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Entries from January 2011

Helping Transform India’s Future – Part 10

January 31st, 2011 · No Comments

To transform India’s future, we need to change the direction of India’s policies. That needs political change. And for political change, we need Middle India to come together, which will only people when there is a greater awareness of the wrong path we are on. Awareness will lead to Action. That is what I hope […]

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Blog Past: Quarterly Numbers

January 30th, 2011 · 1 Comment

From a post a couple years ago: My advice to entrepreneurs is (and I wish someone had given this to me a decade ago): think of the business in quarters: it is the right granularity — a month is too short, and a year is too long put together a 2-3 member Board with whom […]

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Weekend Reading

January 29th, 2011 · 1 Comment

This week’s links: How YouTube’s Global Platform Is Redefining the Entertainment Business: from FastCompany. Building Better Social Graphs: by Fred Wilson. “As software becomes social, the creation of the social graph on each web service becomes a chore. I do not believe that you simply want to port your social graph from Facebook and Twitter […]

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Helping Transform India’s Future – Part 9

January 28th, 2011 · 2 Comments

The answer to transforming India’s future lies with us, the people of India. This is what I wrote in my series in May 2010 entitled “It’s Up To Us Now“: Middle class India has many more people than the few required for change. These are the people who are frustrated with the state of affairs, […]

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Helping Transform India’s Future – Part 8

January 27th, 2011 · No Comments

I followed this up with answers to two questions about India and Change in April 2010: If there was ONE thing you could Change about India, what would it be? Middle India Apathy towards the nation. It is almost as if most of us in Middle India (young, educated in urban India) have switched off […]

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Helping Transform India’s Future – Part 7

January 26th, 2011 · 2 Comments

In late January 2010, I asked and answered three questions which help lay out the agenda for India’s future: 1. What are the 2-3 big issues that will present the most challenges and opportunities for India? Quality Education Jobs Creation Urbanisation (moving India’s rural people to livable new cities) Corruption 2. Which ideas/issues would resonate […]

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Helping Transform India’s Future – Part 6

January 25th, 2011 · 3 Comments

In January 2010, a year after I made the decision to support the BJP and help start Friends of BJP, I reflected: A number of people whom I meet (along with others who have commented on various blog posts) ask me whether I think I made the right decision given the results of the elections […]

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Hindustan Times Profile

January 24th, 2011 · 9 Comments

Sunday’s HT had a profile on me written by Samar Halarnkar as part of a  series looking at what the dotcom entrepreneurs are doing now. An excerpt: Biggest deal, biggest dreamer Frodo: “I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.” Gandalf: “So do all who live to […]

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Blog Past: A Micropayments Infrastructure for India

January 23rd, 2011 · 2 Comments

From a series a year ago: 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 […]

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Weekend Reading

January 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

This week’s links: Pivoting: by Jeremy Liew writing about startups changing direction. “Pivoting has two components, knowing when to quit plan A, and taking on plan B. It’s easy to pivot towards doing more of something that is working and users like. It’s also easy to stop doing something that gets no traction. What’s hard […]

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Helping Transform India’s Future – Part 5

January 21st, 2011 · 2 Comments

From that support emerged the genesis of the idea of Friends of BJP (of which I am now the National Convenor). Here is what I wrote in late Jan 2009: As citizens of India, we have a duty to help build a Better India. The 20 of a week ago are now 200. We need […]

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Helping Transform India’s Future – Part 4

January 20th, 2011 · 1 Comment

It was in that context that I coincidentally met one of the senior leaders from the BJP. For me, the decision to support the BJP was a natural one given our family voting history. Something about the dynastic Congress didn’t seem right, even though my history lessons had taught me otherwise. From brainstorming sessions with […]

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Helping Transform India’s Future – Part 3

January 19th, 2011 · 2 Comments

26/11 and the political response to it made me realise how hollow and shallow our own leadership was. The elections provided an opportunity to do something. A question I asked myself was: What can we do? This is how I answered it in early Jan 2009: There are about 100 days to the elections in […]

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Helping Transform India’s Future – Part 2

January 18th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Obama’s campaign energised the US, and I could not help wonder what it would take for us in India to get excited about a leader. I was in the US the night the results were declared, and it was an electric feeling all around. This is what I wrote shortly after in November 2008: It […]

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Helping Transform India’s Future – Part 1

January 17th, 2011 · No Comments

It was almost exactly two years ago that I made a decision that added a new dimension to my life. That decision was to support the BJP in the 2009 elections and help start the Friends of BJP. Two years later, that decision, more than anything else, is shaping my future. I used to be […]

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Blog Past: Three Decisions

January 16th, 2011 · 1 Comment

From a post I wrote last January: We need to make decisions all the time. Some have a nominal impact; others can make a more lasting difference. Some decisions are easy; others are hard. Some decisions can be reversed; others are much harder to change. Decisions are a constant in our life. Most of the […]

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Weekend Reading

January 15th, 2011 · 1 Comment

This week’s links: Best Tech Writing of 2010 7 Technologies that will rock 2011: from TechCrunch. 100 Things to Watch in 2011: from JWT. Let’s End the Myth that Ideas are Worthless: by Nathaniel Whittemore. “Great startups need great ideas and great execution.” A Happy Marriage is a “Me” Marriage”: from The New York Times. […]

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2010-11: Looking Back, Looking Forward – Part 10

January 14th, 2011 · 1 Comment

One of my favourite books (and movie series) is “Lord of the Rings.” And so, I can think of no better way to end this series than with three quotes from the movie that I feel epitomise my thinking and life. * Frodo: I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none […]

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2010-11: Looking Back, Looking Forward – Part 9

January 13th, 2011 · No Comments

On the Personal front, there are three things I want to do: continue my travels so that my learning and deep thinking continues, continue my writing because this is where I clarify my own thought, and further deepen my study of India’s past and understand what the future can be because it is that dream […]

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2010-11: Looking Back, Looking Forward – Part 8

January 12th, 2011 · 1 Comment

On the Political front, 2011 will be about two primary objectives: public education and mobilisation. People in India need to understand that things are not going well, and there is an alternate future that can be crafted – and which will not be created by those who are responsible for ensuring that India has still […]

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