The original purpose of this blog was to create a forum for me to write about topics related to my work life (which involves "Getting Global", for the most part). It's become something else -- still about getting global, but more of a random walk through my professional and personal interests. Feel free to read, comment, vociferously agree or disagree.
Jeff Bezos, Amazon and Getting Global
In the fall of 1995 I cold called Jeff Bezos. I was an associate at General Atlantic, a growth-stage investor in software companies. I was the first VC to call him; he took the call and we got along well immediately, in part because I’d found my way to him after purchasing this weird and compelling book on the Amazon web site.
The Networked Episteme
The nature of human communication — that which makes us an animal unlike any other species — is now at a remarkable juncture. The revolution that started with the telegraph (the first innovation that allowed for communication faster than the velocity of animal power) has accelerated to the point where human society is being radically transformed. The world we know is ending; it is being made anew.
Penn Interview: Dean of Admissions at Penn
Great American universities, usually from a single location, foster a global presence and influence. I was an international student at the University of Pennsylvania, and so I know this from personal experience.
Eric Furda, the Dean of Admissions at Penn, was kind enough to speak with me about how Penn Admissions is "getting global". A big thank you to him for taking time out at one of the busiest times of the year for college admissions. Eric tweets here and blogs here, and is a Penn alumnus himself (C'87).
Penn Interview: Penn Admissions, Episode II
This blog features an intermittent series of posts on American universities, with a focus on Penn, my alma mater. Here I speak again with Eric Furda, Dean of Admissions at Penn, joined this time by John McLaughlin, who oversees Penn Admissions’ efforts in India. Eric also blogs here -- check out his wonderful Convocation 2014 welcome. My thanks for their time and courtesy. And because it's buried down below, I want to highlight here a free online course offered by Penn on U.S. college admissions. And now to Eric and John.
Getting Global Interview: CEO of ReferralCandy
The company is headquartered in Singapore, and from day one of the launch of the product, in 2010, has had to look beyond its home market. In December more than 90% of the company’s revenues were generated outside Asia. Dinesh had insightful things to say about getting global, entrepreneurship, and whiskey.
I am an investor in the company. Here's a "five questions" version of our discussion.