Karthik Margabandu

An insurance consultant and a wannabe economist. Wanderlust and Foodie

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Karthik Margabandu

10 hours ago

Looking at the gun control from a doctor’s perspective. This is just devastating. While we are hoping for reduced gun ownership, Trump is aiming to put more guns out there with an absurd idea of arming the teachers. Gun control in United States is a public health issue.

What I Saw Treating the Victims From Parkland Should Change the Debate on Guns

theatlantic.com

Karthik Margabandu

11 hours ago

The future of the world is in understanding science and irrational behaviours. Countries around the world must rely on R&D for humanity to make great strides. Having said that it’s also important to understand and differentiate guided research and serendipity.

China’s great leap forward in science

theguardian.com

Karthik Margabandu

1 day ago

A good article on the alarming effects of climate change and how sophisticated techniques from attribution science has helped establish causal links between the fossil fuel producing companies and the repercussions. However, this is still being looked at as a zero sum game. Initially these companies are going to protest but in the end pay up some company to reduce the negative sentiments. With the repercussions rising at an alarming rate, there is no talk about improvements or sustainability. Exploiting the natural resources to make trillions to only pay couple of million as penalty is a slap on the wrist. Rather these investments ought to be spent on research for tackling climate change.

If climate change wrecks your city, can it sue Exxon?

theverge.com

Karthik Margabandu

2 days ago

IKEA is a good example of how quick and smart reactive decisions can be a good turnaround. Creating a company and scaling it is extremely challenging and IKEA has done it good - established a sustaining culture. Not a typical text book approach but worthy of a business case study.

IKEA’s Success Can’t Be Attributed to One Charismatic Leader

hbr.org

Karthik Margabandu

2 days ago

Just do it. We spend a lot of time at the idea of the task than the task itself.

The Most Clever Life-Hack I’ve Ever Learned

medium.com

Karthik Margabandu

3 days ago

Age old. Very intuitive and yet we don’t end up following these fixes.

How to Fix the Most Soul-Crushing Meetings

hbr.org

Karthik Margabandu

7 days ago

This is one of the most open ended debate one can find. There has been a lot of talk about resource constraints on our planet but time and again it has been shown that we have tackled it with wildest of discoveries for which a lot of money was spent on research. But there is nothing wrong with a fall back plan and Musk’s wildest dream is getting us inches close to that. While it’s a moral question on whether we are wasting money on space explorations, the world’s resources ought to be split so that we tackle the problems here and at the same time research on our fall back options. It’s time we get that maturity and capability considering we have a lot of tools at our disposal to get to that stage with ease.

Why SpaceX Matters

medium.com

Karthik Margabandu

9 days ago

Economics shapes the way the world is run and in this case, it is literal. Had no idea that money played a role in incentivising the nature of design.

Vernacular Economics: How Building Codes & Taxes Shape Regional Architecture

99percentinvisible.org

Karthik Margabandu

10 days ago

Perfectionism is all about fear of failure. There has been a lot of negativity around failure that people dread it. And the competition has increased drastically that people are waiting to pounce to capitalise on someone else’s failure. This indeed takes a mental toll and impacts other tasks that are taken up. A good read that sheds light on the current state of where the world is at.

Perfectionism Is Increasing, and That’s Not Good News

hbr.org

Karthik Margabandu

10 days ago

With the World Wide Web, there is just so many things to do. And it may not be all healthy!

Why Teens Aren’t Partying Anymore

wired.com

Karthik Margabandu

12 days ago

My day began with reading an article about machines replacing humans and the skill set we ought to develop in order to augment these machines. This article is a good summary of the skills that matter in the world where we expect ourselves to be engaged appropriately. Leaders are not just people who manage a team. These qualities are for grabs for any individual.

Why Do So Many Managers Forget They’re Human Beings?

hbr.org

Karthik Margabandu

12 days ago

While replacing humans with machines seems to be the talk these days, it’s important to understand the consequences. Machines are tactical and in the short term they definitely boost productivity and increase efficiency. However, humans are strategic. They take better calls to apply these machines at the right places. Imagination and Strategy are the key.

The Future of Human Work Is Imagination, Creativity, and Strategy

hbr.org

Karthik Margabandu

15 days ago

To quote Seneca - “time is the only item that is truly ours”. We end up using our time doing something unproductive, or doing something ill or worst of all doing nothing. It’s time we own what is truly ours and utilise it most effectively. The value of time is the first lesson in Stoicism.

You’re Wasting Your Spare Time And It’s Killing Your Success

medium.com

Karthik Margabandu

16 days ago

Fascinating thought. Whilst we were thinking driverless cars are transformational, turns out they were just staging an experience. It’s driverless lifestyle that’s truly transformational. An end to retail property and start of a personalised mobile lifestyle.

Driverless Hotel Rooms: The End of Uber, Airbnb and Human Landlords

hackernoon.com

Karthik Margabandu

19 days ago

A brilliant read on how our thinking systems are convoluted. We need to constantly challenge our thoughts with contradictions to gain exposure. Learning through these contradictions is what true learning is all about. Quantum thinking is the new paradigm.

Level 3 Thinking: A Unified Theory of Self-Improvement

nateliason.com

Karthik Margabandu

30 days ago

Fascinating how research is being capitalised by Silicon Valley companies. Time for grey scale mode.

Is the Answer to Phone Addiction a Worse Phone?

nytimes.com

Karthik Margabandu

32 days ago

Weird but true

The Weird Reason Why People Immediately Respect You (or Not), According to Science

inc.com

Karthik Margabandu

33 days ago

A fascinating read on self-awareness and how our conventional believes around this is wrong.

awareness is and what it takes to improve it. We’ve found that even though most people believe they are self-aware, self-awareness is a truly rare quality: We estimate that only 10%–15% of the people we studied actually fit the criteria. Three findings in particular stood out, and are helping us develop practical guidance for how leaders can learn to see themselves more clearly.

What Self-Awareness Really Is (and How to Cultivate It)

hbr.org

Karthik Margabandu

40 days ago

Turning around atrocity and ridiculous is not easy and it’s definitely a task when both are the qualities in the world’s most powerful man. Kelly has tried to tone down this hour by hour self preservation however with only limited success.

Inside Trump’s Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation

nytimes.com

Karthik Margabandu

41 days ago

Australia is in the loom of a severe crisis. With the demand for steel and coal going down and property prices inflated with foreign money, it appears that the luck is weaning. Economic diversity should be the prime focus to hold the reigns.

Australia’s economy is built on shaky foundations

news.com.au

Karthik Margabandu

42 days ago

The purpose of economical order was to unite the world and make administration easier. In the end, the difference in rate of growth of wealth amongst different people has resulted in a havoc. Inequality is one of the biggest psychological threat that currently exists. It’s gnawing at people’s consciousness and making them take unpredictable or irrational decisions.

The Psychology of Inequality

newyorker.com

Karthik Margabandu

42 days ago

Day dreaming is considered to be good but dangerous as well?

When the Mind Wanders

theatlantic.com

Karthik Margabandu

43 days ago

Is the premier league becoming a league where managers are trying to ensure job security?

In a Top-Heavy Premier League, More Teams Rush to the Bunker

nytimes.com

Karthik Margabandu

46 days ago

The tech bubble has brought the 2017 Silicon Valley companies to the level of 2007 Wall Street companies. Only a handful of these tech companies are actually changing the world. The others are focusing on the good to haves when half the world is struggling for the must haves. This article, a little too harsh but nevertheless conveys the right intent. Time for these tech giants to step up and own responsibilities.

The Other Tech Bubble

wired.com

Karthik Margabandu

47 days ago

This is probably one of the best articles I’ve read in a while. Soriano and Guardian puts things into perspective of how talent and emotion of the players and the fans can be monetised into a large corporation that’s sole aim is to generate long term returns. The man’s legendary. His thoughts - rational and ruthless. City Football Group is already a sensation and will definitely do more.

Manchester City’s plan for global domination

theguardian.com

Karthik Margabandu

47 days ago

The reputation economy might soon extend to all aspects of our lives leaving us to forget our inner contradictions and project ourselves in a phoney likeable manner just so that we could be rated 4 or 5 stars. This invokes a drastic behavioural change. While it does curb some negativity, it’s still not natural.

Bret Easton Ellis on Living in the Cult of Likability

nytimes.com

Karthik Margabandu

49 days ago

We have all got it wrong. While self-control and will power are essential in doing any task, it should not be forced on the mind. Rather, cultivating strong social relationships, feeling proud and grateful acts as positive reinforcement in gaining self-control and exercising will power.

The Only Way to Keep Your Resolutions

nytimes.com

Karthik Margabandu

51 days ago

Such a beautiful lesson conveyed through a simple and fascinating tale. Wonder if big wolf would have felt the same had the little wolf been more capable at certain things than big wolf was. It’s always important to have open arms and open mine when there is new company. We humans jump into quick judgements these days!

Big Wolf & Little Wolf: A Tender Tale of Loneliness, Belonging, and How Friendship Transforms Us

brainpickings.org

Karthik Margabandu

52 days ago

A novel thought experiment of how some things could be archaic. Can the world improve if parents have equal empathy and compassion for everyone rather than their own? Fascinating

What If Parents Loved Strangers’ Children As Much As Their Own?

newyorker.com

Karthik Margabandu

120 days ago

Blockchain will turn the internet into the world's largest 'stock' market, says investor

cnbc.com

Karthik Margabandu

123 days ago

100 Blocks a Day

waitbutwhy.com

Karthik Margabandu

123 days ago

A brilliant read. Picked my brain indeed. Could relate to the poem ‘Road not taken’ by Robert Frost.

One does not have all the information to make a decision and it’s about the gut feel one has in making one and the kind of transformative experience it brings along. Some end good and some don’t. These invariably improve our decision making process as we traverse the journey of life.

The Vampire Problem: A Brilliant Thought Experiment Illustrating the Paradox of Transformative Experience

brainpickings.org

Karthik Margabandu

125 days ago

How life rewards those of us who play

medium.com

Karthik Margabandu

125 days ago

Learning and creating trumps being a salve to entertainment and having a superficial thought that life is all good. Curating our day to day lifestyle is important to remove activities that could be toxic to our growth.

Focus On Learning and Creating Rather Than Entertainment and Distraction

medium.com

Karthik Margabandu

126 days ago

Very simple formula - invest in yourself and not be complacent!

How I Spend My Free Time Is Why I Am Successful

medium.com

Karthik Margabandu

127 days ago

This is something everyone can relate to. We don’t live our life the way it is intended. We make mistakes but the learning is important. What we can synthesise from the learning and learn is what eventually shapes us. And there is hard work behind this.

The Most Important Question of Your Life

medium.com

Karthik Margabandu

127 days ago

The tech companies have information that can change the way businesses are being financed. Businesses don’t just need money. They need facilitators that can help them in their operations as well. Tech companies like amazon and google can offer both and that’s exactly what small businesses need. This is a game changer for the already declining BFSI industry.

Google and Amazon are ready to disrupt small business lending, former Obama advisor says

cnbc.com

Karthik Margabandu

127 days ago

Storytelling makes people resonate and resonating helps them think thereby investing brain’s cognitive power. Hence serves as good motivational technique

Great Storytelling Connects Employees to Their Work

hbr.org

Karthik Margabandu

128 days ago

One hell of a rich guy!

Masayoshi Son’s Grand Plan for SoftBank’s $100 Billion Vision Fund

nytimes.com

Karthik Margabandu

131 days ago

And they say we are in the 21st century. The only thing that stands in support of that is how we are on the brink of war. Lack of democracy and other measures in North Korea is a step back from what George Orwell had written about in the book 1984 and he wrote that in 1948!!

Inside North Korea, and Feeling the Drums of War

nytimes.com

Karthik Margabandu

132 days ago

Something similar stemmed from a conversation I had recently; read multiple articles than a book for long to grasp more knowledge. A book is the final step in getting the depth that is needed. Hence, it’s important to choose the articles wisely. Reading indeed is a smart art

The Buffett Formula: Going to Bed Smarter Than you Woke Up

fs.blog

Karthik Margabandu

134 days ago

ikea has tapped into the new software release from Apple. There has been a lot of talk about stores of the future in the retail space and for them to be real, you needed the technological changes to keep pace with the ideas that keep shaping up. The new iOS 11 is a great start. Shopping made real.

Ikea's New App Shows the Practical Promise of Augmented Reality

wired.com

Karthik Margabandu

136 days ago

Ask the most important questions, filter information through those questions from diverse questions and create something from it rather than just consume. This mental model is what helps us become wise with right information and not overwhelmed with abundant information.

A Mental Model to Leverage Information Overload as Creative Fuel for Problem Solving

medium.com

Karthik Margabandu

141 days ago

This is a phenomenal growth story. Starting and banking on word of mouth marketing to reach a million users is truly commendable.

Peek Inside Slack’s Multi-Million Dollar SaaS Growth Strategy

labs.openviewpartners.com

Karthik Margabandu

143 days ago

What started out as incentives to ensure employee retention is now backfiring against the corporates. Healthcare in US will always be a complex affair and there can never be a blanket solution.

The Real Reason the U.S. Has Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance

nytimes.com

Karthik Margabandu

143 days ago

Asking the right questions helped Apple transform their camera. Removing the complications and filters in a camera to introduce an adaptive software based on Machine Learning that adjusts the lighting according to the exposure. It's not just the hardware that matters as a powerful software can fuel things as well. Good stuff from Apple!

Inside Apple’s Quest To Transform Photography

buzzfeed.com

Karthik Margabandu

145 days ago

The incentives for the hedge fund managers are the reasons for the low returns but at the same time they are the reason for a fund to perform the way it is performing as the manager (smart guy) needs the money to call the right shots. Paradoxical. In the end, Warren Buffet proved he's the true Wall Street rep!

aei.org

Karthik Margabandu

150 days ago

Fascinating

Game of Thrones season 7: each character's strategy, ranked by political science

vox.com

Karthik Margabandu

151 days ago

Difficult reality. When practiced, results can be reaped

10 Hard Things to Start Doing for Yourself

marcandangel.com

Karthik Margabandu

151 days ago

Cool stuff

Full(er) House: Exposing high-end poker cheating devices

elie.net

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