How a newspaper ad and Rs 5 lakh investment set this entrepreneur on Rs 50 Cr journey in chemicals manufacturing

In 2002, Bengaluru-based entrepreneur Srinivas M saw a newspaper ad about the MSME Ministry conducting a training session for chemical manufacturing. Srinivas was a chemical trader at the time, and thought it would be a good opportunity to start manufacturing chemical products himself. “I saw this a way into a manufacturing sector that could pay me dividends much more than a trading business ever could. I decided to seize this opportunity, and enrolled myself in the programme,” he says. Srinivas was about to enter the chemicals industry that has grown over the years, touching $163…

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How to become a crorepati with PPF investment

Although making one crore with moderate monthly investment without equity exposure is difficult, periodic investment in Public Provident Fund (PPF) for a long-term can do the trick with the power of compounding. The longer your money stays invested, the quicker it grows. The timeframe to reach Rs 1 crore will depend on the amount of your monthly investment and period of investment that you are willing to commit. However, one can only invest Rs 1.5 lakh in PPF in a year. Long-term commitment PPF is a long term investment product…

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Gardening for the Novice: How to enhance your gardening experience by extending the growing season

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need” — Cicero, Roman Statesman and Philosopher (106 BC-43BC) This year has been especially hard on Montcalm area gardeners with all the weather variability they experienced trying to maintain their landscape gardens at a beautiful and productive level. At this point, it is understandable that many gardeners are ready to shut down their gardens and wait for next year’s spring gardening season to begin. However, now is the time for gardeners to enjoy the benefits of their hard…

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How investment platform Groww is making investing as simple as shopping online for millennials

“Investing should be as simple as shopping online,” says Harsh Jain, who co-founded Groww, India’s fastest growing investment platform, with former Flipkart colleagues Lalit Keshre, Neeraj Singh and Ishan Bansal in 2017. In fact, it is this simplified approach to investing that is attracting a new generation of first-time investors into the market. According to research by Groww, by 2020, nearly 76 percent of India’s population will comprise of millennials (those born between 1981 and 1996), who are arguably the most digitally-savvy generation ever. They also have very different perspectives than previous generations…

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New framework looks at how technology is changing our cities

The Urban Land Institute, a non-profit grop creating sustainable communities, has launched an Urban Technology Framework to help cities advance into the next generation. The Urban Technology Framework has identified 12 current trends that will shape metropolitan hubs, the group said. This in turn, will help developers and architects who are responsible for delivering future cities. Key tech trends include 3D printing transforming the way we build, and the Internet of Things (IoT) progressing smart buildings from stationary structures to machines. Digitalisation will transform business models, causing the existing sharing economy to…

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From inspiration to influence: how to harness storytelling for business success

The 11 chapters are spread across 270 pages, and make for an informative read. There is also a five-page story index which effectively illustrates the principles of story tagging and taxonomy. Shawn Callahan is a storytelling author, trainer, and coach. Based in Melbourne, he has worked with companies ranging from Danone and Allianz to SAP and Tesco. He is the founder of Anecdote, whose consulting programmes are delivered in eight languages. Shawn holds a bachelor’s degree in geography and archaeology from the Australian National University. “Smart organisations are investing in helping…

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