My name is Kris Nair and I'm an entrepreneur turned venture capitalist turned business-designer.
My work moves around the intersection of technology, design, architecture, venture capital, psychology, economics and applied physics. I work with startups and large corporations on business design and future design.
In my work, it starts with ideas. It starts with design. It starts with writing. It starts with strategy.
In my work, It starts with getting started.
The “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie looks pretty brutal.

The “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie looks pretty brutal.

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Founders aren’t born but made, first by the hurt the world gives them and then by their lifelong fight to forge that hurt into something beautiful and strong.
On demand economy
I’m spending some time learning & researching the on-demand opportunity in the Indian consumer web space. Ola Cabs started the movement and Uber took it to the next level (here and globally - FYI, Ola Came first) 
What are the other opportunities for on-demand services you are seeing in India? 
Here is some Mobile only/first companies from our neighborhood: 
TinyOwl: Food Ordering (venture backed)
?
US is leading the VC action in the on-demand services space: 

As on-demand businesses solve for the current technological and logistical challenges, design will increasingly become one of the most meaningful forms of competitive advantage. Creating a memorable, frictionless user interface is the next battleground for addressing consumers’ insatiable appetite for greater simplicity and convenience. Scott Belsky points out, 

“A new cohort of design-driven companies are adding a layer of convenience between us and the underlying services and utilities that improve our lives. This could change everything.”

The On-Demand Economy is here to stay. It will represent the fastest and most significant shift in spending since the advent of internet commerce. Bezos claims “it’s still Day 1” for eCommerce — and the on-demand economy represents the most sophisticated application of “eCommerce” seen to date. (Business Insider) 

This new industry, and its ability to satisfy consumers increasing demand for simplicity, efficiency, and convenience is novel today. Tomorrow, it will be the expectation. Mobile technology, the remote controls we use to navigate our daily lives, are transaction engines that never leave our pocket. Never before have consumers had this simple of a way to transact — and never before have businesses been equipped to satisfy this mounting demand.

On demand economy

I’m spending some time learning & researching the on-demand opportunity in the Indian consumer web space. Ola Cabs started the movement and Uber took it to the next level (here and globally - FYI, Ola Came first) 

What are the other opportunities for on-demand services you are seeing in India? 

Here is some Mobile only/first companies from our neighborhood: 

  • TinyOwl: Food Ordering (venture backed)
  • ?

US is leading the VC action in the on-demand services space: 

As on-demand businesses solve for the current technological and logistical challenges, design will increasingly become one of the most meaningful forms of competitive advantage. Creating a memorable, frictionless user interface is the next battleground for addressing consumers’ insatiable appetite for greater simplicity and convenience. Scott Belsky points out,

“A new cohort of design-driven companies are adding a layer of convenience between us and the underlying services and utilities that improve our lives. This could change everything.”

The On-Demand Economy is here to stay. It will represent the fastest and most significant shift in spending since the advent of internet commerce. Bezos claims “it’s still Day 1” for eCommerce — and the on-demand economy represents the most sophisticated application of “eCommerce” seen to date. (Business Insider

This new industry, and its ability to satisfy consumers increasing demand for simplicity, efficiency, and convenience is novel today. Tomorrow, it will be the expectation. Mobile technology, the remote controls we use to navigate our daily lives, are transaction engines that never leave our pocket. Never before have consumers had this simple of a way to transact — and never before have businesses been equipped to satisfy this mounting demand.

The internet makes human desires more easily attainable. In other words, it offers convenience. Convenience on the internet is basically achieved by two things: speed, and cognitive ease. If you study what the really big things on the internet are, you realize they are masters at making things fast and not making people think.

— Ev Williams

By mid-1999, $300M was being invested in Internet companies each week.

Just to put this in comparison to the beginning of the dot-com bubble, in Q2 2014, VCs invested $208M per week in internet companies.

by Peter Brookes, Political Cartoonist, The Times

by Peter Brookes, Political Cartoonist, The Times

and here’s Jesus clearly handling the ball. yellow card.

and here’s Jesus clearly handling the ball. yellow card.

(Source: futurefantastic)

For any given company, the larger the company becomes, the more opportunities emerge to screw it up.