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Two startup founders in Bangalore posted the salaries of 15 new hires on Twitter. This is the story of what happened next.

On Feb 11th of this year Subhash Chaudhury, CTO and founder of Dukaan, posted the salaries of nine new hires. That tweet went viral. The very next day, the CTO of Chingari, also posted salaries of six new hires. This tweet also went viral.
Salaries are the one part of our jobs shrouded in secrecy. We know, without anyone specifically ever telling us, that they are not to be ordinarily shared with our colleagues. We don’t want to be impolite. And businesses like paying as little as they need to.
And here you have two businessmen, breaking that cardinal rule.
In this, our pilot episode of Cost to Company, we will explore why these tweets were posted, and what happens when you break this cardinal rule of business.
We will see what this experiment – the publishing of a salary – does to a business. Does it make salaries more fair and equitable? And is the relationship between employee and employer — bound by goodwill and a confidential fiduciary contract — changed for good?
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Sneha joins us as podcast host and producer of Cost to Comkpany, as part of the audio team. Before this, Sneha has spent years as a freelance reporter covering culture, tech, business, politics and gender. Sneha is also a dog mommy of three and moonlights on Instagram as a feelings influencer. Write to her at [email protected]
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