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Entries from August 2008

Commitment

August 31st, 2008 · 13 Comments

Recently, there was a person who had committed to join Netcore in a senior capacity as sales head for one of our business verticals. The offer was closed about a month ahead of when he was supposed to join. Three days prior to joining, he told us that just the previous night he had accepted […]

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Writing

August 30th, 2008 · 7 Comments

One thing I do like is writing. The writing habit started when I was in college, from what I can remember. I started keeping a daily diary. It continued through IIT and then for much of my time in the US – though by then, I had stopped writing daily and made it occasional. I […]

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GPRS outside Cities; iPhone in India

August 29th, 2008 · 3 Comments

One of the things which surprised me was the amazing quality of mobile data connectivity outside Mumbai. I have always felt that GPRS access in cities like Mumbai leaves a lot to be desired. To actually get a feel of this, go outside the cities. On the train and in Palitana, the experience that I […]

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Indian Towns

August 28th, 2008 · 3 Comments

I have over the past few years visited many Indian towns – especially the ones with Jain temples during our pilgrimage vacations that we take about once a year.  Two positives: most towns now have uninterrupted electricity and very good mobile coverage. But some things have just not changed. The two biggest issues I continue […]

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Train Travel

August 27th, 2008 · 64 Comments

The train journey in the superfast Bhavnagar Express was very comfortable. We were in II class 3-tier Sleeper (‘S’ class) on our way to Songadh, and in I class, 2-tier AC (‘A’ class) on our return. I must say the A-class experiences was truly exceptional. It makes me want to travel more by train – […]

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Train, Trek and Temples

August 26th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Last week, I went on a pilgrimage to the Palitana temple near Bhavnagar in Gujarat.  It is considered as one of the most sacred places among Jains. I had last been there 30+ years ago. This year, my mother-in-law is spending two months there, so we decided to go there. We went by train – […]

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Idea’s Missed Mumbai Opportunity

August 25th, 2008 · 9 Comments

Idea recently launched operations in Mumbai. It is interesting because it is perhaps for the first time in India that an operator is being forced to focus primarily on SWITCHING users (in an era without mobile number portability)  from other operators rather than just acquiring new ones. This is because Mumbai already has nearly 15 […]

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Next Mobile Opportunities

August 24th, 2008 · 47 Comments

I wrote a 5-part series earlier in the week. I have put all five articles together in a single post for easier reading. The Shift from Internet 1 (Portals) to Internet 2 (Search) The early days of the Internet were all eyeballs and monetisation via banner (graphical) advertising. The business was about creating portals and […]

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Speaking at Web 2.0 Summit

August 23rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

I will be speaking at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco (Nov 5-7). Here is the full speaker list.

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Next Mobile Opportunities: Part 5

August 23rd, 2008 · 2 Comments

How big can SMS subscriptions be? My belief is that each of us can receive upto 10 SMS daily without feeling overwhelmed. 3-4 of them would be content, but the rest can be either community-related (UGC) or Invertising. Assuming there are 2-3 of each, there is potential to receive 60-90 Invertising SMSes each month. Assuming […]

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Next Mobile Opportunities: Part 4

August 22nd, 2008 · 2 Comments

Put another way, on the mobile, VAS 1.0 was all about generating revenues from consumers. In India, this is a billion dollar business. VAS 2.0 will be using Free SMS Subscriptions as the anchor for monetising the right of way to consumers in multiple different ways. What will be valuable in this case is the […]

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Next Mobile Opportunities: Part 3

August 21st, 2008 · 3 Comments

The next point is: Pull or Push? Or put another way, Search or Something else? Search has succeeded big time on the PC, and so there is every reason to believe it should do well on the mobile also. My belief is that Search needs the mobile web – on SMS, the limitations are too […]

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Next Mobile Opportunities: Part 2

August 20th, 2008 · 2 Comments

So, the questions that come to mind are: What will be the dominant model on the mobile? What will create the $30 billion global market opportunity in the next five years? For the purpose of this discussion, we will leave aside the existing VAS industry which is many billions of dollars in size – and […]

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Next Mobile Opportunities: Part 1

August 19th, 2008 · 5 Comments

I have put together some thoughts on what I think will be the foundation for the next big opportunity in the digital (internet-mobile) space – the next big evolution since Google created paid search. Over the next few days, we will start with a bit of history and then I will put my thinking on […]

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Emergic Ecosystem

August 18th, 2008 · 70 Comments

Here is the list of companies I have invested in over the past 3-4, and what they do. Netcore is the company I run full-time. Netcore: Enterprise Mail + Security; Mobile Data Novatium: Sub-$100 Network Computers Rajshri Media: Bollywood-centric Broadband Video Portal mChek: Mobile Payments Midas: Wireless Communications Equipment New Horizon Media: Language Publishing (Books) […]

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The Joy of Jigsaw Puzzles

August 17th, 2008 · 2 Comments

While I was in Singapore with Bhavana and Abhishek (who is now 3 years, 4 months), I bought a 63-piece jigsaw puzzle for Abhishek. It had all kinds of ‘transportation vehicles’ in there — aeroplanes, cars, buses, vans, boats, and so on. And the pieces were nice and large. Abhishek has been doing the jigsaw […]

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A Day in My Life

August 16th, 2008 · 151 Comments

Here is my typical weekday schedule: 5:10 am: Alarm 1 goes off on my iPhone 5:17 am: Alarm 2 goes off on my iPhone 5:25 am: Manage to wake-up. 5:50 am: Go for walk (in my building) or do Yoga, for 25-30 mins 6:30 am: Waiting for Abhishek to wake up (check email / news […]

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40 to 41

August 15th, 2008 · 37 Comments

Today, I turn 41. Last year, I wrote about my first 40 years. So, to ensure that the story is kept updated and since I did very little blogging during the past year, I am writing about the year that just went by for me. On the business front, the focus was almost entirely on […]

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Outlook Business Article on Digital India: Part 2

August 14th, 2008 · 25 Comments

[This is the second part of the article I wrote for Outlook Business. Part 1 is here.]  What does it take for us to make this future a reality? How can we make computing available to every family, every employee and every student in India? There are three triggers that are needed to create the […]

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Outlook Business Article on Digital India: Part 1

August 13th, 2008 · 40 Comments

I wrote an article for Outlook Business as part of their Independence Day special issue (August 23 issue, page 96). The title given is “Waking Up to a Digital Dawn.” The first part is a small story set in the future. Pooja lives in with her parents in a modest two-bedroom apartment in a middle-class […]

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