Writers on Medium address the country’s disaster

Chandy Bee writes with a plea to acknowledge the pain that the country is experiencing:

From a few weeks before the surge became a full-blown crisis, filmmaker Anand Kamalakar wrote about the challenge of traveling back to the U.S. from India, a situation that is almost certainly harder now than when he wrote this:

Immunologist Rajyalakshmi balaji writes about the Covid-19 variants in India that are likely driving the surge:

Writer and filmmaker Raj Ajay Pandya writes about the callous approach of the Modi government in dealing with the crisis and where its priorities appear to lie:

I can relate…

On The Atlantic, Vidya Krishnan writes about how chronic underinvestment in India’s public health infrastructure led to the Covid disaster the country is experiencing today.

Interesting theory, but... the Golden Globes and Grammys both saw their ratings drop by 62% and 51% earlier this year, too. Granted, they both happened a couple of months later than their usual dates. But could it just be that no one cares about award shows anymore?


The speculative boom in digital assets should arguably make physical assets even more valuable by comparison. The care you need to invest in protecting a physical object from floods, fires, theft, wear and tear, UV light, etc. should accrue to its value. The only way NFTs can disappear or disintegrate is if owners lose the keys to their crypto wallets or have them stolen: https://www.businessinsider.com/stolen-nfts-on-nifty-gateway-reports-nft-art-marketplace-2021-3.


In ‘Hot Seat,’ Jeff Immelt gives his version of the iconic American conglomerate’s downfall

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I Read It So You Don’t Have To is a new series that gives you the TL;DR on a new business book you want to read — but don’t have time to.

What did I read?

Jeff Immelt’s new memoir, Hot Seat: What I Learned Leading a Great American Company, published last month.

So who’s Jeff Immelt?

Immelt, once considered a human embodiment of corporate innovation, was the ninth CEO and chairman of General Electric, the American conglomerate better known as GE, from 2001 to 2017. Having served as a manager in GE’s plastics, appliances, and health care divisions through the ’80s and ’90s, he eventually won a…

I Read It So You Don’t Have To

An economist gives a psychological tour through the messy business of numbers

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I Read It So You Don’t Have To is a new series that gives you the TL;DR on a new business book you want to read—but will never have time to.

What did I read?

Tim Harford’s new book The Data Detective: Ten Easy Rules to Make Sense of Statistics (published in the U.K. as How to Make the World Add Up)

So who’s this Tim Harford?

He’s a columnist at the Financial Times, a BBC radio host, and the author of several previous books, the most recent of which is Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy and the most popular of which is probably 2005’s The Undercover…

This is critical. During India's stringent pandemic lockdowns last year, liquor stores were shuttered as they weren't considered essential, and this led to a surge in hospitalizations, deaths, and suicides related to withdrawal:


He turned Amazon Web Services into the e-commerce giant’s biggest profit center

Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services speaks at an Amazon keynote event.
Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services speaks at an Amazon keynote event.
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Today, Jeff Bezos announced that he would be stepping down from his role as CEO of Amazon and transitioning to executive chair of Amazon’s board in Q3 of this year. His successor will be Andy Jassy, who currently heads Amazon Web Services (AWS). Jassy joined Amazon in 1997, the year it went public, as a fresh graduate out of Harvard Business School. At the time, Amazon was still primarily an online bookseller, but in the early 2000s, the company launched its web services division, an effort that Jassy spearheaded. In a 2015 interview with John Furrier, Jassy describes how AWS…

Affirm’s IPO pop shows that the 2020 IPO fever hasn’t yet broken. The buy-now-pay-later fintech startup founded and run by PayPal co-founder Max Levchin went public on the Nasdaq yesterday, after having postponed its initial IPO plans in December to raise its share price from $33–$38 to $49. In doing so, Affirm was aiming to avoid a situation in which it underpriced itself relative to market expectations and ended up leaving a large chunk of money on the table, as Airbnb and DoorDash did when they went public last month. But almost as soon as they began trading, Affirm shares…

Kaushik Viswanath

Content Lead for Business at Medium. Previously an editor of business books at Penguin Random House.

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