As COVID-19, the ensuing economic crisis, and recent calls for racial justice show, the cost of complacency toward matters of equity is reaching an inflection point. We are ready for a sweeping reset, a new paradigm—one where women receive half of all venture capital (VC) funding, represent half of all decision-makers at VC firms, and make up half of all business owners. Entrepreneurship is ready for an infusion of gender equity. … [Read more...] about How corporate venture capital could close the gender gap for entrepreneurs
Two years ago, New York-based entrepreneur Adarsh Alphons was looking in his closet and started noticing all of the clothes he never wore. “I’m thinking, I’ve literally not worn these jackets once in the last two years, and they’re sitting here in impeccable condition,” he says. “And then I take them from apartment to apartment when I move.” … [Read more...] about This new clothes-sharing platform lets you borrow clothes from someone else’s closet
I would say that productivity has improved, owing to much more effective use of time and technology. No doubt working from home requires a lot of discipline and grit. However, people have learnt to be efficient and technology savvy. For me, there have been fewer distractions at home and I do now have access to additional time to work, time that was earlier spent travelling to work or other meetings. Of course, it has made us adapt to a certain different routine of working from home, but in a thoroughly positive and productive manner. The one drawback though is not meeting people. Social interaction is good for all of us. Issues arising out of lack of social interaction have to be dealt with and we at the firm have taken several steps in that direction. … [Read more...] about Virtual Leaders | COVID-19 lockdown underscores role of technology as game changer, says SAM & Co Managing Partner Pallavi Shroff
Q: What does your average day look like now given your normal routine must have been disrupted by the lockdown?A: My schedule did get disrupted for the first ten days of the lockdown because work-from-home was new, the agenda at work had changed overnight and part of me was refusing to accept this was going to be long. But one Monday I hit a force reset and pretty much got back into my old routine. So I rise early at 6, do some meditation, read the news and am at my work-desk by 8/8:30. I put down the top 3 things to be done, plan the day out around them split in half by the lunch break. In the evening, just like before I work out for an hour and am ready to call it a day. It's not executed as perfectly as I've written here but that's the idea. Varun Khaitan. … [Read more...] about Virtual Leaders | A part of me was refusing to accept the lockdown would be long: Urban Company co-founder Varun Khaitan
Then there is the other factor: sustainability. Delhi’s Anju Modi, who refuses to spend huge amounts on a wardrobe but has to dress up for her job as an event manager, says, “It is wasteful to buy expensive garments because you are going to wear a dress once in a while, and it would just keep lying around. But flaunting labels do add gravitas to your image. Renting seems to be a sensible idea.” She came across a small company that was leasing out second-hand couture for a fraction of cost on Facebook last year and has since been hooked. … [Read more...] about Don’t have enough dosh to spend on a Prada gown, Gucci bag or a Rolls Royce? Just rent it!