Makers and Takers: How Wall Street Destroyed Main Street

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It has been 9 years since the 2008 financial crisis but its spectre still looms large over the world. The US government's half-baked approach to plug the systemic loopholes didn't make post-crisis era any better. The Dodd-Frank reforms did raise a few barriers, but they were not high enough to hold the financial wizards for long. … Continue reading Makers and Takers: How Wall Street Destroyed Main Street

Precognitive dreams, Muggings and Deadly diseases

I think you will agree with me when I say: Mathematics is hard. For every handful of geeks out there, there is a huge majority that totally abhors the subject. I mean, come on, who loves mathematics? Enters John Allen Paulos. He bears an uncanny resemblance with the axe-wielding psycho 'the Ripper' from Last Action Hero. … Continue reading Precognitive dreams, Muggings and Deadly diseases

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No Place to Hide

“I want to spark a worldwide debate about privacy, Internet freedom and the dangers of state surveillance. I am not afraid of what will happen to me…The only thing I can’t live with is knowing I did nothing.” - Edward Snowden Glenn Greenwald's 'No Place to Hide' is as audacious a book as it is nerve-racking. … Continue reading No Place to Hide

The 80/20 Principle

Ginger Rogers - the Academy award winning actress - had once famously quipped – “Stand for something or you will fall for anything.” Despite the fact that Ginger’s context was entirely different from Pareto’s, I could always relate the two. I was introduced to the concept of Pareto’s 80/20 Law in my B-School. I found … Continue reading The 80/20 Principle

Rock Bottom to Rock Star

How is 'Rock Bottom to Rock Star' different from heaps of startup literature out there in the market? First, it is not a typical how-to book on entrepreneurship, it goes well beyond that. Second, Ryan Blair is not your garden variety author. From being a gang member to running a million-dollar business, Ryan Blair has … Continue reading Rock Bottom to Rock Star