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Dropping the social in social entrepreneur

About 9 months into my TechSangam blogging journey (that would be circa 2012), I was one of the guest bloggers at the Villgro Unconvention 2011. I recall a discussion where panelists were asked to predict where the social enterprise ecosystem would be in 10 years. You are probably yawning and rolling your eyes. I did too when […]

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Why doing good with tech is hard

The blog comes alive.. or should I say “starting to flicker” after years. Thanks to my morning Twitter timeline, I read this beautiful piece by Jonathan Stray (computer scientist and investigative journalist) that I’m taking the liberty to selectively excerpt. You (long-form reader) are directed to entire the entire article here. The rest of you […]

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Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship: 2014

The Skoll Foundation presents the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship each year to transformative leaders who are disrupting the status quo, driving large-scale change, and are poised to make an even greater impact on the world. Each Awardee receives a very generous $1.25 million, three-year core support investment to scale their work and increase their impact. […]

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Sankalp Unconvention Entrepreneur Scholarships 2014

Sankalp and I go back a long way. Well, not very long but three years. [2011] If I was looking for inspiration.. I found it at Sankalp Forum [2012] Five reasons to be excited about Sankalp [2013] Why you should attend Sankalp This will be another year where I’ll be hard-pressed to make it there […]

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Say hello to TechSangam 2.0

When I moved to Bangalore in 2008, I looked around for the “Indian TechCrunch”. There wasn’t one. Many single author blogs but no standout — either in content or writing style. (if it existed then) was too raw and early stage. In short, I wasn’t impressed and briefly toyed with the idea of throwing […]

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Select moments in TechSangam’s brief history

Rumors of TechSangam’s demise are greatly exaggerated. This post was meant to be about this. (But DON’T click on that link just yet… indulge me for a few more paragraphs please! There’s a bit of an anti-climax so all the more reason to wait!) In June 2013, I announced my full-time foray into an entrepreneurial venture. […]

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Eight defining milestones in India’s social enterprise ecosystem

[Editor’s Note: This post was 95% complete on Oct 31, 2013. After all, it was largely copy-paste so why did it languish for two months in the Drafts folder? I intended to post a critique of the Companies Bill 2013. (Sigh) That’ll have to wait for another day.] I’ve been neglecting this blog for far […]

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Applying Einstein Principle to the Social Entrepreneurship Definition

A scientific theory should be as simple as possible, but no simpler. – Albert Einstein As I was cleaning out some bookmarks on my wife’s laptop (which I occasionally use when I need to use Powerpoint), I stumbled upon this post on social entrepreneurship definition by a lawyer dude. The money sentence is right here: In […]

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Is your city resilient? Rockefeller Foundation commits $100 million

re·sil·ience  (r-zlyns)  n. 1. The ability to recover quickly from illness, change, or misfortune; buoyancy. 2. The property of a material that enables it to resume its original shape or position after being bent, stretched, or compressed; elasticity. [Editor’s Note: Replace <material> with <Indian city> and ask yourself how true that statement might be for the city you […]

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A different kind of Indian city

[Editor’s Note: I started this blog in March 2011. My preliminary plan was to research, learn and write about the Indian social enterprise space for at least a year.  What did I intend at the one year mark? I framed the answer in the form of two possible outcomes: a) Future career as a writer/blogger […]

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