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The true value of Indian unicorns

A <b>report</b> in <i>Mint</i> earlier this month mentioned that Indian e-commerce firms Flipkart and Snapdeal have hit a “valuation wall”, with prospective …

How govt statisticians think India lives

The latest inflation numbers (for February) came in earlier this month, and show that year-on-year consumer price inflation is at a four-month low of …

Price Index

Eat or be eaten

EVEN at charity auctions, technology titans like large transactions. At a recent fundraiser for Tipping Point, an anti-poverty charity in San …

Why ‘lean in’ if laziness can be just as effective?

The other day I had a drink with a university friend who is one of the busiest women I know. For years she has been holding down a big job in a big …

Why do we play cricket?

Let’s imagine a group of ultra-intelligent extra-terrestrials who visit Earth and find themselves at a cricket match. I’d submit that, given sufficient time, they would be able to deduce the rules of the game in their entirety (even the lbw law) from direct observation, without the aid of a native …

Emptying pockets

TRY buying things exclusively via mobile payments and you will surely die, either of starvation or of a caffeine overdose. Coffee shops aside, hardly …

Strategic & Tactical Dashboards: Best Practices, Examples

I'm excited about the power of a well created dashboard. It is a thing of beauty and a source of immense joy.<p>Oh, and of course a critical element for …

Dilbert's 20 funniest cartoons on Big Data

Here is a collection of Dilbert’s 20 funniest cartoons on Big Data, data mining, data privacy, data security, data accuracy etc…<p><b>Big Data knows</b> …

Fountain Ink Magazine

Reportage Climate Change Summer furnaceThe planet is heating up. New temperature records are set every year. As the heat rises, so does the risk of …

Johan Cruyff: 'Everyone can play football but those values are being lost. We have to bring them back'

Johan Cruyff has come home to Amsterdam and, on a cloudy day in the old city where he was born, grew up and made his professional debut for Ajax 50 years ago this November, he moves with good-humoured elegance through the crowds calling out his name and trying to touch him. At the Olympic Stadium, …

Geoffrey Boycott: I wish Brian Clough had been my manager

In the second extract from his revealing new book, Geoffrey Boycott writes about his friendship with the controversial football figure, and how he struggled with the demands of his daughter<p>When I look back and think about all the people I have met during my life, there is one man who has left a …

What prohibition meant in my home state Mizoram

Everybody knows that Gujarat is a dry state. But few are aware that other states in India are as well – full or partial prohibition exists in …

Gaming the college system

LIKE other parents with teenagers starting their final year in high school, Babbage is learning how fraught the whole process is these days of …

Data science: how is it different to statistics ?

Sep 4, 2014<p><b>Contributing Editor Hadley Wickham is Chief Scientist at RStudio and Adjunct Professor of Statistics at Rice University. He is interested</b> …

The Education Business: A Road Map for Disruption

My first post of every school year is about my upcoming classes, in specific, and about the future of education, at least as I see it, in general, …

Uber: The feedback loop disrupting transportation | Platform Strategy – by Sangeet Paul Choudary

How we end up marrying the wrong people

Anyone we could marry would, of course, be a little wrong for us. It is wise to be appropriately pessimistic here. Perfection is not on the cards. …

We can’t be seen as a paper tiger: RBI’s Raghuram Rajan

<b>Mumbai:</b> The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) wants to reach its target of limiting retail inflation to 6% by 2016, but that doesn’t necessarily mean …

Interest Rates

One of the worst infographics ever, but people don't care? - Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science

This post is by Phil Price.<p>Perhaps prompted by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, this infographic has been making the rounds:<p>I think this is one of the …

In Praise of Efficient Price Gouging - MIT Technology Review

In the four years since the car service Uber launched, it has been beset by criticism from myriad groups, including city officials annoyed by its …

Framing

The Times of India just instituted a bizarre Twitter and Facebook policy

Hundreds of journalists working at the Times of India and its sister publications have received a peculiar request from their employer: hand over your Twitter and Facebook passwords and let us post for you.<p>Even after you leave the company.<p>Under a contract unveiled to employees last week, Bennett, …

Aga Ali Asker-Quite a long journey

Somewhere around 1824, three brothers debarked at Mangalore, far from their home in Shiraz, the glittering, garden city filled with art, literature …

Reacting to Earnings Reports: Let's get real!

In my last two posts, I considered how earnings reports can generate narrative shifts or changes, thus affecting value, and pricing effects, when …

Shutting down Uber in India was unwise

by Suyash Rai and Ajay Shah.<p>When you finish a taxi ride, between two to ten minutes are wasted in dealing with the payment. You could pay cash, he …

Companies

<b>Mumbai:</b> Profits have been eluding Indian retailers for some time now, even forcing some to shut shop. Subhiksha Trading Services Ltd had to wind down …

Despite What Planners Say, Densification and Railways Go Hand-in-Hand in Indian Cities

Inner-city metros may get all the press, but with 3.6 million boardings each weekday, the Western Line of the Mumbai Suburban Railway is the real …

Depth, healthy competition clinched it for Karnataka

Ranji Trophy 2013-14<p>The Ranji winners made several changes through the season, and importantly, the players grabbed their opportunities. Team bonding …

Politics in its place

Focusing all our attention on the state, we miss our own deeper failings of social trust.<p><i>Focusing all our attention on the state, we miss our own</i> …

India