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Entries from November 2010

CSI Panel on Affordable Computing – Part 2

November 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Affordable computing has long been an interest area of mine. I have written on the topic extensively over the past 7-8 years. I first  experimented with a thin client-thick server in NetCore. Later, those learnings morphed into Novatium, an independent company set up with Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala from IIT-Madras and Ray Stata in Chennai. Novatium [...]

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CSI Panel on Affordable Computing – Part 1

November 29th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The Computer Society of India’s 45th Annual Convention in Mumbai held last week had a panel on Affordable Computing. I was amongst the nine panelists. The focus of the panel was on seeing how government and industry can work together to forge a new path forward for affordable computing in India.  This was the panel [...]

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Blog Past: Mumbai 26/11

November 28th, 2010 · 1 Comment

This is what I wrote two years ago just after the events of 26/11: Today, we will go back to work.  But this time around, we just cannot forget and move on.Ensuring safety for its citizens (and not just for themselves) is the government’s top priority. National security is now India’s #1 challenge. Over the [...]

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Weekend Reading

November 27th, 2010 · No Comments

This week’s links: The Web is reborn: from Technology Review. On how HTML5 is going to change things. Best Business Books of 2010: from strategy+business. Employee Equity: Insights by Fred Wilson. “How much equity should you grant when you make a hire?” HR as a core competency: by Seth Levine. ” They key is the [...]

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Mohan: The Strong Man (A Play in 5 Parts) – Part 5

November 26th, 2010 · 2 Comments

5Note: A friend of mine sent me this. He doesn’t have a blog, and doesn’t want to be identified. It was too good not to publish. Of course, I have to add a few disclaimers. One, I support the BJP (“lighter shades of grey”) and am not a fan of the Congress. Second, all references [...]

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Mohan: The Strong Man (A Play in 5 Parts) – Part 4

November 25th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Note: A friend of mine sent me this. He doesn’t have a blog, and doesn’t want to be identified. It was too good not to publish. Of course, I have to add a few disclaimers. One, I support the BJP (“lighter shades of grey”) and am not a fan of the Congress. Second, all references [...]

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Mohan: The Strong Man (A Play in 5 Parts) – Part 3

November 24th, 2010 · No Comments

Note: A friend of mine sent me this. He doesn’t have a blog, and doesn’t want to be identified. It was too good not to publish. Of course, I have to add a few disclaimers. One, I support the BJP (“lighter shades of grey”) and am not a fan of the Congress. Second, all references [...]

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Mohan: The Strong Man (A Play in 5 Parts) – Part 2

November 23rd, 2010 · 2 Comments

Note: A friend of mine sent me this. He doesn’t have a blog, and doesn’t want to be identified. It was too good not to publish. Of course, I have to add a few disclaimers. One, I support the BJP (“lighter shades of grey”) and am not a fan of the Congress. Second, all references [...]

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Mohan: The Strong Man (A Play in 5 Parts) – Part 1

November 22nd, 2010 · 2 Comments

Note: A friend of mine sent me this. He doesn’t have a blog, and doesn’t want to be identified. It was too good not to publish. Of course, I have to add a few disclaimers. One, I support the BJP (“lighter shades of grey”) and am not a fan of the Congress. Second, all references [...]

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Blog Past: Web 2.0 Talk from 2008

November 21st, 2010 · No Comments

Two years ago, I spoke at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. Here is the presentation and talk. My concluding comments: …Whether it is Novatium’s NetPC or NetCore’s MyToday or some of the others I just mentioned, there is an opportunity for investors and entrepreneurs to do good and well in addressing the needs [...]

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Weekend Reading

November 20th, 2010 · No Comments

This week’s links: Mary Meeker’s 10 questions that every Internet entrepreneur should answer The entrepreneur’s greatest enemy: by Matt McCall. “Anxiety and fear are the greatest enemies of the entrepreneur.” strategy+business: 50 classic management articles from 15 years TB in India: from New Yorker. “Is it possible to save the millions of people who die [...]

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Business Monitoring Idea – 5

November 19th, 2010 · No Comments

Another key aspect of the business that needs close monitoring is cashflow. Revenues may be increasing, but if cash is not coming in on time, one can face a problem in paying vendors and employee salaries. For this, it is important to have rolling weekly estimates that look a month ahead on both expected payments [...]

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Business Monitoring Idea – 4

November 18th, 2010 · No Comments

What I have done is create a set of spreadsheets wherein I track numbers every week and every month. In addition, it has data for many of the key items for 12 months, allowing historical comparison, especially for margins. As a business grows, the hope has to be that the margins improve. For that, it [...]

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Business Monitoring Idea – 3

November 17th, 2010 · No Comments

For every business, it is important to define key parameters on revenues and costs and these need to be monitored monthly. Besides looking at profitability for the month, it is also important to look at trends – especially in terms of percentages over the past few months. For example, look at both the gross margin [...]

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Business Monitoring Idea – 2

November 16th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Any business where the gross margin is 50% or less needs to be monitored daily. Let me explain. Gross margin is the revenue minus the cost of goods sold. If it costs Rs 3 to buy a widget, and the selling price is Rs 5, then the gross margin is  Rs 2, or 40% (2/5). [...]

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Business Monitoring Idea – 1

November 15th, 2010 · 2 Comments

An idea I have implemented recently in NetCore for some of the business lines is the concept of Projected Score and Required Run Rate. It borrows from the cricket ODI and T-20 matches. An example will help explain. Let’s say in the first 10 days of the month, we have generated Rs 15L in revenue. [...]

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Blog Past: Crucible Moments

November 14th, 2010 · No Comments

From a post written two years ago: A crucible experience is something which transforms us, and shakes and shapes our lives. [Many companies go through] through their own crucible moments. They face challenges of various kinds — revenue generation, business model validation, competition, need for additional capital. In fact, some face multiple of these challenges [...]

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Weekend Reading

November 13th, 2010 · No Comments

This week’s links: The Data Analytics Boom: from Forbes. “As interesting as the range of its application are the many converging reasons for the rise of interest in analytics.” Economist special report on Smart Systems: “The real and the digital worlds are converging, bringing much greater efficiency and lots of new opportunities.” India Rising: from [...]

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The Deadly Arms Game – Part 5

November 12th, 2010 · No Comments

Votebanks are exactly the reason why people in Urban India need to come together in an association like the United Voters of India. Unless we self-organise and force each of the political parties to realise that  the swing vote (and hence their victory or defeat) lies in our hands, Urban Middle India is going to [...]

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The Deadly Arms Game – Part 4

November 11th, 2010 · 1 Comment

India needs massive investments in its infrastructure. We need billions of dollars for high-speed rail networks, for solar power research and development, for quality universal primary education, for dozens of new cities, for building our urban metros (without needing to wait for CWG-like events), high-speed ubiquitous broadband networks, and more. We need this to happen [...]

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