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In Latin America, the business of trolling threatens Twitter’s disruptive power

In Latin America, the business of trolling threatens Twitter’s disruptive power

In 2012, the emblematic podcast This American Life did a special on politics in Afghanistan. They noted that in order to be a politician in Afghanistan, one needs to command a personal armed militia. That’s how politics is practiced in a fragmented country with a long history of violence, and without a stable, credible centralized authority. In [...]

September 25, 2019 Loknath Das Business Comments Off on In Latin America, the business of trolling threatens Twitter’s disruptive power

Zephyr Real Estate Agents Organize Picnic in the Park for Greenbrae

Zephyr Real Estate Agents Organize Picnic in the Park for Greenbrae

SAN FRANCISCO (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zephyr Real Estate’s civic-minded agents once again step up to give back to their community. Last Saturday. Andrew Roth, Greg Ulin and Holly Welch helped organize the annual Greenbrae Picnic in the Park. The lead sponsors of the event were the Greenbrae Property Owners Association and Zephyr Real Estate. Open to [...]

September 22, 2019 Loknath Das Real Estate Comments Off on Zephyr Real Estate Agents Organize Picnic in the Park for Greenbrae

Let’s get something straight about the panic over vaping and lung health

Let’s get something straight about the panic over vaping and lung health

Vaping has been taking over headlines in recent weeks, and for all the worst reasons. The smoking alternative has been linked to lung issues in dozens of hospitalized patients and health officials are investigating what may be hundreds of related cases. Now, in the state where these cases began to gain national attention, Wisconsin, health officials [...]

August 31, 2019 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on Let’s get something straight about the panic over vaping and lung health

After the wildfire: treating the mental health crisis triggered by climate change

After the wildfire: treating the mental health crisis triggered by climate change

The nightmares kept coming and David Leal knew he was in trouble. A navy veteran with a can-do attitude and a solidly middle-class IT job at a hospital in Santa Rosa, California, he didn’t think of himself as mentally vulnerable. But when the Tubbs fire snatched his house off the face of the earth in the early [...]

August 26, 2019 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on After the wildfire: treating the mental health crisis triggered by climate change

Landis, A Stanford Real Estate Startup, Raises $15M To Put Americans On The Path To Homeownership

Landis, A Stanford Real Estate Startup, Raises $15M To Put Americans On The Path To Homeownership

Homeownership is considered a core part of achieving the American Dream. However, that achievement is slipping out of reach of many Americans these days. U.S. homeownership has been at record lows throughout this decade. More Americans are renting as a response while managing with stagnant wage growth. The path to homeownership in today’s America has [...]

August 25, 2019 Loknath Das Real Estate Comments Off on Landis, A Stanford Real Estate Startup, Raises $15M To Put Americans On The Path To Homeownership

Key Apple Health researcher departs for new role at the Gates Foundation

Key Apple Health researcher departs for new role at the Gates Foundation

One of the earliest members of the Apple Health team has now departed Apple to join the Gates Foundation. As detailedly CNBC, Dr. Andrew Trister joined Apple in 2016, but will now take his talents to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Trister was among one of the first employees to join the Apple Health team. [...]

August 11, 2019 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on Key Apple Health researcher departs for new role at the Gates Foundation

How technology is changing the face of retail

How technology is changing the face of retail

The concept of “retail tech” might bring to mind a Jetsons-like shopping experience of glowing screens, biometric scanners, and robotic personal assistants. But the reality is more along the lines of traffic-tracking sensors, radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags, handheld scanners, and heat maps, all designed to provide a real-time snapshot of how the modern consumer is shopping. [...]

August 9, 2019 Loknath Das Uncategorized Comments Off on How technology is changing the face of retail

For SRF, the chemicals business is keeping growth momentum steady

For SRF, the chemicals business is keeping growth momentum steady

Shares of SRF Ltd surged 13% on Tuesday after the company impressed with a better-than-expected June quarter performance. Revenue growth, though, slowed to 9% year-on-year in the quarter, tracking the deceleration in its technical textiles business. But better profitability at its packing-films business saw operating profits rise to a decent 13%. Profit after tax was [...]

August 7, 2019 Loknath Das Business Comments Off on For SRF, the chemicals business is keeping growth momentum steady

Reverse Pitch | ‘Startups with pro-society business models perform better in the market’

Reverse Pitch | ‘Startups with pro-society business models perform better in the market’

Funding, infrastructure, an efficient team and government policies are decisive factors for a business, but these are secondary. According to a study, the majority encounter setbacks because of inadequate demand in the market. For the sustainable growth of a business, its offerings must have a market replete with active/potential consumers. Moreover, investors take interest in [...]

July 24, 2019 Loknath Das Business Comments Off on Reverse Pitch | ‘Startups with pro-society business models perform better in the market’

Dubai’s real estate slump catches up with the city’s finance hub

Dubai’s real estate slump catches up with the city’s finance hub

Walk into the latest expansion of Dubai’s financial district and you’ll see a handful of small art galleries, some upscale men’s tailors and plenty of retail space waiting for takers. The DubaiInternational Financial Centre isn’t being spared a slump in the emirate’s retail and property market as it struggles to attract tenants to its 1 billion [...]

July 23, 2019 Loknath Das Real Estate Comments Off on Dubai’s real estate slump catches up with the city’s finance hub

Space Spinoffs: The Technology To Reach The Moon Was Put To Use Back On Earth

Space Spinoffs: The Technology To Reach The Moon Was Put To Use Back On Earth

The Apollo program was gigantic. The U.S. government spent roughly $26 billion (about $260 billion in today’s dollars, according to one estimate) between 1960 and 1972 to hire contractors and subcontractors who employed hundreds of thousands of people to create and improve on technology that led us to the moon and back. While some of that [...]

July 22, 2019 Loknath Das Technology Comments Off on Space Spinoffs: The Technology To Reach The Moon Was Put To Use Back On Earth

Startups Weekly: The opportunities & challenges for mental health tech

Startups Weekly: The opportunities & challenges for mental health tech

Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy startups and venture capital news. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I wrote about Zoom and Superhuman’s PR disasters. Before that, I noted the big uptick in VC spending in 2019. Remember, you can [...]

July 21, 2019 Loknath Das Health Comments Off on Startups Weekly: The opportunities & challenges for mental health tech