The leadership at India’s elite startups is mostly a boys’ club.The world’s third-largest startup ecosystem has been churning out tech unicorns at a faster pace than ever before, but this success — just like the tech industry in general — is heavily skewed towards men.

What is Bechdel Test?

In 1985, cartoonist Alison Bechdel coined the term Bechdel Test to measure the lack of female representation on screen. In order to pass this test, any movie or television show must qualify these three things:

  • Feature two female characters
  • Have those two characters talk to one another
  • Have those characters talk to one another about…


According to data from the National Science Foundation, more women than ever are earning STEM degrees but only 38% of women who majored in computer science are working in the field compared to 53% of men. And this should be discussed?

Have you watched The Social Network?

If this heading piqued you to open this blog, I assume you must have.

Remember the great opening scene in The Social Network, where Mark Zukerberg’s character (and remember, this is a work of fiction, so it is just a character) is being dumped by his girlfriend and she says something like, “You’re…


With or without a reason for years, graduates of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) have been considered the crème de la crème of the startup world. Think IIM or IIT, and you often think success.

A few weeks ago, I read a post by Sugar Cosmetic’s co-founder and COO Kaushik Mukherjee narrating their story of raising funds and the hardships it took despite having all the illustrious tags of validation in the Indian Startup Ecosystem. Yes, you got it right- IIT/IIM and Ex- XYZ.

Source- Linkedin Post

Somehow this post stayed with me because being…


The hardest things end up becoming the easiest, once you’ve fully committed to them. Most pursuits have some unavoidable effort. You can either choose to commit that effort or find ways to pretend it doesn’t exist.

A few years back, when I decided, I wanted to start something of my own- there were a lot of spillover benefits to other areas of my life, even though they weren’t related to entrepreneurship. I started reading books, listening to podcasts, exercising regularly and eating healthier, for instance. …


Inefficiency is what drives businesses to create better products. Is there a way of doing the same thing more quickly? Or more cheaply? Or, most importantly, more easily?

These are the questions businesses have to constantly ask themselves to stay at the forefront of the market.

And the ultimate drivers behind these demands, the consumers, are the millennials. These are the same people who will take an Uber home from drinks late on a Saturday night, watch box sets on Netflix, order Zomato and book their next holiday on Airbnb. They are the biggest critics of products that don’t do…


Mark Twain once said, “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.”

And we, as mere mortals have done that for years. Land symbolizes power, self- sufficiency and legacy. The shift from Palaces and Kingdoms to Mansions and BHKs, we value almost all of our life’s savings equivalent to a piece of land that we could (and in peer pressure, should) own. The relationship between space, power and identity are mediated by symbols and for ages, Land has been a symbol of the concrete reality of power. To add further, a piece of land camouflages vividly with everything that exists on this planet (which is also a piece of land)- socially, culturally…

Jaya Pandey

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