All stories by Ajit Balakrishnan
Designing a flag for an upcoming revolutionRediff.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 wordRediff.com13 Dec 2016
Ajit Balakrishnan on understanding the anti-cash chorus.
What Indian media can learn from US electionsRediff.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 RevolutionRediff.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 creationRediff.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?Rediff.com21 Jun 2016
Is the internet just a fun thing to do like TV and radio?
Why we need to avoid falling into the soft skills trapRediff.com3 May 2016
A more rigorous training in core skills is required to boost the engineering talent in the country, instead of a varnish of 'soft skills', says Ajit Balakrishnan.
Tips from the original start-up guyRediff.com20 Apr 2016
Steve Case's book is filled with insightful scenes that describe how the modern online industry was put together, notes Ajit Balakrishnan.
Polytechnics the pivot point for Make in India dreamRediff.com19 Apr 2016
The polytechnic graduate is on the front line of our war to establish a vibrant manufacturing sector in India, says Ajit Balakrishnan.
Creating urban commonsRediff.com5 Apr 2016
If we can come up with ways of sharing property rights on the internet, why not do something similar in urban spaces, asks Ajit Balakrishnan.
How to succeed by failing correctlyRediff.com22 Mar 2016
Failure is something that needs to be managed as carefully as success.
The return of the activist StateRediff.com9 Feb 2016
The middle class's long push to force the state to retreat from the economy may be reversing, says Ajit Balakrishnan.
The pain of innovationRediff.com27 Jan 2016
The power to cause societal pain, at least to some segments of society, is intrinsic to the nature of technological innovation.
Threats to India's Startup SpringRediff.com12 Jan 2016
Startups in India need low-cost debt for working capital, which is impossible to get.
It's the start-up seasonRediff.com29 Dec 2015
Perhaps, the most misunderstood aspect is the role of the state.
The fall and rise of political dynastiesRediff.com15 Dec 2015
Why, centuries after the French Revolution promised an end to feudalism, do political dynasties persist -- even in democracies, asks Ajit Balakrishnan.
Higher education challenges: Why middle class families are worriedRediff.com1 Dec 2015
Across the world, middle class families are dealing with the consequences of competition to get into high-quality institutions.
Forecasting media's futureRediff.com17 Nov 2015
Ajit Balakrishnan recalls some lessons from the last time people talked of 'convergence' -- the mid-1990s.
Internet law: skirmishes aheadRediff.com20 Oct 2015
As the new ecommerce paradigm works its way through multiple sectors of the economy it is likely to encounter legal challenges, says Ajit Balakrishnan.
California dreamingRediff.com6 Oct 2015
Silicon Valley is at the heart of the transformation of the global economy -- which has both winners and losers, writes Ajit Balakrishnan.
How India Inc can change the lives of othersRediff.com22 Sep 2015
A new book may help companies in getting corporate social responsibility right, notes Ajit Balakrishnan.
Take visual literacy seriouslyRediff.com8 Sep 2015
Students' flagging interest in the written word is because of a generational digital divide, says Ajit Balakrishnan.
All about income inequalityRediff.com25 Aug 2015
We never see income inequality as a 'problem'.
Big question from the Greece crisis: Do history and geography trump economics?Rediff.com14 Jul 2015
How did Greece, the country of Archimedes and Socrates and Plato and Pythagoras, come to such dire straits, asks Ajit Balakrishnan.
When retirement beckonsRediff.com6 Jul 2015
Retirement blues can sometimes result in actions that are dysfunctional, notes Ajit Balakrishnan.
What the monsoon winds bringRediff.com2 Jun 2015
We are all 'Chasing the Monsoon', notes Ajit Balakishnan.
The American university -- trouble in paradise?Rediff.com19 May 2015
The American university, once the envy of the world, is in crisis, notes Ajit Balakrishnan in his latest column.
What is the purpose of an MBA?Rediff.com5 May 2015
Ajit Balakrishnan rewinds to a decade when mobile phones were unheard of and when an IIM degree had a different purpose and value.
The sons who won't leave homeRediff.com21 Apr 2015
Successful parents are increasingly faced with continuing to support children in their 20s or 30s.
India's economic theory fashion cyclesRediff.com9 Apr 2015
'Make in India' could suffer the same fate as did privatisation and the command economy, says Ajit Balakrishnan.
The impending broadband warsRediff.com24 Mar 2015
India will have to deal with the question of whether broadband service providers are 'common carriers', like highways.
Of websites and factoriesRediff.com18 Mar 2015
Regulating the internet only as a medium is somewhat similar to regulating electricity only as a driver of the TV industry
Rescuing a threatened species -- the ManagerRediff.com27 Jan 2015
In leading companies in Information Age industries, the word "manager" is taking on a pejorative meaning -- something like "zamindar" -- a man who lived off other people's work and did no work himself, says Ajit Balakrishnan.
Hail the invisible hand of the StateRediff.com13 Jan 2015
Neither pharma nor IT would have become the stars of the economy without the active but largely invisible hand of the Indian State, says Ajit Balakrishnan.
The Great War, onlineRediff.com30 Dec 2014
Facebook owns WhatsApp and Microsoft owns Skype, the two services that are at the centre of the current "net neutrality battle".
Uber, Baazee.com redux?Rediff.com17 Dec 2014
The Information Technology Act needs another tweak to allow a different kind of information intermediary to flourish, says Ajit Balakrishnan.
Getting angels to flyRediff.com2 Dec 2014
India needs to build an economic system that will provide adequate capital to budding entrepreneurs, says Ajit Balakrishnan.
The internet's next stepRediff.com18 Nov 2014
The step forward in marketing could be a move to bypass the media and towards owning it directly, says Ajit Balakrishnan.
Time to grow again?Rediff.com4 Nov 2014
May be the strong United States growth will lead the world back to a period of growth and help us all put this painful recrimination behind us.
The right to be forgotten onlineRediff.com21 Oct 2014
It is only gradually dawning on us that some of the information we have trustingly shared with commercial service providers can be used against us when we apply for a job or when we apply to admission to a college, says Ajit Balakrishnan.