Monthly Archives: December 2014

STTI Social Entrepreneurship Update (26th Sept, 2014)

bezos quoteHello everyone!

Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, famously noted that if a team cannot be fed by two pizzas then the team is just way too big (Bezos’ Two-Pizza Team Rule).

The team leads of the STTI Soc. Entr. Committee have appreciated the wisdom behind this observation as we found that both productivity and a collaborative environment were compromised in our first two meetings this semester due to the size of our initial team. Low productivity naturally serves as a huge impediment to our objective of collaboratively developing working business models for firms in India.

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A Brief Note on John Adams (The HBO TV Miniseries)

The HBO miniseries John Adams (2008) was one of the two TV shows that I binge-watched in the Fall 2014 semester. The show’s evident unadulterated creative process, engaging story telling and commitment to historical accuracy kept me hooked to the computer screen right through it’s seven episodes.

The series, which was directed by Tom Hooper (who went on to direct The King’s Speech and Les Miserables), rightfully received critical acclaim (winning four golden globes and thirteen Emmy awards). I have been trying to understand the events and ideas of the American Revolution for sometime now, and through this show, I was able to develop a basic understanding for the life of one of the centrally important founding fathers of the United States. There were many interesting ideas and events that I made a note to follow-up on as I watched the show (the Boston Massacre, John and Abigail Adams’ amazing relationship, Thomas Jefferson’s emphasis on small Government, Alexander Hamilton setting up the First Bank of the United States etc etc). I have included a small fraction of those notes in this post.

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