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  • Focus or lack of it define the level of success one attains in any sphere and definitely as an Entrepreneur. Here’s an article explaining 11 important ways to keep focus and achieve results.

  • Satya Nadella’s story is of a typical Indian kid- average performer in the Indian system of education; goes to the US and eventually excels in his career. Here’s an inspiring article about what drove him in life.

  • Fintech in India is still at an early stage. Businesses are still in the discovery stage, finding out what the best opportunities are. We can call it a Fintech “boom” in India only when the average citizen is genuinely using at least one or two services. For this, effective market penetration into mass market segments with relevant products will be key. Here’s an interesting article titled “What’s driving India’s Fintech boom?”

  • Disruption of the existing methods in the market by a startup is mostly seen as a threat to existing players. Here’s an instance where Airbnb has actually helped grow the market in the hotel industry without affecting the business of existing players. A case of market evolution and growth as a result of a new business model.

  • The virtues of Mindfulness and Meditation have been known for thousands of generations and recorded in ancient scripture. Yet, it seems to be so difficult to make these into a routine in life similar to eating or breathing. This article talks of sceptics who want a scientific evidence of these being useful. What is really needed is conviction building through experiencing the effect of Mindfulness; which needs shedding of laziness to practice Meditation on a daily basis.

  • In a world full of enterprises from small proprietary ones to large establishments, when does a new enterprise get defined as startup? A different take on this subject.

  • When a business starts, it needs to spend a fair amount of money on market development. This includes spending on brand building and product promotion. At the early stage, since customer education is key to grow the business, this spend could be construed as an essential expenditure which pays back over time. The early marketing spend expense is often, therefore, amortized over a period of time. However, the Income Tax authority in India has now taken a view that, irrespective of the number of years put into business, price discounting is a Capital Expenditure, in the context of E-commerce businesses which have grown huge but continue to show losses due to heavy discounting. It is asking them to therefore not show this spend in the P&L and instead show as an asset to be amortized over a few years.

  • Building effective teams doesn’t stop with recruiting the right profiles. Managing the team, keeping the focus on key deliverables and direction, creating the right atmosphere- all these play a major part in building effectiveness of the team. Read this interesting article on 5 simple, but often underplayed, steps any leader must take to build a successful team.

  • Leadership means many things to many people. But the best way to assess true effectiveness, is to gauge whether the leader is respected and remembered by the team for positive impact, well after the tenure is over. Here is an article on what Jack Welch thought about Leadership qualities.

  • After over a decade of intensive competition amongst 8-11 players in each circle, India is seeing both consolidations and closures in the telecom industry. The ideal number of players was always 4, as seen internationally too. Was licensing more than that number worth it? How much investment got wasted in the process, which could otherwise have been diverted to other needy sectors, is something worth evaluating.
    Here’s the news item about the announcement.


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