The first thing we look for in writers we want to hire is this: do they get us?

The Ken is quite unlike other business news outlets. What makes for an entire story for them is merely the starting point for us. Our approach to a fundraise, acquisition, or business collapse has little in common with theirs.

So it’s imperative that those who want to work with us know how and why we do things the way we do. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, we are thrilled.

It was clear from our first meeting months ago that Jaspreet Kalra didn’t need a primer on our raison d’être. This is despite his having been a journalist for just under a year, writing on cryptocurrencies and digital banking for CoinDesk and Bank Automation News, respectively.

He just understood what made us tick.

When Jaspreet had to decide what to do after his BA in economics and political science from Delhi’s St Stephen’s College, among his options were academia and journalism. He wanted no part of the “echo chambers” of the former but was still keen to keep his ties to economics. Hence his decision to become a business journalist, for which he enrolled in Columbia University’s journalism programme.

At The Ken, Jaspreet will train his sights on the space at the intersection of banking and fintech, and all things crypto.

Thanks to the pandemic, Jaspreet joins us from Jaipur. But he is itching to move to Mumbai, the country’s financial nerve centre.

You can write to him at his first name @the-ken.com. Or on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Starting out as a business journalist in 2008, Seetharaman has written about energy, climate change, retail, banking, and technology. He has worked with Business Today, a fortnightly, and the Sunday edition of The Economic Times.

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