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India’s Biggest Competitors to Walmart and Amazon? Mom and Pop - WSJ
By Eric Bellman and Vibhuti Agarwal | Photographs by Smita Sharma for The Wall Street Journal
May 28, 2018 9:00 a.m. ET
Amazon  bricks-and-mortar  convenience_stores  e-commerce  family_business  India  local  mom-and-pop  retailers  Wal-Mart  small_business 
may 2018 by jerryking
US abdication in Africa hands political opportunities to China
| FT | by David Pilling

America’s shrinking influence in Africa, the second-largest continent geographically and epicentre of a gathering population explosion, did not begin under Mr Trump. The commitment of Barack Obama, his Kenyan roots notwithstanding, fell short of that shown by George W Bush, whose conversion to African causes — particularly the fight against HIV — made him a hero on the continent.

The sense of US withdrawal has accelerated with this administration. Mr Trump’s threat to cut the US aid budget by 30 per cent signals a massive scaling down of its commitment to a health and poverty-reduction agenda that has enjoyed bipartisan support in Washington for decades. A year into the US president’s administration, he is still without an ambassador to Pretoria or an assistant secretary of state for Africa. ....The US business relationship with Africa is almost exclusively extractive. Oil majors, such as Chevron and ExxonMobil, secretary of state Rex Tillerson’s old company, are the biggest investors....GE, Google and Citigroup are among a handful of non-extractives.....there are non-commercial reasons to think harder about Africa. By 2050, the number of Africans will have doubled to more than 2bn and may double again by the end of the century. Within a generation or so, Nigeria is expected to surpass the US to become the world’s third-most populous country.

The danger is that Africa will become home to a restless, jobless urban youth tempted to join the swelling flow of emigrants to Europe or prone to radicalisation at home. The persistence of Africa-based militant Islamist groups, from Boko Haram in north-east Nigeria to al-Shabaab in Somalia, is a worrying omen.

As the US presence fades, that of China — and, to a lesser extent, of India, Turkey and Morocco — has grown. China’s influence is everywhere: in roads, rail, telecoms, infrastructure and in Djibouti, in a naval base.
Africa  benign_neglect  Chevron  China  China_rising  Donald_Trump  epicenters  ExxonMobil  India  influence  mass_migrations  migrants  Nigeria  population_movements  refugees  South_Africa  threats  Turkey  U.S.foreign_policy  Zimbabwe 
february 2018 by jerryking
The End of Typing: The Next Billion Mobile Users Will Rely on Video and Voice - WSJ
By Eric Bellman | Photographs by Karan Deep Singh/The Wall Street Journal
Aug. 7, 2017

Instead of typing searches and emails, a wave of newcomers—“the next billion,” the tech industry calls them—is avoiding text, using voice activation and communicating with images. They are a swath of the world’s less-educated, online for the first time thanks to low-end smartphones, cheap data plans and intuitive apps that let them navigate despite poor literacy.

Incumbent tech companies are finding they must rethink their products for these newcomers and face local competitors that have been quicker to figure them out. “We are seeing a new kind of internet user,” said Ceasar Sengupta, who heads a group at Alphabet Inc.’s Google trying to adapt to the new wave. “The new users are very different from the first billion.”
Google  India  video  voice_interfaces  Bottom_of_the_Pyramid  visual_culture  imagery 
august 2017 by jerryking
Subscription Music Service Sounds a New Note: Profit - WSJ
By Ethan Smith
Updated June 30, 2017

NYC-based Saavn is a relative minnow among them, with 22 million monthly active users who are predominantly in India and seven nearby nations. To them it offers a free service with unlimited access to 30 million songs—both Indian and Western—in exchange for sitting through ads. Charts and playlists spotlight music from various regions, eras and artists, such as Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan.

Outside South Asia, Saavn is subscription-only. For around $5 a month, users in the U.S., U.K. and about 200 countries gain access to 11 million songs, most of them Bollywood tunes and other Indian music. Users in India can pay 99 rupees (about $1.54) a month for an ad-free “pro” option.

The service also offers music from 10 artists it has signed directly to record label-style deals, along with 30 talk shows.
ad_supported  free  Bollywood  Spotify  Apple_Music  streaming  ethnic_communities  music  India  subscriptions  Indian-Americans 
june 2017 by jerryking
The Indian Spy Who Fell for Tibet - The New York Times
By SAMANTH SUBRAMANIAN
MARCH 16, 2016

Book cover of Journey to Lhasa and central Tibet,
Journey to Lhasa and central Tibet,
Sarachchandra Dāsa, 1849-
Book, 1902. 285 p.

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Tibet  security_&_intelligence  espionage  India  United_Kingdom  books  TPL  libraries 
march 2016 by jerryking
The Successful Indian Tech Companies You’ve Probably Never Heard Of - Digits - WSJ
Sep 4, 2015 | WSJ |By ADAM NAJBERG.

An index capturing the 30 most-valuable Indian software product-makers has risen by 28% in eight months since Oct. 30, a report released by iSpirt, which puts together the index, said Thursday.

These companies, as estimated by iSpirt, were worth a total of $10 billion at the end of June.

“There has been an acceleration since 2010 in the pace of creation of B2B (business-to-business) companies,” the report said.
India  start_ups  technology  associations  LBMA  Indians 
september 2015 by jerryking
Want to kickstart the Canadian economy? Try "indovation", says U of T prof | U of T News
January 26, 2015 | U of T News | Terry Lavender.

Professor Dilip Soman heads up U of T's India Innovation Institute. He explains how necessity can be the mother of innovation. Indovation is a portmanteau of the words “Indian” and “innovation” and it means taking existing constraints – such as a shortage of funds or raw materials – into account when developing a response to actual problems.... “Frugality is at the essence of it,” Soman says. “In India, unless you can drive down costs, your idea is a non-starter.

“For example, mobile banking. That’s a classic ‘indovation’. It came about as a response to a particular problem, and it was developed in India and adopted in the west,” says Soman.

we’re working on developing a dataset on reverse innovation; the idea that innovations that have developed in the global south can be scaled back to the western world,” Soman says. “We have white papers on several topics: crowd-funding, agriculture, and retail and investment opportunities. The goal is to build up a database of information that both researchers as well as practitioners can use.”
constraints  innovation  India  Rotman  uToronto  trickle-up  frugality  necessity  reverse_innovation  jugaad  Bottom_of_the_Pyramid  datasets  Indians 
february 2015 by jerryking
Is Uber finally growing up? - The Globe and Mail
NEW DELHI — Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Dec. 11 2014
Uber  India  sexual_assault  taxis  ride_sharing  sharing_economy 
december 2014 by jerryking
Uber Under Attack Around the Globe - WSJ
By JOANNA SUGDEN, ADITI MALHOTRA and DOUGLAS MACMILLAN
Updated Dec. 9, 2014
sexual_assault  Uber  India 
december 2014 by jerryking
Mumbai madness: A layover worth experiencing - The Globe and Mail
TIM JOHNSON
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Sep. 25 2014
Mumbai  India  travel  things_to_do  restaurants 
september 2014 by jerryking
Why Congress, India’s political elephant, fell from grace - The Globe and Mail
DOUG SAUNDERS
The Globe and Mail
Published Saturday, May. 17 2014

The world’s political elephants are slowly dying off – those huge, all-encompassing political parties that dominated nations for decades.

If there was any doubt that the age of the mega-party is over, observe the fall of grace this week of the mighty Indian National Congress. It is the world’s most elephantine political party; no other is so large, so old, so possessed of long memory, so respected for its stability and grace, and so plodding, slow-moving and changeless....What unites these parties is that they were generally celebrated for having ushered in their countries’ independence, then provided people with security against outside threats, oversaw the establishment of industry and the birth of a middle class, and provided at least some unity among competing clans, faiths and factions. Then, they stalled and turned inward.

Most became protective of their ruling families and cossetted bureaucracies, employing the language of progressive change to deliver regressive stagnation.
Doug_Saunders  India  politics  ANC  clans  bureaucracies 
may 2014 by jerryking
India votes: Will the real Narendra Modi step forward? - The Globe and Mail
IAIN MARLOW

AHMEDABAD, INDIA — The Globe and Mail

Published
Saturday, Apr. 19 2014
elections  India  nationalism  Narendra_Modi  Gujarat  BJP 
april 2014 by jerryking
Old Ways Need New Thinking - WSJ.com
Nov. 20, 2013 | WSJ | By Neena Rai.

Vito Martielli, senior grains and oilseeds analyst at Rabobank, says that traditional producers of olive oil must seek out new export markets, such as Asia, in order to counter issues of oversupply.

"Markets like China, Japan and India, which all have a growing middle class, are starting to demand more exotic ingredients and this should be tapped into," says Mr. Martielli. Asian countries are now seen as a gateway by the Mediterranean olive-oil producers who seek to capitalize on the oil's status as a luxury cooking product.
olives  oilseeds  China  Japan  India  middle_class  new_thinking  Mediterranean  gourmet  Asia  food  foodies 
november 2013 by jerryking
India Set to Launch Mars Mission - WSJ.com
By
Joanna Sugden
connect
Updated Nov. 3, 2013
India  space 
november 2013 by jerryking
'Big Mick' returns to mining - and he's hungry for acquisitions
October 1, 2013 | Globe & Mail | ERIC REGULY.

Mick Davis is back in the mining game....Mr. Davis, older, leaner but still hungry, along with a few former Xstrata executives, has launched X2 Resources, a private company that has raised $1-billion (U.S.) and plans to raise more. The goal is to give it the firepower to pounce on mining assets that the X2 executives consider undervalued in a market that has lost its love for commodities....Mr. Davis is bullish on commodities and thinks the selloff that sent mining company values plummeting is overdone, although he does not see a return to the "explosive" demand that turned mining companies such as Xstrata into some of the biggest wealth generators of the pre-2008 era. "We still have a lot of conviction about the resources industry," he said. "We're seeing ongoing demand in the developing world and the rise of consumer markets there."

Mr. Davis built his career on this "stronger-for-longer" theory that was centred on he belief that urbanization in China, India and some parts of sub-Saharan African would send the prices soaring for the copper used in everything from plumbing to the coal burned in electricity plants....In a statement, Jim Coulter, TPG's founding partner, said it invested because "the X2 team has an impressive track record of building metals and mining platforms around the world."
Eric_Reguly  Mick_Davis  Second_Acts  Glencore  staying_hungry  mining  commodities  private_equity  mergers_&_acquisitions  TPG  natural_resources  X2  Xstrata  entrepreneur  privately_held_companies  urbanization  China  India  sub-Saharan_Africa  investment_thesis  undervalued  developing_countries 
october 2013 by jerryking
Dal route
October 2013 | Report on Business Magazine | Gary Salewicz
lentils  supply_chains  food  farming  agriculture  pulses  grains  India  Saskatchewan 
september 2013 by jerryking
The Boys from Bangalore: How my partners and I learned the lessons of outsourcing firsthand and still kept our jobs
Oct 29, 2004| Globe and Mail | By Doug Steiner.

Starting up businesses allows entrepreneurs to look at the cost of everything. A while back, my partners and I funded a start-up to build
an on-line...
Doug_Steiner  Outsourcing  India  software  software_developers 
september 2013 by jerryking
India Launches First Homegrown Aircraft Carrier - WSJ.com
August 12, 2013 | WSJ| ByNIHARIKA MANDHANA in New Delhi and JOSH CHIN
in Beijing
India  maritime  security_&_intelligence  naval  Indian_Ocean  Indians 
august 2013 by jerryking
A farewell to India: false miracles and true inspiration - The Globe and Mail
STEPHANIE NOLEN

DANAPUR, INDIA — The Globe and Mail

Last updated Saturday, Aug. 10 2013,

Poonam carries on. “Girls like us, if we take the opportunity given to us, we can become educated and get those jobs as teachers and nurses. It all depends on what you do with the chance you’re given. It used to be only for those others. Now, we also have that opportunity, if we take it. What used to be possible only for them is possible for us also.”
Stephanie_Nolen  India  women  Dalits  gender_gap  sexual_assault  sexual_harassment  caste_systems 
august 2013 by jerryking
Eastern Promises
February 16, 2008 | G&M | by JOE FRIESEN AND MARCUS GEE ,
Joe_Friesen  Marcus_Gee  pulses  India  China  commodities  farmland  agriculture  farming 
march 2013 by jerryking
Jeeping Up on India's Wild Lions - WSJ.com
January 4, 2013 | WSJ | By AMY YEE

Jeeping Up on India's Wild Lions
A fast and fairly furry safari that's far from Africa—and in Gir Forest National Park, home to remaining members of the majestic, tassel-tailed Asiatic leonines
India  travel 
february 2013 by jerryking
Rakesh Jhunjhunwala: “I am a risk-taker” - The Globe and Mail
Rakesh Jhunjhunwala: “I am a risk-taker”

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Jan. 24 2013
high_net_worth  moguls  India  entrepreneur  Africa  risk-taking  Indians 
january 2013 by jerryking
With Software Jobs Migrating to India, Think Long Term - WSJ.com
October 6, 2003 | WSJ | By BOB DAVIS | Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
india  Outsourcing  software  long-term 
january 2013 by jerryking
Outsourcing Jobs, Workers to India - WSJ.com
October 13, 2003 | WSJ | By KEVIN J. DELANEY | Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Outsourcing  India 
january 2013 by jerryking
India opens the door to international retailers - The Globe and Mail
STEPHANIE NOLEN

NEW DELHI — The Globe and Mail (includes correction)

Last updated Friday, Dec. 28 2012,
India  Stephanie_Nolen  retailers  FDI  Tesco  Wal-Mart  Carrefour  IKEA 
december 2012 by jerryking
Clear Conscience -- Clear Profit - WSJ.com
September 29, 2006 | WSJ | By N.R. NARAYANA MURTHY.

Our experience has shown there are five elements of success in today's global marketplace:

(1) Listen to other people's ideas, especially those of the younger generations. Devise ways of management to tap the brilliance of young minds. Some of our best ideas grew from monthly "Ideation Days," brainstorming sessions led by employees under 30. Keep doors open. Let young workers walk into senior managers' offices to present their ideas without going through "proper channels." Retire early enough to give younger people a chance to take responsibility while still enthusiastic.
(2) Maintain meritocracy. Build a company where people of different nationalities, genders and religions compete in an environment of intense competition and total courtesy. Do this by using data to decide which ideas are adopted. Our motto: "In God we trust. Everyone else brings data to the table."
(3) Benchmark yourself against internal and external competitors to make sure you are doing everything faster today than you did yesterday, or last quarter.
(4) Continue to develop better ideas. Build something great, and then break it to build something better. Never fear being insufficiently focused on a single core business. As long as your most brilliant people are continuously experimenting with the best services to provide to customers, the results will turn out right in the end.
(5) Maintain pressure to implement the best ideas with ever-higher levels of excellence.

Leadership is key to inspiring employees to make these elements part of their daily lives. The golden core of leadership is the ability to raise aspirations. Aspiration doesn't just build companies, it builds civilizations. It changes a set of ordinary people into a team of extraordinary talents, empowering them to convert plausible impossibilities into convincing possibilities.
aspirations  benchmarking  brainstorming  CEOs  data_driven  experimentation  globalization  ideas  ideation  idea_generation  India  Infosys  ksfs  leadership  listening  meritocratic  millennials 
november 2012 by jerryking
Currying favour
November 2012 | Report on Business | Nancy Won
India  New_Delhi  travel  things_to_do 
october 2012 by jerryking
India Reacts to Gupta's Sentence - NYTimes.com
October 25, 2012, 3:47 am12 Comments
India Reacts to Gupta’s Sentence
By BETWA SHARMA
Rajat_Gupta  India 
october 2012 by jerryking
Rise of rural India reveals opportunities for Canada - The Globe and Mail
NARAYANAN MADHAVAN

New Delhi — Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Sep. 06 2012
India  rural 
september 2012 by jerryking
Giant New Oil Refinery in India Shows Forces Roiling Industry - WSJ.com
August 29, 2006 | WSJ | By STEVE LEVINE and PATRICK BARTA

Shipping Gasoline to U.S. Pays, And Overseas Demand Is on a Sharp Upswing One Project, 150,000 Workers
oil_industry  India  oil_refiners 
june 2012 by jerryking
Adjusting to a Dry Market - WSJ.com
March 17, 2003 | WSJ | By PAULETTE THOMAS | Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. How Do You Make Adjustments When Your Market Dries Up?

THE LESSON: It's a new world. Opportunities abound across borders for those who develop the contacts and expertise.
borderless  lawyers  business_development  small_business  immigration  visas  India  Turkey  South_Korea  globalization 
may 2012 by jerryking
The Future of the Future
September 30, 2005 |Special to the Toronto Star | By Alan Webber.

From Toronto to Tokyo, from Copenhagen to Chicago, from San Paulo to San Francisco—in virtually every major city in every industrialized country in the world—leaders of business, government, and not-for-profits are preoccupied with the same fundamental question: What do we need to do to compete successfully in the economy of the future?...it’s not hard to locate the source of so much economic soul-searching spread over so many historically prosperous countries. Most observers could cull their list of explanations to two simple words: China, India.

there are four additional revolutions going on that all of us must attend to if we want to shape our future, and not simply watch it shape us.
Briefly, the four are:
􀂗 The convergence of politics, religion, and culture as a powerful force for national and international identity and change.
􀂗 The transformational power of technology, and in particular, bio-technology and the new sciences.
􀂗 The revolution in art and self-expression.
􀂗 The global search for personal meaning.

Some of the operating rules that we can apply as we participate in the creation of our own future.
(1) innovation and creativity are the coin of the realm; talent,
diversity, design, and leadership are the metals that make up that coin.
(2) If we want to see the future, we will have to ask the right questions about it...Leif Edvinsson, the world’s first professor of Intellectual Capital, is pioneering a new field: “quizzics”—the art of asking the right question, the right way, because in every field, the question we ask will determine the answer we get.
(3) The future will be created in the interplay of these five revolutions, and at the boundaries of discrete disciplines. Most of us are trained in one profession, one discipline, one career; most of us are rewarded for our expertise in that one area. And yet, increasingly, the future that is emerging requires cross-disciplinary thinking, the ability to work across categories and at the boundaries of expertise.
asking_the_right_questions  intellectual_capital  future  trends  China  India  rules_of_the_game  innovation  creativity  soul-searching  cross-pollination  interdisciplinary  cross-disciplinary  questions 
may 2012 by jerryking
“Mining” Groundwater in India Reaches New Lows
Mason Inman

for National Geographic News

Published December 31, 2010
water  India  crop_insurance 
april 2012 by jerryking
Karma Capitalism
OCTOBER 30, 2006 | BusinessWeek | Pete Engardio.

The swami's whirlwind East Coast tour was just one small manifestation of a significant but sometimes quirky new trend: Big Business is embracing Indian philosophy. Suddenly, phrases from ancient Hindu texts such as the Bhagavad Gita are popping up in management tomes and on Web sites of consultants. Top business schools have introduced "self-mastery" classes that use Indian methods to help managers boost their leadership skills and find inner peace in lives dominated by work.

More important, Indian-born strategists also are helping transform corporations. Academics and consultants such as C. K. Prahalad, Ram Charan, and Vijay Govindrajan are among the world's hottest business gurus. About 10% of the professors at places such as Harvard Business School, Northwestern's Kellogg School of Business, and the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business are of Indian descent--a far higher percentage than other ethnic groups. "When senior executives come to Kellogg, Wharton, Harvard, or [Dartmouth's] Tuck, they are exposed to Indian values that are reflected in the way we think and articulate," says Dipak C. Jain, dean of the Kellogg School.
capitalism  China  C.K._Prahalad  emotional_mastery  India  Indian-Americans  inner_peace  philosophy  Ram_Charan  self-mastery  Vijay_Govindarajan 
april 2012 by jerryking
Globalization, Alive and Well - New York Times
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
September 22, 2002
the most important reason why globalization is alive and well post-9/11 is that while pampered college students and academics in the West continue to debate about whether countries should globalize, the two biggest countries in the world, India and China -- who represent one-third of humanity -- have long moved beyond that question. They have decided that opening their economies to trade in goods and services is the best way to lift their people out of abject poverty and are now focused simply on how to globalize in the most stable manner. Some prefer to go faster, and some prefer to phase out currency controls and subsidies gradually, but the debate about the direction they need to go is over.
globalization  China  India  flat_world  Infosys  Tom_Friedman  free_trade  poverty 
january 2012 by jerryking
'Oops. I Told the Truth.'
October 17, 2004 | NYT | By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN.

The next U.S. president has three baby booms bearing down at us, and without a massive injection of truth-telling they could all explode on the next president's watch.
(1)American baby boom generation is now just two presidential terms away from claiming its Social Security and Medicare benefits.
(2) the young people in India, China and Eastern Europe, who in this increasingly flat world will be able to compete with your kids and mine more directly than ever for high-value-added jobs.
(3) the Arab world. The Arab region has had the highest rate of population growth in the world in the last half century. It has among the highest unemployment rates in the world today. And one-third of the Arab population is under the age of 15 and will soon be entering both a barren job market and its child-bearing years.
flat_world  Tom_Friedman  truth-telling  Bill_Cosby  Arab-Muslim_world  high-wage  baby_boomers  India  China  Eastern_Europe  young_people 
january 2012 by jerryking
Telecom scandal shakes India’s most beloved industry - The Globe and Mail
iain marlow
NEW DELHI— From Thursday's Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011
corruption  scandals  India  telecommunications  wireless 
november 2011 by jerryking
An emerging market for market data -
June 29, 2008 | The New York Times | By Tim Arango.

the company has been testing a program called Reuters Market Light for several months in Maharashtra, an Indian state about the size of Italy. The state is one of India's prominent agricultural centers, with farmers growing onions, oranges, corn, soybeans, wheat and bananas. But the farmers' business suffers from the difficulty of comparing prices from one market to another.

"We kind of saw that there was a clear market inefficiency," said Mans Olof-Ors, a Reuters employee who had the idea for Market Light three years ago. "The farmer would decide which market to travel to, then would just sell to that market. So there was no competition between markets."

Reuters has dispatched about 60 market reporters to the region to report on the going price for, say, oranges or onions, and to package the data into a text message that is sent to subscribers.

The service is signing up about 220 subscribers a day at a price of 175 rupees, or about $4.10, for three months at post offices throughout Maharashtra. The average monthly income of a farm household is about $50, according to the Indian government. The service has about 40,000 customers so far - a tiny portion of India's farm population, which is in the hundreds of millions, but it proves that many farmers are hungry for more information.

Reuters has collected anecdotal evidence from farmers about how the service has influenced their decisions about crop sales. One farmer, according to Reuters, held back the sale of 30 quintals of soybeans - one quintal equals 100 kilograms, or 220 pounds - for 15 days after noticing that prices had been rising for several days. He was able to get 400 extra rupees a quintal.

Amit Mehra, managing director of Market Light, said early data showed that most subscribers were making more money from their crops.
food_crops  Thomson_Reuters  India  farmers'_markets  pricing  data  market_inefficiencies  inefficiencies  mobile_phones  text_messages  data_marketplaces  anecdotal 
october 2011 by jerryking
Stop Looking for Ideas, Look for Problems to Grow Your Business - India Chief Mentor - WSJ
April 19, 2010, | WSJ | By Gautam Gandhi. Stop looking for
good ideas. That’s right, you read this correctly. Please don’t speak of good ideas ever again. Instead tell me about good problems. They'll most likely bring a business opportunity, Where are the problems?

If you look around there are problems everywhere. Question things you
take for granted and think to yourself: Is there a better way? When you
have your next business meeting, whether it is with a client or
customer, ask them what their biggest problems are. You will be
surprised by what people tell you. Hopefully, you will start to notice
patterns and will soon identify a problem to solve. Better still, if it
is a problem that affects you directly.

When you think of the problem that you are going to solve, ensure that:

You are tackling it for a sizable market
People are willing to pay for your solution
You assess your rivals

The last one is important. Never think: “I don’t have any competition.”
growth  problem_solving  pattern_recognition  idea_generation  problems  challenges  worthiness  messiness  uncharted_problems  large_markets  competition  questions  ideas  assumptions  criteria  India  pain_points  discernment  curiosity  dissatisfaction  opportunities  inquisitiveness  Michael_McDerment  worthwhile_problems 
july 2011 by jerryking
U.S. Aims to Gain New Edge in Africa
June 11, 2011 | WSJ | By PETER WONACOTT. U.S. officials and
business leaders gathered in Zambia for a bout of soul-searching on how
to lift trade and investment in Africa, underlining a broad recognition
that U.S. companies are trailing those from China & India in tapping
the continent's economic opportunities....Many participants say the
U.S. needs a new approach to a continent that is projected to grow
faster than any other global region over the next 5 yrs...Yet the
continent remains burdened by political corruption & poor
infrastructure—problems that ratchet up the price of goods, particularly
in many landlocked countries. ...Companies from China, India &
Brazil generally have been less daunted by such challenges. Bharti
Airtel., India's largest cellco, now operates in 16 African countries,
part of a dramatic expansion of Indian investment in Africa. This month,
Bharti said it signed a deal with China's Huawei Technologies Co. to
help manage and modernize its network in Africa.
U.S.  Hillary_Clinton  Bharti  India  Huawei  Africa  china 
july 2011 by jerryking
U.S. Aims to Gain New Edge in Africa - WSJ.com
June 11, 2011 | WSJ | By PETER WONACOTT. U.S. officials and
business leaders gathered in Zambia for a bout of soul-searching on how
to lift trade and investment in Africa, underlining a broad recognition
that U.S. companies are trailing those from China & India in tapping
the continent's economic opportunities....Many participants say the
U.S. needs a new approach to a continent that is projected to grow
faster than any other global region over the next 5 yrs...Yet the
continent remains burdened by political corruption & poor
infrastructure—problems that ratchet up the price of goods, particularly
in many landlocked countries. ...Companies from China, India &
Brazil generally have been less daunted by such challenges. Bharti
Airtel., India's largest cellco, now operates in 16 African countries,
part of a dramatic expansion of Indian investment in Africa. This month,
Bharti said it signed a deal with China's Huawei Technologies Co. to
help manage and modernize its network in Africa.
Africa  U.S.  Hillary_Clinton  Bharti  India  Huawei 
june 2011 by jerryking
Azim Premji: The bare-bones billionaire - The Globe and Mail
TAVIA GRANT
From Saturday's Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Mar. 11,
Tavia_Grant  moguls  Wipro  India 
march 2011 by jerryking
Asia's New Arms Race - WSJ.com
FEBRUARY 12, 2011 | | By AMOL SHARMA in New Delhi, JEREMY
PAGE in Beijing, JAMES HOOKWAY in Hanoi and RACHEL PANNETT in Canberra

As China grows wealthier and builds up its military, other nations in
the region are taking note—and amassing weapons of their own.
China  China_rising  India  Vietnam  Australia  maritime  arms_race 
february 2011 by jerryking
A New Vocabulary for Trade
Aug 4, 2005 | WSJ pg. A.12 | Jagdish Bhagwati. The flat world
metaphor is, , both inept and mistakenly alarming. The real problem in
the increasingly globalized economy is rather that most producers in
traded activities -- an expanding set because services have become
steadily more tradeable -- face intensified competition. A specific
producer here will find rival suppliers stealing up on him from
somewhere, whether Portugal, Brazil or Malaysia, indeed from sources
which may not include India and China....Historically, comparative
advantage was "thick," shielded by big buffers. This is no longer so:
not predictably from India and China, but almost certainly from
somewhere. Hence I use the metaphor: "kaleidoscopic comparative
advantage." Today, you have it; but in our state of knife-edge
equilibrium, you may lose it tomorrow and regain it the day after.
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much of the content is general vs. specific? for Dianne-- pinboard search on "institutional_integrity" "legal system" ]
ProQuest  flat_world  globalization  Tom_Friedman  metaphors  India  China  comparative_advantage  impermanence  transient  kaleidoscopic  instability  accelerated_lifecycles  global_economy 
december 2010 by jerryking
Business Strategies in China and India
Course Outline
Business Strategies in China and India
Visiting Associate Professor Thomas Hout
hout@business.hku.hk
MBA Elective 2009
1. Operating and Marketing in China
2. Innovation in China and India
3. Operating and Marketing in India
4. New Generation of Companies
5. How Globally Competitive Are China and India
6. Managing in a “Flatter” World
7. Globalization of Chinese Companies
8. Globalization of Indian Companies
9. Multinationals Operating in China and India
10. The Future for India and China
China  India  globalization  strategies  risk-management  branding  filetype:pdf  media:document 
december 2010 by jerryking
China Tries to Shore Up India Ties - WSJ.com
DECEMBER 13, 2010 | WSJ | By JEREMY PAGE And TOM WRIGHT
China  India 
december 2010 by jerryking
Corporate India Finds Greener Pastures—in Africa -
November 4, 2010 | BusinessWeek | By Mehul Srivastava and
Subramaniam Sharma. To avoid stiff competition and red tape at home,
companies are looking across the Indian Ocean
Africa  India  FDI  Indians 
november 2010 by jerryking
Do Believe the Hype - NYTimes.com
Nov. 2, 2010 |NYT| Tom FRIEDMAN..."the single most important
trend in the world today: globalization — the distn of cheap tools of
comm. & innovation that are wiring together the world’s citizens,
govts., biz, terrorists — is going to a whole new level."....EKO India
Fin Services' founders, Abhishek & Abhinav Sinha , began with an
insight — that low-wage migrant workers flocking to Delhi from poorer
states like Bihar had no place to put their savings & no secure way
to remit $ home to their families. India has relatively few bank
branches for a country its size, so many migrants stuff $ in their
mattresses or send $ home through traditional “hawala,” or hand-to-hand
networks...The brothers' idea: In every neighborhood there’s a
mom-and-pop kiosk selling drinks, cigs, candy & groceries. Why not
turn each one into a virtual bank? They created a s/ware prgrm allowing
a migrant in Delhi using his cellphone, & proof of identity, to
open a bank acct. registered on his cellphone txt system.
India  entrepreneurship  start_ups  Tom_Friedman  banking  mobile_phones  low-wage  globalization  flat_world  insights  text_messages  urbanization  remittances  microfinance  fin-tech  underserved  unbanked  kiosks  neighbourhoods  internal_migration  mom-and-pop  the_single_most_important 
november 2010 by jerryking
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