Three Longs & Three Shorts

Sep 2019
  • Short Read

    Published on 15 Sep, 2019


    Human Activity in China and India Dominates the Greening of Earth, NASA Study Shows

    Amidst all the doom and gloom around how we humans are destroying the planet in the wake of the Amazon fires, here’s a refreshingly positive piece from earlier this year. According to data from NASA satellites, the world is literally a greener...

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    Published on 15 Sep, 2019


    India’s Moon Mission Was Anything But A Failure. Here’s Why

    With the dust now settled around the seemingly tragic and melodramatic episode of India’s failed attempt to put a lander and a rover on the surface of the moon, here is a fact based account of what indeed has the rest of the mission achieved, in...

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    Published on 15 Sep, 2019


    The “10,000-hour rule” was debunked again

    A decade ago Malcolm Gladwell’s bestseller “Outliers” popularised the idea of ‘10,000 hours’: ““Ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness,” Gladwell wrote, drawing on anecdotes from famous success-havers (like Bill Gates...

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  • Long Read

    Published on 15 Sep, 2019


    Simon Sinek: To Succeed in Business, You Must Understand the Game

    Nine years ago Simon Sinek shot to fame with his incredibly popular Ted Talk which has now had more than 10m views on YouTube. His books Start With Why and Leaders Eat Last have been an inspiration yet a guide for those looking to build...

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    Published on 15 Sep, 2019


    The CIA, 9/11 and collective blindness

    Diversity in the workplace is no longer a social imperative but a must for businesses who want to avoid blindspots in their understanding of the problem at hand and possible solutions for the same. Especially so in our world of investment...

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    Published on 15 Sep, 2019


    Shopify and the return of the merchant class

    The old fashioned merchant – who was almost crushed in the 20th century – is staging a comeback, not in the real world, but on the internet. There are two ways that merchants can ride on the internet. First up is Amazon: “Many of...

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  • Short Read

    Published on 08 Sep, 2019


    Starbucks, monetary superpower

    At Marcellus, our endeavour is to find unusual promoters/companies who look at the industry they operate in very differently from others and change the entire contours of the industry in their favour. Whether it is Asian Paints (who focused on...

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  • Short Read

    Published on 08 Sep, 2019


    Burning Man diary: sticking it to the Man with Ray Dalio

    A lively account of her first visit to the ‘Burning Man’ by Hannah Murphy this year, a year when Ray Dalio, the iconic hedge fund manager at Bridgewater Associates, proudly endorsed the event on social media as a place with great vibe and...

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    Published on 08 Sep, 2019


    Thomas Middelhoff reflects on failure in German business

    Thomas Middlehoff, the former boss of Bertelsmann, has written a book called “Guilty”. Mr Middlehoff who was jailed for three years for tax evasion and breach of trust feels that “he committed the seven deadly sins in a biblical sense, he...

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  • Long Read

    Published on 08 Sep, 2019


    Superbugs Deadlier Than Cancer Put Chemotherapy Into Question

    The emergence of super bugs or germs that are resistant to most known anti-biotics has created a quandary among medical professionals dealing with cancer patients. Chemotherapy, the most common cancer treatment has evolved over the years not just in...

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  • Long Read

    Published on 08 Sep, 2019


    Lessons for Capitalism from the East India Company

    In the wake of growing concerns from the rise of the ‘Big corporate’, two weeks ago, an American corporate lobby comprised of CEOs of some of the largest corporates pledged to look beyond just shareholder interests and instead become inclusive...

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