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ASLI PGD in innovation management: What I expected and what it turned out to be.

August 17th, 2015 by Vipul Jindal

Lying down at 12 midnight, being able to sleep at only at 3. Waking up at 5, alarm ringing at 6. I have witnessed such times during my previous startup days. I am an engineer and MBA graduate by education and a restless learner by reputation. I just cannot stand a comfortable and stable life. Along with my day job, I had been trying to consolidate the Indian 3D printing industry into a marketplace. Worked 8 hours in my job, then 6 hours for the startup every day. Doing that for 6 months, after the standard long-distance relationship troubles with co-founders, I exited the startup. A month later, decided to take the plunge, and quit my wonderful job of handling operations as a manager for Tata Steel.

It would be unfair if I say I did not have an idea or a team or backup options when I quit just to make this an inspirational read. Along came Adianta School of leadership and innovation. I checked out their profile. Nascent startup, a few success stories in social entrepreneurship, still taking its baby steps, but with a wonderful management and network of mentors. Being a person who strongly believes in learning by collaboration and collective growth, I decided to join ASLI expecting highly motivated individuals as fellows and inspirational guides as faculty.

Today was the first day, and I feel at home already. The entire eco-system is pretty chilled-out and laid back which is both good and bad. There are a lot of companies and startups working on the same campus with widely varied backgrounds and cultures which is pretty amazing.

So far so good, but being an engineer, I cannot stop quantify my first day experience. I’d say the first day satisfaction level would be 40%. How I quantified this in the next blog post (maybe if readers are interested :P).

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Questions to answer — Market Research

February 5th, 2015 by Satya Manoj

Our Adianta Cohort is well into the Product Development module right now. We learned many aspects of research and usability testing to improvise our business plans. Market Research is the area we are working on presently, through which we aim to understand the reasons consumers will buy our product. Things such as consumer behavior, cultural, societal and personal factors influencing that behavior, these are the terms I keep hearing again and again at the Vihara Innovation Campus.


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Design and Designers

January 29th, 2015 by Satya Manoj

Design and approach towards it have vastly changed over the years. In industrial design, designers were primarily focused on physical products. But today, it has more to do with social problems, interaction and experience. I think most of the technical designers trained in engineering fail to understand the social and behavioral sciences. These sciences play a major role in applying design thinking in solving various problems. (more…)

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Blind Yet Bold–First half at Adianta School

December 31st, 2014 by Satya Manoj


I came across a fable called “The Blind Men and the Elephant” which is more than 2000 years old from our country telling the story of six blind men. The King presents these men with an Elephant asks them to touch it and tell him what it is.They touch the elephant at different parts. The blind man who felt the elephant’s leg tells the king it is a pillar, the man who felt its tusk says it is a huge solid pipe, the one who feels its tail says it is a rope, the one who feels its trunk says its a tree branch, the one who feels the elephant’s ears says it a huge hand fan and the one who feels the belly says it is a wall.


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