Hot on the Wheels of Grab, Go-Jek Rides Further Into Southeast Asia

That’s the headline of a story out Thurs. that I wrote with my colleage P.R. Venkat. It begins: Motorcycle-taxi service PT Go-Jek Indonesia will invest $500 million to expand its operations in Southeast Asia, revving up competition in a fast-growing consumer market just two months after Uber Technologies Inc. reached a landmark deal to exit […]

Newley’s Notes 134: Indians in America; Scary AI; Feline Parkour

Edition 134 of my email newsletter went out last weekend. If you’d like NN delivered to your inbox before it’s posted here, simply enter your email address at this link. It’s free, it’s fun, it’s brief, and few people unsubscribe. Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes. Here are ten items worth […]

Delhi Snapshot: Transporting Eggs

Think your job is tough? Spotted recently on a major New Delhi thoroughfare. This guy must have nerves of steel given the city’s chaotic traffic and crazy drivers. Much respect.

Think American Elections Are Bad? Indian Voters Get 1,000 Texts a Day

That’s the headline of my most recent story, out yesterday, which I wrote with a few colleagues. It begins: For Gurupad Kolli, a 40-year-old lawyer who lives in a remote Indian village, the torrent of WhatsApp messages surging to his phone a few weeks ago meant one thing: election day was near. They’re at turns […]

Book Notes: ‘The Other One Percent: Indians in America,’ by Sanjoy Chakravorty, Devesh Kapur and Nirvikar Singh

From time to time I share notes about the books I’ve been reading, or have revisited recently after many years. These posts are meant to help me remember what I’ve learned, and to point out titles I think are worth consulting. They’re neither formal book reviews nor comprehensive book summaries, but simply my notes from […]

Newley’s Notes 133: Facebook Dating; Angry Elon; Stoned Raccoons

Edition 133 of my email newsletter went out last weekend. If you’d like NN delivered to your inbox before it’s posted here, simply enter your email address here. It’s free, it’s fun, it’s brief, and few people unsubscribe. Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes. Here are ten items worth your time […]

Walmart Bets $15 Billion on an E-Commerce Passage to India

That’s the headline of a story just out today with my colleagues Eric Bellman and Corinne Abrams: It begins: NEW DELHI—The famously frugal and focused Walmart Inc. is betting $15 billion on a much different kind of company: a sprawling Indian e-commerce startup that has burned through mountains of cash to try to conquer the […]

Newley’s Notes 132: Walmart –> India; SF Scooter-pocalypse; Amazonian Robots

Edition 132 of my email newsletter went out on Sunday. If you’d like NN delivered to your inbox, simply enter your email address here. It’s free, it’s fun, it’s brief, and few people unsubscribe. Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes. 🔥 So. It’s hot here in Delhi. Like, really hot. Today […]