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Murli Ravi
Interests: cycling, table tennis, yoga, reading, writing
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Someone on my FB feed shared this post today: I had two reactions to this. Interestingly, they are contradictory to each other. My first reaction was a head-slap, face-palm, eye-roll at the lack of nuance in the post. One, none... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2019 at Greek Complexity
Here's a question I've been fruitlessly pondering a long time. Where does information come from and is there even such a thing as "new" information? In other words, when someone writes down a mathematical theorem, have they just created new... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at Greek Complexity
I've read several books so far this year. Spanning science fiction, biology, speculative historical fiction, physics, modern fiction, economics/investments… One book stood out as the best. (The worst – relative to the others, not in an absolute sense – was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2018 at Greek Complexity
I said in my previous post about knowledge that path dependence can result in certain outcomes that would not have occurred if the path initially chosen had been just slightly different. I want to look at another side of this:... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at Greek Complexity
I've been thinking for some years about how knowledge gets created and used. Where does knowledge come from? Why do things that have been known by some people for a long time sometimes remain unknown to the world at large?... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Greek Complexity
Is anyone else as worried about headphones, headsets, earpods, callemwhatyouwill as I am? I use these things fairly often. More than I should, probably. But not as much as a teenaged kid who lives in my apartment building. He has... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Greek Complexity
Yesterday, I posted to my social media accounts a link to this piece, which explains the troubles American casual fashion brands are going through. A friend responded, confused and distressed. I thought I would post her question and my response... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at Greek Complexity
Yesterday I read, The World’s Longest Recruiting Process: Josh McFarland is Joining Greylock as a Partner. My pukoradar began to boot up at the sight of that headline but I ignored it. Then I came to: TellApart applied cutting edge... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2016 at Greek Complexity
I'm cheering Lazada's acquisition of RedMart – but probably not for the reason you think. A couple of years ago, I wrote about the need for more soft landings. Why? To enable more risk-taking. Set up as many incubators as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at Greek Complexity
1/4 Proposed AT&T-Time Warner deal illustrates once again how oligopolistic US business tends to become. Not a problem IMHO as long as… — Murli Ravi (@murli184) October 23, 2016 2/4 …real competition possible. In A) networks-effects-based firms which B) become... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at Greek Complexity
Last January, I jumped on the Here Are My Predictions For The Year bandwagon and came up with this set of 8 predictions. Although I was not rigorous enough to attach probabilities to my predictions, you can see that some... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2016 at Greek Complexity
It’s that time of year when tech pundits everywhere emerge with prognoses for the year ahead. I’m jumping on the bandwagon too. TL;DR Early-stage valuations in India will continue to build towards a breaking point Startup valuations in Singapore will... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at Greek Complexity
Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order by Steven Strogatz Rating: **** 1/2 My review on Goodreads: Superb read! My one and only small quibble is the paucity of illustrations. Strogatz mentions at one point that the Lorenz attractor is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2014 at Greek Complexity
This piece first appeared on Ask(Your)VC. That title isn't clickbait: I'll tell you upfront that I don't believe that there is any such thing as the Next Silicon Valley. Apples to apples comparisons across regions are mostly meaningless. Now that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Greek Complexity
I'm travelling for work in India at the moment and just ended what was pretty much a perfect day. (This isn't so much an announcement to the world as it is a Note To Future Self.) I flew from Bombay... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Greek Complexity
Lots has been written about WhatsApp’s sale to Facebook back in February this year. Plenty has also been written about how this is perhaps one of the best returning investments ever made by a venture capital investor. After all, WhatsApp’s... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Greek Complexity
Over the past few years, there’s been a trend of Indian startups moving to Singapore. To be sure, this is only true of a tiny minority of startups but the trend has become noticeable enough that Quartz felt compelled to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Greek Complexity
Those who know me know that I have a visceral distaste for the concept of jugaad, which means "making do". Jugaad is usually spoken about in India in positive light -- often for good reasons -- but I think it's... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at Greek Complexity
Snip: "Walking in San Francisco a while ago, I saw tied to a tree the cutest pit-bull puppy, fur as soft as Porsche-quality chamois and warm eyes that could melt a hole through a glacier. So I reached down to... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2014 at Greek Complexity
Snip: "A small US-based company called Solar Roadways are developing a solar road surface that, if installed nationwide, has the potential to produce more renewable energy than the entire country uses." More: This is an auto-generated post from my... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at Greek Complexity
Snip: "Driving home in the gathering darkness, Nandan Nilekani seems tired. His car crawls through Bangalore’s chaotic streets after a gruelling day of glad-handing, dense crowds and half-a-dozen speeches." More: This is an auto-generated post from my reading list. Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2014 at Greek Complexity
Snip: "Don’t believe those reports saying Tinder, the popular mobile dating app, is worth $5 billion." More: This is an auto-generated post from my reading list. Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at Greek Complexity
Photo credit: Jon Rawlinson We need more soft landings in Singapore, India, and other markets in SE Asia for start-ups that fail to fulfil their initial promise. Why? So that more potential entrepreneurs and start-up employees will actually take the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at Greek Complexity
Snip: "There are two paths in life: Should and Must. We arrive at this crossroads over and over again. And each time, we get to choose. Over the past year I’ve chosen Must again and again. And it was petrifying.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Greek Complexity
No, really. Not a prank or a joke or mathematical sleight of hand. Look. How can this be? The proof was obvious the moment the guy wrote down the equations for S1 and S2 early into the video but that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Greek Complexity