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Entries from January 2010

Blog Past: An i-mode for India

January 31st, 2010 · No Comments

I wrote this a little over a year ago. India of 2008 in the mobile space is quite similar to Japan of 1998. And into that Japan is when NTT Docomo launched its i-mode service in February 1999. In less than 3 years, 30 million subscribers were using i-mode. What are the similarities between 2008 [...]

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Weekend Reading

January 30th, 2010 · No Comments

This week’s links: A Big-Picture look at Google, Apple, Microsoft and Yahoo: from the New York Times. “It’s evident that Google, Microsoft, Apple, and even Yahoo are now competing in numerous different business arenas.” Edge Question:”How Has The Internet Changed The Way You Think?” Answers from some of the world’s best. Start-ups need to Focus: [...]

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Friends of BJP: The Road Ahead: Three Questions

January 29th, 2010 · 12 Comments

A new year, a new BJP President, and a new beginning for Friends of BJP! We hope to continue the work we began almost exactly a year ago in getting Middle India more engaged with politics, public policy and governance. We also hope to provide the right inputs to the BJP as it seeks to [...]

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Friends of BJP: The Road Ahead: 3. Engagement

January 28th, 2010 · 2 Comments

The focus should be on creating Friends of BJP Chapters in India’s top 50 urban centres (along with a Secretariat in Mumbai and Delhi) to manage ongoing activities, to drive conversation and expand the member network. The goal has to be to win the hearts and minds of youth and professionals in urban India by [...]

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Friends of BJP: The Road Ahead: 2. Communication

January 27th, 2010 · 9 Comments

2.       Communication The BJP needs to effectively communicate its thinking, ideology and activities better to people in India and outside. Media management has been often highlighted as one of the areas of deficiencies in the party’s communications. Members from Friends of BJP (along with the proposed Think Tank) can help build a better media outreach [...]

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Friends of BJP: The Road Ahead: 1. Ideas

January 26th, 2010 · 10 Comments

The BJP needs to start winning the intellectual game once again. It was the party of big, bold ideas for India. It must reclaim the centre-right space in Indian politics. We need to shift from the politics of identity to the politics of aspiration, recognising that the (urban) Indian voter has changed and moved ahead.  [...]

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Friends of BJP: The Road Ahead

January 25th, 2010 · 6 Comments

A few months ago, a couple of us (Amit Malviya and me) had put together a note on taking further the Friends of BJP (FBJP) initiative we had started almost exactly a year ago. I am outlining the ideas in a series of four posts this week. The country needs an effective alternate formation that [...]

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Blog Past: A Tutorial on Development

January 24th, 2010 · 2 Comments

I have collected together four articles from a series I wrote in 2004. These are writings from Atanu Dey on what Development really means.  Here is an excerpt from the first in the series: For India to develop, there is no way other than moving away from agriculture. By that I don’t mean that we [...]

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Weekend Reading; Visiting Tokyo

January 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

This week has been a bit rushed, since I am going to Tokyo next week Mon-Thu (Jan 25-28). If you follow this blog, are in Tokyo, and would be keen to meet up, do let me know. Email me at rajeshjain@netcore.co.in. This week’s links: India’s Annual State of Education Report: by Pratham (via Srikant). America’s [...]

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A Micropayments Infrastructure for India: Part 5

January 22nd, 2010 · 6 Comments

My cousin in the US wrote an iPhone app on a weekend. He put it out there. It now makes him $1,500 a month. Those are the kinds of stories that will drive creation at a large scale in India. That is what this idea of leveraging the mobile cash balance for third-party payments can [...]

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A Micropayments Infrastructure for India: Part 4

January 21st, 2010 · 4 Comments

Indian consumers spend about Rs 100,000 crore ($22 billion) on mobile services – 50 crore subscribers with an ARPU of just under Rs 200. The number of postpaid users is less than 10%, though their value will be more.  There is a lot of ‘cash balance’ flowing through the mobile ecosystem. For operators, one issue [...]

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A Micropayments Infrastructure for India: Part 3

January 20th, 2010 · No Comments

To create a micropayments infrastructure, we need to build on what already exists. Mobile operators in India have created an amazing network of points of presence where one can buy airtime. They know how to handle cash that users pay. (Cash remains the preferred payment mechanism given the low penetration of credit, debit and cash [...]

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A Micropayments Infrastructure for India: Part 2

January 19th, 2010 · 4 Comments

If we look at the Indian digital space, there are three primary ways for companies to make money: subscriptions, advertising and transactions (commerce). India’s digital advertising market is still quite small (about Rs 700 cr – $150 million), with Google being the dominant player. Many of the leading Indian portals are losing money. While transactions [...]

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A Micropayments Infrastructure for India

January 18th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Even with India’s 500+ million mobile connections and a dozen operators, there has been limited innovation in the non-voice space. When one talks to some of the content and mobile companies, there is a growing feeling that things are just the way they were three years ago. Is there something that can be done to [...]

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Blog Past: Trains, Planes and Mobiles

January 17th, 2010 · No Comments

I wrote this series in 2005 about a train ride to and from Surat – done on the same day: Recently, I took a train from Mumbai to Surat (a distance of 250 kilometres) and back. It was a day trip. I spent nine hours for the two legs of the journey. Ordinarily, I would [...]

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Weekend Reading

January 16th, 2010 · 2 Comments

This week’s links: Top Trends at Consumer Electronics Show: from VentureBeat. More from Betanews. When to ramp up sales: by Ed Sim. “Before you get too aggressive with your growth plans make sure you can answer all of these questions about your go-to-market strategy.” What China is doing: by Thomas Friedman. “I’ve been stunned to [...]

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Pizza Hut in Surat

January 15th, 2010 · 7 Comments

One of my indulgences on the food front is the cheese pizza at Pizza Hut. Surat is the only place that I know of where they serve Jain cheese pizza (no onion and garlic in the preparation). They used to have a similar one in Mumbai at Chowpatty but it shut down to get replaced [...]

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To Surat and Back by Shatadbi

January 14th, 2010 · 5 Comments

Continuing this series on journeys through the Christmas-New Year vacation period, there were two more train trips – to Surat and back by train (Shatadbi). Surat is about 265 kilometres from Mumbai, and Shatadbi covers the distance in about 3 hours and 20 minutes. (It covers the 500-km stretch between Mumbai-Ahmedabad in 7 hours.) The [...]

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Pune to Mumbai by Bus

January 13th, 2010 · 1 Comment

On our return from Pune, Abhishek and I took the MSRTC Shivneri bus service. We were in a ‘Made in China’ King Kong bus. We left at 3 pm, and reached Dadar at 6:45 pm. It was actually my first-ever bus ride back from Pune. It turned out to be a very pleasant experience. For [...]

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Mumbai to Pune by Train

January 12th, 2010 · 2 Comments

After many years, I took the train to Pune recently. Since his mother wanted some son-free and husband-free time, Abhishek and I went off together on a 2-day journey to meet my grandparents and uncles, aunts and cousins. We took the Inter-city, which leaves Mumbai at 6:45 am and reaches Pune just over three hours [...]

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