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Entries from October 2010

Opportunities in India’s Digital Space – Part 1

October 11th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Once again, the startup scene in India’s digital space has started buzzing. The first time it happened was a decade ago. At that time, the users and usage were missing. The situation is a lot different now. Much has happened in the intervening decade. The Internet user base in India has grown from practically nothing […]

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Blog Past: Do’s and Dont’s of Public Speaking

October 10th, 2010 · 2 Comments

From a post written two years ago: Respect the time limits that have been sent. This is not as easy as it sounds. Given a microphone and the opportunity to make points, we all tend to go somewhat haywire. And it is that rare event that ends up sticking to published schedules. Speakers need to […]

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Weekend Reading

October 9th, 2010 · No Comments

This week’s links: Social Networking Presentation: by Paul Adams. A great read.Deep insights into how the offline and online works meld together. The Social Network Movie Review: byLawrence Lessig. “What’s important here is that Zuckerberg’s genius could be embraced by half-a-billion people within six years of its first being launched, without (and here is the […]

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Organising a Better Conference

October 8th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Here are some learnings from the Gov 2.0 Summit (and others I have attended) on how to organise a better conference: Format: Most conferences I have attended tend to either be presentations or panels, or some mix of both. Presentations by speakers who have not been adequately briefed can get boring, monotonous and disjointed very […]

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A Tale of Security at Two Grand Hyatts

October 7th, 2010 · 10 Comments

There is a Grand Hyatt no more than a mile or two from where the US President stays, right in the heart of Washington. My taxi was not stopped to be scanned by mirrors. The taxi doors were not opened for examination of the glove compartments. I did not have my baggage passed through scanners. […]

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The Secret Sauce of the US

October 6th, 2010 · 5 Comments

When I talk to friends and read all the op-eds in the NYT and WSJ about the US, one could get the feeling that the US is on the decline, and its best days are behind it. I don’t think so. The US may face more challenges at this point of time than they have […]

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A World of Screens

October 5th, 2010 · 2 Comments

During my US trip, as I walked through the train and looked at people around in the conference, I could not but help notice that so many of them were just looking at their Screens. Laptops, mobiles, iPads, Kindles, and so on. Screens have become the centre of our lives – and we are giving […]

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Amtrak to Washington

October 4th, 2010 · 2 Comments

I took Amtrak to Washington from Newark, after a brief visit to meet my cousin. A train ride is something I always like. It took just under three hours to arrive at Union Station. Speeding through the US countryside and looking out of the window was very relaxing. For some reason, trains need to soothe, […]

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Blog Past: Board Meetings

October 3rd, 2010 · 1 Comment

From a post I wrote a couple years ago: As part of the investments I have in about a dozen (mostly early-stage) companies, I have to attend some of their Board meetings. They give me a good opportunity to catch up with what’s happening (though I do talk to or email many of the CEOs […]

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Weekend Reading

October 2nd, 2010 · No Comments

This week’s links: Wall Street Journal Tech Innovation Awards: The winners. Scaling your management style: by Ed Sim. “Many founders will find that once they raise capital and hire more people, that their one room, one whiteboard open management style is hard to scale.” Why the revolution will not be tweeted: by Malcolm Gladwell. “Weak […]

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Air-India to New York and back

October 1st, 2010 · 4 Comments

For my Washington trip, I once again took Air-India to JFK and back. I like the non-stop. I have heard that Air-India may stop the Mumbai flight and hub people in to Delhi and go from there. I hope they don’t do it. The Mumbai-JFK non-stop is a key service which they should retain (though […]

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