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Entries from October 2009

Weekend Reading

October 31st, 2009 · 2 Comments

This week’s links: Inside the App Economy: from Business Week.  “Beyond the goofy games is a world of useful programs that’s making fortunes and changing the rules of business.” CK Prahalad Interview: from Knowledge@Wharton, on the bottom of the pyramid. “How has Prahalad’s book — a revised, fifth-anniversary edition of which has just been published [...]

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Five Disruptions in India’s Mobile Industry: 3 – 3G

October 30th, 2009 · 7 Comments

About three-and-a-half- years ago, I had thought 3G was a year away. Amazingly, that is true even as of today! In India, 3G with its promise of higher speeds and more efficient spectrum utilisation should have been rolled out ages ago. But individual greed was put ahead of national good — it is hard for [...]

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Five Disruptions in India’s Mobile Industry: 2 – MVNO

October 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

By now, we should have seen a few real Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) in India, and not just the single pseudo MVNO in the form of Virgin Mobile. MVNOs don’t set up their own network – they piggyback on an existing operator’s network. They do, however, create their own brand and go-to-market strategy, and [...]

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Five Disruptions in India’s Mobile Industry: 1 – MNP

October 28th, 2009 · 5 Comments

As part of my Interop keynote, I discussed five disruptions that we are going to see going ahead in the mobile industry in India. A single slide doesn’t necessarily do justice, so I thought I would elaborate on each of the five themes: MNP, MVNO, 3G, Voice Competition and VAS Competition. Mobile Number Portability (MNP) [...]

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Speaking at Liba Insight in Chennai on Nov 5

October 27th, 2009 · 6 Comments

I will be speaking on Digital Business Models at the Insight event next week, organised by the Loyola Institute of Business Administration. My session is on “Revisiting the Digital Strategy: Internet, Mobile and Social Media Marketing.” The audience will be primarily B-school students. I plan to look at the topic from two angles: for start-ups [...]

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Cricket Overkill

October 26th, 2009 · 12 Comments

Watching and following Cricket is part of the lives of most of us in India. It is pretty much the only sport that we tend to bother about. Of late, however, I get the feeling that interest is starting to wane – in me, and others. Maybe it is the surfeit of all sorts of [...]

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Blog Past: Enterprise IT Operator

October 25th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I wrote this a year ago: In recent times, cloud computing has become a more fashionable way to refer to the ASP (application service provider) business. In India, given the lack of legacy in terms of IT deployment that exists in many SMEs, there is a powerful opportunity to get them to leapfrog to using [...]

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Weekend Reading

October 24th, 2009 · 2 Comments

This week’s links: What’s holding India Back: from Business Week. “Business is battling farmers over land, putting $98 billion in investments—and an industrial revolution—on hold.” India’s Demographic Moment: by Nandan Nilekani (in strategy+business). “It’s clear that if a country’s colleges and schools are in good health and if a significant proportion of the population is [...]

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Rajasthan Visit – Part 4

October 23rd, 2009 · 3 Comments

On the way back from Rajasthan by train, I woke up just as the train (Aravali Express) pulled in to Ahmedabad a few minutes behind schedule at 10:15 pm. I got down from the upper berth and walked out on the platform. And as I looked around, I was transported back in time to when [...]

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Rajasthan Visit – Part 3

October 22nd, 2009 · 10 Comments

The irony is that these problems have for the most part been self-inflicted because we have allowed our rulers to systemically siphon away money. As Atanu Dey put it, “India is poor because India is corrupt.” Rajasthan and its people are part of the other India we like to call ‘Bharat.’ We give it a [...]

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Rajasthan Visit – Part 2

October 21st, 2009 · 3 Comments

Rajasthan is one of India’s less developed states. One could blame it on the desert-like terrain. Tourism is a mainstay for some of the cities like Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur with their palaces and historical relevance. But when I see the still parched land, I cannot but help think of how our government has failed [...]

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Rajasthan Visit – Part 1

October 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Bhavana and I have been doing an annual pilgrimage to Rajasthan since 1997. She maps out a route and we visit various temples over a 3-4 day period. The two constants are Nakodaji and Osiyanji, temples on either side of Jodhpur. This year, we were joined by Bhavana’s sister’s family. Their daughter is a year [...]

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NASSCOM Product Conclave Panel on Telecom

October 19th, 2009 · 5 Comments

I will be a panelist on the Telecom panel at the NASSCOM Product Conclave in Bangalore (Oct 27-28). My panel is on Oct 27 from 12:30-1:30 pm. The theme is: “Product strategies in the telecom sector: potential for global leadership.” Here is a brief abstract: Telecom, especially mobile, is a unique vertical. It offers a [...]

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Blog Past: Rajasthan Ruminations

October 18th, 2009 · No Comments

I will be writing about my recent trip to Rajasthan in the coming week. Meanwhile, here are links to two series I wrote in the past in February 2004 and September 2005. This is how I had ended my last series: We need a Grand Vision for a Great India – an India that includes [...]

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Weekend Reading

October 17th, 2009 · 2 Comments

This week’s links: Corruption in India: by Atanu Dey. “Corruption is seriously like a cancer for an economy. It eventually kills it. Like a cancer, corruption has something to do with the DNA at the cellular level of the organism…India is poor because it is corrupt. No other factor can adequately and fully explain its [...]

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Venture Investing (Part 2)

October 16th, 2009 · 16 Comments

What we need in India to get more start-ups created and more importantly, create the environment for them to succeed is a combination of an Incubator and Venture Capital Fund. This is something on the lines of what Kai-Fu Lee is doing in China or perhaps Y Combinator. There needs to be a core team [...]

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Venture Investing

October 15th, 2009 · 16 Comments

I can’t but help think that we are missing out on creating a deep-rooted start-up culture in India because we do not have the first two stages of the investing pipeline: angels, and first round investing. In the Indian context, angels should typically invest 1-2 cr ($200-400K) to give enough money for the company to [...]

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Numbers Discipline

October 14th, 2009 · 5 Comments

I have written on this topic in a different context in the past but it probably is worth repeating. Every company, however small, must develop a “numbers discipline” when it comes to revenues and costs. For much of my business life, this is not something I bothered to do – and so am assuming that [...]

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New Ideas

October 13th, 2009 · 9 Comments

The one thing I cannot stop doing is coming up with New Ideas. Nowadays, I also try and note the trail of how a particular idea could built up. There are three elements which I have found are particularly useful in the ideation process: Talking to people and listening carefully to the questions they ask [...]

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Hobby Ideas

October 12th, 2009 · 2 Comments

One of the interesting stores to spend time is “Hobby Ideas.” It is billed as India’s first craft and hobby store. It is one chain concept that deserves to expand and be present in every neighbourhood to be accessible to a lot more people. It is also a concept that I think needs some creative [...]

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