All stories by R Gopalakrishnan
How Mahabharata applies to board of directorsRediff.com16 Jan 2019
Many lay folks cannot fathom the arcane language of the corporate governance brouhaha. I found that a mythological story connects very well, says R Gopalakrishnan.
150 years on: How the Tatas flew with their dreamsRediff.com17 Sep 2018
The Tata empire turns 150 this year. R Gopalakrishnan, former director, Tata Sons Ltd, imagines a conversation among the group's founder Jamsetji, his son Dorabji, his successor, Nowroji Saklatwala, and his successor, J R D Tata.
When parents are delighted to have a start-up son-in-lawRediff.com26 Apr 2018
For the new millennium generation, slowly and at an accelerating pace, it is attractive to harbour a start-up ambition, says R Gopalakrishnan.
Remembering TTRediff.com9 Mar 2018
T Thomas, former chairman of Hindustan Unilever, passed away March 2.
India has talent, but no innovation ecosystemRediff.com21 Dec 2017
India has no idiosyncratic innovation ecosystem, distinctively its own. Our VCs will not rush to fund brilliant ideas, says R Gopalakrishnan.
What digital start-ups can do, and cannot doRediff.com25 Oct 2017
Technology infrastructure solves many problems, but it cannot build roads or bridges and provide clean water. However, such activities are essential for human progress, and their creation provides jobs, says R Gopalakrishnan.
Can start-ups really impact the economy?Rediff.com22 Sep 2017
Let start-ups be start-ups until they become grown-ups, let young entrepreneurs be experimental and bold, let VCs do their job, but for God's sake, the nation must prime the real grown-ups to solve the imminent issues., says R Gopalakrishnan.
What India's start-up bosses need to knowRediff.com30 Aug 2017
'There is little point in getting adoption without profit sustainability or the converse.' 'This is the dilemma that many Indian innovators face,' says R Gopalakrishnan.
A Hungarian invention that helped the British in WWIIRediff.com15 Mar 2017
Tracing the early life of the humble ballpoint pen to its present.
How Modi can ensure that Bharat indeed become SwachhRediff.com9 Sep 2016
Swachh Bharat Mission could focus on using technological innovation to eradicate the problem of open defecation, says R Gopalakrishnan.
6 growth mantras for FMCG start-upsRediff.com15 Jul 2016
If an entire business is constructed on the platform of one brand ambassador, there is inherent risk of life-after.
Start-ups must learn corporate ayurvedaRediff.com18 May 2016
Funding Indian start-ups has slowed down.
Swachh Bharat: A big opportunity for start-upsRediff.com8 Jan 2016
The government's Swachh Bharat programme presents entrepreneurs with a chance to curb open defecation and make money in the process.
Lessons investors & founders must learn from Housing.com fiascoRediff.com10 Jul 2015
There are quite a few lesson that upcoming entrepreneurs must learn from housing.com controversy.
Innovation lessons for India from IsarelRediff.com20 Mar 2015
Israel is very good at creating innovation engines, India less so.
FDI can spur innovation, ideas and industriesRediff.com8 Aug 2014
Ideas don't have border controls and visas.