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A Kerala Conundrum

What are the conditions that will enable the entrepreneur inside many of us to find expression? C Balagopal’s book, ‘Below the Radar – The untold story of how modern manufacturing grew by stealth in Kerala’, explores this question and provokes thought in the reader, writes G. Sabarinathan, PhD1  Well before Vasco da Gama set out for Kerala in 1498, this littoral strip of land in Southwestern India had been in touch with the Greeks and then the Romans and the Arabs, writes Manu Pillai, the young sensation among historians, in…

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Golden Jubilee Committee at IIMB hosts ‘The Prophet & The Poet’ Directed by founding faculty of IIMB Prof. Vijay Padaki and starring PGP alumnus Karan Singh, the play reveals rare facets of the friendship between the Mahatma and Gurudev, through a gripping exchange of letters

Independence Day celebrations at IIMB turned a tad more special with the performance of the play, ‘The Prophet & The Poet’, at the IIMB auditorium on Tuesday evening.  Designed and directed by Prof. Vijay Padaki, the play, offers rare glimpses of the exchange of correspondence, spanning 25 years, between Gandhiji and Rabindranath Tagore, and takes the audience through the heart and mind of the stalwarts, their triumphs and tribulations, their glory and grief, their dreams and dilemmas, and their delight and despair. Poetry meets philosophy meets practical wisdom, in powerful…

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Say goodbye to range anxiety and air pollution with Electripetal

Electripetal Technologies Private Limited is a technology company set up in 2019, which develops safe, reliable and accessible EV charging infrastructure to reduce range anxiety of electric vehicle users. Co-founder and COO Shahbaz Pasha says that the firm keeps innovation and creativity at the heart of everything it does. “Our main goal is to work towards safety and to improve green technology for household as well as commercial purposes.” Shahbaz Pasha earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering from ATME College of Engineering and started working on green mobility since 2019.…

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Learning Matters: Enhancing learning outcomes with tech tools and AI

Learning Matters is an ed-tech organization headquartered in Bangalore. The firm was founded by Ramamoorthy G (Moorthy), Gowri Mahesh and Saraswathy Ramamoorthy. Gowri, Saras and Moorthy are from the education and technology domains in which they have worked for about 20 years each. The Founders share that they focus on one of the largest problems faced by the Indian education sector – falling quality of learning outcomes in the majority of students. “We use tech tools and AI to solve this systemic problem and to scale the solution effectively, for…

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The valuation of unicorns – A Finance 101 interpretation1

Last week a leading financial daily reported that several unicorns had suffered write downs in their valuation.   You can read it here. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/technology/blackrock-cuts-byjus-valuation-by-over-60-to-8-2-billion/articleshow/100627551.cms For those who have been observing the startup space even from the periphery, like me, this was not completely surprising.  News about write downs had been trickling in for a while from 2022.  What the news story did was to pull into one place the names of prominent venture capital (VC) funded companies and the extent of write downs they had suffered lately.  The story suggested…

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Figure 1: (left) Screen grab from Urban Clap app showing haircut prices, (centre) Sugarcane juice at Rs 20 in Bannerghatta Park, (right) Sugarcane juice at Rs 30 in Bellandur, Bengaluru Urban

IS IT TIME TO RE-VISIT INDIA’S EXCHANGE RATE POLICY? By Ram Iyer

I remember visiting India in July 2014 after a five-year hiatus and paying Rs. 250 for a haircut in a Mumbai suburb. In January 2023, I visited the locality again and a haircut cost me the same Rs. 250. I am reasonably certain that the barber didn’t charge pro-rata to account for my much-receded hairline over the last decade. This observation could be termed anecdotal. The below snip shot from the app Urban Clap has haircuts prices at about Rs 250 as well. Why have haircut prices not increased in…

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From Climate crisis to health- this World Health Day, there is a need to tackle this through a holistic lens

‘This year’s World Health Day will shine on nurses and midwives, the on-the-call, relentless workforce that revolutionized the healthcare industry as we know it today,’ says the World Health Organization (WHO). The International Confederation of Midwives, an association with 108 member associations in 98 countries, projects a global shortage of 900,000 midwives and those in the sector continue to face discrimination, poor working environments and unequal pay. They are left out of health leadership. “Midwives need an enabling environment. Strategic litigation for better salaries is the need of hour,” says…

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STEMonsters: Making science appealing to kids

STEMonsters is a learning ecosystem for school children, aiming to build, in them, a strong foundation in STEM concepts through interdisciplinary, application-focused programs. According to the founder, Dr. Sonali Dasgupta, the programs help develop a problem-solving mindset while instilling confidence in children to explore the unknown and keeping them engaged and curious. Dr. Sonali Dasgupta adds, “We offer weekly, after-school science and technology learning programs for children (pan-Asia), in the age group of eight to 14 years, wherein they learn by experimenting and building on their own, right from their…

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The roadmap to boost brand value: Copylove

Founded in 2015, Copylove is a boutique copywriting and strategic content solutions studio that offers branding, copywriting and strategic content solutions to corporate enterprises, brands, businesses and entrepreneurs.  The Founder Gunjan Pai says that they specialize in creating a wide variety of niche brand work including naming, taglines, positioning, short-form content such as social media, and long-form pieces such as whitepapers, publications, etc. She adds, “We are a lean-principled firm with a collaborative DNA. Our all-women team works remotely from Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Goa. The team makes high-quality, persuasive…

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Ravedesign: A Design Perspective

Ravedesign, incubated at NSRCEL, is a design consulting firm with a special focus on retail and the shopping centre industry.  Says Co-founder Sangeeta Vernekar, “For retail brand store designs, we add value through creative thought processes based on thorough research on international trends, shopper behavior and operational management. In case of design of shopping centres, we have the required expertise of handling all aspects of design from master planning to architecture, interiors, signage design and placemaking, which is a unique mix of design services. We also offer fit out management…

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