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  • Being busy in their focus areas, entrepreneurs tend to ignore or postpone looking at other essentials that could help in building better businesses. Here’s an article introducing Data Science and its advantages; for both the end user businesses and potential data science startups.

  • We often can’t choose our bosses, but we can certainly evaluate them once we work with them; and, we have the choice of continuing or moving on. If you are stressed out at work and you feel, that mostly, it is thanks to the charming but egoistic boss you have to deal with, then do check out what this article has to say about psychopaths.

  • 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.


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