Emerging markets are transactional areas where consumers and producers are not able to productively interact due to a lack of intermediaries. This ‘lack of intermediaries’ constitutes an institutional void which, simply put, is a missing part of an economy that would allow market transactions to become more efficient if it existed. For example, India has an institutional void in the form of unaffordable health care for the poor (more on this later). Devi Shetty, an Indian philanthropist, entrepreneur and cardiac surgeon, decided to fill this void by starting a chain of hospitals called ‘Narayana Health‘ which provide state of the art care to anyone who enters its doors, and all at an unbelievably low cost. This is done by exploiting the idea behind economies of scale which is made possible as the population density in India is extremely high.
The aspirations of people living in developing countries are on the rise due to an increase in internet access among the population. Previously, these people could only compare themselves to their neighbours and other members of their community, but now, they have the ability to compare themselves to citizens of the developed world. They can see the opportunities available to children of wealthy parents as opposed to their own children who may have limited options. In addition, poverty-stricken children who have the chance to browse the web can dream bigger and better than ever before. These rising aspirations could either be met by opportunity or frustration. Is it our job, here in the developed world, to help opportunity prevail? I’d say so.
The technological revolution has given rise to the development of many complex gadgets and devices which, 100 years ago, no one could have ever predicted. Lifestyles of the 20th and 21st century couldn’t be more different. Technology has allowed humans to overcome the obstacles of time and space, in order to achieve tasks that were previously deemed impossible. Not only can we contact anyone on the face of the Earth, we can extend people’s lives with organ transplants and we have even put man on the moon. It seems as though there is nothing that can come in our way; as a race, we have become unstoppable. Or have we? Unfortunately, every advantage comes with a disadvantage and as technology is hugely advantageous to us, we can only expect the drawbacks to be just as bad. Yes, technology has saved more lives than it has taken, but, its implications are largely mental, and irreversible.
In this post I’m sharing a research project I completed a couple of months ago, regarding migration policy in India. I wanted to share this report because, in the developed world, we often feel like we’re having numerous problems with migration which can sometimes drive us insane. But we mustn’t forget the even bigger issues that people in the developing world face. This realisation hopefully helps to ground us and remind us of our more privileged position.
Google has a massive market share which is reflective of it’s huge influence on society. Therefore, naturally, many people have questioned whether Google has been abusing it’s power over the Internet and exploiting Google search engine users for it’s own benefit since it has the potential to quite easily do so. Recently, the European Commission accused Google of breaching antitrust laws (more on this later) which resulted in a large fine for the company. But, this fine was nothing more than a tiny fraction of Google’s total net worth… Nevertheless, it is a step towards taming these large companies and ensuring that they act in order to protect the interests of their consumers.
Today has been a day full of travel for me so I’ve had the time to listen to a few different podcasts which have given me some ideas for blog posts – fantastic! The first concept which really struck me and which I hadn’t thought much of in the past was the fact that the activity of sending emails may not be as productive as we think it is. A lot of people complain about their lack of availability due to the mass of emails they feel the need to filter through and respond to; however, does reading and sending emails really count as a constructive task? Maybe not.
This is a post, by Yibo Wang, which is all about consumer behaviour and how entrepreneurs can understand this behaviour in order to succeed. The post contains very understandable and useful information, especially for both newbies in the subject – in fact, Yibo’s blog is full of wisdom and is definitely worth following so please check it out! Thanks in advance – Guntash.