Coinbase, SEA Startup, Index Funds and NFTs

A year, it has been to Ruminated. A year of newsletters, a year of articles and so many of you joining me on this journey. Thank you. It means a lot to me.

Today we will talk about faith. Not religious faith, but the plain not-purely-logical belief that people have in ideas or the future of something. James Fowler, who studied human development and faith talked about a stage in life called Conjunctive Faith. it is the stage where people understand that logic has limitations and more often than not start giving more weightage to faith, beliefs and take down…


Tech in 2021, Winklevoss, Germany and China, Neural Networks and Sanpo-Yoshi..

Forgotten Stories

Lise Meitner, Bibha Chowdhury, Andree de Jongh, Irawati Karne, Jean Purdy and Anandibhai Joshi and in a sense Alan Turing inspire me to my theme for this week. While each of their stories in unique and beautiful, let me give you a couple of small anecdotes.

Lise Meitner along with Otto Hahn discovered the process of nuclear fission of Uranium in 1939. Not only did this lead to the development of nuclear weapons but it was the base on which electricity from nuclear power came to be developed. The Nobel Prize for the same was only given to Otto Hahn…


Amazon, Tesla, SuperMario, Yusra Mardini and TechWars

Unbroken Chain of Events

“Free will” apart from its daily usage, has ancient philosophical origins. The ancient thinkers on the “problem of free will” wanted to prove that humans have control of their decisions and actions. So if you bought a table, changed a job, created a revolution, supported a political movement, you did it because you wanted to. Now for the uninitiated in the philosophical world, let me assure you that there is ample proof that there is no Free Will.

In fact Free Will itself was born to debate the concept of Determinism, another wonderful philosophical idea. The idea in its essence…


Musk, Big-Tech, Robinhood, Public Companies and Credit Schemes

In the 13th Century the word was first noted to describe the movement of celestial bodies originating from France. In 1450 for the first time, it was used in the context of a change in the social order and status. REVOLUTION. It’s been used in various contexts since then from upending the social order in France to changing the way someone can trade directly through an app. Somehow in a faster world and in an internet driven world the speed and frequency of revolutions is also increasing, driven by the power to change the world from the bed and not…


Sberbank, Egypt, Netflix, Future of Tech and Indian Cricket,

No matter how interested you were or otherwise, all of us in India got a consistent dose of leadership lessons in the last week as a result of India miraculously winning the cricket series in Australia. For me the true winners in ascending order were, the Indian cricket team, the rejuvenated sport of Test Cricket and finally the gold medal surely went to the Leadership Cliches which came back strongly after a COVID break. …


The Week’s Most Interesting

It has been a very interesting year so far. If the two to three weeks of this year have taught us anything from across the world, it is that character is important. It can make you win, and it can be judged even better when you lose. The two examples came to us from the 2 ends of the world, one from Australia and the other from the Not so United States of America.

Firstly, it is difficult to ignore the attack on the US Capitol, not because of anything but for the highly publicised way…


Fedex, Salesforce, Health-Tech, Credit Algos and Cars24

Till I watched the Queen’s Gambit, I had a passing interest in Chess, rediscovered every few years leading to a few videos on openings and a few matches till the board went back into the shelf for another couple of years. I certainly like the rest of the world (see the graph below) rediscovered my love for the game after watching the Queen’s Gambit. (If you haven’t watched it, do watch it. Some stories are universally beautiful). But in a blatant oversimplification I learnt that the most beautiful games are the ones where…


Airbnb, Longtail Theory, Erdal Arikan, Virgin Atlantic and Women in the Workforce

With Prfizer and Moderna both showing breakthrough results in the Vaccine for COVID, it seemed like the right time to talk about the making of a breakthrough. These breakthroughs in business are an enigma. The same ones that newspapers present as overnight wonders, but which you know in your heart is a result of a million small insignificant decisions. In the shadows the sweat you put in prepares you to shine in the light. …


Joe Biden, Ant Financial, Xiaomi, Gig Economy and WeWork

Where is the impact of Irony?

Taoism is a philosophy of China, which celebrates 3 treasures, compassion, humility and frugality. Around the 9th Century, Taoists wanted to prepare a material for medicinal purposes, but also something that could be the elixir of life (something that grants eternal life or immortality). Predictably they couldn’t create it. In all these experiments they finally ended up creating another substance. Gunpowder. Now that is also probably the first ever known instance of irony. Irony is all around us in so many different ways and too many times, outcomes and expected outcomes…


Samsung, Apple, Future Group & the World’s Best Banker

About 5–6 decades back Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart decided to setup a Saturday morning meeting with all the employees of Walmart. The idea was to improve culture and increase transparency for faster decision making. It increased peed of decision making and it empowered another level to take calls on their own. 60 years down the meeting is still credited as being a crucial step that led to the success of Walmart. In hindsight, it is so easy to identify these pearls of wisdom and separate the activities that made a company successful. But imagine you get a mail…

Dushyant Panda

Growth and Marketing Expert. Self taught Economist. Trained in Data and Passionate about Creative. Write about Business Strategy, Growth Hacking and Economics.

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