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Entries from December 2009

Best of 2009: Politics

December 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Wanted: An Opposition in India (Dec 09) Corruption in India: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 (Nov 09) Concept Note: New India Policy Foundation: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 (Jul 09) What Next for the BJP: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, […]

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Best of 2009: Entrepreneurship

December 30th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Venture Investing: Part 1, Part 2 (Oct 09) Numbers Discipline (Oct 09) New Ideas (Oct 09) 100X Disasters (Oct 09) Telling a Story (Sep 09) Navigating NetCore – The Past Year: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 (Sep 09) NetCore: Enterprise Messaging Services, Mobile Media and Marketing, Digital Services Operator (Aug […]

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Best of 2009: My Presentations

December 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Mobile as Magic Lamp for Customers and Employees (Dec 09) Digital Strategies (Nov 09) India Digital Media (Aug 09) Ideas in Education (Jul 09) Emerging Technologies and Entrepreneurship (Feb 09) Innovative Ideas for Tough Times (Jan 09) Infocom: Breakthrough Innovations in Mobile (Jan 09)

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Best of 2009: Digital India

December 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Following a tradition from 2008, in this last week of the year, I am giving links to what I think where some of my better posts. I have categorised them into five topics: Digital India, My Presentations, Entrepreneurship, Politics and Personal / General. A Perfect Storm for Mobile Operators: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, […]

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Blog Past: On Watching Swades

December 27th, 2009 · 1 Comment

One movie that is worth watching many times over is Swades.  This is what I wrote after seeing the movie first in early 2005: Swades is about an India most of us don’t know – and probably don’t want to know. It is an India around us that is very different from us. We cannot […]

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Weekend Reading

December 26th, 2009 · No Comments

This week’s links: Time Person of the Year: Ben Bernanke. “He didn’t just reshape U.S. monetary policy; he led an effort to save the world economy.” Studying Young Minds, and How to Teach Them: “Findings, mostly from a branch of research called cognitive neuroscience, are helping to clarify when young brains are best able to […]

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Airport Access

December 25th, 2009 · 2 Comments

I almost missed a flight from Delhi to Mumbai last week because of traffic on the access roads. A 2 km stretch took 35 minutes to navigate. I am sure there must be dozens of people who go through this pain in multiple Indian cities daily – or at least the metros.  Something needs to […]

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Life with Bifocals

December 24th, 2009 · 3 Comments

One knows one is growing old when one gets bifocals! I got mine this week. It has been a couple days since I have been using them, and it hasn’t been easy adjusting with them.  I guess I will have to get used to life with them. The alternative of switching between two pairs of […]

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Customer Relationship Monetisation

December 23rd, 2009 · 5 Comments

CRM stands for Customer Relationship Management. But what it should really mean is Customer Relationship Monetisation. Most companies spend a lot of effort working through the strategies for new customer acquisition. But little is done for leveraging the existing customers – beyond the first product the customer signs up for. What is needed is to […]

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Presentation: Mobile as Magic Lamp for Customers and Employees

December 22nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

I did a presentation last week at the Milagrow SME Conference in Delhi. A part of it was similar to the one I had done at Interop in Mumbai in October, but I added some new slides in the first half. Here it is: Presentation at Milagrow SME Conference View more documents from rajeshjain.

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Avatar: Awesome 3D, but…

December 21st, 2009 · 3 Comments

I was one of the few lucky ones who got to see a preview show of Avatar a few days before it was released. I liked the movie for the world (Pandora) that has been created and the amazing 3D. But the story lacked depth, and the love angle did not come through strongly. Nevertheless, […]

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Blog Past: Tech 7-11s

December 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Tech 7-11 is an idea I had written about many years ago: How do we build a neighbourhood technology store which co-ordinates the actions of the various IT providers and provides services to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)? Think of a Tech 7-11, which combines IBMs one-stop, integrated solutions and Wal-marts physical presence, discounted pricing […]

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Weekend Reading

December 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment

This week’s links: Mobile Internet Report: from Morgan Stanley. “The mobile Internet is ramping faster than desktop Internet did, and we believe more users may connect to the Internet via mobile devices than desktop PCs within 5 years.” What to expect in Mobile in 2010: by Jake Seid of Lightspeed Venture Partners. “We’re still a […]

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What does India’s Internet need?

December 18th, 2009 · 12 Comments

There are two killer services that can help drive demand for home PCs and broadband: Education: Rs 100 per month for an hour of online education daily for kids, as an alternative for parents sending their kids to coaching classes. Mobile Social Networking: Even though this may seem counter-intuitive, a “mobile-first” approach to social networking […]

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Indian Internet Challenges

December 17th, 2009 · 10 Comments

Continuing on the theme from yesterday’s post, some numbers about Digital India and the Indian Internet: PCs: 30 million (growing 8+ million / year), equally split between Homes, SMBs, Large Enterprises+Govt Internet: 50 million (growing 10+ million/year), with 6 million broadband (256 Kbps) connections. About 50% access from cybercafes Ads: Rs 700 cr ($150 million; […]

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The Largest Digital companies in India and China

December 16th, 2009 · 9 Comments

It is quite amazing to see the difference between India and China’s largest digital companies. It just shows the smallness of the Indian market. India’s largest Internet company is InfoEdge (which owns Naukri.com). Its revenues for the last quarter (July-Sep) were Rs 55 crore (about $12 million). The largest Indian mobile VAS company, OnMobile, had […]

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Book Reco: The Increment by David Ignatius

December 15th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I recently read “The Increment” by David Ignatius. It is a fictional setting about Iran and its attempts to build nuclear weapons. Here is a snippet about the book from Publisher’s Weekly: “When Harry Pappas, the new CIA chief of the Iran Operations Division, receives an unsolicited e-mail from an alleged Tehran scientist who calls […]

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Wanted: An Opposition in India

December 14th, 2009 · 13 Comments

For the most part, the governing Congress party is having a free run in India. The Opposition parties (BJP, the Left Front) are beset by their internal difficulties, and as much there is little co-ordinated action to keep the government in check. It is the stupidities of the government (two recent examples: leaking the Liberham […]

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Blog Past: Disruptive Bridges

December 13th, 2009 · No Comments

I wrote this series seven years ago: Imagine a New India. A million computing and communications centres, each with 10 or more computers connected to the Internet, dot the landscape, making them accessible to everyone across the country. Every Indian is computer-literate, and can email, browse the Internet and compose letters. Citizens can make bill […]

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Weekend Reading

December 12th, 2009 · 4 Comments

This week’s links: Innovation in India: from the New York Times. “Many Indians are disappointed that the country has not quickly moved up to more ambitious and lucrative work from answering phones or writing software. Why, they worry, hasn’t India produced a Google or an Apple?” How do Innovators think: from Harvard Business Review (via […]

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