• InvestStream – Our New Podcast

    A few weeks ago, my friend Harjit, and I decided to start recording our conversations about the economy, startups, and tech in the US and India and sharing it with people that may be interested. We are calling this podcast InvestStream. We’ve done two episodes so far and plan to do it weekly. We’ve discussed everything from market stats to central bank monetary policy to fund raises by startups to where the blockchain and cryptocurrency worlds may be headed. We would love some honest, critical feedback on this experiment and what we can do to improve it. We are still playing with the format and we could really use your…

  • Fighting Fraud Thru a Cashless Society

    Emerging markets often leapfrog technologies. For much of Independent India, it was very difficult to get a fixed-line phone. They were expensive and the wait  could be as long as five years. In the 1990’s came the mobile revolution and people across India were able to get a communication device for a relatively small amount of money and they could take the device with them everywhere. Most importantly, they didn’t have to wait years, but only a few hours for the phone to start working. When it comes to the adoption of non-cash payments, India is in a similar position. Cash has been the preferred source of making and receiving payments since Independence…

  • India’s Economy and The Wall

    For all you economics and business-minded folks out there, I put up a post about my thoughts on the Indian economy and the direction it’s heading in over here. I’d love to hear your thoughts … Related Posts:Cracks in the Armor?Don’t Believe the Market Hype!Market Turmoil and Basic EconomicsTwelve Years of Indian Startups – Part IITwelve Years of Indian Startups – Part I

  • Honda launches India??s first hybrid car- Hindustan Times

    It amazes me how absolutely clueless and slow the Indian Government is at implementing any sort of policies that are for the betterment f the country. Here’s Honda introducing the Civic Hybrid in India and here the Indian Government continues to tax imported hybrids at 104%. In a country which is reeling from high oil prices and the rapidly escalating cost of energy, shouldn’t the Indian government adopt some policies, subsidies, and/or import tax elimination that 1) encourage the use of less gasoline/petrol, 2) be a little better for the environment, and 3) encourage other car makers to introduce their own hybrids? The Civic Hybrid is almost double the cost…