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Entries from March 2011

Too Much Travel

March 11th, 2011 · 1 Comment

In the past three-odd weeks, I have been to Delhi and Hyderabad twice, and once to Goa, Chennai and Ahmedabad. That is 4 flights a week, which is way more than I am used to! Of these, the two Delhi flights were both delayed on the return leg by over two hours, meaning I reached […]

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The “India, India” Game

March 10th, 2011 · 5 Comments

Looking at our government, I cannot but think that it seems to be a video game being played. We couldn’t possibly be serious with the kind of decision-making we are seeing. The most recent opportunity to make a radical leap forward was the Union Budget. What we get was more tinkering. Where are the Big […]

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Delhi T3 and Metro

March 9th, 2011 · 2 Comments

I have to admit that I am now extremely jealous of the infra that is being built in Delhi. Mumbai has plods along. One Sea Link. And then Stop. Five years later, we will probably get One More Airport Without City Connectivity. Meanwhile, Delhi has got a spanking new terminal, T3, which I happened to […]

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IMC Conference Talk

March 8th, 2011 · 7 Comments

I will be speaking and then be on a panel at the Indian Merchants Chambers’ IT Conference “Fostering Inclusive Growth through IT” on March 11 (Fri) at their Churchgate, Mumbai office. I am part of the second session on “Affordable Technologies for Inclusive Growth and the Digital Inclusion.” Some themese I will touch upon during […]

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Supreme Court as Hero

March 7th, 2011 · 2 Comments

It has been some time since I saw one of those movies where there are bad things happening and then in troops the hero and single-handedly hammers the bad guys. Seeing the Supreme Court in action reminds of that. A few months ago, there seemed little hope that we could tackle the issues of corruption […]

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Blog Past: One Reason Why Companies Fail

March 6th, 2011 · 2 Comments

From a blog post a year ago: One of the reasons companies fail (and I have also gone through my share of failures) is that we do not reset starting assumptions against the market realities. Let me explain. We start off with some ideas, and assumptions about the market. Once we take the product out […]

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Weekend Reading

March 5th, 2011 · 2 Comments

This week’s links: Making Money in Mobile: by Tim Bray. “Here are the ways I can think of to make money that involve mobile applications: App sales, Upgrades and in-app sales, Ad sales and  Server-side revenue enablement.” Mom and Pop, at Web Scale: by Anil Dash. “If your community takes off and you’re built with […]

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Digital Marketing Options Proliferating

March 4th, 2011 · 13 Comments

Even as the Indian Internet advertising market touches Rs 1,000 crore (about 4% of the overall ad spend in India), the options for digital advertising are growing: Internet search and banner ads: where Google is the market leader. Yahoo is a distant #2. With Facebook also growing, the result is that a significant component of […]

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Hotel Ginger in Chennai

March 3rd, 2011 · 5 Comments

I had written about Ginger once when I stayed at their Whitefield (Bangalore) hotel a few years ago. I recently stayed at their new Chennai hotel at IIT-M’s Research Park, next to Tidel Park in Taramani. The hotel is all on a single floor of the research park. The small rooms are completely functional and […]

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Talking Airport Waiting Areas

March 2nd, 2011 · 10 Comments

This is what any few minutes at any airport in India sounds like. (Have someone read this out LOUD in your ears as you try and concentrate on doing any activity.) “Announcing the departure of Jet Airways flight 9W 469 to Mumbai. All passengers are requested to proceed to gate number 5 for boarding.” “Kingfisher […]

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Talking Lifts

March 1st, 2011 · 12 Comments

Of late, the number of lifts that ‘talk’ have been increasing. And the result couldn’t possibly be more irritating. A steady stream of “Doors Opening”, “Doors Closing”, “2nd floor”, “4th floor”, “5th floor” announcements are yet a constant reminder that not all by-products of what is possible via technology are good! I just don’t seem […]

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