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Twelve things about Bitcoin that you probably didn’t know

[Editor’s Note: Earlier this year, Marc Andreessen wrote an article about Bitcoin in Wall Street Journal. It was insightful especially for folks (like me) who were NOT following this topic with feverish fervor. From the article, reproduced later on Andreessen’s blog, one can glean twelve takeaways – excerpted below. Why is Bitcoin relevant for social enterprises […]

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Embracing the “tech” in TechSangam

I’m  a huge fan of Marc Andreessen. I won’t wax eloquent about Andreessen but draw attention to his 2011 WSJ article Why software is eating the world. The article (specifically the title/quote) strongly resonated with me. It continues to influence my world view of the type of companies effecting dramatic changes in the world. Twitter religion […]

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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. PluggD.in (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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John Cochrane’s Mooconomics

[Editor’s Note: After a long time, I’ve read a most EXCELLENT post on state of the state of moocs. The author is John Cochrane, professor at University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He taught a Coursera course on asset pricing last fall and has written a comprehensive and lucid post – what he learnt […]

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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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Bill and Melinda Gates debunk three myths

The 2014 Gates Annual Letter is out. You should read the entire letter. But since my exhortation may not be sufficient, I’ll present a few teasers from the three myths. Myth #1: Poor countries are doomed to stay poor The global picture of poverty has been completely redrawn in my lifetime. Per-person incomes in Turkey […]

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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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12 MOOC perspectives you may not have heard of

[Editor’s Note: There are some who consider educational institutions to be the best examples of social enterprises. I’m not one of them. The reason why I periodically share education perspectives on this blog is because I’m convinced that higher education (and high school education) is being disrupted right now. Whether it’s Khan Academy for middle […]

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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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