Putting Bangalore’s Mayoral Election in Perspective

[Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on Namma Bengaluru Foundation‘s website – on the eve of Bangalore Mayoral ‘election’. While last year’s mayor (Sharadamma) was described by ExpressBuzz as an ‘obedient wife’, the newly elected mayor, Venkatesh Murthy from Padmanabhanagar, has been described as “winning elections and serving as a councillor for the past 15 years.” …

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Does Microcredit work for the urban poor? Banerjee and Duflo Answer

In chapter 7 of Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo’s Poor Economics, they delve into the economics of lending to the poor and, among other things, proceed to answer the question “Does Microfinance work for the poor?” The answer depends on the definition of “work”. Banerjee and Duflo (B & D) found that no independent research …

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Creating a Nation of Electronics Geeks

[Editor’s Note: Srikanth Jadcherla is a serial entrepreneur straddling the worlds of Silicon Valley, Bangalore and Hyderabad. After selling his 3-year old Bangalore-based chip design automation company (ArchPro Design & Automation) to Synopsys in 2007, he moved back to Silicon Valley where, two years later, he started Seer Akademi, incorporated in California with offices in …

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