What we do?

  • We help people act with insight.
  • We help companies grow from the inside.
  • We help employees turn into thinkers.

We ignite thought

If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of every one, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it. Its peculiar character, too, is that no one possesses the less, because every other possesses the whole of it. He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.

--Thomas Jefferson
on Patents and Freedom of Ideas

Why Acadinnet?

Acadinnet is a new company and therefore does not carry past baggage in terms of ideas and experiences better suited to the past. The future is uncharted, and as the current economic meltdown has shown, full of surprises. The core members of Acadinnet's team have passed through the transition period that has led to the present knowledge economy, and along the way seen many old values, ideas and experiences fall by the wayside. The future will present us with many unforeseen opportunities and many of them will require innovative solutions conjured by the talented few. In this we see both a social and a business opportunity.

Business thrives when it fulfills social needs in an equitable manner. Acadinnet is a niche player, hence more agile and adaptive. Its focus is on molding such unpolished talent as can fulfill the innovative needs of society.

If that scarce commodity called talent is what you need, Acadinnet may just be able to find and nurture them for you.

Acadinnet focuses on helping people with untapped talent create new neural connections in their own brains so that they learn the value of introspection and reflection in creative endeavors. Acadinnet succeeds when a mentee is able to reflect and discover that what was learned from his mentors has changed his view of the world and has expanded his own capabilities. The result is a more confident and creative person.

Our focus is on industry

The rush to create knowledge, improve skills and convert them into assets, preferably in the form of patents, is palpably visible in a wide range of industries, especially where a company's competitive success depends heavily on the information and knowledge it possesses, whether it is in the skills of its employees or in the results of its research.

In a world where inventive and artistic creativity is of essence, free-thinking, curiosity-driven individuals are the key to an organization's success because of their ability to do out-of-the-box thinking coupled with an ability to continuously expand the box.

Acadinnet helps organizations identify and nurture such rare free-thinking and curiosity-driven individuals. And through its individual-specific mentoring programs, Acadinnet enhances the ability of these individuals to address complex problems at conceptual levels before delving into problem solving minutiae. The most important part of problem solving is to determine the concepts needed for creating a solution. It is the concepts that lie behind smart thinking and illuminate the paths that may lead to solutions. The aim therefore is to sharpen their abilities of abstract thinking, cultivate lateral thinking, see unity in diversity, and use those abilities to develop products and processes that have commercial value to the organization they belong.

Acadinnet Publications
Rajendra K. Bera, Sunish Raj, Hiten Balsari
When worldwide, universities are transitioning to become engines of economic growth, the self-created domestic disaster of India's education system going into a free-fall in terms of academic standards and the irrelevance of the education it provides has been India's biggest bottleneck in realizing its economic growth potential. In terms of knowledge creation, scientific discoveries, technological inventions, and even in imparting education at all levels, there has been a rapid decline in quality in the past two decades, leaving the country with an acute shortage of employable, university educated knowledge workers. Skill gaps are alarmingly high where higher-order skills are needed. Skill shortages in most industries continue to plague the growth of the Indian economy. Given these ground realities, rather than becoming the world's third largest economy by 2030, it is likely that India's economy will head towards a meltdown by then.

ISBN 978-3-8484-2573-0, Paperback

The book is now on sale; see http://www.amazon.com/Reality-check-Indias-economic-growth/dp/3848425734

Rajendra K. Bera, Sunish Raj, Hiten Balsari
In this critique of the Planning Commission's draft Approach to the 12th Five Year Plan, the authors focus on two key aspects of the Indian economy - its rapidly declining education system, and its lack of a robust intellectual property system. If India is to maintain its economic growth these two systems must be overhauled thoroughly and quickly. We reason, barring a miracle, that India has no reasonable chance of becoming a country with the third largest GDP in the world in the coming two decades.
Insights in Science Lecture Abstracts
From hunter-gatherer to knowledge-worker
In very broad terms, the world's economic development can be divided into four stages: hunter-gatherer (till about 12,000 years ago; more than 99% of our time on earth), agricultural (beginning about 12,000 years ago till about 1500 AD), industrial (from about 1500 AD to later half of 20th century), and postindustrial (later half of 20th century and continuing)1 , although a substantial comingling of two or more stages can be seen even today in many countries, including the world's most advanced nations. The hunter-gatherer stage can support only about one inhabitant per square mile and demands a nomadic life involving extraordinary land-intensive activity. In the post-industrial information (knowledge-gatherer) age, we are primarily concerned about creating knowledge and using it to produce marketable products and services as quickly and economically as possible. The focus is therefore on knowledge workers. The knowledge-gatherer stage can support several orders of magnitude more inhabitants per square mile than was possible in the hunter-gatherer stage.
Axiomatic mathematics
Euclid's geometry is the first specific evidence of an axiomatic treatment of mathematics. Some 2000 years after Euclid, several mathematicians reexamined its axioms and discovered non-Euclidean geometry. One such geometry forms the space-time geometry of Einstein's general theory of relativity. The discovery of non-Euclidean geometry was a revolution in mathematics, which led to what now forms the heart of mathematics-formal axiomatic systems. Formal systems form the basis of reasoning in mathematics and of all the computations we do on digital computers.
How reliably can we compute?
Several simple computations, as implemented on digital computers, will be examined. Their surprising common feature is that while there is no flaw in the coded logic, the computations fail. The reason for their failure and their remedies will be discussed. The lesson: programming is not about coding; it is about algorithms and their error propagation characteristics. We shall also take a look at some unusual ways humans prove mathematical propositions.
On symmetry
The notion of symmetry plays a central role in theoretical physics. The central theme of this lecture is the Emmy Nöther theorem, which states that for every observable symmetry in Nature there is a corresponding entity that is conserved. And for every conservation law there is a corresponding symmetry. For example, the law of conservation of angular momentum is a consequence of the isotropy of space.
Quantum cryptography and quantum teleportation
The world of quantum mechanics is truly magical. In this lecture we will look at the basic mathematical framework around which QM is built, and then look at the amazingly simple solutions to two problems: (i) the safe exchange of keys for encrypted messages, and (ii) the teleportation of matter. In both these solutions, Charles Bennett, a distinguished IBM researcher, played a pioneering role.