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Entries from July 2009

Weekend Reading

July 11th, 2009 · 1 Comment

This week’s links: Policy Brief on Higher Education in India: by Atanu Dey. “Capacity expansion in higher education and increasing the production of diverse human capital requires the sector to be liberalized so that private sector can participate in growing the human resources that are needed for economic growth. The increased capacity is needed for […]

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Traffic Snarl

July 10th, 2009 · 11 Comments

On Sunday evening, we were making our way back from Bhavana’s parents home in Santa Cruz to our home at Kemp’s Corner. The distance is about 15 kms. It takes us about 35-40 minutes on a normal day to cover that distance. On Sunday, it took us over two hours. The first hurdle came when […]

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Quarterly Targets and Reviews

July 9th, 2009 · 6 Comments

At the end of every quarter, in NetCore, we do a formal review (sort-of Board meeting) with two external people. This helps us in multiple ways: it instills a “numbers” discipline down the line, it makes all of us accountable to numbers that we commit, it forces us to review ourselves every three months with […]

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Budget: Yet Another Missed Opportunity

July 8th, 2009 · 7 Comments

This may be a rather naive view, but it is quite amazing how many opportunities India squanders on its way to whatever the future holds. The election mandate was an opportunity to break from the past and make bold decisions for India’s future. And what do we have – a raft of incremental measures which […]

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Nokia E71 Problem

July 7th, 2009 · 66 Comments

I am having a peculiar problem with the E71 that I bought a couple months ago. The phone automatically restarts almost continuously, making it impossible to use. If I put it in the Offline mode, then the restarts stop (but I cannot use it then). The restarts have  been happening often at random over the […]

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Board Game Reco: The Settlers of Catan

July 6th, 2009 · 12 Comments

During my London trip, I bought “The Settlers of Catan” – after I read this review in Wired magazine a few months ago. Wired called it a Monopoly killer and added: “Settlers is now poised to become the biggest hit in the US since Risk. Along the way, it’s teaching Americans that board games don’t […]

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Blog Past: Entrepreneurial Learnings

July 5th, 2009 · 5 Comments

I wrote this series in 2001. Here is an excerpt from the first part: Entrepreneurs do not start to create failures. Yet, only 1 in 100 startups succeeds. If one were to ask entrepreneurs when the start about their chances of success, most would give themselves greater than even odds, even as high as a […]

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Weekend Reading

July 4th, 2009 · 3 Comments

This week’s links: Searching for Scarcity: from Forbes.  “What is the scarcity that U2, the organic farmer and MIT are leveraging, and what does it tell us about our world?” A Letter to Aalisha:by Atanu Dey. “My friend Salil Naik asked me to write a letter to his daughter on her birthday.” Facebook vs Google: […]

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Book Reco: Ultimatum by Matthew Glass

July 3rd, 2009 · 3 Comments

I read Matthew Glass’ book “Ultimatum” on the Kindle after reading this review in The Economist, which ended thus: “Mr Glass, who has worked in America and with human-rights groups, is familiar with the corridors and committee-rooms of power. He is good at portraying diplomatic brinkmanship and political in-fighting, and knows how policy gets made, […]

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State of the Internet in India (Part 4)

July 2nd, 2009 · 12 Comments

There are some spaces that are going to be hard to enter and win: search (Google) news 1.0 (Rediff, NDTV, CNN-IBN) email (Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, Rediff) social networks (Facebook, Orkut/Google) video (YouTube/Google) jobs (Naukri) matrimonials (Shaadi/People Group, Consim/BharatMatrimony) cricket (Cricinfo/ESPN) finance (MoneyControl/Web18, Moneywiz/Rediff) local [voice] search (JustDial) travel (plenty!) Some of these spaces have leaders, […]

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State of the Internet in India (Part 3)

July 1st, 2009 · 7 Comments

The two not-so-obvious things that can help the Internet growing again in India are: The Internet and mobile need to be thought of as a combo for services. It will be some time before Internet ad revenues are large enough to sustain the portal. (They are aboutRs 500-600 crore, with about three-quarters going to Google, […]

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