When to buy the products such as laptops vs when to rent?

31 January 2017

When to buy vs when to rent is a classic dilemma for a long time, especially for conventional things such as house and cars. Start-ups such as AirBnB and Uber often move the needle towards rent in many cases. With growing acceptance of sharing economy, the scope of this question has now spread to other products in all dimensions of life. This includes baby products such as strollers and car seats, hobby products such as cameras and tents or even office products such as laptops and projectors.
Here is an attempt to figure out the winner in some of these cases with an interesting calculator for a bit complex case. I am taking a laptop as a product here for simplification, but the logic can be applied to almost every movable asset.

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Happy Onam

14 September 2016

Onam symbolizes prosperity and harmony. People wear traditional clothes during Onam. Men wear dhoti and shirt while women wear traditional ornaments and Kerala Saree, which is a cream colored saree with golden borders. People prepare a flower arrangement called 'pooka lama'. Onam is celebrated with traditional games and small events like tug of war. The traditional feast called ona sadya is prepared with a lot of delicacies like banana chips, pickles and a special sweet dish called payasam. 


Keralites believe that they were once ruled by a righteous and honest king called Mahabali. People prospered during his rule.The belief is that Mahabali visits his people once a year which is celebrated as Onam. The new clothes, mouth-watering feast, the games and events are conducted, to showcase that Mahabali's citizen are leading a happy and prosperous life. So that Mahabali can return in peace knowing that his people are well and good. 

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How RentSher is helping Startups go the Cockroach Way

21 April 2016

Sustainable, frugal startups, newly coined as cockroach startups, are gaining popularity. RentSher helps startups and SMEs in their journey from cockroach to unicorn.

With the easy funding flow of 2015 drying up, the theme of the season today including guidance from VC and investor community is to execute like a “Cockroach”. It means survive under extreme conditions like cockroaches do. Even the theme around Unpluggd 2016 happening in May is also around the same with different entrepreneurs and investors giving their view on why this approach is important.

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How to make the best of this Cricket season!

25 February 2016

It is tense phase in the match. Pressure is high. Sami to Mahi, here comes a good one, but Mahi is determined. He has already judged the bounce, he leans back, takes a big swing and shoots the ball out of stadium. A big sixer. You go crazy, jump out of couch to high five… only to see that no one is there in your living room. Pretty sad…. Now even your 40 inches TV looks tiny to your compared to the zeal of a great match along with friends.

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Oxford Guys Bring Back Sharing to India

21 December 2015


It was in 2007-08 doing their MBA in Oxford, as the world was on the Cusp of slipping into the financial depression- these 3 Indian students used to rent books per semester, rent a car to drive occasionally to London or rent a fancy tuxedo for a Black bow Dinner. The idea was simple and effective - live light, save money, have variety. On the other hand when back in India between 2010-14, they saw the huge wave of e-commerce, a wave where heavy discounting by competitive Flipkarts, SnapDeals and Jabongs led to people owning things more than perhaps what they need!

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