Sharp, original,
insightful, analytical

The Ken is a new, digital, subscription-driven publication headquartered out of Bangalore, India. Founded by a team of experienced journalists and entrepreneurs, The Ken’s goal is to deliver fresh and original business insight through well-narrated stories to professionals, entrepreneurs, investors and leaders every morning.

Experience and Insight

Founded by a team of experienced journalists and entrepreneurs, The Ken’s goal is to deliver fresh and original business insight through well-narrated stories to professionals, entrepreneurs, investors and leaders every morning.

Focused Storytelling

As journalists we know that writing quality stories that are original, well-narrated, analytical and have a point of view takes time.

Analytical and Directional

The Ken’s stories will be from the world of technology, business, science and healthcare using a decidedly India-specific lens. These stories will combine analytical thinking, deep reporting and persuasive storytelling to provide discerning subscribers and nimble readers a peek into how innovation and disruption will impact the future of business.

Founding Team

Rohin Dharmakumar

Founder, The Ken

Rohin has over 15 years of experience in journalism, technology and entrepreneurship. Before starting The Ken, Rohin was the founder of an early-stage mobile startup, Owntastic, targeted at creating and improving ‘ownership experiences’ for various consumer products and services. Prior to that, he was a senior journalist with Forbes India for over 5 years, doing investigative and deeply-reported features on technology, telecom, e-commerce and startups. Rohin holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and an engineering degree in Computer Sciences from the R.V.C.E., Bangalore.

Seema Singh

Founder, The Ken

Seema has over two decades of experience in journalism. Before starting The Ken, Seema wrote “Myth Breaker: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and the Story of Indian Biotech”, published by HarperCollins in May 2016. Prior to that, she was a senior editor and bureau chief for Bangalore with Forbes India, and before that she wrote for Mint. Seema has written for numerous international publications like IEEE-Spectrum, New Scientist, Cell and Newsweek. Seema is a Knight Science Journalism Fellow from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a MacArthur Foundation Research Grantee.

Ashish K. Mishra

Founder, The Ken

Ashish has spent just about a decade in journalism. In his last assignment, he was a Deputy Editor at Mint, a financial daily published by HT Media. At the paper, he wrote long, deeply reported feature stories. His earlier assignments: Forbes India magazine and The Economic Times. Born in Kolkata. Studied in New Delhi – B.Com from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University. Lives in Mumbai. Works out of anywhere, where there is a good story to be told.

Sumanth Raghavendra

Founder, The Ken

Sumanth is a serial entrepreneur with more than eighteen years experience in running startups. He is currently the founder of Deck App Technologies, a Bangalore-based startup attempting to re-imagine productivity software for the Post-PC era. Sumanth’s columns appear regularly in leading publications. He holds MBA degrees from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management, USA.

Team

Guest Writers

Code of ethics

One of the reasons The Ken was started was to practice ethical journalism. This means we take responsibility for our work and explain our decisions to the readers.

Because we practice analytical writing, along with deeply reported and opinion pieces, which we label accordingly, it puts immense responsibility on us. We arrive at the story, analysis, or a viewpoint based on honestly gathered facts.

When we commit errors, we acknowledge our mistakes, correct them and make our expressions of regret public. If by chance we are unfair, we provide remedies.

We count as investors many successful and well-known angel investors, thus if any story involves them and there is a potential conflict of interest, we will provide disclaimers at the end of all such stories.

We understand the long-term implications of the permanence of published stories and hence we will provide updated information as appropriate.

Our promise is to provide good reading experience and keep advertising to minimum, if not zero. If and when we bring advertisers on board, we will treat them as openly as we treat our news sources and ensure that one does not influence the other.

Newsroom Conduct

Our biggest asset is the trust of our readers – which we’re glad to have today and want to continue building upon. Toward that we strive to practice editorial integrity of the highest order.

The Ken staff members do not accept gifts, discounts, reimbursements or any other inducements from any organization or individual that they write or are likely to write about.

We do not pay for getting access or interviews, nor do we accept a fee for publishing such material.

Whenever writing about people, companies and other parties, especially when stories are likely to impact them, we try all possible means to reach out to them and give them a chance to respond to questions (or criticism or allegations of wrongdoing). In most cases it is 48 hours or two working days, in other instances, which may involve breaking news, we reduce the window to 24 hours.

Our writers consider motives of sources before promising anonymity. We grant anonymity to sources who may face harm or retribution, and have information that cannot be obtained elsewhere.

We always attribute. As far as possible we use quotes verbatim, but if paraphrasing, we ensure not to distort the meaning or context.

Over and above these, there will arise new and tricky situations which will demand editorial judgment. We will take fresh calls and wherever possible, we will keep our readers informed.

We are supported by

We are fortunate to have the support of an enviable set of angel investors, which allows us the leeway to plan for the longer term.

The Independent and Public-Spirited Media Foundation (IPSMF) has provided financial support to Kenrise Media Private Ltd for the purpose of reporting and publishing stories of public interest. The IPSMF does not take any legal or moral responsibility whatsoever for the content published by Kenrise Media Private Ltd on its website www.the-ken.com or on any of its other platforms.