Fund Raising is the common concern of start ups and nonprofits. I guess Innovation should be another core strand in that aesthetic. Any venture which is innovative, is not in alignment with the existing structures of commerce and social constructs. Aggregators have clicked because of the convenience it renders to the consumer. They are connectors, … More Non Profits as Innovation Incubators
Merger and Acquisition stakeholders should be performing institutional ethnographies to map cultural flashpoints. Speak with the folks on the floor. Resist a tickbox approach. Not everything needs to be noise neutral. Throwing cash, does not guarantee miracles.
In my conversations with the tech wrapped class in Urban India, have a blind spot regarding the members of the informal economy. The informal economy is something to be not considered at all. If Autowallah and Taxi Wallah’s have a union, which is irrelevant in the era of Uber, that tech is a silver bullet … More Reclaiming the Narrative Against Hyperbole
Start ups are serious engines of economic progress. They hire in a recession and lend neighborhoods a good vibe. There are people investing their lives, and especially their youth on an idea. They are not places to get your pre MBA work ex. These are not places for folks with no risk appetite. The era … More New Work Rules for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Economy
A consultant (strategy or technical) is a strange creation of late capitalism. The person has to be a dynamic sales guru who at the same time, is a versatile thought leader gaming the market trends, while staying true to cold data, in narrative and quantitative variants. Schizophrenic at best, as he has to define the … More Consulting Skills Decoded
I am aware that labor strikes are contrary to middle class sensibilities in India, and take them as relics of a pre 1991 India which everyone in the media is keen to relegate to the confines of history as if Reliance Jio launch is the stuff of history rather than an archaic national strike. Welfare … More Media Response and Labor action in a deregulated economy?
It is a well known fact that non profits and policy thinks alike generate funding from corporate sources to influence the discourse on ideas rather than the normative objective of independent research, which is often spewed about with zero conviction. Nothing is independent if the staffer bills are not paid and the rentals are due. … More Scale or Intellectual Independence: the funding holy grail for non profits
Consulting is a knowledge centric industry where the client needs are met through knowledge solutions rendered through reports, training sessions and on site deployments of the ideas suggested. Thanks to the Web 2.0 era, the consulting malaise of Cntrl +C and Cntrl+V can be easily detected, and fortunately the client too has the secondary same … More Rebooting Consulting Value
I have been fortunate enough to work for Fortune 500 Consulting firms at one end of the curve to advising a migration non profit focused on cultural activism in Singapore at the other end. The bigger picture and the rhetoric, often boils down to dollars and cents during performance review, as donors/funders need to evaluate … More Unlocking Value in Start Ups: Refocus on Operational Processes
May Day should be more than a public holiday, as employees in the knowledge economy are nothing more than widgets now a days to be replaced when a cheaper alternative comes across invoking Jeff Bezos sentiment . Organizations are high performance teams to execute, deliver and disband and not networks of conversations and aspirations anymore. … More We are Widgets: Evolution towards a new social contract