Ajit Balakrishnan

Ajit Balakrishnan, founder and CEO, Rediff.com, is the author of The Wave Rider, A Chronicle of the Information Age. You can e-mail the author at ajitb@rediffmail.com

All stories by Ajit Balakrishnan

Let's stop making cash the villain

Let's stop making cash the villain

Rediff.com14 Jan 2020

Ajit Balakrishnan offers a New Year resolution for our policy-makers.

Is India's economy crashing?

Is India's economy crashing?

Rediff.com3 Jan 2020

'Defence funding is channelled to State-owned research organisations where scientists are merely bureaucrats holding meetings and sending out minutes of meetings and press releases, but have long ago stopped any innovative work.' 'Unless this tragedy is fixed, India's chances to create world-conquering and job-creating new industries are slim,' says Ajit Balakrishnan.

The Exotic Life of an Airforce Pilot

The Exotic Life of an Airforce Pilot

Rediff.com31 Oct 2019

Up in the Sky, Helicopter Stories takes us through the exotic and even charming world that Nitin Sathe has lived as an Indian Air Force pilot, says Ajit Balakrishnan.

University ranking sweepstakes

University ranking sweepstakes

Rediff.com25 Oct 2019

Should we really pay attention to them, asks Ajit Balakrishnan.

Au revoir, brands?

Au revoir, brands?

Rediff.com1 Aug 2019

The current focus on data to measure marketing success could herald the end of an era -- or the beginning of a hype cycle, says Ajit Balakrishnan.

'Talk to Me' explains a paradigm shift in the way we consume information

'Talk to Me' explains a paradigm shift in the way we consume information

Rediff.com15 Jul 2019

And if you have started wondering why such innovations come only from American companies, Ajit Balakrishnan offers the answer.

Elitism, populism, meritocracy...

Elitism, populism, meritocracy...

Rediff.com5 Jul 2019

Ajit Balakrishnan decodes the angst-ridden discourse of the day.

Elitism, populism, meritocracy...

Elitism, populism, meritocracy...

Rediff.com5 Jul 2019

Ajit Balakrishnan decodes the angst-ridden discourse of the day.

Giving wings to startups

Giving wings to startups

Rediff.com13 May 2019

Ajit Balakrishnan offers a recipe for creating 100,000 plus angel investors in India.

Goa: Beyond the sun, beaches, food and feni

Goa: Beyond the sun, beaches, food and feni

Rediff.com6 Mar 2019

'I had no idea that behind the charming, ever smiling Goan faces, there is so much complexity and history!' says Ajit Balakrishnan.

Selfless, faceless civil servants and their truly heroic acts

Selfless, faceless civil servants and their truly heroic acts

Rediff.com20 Feb 2019

Enabling the online booking and payment for Indian Railway tickets is one such case. Amitabh Pandey's book is about how he went about enthusing teams inside the Indian Railways and facilitating online reservations, says Ajit Balakrishnan.

The vanishing middle manager

The vanishing middle manager

Rediff.com23 Jan 2019

Can business schools re-invent their role, asks Ajit Balakrishnan.

Jobs, cash and other Indian headaches

Jobs, cash and other Indian headaches

Rediff.com8 Jan 2019

Is it time to take a relook at our economic theories? asks Ajit Balakrishnan.

How to make jobs programmes work

How to make jobs programmes work

Rediff.com28 Nov 2018

A breakthrough will come from what we teach and how, says Ajit Balakrishnan.

Are ad agencies being re-invented?

Are ad agencies being re-invented?

Rediff.com2 Nov 2018

Or is all of media being re-invented, asks Ajit Balakrishnan.

Explaining the why of algorithmic conclusions

Explaining the why of algorithmic conclusions

Rediff.com4 Oct 2018

Ajit Balakrishnan on the emerging crisis in the tech world.

Fake news and its dimensions

Fake news and its dimensions

Rediff.com6 Aug 2018

Complicated social phenomena behind it, says Ajit Balakrishnan.

Net neutrality and the privacy debate

Net neutrality and the privacy debate

Rediff.com27 Jun 2018

Indian policy-makers must see the choices before them as economic, not moral, ones, says Ajit Balakrishnan.

How the Web lost its innocence

How the Web lost its innocence

Rediff.com8 Jun 2018

Ajit Balakrishnan on how the Web could return to its original egalitarian goals.

The elusive search for truth in media

The elusive search for truth in media

Rediff.com3 May 2018

Is it likely that one of these days, a demand may rise that only truthful endorsement should be made in media and that if it is discovered that she or he in real life does not use that brand, punishment may follow, asks Ajit Balakrishnan.

Internet Trouble

Internet Trouble

Rediff.com23 Mar 2018

'Is the tech wonder of our times headed for trouble?' asks Ajit Balakrishnan.

Advertising: Another turn of the wheel due?

Advertising: Another turn of the wheel due?

Rediff.com24 Feb 2018

The world awaits a creative breakthrough for mobile phone ads, says Ajit Balakrishnan.

Are we Indians technology-averse?

Are we Indians technology-averse?

Rediff.com7 Feb 2018

Some examples that show we may be call for introspection, says Ajit Balakrishnan.

What the Internet holds for India in 2018

What the Internet holds for India in 2018

Rediff.com1 Jan 2018

Or, what will the Indian policy process allow it to be, says Ajit Balakrishnan.

Rethinking our Westernised biases

Rethinking our Westernised biases

Rediff.com30 Dec 2017

Ajit Balakrishnan reflects on pariahs, small businesses, and blockchains.

India's quest for skills

India's quest for skills

Rediff.com1 Dec 2017

Ajit Balakrishnan on how Indian society and the polity need to be carried along.

Professional manager, businessman...

Professional manager, businessman...

Rediff.com17 Oct 2017

Ajit Balakrishnan on mapping the Business Serengeti.

Jumpstarting India's start-up dream

Jumpstarting India's start-up dream

Rediff.com19 Sep 2017

A minor fix in tax laws can make start-ups bloom, says Ajit Balakrishnan.

Jumpstarting India's start-up dream

Jumpstarting India's start-up dream

Rediff.com19 Sep 2017

A minor fix in tax laws can make start-ups bloom, says Ajit Balakrishnan.

Jumpstarting India's start-up dream

Jumpstarting India's start-up dream

Rediff.com19 Sep 2017

A minor fix in tax laws can make start-ups bloom, says Ajit Balakrishnan.

Let a thousand start-ups bloom!

Let a thousand start-ups bloom!

Rediff.com19 Sep 2017

There's a crucial missing piece that can bring in a flood of high-quality angel investors who are vitally needed to kickstart our start-up dream, says Ajit Balakrishnan.

Designing a flag for an upcoming revolution

Designing a flag for an upcoming revolution

Rediff.com28 Aug 2017

Ajit Balakrishnan envisions a flag to capture the spirit of the impending conflicts of the Information Age.

How cash became a bad word

How cash became a bad word

Rediff.com13 Dec 2016

Ajit Balakrishnan on understanding the anti-cash chorus.

What Indian media can learn from US elections

What Indian media can learn from US elections

Rediff.com22 Nov 2016

Perhaps one aspect of the way modern media particularly print and news television works need some soul-searching: Their tendency to "frame" news stories as a conflict between two personalities, says Ajit Balakrishnan.

How Information revolution differs from Industrial Revolution

How Information revolution differs from Industrial Revolution

Rediff.com25 Oct 2016

There is mounting evidence that the Information Revolution may mean the end of large-scale vertically integrated businesses whose guiding principle, "economies of scale", was the defining miracle of the Industrial Age.

How Information revolution differs from Industrial Revolution

How Information revolution differs from Industrial Revolution

Rediff.com25 Oct 2016

There is mounting evidence that the Information Revolution may mean the end of large-scale vertically integrated businesses whose guiding principle, "economies of scale", was the defining miracle of the Industrial Age.

All about the mystery of job creation

All about the mystery of job creation

Rediff.com19 Jul 2016

The processes that create a seven per cent-plus GDP growth rate without a similar growth in jobs are far from fully understood, says Ajit Balakrishnan.

All about the mystery of job creation

All about the mystery of job creation

Rediff.com19 Jul 2016

The processes that create a seven per cent-plus GDP growth rate without a similar growth in jobs are far from fully understood, says Ajit Balakrishnan.

Is the internet all that it's cracked up to be?

Is the internet all that it's cracked up to be?

Rediff.com21 Jun 2016

Is the internet just a fun thing to do like TV and radio?

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