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KOCHI: Innovation Incubator, a US-based firm working on artificial intelligence, will establish a Cognitive Design Institute at Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram to spot talent and provide training to designers, said CEO and managing partner Antony Satyadas. The institute will conduct courses with a duration of six months and will issue nano degrees to designers. The plan is to collaborate with universities abroad and seek fellowship for successful candidates, he told reporters on the sidelines of #Future Summit at Hotel Le Meridien […]

New app enables parents to speak with nurses, lactation consultants or other baby care experts 24/7 via video, voice and text San Francisco: Women make up at least 40% of the workforce in more than 80 countries and nearly half are of childbearing age. As a result, multi-national employers are searching for high quality, cost effective ways to attract, support and retain talented young women and men, planning to grow their families. Momseze, a mobile app based in San Francisco, […]

Our Chairman Madhavan Padmakumar and myself will be presenting at the FOMAA Professional Summit to be held at University of Texas Dallas on April 7th 2018. The theme is entrepreneurship and innovation. We will be addressing a group of students, professionals, investors and employers. Students get to do speed job dating with potential employers. Aspiring entrepreneurs get to pitch to potential investors. Dr Ranjit Nair is offering an unique leadership healthcheck.

I am honored and excited to be speaking at South India’s most high-profile IT event #Future on March 22 and 23 at Hotel Le Meridien in Kochi. This one of a kind event is the brainchild of S. D. Shibulal, Kris Gopalakrishnan, V. K. Mathew and the Kerala Government leadership. Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, Raghuram Rajan, former RBI governor, Nandan Nilekani, non-executive chairman of Infosys, Gita Gopinath, Professor at Harvard University, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder of Paytm, Byju Raveendran, […]

I still remember back in late 90s and in early 2000, if someone asks what is the success of a software developer, I kept saying, “The more you know how to convert practical problems into code and the more you know how to develop each and every individual module in your project, you can travel a long way in the software industry”. The success and the performance of the employee was calculated by his outcome and the knowledge that he […]

Yesterday, the value of real estate was all in the location. Tomorrow, it will be information, and how real estate brokers and agents can tap into that information to build relationships with customers, increase sales, and strengthen tenant engagements The Internet of Things (IoT) is already having a significant impact on the real estate industry. Conceptually, the IoT implies physical objects being able to utilize the Internet backbone to communicate data about their condition, position, or other attributes. Adapting this […]

Working in the startup economy, I’ve gotten used to hearing friends and clients agonize over the first mover advantage they just lost because someone launched a similar product just a few months before theirs was due to market. Being the first to enter the market might give you a head start, but does it necessarily guarantee you unchallenged market leader status? A paper by Golder and Tellis in 1993 was the first to document that 47% of first movers are seen […]

Building a startup is hard. You have to come up with a great idea, bootstrap to make the product, beta test it and invest in marketing to deliver the product to the market. This is the classic startup strategy. However, experienced entrepreneurs might object and say that building a full fledged product isn’t the first step. Infact, I’m going to put it out there, and say that every great startup you have heard of, first launched with a Minimum Viable Product. […]

The automotive landscape for car dealerships have seen significant changes over the past few years.  Although 2016 was a reasonable year for sales, analysts suggest that dealerships will see a major dip, and will be forced into closure by 2025. Recent surveys show that 50% of the respondents dislike the face to face sales process at dealerships, which requires too much negotiation and lacks transparency.  This distaste is leading an increasing number of customers to opt for purchasing online, where […]

There’s an app for everything these days and people are always talking about building the next “Uber for X”. But why is this so important? Here is the breakdown on everything you need to know about the on-demand economy, and how you should approach it: On-demand services are basically just a subset or a derivative of traditional B2C and B2B services. Uber’s success in creating a market for technology–enabled, on-demand transportation has encouraged entrepreneurs to look to other, often basic, and routine […]