Between the Noise🎯 #6: Fraud In Mt Everest, Where do Ideas Come From, Is Ola Failing? & More
Everest Fraud Leads Insurers to Threaten a Boycott
I’ve seen articles & videos on how Mt Everest is being spoiled as more & more people visit this behemoth every year but this news came as a surprise. Every year, trek operators, guides & helicopter companies allegedly collect millions of dollars from insurance companies as emergency evacuation charges. Some guides intentionally add baking soda to spike tourists’ meals. International Insurance companies are now threatening to end travel insurance coverage of Everest expeditions if Government fails to implement strict policies.
Bruised, weaker, but Ola’s Bhavish Aggarwal stands almost tall (Long Read)
This long article is compilation of 2 years of research from Factor Daily. They’ve divided Bhavish Aggarwal’s journey as an entrepreneur in 10 short chapters. Each chapter is an important incident in making Ola what it is today. Starting from Bhavish’s failure to clear joint entrance exam in 1st attempt to clearing it again with AIR 23 & joining IIT Bombay. Getting mocked by his father on why he wants to start a travel agency to building a ~$6 billion empire. The journey also had struggles where Bhavish faced culture & ego problems at the company which resulted in exits of most of his early executives.
Where do ideas come from?
This blog from Seth Godin is 9 years old but it’s still relevant. Short, Crisp & Informative.
Ideas don't come from watching television.
Ideas sometimes come from listening to a lecture.
Ideas often come while reading a book.
Good ideas come from bad ideas, but only if there are enough of them.
Podcast Episode: India’s first man in space, Rakesh Sharma, on how keeping a low profile has been liberating
In this episode, India’s first man in space, Rakesh Sharma talks about his life. He repeatedly mentions he was never a stellar student in his academics but still he got this opportunity. This was a pleasant listening experience too with birds chirping in the background. (Link to episode)
Quote of the week:
If you’re not happy in your old car today,
You won't be happy in a brand new Audi tomorrow.
Because if you are not grateful for what you have today,
you won't be grateful for what you get tomorrow. - @CrazyPolymath
Twitter Thread: The best way to tell your neighbor about his night party success
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