Books

I, Entrepreneur (2020)

Sure, we are all creatures of cosmic dust, part of the infinite cosmos. But we are equally creatures of commerce and technology, producers and consumers in the same breath. The first man who figured out that he could barter his food-growing or tool-making skills for goods and earn a surplus became a capitalist and began honing his commercial and technological skills. He was the first entrepreneur—a start-up founder who boot-strapped his venture with human capital. Entrepreneur-ship is the life-blood of our “progress”. 

But the laissez-faire version of “capitalism” we see around us—the overarching framework of free enter-prise and entrepreneurship—is broken in many respects. We are the first generation to bear the brunt of its excesses, climate change being the first and most severe. Perpetual warfare in the fight for global resources is another. Increasing inequality between the rich and the poor leading to mass global migrations is a third. Un-sustainable global growth is fourth. The list goes on. How then should one be an entrepreneur in today’s milieu? Would there be any point to this journey on what is fast becoming an uninhabitable planet?

I believe there is a way to turn the tide. And that way involves understanding the power of three keywords in any person’s entrepreneurial journey—conscious, social, sustainable. 

My own experiences as an entrepreneur have shaped my understanding of these objectives and made me “pivot” on more than one occasion. Yes, we will need millions of entrepreneurs going forward if humanity is to achieve its destiny. However, these millions of ventures—these start-ups—must sustain and be sustain-able. The central question regarding growth was never ‘How much?’ but ‘What kind?’. Those who mistook it for the first have brought us to the brink. It’s time we pulled back.

Releasing in June 2020. 

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Squaring the Blockchain Circle (2018)

The hype-fog surrounding the blockchain and its offspring cryptocurrencies is peaking, and this book slices through it. Is the blockchain revolutionary in scope? Absolutely. Will it all play out in line with the investment dollars? Not at all. Squaring the Blockchain Circle critiques the blockchain ecosystem. ICOs have resulted in some twenty billion dollars flowing into projects even as bubble indicators flash red. Bitcoin has the Midas touch. But there’s manifest blindness elsewhere, and Kunal decimates most half-baked, misconceived blockchain applications attracting funding. The book highlights that very few tokens will deliver lasting value as the next Google or Amazon, and there will be a crash before things normalise. As the co-founder and CEO of uTrade and Hashcove, Kunal has been a part of the euphoria surrounding this technology, as well as a student of its superb prowess. Divided into three parts, Part I of the book narrates the origin of the blockchain culminating in the ICO boom. The second discusses four specific aspects — decentralisation, trust and truth, security and scalability. Part III exposes the fallacy of viewing every database as a nail for the blockchain hammer, debates the value embedded in tokens, their mispricing and susceptibility to fraud and finally highlights the blockchain as futuristic technology.

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