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The ContraMinds Podcast

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This is a podcast that explores thoughts and conversations around the DNA of purposeful minds. It tries to decode what really goes behind the minds of people with a purpose, what are their motivations and inspiration, attempts to understand the why behind what they do and how do they successfully accomplish what they set out do. It helps provide a mental framework, markers and a mind map for each one us to learn and discover from their life purpose, their cultural ecosystem and their experiences. These conversations will hopefully open your mind, help you put some these thoughts to practice both in your life and career.
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#037: Prem Kumar Gokuladasan on How Technology Can Transform India’s Rural Education
#037: Prem Kumar Gokuladasan on How Technology Can Transform India’s Rural Education
Prem Kumar is the founder of Kalvi40, a mobile educational technology app that is transforming the way education is imparted to over 750 Government schools across 26 districts in Tamil Nadu. A seasoned IT delivery Manager with a career that spanned 19 years across companies like HCL and TCS, Prem Kumar took a leap of faith in creating Kalvi40 when he observed gaps in the way education was reaching school children in Tamil Nadu’s Hinterland. With a global collaborative volunteer network which helps Kalvi40 create content for the kids, Prem Kumar today has managed to reach over 750 Government schools across 26 districts in Tamil Nadu. Listen to Prem’s fascinating journey in this podcast where Swami delves deep into the what, why and how of Kalvi40, including: How Prem was inspired to start Kalvi40 What made Prem take the ultimate leap of faith Understanding what “rural India” really means How Prem built the platform from scratch Discovering the difference between Corporate Outsourcing and Social Outsourcing The distinction between Purpose and Process in Social Startups The challenges of running a social startup Listen to the podcast on Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Anchor | Google Podcasts Watch the full video episode on YouTube For show notes and earlier guest interviews, please visit www.contraminds.com To sign up for our weekly newsletter, please visit https://contraminds.substack.com/ Connect with Prem: https://twitter.com/premgkumar | https://www.linkedin.com/in/prem-kumar-gokuladasan-43105618/ Connect with Swami: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sivaraman-swaminathan-9856501/ Connect with us: LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/contraminds/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/contraminds/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/contraminds Website: www.contraminds.com
01:42:20
February 02, 2023
The Super CMO Show - Marc de Swaan Arons #001
The Super CMO Show - Marc de Swaan Arons #001
HUMANIZED GROWTH: A NEW BLUEPRINT FOR MARKETING Mark de Swaan Arons is a thought leader in global marketing leadership. An experienced marketing hand, Marc had a successful 14-year career with Unilever working in The Netherlands and New York offices and is now the Founder of the Institute for Real Growth (IRG) - a not-for-profit organization that helps CMOs and other growth leaders drive humanized growth. Earlier Marc co-founded EffectiveBrands (2001), a global marketing leadership consultancy which later became a part of the the WPP group.Marc has learned from and collaborated with many of the world’s most prominent Chief Marketing Officers, and he is a frequent keynote speaker at business schools, companies, and industry conferences. In this inaugural episode of The Super CMO Show, Swami and Marc discuss: How Marc found his true calling in Marketing How marketing influences the strategic direction of companies The Da Vinci CMO model Being an effective CMO Tips for future marketers Brand insights with Dove, Nike, Patagonia, Tide & Colgate How technology, creativity and emotion drive marketing and much more. Listen to the podcast on Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Anchor | Google Podcasts Watch the full video episode on YouTube For show notes and earlier guest interviews, please visit www.contraminds.com To sign up for our weekly newsletter, please visit https://contraminds.substack.com/ Connect with Marc: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcdeswaanarons/ Connect with Swami: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sivaraman-swaminathan-9856501/ Connect with us: LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/contraminds/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/contraminds/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/contraminds Website: www.contraminds.com
01:22:32
January 13, 2023
The Best Advice Our Guests Ever Received | 2022 Recap
The Best Advice Our Guests Ever Received | 2022 Recap
Is it Your life is your responsibility or  Just keep going. No matter what or pay yourself first.  It does not matter how good the advice is if you have benefited from it!    As Prof Annapurni says, Whatever the situation you are in be it a disadvantageous situation but identify the advantage of it and make use of it.   As Sunder Madakshira says, Winning the battle in one's mind before winning it in the marketplace is very important.    As Chris Yeh says, Quantity has a Quality of its own, You should keep doing and trying, Keep trying and work hard!   Find out the Best Advice our guests Ever Received in this curated video.   Featured in the video are:   Roger Forsgren, Former Chief Knowledge Officer at NASA Neil Hoyne, Chief Measurement Strategist at Google  Sunder Madakshira, CEO of Rezolve  Prof. Thales Teixeira, Co-Founder of Decoupling.co  Prof. Yadati Narahari, Director of the Centre for Brain Research  B Joseph Pine II, Author, Speaker and Management Advisor  Dr. Annapurni Subramaniam, Director of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics Amit Ranjan, Co-Founder of Slideshare  Paul Zak, Neuroeconomist  Chris Yeh, Author, Investor and Entrepreneur 
16:26
December 24, 2022
What advice would you give to an 18-Year Old at University? | 2022 Recap
What advice would you give to an 18-Year Old at University? | 2022 Recap
What advice would you give to an 18-year-old in university?   Is it Getting out of the bubble of your Majors? Developing communication skills or simply sticking to the basics?   As Prof Annapurni says, work hard, be passionate, and find something that challenges you. If you feel comfortable and capable, you are no longer challenged.   As Neil Hoyne says, in the future, you must learn subjects outside your core discipline and gain real-world experience!   As Chris Yeh says, Try and experience new things because there will be an easier time to try new things or meet remarkable people as all things are being served on a silver platter!   Find out what advice our Guests would give to an 18-year-old at university in this curated video. Featured in the video are: Roger Forsgren, Former Chief Knowledge Officer at NASA Neil Hoyne, Chief Measurement Strategist at Google Sunder Madakshira, CEO of Rezolve Prof. Thales Teixeira, Co-Founder of Decoupling.co Prof. Yadati Narahari, Director of the Centre for Brain Research B Joseph Pine II, Author, Speaker and Management Advisor Dr. Annapurni Subramaniam, Director of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics Amit Ranjan, Co-Founder of Slideshare Paul Zak, Neuroeconomist Chris Yeh, Author, Investor and Entrepreneur
26:04
December 15, 2022
What Does Success Mean To You? | 2022 Recap
What Does Success Mean To You? | 2022 Recap
What Does Success Mean To You? Is it about how much money you make for yourself, or is it in being able to give back to society? Is it a measure of happiness or in constantly striving to achieve your goals?  As Prof Annapurni says, the definition of success changes in every stage of career and life. When we start our career, we are hungry, we are curious. We want to learn, we want to create and we want to be recognised.  A few years later, it is about how much money we make, the kind of lifestyle we want, and the kind of material pleasures we consume. Once financially secure, as we reach the last couple of decades of our career, success lies in the reputation we’ve built, the goodwill we’ve earned and the lives we’ve touched along the way. At the end of the day, as Sunder Madakshira says, a good night’s sleep with a clear conscience is a measure of success in itself.   Watch this curated video on what success means to the guests we have spoken to this year.   Featured in the video are: Roger Forsgren, Former Chief Knowledge Officer at NASA  Neil Hoyne, Chief Measurement Strategist at Google  Sunder Madakshira, CEO of Rezolve  Prof. Thales Teixeira, Co-Founder of Decoupling.co  Prof. Yadati Narahari, Director of the Centre for Brain Research  B Joseph Pine II, Author, Speaker and Management Advisor  Dr. Annapurni Subramaniam, Director of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics   Amit Ranjan, Co-Founder of Slideshare  Paul Zak, Neuroeconomist  Chris Yeh, Author, Investor and Entrepreneur
09:44
December 05, 2022
#036: Rupal Patel on Identity-Driven Leadership: Lessons Learnt from the CIA, to being a CEO
#036: Rupal Patel on Identity-Driven Leadership: Lessons Learnt from the CIA, to being a CEO
Rupal Patel is an ex-CIA agent turned entrepreneur, international speaker and business consultant. She helps founders and executives unlock their potential through a powerful new toolkit that reveals how techniques of the CIA can help anyone find their voice and thrive without conforming to stale stereotypes or dated “best practices”. Rupal is the author of the bestselling book “From CIA to CEO”. In this episode, Rupal talks to Swaminathan Sivaraman on the fundamental values that shaped her life, as the child of immigrant parents in America the importance of curiosity in career-building understanding your personal mission and corporate mission how it was working at the CIA how to have difficult conversations as a leader talking the truth to power how the CIA taught her to handle failure her philosophy of absolute v relative life learning, gathering and debriefing data about yourself and many other strategies and unique methods to reset your mindset and aim for success. Listen to the full podcast on Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Anchor Full Video Episode available on YouTube.
01:12:00
November 09, 2022
#035: The Chris Yeh Experience: On Design, Leadership and Blitzscaling
#035: The Chris Yeh Experience: On Design, Leadership and Blitzscaling
A writer, investor, and entrepreneur, Chris Yeh has had a ringside seat in the world of startups and scale-ups since 1995. His books help founders, venture capitalists, corporate leaders, policymakers, and everyday people better understand how the internet has changed the way we work together to build amazing organizations. Chris Yeh is the co-author, along with Reid Hoffman, of Blitzscaling, the book that explains how to build world-changing companies like Amazon, Alibaba, and Airbnb in record time. In this episode with Swami & Vignesh, Chris talks about His work at D E Shaw when the internet was an emergent technology The importance of design thinking, storytelling, art & design for engineers How public speaking and Improv can help structure pitches The need for playfulness in product design Blitzscaling for companies in emerging economies Embracing ambiguity and uncertainty when you’re creating something new ...and many more engaging insights. Listen in on the podcast. You can also catch the full video episode on YouTube.
01:39:54
October 17, 2022
#034: Thales Teixeira on Digital Disruption Through Decoupling
#034: Thales Teixeira on Digital Disruption Through Decoupling
Prof. Thales Teixeira is the co-founder of digital disruption consultancy Decoupling.co. Previously, he was the Lumry Family Associate Professor at Harvard Business School, where he taught MBA, doctoral and executive-level courses in Marketing Models, Digital Marketing and Ecommerce for 10 years. His two primary domains of research constitute Digital Disruption and The Economics of Attention. He is the author of dozens of articles published in trade press outlets such as The Harvard Business Review, The McKinsey Quarterly, Think with Google, and in academic journals such as Marketing Science, JMR, JM, and JAR. His research and opinions have been routinely featured in The NY Times, The Financial Times, ABC Nightly News, NBC News, NPR, Forbes, Quartz, The New Yorker and The Guardian. Thales is the author of Unlocking the Customer Value Chain: How Decoupling Drives Consumer Disruption, which is based on eight years of research visiting dozens of startups, tech companies and incumbents. Thales shows how and why consumer industries are disrupted, and what established companies can do about it—while highlighting the specific strategies potential startups use to gain a competitive edge. In this episode with Swami & Vignesh, Thales talks about: Disruption & the genesis of Decoupling Product Development in Developed vs Developing Markets Differences between Customer Value Chain and Customer Journey How certain Customer Value Chain niches are creating new business models How to define Business Models through the Customer Value Chain How Large Companies Vs Startups approach Customer Needs Identifying Erosion of Product-Market Fit Insight into how Uber, Airnbnb & Etsy made their first 1000 customers ...and many more insights and strategies. Listen in on the podcast. You can also catch the full video episode on YouTube.
01:33:41
September 21, 2022
#033: B Joseph Pine II on Want to Win Customers? Sell Them Experiences.
#033: B Joseph Pine II on Want to Win Customers? Sell Them Experiences.
B. Joseph Pine II is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and management advisor to Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial start-ups alike. He is the cofounder of Strategic Horizons LLP, a thinking studio dedicated to helping businesses conceive and design new ways of adding value to their economic offerings. Pine consults with numerous companies around the world, helping them embrace the ideas and frameworks he writes about, develop concepts for creating more economic value, and see those concepts become reality. His books (author / co-author) include Mass Customization, The Experience Economy, Infinite Possibility and Authenticity. In this episode with Swami & Vignesh, Joe talks about the need for experiences beyond just Goods & Services. He touches upon his famous presentation on “The Progression of Economic Value”, and goes on to elucidate with very specific examples on how traditional organizations can become experience organizations. How do companies like Apple & Amazon determine what is an extraordinary standard for experiences? What is the concept behind Six Looking Glasses? What is the correlation between authenticity and experience? An amazing episode awaits you. Listen in on the podcast. You can also catch the full video episode on YouTube.
59:20
September 08, 2022
#032: Prasad Mangipudi on Building a World-Class Sports Ecosystem in India
#032: Prasad Mangipudi on Building a World-Class Sports Ecosystem in India
Prasad Mangipudi is one of the top sports development and marketing minds in India. Prasad is the Managing Director of Sportzlive - a company primarily focused on investing and creating Sports IPRs in the Indian sub-continent market, and is a Mentor Director with the Hyderabad Hydras, a premier esports & lifestyle organisation. Prasad is one of the brains behind the Premier Badminton League, making India's official badminton league the world's #1 badminton league in just 5 years. After 26 years of rich experience of across sectors - advertising, hospitality, marketing, tourism, sports events, and healthcare - with organisations like Lowe Lintas, Sterling Holiday Resorts, Greyhound Marketing, LifeCell International, Aurobindo Pharma and Mylan Labs, Prasad finally found his calling card in the field of sports. In this episode, Prasad talks to Swami about why India has to look beyond its favorite sport, cricket, in its ambition to become a sports superpower. Prasad stresses on the fact that sports builds character and why we must make our youngsters play, play and play. Prasad also talks about his experience building a world-class academy with Pullela Gopichand, India’s biggest badminton star, touches upon how to groom high-class coaches and the need to support players who do not reach the peak of their game.
51:29
August 26, 2022
#031: Paul Zak on Applying Neuroscience in Engagement, Immersion and Brand Interactions
#031: Paul Zak on Applying Neuroscience in Engagement, Immersion and Brand Interactions
Intro Paul Zak is an American neuroeconomist. He is the co-founder of Immersion Neuroscience, which creates technologies that enable human flourishing. His specialities include neuroeconomics, neuromarketing and neuromanagement. Paul is also a professor at Claremont Graduate University (for over 27 years), where he currently is the Director at the Centre of Neuroeconomics Studies. In this episode with Swami and Vignesh, Paul discusses the role of Oxytocin and Dopamine, how the human brain responds to trust, the risk of AI in interpreting human emotion, the concepts of neuroeconomics and neuromanagement, hybrid experience as the future of brand interactions and gives us a glimpse into his upcoming book “Immersion: The science of the extraordinary and the source of happiness”.
01:11:51
August 16, 2022
#030: Connor Joyce on How Behavioral Science is shaping the core of Product Development
#030: Connor Joyce on How Behavioral Science is shaping the core of Product Development
Connor Joyce is a behavioral science evangelist who writes extensively about the future of work, helping establish the field of behavioral science. In this episode on The ContraMinds Podcast, Connor speaks to Swami and Vignesh about the importance of behavioral science and its four pillars of Choice Architecture, Biases & Heuristics, Habit Formation and Social Norms. A deep-dive discussion into the world of human-centred research, Connor gives specific examples with Tesla, Uber, Lyft and Snap. He also talks about the Apple Watch and how the idea of Libertarian Paternalism is driving the Apple Watch’s features for better user outcomes.
01:26:47
July 23, 2022
#029: Shyam Sekhar on The Founder's Guide to Finance
#029: Shyam Sekhar on The Founder's Guide to Finance
Shyam Sekhar is the Ideator and Founder of ithought Financial Consulting LLP. He is an active and renowned value investor with over 30 years of experience in financial markets. His focus as an investor has been on identifying investment opportunities in emerging companies through a sound research driven process. In this episode, Shyam talks to us about his investment process, managing finances as an entrepreneur, and thinking about capital and funding from first principles.
58:44
July 05, 2022
#028: Sunder Madakshira on The Power of Connecting Data, Brands, and Strategy
#028: Sunder Madakshira on The Power of Connecting Data, Brands, and Strategy
Sunder Madakshira currently serves as the CEO of Rezolve in India. He has held leadership roles for over 26 years in Sales and Marketing with companies such as Adobe, Hindustan Unilever, VISA, SAP, WIPRO and Infosys. He is considered a pioneer in Data Driven Operating Models (DDOM) in B2B Marketing in India. In this episode, Swami and Vignesh speak to Sunder about the changing landscape in Marketing, his ideal Marketing curriculum, and how his interest in music influenced his life.
01:38:18
May 31, 2022
#027: Adrian Gropper on The Intersection of Data, Technology, and Individual Rights
#027: Adrian Gropper on The Intersection of Data, Technology, and Individual Rights
Adrian Gropper, MD, is the CTO of Patient Privacy Rights, an organisation representing 10.3 million patients and is among the foremost open data advocates in the United States. Adrian’s work focuses on solving critical problems of patient matching, cybersecurity, transparency, access, and delegation to family caregivers. We had a wide-ranging conversation with Adrian where he spoke to us about Patient Privacy, Data Platforms, and the chasm between Science and the Law.
01:22:22
May 02, 2022
#026: Prof. Y. Narahari on Seeking Wisdom in the Theory of Games
#026: Prof. Y. Narahari on Seeking Wisdom in the Theory of Games
Prof. Yadati Narahari's research work focuses on game theory, mechanism design, and artificial intelligence techniques to research problems at the intersection of computer science and economics. From 2014 to 2021, he served as Dean of the Division of Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Sciences (EECS) at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. At IISc, he teaches two courses:  Game Theory and Artificial Intelligence for Social Good. We had a wide ranging discussion with Prof. Narahari. We spoke about the work and influence of John von Neumann, the convergence of AI, Economics, and Game Theory, and the Principles that form the foundation of a Good Incentive.
01:34:48
April 07, 2022
#025: Dr. Annapurni Subramaniam on Reaching for the Stars with Grace and Humility
#025: Dr. Annapurni Subramaniam on Reaching for the Stars with Grace and Humility
Dr. Annapurni Subramaniam serves as the Director of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore. Her research work focuses on Star Clusters, Stellar Evolution and Population in Galaxies and Magellanic Clouds. In this episode, Dr. Annapurni speaks to us about her childhood fascination with the night sky, her thoughts on a long-term vision for Scientific Research in India, and balancing leadership and contributor roles in projects with grace and humility.
01:07:06
March 21, 2022
#024: Neil Hoyne on Managing Relationships in the Age of Data
#024: Neil Hoyne on Managing Relationships in the Age of Data
Neil Hoyne serves as the Chief Measurement Strategist at Google and is a Senior Fellow at The Wharton School. He is most recently the author of Converted: The Data-driven Way to Win Customers’ Hearts.  The book focuses on how companies can build trust at the most fundamental level in the the age of Big Data, Analytics, and Machine Learning. In this episode, Neil speaks to Swami and Vignesh about: Why a Wealth of Data creates a Poverty of Real Human Relationships The Use and Abuse of Metrics in Corporations What it takes to be a Well-Rounded Individual in the 21st century
01:38:08
February 21, 2022
#023: Roger Forsgren on Knowledge Management Lessons from NASA
#023: Roger Forsgren on Knowledge Management Lessons from NASA
Roger Forsgren served as the Chief Knowledge Office (CKO) of NASA from 2013 to 2021. As CKO, he led NASA’s Knowledge Management efforts, ensuring that the agency’s workforce had access to the critical knowledge needed for mission success.  He also served as Director of the NASA Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership, internally known as APPEL, the agency’s education and training program in the fields of Project Management, Systems Engineering, Engineering, and Leadership Development.   Roger most recently is the author of the book, “Lean Knowledge Management: How NASA Implemented a Practical KM Program” where he lays out the principles, tactics, and strategies he implemented at NASA during his tenure as the Chief Knowledge Officer. In this conversation, Roger talks to Swami and Vignesh about his career at NASA, the foundational ideas that underlie the practice of Knowledge Management, and why being at the intersection of history and engineering is a unique competitive advantage.
01:39:22
January 19, 2022
#022 : Amit Ranjan on The Source Code for Building World-Class Products
#022 : Amit Ranjan on The Source Code for Building World-Class Products
Amit Ranjan is best known as the co-founder of Slideshare, the world's largest community for sharing professional content including presentations, infographics, documents, and videos. In 2012, Slideshare was acquired by LinkedIn and as of 2020, it has been acquired by Scribd. Amit is also an Angel Investor and Advisor to several early stage startups in India, Singapore and the United States such as Open, Tracxn and Khatabook, among many others. Amit is currently the Architect of two projects under the Digital India Mission at the National eGov Division, Ministry of Information Technology. These are: Digital Locker: A national ecosystem for paperless governance by digitizing citizen records & enabling digital usage of these records. Open Forge: An open source initiative aimed at building a national source code sharing platform for collaborative development of egov applications. In this episode, Amit speaks to Swami and Vignesh about crossing the startup-government chasm, what it takes to build a digital nation project at scale and why technology alone isn’t enough to build a great product company.
01:34:02
January 10, 2022
#021: Col. Vijay Chadda on Leadership Lessons from a Life of Service
#021: Col. Vijay Chadda on Leadership Lessons from a Life of Service
Col. Vijay Chadda served in the Indian Armed Forces for more than two decades, following which, in 1992, he transitioned to the Private Sector. After holding leadership positions in various large multinationals in the logistics, travel and tourism space, he became the CEO of the Bharti Foundation in 2008.    Today, he serves as the CEO of the Air Pollution Action Group, a Foundation set up to assist the Central and State Governments in India’s fight against Air Pollution.   In this episode, Col. Chadda speaks to Swami and Vignesh about his time at the National Defence Academy, how Leadership Principles do not change whether one is on the Battlefield or in the Boardroom, and his thoughts on what ails the Primary School System in India.
01:08:08
December 13, 2021
#020: Allison Hartsoe on Transforming Businesses by Understanding Customers
#020: Allison Hartsoe on Transforming Businesses by Understanding Customers
Allison Hartsoe is a three-time entrepreneur and is currently the CEO of Ambition Data. She is, most recently, the author of the book, "The Age of Customer Equity: Data-driven Strategies to Build a Sustainable Company". In this episode, Allison speaks to Swami and Vignesh about Data-driven Marketing, the difference between Brand Value and Customer Value, and her Favourite Books. Click here to buy a copy of Allison's latest book: https://amzn.to/3FKVD43
01:00:50
November 25, 2021
#019: Radhika Dutt on Leading Change through Radical Product Thinking
#019: Radhika Dutt on Leading Change through Radical Product Thinking
Radhika Dutt is an Entrepreneur and Product Leader, who is most recently the author of "Radical Product Thinking: The New Mindset for Innovating Smarter". She is currently Advisor on Product Thinking to the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Singapore’s financial regulator and central bank. In this episode, Radhika speaks to Vignesh and Swami about setting the right Product Vision, the similarities between Vision Statements and APIs, and how to think about Ethics in the realm of Product Management. Quick Connect Radhika Dutt: https://www.linkedin.com/in/radhika-dutt/ Vignesh S.: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vigneshs1994/ S. Swaminathan: https://www.linkedin.com/in/s-swaminathan-9856501/ Radical Product Thinking Buy the Book: https://amzn.to/3n2oquq Download the Toolkit: https://bit.ly/3kLZYw7 Become a ContraMind LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/contraminds/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/contraminds Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/contraminds/ YouTube: https://bit.ly/30ewrDO Website: https://contraminds.com/
01:07:49
November 11, 2021
#018: Bipindra N.C. on Exploring the Defence Tech Landscape
#018: Bipindra N.C. on Exploring the Defence Tech Landscape
Bipindra N.C. is the Founder and Editor of Defence.Capital, a publication which tracks the business and politics of India’s growing defence, homeland security, aerospace and maritime trade and market. In this episode, Bipin speaks to Swami and Vignesh about the role of startups and entrepreneurship in Defence Tech, the structure of India’s Defence ecosystem, and the Knowledge and Skills Veterans bring to the Private Sector.
01:09:43
October 19, 2021
#017: Suresh Shankar on A Founder-CEO's Guide to Company Building
#017: Suresh Shankar on A Founder-CEO's Guide to Company Building
Suresh is the Co-Founder and CEO of Crayon Data, a Big Data and Artificial Intelligence company with a vision to simplify the world’s choices. In this episode, Suresh speaks to Swami about spotting trends, limitations in being only a left-brained or a right-brained company, and the three types of personalities you need to have when building a company.
01:04:01
October 05, 2021
#016: Narayan Parasuram on Building a Business on the Power of Stories
#016: Narayan Parasuram on Building a Business on the Power of Stories
Narayan Parasuram is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of the Karadi Tales Company. In this episode, Narayan speaks to Swami and Vignesh about his journey and the lessons learnt in setting up Karadi Tales, the challenges he has faced as an Independent Movie Producer, and why we need to rethink the value of Traditional Institutions in India.
02:13:32
September 16, 2021
#015: Thomas Kolster on The Unmarketing Code for Meaningful Brands
#015: Thomas Kolster on The Unmarketing Code for Meaningful Brands
Thomas Kolster is the Founder and Creative Director of Goodvertising Agency, one of the pioneers in turning environmental, societal and health risks into market opportunities where growing the bottom line goes hand in hand with creating better communities and a better planet. In this episode, Thomas speaks to Swami about the new Unmarketing Movement, why Sustainability has a Storytelling Problem, and his latest book, "The Hero Trap".
01:29:46
August 24, 2021
#014: Kumar Vembu on Building a Culture of Happiness and Zero Follow-Ups
#014: Kumar Vembu on Building a Culture of Happiness and Zero Follow-Ups
Kumar is the Founder and CEO of GoFrugal, one of India’s leading Point-of-Sale solutions for Retail, Restaurant and Distribution businesses. He is also a Co-Founder of Zoho Corporation, one of the world’s leading companies in the domain of Online Productivity Tools and SaaS Applications. In this episode, Kumar speaks to Swami about what it takes to build a great Company Culture, the Importance of an Ownership Mindset, and what it means to be a 'Happiness-first' Company.
01:07:01
August 05, 2021
#013: Prof. Manish Jain on How to Enhance Learning Through Creativity
#013: Prof. Manish Jain on How to Enhance Learning Through Creativity
Prof. Manish Jain is an Associate Teaching Professor at Center for Creative Learning (CCL), a lab in IIT Gandhinagar, whose goal is to create and foster makers who can take innovation to the next level. In this episode, Prof. Jain speaks to Swami about how the education system robs children of their sense of wonder, the role of the CCL in training teachers and helping students rekindle their joy of learning science, and his Khichidi Theory of Education.
01:26:15
July 23, 2021
#012: Karthik Srinivasan on Using Your Personal Brand to Escape the Rat Race
#012: Karthik Srinivasan on Using Your Personal Brand to Escape the Rat Race
Karthik Srinivasan is one India’s leading Communications Strategy Consultants and an Expert in the field of Personal Branding.  In this episode, Karthik speaks to Swami about how he discovered and fell in love with Advertising, his views on Best Practices related to building Personal Brands, and his latest book, “Be Social: Building Brand YOU Online”.
01:05:25
July 13, 2021
#011: Dr. Ashwin Mahalingam on Bringing Interdisciplinary Thinking to Project Management
#011: Dr. Ashwin Mahalingam on Bringing Interdisciplinary Thinking to Project Management
Dr. Ashwin Mahalingam is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at IIT Madras. He is also a co-founder of Okapi Advisory Services and serves as a Director on the Board. He is the Editor of the Engineering Project Organization Journal (EPOJ) and has served on many National Committees. In this episode, Ashwin speaks to Swami about Megaprojects, the multi-dimensional nature of Project Management, and Entrepreneurship at IIT Madras, among many other things.
01:07:15
July 01, 2021
#010: Prof. Vidita Vaidya on a Neuroscientist's Guide to Managing Stress, Depression, and Emotions
#010: Prof. Vidita Vaidya on a Neuroscientist's Guide to Managing Stress, Depression, and Emotions
Prof. Vidita Vaidya is the Head and Principal Investigator of the Vaidya Lab at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai. In this episode, Prof. Vaidya speaks to Swami about the Architecture of Stress, the impact of Life Experiences on the Neurocircuitry of the Brain, and how Psychological Stressors affect the growth of individuals from their childhood.
01:11:32
June 21, 2021
#009: Karthik Sundaram on Approaching Life as a Collection of Journeys
#009: Karthik Sundaram on Approaching Life as a Collection of Journeys
Karthik Sundaram is an Entrepreneur, Investor, and Advisor. He is the President and CEO of Purplepatch Services, a leading B2B Digital Marketing firm based in Silicon Valley. In this episode, Karthik speaks to Swami about stepping sideways to move ahead, connecting with people to learn from them as opposed to networking, and being comfortable with discomfort.
01:04:40
June 08, 2021
#008: Srikant Sastri on Entrepreneurship and Building World-Class Products in India
#008: Srikant Sastri on Entrepreneurship and Building World-Class Products in India
This episode features an in-depth conversation with Srikant Sastri. Srikant is one of India's leading Founder-CEOs and Advisors. He is a co-author of the book, The Ventilator Project: How the IIT Kanpur Consortium Built a World-class Product during India’s Covid-19 Lockdown, along with Dr. Amitabha Bandyopadhyay. In this episode, Srikant speaks to Swami about his Entrepreneurial Journey, Innovation during a time of Crisis, and setting up Institutions to nurture High Growth Companies in India.
01:05:23
May 27, 2021
#007: Malaksingh Gill on Meta-Discipline and Sustainable Architecture
#007: Malaksingh Gill on Meta-Discipline and Sustainable Architecture
This episode features and in-depth conversation with Malaksingh Gill. Malaksingh is a Mumbai-based architect practicing architecture inspired by local, alternative building materials, construction techniques, and crafts.  In this episode, Malaksingh speaks to Swami about Learning and Unlearning Architecture under Laurie Baker, Understanding Architecture as a Meta-Discipline, and the Importance of Environment and Culture-Responsive Design.
57:21
May 17, 2021
#006: Ashwin Damera on The Art and Pursuit of Disciplined Entrepreneurship
#006: Ashwin Damera on The Art and Pursuit of Disciplined Entrepreneurship
This episode features an in-depth conversation with Ashwin Damera. Ashwin is the Co-Founder and CEO of Eruditus, a worldwide leader in the $280 billion global professional education market. In this episode, Ashwin speaks to Swami about building Eruditus, achieving Product Market Fit, pursuing the Art of Disciplined Entrepreneurship, and democratizing education for all.
51:13
May 05, 2021
#005: Samit Malkani on Brand Marketing Lessons from Google and the DNA of Creative Teams
#005: Samit Malkani on Brand Marketing Lessons from Google and the DNA of Creative Teams
This episode features a long-form conversation with Samit Malkani. Samit is the Head of Brand Marketing, South East Asia and India, at Google. In this episode, Samit talks to Swami about the art and craft of Brand Marketing at Google, what he believes will be the make up of the Creative Team of the Future, and the shift in perspective needed when moving from an Agency-side role to a Client-side role.
45:45
April 19, 2021
#004: Alex Lange on Leaders as Humans
#004: Alex Lange on Leaders as Humans
This episode features a long form conversation with Alex Lange. Alex is an Executive Coach and Facilitator with GoInnovation- a global consulting and leadership development organization providing executive and life coaching, team building, organizational development, and society-building. In this episode, Alex talks to Swami about the importance of being human in an increasingly techno-centric world. He emphasises the need for "Work-Life Harmony", managing conflicting emotions, and how it's these things that ultimately makes us human.
01:14:45
April 06, 2021
#003: Badri Seshadri on his journey from a small-town in Tamil Nadu to IIT Chennai, Cornell, and Cricinfo
#003: Badri Seshadri on his journey from a small-town in Tamil Nadu to IIT Chennai, Cornell, and Cricinfo
About this Episode: This episode features a long-form conversation with Dr. Badri Seshadri.  Badri is a co-founder of Cricinfo (now ESPNcricinfo) and New Horizon Media. In this episode, Badri talks about his journey growing up in Kumbakonam and Nagapattinam, discovering and entering the world of IIT Chennai, pursuing a PhD at Cornell University and setting up Cricinfo and New Horizon Media. He talks about reading as a foundational pillar to his practice of lifelong learning, how ambiguity and volatility are part and parcel of any startup journey, and how fundamentally rethinking business, upskilling, and education will transform the nation. Links:  ContraMinds is available on all leading podcast players. For more cool stuff join us on: ContraMinds Home LinkedIn Twitter Instagram Facebook
01:59:05
March 07, 2021
Mediocrity Epidemic
Mediocrity Epidemic
In this episode, we explore how mediocrity is one of the greatest epidemic facing people and organizations. It explores how a mediocrity mindset sets-in, what differentiates people who strive for excellence versus people who want to be mediocre and what needs to be done to quarantine ourselves or organizations from mediocrity.
19:55
November 24, 2019
Difference between a professional and an employee mindset
Difference between a professional and an employee mindset
In this episode, we explore how a professional's mindset is very different from that of an employee mindset. It delves deep into professionals as people, their thinking, their discipline and rigor and what makes them successful. It provides markers for employees to develop a professional's mindset and work on them to enhance their career and expertise.
19:34
October 24, 2019