Articles Posted in the Portfolio Category

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    Agriculture: Is low Productivity The Problem?

    King Parakramabahu I taxed paddy production at three distinct points, says Prof. K. M. de Silva in ‘A History of Sri Lanka’. Land Tax from those who cultivated royal lands was a major source of…

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    Switching to Digital Television: A Bumpy Road For Sri Lanka?

    Around the world, the technologies for TV content production, transmission and archiving are moving from analogue to digital. While satellite broadcasters went digital years ago, many terrestrial broadcasters are switching over during this decade. Some…

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    Going Digital

    Local companies have suddenly caught the Internet bug. From banks and hospitals to cab companies, everyone seems to be launching web portals and mobile apps. Even B2B businesses are making an active effort to offer…

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    Portfolio Strategy – Yield during lean times

    It’s a tricky time to be managing global pension funds. Record low interest rates around the world are challenging fund managers who need higher returns to meet the large pension liabilities on the horizon. Normally…

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    True Grit: A Company Struggling To Make Profit Wins

    After bootstrapping his document publishing startup for eight years, Manoj Ranaweera has sold it to a US competitor. But he doesn’t intend to rest on the laurels of his hard-earned return and instead will invest…

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    From Price Takers To Price Setters

    For a manufacturing company struggling to stay afloat, innovation does not have to mean big investments nor overhauling processes that cost an arm and a leg. Sometimes, a steady flow of ideas can go a long way. After sustaining heavy…

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    Green Preference and Lower Costs

    Two factors, thrift and the greater availability of energy-saving technology, are driving sustainability goals at private firms. Over the past seven years, software developer Virtusa’s sustainability efforts have been driven by these factors with extraordinary success. Between…

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    Fostering the Entrepreneurial Spirit

    In 1997 he returned to Sri Lanka – after working at us it firms – to establish hSenid, a software developer. hSenid’s products now include software to manage and implement best HR practices, mobile platforms to connect telcos to…

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    Inspiring Innovation By Driving Developers

    In the early nineties, telcos started allowing entrepreneurs access to their systems to allow them to build and deliver services. The goal was to disrupt the telco business model by making a simple, template-driven application development platform available to anyone to build…

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    Prabodha Samarasekera gets NDB thinking about convergence

    It shouldn’t come as a surprise that banks have gone unchallenged in their role as financial intermediaries in Sri Lanka. Too many families are too poor for a bank account, where some savings can be squirrelled away. Rural families that…