Archive for the Thoughts and Ideas Category

Adoption of accounting software

Adoption of accounting software

We’ve recently been setting up a new accounting software – Xero. As we’ve gone through this process, we’ve received a fair amount of push back in India. People are used to using a software called Tally, and we’ve had to justify why we want to use a […]

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Not that different than the car market

Not that different than the car market

While reading a Jalopnik article reflecting on the Indian car market, it struck me that the Indian car market is really not that different from the market for essential technologies. The author, Jason Torchinsky, a car blogger and first-time visitor to India, hit on a number of […]

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Learning from those who know the problem best

Learning from those who know the problem best

You can’t completely understand the problem until you learn about it from the people who know it best. This has been a personal philosophy that has grown stronger over the past couple of years. It’s been reinforced even more this winter. I’m Jen, and I’ve been working […]

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Revisiting Essmart’s Vision at the Dasra Social Impact Program

Revisiting Essmart’s Vision at the Dasra Social Impact Program

A few months back, Selvan met a Dasra representative at a conference held at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai. She told him about the Dasra Social Impact Program, an executive education program that trains decision makers of leading nonprofits and social enterprises across India. […]

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99.9%

99.9%

“An outsider’s understanding of local conditions in India.” This is something which both Diana and I, as co-founders of Essmart, have been told we have. I cannot argue with this statement. I am not Indian, I did not grow up in India, I am not aware of […]

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Cheap vs quality: Which is better?

Cheap vs quality: Which is better?

Both of the images below are taken from a weekly market in a village 15 km from Pollachi. People living in villages around this market come here every week to buy essential household items. This market primarily sells fresh farm vegetables, but a large number of vendors […]

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