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 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”

Silicon Valley, Trade, CRISPR and School Education: The Invisible Variable Syndrome

We have powerful enough computational power in the world today that if you do enter in all the variables required to predict the future then you are most likely to get a very accurate forecast.  This exceptional power can blur the line between reality and science fiction. But the challenge in such models is the same as itContinue reading “Silicon Valley, Trade, CRISPR and School Education: The Invisible Variable Syndrome”

Democracy, Babies, Big Tech, Germany and UK: The Reluctance that Defines Us

Reluctance is one of the most complex equations of the human mind. Reluctance that comes from conscience, the reluctance that comes from inertia and the reluctance that comes from being hesitant to burden new responsibilities all bring new complexities into decision making. There is some science behind it. The brain has D1R neurons which simply tell youContinue reading “Democracy, Babies, Big Tech, Germany and UK: The Reluctance that Defines Us”

Non Profits, Fintech, Next Billion, Magic Leap and Parque das Tribos: The Week’s Most Interesting

I wanted to find the first example of overcoming adversity for today’s piece. The history of adversity is so old and the need to overcome it so strong that you just can’t trace the first example of it. It is part of that inherent character of human beings. The faster you get over denial, the faster youContinue reading “Non Profits, Fintech, Next Billion, Magic Leap and Parque das Tribos: The Week’s Most Interesting”

Netflix, Waze, World Map, USA Debt and Ant Financial : The Week’s Most Interesting

In 1840 Thomas Carlyle produced the Great Man theory, aimed at making a universal theory of what makes great leaders. He studied a large number of leaders and came up with a definitive theory of that time. It is fascinating to read about it with today’s context. A lot has changed ( it should now be calledContinue reading “Netflix, Waze, World Map, USA Debt and Ant Financial : The Week’s Most Interesting”

Big Tech, Education and Italy: The Week’s Most Interesting

The world moved on to its normal order of business last week. From the US Congress setting up the most valuable Zoom call in the world to India revamping a 40 year old education policy the main dishes of last week were quite interesting. There were appetisers and desserts of Rafale jets being bought, andContinue reading “Big Tech, Education and Italy: The Week’s Most Interesting”

Pinduoduo, Revolut, Snaptravel, Big Mac and Kirana Tech: The Week’s Most Interesting

If you could sum up all the billions every time they would appear in newspapers, I think 2020 would show the highest sums (surprisingly). Somehow during COVID, at least according to me, people have realised it’s the new eye catcher. And Jio and Google have certainly helped. So today I try to jump on the bandwagon butContinue reading “Pinduoduo, Revolut, Snaptravel, Big Mac and Kirana Tech: The Week’s Most Interesting”