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Entries from March 2010

Favourite Websites

March 11th, 2010 · 10 Comments

One of the publications recently asked me for my five favourite websites. This is what I wrote and sent them. My favourite sites represent my interests: technology, business and politics, books, India’s development, and India news. Techmeme.com This is an aggregator of the best of all the latest news, blogs and the buzz in the […]

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One Reason Why Companies Fail

March 10th, 2010 · 8 Comments

I was thinking about this the other day, as I was chatting to a friend about my experiences as an entrepreneur and investing in early-stage companies. I mentioned to him that one of the reasons companies fail (and I have also gone through my share of failures) is that we do not reset starting assumptions […]

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Life in 5-year Chunks

March 9th, 2010 · 9 Comments

Over the recent Holi holidays, as I sat thinking about life past, present and future, I realized that I could take life in five-year chunks and think of a dominant theme for each of these chunks. So, here goes: 1984-1989: Education (IIT-Bombay and Columbia) 1990-1994: Work and Error (NYNEX, and failed efforts at doing a […]

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Revival of Friends of BJP

March 8th, 2010 · 9 Comments

I was part of a small team from Friends of BJP that was invited to attend the BJP National Council meet in Indore in mid-Feb. It was quite a gathering – over 5,000 people brought together from all over the country. Among the announcements made was that of the revival of Friends of BJP. Here […]

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Blog Past: Ideas for India

March 7th, 2010 · 1 Comment

From a 2-part series I wrote a year ago with Atanu Dey (Part 1 and Part 2): India’s economic growth and development poses challenges that are clear but fortunately are solvable. The hard part is not in the figuring out the solutions but in the implementation, and more specifically in the prioritizing and sequencing of […]

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Weekend Reading

March 6th, 2010 · 2 Comments

This week’s links: 5 Innovative Online Business Models: Woot,Groupon, Hotwire, Blippy, Dubli. Platform Shifts: by Don Dodge, on why leaders fail to make the shift. Fragmentation in Mobiles: by Rich Wong. “The smartest entrepreneurs will not wait for these fragmentation issues to be solved but are figuring out now how to pick a use case, […]

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School Memories – 4

March 5th, 2010 · 4 Comments

Xaverian: I used to love writing for the school magazine. In the early years, I would excitedly open the latest issue to see if my article was published. In later years, I solved that problem by becoming one of the Editors! LBW on Thursdays: We were one of these rare schools that had Thursday as […]

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School Memories – 3

March 4th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Martian Sandwiches: My friends still tease me about the ‘Martian’ (as from Mars) sandwiches I used to get to eat at the 11 am morning recess. The filling was a mix of butter, chutney, cheese and jam. No one who tasted it once ever asked for it again! School Bus Rides: The school bus brought […]

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School Memories – 2

March 3rd, 2010 · 3 Comments

Two Friends for Life: School gave me two friends who are with me even today. Even though we are all in different parts of the world (Narendra in California, Anand in New Jersey, and me in Mumbai), the strong bond of friendship created in school endures as strongly even today. Our happiest moment together was […]

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School Memories

March 2nd, 2010 · 10 Comments

Continuing with the thread about my School Alumni Day, that night I sat and listed out some of my memories from the years at school. Here goes: Unforgettable Teachers: As we think back to those who have helped shape us, it has to be our parents and teachers who probably have the biggest influence in […]

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Budget Blues

March 1st, 2010 · 1 Comment

Following up on Friday’s post, the instant analysers of the Budget have proclaimed it to be a good, reform-friendly Budget. The market ended up 175 points, so it must be a good budget. In fact, expectations were that the Finance Minister would end up doing a lot of damage in the Budget, and when that […]

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