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It felt like I was selling ice to Eskimos. But I survived giving a 10-minutes talk to my fellow members of Professional Speakers Association India Chennai Chapter. My topic was “Will Artificial Intelligence take away my job?”. I started with a science fiction story of A.I. authoring poems that goes horribly wrong, then gave examples of jobs that are at risk currently and the jobs that are safe for now. After I posted about this talk in social media, several of my friends expressed their wish to hear the talk, so I made the below recording of the same talk. Thanks…

TiE Austin had hosted an interview by Ms Kerry Rupp with Ms Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, the executive chairperson of Biocon Limited, and the former chairperson of Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. Below are from the notes (in no specific order) I took during the talk: There are two types of entrepreneur: The first are those who are looking at how quickly I can make money, how can I take my business to billion dollars; the second ones are like me, those who think how can I make a difference? When I started my bio-tech journey 40 years ago, I started developing…

Like all the events around the world, this year’s TIE CON 2020 Road show which is being organized by TIE Silicon Valley has gone virtual. Last month, there were talks by Mr Vinod Khosla and Mr Deepak Chopra. Today there was an interview conducted Ms Thuy Vu, Co-Founder of Global Mentor Network with Ms Shellye Archambeau, the former CEO of MetricStream.com. Below are from the notes (in random order) I took during the talk: Shellye Archambeau has a book on words titled “Unapologetically Ambitious”. I grew up in a racially charged suburb of LA and people around me didn’t want me…

SOIL Institute of Management has been running a series of webinars during this season. Last week it was a talk with Mr Nitin Paranjpe, COO of Unilever and today it was a discussion with Mr Ajay Piramal, Chairman, Piramal Group. Below are from the notes I took during the call: Yours is the organization that formalises Vedic practices and has Bhagawat Gita in the office. How did that happen? I come from a family of spiritual faith, I feel it is the blessings from the previous birth that gives you the belief in faith in this world. At the same…

It’s incredible what Mr Mukesh Ambani has been able to achieve with Jio (and Reliance Industries). You may dislike him or his practices, but you have to admire his vision and business acumen to raise well over $30 Billion during a pandemic and world recession.   In my view, this also burst several well-entrenched myths: 1) Indian conglomerates can never scale and can’t compete with China in terms of their capital appetite. 2) TELCO business, especially in a low ARPU country like India with extremely high spectrum cost, doesn’t have any money-making opportunity. This myth is made popular by the…