• Becoming the best version of yourself with Nitin Paranjpe, COO, Unilever

    Becoming the best version of yourself with Mr Nitin Paranjpe, COO, Unilever

    SOIL Institute of Management has been running a series of webinars during this season. A friend forwarded me an invite and I attended a webinar today hosted by Mr Anil Sachdev, Founder & CEO of SOIL and the guest was Mr Nitin Paranjpe, COO of Unilever. The topic was “Becoming The Best Version of Yourself”. Below are from the notes I took during the call, where Mr Nitin Paranjpe shared the following: There were two major setbacks in my life: In 1997, when after say 9-10 years with the company (Hindustan Lever Limited India), I became the branch manager in Chennai. The state of Kerala decided to boycott our products…

  • Events

    Why 47% of Agile Transformations Fail by Jeff Sutherland

    Today SPIN Chennai had organized an engaging and useful session over zoom video call by the creator of Scrum development process and the famous author Mr Jeff Sutherland. The topic was a relevant one for the current times – Why 47% of Agile Transformations fail?. Watch the full presentation that’s available in YouTube for everyone, thanks, Mr Jeff Sutherland. This post is from the notes I took: Apple is said to have used in full, the ideas from my book – The Art of Doing Twice the work in half the time.  Today, Agility is disrupting not only the software industry but across all domains. An example of an Agile…

  • TiECON 2020 with Deepak Chopra

    TIECON 2020 talk by Mr Deepak Chopra

    Like all the events around the world, this year’s TIE CON 2020 global organized by TIE Silicon Valley has become virtual. For me, it was a blessing, as I could attend the event for free (as a TiE Chennai member) and not spend the thousands of dollars travelling to the USA and also the entry ticket fee. Before the main event, they are organizing a series of roadshow events. Today there was a keynote by Mr Vinod Khosla (Founder of Khosla ventures and Sun Microsystems), followed by a talk by Mr Deepak Chopra, the celebrated Indian-American Author of countless self-improvement and well-being books, a guru figure for many around the…

  • Economy

    Secret of the success by Indian companies

    I am not sure whether I should be posting this one as it may be seen to be the obvious or generalizing my experience or being plainly cynical. If I sleepover on this, it won’t see the light, hence pressing the Publish now! Businesses in India have followed simple rules for success: Focus on Marketing & Sales, Under-Deliver to customers and have non-responsive after-sales, Manage Employees, and Squeeze out vendors and delay payments to suppliers. This modus operandi seems to have now jumped from domestic businesses to export-oriented businesses; from large enterprises to startups too. I am wondering whether this is the reason(s) for the prolonged slowdown in the economy?…

  • Events,  Technology

    CTOTalk with Rajesh of Qube Cinema

    The makers of Kissflow, OrangeScape, has been organizing a successful Technology series in their office at Tidel Park, Chennai. Titled aptly as the CTOTalk, the series offers an opportunity for software engineers & architects in Chennai to hear from the best of the best in the industry. So far the series has featured CTOs from Walmart, Flipkart, Bigbasket, Naukri, Swiggy, Chargebee, Snapdeal and many other big brands as Guest Speakers. Today’s talk was by good friend Mr Rajesh Ramachandran, CTO of Qube Cinema on “Revolutionising Global Cinema with Digital Technology”. Qube Cinema (earlier called as Real Image) is from Chennai and is one of the leading providers of digital movie…

  • Economy

    Government employees trade unions

    Recently there was a news item on the Income Tax Officers Union are unhappy with the Government of India’s plan to bring in faceless tax assessments, which is being planned to reduce direct contact between the officers and the assessee thereby minimizing the scope for corruption. This is following the trend of Government tackling (hopefully) the deep-rooted malice of corruption in the department – Government tells 22 IRS officers to put in their papers over graft charges. My thoughts on this There needs to be no doubt now. If the officials (and shortly the union) opposes a move by the government, it has to be a beneficial one to citizens…

  • TiECON Chennai 2019
    Chennai,  Events

    TiECON Chennai 2019

    Every year, TiE Chennai organizes their annual mega-event celebrating entrepreneurship called TiECON (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2008) where we get to hear talks by industry leaders and panel discussions by experts and rising stars. This year too was no different. Below are my personal notes that I took down attending the event. Awards Night Yesterday it was the awards night which celebrated entrepreneurs from various fields. The Chennai Children’s Choir, Nalanda Way delighted the audience with their brilliant singing. Keynote – Behold the Crystal Ball! The day started with a Keynote by Mr Vineet Nayar, former CEO of HCL. He talked about “How not to be an ant…

  • ISR and CSR

    What is the purpose of a company?

    Till some years ago, it was an accepted fact, that the purpose of a company should be to maximize shareholder value – an idea popularised by American honchos. Now, this idea is being questioned. There are many alternative views being heard from around the world. In India, in the past, many of the big businesses were family-owned and they were interested in taking care of their shareholders (their family members) as leaving a legacy for their future generations to cherish was important apart from the profits. Recently in the press, there have been many articles discussing this topic of what is the purpose of a company? I have given below…