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Thursday, February 16 • 5:20pm - 5:50pm
Chai on the “Cloud”: Balancing daily rituals with technology-induced change

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Our lives our governed by daily rituals. We are all creatures of habit. One of the central tasks for an entrepreneur is to think of ways in which new technologies can preserve the comforting aspect of rituals but make them more efficient and accessible.  This is a tricky balance.  I will illustrate this with two examples in entrepreneurial settings, how my students and I have worked to marry technology with habits – first, bringing a steaming cup of ‘chai’, whether at work or at home, to you, and second, marrying technology with the daily clinical needs of those who suffer from the chronic disease epidemic hitting countries like India (diabetes, cardiac disease). 

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Tarun Khanna

Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School
Tarun Khanna is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School, where he has sought for two decades to study the drivers of entrepreneurship in emerging markets as a means of economic and social development. At HBS since 1993, after obtaining degrees from Princeton... Read More →

Thursday February 16, 2017 5:20pm - 5:50pm IST
Grand Ballroom I, II, III