Rumblings of a Recession

The startup environment in India is still positive but there are some signs of trouble in this ‘paradise’. Our 4th Viewpoint Roundtable – Navigating Downturn Alley – was aimed at highlighting ways in which startups can build greater brand relevance in good times in order to make it through the not-so-good ones. But is all this talk of a recession and systemic issues in the startup ecosystem overblown? One of our guest writers explains why she thinks so. We also explore the links between CSR, charity and business cycles through past recessionary data and a conversation with the Bangalore head of a charitable trust. Lastly, in Alterpoint, we scan the writing on the wall – and on a few buildings and flyovers to see what graffiti can tell us about the state of the economy, among other things.