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To make sense of the week’s hottest stories in business, economy, politics and markets, journalists from the Economic Times chat with reporters and industry leaders in this thrice-weekly (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) podcast.


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‘Coffee’nomics – Business Behind The Beans

Arijit Barman August 30, 2022

There is a hot new brew of business and you have to decode the coffee beans to get it. Is there a large enough coffee lovers’ market in a chai nation and are they willing to pay a premium for it? How does unit economics work if one is chasing growth over profitability to please VC investors? How important are the locations of cafes or what matters most is the delivery model? Between a cortado and a cheesy bagel or a caramel macchiato and a crème bun, how does one make money? Host Arijit Barman pours over this ‘Coffee’nomics with the trendiest names in the business right now – Sushant Goel, Co-founder & CEO at Third Wave Coffee, Matt Chitharanjan, Co-Founder & CEO at Blue Tokai Coffee Roasters; Rahul Reddy, Founder at Subko Specialty Coffee Roasters to understand the business behind the beans. Credits: Lukrembo and Audio Library

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Digital Divide: Who Should Pay for Payments?

Anupriya Bahadur August 26, 2022

India’s digital payment ecosystem is taken by storm as the RBI opens the floodgates to a much-awaited discussion – Should transactions be free or paid for? Fintechs, banks and the digital ecosystem weighs in even as the government stands pat that UPI will remain free. Host Anupriya talks to Amrish Rau, CEO at Pine Labs, Rajnish Kumar, Chairman BharatPe, Akhil Handa, Chief Digital Officer at Bank of Baroda & Saloni Shukla, Deputy Banking Editor at The Economic TimesCredits:- ET NOW, India in Pixels

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The Dolo Debate – Is Pharma Paying for Prescriptions?

Kiran Somvanshi August 25, 2022

Dolo650 became a household medicine during the pandemic. … but the latest controversy of freebies being given to promote it has yet again brought the spotlight on the questionable marketing practices of pharma companies. Host Kiran Somvanshi probed the issue with stakeholders – Dr. Viranchi Shah, National President, Indian Drug Manufacturers Association (IDMA), Malini Aisola, National Co-convenor of All India Drug Action Network (AIDAN), Santanu Chatterjee, General Secretary of Federation of Medical and Sales Representatives’ Association of India (FMRAI) and Vikas Dandekar, Editor – Pharma & Healthcare at ET Prime. Credits: CNBC TV18, WION and Medical Dialogues Youtube Channel.

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Audio Evolution to Podcasting Revolution

Anirban Chowdhury August 23, 2022

The Morning Brief’s 300th episode explores the growth of the audio broadcasting medium in India with a focus on the podcasting space. How fast is the segment growing? How has the pandemic got more listeners into this space? Are brands backing Indian podcasts with ads and sponsorships?Host Anirban Chowdhury talks with Dhruvank Vaidya, Head of Podcasts at Spotify India and Rohit Ohri, Chairman & CEO at FCB Group India.
Credits: Akashvani AIR, Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM, Tech Insider, IVM Podcasts, Dostcast

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Gaming Gladiators and India’s Esports Arena

Arijit Barman August 19, 2022

From the gaming zone to the world championships and a podium finish at the Commonwealth Games, Indian eSports has truly come of age. Host Arijit Barman fastens his seat belts and goes on a virtual tour with Moin Ejaz, gamer and captain of the Indian Dota 2 team; Vishal Gondal, Father of Indian gaming, also CEO of Indiagames & Founder GOQii as well as Anurag Khurana, Founder and CEO of Penta Esports India, and Bharat Patel, Founder and Director, Yudiz Solutions. From commercial viability to sponsorship, from augmented reality to metaverse in 5G and blockchains, they discuss what it takes to make the big bucks with the console. Credits: Noob Tuber, BerlinAtmospheres, Battlegrounds Mobile India, GMC Files,

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Is your Data Safe on Aarogya Setu?

Anirban Chowdhury August 18, 2022

With the Covid19 pandemic receding, India’s government is planning to revamp Aarogya Setu into a major national health app. But there are grave concerns around the data safety and security of its several million users. All this, in the backdrop of rampant data breaches in India and the absence of data protection laws. What will the government do? Host Anirban Chowdhury talks to Apar Gupta, Executive Director at the Internet Freedom Foundation, and Suraksha P, Special Correspondent, Technology Bureau at Economic Times. Credits: National Informatics Centre (NIC) Here’s a previous episode on the govt cancelling its data protection bill:http://www.ecoti.in/XjO0fb94

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Business Baazigars: Independence Day Special – Part II

Dia Rekhi August 15, 2022

Free India of 1947. The rise of public sector giants or temples of modern India as Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, our first Prime Minister called them, but the changing landscape did not kill the spirit of private enterprise. Host Dia Rekhi talks to ET’s Vikram Doctor, Editor, Special Features and delves deeper into the lives and times of several businessmen to figure out what it was like to do business in a newly independent India? Did people forget the fissures that the British left behind? Credits – Xplorer India Youtube Channel

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Business Baazigars: Independence Day Special – Part I

Dia Rekhi August 15, 2022

On the 75th anniversary we celebrate tales of endurance and entrepreneurship and how many survived the Partition. Host Dia Rekhi chronicles the life and times of Prahlad Chhabria, who started working when he was just 12 years old in Karachi and then set out for Mumbai and eventually Pune where he eventually settled and built the country’s leading cable and PVC pipes company Finolex. His son Prakash Chhabria, Executive Chairman of Finolex Industries joins the show from London to share his memories, life lessons and the business philosophies he picked up from his father.

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Green Light for Moonlighting and more!

Ratna Bhushan August 12, 2022

From moonlighting to hybrid to compulsory cooling off, to wellness leave. India’s workplaces are changing dramatically as we return to work post-pandemic, amid steep attrition and demand for flexibility. Host Ratna Bhushan talks to Swiggy HR head Girish Menon, Quess Corp chairman Ajit Isaac and Economic Times senior editor Saumya Bhattacharya. On Green Light for Moonlighting and more!

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Mock Meat: Can India develop a taste for it?

Kalpana Pathak August 11, 2022

In the post-pandemic world, six out of ten people are said to be gravitating towards mock-meat in India. But why is a centuries old concept catching up now? Is it actually as healthy an option as we think? Are there health hazards associated? Kalpana Pathak is in conversation with Deepika Bhan, President – Packaged Foods for Tata Consumer Products (TCPL), Sohil Wazir, Chief Commercial Officer – Blue Tribe Foods, a startup in this space, and Pooja Bhargava, a Nutritionist, to decode the plant-based meat culture in India.

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How Will India Protect its Citizens’ Data?

Anirban Chowdhury August 9, 2022

India just nixed its critical data protection bill that took five years to draft. Why? What will the new data protection laws be like? How will the govt balance the privacy of its citizens and the interest of Big Tech? Host Anirban Chowdhury talks to Surabhi Agarwal, ET’s tech editor; Amar Patnaik, MP, and member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the bill; and Prateek Waghre, policy director at Internet Freedom Foundation.Credits: NDTV, Bharatiya Janata Party, ANI News, CNBC-TV18, cpac, NBT WORLD, OneTrust &
CNBC Television Credits: CNBC-TV18

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Furrynomics – The Business of Pets

Kiran Somvanshi August 5, 2022

From being pet owners to becoming pet parents, there’s a shift in the mindset of Indians. Businesses like Pet Grooming, Insurance, Logistics, and much more are booming thanks to the pandemic-induced interest in pets. Host Kiran Somvanshi explores the nuances of the small but fast-growing pet care industry in India with Salil Murthy – Managing Director of Mars Petcare India, Rashi Narang – Founder of Heads Up For Tails, Manuranjith Ranganathan -MD, Sanchu Animal Hospital & Director – Retail at CavinKare and Mihir Shah – Co-founder of Woof n Goof Pet Care Services