• Success comes from 2 characteristics. Just concentrate on them!

    I have seen many articles and suggestions over the years on success. They cover almost everything under the sun with advice for a person to be successful. Even Wikipedia would not be able to fit in the millions of suggestions, recommendations and opinions that have been offered as recipes for...

  • Startups: Why so many fail and what can be done to save them

    Common first reactions when a startup fails: Failures have nothing to do with us! Blame everyone else if you can't leg it! You are to blame for your own failures! You did all the wrong moves! Your company or product was not good enough! The market didn't believe in your product! You wasted great...

  • The peril and promise of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

    Most of us have experienced AI in some form or another. However, AI is still progressing, so what we experience at the common level is great fun. More importantly, it seems like magic! Simple AI features built into some systems have great acceptability, as it not only makes life easier for all of...

  • The new world order: Understanding the effects of Trump

    Donald Trump is unique, and his legacy will be called 'Trumpetism', a word for work done through executive orders combined with a high decibel output. Although Trump has no fence sitters when it comes to his approach, he is either hated or admired by his core constituency; in a way,...

  • Bitcoins: To buy or not to buy!

    The latest fad is bitcoins. It is also the latest headache for governments, central banks and most financial authorities. So are bitcoins good, bad or ugly? Before we look into details, let's first look at explaining bitcoins for dummies (of which I was one a very short time back, having made no...

  • Saudi shake-up: Prince Salman's dangerous gamble

    Saudi Arabia is fast becoming a banana kingdom! It's a sad state of affairs. No one expected it. Everyone knows Saudi Arabia's strengths and weaknesses. But what is very surprising is that it is crumbling so fast. A country that is over 60 years old and has dominated the Middle East because of its...

  • Rise of AI and the spectre of job losses

    There will be job losses for 70pc of the working population worldwide in the next 10 years. Hard to believe? After all, we are talking about 2.5 billion of the 3.5 billion working population of the world, and this raises more questions than answers. What kind of job losses? What age group will lose...

  • Why Middle East matters: An alternative theory

    'The Man Who Saw Tomorrow' was a famous 1981 movie hosted by Hollywood actor/director Orson Welles on the prophecies of Nostradamus. Like Welles, I too did not really believe in Nostradamus at all. But Nostradamus predictions on the Middle East have captured the imagination of many,...

  • Requiem for the Gulf

    When oil was discovered in huge quantities in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries, it led to a tremendous influx of wealth. An English proverb states that, 'A good beginning makes a good end'. Unfortunately, the beginning in the early 20th century for the Gulf was bad. When oil was...

  • Brave new world: Making the impossible possible

    Everyone's dream! Wonderful stories abound on making the impossible- possible. We teach them in business schools around the world. We make the people who have done so as role models for our children and the people themselves become icons. After all, who can deny the impossibility of what a Steve...

  • Recession: The good, the bad and the ugly

    Warren Buffet said that in the business world, the rear-view mirror is always clearer than the windshield! This is the case in India today. After almost 1 year of demonetisation and GST implementation, the consensus among economists, businesses and industry is that India is headed for a major...

  • Fatal attraction: The lure of authoritarian leaders

    The latest Economic Survey that came a few days ago puts the country's growth rate at 6.5-7.5pc. Unfortunately, this is not supported by data on the ground. The Index of Industrial Production from the Central Statistical Office has declined for capital goods from 8.1% in April 2016 to -6.8%...