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Why do we work so hard?

Karl Marx was known to believe that being occupied by good work was living well. He was under the impression that engagement in productive, purposeful work was the means by which people could realise their full potential. While I don’t usually agree with a lot of Marx’s ideologies, I will credit him for having gotten just that right about the modern world. It’s safe to…

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How to create [business] opportunities

I met with several (aspiring) Bhutanese entrepreneurs and students during my short trip back home last week. While I was generally impressed with this newfound energy, curiosity and willingness that now seem to permeate the streets of Thimphu – I was overcome with a sense of helplessness whenever I was asked this question. ‘What new business opportunities do you see in Bhutan?’ I get asked…

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How Amazon’s innovation culture can be incorporated at your Startup

There hasn’t been a hotter business topic than Innovation for the last couple of years, yet I am a little surprised that so few founders invest in actively nurturing innovation at their companies. You’ve probably achieved long strides in other aspects of your business like reengineering the supply chain, boosting product quality, and rolling out fancy frameworks like the lean 6 sigma. These efforts have…

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Are you still relevant in 2017?

When the Luddites of the early 19th century first started campaigning against the mechanisation of weaving, their fears were probably fueled more by their overstressed imagination, rather than streamlined statistics. But a recent study done by the Economist Intelligence Unit suggests that the Luddites were right all along. Recent developments in technology signals that a world run by robots and AIs are not so farfetched…

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The 10 types of ServisHero Fashionistas

When you think of a Tech Startup – the word ‘Stylish’ and ‘Fashion’ might be the last thing to spring to mind. You might be inclined to say that the average employee is a bit boring, a bit reserved – or as I have been hearing on numerous occasions – destructively competitive Masters of the Universe. Well, since I secretly enjoy superimposing ostentatious celebrity statuses…

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Switching the writing psyche

In the beginning, there were programmers, there were marketers, and there were writers. The three may have met occasionally, at gallery openings, and local cafes, but largely their worlds stayed separated. But then I joined ServisHero, and the three were forced into a Brain Trust session. I had spent the last few years writing about business and finance, while standing strong not to have it…

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The start of my Hero Journal

A year ago I took a leap of faith and decided to move to South East Asia. Not resembling the soul-searching travelogue of Eat Pray Love or your usual self-absorbed spiritual journey – but a memoir that borderlines deranged recklessness and unshrinking conviction in one crazy individual. I came to Malaysia to help start a technology platform. This statement packed with irony is anything but…

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