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Monday, March 1 2021


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The culture here is one of success based upon academic excellence, studying, learning, practising and having a good job and a great life. For upper India, not the lower. I see two Indias. That’s a lot like Singapore study, study, work hard and you get an MBA, you will have a Mercedes but where is the creativity? The creativity gets left out when your behaviour is too predictable and structured, everyone is similar. Look at a small country like New Zealand, the writers, singers, athletes, it’s a whole different world.

That’s former Apple founder and Silicon Valley legend Steve Wozniak’s answer as to why India is unlikely to ever produce a global tech company. It is part of a must-read long-ranging interview where he speaks about his early days with Steve Jobs, coding for kids and Elon Musk.

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The TLDR: Multiple reports reveal evidence of possible genocide in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. It also offers another ironic instance of a Nobel peace prize winner—in this case, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed—turning to ruthless violence to achieve their ends.

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