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.
I am troubled by the devaluing of the word ‘design’. I find myself now being somewhat embarrassed to be called a designer. In fact I prefer the German term, Gestalt-Ingenieur. Apple and Vitsoe are relatively lone voices treating the discipline of design seriously in all corners of their businesses. They understand that design is not simply an adjective to place in front of a product’s name to somehow artificially enhance its value. Ever fewer people appear to understand that design is a serious profession; and for our future welfare we need more companies to take that profession seriously.

— "I am always fascinated when I see the latest Apple products. Apple has managed to achieve what I never achieved: using the power of their products to persuade people to queue to buy them. For me, I had to queue to receive food at the end of World War II. That’s quite a change." - Dieter Rams

If scientists had logos

If scientists had logos

Speak, for your lips are yet free;Speak, for your tongue is still your own;Your lissom body yours alone;Speak, your life is still your own.
Look into the blacksmith’s forge:The flame blazes, the iron’s red;Locks unfasten open-mouthed,Every chain’s link springing wide.Speak, a little time sufficesBefore the tongue, the body die.
Speak, the truth is still alive;Speak: say what you have to say.

Speak, for your lips are yet free;
Speak, for your tongue is still your own;
Your lissom body yours alone;
Speak, your life is still your own.


Look into the blacksmith’s forge:
The flame blazes, the iron’s red;
Locks unfasten open-mouthed,
Every chain’s link springing wide.
Speak, a little time suffices
Before the tongue, the body die.


Speak, the truth is still alive;
Speak: say what you have to say.

Starting a company is like landing on the shore of a deserted island… You don’t know how big the island is at first or what predators lie in wait.
The “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie looks pretty brutal.

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

(Source: prestonscactus)

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.