• ENTREPRENEURS
    This is What an Ideal Entrepreneur Would Look Like

    In my decade-long journey as an angel investor, first with Info Edge where we invested in several start-ups – duds, failures and rare successes and later my own,  Choosing the right start-up was as much about the idea as about the team. How does one choose, from the pool of innovative and disruptive ideas spearheaded […]

  • SUCCESS
    From Farmers Markets to Big Business Success: How This Entrepreneur Built an Arts Empire

    When asked to imagine a company that’s achieved massive entrepreneurial success, most people envision Silicon Valley giants or tech-focused startups. But what about handmade tiles from Ann Arbor, Michigan? Entrepreneurial success isn’t just reserved for tech whizzes or business school standouts. Success also waits for passionate leaders dedicated to developing their craft. Nawal Motawi, the […]

  • Bill Viola / Michelangelo: Life Death Rebirth review – an uneasy dialogue

    ‘Divine muscular energy’: Michelangelo’s The Risen Christ, c1532-3. Right: Tristan’s Ascension (The Sound of a Mountain Under a Waterfall), 2005 by Bill Viola. Photograph: Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019; Bill Viola Studio Ever since Bill Viola first pitched up in Florence as a 23-year-old film technician in 1974, there has been a certain inevitability […]

  • MOTIVATION
    Motivation not an issue for Auburn against Georgia

    AUBURN, Alabama — Pick a card. Any card. There are several ways Auburn coach Bruce Pearl can motivate his team heading into today’s game against Georgia. A loss at Ole Miss earlier this week should be enough motivation, but there’s also history on the line against the Bulldogs. Oh, and there’s the fact several players still feel […]

  • PODCASTS
    Fix Apple Podcasts’s stuttering by moving to an alternative app

    It doesn’t sound like a complicated choice. If you want to listen to podcasts, there’s a free Podcasts app right there on your iPhone or iPad. Apple makes that app and actually it’s Apple that made this form of audio popular: the pod in podcasts comes from iPod. You might wonder where you get the actual […]

  • STARTUPS
    “It’s a sweatshop”: The ugly truth behind working at an Indian startup

    Cersei Lannister. That’s what her team calls the 33-year-old co-founder of a Bengaluru-based startup behind her back. The Game of Thrones reference—Lannister is a cutthroat empress in the series—came about last year after she sacked a newly-hired marketing head on the spot following a difference of opinion during a meeting. The manager had joined the five-year-old startup […]

  • PODCASTS
    An adult bedtime secret: Podcasts

    Podcasts and audiobooks have become the new bedtime stories for many adults. (Getty Images) When I first heard several friends confess to what they do as they head off to sleep each night, or sometimes when they wake up in the night’s dark depths, I was horrified. It was just wrong. People shouldn’t do that. […]

  • LIFE
    An animated life

    Sajan Skaria, character supervisor at Pixar Animation Studios, on Inside Out, attending the Oscars and more Sajan Skaria is sipping hot chai when I meet him at his residence in the city. A character supervisor at Pixar Animation Studios, the company that has brought out computer graphic animation wonders such as Brave, Finding Nemo and Cars, Sajan was part […]

  • ENTREPRENEURS
    5 Rules for Going Into Personal Debt as an Entrepreneur

    All businesses require money to get started. Even if you’re working with a bare-bones, one-person startup, you’ll still have to pay money for website hosting, business-name registration and the equipment you’ll need (like a workspace and a computer)  to run the business. The overall average cost to start a business is around $30,000 — and unless you’ve been in the […]