I wish I knew these in my 20s…

This post is about a talk I recently delivered at my alma mater. Having listened to many speakers while I was a student, I always wanted to know what the speakers wished they knew when they were students which could have changed the trajectory of their lives. When I was invited to speak I did…

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The Profitable Pursuit of Ignorance

Acknowledgement and knowledge of ignorance was perhaps the single most influential factor that lead to the advancement of human achievement in the last 1000 years. I got interested in the history of humankind when Bill Gates talked about it on his website about a year ago and I took a course on ‘A Brief History…

How Much is Too Much?

‘Too much of anything is bad’ – so says the age-old wisdom. Does it apply to education as well?  Last week Bill Gates tweeted this chart to encourage students to complete college. I love the simplicity, completeness and elegance of the above chart. The message is pretty clear – ‘More school means more income’. But look…

Opportunities Created by the Long Tails

Digital world is overtaking the physical world in every aspect of human life. Twitter and Facebook have digitized social relationships; Netflix has replaced family movie outing; XBOX, Nintendo and Sony have replaced indoor family time and to some extent even outdoor games / activities. This month Revenue from online streaming of music (such as Pandora, XBOX,…