Prof. Rishikesha Krishnan

Prof. Rishikesha Krishnan

Why is India not innovative on a sustained basis? How do you create a sustainable environment for innovation in India? What about logistics and infrastructure? When we think of innovation in India why do we think only of tech innovation and not other areas.? What are the skill gaps in India? How can Make in India help the Indian economy?  To find out the answers for these and other related question on Indian economy, education and the growing importance of Bangalorea as the hub of tech innovation we spoke with  Prof. Rishikesha Krishnan.

We also wanted to find out on what gets him excited about India? There is always that promise of  something of better happening tomorrow, and hoping that one of these days that promise is realized he says.



Prof. Krishnan is the author of  From Jugaad to Systematic Innovation: The Challenge for India and co-author of  8 Steps to Innovation: Going from Jugaad to Excellence. He is currently Director of Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indore and is  professor of Corporate Strategy & Policy at IIM Bangalore.

Prof. Krishnan studied at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, Stanford University and IIM, Ahmedabad.

You can follow Prof. Krishnan on Twitter.

This interview was recorded during Prof. Krishnan’s visit to Silicon Valley.



Video: Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok on India-US Relations & Business Opportunities in India

What is behind the symbolism of India-US relationship? President Obama became the first American President to visit India twice. What are the business opportunities for American business in India beyond IT and technology? What are the business opportunities for California and the states on the west coast?

We sat down to speak with Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok, Consul General of India in San Francisco to talk about these topics. Elon Musk or Mark Zuckerberg? Whom would Ambassador Ashok like to meet since we live in the hub of innovation and technology and the Ambassador is an engineer-turned-diplomat. Tune in to find out what he has to say.

India is an emerging economy and there are opportunities to do business in infrastructure, energy, pharmaceuticals and agriculture Ambassador Ashok points out in the interview.

India plans to spend $1 trillion in improving its infrastructure.  “American companies have lot of opportunities in the infrastructure development,” points out Ambassador Ashok. California has a a special role to play in renewable energy and solar energy in particular he says. India has 4 times the population of US and uses 1/20th of energy when compared to the US the Ambassador shared.

There are business opportunities for California, especially in agriculture. California almonds rank 5th in the list of American exports to India.

And what about Bollywood? We had to ask that question given how Bollywood has become such a strong cultural glue for the Indian-American community in the US, especially in California.

This interview aired on TV in the San Francisco bay area.


Podcast: Academy Award Winner Resul Pookutty

LISTEN: Academy Award Winner Resul Pookutty

Academy Award Winner Resul Pookutty

Resul Pookutty

“I don’t remember getting up from my seat and getting the award from Will Smith…I had a blackout,” confesses Academy Award winner Resul Pokutty, who won an Oscar in 2009 for “Slumdog Millionaire.”

“ I never imagined I’d win an Oscar…I was shocked. I never thought  that we, the Indian talent will get acknowledged in the Hollywood community, especially the Hollywood technical community to that level,” he adds.  Pookutty dedicated the award to India in his acceptance speech.

Pookutty won the Oscar for sound mixing along with Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke. In 2010 Pookutty was invited to become a voting member by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Continue reading