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Entries from December 2008

What Can Cause Us to Fail

December 11th, 2008 · 4 Comments

I was having a conversation with a friend last week when he asked me a seemingly innocuous question: What is the one thing that can cause us to fail? I thought for a minute and replied: Reliance on a single revenue stream. He argued that a business must have focus. My counter-point: At the early […]

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Meetings with Customers

December 10th, 2008 · 6 Comments

The best learning in business comes from meetings with Customers (or prospective customers). Too often, we want to just talk about the products and solutions we have to offer. Instead, by listening to the problems and challenges that they are facing, we can come up with both features that the market needs and how to […]

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mGenie

December 9th, 2008 · No Comments

A colleague, Alok Ladsariya, pointed me to the illustration accompanying this story in The Economist. The theme of Mobile as Magic Lamp is something I have been talking within NetCore for the past 3 years. As I tell them: we have to be the Genie that makes the mobile a magic lamp, a sort-of mGenie. […]

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Growing Mobile Data and Value-Added Services in India

December 8th, 2008 · 10 Comments

I wrote earlier about India’s Red and Blue Mobile markets, and ended by saying that “the action (and value) going ahead in India will be not in Voice but Data and VAS (Value-Added Services) in India’s most valuable Red Market.” The question is: how does that happen? How can VAS become a bigger opportunity for […]

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Blog Past: The Emerging Internet

December 7th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I wrote this post about a year-and-a-half ago. In it, I described my vision of the world to come in the form of the shifts that are happening: Behind the PC to Mobile shift, there are four key elements to my philosophy about this ‘Emerging’ Internet that I want to elaborate on in this Tech […]

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Weekend Reading

December 6th, 2008 · No Comments

This week’s reading: ‘They’ll have to pay for it‘: Cover Story in Pragati, The Indian National Interest Review Fixing Education in the US: What Bill and Melinda Gates are doing, from Fortune Show Me the Money: Michael Mauboussin’s most recent strategy piece on why cash flows are more important than earnings Best Books of 2008: […]

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South Mumbai Bookshops

December 5th, 2008 · 3 Comments

My favourite bookstore – like for many others – is Strand Book Stall at Fort. The collection is simply amazing, and every time I go there, I find something to surprise me. Even though other bookshops are bigger, there is something about Strand which enables discovery. They almost seem to know what will sell. In […]

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Why Founders / CEOs should Blog Daily

December 4th, 2008 · 5 Comments

All it takes is 15 minutes daily. That’s under two hours a week – about the length of time taken to got for one business meeting and get back to office. Blogging can probably open up as many opportunities as a good meeting can — in a way one cannot directly imagine. I think blogging […]

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India’s Red and Blue Mobile Markets

December 3rd, 2008 · 9 Comments

The Indian mobile industry is about to face four key disruptions in 2009: New Operators will launch services Mobile Number Portability will get rolled out in phases across circles 3G licences will be given out and first services will commence MVNOs will be allowed Put it all together, and a new landscape starts to emerge. […]

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India needs Ratan Tata as Prime Minister for 5 Years

December 2nd, 2008 · 97 Comments

Extraordinary times demand extraordinary action. That action can only happen with extraordinary leadership. India’s political leadership has failed us – time and again. We are facing crises on two fronts – terrorism and economic. More acts of terrorism will shutter India for global businesses. If India’s growth stutters, then will dampen aspirations for millions of […]

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Mumbai: Why This Time is Different

December 1st, 2008 · 13 Comments

As one watches the aftermath of the terror attacks in Mumbai, there is a sense that this is a tipping point in how Indians think about and respond to both terror and our politicians.  This time around, there is no going back to ‘business as usual’ for a number of reasons: The Location where it […]

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