From the Editor's Desk They are boring. They are useless. Everyone hates them, so why can't we stop having meetings? This New York Times article explores this issue. You can make a whole career of planning, holding and attending meetings and never dare contemplate the possibility of your being exempt. They can't be avoided, but maybe they can be made bearable. Perhaps Paul Graham's prescription for the only kind of "allowable meeting" is a starting point. "There are no more than four or five participants, and they know and trust one another. They go rapidly through a list of open questions while doing something else, like eating lunch. There are no presentations. No one is trying to impress anyone. They are all eager to leave and get back to work." - Comment
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Use customer funding to get your start-up venture off the ground In 2015 entrepreneurs around the world were mesmerised by the rapidly growing number of private companies – some 229 at last count in January 2016 – that had reached valuations of US$1 billion or more, based on the pricing at which they had successfully raised investment capital.
Human Resources for the global stage Let's look at some perspective from Vijayaraghavan Pisharody General Manager, Human Resources and Corporate Communication, Stempeutics Research and Smita Ranjan - HR Lead at Value Labs. Employee Engagement: I was recently speaking to a mother of a new-born child and there it reminded me that like parenthood, talent management and leadership will never be a complete science or art.
Indian Railways Tatkal Booking scheme: From refunds to restrictions, all you want to know in 8 points Indian Railways Tatkal Booking scheme: With a view to provide reservation to those passengers who have to undertake journey at a very short notice or an emergency and to save them from the clutches of unscrupulous elements/touts, Tatkal Reservation Scheme was introduced in December, 1997. Initially this scheme was available only in around 110 trains and mainly in Sleeper Class. At that time an extra coach was to be attached for this purpose. This scheme was thoroughly revised in August 2004 and some modifications were made from time to time. Here is all you want to know about Tatkal Booking scheme in 8 points:
Mercedes-Benz pumps adrenaline in marketing drive : Report India's largest luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz, kick-started its customer engagement programme — LuxeDrive — in Kolkata on Sunday. The event which focuses on adrenaline, gourmet and design offers a distinguished luxury brand experience to existing and prospective customers through thrilling drive experiences in the car, cuisine and fashion.
SaaS, A perfect storm brewing for India : Report Girish Mathrubootham launched his start-up Freshdesk five years ago along with Shan Krishnasamy, in a small conference room of his friend's office in Velachery, a residential area in South Chennai. H
“It’s actually a land-grab in the name of a festival”: An interview with Vimlendu Jha On 9 March 2016, the National Green Tribunal (NGT), a special tribunal conceived in 2010 to handle cases pertaining to environmental issues, ordered the Art of Living (AOL) foundation—headed by the spiritual leader Ravi Shankar—to pay an initial environmental compensation of five crores for the damages inflicted to the Yamuna river by the World Culture … Continue reading “It’s actually a land-grab in the name of a festival”: An interview with Vimlendu Jha