Education Finance Health Social

Future Leaders Survey

An interesting survey of 54,240 students applying to British universities; popular opinions amongst the students or our future leaders are:

  • thinks of itself as more materialistic, more affected by crime and less healthy than its parents’ generation, and more worried about what the future holds;
  • thinks the effects of climate change will be hitting hard by 2031;
  • and thinks inequality between rich countries and poor countries will grow.

Future Leaders Survey 2006/7

Business Finance Innovation Technology

Google as a cluster company…

For a moment, forget about the technology that Google creates and focus on the innovative business model — Google as a cluster company — a core plus lots of small startups; and as a VC.

The Google Development Algorithm

Finance History Social

The affluenza virus

The affluenza virus has been around since atleast 10,000 B.C, yet it is little understood; are you suffering from it?

Earn more, spend more, want more

Business Finance

Monkey Business

Adam Smith, the founder of classical economics, was certain that humankind’s knack for monetary exchange belonged to humankind alone. “Nobody ever saw a dog make a fair and deliberate exchange of one bone for another with another dog,” he wrote. “Nobody ever saw one animal by its gestures and natural cries signify to another, this is mine, that yours; I am willing to give this for that.” But in a clean and spacious laboratory at Yale-New Haven Hospital, seven capuchin monkeys have been taught to use money, and a comparison of capuchin behavior and human behavior will either surprise you very much or not at all, depending on your view of humans. From NY Times.

Monkey Business

Business Finance India Technology

A Software Engineer’s perspective of Indian Economy

Balaji’s article is one of the better bits of analysis on the Indian economy I’ve read recently. note: with my financial background hat on!

India’s Scorching Economic Growth

Business Finance Innovation Social

The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid

A business & strategy viewpoint by world famous “thinker” C.K. Prahalad that I’ve just started reading is quite insightful. Having the advantage of being in 2007, five years since it was originally published in 2002, gives an opportunity to evaluate its vision and thus also to extrapolate what is about to happen. Via Sramana Mitra’s blog.

Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid (pdf)

Finance Science Social


A summary of interesting collection of thoughts by two authors who co-relate economics with general things in life. “He determined that in spite of the cottage industry of parenting and the millions of how-to books on the subject sold every year, who you are matters much more than what you do.” – Hmm, not sure if I fully buy that! Thanks to Gaurav for the recommendation.

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Summary

Finance Social

Consumerism is leading to US decline

I don’t quite share the US nationalism of the author, but fully agree with his/her passionate article – consumerism is leading to US decline and we’re creating the biggest debt in human history for the next generation. Update: $100.60 spent for $100 earned.

Santa Clause is Chinese

Finance India

A blossoming or overheated economy?

India’s GDP growth in the July-September quarter rose to 9.2% year on year and this is encouraging, but there are signs of overheating – inflation has nearly doubled over the past 12 months; equity and housing markets look overbought; and the current account has moved sharply into deficit.

India’s blossoming economy