Economic Times

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Why Facebook and Marc Andreessen misunderstood India—and inadvertently started a revolt

Facebook is being compared to the treacherous East India Company, and director Marc Andreessen is being accused of being anti-Indian, a racist, and worse.  It won’t surprise me if Indian activists launch a “Quit India” movement to expel Facebook from India, modelled on Mahatma…

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India in 2016: Entrepreneurs Solving Big Problems

I wrote this piece for India’s Economic Times, but it applies to entrepreneurs everywhere. Anyone, anywhere, can now solve the big problems of humanity.  In 2015, India overtook the US in the number of internet users. A billion Indians will be connected to each…

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Economic Times: What PM Narendra Modi must bring back from Silicon Valley

When PM Modi visits Silicon Valley, he will meet an expatriate community different from anywhere else in the world. He will meet many Indians who have left their regional, religious, and socio-economic differences behind, and who work together to achieve success and uplift their…

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Indian immigrants make it obvious that the American dream is alive and well

They have funny accents, wear strange outfits, and eat really spicy food, and some wear turbans.  Indian-Americans constitute less than 1% of the U.S. population.  Yet you will find them at the helm of great companies such as Pepsico and Mastercard; as presidents and…

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Times of India: A tech manifesto for the new (Indian) government

As the Indian political upheaval shows, Indians are fed up with government inaction and corruption . They want accountability, better education and healthcare , and prosperity. And they want them now. Technology-led solutions may be the only way for India’s new government to rapidly uplift…

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Economic Times (India): The future of medicine lies in the use of information technology

In the TV series Star Trek, Captain Kirk has a handheld device called a tricorder that can immediately assess a patient’s condition and diagnose disease. This is 300 years in the future.In real life, technology is advancing so rapidly that within a decade, Kirk’s…