Every year, Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF) honours Tech Pioneers IT companies for their accomplishments as innovators of the highest caliber, and whose technologies will have a deep impact on business and society.
To make it to the elite list, a company must be involved in the development of life-changing technological innovation and play a positive impact on people’s lives. Continue reading →
NEW DELHI: Microsoft founder Bill Gates said it would be a “big mistake” if the US imposes curbs on the entry of skilled workers from abroad, putting his weight behind “smart people” from countries like India who want to work overseas. Continue reading →
Sumir Chadha and KP Balaraj founded Sequoia Capital. In the last 22 months, Sequoia has invested in 10 start-up firms from its $300 mn third India-focused VC fund. No other fund has invested more in this period.
In today’s excerpt – the concept of a nation, in the modern sense of a place which is a primary source of identity for its inhabitants, is a very recent phenomenon:
“Of the many ways in which we can define ourselves, the nation, at least for the last two centuries, has been one of the most enticing. The idea that we are part of a very large family, or, in Benedict Anderson’s words, an imagined community, has been as powerful a force as Fascism or Communism. Nationalism brought Germany and Italy into being, destroyed Austria-Hungary, and, more recently, broke apart Yugoslavia. People have suffered and died, and have harmed and killed others, for their ‘nation.’ Continue reading →
The story of Captain Gopinath and Deccan Air is a story of endurance. Imagine a soldier returning to his home town where he got some land rewarded by the government. Imagine the scene of this youth looking at his patch of barren earth that he dreams of converting into coconut grove. Imagine a man pitching a tent and starting to dig – all alone. Imagine a scene where his prospective bride comes to visit him in his tent in the field and actually loves it. Imagine spending 10 years tilling the land and watering the trees with the help of donkeys. Imagine the glee when Rolex recognizes his contribution in organic farming and rewards him with a watch. Imagine him leaving the farm to Bangalore to start a new company offering corporate chartered flights with helicopters and from there on to start India’ s first low cost airline, Air Deccan.
The moral of the story: What matters is not how much resources you have but how resourceful you are.
Robert Frost’s ‘Birches’ comes to mind :
“I should prefer to have some boy bend them (branches)
As he went out and in to fetch the cows—
Some boy too far from town to learn baseball,
Whose only play was what he found himself,
Summer or winter, and could play alone.
One by one he subdued his father’s trees
By riding them down over and over again
Until he took the stiffness out of them”
10 Jul 2009, 1350 hrs IST
A twenty-four-year-old Indian jumped to his death from the 8th floor of a rooftop hotel in the UK, hours before he was to bring in his 25th birthday. The wiz kid, Anjool Malde of London was a successful banker and businessman but had recently received a reprimand at work for sending out an email relating to his own events management company, from his office computer.
Malde reportedly jumped off the ledge of a posh hotel wearing a Hugo Boss suit and holding a champagne glass in his hand, hours shy of his 25th birthday.
MELBOURNE: An estimated 75 per cent the 96,000 Indian students in Australia currently are pursuing “vocational courses” such as hair cutting, hospitality or even cooking in little-known private institutions that have mushroomed in and around Melbourne over the last few years. Most of these students use these courses as a route to apply for Permanent Resident (PR) status. This phenomenon is at the root of the string of attacks on Indian students here over the last couple of months. Continue reading →