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Entries from April 2010

Weekend Reading

April 10th, 2010 · 1 Comment

This week’s links: Startups, not Bailouts: by Thomas Friedman (NYT). “Good-paying jobs don’t come from bailouts. They come from start-ups. And where do start-ups come from? They come from smart, creative, inspired risk-takers.” Four ways to get more value from digital marketing: from McKinsey Quarterly. “Companies that make the deep strategic, organizational, and operational shifts […]

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Bus Rides in Mumbai

April 9th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Thanks to Abhishek, I have been doing my fair share of bus rides in Mumbai! Like last Sunday. He was up and about at 4:45 am since we had decided to go for a bus ride in the morning. It took some doing to keep him in bed for another hour. We finally left home […]

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Airport Bookshop Surprises

April 8th, 2010 · 1 Comment

I like to browse through airport bookshops in different cities. They offer a selection that ends up quite different from the ones that I end up visiting normally. Every once in a while, I came across a title that is very intriguing and just right to read on the flight back. At the end of […]

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I Wish I Knew Then – Part 2

April 7th, 2010 · 9 Comments

Continuing from yesterday’s post: Numbers Disciple:  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 never bothered to do. I used to think that (a) small companies could not estimate accurately about what numbers they do each […]

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I Wish I Knew Then

April 6th, 2010 · 33 Comments

Inc Magazine India asked me to write a short column entitled “I Wish I Knew Then.” This is what I wrote. (Some of the points have been mentioned on the blog in the past.) I have been an entrepreneur for nearly 18 years. My first company was acquired five years after I started it. It […]

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In Singapore for MMA Forum Next Week

April 5th, 2010 · 2 Comments

I will be in Singapore next week to give a keynote at the Mobile Marketing Association’s event on April 14. My talk will be on “Mobile – One-to-One and One to a Billion.” Here is a brief abstract: The mobile the only medium that is simultaneously mass and personal. It is increasingly emerging as the […]

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Blog Past: Mobile Microcontent

April 4th, 2010 · 2 Comments

From a post written a year ago: One of the ideas I have been thinking about is paid microcontent subscriptions delivered to the mobile — via SMS or mail. The key word is “paid” — will people pay, or will it have to be free forever? The mobile is different — see the success of […]

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Weekend Reading

April 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

This week’s links: Why South Korea has the fastest Internet connections: from CNN.”In the 1990s, South Korea set a priority that it would be a highly connected country with a high degree of Internet literacy.” Talk of vision! Why bring your child doesn’t work: from Slate. “The difference between bribing your child and rewarding your […]

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India’s Silent Majority

April 2nd, 2010 · 45 Comments

Looking at the mess that India’s politics is (and this is across all political parties) and an era of quotocracy (as Pratap Bhanu Mehta put it in an Indian Express article recently), I cannot help feeling that at some point of time Middle India will need to stop sitting back quietly and actually do want […]

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Money for India

April 1st, 2010 · 1 Comment

Let’s take the thinking from yesterday further. If the next 5-7 years can create wealth of $25-50 billion in India’s digital space, much of that will accrue to Indian entrepreneurs and employees in their companies, along with their investors. This can in itself be a game-changer for the country because a significant part of this […]

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