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Having made a recent vacation trip to India, I had been to a start-up event in Bangalore. Although some speakers and topics were major disappointments (more on this in another post, hopefully), I had the opportunity to talk to some really smart CEOs and investors who were well tuned with the global entrepreneurship scenario. Not surprisingly, our topics always circled back to why India has more service companies than product companies. Don’t get me wrong, I am not against service companies (after all, that is what has caused us to be known in the global start-up scene), but haven’t we always wondered if it is the lack of something that prevents us from achieving that feat as well (given our competitive nature)?

That is the reason it was so refreshing to read today’s article by Paul Joseph of EntrepreneurHeat about how Chennai, one of India’s primary manufacturing hub (also known as the “Detroit of India”), is now leading the way in developing world-class product technological start-ups. Some of the examples mentioned are really inspiring. I have tried to pick the best ones below:

  • Zoho Corporation: “has brushed off acquisition overtures from many leading Silicon Valley corporations and believes in bootstrapping his way to success. He has started a university kind of training within the company to grow talent.” 
  • OrangeScape: “has jointly launched a product named KISSFlow along with industry giant Google in its flagship event Google. IO last week. This is the first time that Google as a company has partnered with another company to launch a product (so far every product launch has been its own, inhouse built, and 100% owned).”
  • Freshdesk: “has taken the global leader Zendesk head on, on this task (to a point where the Zendesk CEO seems to be shaken).”, “have also raised a round of funding from Accel to the tune of $6mn.”
These are just some brief stats to indicate the potential of global strategic partnerships for the country’s young minds. Some of these leading entrepreneurs have also been inspiring images on improving India’s start-up ecosystem.
It will be really interesting to see how Chennai’s start, along with Bangalore’s well known tech capabilities and Mumbai’s commercial mindset, will influence the country’s growing entrepreneurship development.
You can read the full article here: Chennai Emerging as a Global Product Tech City

Courtesy: Jocelyn K. Glei

“We need a new playbook,” says entrepreneur and author Ben Casnocha. “The world has changed. The world of work has changed. Many of the assumptions that have guided how we think about careers in America are no longer true.”

The Start-Up of You, written by Casnocha and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, is that playbook. It argues that we can no longer expect to find a job, instead we must make our jobs. As Hoffman says, we have to “find a way to add value in a way no one else can. For entrepreneurs, it’s differentiate or die — that now goes for all of us.”*

Relevant for recent grads to mid-career professionals in the midst of a transition, Start-Up provides pragmatic, actionable advice, finishing each chapter with tasks to complete in the next day, in the next week, and in the next month.

I chatted with Casnocha — a longtime favorite blogger of mine — after reading Start-Up to explore the book’s themes in more depth and investigate his collaborative process with Reid.
Read the full post here.

Courtesy: GigaOM

Entrepreneurs don’t win based on raw talent alone. Success depends on talent, hard work, and not-so-dumb luck, according to Clarence Wooten, who’s launched his share of startups including Image Cafe in 1998 and seven months later sold it to Network Solutions/Verisign for $23 million.

Instead, successful startups come from a combination of many things including preparation, sweat and luck, Wooten told attendees of the inaugural MIT Sloan Hi-Tech Conference on Friday. There, Wooten, who is now working on Arrived offered 12 lessons for entrepreneurs. Here’s a summary:

  1. Paycheck is an addiction. Not unlike crack cocaine. Entrepreneurs have to break that addiction to build an asset that will pay off long-term, not in a weekly paycheck.

Read the full story here

Campus Party – Camping for Geeks

An annual week-long, 24-hours-a-day technology festival, where thousands of ‘campuseros’ descend on a huge venue with their laptops and other gear, camp on-site and do what they do best: get their geek on.


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The topic has somehow become clichéd now. Or should I say overused? Which is going to outperform the other: Google or Facebook?

Facebook’s listing was pretty over-hyped as always the case with the market before a high profile company is listed. But soon, people become scared of over-valuation and eventual fall and the market corrects itself. I guess there are many out there, who are way overqualified than I am to talk about Investor Sentiment. There are gazillion research articles that try to understand and gauge how herd behavior works, why and how investors invest etc. Let me not tread that path as it is irrelevant to something more basic that I want to write here.

Few days back, I had this discussion with a friend of mine on the possible merits and demerits of Facebook and Google and which will outdo the other?

And in fact we had opposing viewpoints to the whole story. I must admit that we both are correct in the way we are looking at things.

And to be honest even this topic is over discussed globally. Google itself sees Facebook as eating large share of its pie and Facebook itself is struggling on a stable revenue model and outdoing Google.

The discussion we had was on Social Media. Whether Facebook’s Social Media platform is irreplaceable or whether Google Plus will eventually take over the Social Media world. I remember the days we had discussions on the topic of Facebook’s growth in our MBA subject Hi-Tech Strategy. The discussion was on the cost of moving from one social network to another. And given the huge network that a single user has on Facebook, it’s virtually impossible to move everyone to another Social Network.

So it is easy to say that Facebook will never be displaced. But here comes an interesting view point which my friend quite rightly pointed out. Google has naturally entered our lives in a way that we have never perceived. It has integrated into our lifestyle into virtually everything we do. Imagine a world, where there is no Google Search Engine, no Google maps and more recent no Android Phones! The whole web world will go tumbling down if that were to happen. Businesses would lose billions and people would not find a way to their destination comfortably and millions would not enjoy smartphones as Apple plays in the Exclusive segment.

After the Orkut debacle, Google has developed a very smart move which I am sure is sending sleepless scares to the strategists at Facebook. One does not need to create a separate profile and login details for Google Plus. If you are on Google, you are on Google Plus (I think by click of a button). So now everything you do on Google becomes a part of your profile on G+ (that can be used only by Google). And who does not use Gmail now?

So now we use the search engine and we use Gmail. Whoa! That’s all Google needs. G+ automatically knows your friends, your likes, dislikes etc. So in a way, you do not need to “build” your profile like you had to do for Facebook or Orkut.

So, naturally almost all your friends will be on G+ without you needing to ask everyone to move to FB. And practically we do not interact with all the 200+ friends we have on FB. So even if 10-20 friends (who I talk to) of mine have a G+, I am good to go.

Besides, given the speed with which one social media platform replicates another, there is hardly anything that differentiates FB from G+. Even FB has “subscriber” to replicate the Twitter follower concept.

I was however on the side of FB being the dominant player and G+ taking a different role in the future. I feel that FB with its technology genius and great people at the helm will continue to dominate the social life of people. And given the wealth of user information it has, there can be million ways in which FB can continue to generate revenue. After all, the user information is like heaven for brands. G+, however, will take a different role in the future. It will be the platform for Google to extract as much information about a user as possible. Everything that a user does on a Google platform will be channeled through G+, which will also make G+ a wealth of information for Brands. However, given Google’s dominance in search, Brands might end up finding G+ a holy grail as opposed to FB (since there is always a debate about whether users click on Brand adverts on FB).

I know I might sound contradicting in some ways in my thoughts. But this area is such that there will be views on either side that seem as valid and only time will tell whether these two platforms co-exist or not.

But given Google’s foray into diverse areas and its dominance on search, I can be pretty sure that it will take a revolution before some disruptive startup can actually displace Google. Maybe there will be new ways to search that will evolve. Maybe there will no further need to type in Google. Maybe there will be a time, when an application can gauge your thoughts and search on the basis on that.

Apple’s SIRI has already garnered popularity in voice based search.

Let’s wait and watch or should I say, let’s try to be that Disruptive model that changes the dynamics!


When I was working for a IT company, I had been part of a Support and Maintenance team serving a telecom giant in their CRM applications. The system of support tickets is manual and has to be assigned or accepted by individuals. It is time consuming and often missed SLAs when the log grew. Autonomics seems to take care of that. Also the concept of systems automatically fixing routine issues seems great. But the downside of a wrong bug fix can have huge implications on business. So it is premature according to me to allow machine to fix bugs. For the time being I will prefer auto ticket allocation and less crucial fixes to be automated. But the area looks promising!

Originally posted on Gigaom:

When I founded IPsoft in 1998, one of my main goals was to decrease the incredible amount of time IT professionals spent managing applications and tools. Over the previous decade, IT experts had become so entangled in mundane, repetitive chores, that they ended up losing the passion and creativity that drove them to the industry in the first place.

That was 14 years ago. It is much worse today. According to a recent study by performance management solutions providerBlueStripe Software, 68 percent of IT executives have invested in more than three separate application and transaction management tools, and 64 percent have invested in more than six. The result: 78 percent said their management system had become so unwieldy that they could not pinpoint where transactions slow down.

IT has entered a state of bloated chaos. Luckily, there is relief ahead. Companies like us, as well as IBM, HP and

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Read this interesting article on YourStory.in

The writer is an ex-Googler and avid blogger. He points out some interesting aspects of designing a product or a service to suit local standards. We are all aware that Localisation is the new Globalisation. This article gives few good insights of good service/product design.

1. Kishore Biyani’s Big Bazaar – As opposed to conventional thinking that, retail stores need to be well laid out, spacious etc., Big Bazaar is clumsy, narrow lanes, tills and messy. Announcements are loud. Overall it represents the typical Indian bazaar where Indians love to shop and bargain. Research says, that this has added to Big Bazaar’s increasing sales!Who would have thought to design a retail supermarket that makes shopping clumsy and noisy!

2. Online shopping Carts- Design the buttons and pages so that users feel confident to explore the sites and not be scared that clicking on a button will result in charging their debit/credit cards. Usage of names like “Pick Up” on buttons instead of “Buy” makes consumers more confident to click on them.

3. Address forms- Online shopping carts often have address text boxes to be filled in. The writer suggests using Google Map instead to locate the house and the address gets auto-populated. Author argues that in India, where often small streets do not have names, this is better. Interesting thought! But doubt how well this will work!

To check out the full article please click here.


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