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Entries from January 2009

Blog Past: The Publish-Subscribe Web

January 11th, 2009 · 5 Comments

This post is from June 2003. Here is how I began: “The first web made publishing possible. By giving each document published a unique identifier and making available a standardised application in the form of the browser for display, the first web made mass-reading possible. This web is about a few publishing and many reading. […]

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Weekend Reading

January 10th, 2009 · 5 Comments

This weekend’s links: The Power (and Peril) of Praising Yor Kid: FromNew York magazine (via Atanu). “Giving kids the label of ‘smart’ does not prevent them from underperforming. It might actually be causing it.” Scale Economics: by Fred Wilson. “What we are witnessing on the Internet is the development of a economy based on the […]

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India IT 2020

January 9th, 2009 · 8 Comments

I will be moderating a panel on mobile technology at India IT 2020 (Jan 28, Grand Hyatt, Mumbai). On the panel with me will be Veer Bothra (Ravience, ex-NetCore), Krishna Durbha (Reliance Communications), Swami Krishnan (IFIM, ex-Sasken). Here are some topics I propose to bring up in our 90 minutes: what we can expect from […]

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A-Satyam

January 8th, 2009 · 15 Comments

Nothing could have prepared anyone in corporate India for the Satyam news story which broke on Wednesday morning. It is India’s Enron and Madoff combined. As a good friend put it, Satyam will now have a very different meaning for a generation of Indians. Even as the wreckage is sifted through, it is critical to […]

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Random: Ghajini and Outliers

January 7th, 2009 · 8 Comments

Ghajini: Saw it over the weekend. Very well-made movie. Despite the nice songs and the romance, the only thing that stays with you after the movie is the raw violence. Aamir Khan is exceptional. Overall, a must-watch (once). Outliers: This is a new book by Malcolm Gladwell (author of “The Tipping Point” and “Blink”). The […]

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Satyam, Pakistan and Slowdown

January 6th, 2009 · 7 Comments

The time around Christmas and New Year is when one ends up meeting a number of friends who are settled abroad. This year was no different. And there were three topics which were common in most discussions: Satyam, Pakistan and the Slowdown. Here is a summary of what I would say on each of them: […]

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India’s 3G Auction

January 5th, 2009 · 11 Comments

After all the bungling that happened in 2008 with the allocation of spectrum to a bunch of new operators for a pittance, I am amazed that India can still keep messing up its telecom policy. The rules of the 3G auction keep getting changed — perhaps depending on who has met whom the previous day. […]

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Blog Past: Ideas and Entrepreneurship

January 4th, 2009 · 4 Comments

I wrote this post in July 2003. I started thus: “It is a fascinating time to be a part of the world of technology. There are many new areas opening up. There are new markets waiting to be discovered. There are new technologies emerging out of the woodwork. Every entrepreneur tries to build a company […]

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Weekend Reading

January 3rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

This weekend’s links: Bits of Destruction: by Fred Wilson. “Bits of information flowing over a wire (or through the air) are just more efficient than physical infrastructure…This downturn will be marked in history as the time where many of the business models built in the industrial era finally collapsed as a result of being undermined […]

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Best of 2008: Personal

January 2nd, 2009 · 63 Comments

To round off the Best of 2008 series, here are a few blog posts about me: 40 to 41: Happy Birthday, Rajesh! Letter to a 3-Year-Old: Happy Birthday, Abhishek! Likes: Trains, Ice-creams, Jigsaw Puzzles Life: Gadgets, and A Day Memories: 1988 and 7 Lake St On Blogging Daily and Writing: something I look forward to […]

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Best of 2008: My Presentations

January 1st, 2009 · 64 Comments

I made a number of presentations in 2008. Here are some of them: Mobile World Congress in Barcelona  Red Hat Open-Source Apac Partner Meet in Phuket Nanyang Business School in Singapore Three on Mobile Marketing: IAMAI MVAS Conference, afaqs Mobile Conversations, Indian Magazine Congress Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco

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