Nitin Gupta

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The scariest thing about China’s latest cash crunch is we don’t know if there is one

Money market rates opened at a four-month high in China today, triggering some unpleasant flashbacks of the cash crunch that jarred markets for a week or so in June. What’s going on?<p>The handiest answer available is probably that the central bank is “tightening.” The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) is …

High Blood Pressure

These two neural pathways are responsible for your ability to innovate

The human brain is a sophisticated instrument. At its core, however, it’s nothing but the organ of an animal, prone to instinctive responses. This instinctual brain operates according to what I call the “X Framework,” a concept that emerges from studies on animal and human behavior, particularly …

Employment

A brassy private equity lawsuit could backfire on the entire industry

Call it overreach: A US private equity firm’s attempt to shake free of pension obligations might cost its entire industry a beloved tax break.<p>“Carried interest” is a loophole that allows private equity firms (and hedge funds and venture capitalists) in the US to have their income taxed as a capital …

Venture Capital

The smartphone companies that shook up India and China are ready to colonize the world

You’ve never heard of Micromax (slogan: “Nothing like anything“) but in just five years it’s gone from a standing start to commanding over a fifth of the Indian smartphone market, behind only Samsung. Its stated ambition to is to control a third of the market. Its swift rise mirrors that of China’s …

Mobile

In Time: Why is science fiction about longer lifespans so dystopian?

A recent Pew poll found that most Americans think it would be “bad for society” if people began to live to an average of 120. In <b>Slate</b>, William …

Menthol cigarette ban: The FDA and European Parliament look to outlaw.

Smoking may be under siege, but it is still the world's second-biggest cause of preventable death. Tobacco kills nearly 6 million people every year, …