Rohin Dharmakumar

CEO and Co-founder, The Ken

Rohin is co-founder and CEO at The Ken. He holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and an engineering degree in Computer Sciences from the R.V.C.E., Bangalore.

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The silver linings to Indonesia’s lost school year

Hello Krishnan, at The Ken we've always strived to push the envelopes of what our subscribers might appreciate, even if it isn't narrowly from their sector. For instance, why should a professional working in, say, FinTech, care for what's happening in Healthcare? Or Policy? Our answer has been because there are interconnections that matter. We operate at those intersections. Each of our stories is at the intersection of technology, business and people, at the least. Today's story is important for all our readers because it is about the challenges, opportunities and approaches faced by one of the largest developing economies in Southeast Asia - Indonesia. The problems mentioned are not really all that different from those we've chronicled in India. And we also felt it was doubly relevant because the Education Minister of Indonesia is the 36-year old co-founder of one of the region's largest unicorns, Gojek. We literally have the intersection of Big Tech, EdTech and Education Policy in a country with the largest population of school children in the world, after China and India. We don't publish SEA stories to our India subscribers often. But whenever we do, you can be sure it's because we really feel there is incredible relevance.

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Why Urban Ladder became Reliance Retail’s second discount acquisition

At The Ken we tend to report and write on companies than sectors, Dinesh. While we do try and study leading players, it isn't to the same depth. That said, many sources believe Pepperfry was nimbler and faster at moving to both (a) a market place model, and (b) offline stores. Plus, it managed to convince investors and raise money a few times in the last few years, including from domestic strategics like Pidilite. So it's not in as dire a situation as UL. That said, it doesn't make profits. But then, who does?

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