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Entries from November 2008

Blog Past: When Bad Things Happen

November 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I wrote this series in February 2007, when our MyToday SMS services were blocked by operators in India. November has been one of those months where the financial gloom has been compounded by the developments this week in Mumbai. At times like this, one has to think positive. This is what I wrote then: When [...]

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Weekend Reading

November 29th, 2008 · No Comments

This weekend’s links: Our nightmare, our wake-up call: An editorial in The Indian Express by Shekhar Gupta Terror in Mumbai: An editorial in The Economist CounterterrorismBlog: has some interesting analysis on the Mumbai attacks Spend Imagination: by Steve Brotman Forbes’ Businessmen of the Year: Lenovo’s Yang Yuanqing and William Amelio

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Mumbai: What Now?

November 28th, 2008 · 27 Comments

I spent Thursday at home watching the events unfolding on TV. Even now on Friday morning, security operations are still continuing at the two hotels (Taj and Trident-Oberoi), and Nariman House. The scale and audacity of the terrorism which has taken place is  slowly beginning to unfold. Few of us would have seen anything like [...]

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Terror in Mumbai

November 27th, 2008 · 8 Comments

It is still hard to believe what has happened in the past 10 hours in Mumbai. South Mumbai (Nepean Sea Road/Kemp’s Corner) is where home has been for the past 34 years. And to see places so close and so known being attacked really makes one wonder if anything or anyone is safe in today’s [...]

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Book: Iconoclast

November 26th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Looks like this week is shaping up to be the week of blog posts about books! A book recommended to me by Chetanbhai at our Book Club meeting last week was “Iconoclast: A Neuroscientist Reveals How to Think Differently” by Gregory Berns. I bought a copy from Strand Book Stall over the weekend. I have read [...]

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Reading Fiction

November 25th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I recently re-started reading Fiction – of the thriller variety. (The book I am reading on my Kindle currently is “The Brass Verdict” by Michael Connelly.) It started with the numerous trips that I took this year. At some point, I guess I wanted something other to think about than just work! The Kindle played [...]

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Book Club

November 24th, 2008 · 7 Comments

One of the meetings that I look forward every 2 months is that of our 3-person Book Club. We spend about 90 minutes discussing books or articles that we have read. Since all of us come from very different backgrounds and have very different reading habits, there is always a lot to learn from listening [...]

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Blog Past: As India Develops

November 23rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

I wrote this in Feb 2004, but many of the topics discussed pertaining to India’s development are still valid. I covered 7 topics: Education, Microfinance, Market Access, Information Access, ICT, Energy and Distribution Hubs. While a lot has happened in India in the past 4+ years, much more needs to be done. So, even as [...]

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Weekend Reading

November 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

This weekend’s links: Blyk CEO Interview: Blyk is an MVNO with a very interesting model. Via mocoNews. Imagining India: Nandan Nilekani’s book which goes on sale on Monday Cloud Computing and SMBs: by Ed Sim Fifteen Year Cycle: by Matt McCall 10 Tips for Building a Profitable Business: by Ted Rheingold

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Increasing Measurability of Mobile Ads

November 21st, 2008 · 4 Comments

One of the lines of thinking I have been exploring is that for mobile (specifically, SMS) advertising to be really big, it will be have to offer something more than what advertisers get on the Internet. This means, more measurability than what Search and Display advertising on the Internet provide. Which brings us to the [...]

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SMS Opt-in vs NDNC in India

November 20th, 2008 · 18 Comments

We have been having some issues over the past few months with people subscribing to MyToday services because of what I believe is a misinterpretation of the National Do-Not-Call (NDNC) rules by a mobile operator. At the heart of the issue is whether an explicit SMS Opt-in done by a subscriber overrides an NDNC registration, [...]

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12 Years Apart

November 19th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Yesterday, I was on the road in Mumbai doing 4 back-to-back meetings and presentations talking about our Mobility platform to enterprises. As I made my way home late at night, memories from similar days 12 years ago came to my mind. Then, I was talking about the Internet and what it could do for their [...]

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Airplane Mode for Life

November 18th, 2008 · 9 Comments

The iPhone has an “Airplane” setting which turns the radio (phone) off but keeps the rest of the device working. We all need the equivalent of an “Airplane” mode which turns off all distractions and leaves us free to think – uninterrupted, for long periods of time. I thought about this on my long flight [...]

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US SMS Opportunity

November 17th, 2008 · 4 Comments

I think there is a great opportunity in the US around SMS. Just like Facebook made waves first in the younger generation and then moved to the older set, the use of texting in the teenage segment is exploding. The older people still don’t use it, and tend to stay with their smartphones and the [...]

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Blog Past: An Entrepreneur’s Attributes

November 16th, 2008 · 1 Comment

This series was written almost exactly five years ago. I write about Vision, Compass Thinking, Multi-tasking, Deciding and Problem Solving. Here is an excerpt from the section on Compass Thinking: When we embark on a journey, the normal course of action is to equip oneself with a map. But what if the terrain one we [...]

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Weekend Reading

November 15th, 2008 · 3 Comments

This weekend’s links: Management by Seth Levine: A cliche that is worth repeating — great management trumps a great idea. VC Business Model by Matt Marshal: Is it broken? Predictions 2009: Todd Bishop reports on the WTIA’s annual predictions dinner. Trip Chowdhry’s Comments: on what’s coming in the world of tech (via Barron’s). Disruptive Innovation [...]

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Watch the Cashflow

November 14th, 2008 · No Comments

It has been rightly said that the one of biggest reason for failure small businesses is (deteriorating) Cashflow. This is especially true in times like now when there is a slowdown that is imminent / happening. If billings take time to convert into cash, then it can lead to a difficult predicament — expenses continue [...]

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US Trip

November 13th, 2008 · 4 Comments

I returned on Sunday morning from a 9-day visit. I was in Chicago for a day for a business meeting, and then in San Francisco for the Web 2.0 Summit. It was my third trip to San Francisco this year, so the Union Square territory is getting a little too familiar! With two book stores [...]

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Who will be India’s Obama?

November 12th, 2008 · 12 Comments

It was a terrific experience being in the US the night Obama became President-elect. This election energised people across the US – and the world. There is great hope and expectation. I wish we could say the same about India’s leaders. Here, there is an air of resignation, of politics as usual. We need a [...]

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My Web 2.0 Summit Talk

November 11th, 2008 · 10 Comments

The video has now been put up was there, but doesn’t seem to be available now. so you can check it out. (Here are the slides and the prepared text of the talk.) There must have 750-1,000 people in the ballroom at the Palace Hotel – it was standing room only. I was the second [...]

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