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  • March 01 ,2019

  • Written By Rajat Mishra

Is diversification for suckers?

Modern economics is built on diversification “Diversification is the only free lunch on wall street” Anonymous Modern portfolio theory lavishes praise on diversification. The basic thesis is that while higher returns require a higher amount of risk; diversifying or spreading your risk across different assets with low correlation to each other can give you highRead More…

  • December 01 ,2018

  • Written By Rajat Mishra

Why the path to joy goes through color?

“Without emotion, there is no beauty.” Diana Vreeland Colors bring Joy I remember the festival of Holi! People throwing handfuls of colored powder at each other on the streets of Delhi. Clothes stained in every color imaginable – pink, blue, red, green. Peals of laughter. Thinking about it brings a distinct feeling of happiness. HoliRead More…

  • November 01 ,2018

  • Written By Rajat Mishra

Why China could dominate the new AI world order?

China and the United States have an enormous lead over other countries in the AI race setting the stage for a bipolar AI world. Whether it is private investments, where the super seven – Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent – dominate. Or public investments where billions of dollars are being pumped byRead More…

  • August 01 ,2018

  • Written By Rajat Mishra

Factfulness: Why “Developing” vs. “Developed” makes no sense?

We use emotion-fueled “instincts” and sensational stories to frame a binary state of the world. Developed vs. Developing. Rich vs. Poor. West vs. East. These binary frameworks make for simpler narratives and comfort us while labeling others. I have been guilty of this assumption too. Last weekend, I read Hans Rosling’s wonderful book “Factfulness: Ten Reasons weRead More…

  • June 01 ,2018

  • Written By Rajat Mishra

What Money Ball teaches us about Enterprise AI?

“How can you not get romantic about baseball?” – Billy Beane On Feb 20th, I shared the first lesson (The Iron Man Lesson: Be explicit about where you want to be on the Man-Machine continuum) we at Cisco Services have learned in our journey to Cisco Predictive Services. Today, we discuss the next lesson. LessonRead More…

  • May 01 ,2018

  • Written By Rajat Mishra

The fatal flaw of the pessimist?

“Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world.” – Arthur Schopenhauer Today, pessimism is everywhere. It is celebrated and in a sense idolized. While optimists are labeled as naïve for not understanding the nuances of the modern world, pessimists win accolades for intellectual critiques. While optimists are labeled asRead More…

  • April 01 ,2018

  • Written By Rajat Mishra

Ray Dalio on “Savor Life” or “Make An Impact”?

“You can have it all. Just not all at once.”  Oprah Winfrey A fundamental life-choice In Principles, Ray Dalio poses a fundamental life-choice. On a simple scale (depicted below), he has “Savor Life” on one end and “Make an Impact” on the other.  Where are you on the scale and where would you like toRead More…

  • December 16 ,2017

  • Written By Deepti Juturu

Princess Diana’s magic of Ethos, Pathos and Logos

Twenty years ago, the world lost one of its most beloved leaders: Princess Diana. She was a vivacious, empathetic, and committed leader with a passion for her people. While other royalty led from the throne, Diana led from the field. Known as the “people’s princess,” Diana was the epitome of a servant leader. From theRead More…

  • December 01 ,2017

  • Written By Rajat Mishra

What the Black Eyed Peas flash mob teaches us about driving change?

“I got a feeling … tonight’s gonna be a good night” – Black Eyed Peas The Black Eyed Peas opened for Oprah Winfrey’s 24th season kickoff party in the fall of 2009. The performance was great. But what was spectacular was that in the course of a few minutes after the Black Eyes Peas startedRead More…

  • September 01 ,2017

  • Written By Rajat Mishra

How Wabi-Sabi amplifies through simplification?

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” – Leonardo da Vinci Wabi-Sabi – a Japanese term – is a form of appreciation for the beauty of simplicity. It is an idea foreign to many westerners. Wabi means a lack of materialistic ‘wealth’ while feeling free from a need of worldly things. Sabi is defined by a feeling ofRead More…

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