In our present digital centred lives, we are often struggling to find real meaning. The written word is in many ways more powerful as it takes us back and forth but at present we are doing more of our reading using gadgets. With the hunger for information, there has also emerged an equal hunger to broadcast as can be understood from millions of bloggers around the world. Blogs were started to disseminate information but they have instead become tools to conduct digital marketing. Poets and writers have in the past taken to writing not as a refuge but to instead explore the inner paid and suffering.


It was traditionally thought that education and technology do not meet, but now Ed-Tech is one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK. There are more than a thousand startups in England with twenty per cent of them based out of London. As per a business consulting assignment conducted by London & Partners, the Ed-Tech sector is now worth £45 million and expected to reach £129 million by 2020. The challenge for this industry in the UK is whether the trends of the USA can be emulated by attracting Venture Capital (VC) funds. Even the British government has granted some such startups to invest in schools on technology. One such startup- Technology Will Save Us (TWSU) – has already started making inroads in providing educational solutions in both online as well as retail formats.


Outsourcing of logistics is a time tested process in business. Reports suggest that outsourcing of logistics alone is an industry worth nearly a quarter of a trillion dollars annually. San Jose based semiconductor manufacturer Xilinx though has gone one level extra. It has been outsourcing demand management. This the company manages in spite of gigantic operations involving twenty thousand customers spanning the globe. This forecasting is conducted by business research firm Avnet. Preexisting rules have been set and trends studied beforehand by Xilinx. Parts of their five thousand plus stock keeping units which are showing substantial plus or minus are scrutinized deeply. Contracted manufacturers are accordingly tipped off before major change in demand is identified.

Contrary to popular belief, the super successful people are as much if not more prone to bouts of depression than less successful ones. In fact business consulting publication Forbes in a report claims that CEOs are twice as likely to suffer depression than others. Further, studies have also confirmed that this affliction troubles developed, wealthy nations more than the have-nots. Part of this could be explained by the fact that the higher humans go, they tend to get lonelier as there are fewer people at those levels. The competition eventually tires even the best and most resilient of them. Resilience itself may get weaker with increased success. These uber-successful people tend to work harder than others and so much effort means that they do not enjoy the time to focus on the simple things of life which bring joy. A lot of these high achievers started out at less exalted levels and thus once they reach the higher echelons they feel detached from their roots. In several such cases, they may have valued wealth, fame or power while young which they did achieve but as they grew older, they started valuing less tangible factors more.

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