Karthik Margabandu

An insurance consultant and a wannabe economist. Wanderlust and Foodie

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Karthik Margabandu

6 days ago

The graffiti art says a lot..

For some, it’s driven by the desire to be remembered. For others, it’s a small act of rebellion on a battlefield where there is little room for dissent. To me, it seems like a simple appeal not to be forgotten in an environment scant on humanity.

The History Behind the Graffiti of War

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Karthik Margabandu

8 days ago

True to every single word.

The Very Model of a Modern-Age Millennial

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9 days ago

This is fascinating but outrightly creepy. The volume of personal identifying data that’s been amassed is scary. Implementing a monitoring system on scale is truly incredible but the cost is immense. When Aadhar is still being debated upon in the Supreme Court and the data privacy group yet to come out with a final draft of regulations, Andhra govt has too much power.

How Andhra Pradesh Built India's First Police State Using Aadhaar And A Census

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32 days ago

Legit. Majority of people in the world need to be told what to do. The system has shaped them that way that once they are in control, they aren’t really prepared for it. The curiosity and the appetite to satisfy it needs to be self-driven. People need an active mindset.

The Active Mindset: A Sure Way To Avoid All Boredom With Life

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Karthik Margabandu

33 days ago

The principles are solid and for it to be applied in football is fascinating. These can be applied in any setting cause when abstracted, it’s about how someone leading a team should ensure the team is a collective and everyone in it understands each other’s strengths and move forward.

How the psychology of the England football team could change your life

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42 days ago

The emotion is beyond explanation. Harry Potter is magical in every way.

Living Through Death With Harry Potter

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42 days ago

The volume of content that’s available is vast and yet we aren’t effective consumers unless we become productive learners. This means focusing our attention on a single theme, cultivating a habit to effectively synthesise information from the topic and constituting frameworks or mental models while consuming them.

Become a More Productive Learner

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Karthik Margabandu

42 days ago

Eden Hazard outplayed the likes of Neymar who was too busy drawing attention to gimmicks. His dribbles were magical but in the end the fatigue was apparent.

Eden Hazard’s World Cup brilliance could have long-term consequences

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Karthik Margabandu

49 days ago

Football is more than a support. In Italy, it’s similar to the imagined reality of religion or a cause that people can come together as a collective. It’s beautiful that a sport like football achieves this and instills a sense of purpose to all.

Italy’s Soccer Apocalypse

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49 days ago

Mbappe was indeed a class apart in yesterday’s game. The Argentinian defence was poor but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to do what Mbappe did yesterday.

World Cup 2018: Kylian Mbappé Bends Time and Space, Leads France Past Argentina

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Karthik Margabandu

60 days ago

Wenger and the management at Arsenal have really bought into the Moneyball way of approaching the game and the transfer market. In the end it’s all about what data you have and how you make that actionable. Sometimes that’s not enough and that’s where your experience helps - gut decision. Cracking this is tough but a promising start.

How Arsenal and Arsène Wenger Bought Into Analytics

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Karthik Margabandu

60 days ago

Adolf Hitler, explaining his rise to power in Germany in a time of economic uncertainty and grievance. “I will tell you what has carried me to the position I have reached,” Hitler had said. “Our political problems appeared complicated. The German people could make nothing of them. ... I, on the other hand ... reduced them to the simplest terms. The masses realized this and followed me.”

Exactly what Trump is doing in the United States. Imposing tariffs at his will on goods and promising the people that jobs are being created as a result.

Adolf Hitler, explaining his rise to power in Germany in a time of economic uncertainty and grievance. “I will tell you what has carried me to the position I have reached,” Hitler had said. “Our political problems appeared complicated. The German people could make nothing of them. ... I, on the other hand ... reduced them to the simplest terms. The masses realized this and followed me.”

First Canada Tried to Charm Trump. Now It’s Fighting Back.

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Karthik Margabandu

74 days ago

The message is simple - leaders are made and the traits that define them are empathy, ability to listen with patience and ability to handle a crisis well. Own up to your mistakes and lose the fear.

The small behaviors that create excellence at work

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Karthik Margabandu

76 days ago

Sustainability. The word puzzles almost everyone in the world. The planet is struggling to put up with the explosion in population. Fascinating to see the science of exo-civilisation trying to put a mathematical rationale behind sustainability. Thanos is rational (certainly)

How Do Aliens Solve Climate Change?

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76 days ago

Hypocrisy at its best. All it took us was multiple platforms that offered incentives like free texts, share pictures, connect with people etc. to opt-in voluntarily for the same data mining that the Govt wanted to do but from a safety perspective.

How the Tech Giants Created What Darpa Couldn’t

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77 days ago

China is going strong in their imperialistic measures.

China is exporting facial recognition software to Africa, expanding its vast database

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77 days ago

How to Use Military Strategy to Build Better Habits

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77 days ago

The world needs one black magic story a year to keep people on their toes. The explanation is pretty simple though.

The True History of 'Yanny' and 'Laurel'

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80 days ago

Relationship shouldn’t be about losing control but rather having self-accountability and retaining control of self in terms of meeting needs and happiness. Interesting take.

The Purpose Of A Relationship

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87 days ago

Blockchain is perceived to be a solution that addresses middle man dependency, transparency also ensuring privacy, etc. While the technology does pose benefits, the damage to the environment is significant. The pros do not outweigh the cons when all people are doing is using the cryptos to make Fiat money. Ridiculous!

Bitcoin is consuming as much energy as the country of Ireland

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98 days ago

Structuring a new social program can be extremely complex. If only public policy implementation adopted agile practices to launch MVPs and adapt the policy accordingly, the cost of implementation could be lesser. UBI will be the new buzz word in a couple of years time and it’s important that we understand what this can do and the limitations so that we are in a better position to implement.

The Paradox of Universal Basic Income

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105 days ago

Leadership can be of different types and the one that involves the leader to get their hands dirty to solve problems and thereby inspire others in the process is the definitely the lasting one.

The Power of Leaders Who Focus on Solving Problems

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105 days ago

Something that most of the organisations lack these days - fairness in performance management. A performance management can be fair and effective only if the one who’s doing it is smart and knows the domain and the employee really well. And organisations lack good managers or leaders resulting in bad implementation of the performance management system

The fairness factor in performance management

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106 days ago

The framework to understand risk and probability of outcomes in the future is rather simple in theory but an application of the same to base our decisions is complex. Imbibing the way of thinking that future is not binary but a distribution of uncertain decisions with a risk associated with each can help us make informed decisions. Still doesn’t remove the risk altogether.

The Probability Distribution of the Future

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110 days ago

Power of networks in marketing - exhibit A : Micro Brands.

Attack Of The Micro Brands

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111 days ago

Cognitive diversity in problem solving is becoming the new buzz word. Cognitive diversity is nothing but having people working together bringing in different perspectives, giving constructive feedback, quantum think a particular solution in all angle. Psychologists say that cognitive diversity should have more emphasis than ethnic or gender diversity. In the end the mind is just one and the way this intellect gets displayed is what gender and ethnicity brings about.

Teams Solve Problems Faster When They’re More Cognitively Diverse

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112 days ago

Take on Data Warehousing and where organizations are currently going wrong. A cultural revolution on data is underway and clearly many aren't ready. 

#Data #Strategy #Agile #Analytics

Road to Data Warehousing — Getting your data right

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113 days ago

Strategy is not actions but a journey that one undertakes in different dimensions to reach their objectives thereby positioning themselves in a manner they want to against competition or the industry. The holistic view of the journey is important.

Your Strategic Plans Probably Aren’t Strategic, or Even Plans

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125 days ago

Today, technology is powerful than the Govt and here we have a company that is core tech and innovation trying to be the Govt. FB is extremely powerful and the communities formed there can make or break anything. Zuckerberg needs to be proactive to advocate democratic measures that aren’t just an eyewash in order to make a true impact. The beauty of FB is in the boundary-less communities this is to be preserved and made constructive.

Mark Zuckerberg runs a nation-state, and he’s the king

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126 days ago

Loyalty is bought where as needs are met. There is a big difference between the two and together the businesses must strive to stay relevant and meet the needs proactively which effectively builds a good and loyal customer base. The fundamentals of loyalty program is dependent on the company to anticipate needs and stay relevant.

Marketers Need to Stop Focusing on Loyalty and Start Thinking About Relevance

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129 days ago

Evan Williams sets the bar too high. Medium has done remarkably well in getting really good content out there. Their membership model is definitely worth the investment. With some new targets, the desired future state looks solid.

The Medium Model

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Karthik Margabandu

129 days ago

Allibaba has got the Chinese retail market sorted. The innovation and experimentation is way more than Amazon or other retailers around the world. Amazon couldn’t monopolise the US market the same way Alibaba did in China and hence took a global stance. Only a matter of time Alibaba thinks scale.

The future of retail is happening right now in China

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130 days ago

It’s difficult to take over a company that’s in the middle of a public relations turmoil and drive the same efficiency as before. At a stage like this when Uber is unable to monopolise the ride sharing market across the globe like Google or FB in their respective domain, prioritising the right things is of paramount importance. Should Uber save face or pursue the markets aggressively. A mix of both is needed simultaneously and Khosrowshahi is setting things up well.

At Uber, a New C.E.O. Shifts Gears

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131 days ago

It’s extremely difficult to put up with the volume of information out there. True learning can happen only when there is equal amount of unlearning and the half-life analogy is apt to make us realise how much continual effort is needed.

Half Life: The Decay of Knowledge and What to Do About It

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137 days ago

Regulators across the world have been pushing back with plenty of Governance measures just so that companies can imbibe a culture that does not tolerate misconduct and at the same time takes measures that are well within their Risk Appetite. For some, regulatory reporting has become a pain/burden. A new organisational approach is needed to reduce instances of misconduct - investment in cultural capital.

The Economics of Why Companies Don’t Fix Their Toxic Cultures

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138 days ago

Too much distractions and too little time thinking or retrospecting. Welcome to the world of on demand and good bye patience. We might be getting good with gadgets and way of living but only to lead depressing lives.

The End of Reflection

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Karthik Margabandu

139 days ago

Germany’s regulations may cause its industrial money to be wiped out soon. It’s time that Germany pressed the accelerator on technology and innovation and ensure they have ample companies at home driving this with the big industrial companies like BMW, Bosch etc.

Why Germany needs to accelerate into the digital fast lane

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139 days ago

Investments in technology and innovation must be accompanied by a thought of how these would fit in the business model thereby addressing customer needs in a hassle free manner. Just the investments would not suffice!

Why So Many High-Profile Digital Transformations Fail

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140 days ago

A beautifully written post on what it takes to unravel a complex story for anybody to understand and no body does that better than Tim Urban. Tim’s ethics are to be admired; flicking through thousands of articles/papers, spending a considerable time understanding, spinning a tale with a structure and chronology. In the end, his outputs have been nothing short of brilliance.

Wait But Why’s Tim Urban on Parsing and Transmitting Complex Ideas

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145 days ago

Distractions and unnecessary governance can impact the pace of the work and at the same time lead to minimal productivity. It’s important to say ‘No’ to ensure progress.

Understanding Speed and Velocity: Saying “NO” to the Non-Essential

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145 days ago

Beautifully written

A close shave in Turkey

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145 days ago

Board games are awesome. Bringing bunch of people together and making them focus on a shared reality in the digital age is magic. Also helping in strategic and analytical thinking at the same time ensuring fun.

Playing board games can make you a nicer person with better relationships

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147 days ago

Everyone needs motivation and it can be intrinsic or extrinsic. Research tells better ways to get both. Behavioural science is key.

The Science-Backed Reasons You Shouldn't Share Your Goals

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149 days ago

Data Science or any BI project needs to cater to the customer needs. In the end the development and consumption is all about the underlying business problem. The intersection of Math, Business, Technology, Design Thinking and Behavioural Science is the true skill that one must possess today.

What Happens When Data Scientists and Designers Work Together

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149 days ago

M&As are always an economic and political battle between multiple parties. While the two parties in the transaction are incentivised, the implications are for the wider group. Broadcom has been persistent in acquiring Qualcomm in order to be the World’s largest semi-conductor company; a move that doesn’t seem to stand well with the Trump administration, the Chinese Govt and the Singapore Govt

The incredible multi-dimensional chess of Qualcomm vs. Broadcom

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152 days ago

Design is just a buzz word. In essence all of us have the principles of design embedded in our day to day work - be it creating a new spreadsheet or a wireframe/report or presenting results of a quarter with appropriate articulation. The ultimate goal is to sustain and reach diverse broader group. How we do it - some say with the right strategy and some say with the right design. Design cannot be isolated.

What Design Chiefs At Uber, IBM, And Microsoft Care About In 2018–And Why

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Karthik Margabandu

153 days ago

Or the reason why Americans don’t often go to hospitals are because they are convinced that healthcare is expensive and a majority of them are confused on what their insurance pays for especially with a lot of bills around Obamacare and Trumpcare. The context is what that gives any tale based on numbers a good narrative.

Why Is U.S. Health Care So Expensive? Some of the Reasons You’ve Heard Turn Out to Be Myths

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Karthik Margabandu

153 days ago

Happens more often that what we think. Most of our decisions are predictably sub-conscious and companies out there take advantage of this. It’s time we learn where our bias leads to wrong decisions and start acknowledging more of it.

Distinction Bias: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices

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153 days ago

The incentives work both ways. Companies that are carrying out space expeditions are advocating benefits of humankind which is the social incentive. While at the same time, they want to colonise mars and capitalise on the things/resources they find in outer space which would make them rich thereby adding to the personal incentive.

The legal battle to colonize Mars

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155 days ago

The company may have failed but it thrived at the time when other big companies were scraping the surface and most importantly showed American people hope and nurtured creativity; the irony being the lack of the very same thing that it nurtured that made it spiral down.

When Groupon ruled Chicago

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