Sarita Ahlawat holds up her startup Living Sciences’ air quality monitor against a cold, grey December sky. Its PM 10 reading—particulate matter measured in micrograms—flickers before settling on 263. As we carry it out of her office, to the foyer, and then to the balcony, the reading fluctuates, before it finally settles at 313. According … Read more Indian low-cost AQI startups AMBEE, AirVeda’s certification up in the air
The past decade has practically been a whole lifetime for e-commerce in India. Right from birth to baby steps to exponential rises to pivots to crashing halts—to even buyouts. Indian e-commerce—both in terms of Indian companies and companies that have entered India—though big on drama, still only make up 3% of India’s $650-billion retail industry. … Read more Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal: 10 years, 3 players, 1 e-commerce story
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) called it the “decade of vaccines”. In 2010, the foundation pledged some $10 billion to help research, develop and deliver vaccines in developing countries, including in India. It spent more in India—$282.5 million—in 2017 as compared to any other country, pouring all of it into building a supply … Read more Indian healthcare in 2020’s rearview mirror
“Graphical excellence is that which gives to the viewer the greatest number of ideas in the shortest time with the least ink in the smallest space.” – Edward Tufte, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information The Ken has been writing longform business stories for its subscribers since 2016. This means we deal with words. Lots … Read more Telling (visual) stories within stories
In 1954, Roger Bannister became the first human to run a mile in less than four minutes. This was an epochal moment because, hitherto, the common belief was that it was an impossible feat to achieve. In the immediate few months after, inspired by Bannister’s feat, a number of other athletes emulated him. So much … Read more After an Annus Mirabilis, what does 2020 hold for Indian SaaS?