With this new reality we're living in, people are getting real careful about what they touch. I personally get very conscious when I go out in public. I literally elbow the elevator button every day. Recently I came across a few tweets that public places are now installing touchless faucets in washrooms to promote hygiene.… Continue reading Touchless Faucets should be Everywhere!
Excited to share the first case study of Billion Moonshots! I've been posting my thoughts on growing unemployment in rural India and how Uber can play a role in solving it. After having some insightful conversations and taking a ton of edge cases into consideration, I thought it was time to put it out there. In rural India,… Continue reading UberThela: My Entire Design Process
There are 3 billion people in the world who have no access at all to the internet. They might have a $30 cellphone or feature phone to call & text but there's no way they could fork out a hundred dollars for an Android smartphone. KaiOS is bridging that gap rapidly. KaiOS is a mobile… Continue reading Uber for Rural India
Launch Uber Thela. Partner with Reliance Jio. Hand Jio Phones with unlimited data to every Thela driver. (Just like Uber handed iPhones to every cab driver in it's early days) Build Uber Thela app customized for 4G feature phones. Give riders (rural villagers) the ability to book a ride using SMS or call. Give Thela… Continue reading How can Uber penetrate Rural India?
50 years ago, people argued that poverty elimination was a fantasy. Today, we've reduced extreme poverty significantly. 1981 - 52%2018 - 8.6% The world is getting richer, healthier, better educated, more peaceful, and better connected; and people are living longer. We're winning in many areas. Increasing access to waterIncreasing literacy ratesReducing infant mortalityIncreasing the number… Continue reading There will always be new challenges
While building Billion Moonshots, I realised how important it is to have a vision and constantly be experimenting with what's gonna help you reach there.
People living in first-world nations will naturally and unwittingly solve for first world problems. How to get a better job? How to quickly find rideshare? How to watch a movie from anywhere? Leveraging their resources, people in the western world have built phenomenal products and generated tremendous value for others. What if we bring the… Continue reading How would the world look like…
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicts that we waste about 1.3 billion tons of food globally every year. The main cause is bad post-harvest agriculture infrastructure which includes warehousing, cold storage and food processing. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a ₹1 lakh crore Agriculture Infrastructure Fund meant for setting up storage and processing… Continue reading Opportunity for Indian Agri-entrepreneurs
Free online resources are such a game-changer. You can choose to learn whatever you want and upskill yourself for your dream job. However, what about the poorest in the world. They don't even have the basic tools - a smartphone and an internet connection - to access the wealth of information available online. I'm really… Continue reading Google-Jio Deal: Real Democratization of Education
Grocery stores throw away a ton of food every year. 20% of all fresh produce, one of the highest gross-margin making categories, is simply wasted. How can AI help? We know that freshness of food declines over time and results in lower demand at the same price. What if we factor that into the price… Continue reading AI for Hunger: Reduce Food Waste in Grocery Stores