“We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before.” — World Economic Forum.

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Digital Transformation is inevitable. Forbes reported that 70% of companies either have a digital transformation strategy in place or are working on one. 55% of startups have adopted a digital business strategy compared to 38% of traditional companies. The top industries for digital-first business strategies are services (95%), financial services (93%) and healthcare (92%).

The pandemic is currently propelling startups and traditional companies towards the digital shift at an unprecedented rate. As per an IFS study, 70% of businesses have either increased or maintained their spending on digital transformation. …

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Imagine you are sitting at your computer and are about to apply for your dream job. Thoughts start to go through your head that all this is a waste of time.

You are thinking, “My parents didn’t go to college” or “I have a learning disability” or “There’s no way I’m going to get this job”.

And you don’t even apply. It does seem familiar and not uncommon at all. Tara Sophia Mohr, the author of Playing Big, has some interesting insights. She says —

Men are confident about their ability for about 60%.
Women don’t feel confident until they’ve checked off each item on the list.
Men generally attribute a failure to external conditions — “That was hard class!” …

Reversing the traditional model

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Mentoring is usually defined as the older generation passing down wisdom to the young, but there’s a massive benefit to flipping that around and allowing the novice to teach the master. Reverse mentoring essentially flips the traditional mentoring model.

The current workforce consists of up to five generations, and it’s becoming increasingly diverse across all spectrums of underrepresented groups. Still, that change is not arriving nearly as fast in C-suites and boardrooms, meaning, there is a growing gap between leaders and their people in regards to their perspectives and experiences.

Organizations are more prone to fall right through that gap, into the trap of blind spots, stale thinking and living with policies that could alienate these underrepresented groups, not only in regards to age, race or gender but all kinds of different viewpoints. …

Last week, I had a fantastic opportunity to attend the first Future Founders Conference for women hosted by Y Combinator, and it was the best all-nighter I have ever pulled.

Before I dive into the nine pieces of tactical advice, let me tell you a bit about what the Future Founders Conference is all about and why it is something all aspiring women entrepreneurs must consider attending.

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YC’s Future Founders Conference 2020

The Future Founders Conference is an evolution of Y Combinator’s Female Founders Conference, which, since 2014, has been helping women founders start and run their companies. Through the Future Founders Conference (which we all now call it the #YCFFC), Y Combinator aims to bring together more communities like prospective Latinx founders and Black founders to empower women across the world to get started on their dreams. …

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It has been a while since I consciously promised myself that I would meditate every day, take control of my life and rule the world.

But to no one’s surprise, I didn’t follow through. My #1 excuse to not meditate was: Lack of the right time and the right place.

I believed — I’m sure most of you also do — that, for one to meditate, one needs to take a chunk of time off one’s schedule, find a calm spot, sit in the right posture and hear the sounds of silence. …

TED Talks are altogether a different game. A lot of these talks have changed people, perspectives and lives. Some make us happy; some make us sad. But only a few talks change the way we perceive the world.

Christopher Ryan, author and psychologist, in his powerful talk, walks us through the controversial evidence that human beings are sexual omnivores by nature.

Through this talk and his book, Sex at Dawn, he hopes that a more nuanced understanding, on our part, may put an end to discrimination, shame and the kind of unrealistic expectations that kill relationships.

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The talk is succinct and drives home the point that we still don’t know everything there is to know about the human sexual evolution. There are layers to how we perceive relationships, and we owe it to our generation as well as the next to simply live and let live. …

This post is part of the Break The Rock series where I, to be more mindful, am doing things I’ve never done before. I’ve designed this fun project to give myself something to do and not succumb to the pressures of life and get lethargic.

Call it the plan of the universe or a coincidence, but my first task out of my BTR Jar was to “Go out on a long Sunday Brunch” and guess what, today is Sunday! Last night, I was pumped up and motivated to take the reins of my life into my own hands. I promised myself to get up early to a completely new experience. With a sense of renewed enthusiasm, I woke up at dawn and finished my work in a few hours. …

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Last night, I went out.

It might not sound like a big deal because I live in Barcelona (well, Sant Cugat — and no, it’s not the same), the city that parties all through the night and sometimes through to the morning breakfast and afternoon brunches. Barcelona is a beautiful, historic, inviting and embracing city with people so friendly and understanding that despite a language barrier, are always loving and cordial.

I’ve been living here for almost a year now and yet, I have been to the beach twice, haven’t tried any platos tipicos de Catalanes, haven’t made any day trips to Costa Brava or Girona, have never heard of the Gay/Nude Beach that’s hip here and haven’t taken the much anticipated Zindagi-Na-Milegi-Dobara style road trip. …

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2020 began with a bang!
With a robust economy, eager investors and unprecedented levels of venture funding, startups had near-perfect conditions to thrive. The investment community entered the year with a record $120 billion in investment capital for startups.

But as it turns out, the $120 billion capital will not be nearly enough to offset the negative impact of the financial crisis as investors are directing their investments away from high-risk and illiquid upstarts.

Startups, don’t lose heart. There is hope.

Many of the world’s most innovative and notable companies were born during the downturn and especially during the 2008–2009 financial crisis and have weathered and navigated their operations through the Great Recession. Past downturns produced some high-profile companies like Disney, General Motors, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Airbnb, Slack and Uber.

Leaving your day job to pursue a dream might have seemed romantic in normal times but it is terrifying during a downturn. Having said that, new businesses are still forming despite the pandemic although at a significantly lower rate than before. Stripe reported that it handled more than $1 billion in sales for businesses that started on the platform during the pandemic. …


Diksha Bathula

Just as one dons new garments after discarding old ones, the self in embodied consciousness accepts new bodies after discarding the worn out ones

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