IndiaWorld’s 10th Anniversary

Today is the 10th anniversary of the launch of IndiaWorld, which was then India’s first Internet portal. Considering that Yahoo just celebrated its 10th birthday, we weren’t too late when we launched! [Here is how the site looked a couple years later.]

It seems such a long time ago. And yet, when I look at the state of Indian portals today, so much more still needs to be done. We’ve stagnated in terms of innovation. Perhaps, just as people have started talking about Web 2.0 and Internet 2.0, we need IndiaWorld 2.0?!

How to Start a Startup

Slashdot points to a Paul Graham article: “You need three things to create a successful startup: to start with good people, to make something customers actually want, and to spend as little money as possible. Most startups that fail do it because they fail at one of these. A startup that does all three will probably succeed.”

Internet Train Wreck

Silicon Valley Watcher (Tom Foremski) writes:

With a common foundation of communications technologies, the internet plus the web browser became a fantastic publishing/media platform.

And it is a disruptive technology, but it is a disruptive media technology. The web browser allows for cheap and easy publication of pages of content, and their distribution.

The train wreck is occurring in the printed media sector (and soonin the older new media sector–the online news magazines formed 5 to 10 years ago.)

Internet 1.0 produced media technologies that continue to disrupt print media, and that disruption will accelerate in Internet 2.0 because of the new media technologies such as blogging, wikis, and related technologies/tools/applications.

Internet 2.0 media technologies provide a two-way web, a readable and write-able web, as some call it. (Or if I were Dr Dolittle, a PushMe-PullMe type of web.)