme for this week. While each of their stories in unique and beautiful, let me give you a couple of small anecdotes. Lise Meitner along with Otto Hahn discovered the processContinue reading “The Business Stories that go Unnoticed: Tech in 2021, Winklevoss, Germany and China, Neural Networks and Sanpo-Yoshi”

Amazon, Tesla, SuperMario, Yusra Mardini and TechWars: Determinism in Business

“Free will” apart from its daily usage, has ancient philosophical origins. The ancient thinkers on the “problem of free will” wanted to prove that humans have control of their decisions and actions. So if you bought a table, changed a job, created a revolution, supported a political movement, you did it because you wanted to.Continue reading “Amazon, Tesla, SuperMario, Yusra Mardini and TechWars: Determinism in Business”

The Revolutions in the Business World: Musk, Big-Tech, Robinhood, Public Companies and Credit Schemes

In the 13th Century the word was first noted to describe the movement of celestial bodies originating from France. In 1450 for the first time, it was used in the context of a change in the social order and status. REVOLUTION. It’s been used in various contexts since then from upending the social order in FranceContinue reading “The Revolutions in the Business World: Musk, Big-Tech, Robinhood, Public Companies and Credit Schemes”

After the Dust Settles: Sberbank, Egypt, Netflix, Future of Tech and Indian Cricket

No matter how interested you were or otherwise, all of us in India got a consistent dose of leadership lessons in the last week as a result of India miraculously winning the cricket series in Australia. For me the true winners in ascending order were, the Indian cricket team, the rejuvenated sport of Test Cricket andContinue reading “After the Dust Settles: Sberbank, Egypt, Netflix, Future of Tech and Indian Cricket”

Predictions about 2021 and the Decade, Buddhism mixed with AI and the History of the PDF : The Week’s Most Interesting

It has been a very interesting year so far.  If the two to three weeks of this year have taught us anything from across the world, it is that character is important. It can make you win, and it can be judged even better when you lose. The two examples came to us from theContinue reading “Predictions about 2021 and the Decade, Buddhism mixed with AI and the History of the PDF : The Week’s Most Interesting”

The Queen’s Gambit in Business

Fedex, Salesforce, Health-Tech, Credit Algos and Cars24 Till I watched the Queen’s Gambit, I had a passing interest in Chess, rediscovered every few years leading to a few videos on openings and a few matches till the board went back into the shelf  for another couple of years. I certainly like the rest of the worldContinue reading “The Queen’s Gambit in Business”

The Making of a Breakthrough

Airbnb, Longtail Theory, Erdal Arikan, Virgin Atlantic and Women in the Workforce With Prfizer and Moderna both showing breakthrough results in the Vaccine for COVID, it seemed like the right time to talk about breakthroughs. Not particularly about the Vaccine development but I am safely assuming you would have already read about that. These breakthroughs inContinue reading “The Making of a Breakthrough”

Biden, MI, Ant, Gig Economy, WeWork: The Irony that is Life

Taoism is a philosophy of China, which celebrates 3 treasures, compassion, humility and frugality. Around the 9th Century, Taoists wanted to prepare a material for medicinal purposes, but also something that could be the elixir of life (something that grants eternal life or immortality). Predictably they couldn’t create it. In all these experiments they finally ended up creating another substance. Gunpowder.Continue reading “Biden, MI, Ant, Gig Economy, WeWork: The Irony that is Life”

Samsung, Apple, Future Group and the Best Banker: The Leadership Decisions that Changed the World

About 5-6 decades back Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart decided to setup a Saturday morning meeting with all the employees of Walmart. The idea was to improve culture and increase transparency for faster decision making.  It increased  peed of decision making and it empowered another level to take calls on their own. 60 years down the meeting is stillContinue reading “Samsung, Apple, Future Group and the Best Banker: The Leadership Decisions that Changed the World”