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Entries from December 2011

Weekend Reading

December 31st, 2011 · No Comments

This week’s links: Should Startups Focus on Profitability or Not? by Mark Suster. “There is a healthy tension between profits & growth. To grow faster businesses need resources in today’s financial period to fund growth that may not come for 6 months to a year.” Telecom Predictions for 2012: from Strand Consult. ” We believe […]

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Best of 2011: General

December 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Awards Judging (Dec) Two Ideas for Conferences (Nov) Multi-tasking: Part 1 and Part 2 (Sep) Writing One’s Obituary Today (Sep) Taking Notes in Meetings (Sep) A Liberal Arts Education (Sep) A Book as a Context to Think (Aug)

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Best of 2011: Personal

December 29th, 2011 · 1 Comment

43 to 44 (Aug) Binsar Vacation (Aug) Bali Vacation (Aug) Letter to a 6-year-old (Apr) HT Profile of me (Jan) 2010-11: Looking Back, Looking Forward (Jan)

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Best of 2011: Politics

December 28th, 2011 · No Comments

Transforming India (Dec) When Gujarat Met China (Nov) Why Gujarat is Different (Nov) UPA 2’s Mid-term Blues (Nov) Citizens and Politicians Engagement: From Confrontation to Constructive Co-operation (Oct) Getting to the Goal of Good Governance (Sep) The Right Fight (Aug)  State of the Nation (Jun) BJP’s Project 275 for 2014 (Jun) Verdict 2011 (May) Big […]

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Best of 2011: Entrepreneurship

December 27th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Netcore’s Business (Nov) Service Tax Change hurts Small, Growing Businesses (Oct) Ideas and Innovations as a Differentiator (Sep) The Right Question (Feb)

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Best of 2011: Digital India

December 26th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Following a tradition from 2008, 2009 and 2010, in this last week of the year, I am giving links to what I think where some of my better posts. I have categorised them into five topics: Digital India, Entrepreneurship, Politics, Personal and General. Digital India Netcore’s Business (Nov) Presentation at eGov Conference (Oct) TRAI’s SMS […]

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Blog Past: CSI Panel on Affordable Computing

December 25th, 2011 · No Comments

I was on a CSI panel last November. Here is one of the points I made: We need to set up computing infrastructure at key data collection and dissemination points. Schools, Hospitals, Agricultural extension counters and Panchayats are the places where computing infrastructure needs to be set up. In schools, thin clients or network computers […]

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Weekend Reading

December 24th, 2011 · No Comments

This week’s links: Marc Andressen 2012 Predictions: from cnet. “Most of the people in the world still don’t have a personal computer, whereas in three to five years, most people in the world will have a smartphone…. If you’ve got a smartphone, then I can build a business in any domain or category and serve […]

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Transforming India: Voting for Leaders

December 23rd, 2011 · 2 Comments

I have said this many times but it helps to repeat it: Leadership matters. No nation, no organisation has been built without strong leadership. In Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew and China’s Deng Xiaoping, we have two examples of leaders in the Asian region who transformed their countries. In India, Vajpayee did many things right during […]

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Transforming India: Right Leadership Matters

December 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

We tend to underestimate the importance of transformative leadership in politics and government in India simply because we haven’t seen much of it in our lifetimes. Mediocrity has ruled the roost, and we have all tried to build lives that don’t intersect with the government. But when decisions made (or not made) come to hurt […]

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Transforming India: Target 272 in 2014

December 21st, 2011 · 2 Comments

Having watched how a single state chief minister like Mamata Banerjee with 18 out of 543 seats in the Lok Sabha can dictate what Bills the government can pass and with what provisos, it is quite clear we are now in a situation where we are only as good as what the smallest party in […]

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Transforming India: The Real Problem

December 20th, 2011 · 4 Comments

TN Ninan, writing in Business Standard, put forth an analysis by Raghuram Rajan on the core issues which are at the heart of India’s challenges: Delivering the third Business Standard lecture on Thursday night, Raghuram Rajan provided an interesting insight into the reason for high inflation in India. The professor of finance at Chicago, who […]

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Transforming India: Opportunities and Optimism Lost

December 19th, 2011 · 2 Comments

We are in the last two weeks of the year. It has been a year wherein we have a slow ebbing of confidence on multiple fronts in the country. The economic indicators are a reflection not so much of the global state of affairs (however much our Finance Minister would want us to believe otherwise) […]

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Blog Past: Business Monitoring Ideas

December 18th, 2011 · 1 Comment

One of five ideas in a series I wrote a year ago: 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 […]

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Weekend Reading

December 17th, 2011 · No Comments

This week’s links: Customer Lifetime Value Equation: from Knowledge@Wharton. “As software companies increasingly turn to subscription-based business models through cloud computing, CLV will become an even larger issue, according to Wharton experts.” 4 Tech Trends for SMBs: from Information Week. On cloud, mobile and social. William Buckley book review: from New York Times Books. On […]

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A Night in a Temple

December 16th, 2011 · 3 Comments

I spent a night in a Jain temple in Mehrauli. A colleague suggested this as a possible alternative to staying at some random hotel. Given that all I need to do is to sleep, I figured that this could be an interesting option. And so it was. Temples are a nice place to walk, pray […]

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National Rail Museum

December 15th, 2011 · 2 Comments

In July en route to Binsar, I had visited the National Rail Museum in Delhi in Chanakyapuri. If you have kids who like trains, this is a must-see place. Of course, things can be done better, but it is a start. At that time, I could not visit the Souvenir Shop since we reached after […]

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Delhi and Mumbai Roads

December 14th, 2011 · 2 Comments

The overall infrastructure in Delhi has improved by leaps and bounds over the past decade, especially the roads. Traffic moves smoothly for the most part, and the road surfacing is also quite good. The metro has also presumably helped take some traffic away from the roads. Now, if only numbering of buildings and homes can […]

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Awards Judging

December 13th, 2011 · 1 Comment

As I participated through the process of judging for the IAMAI Digital India Awards, a few thoughts came on how the process of awarding can be improved. First, the entries in any award need to be pre-screened so judges are review a smaller number for each category. Some basic and objective filters can be applied […]

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Three Days in Delhi

December 12th, 2011 · 2 Comments

I made one of my longest trips to Delhi last week. Two days were for the IAMAI Awards judging, preceded by a day of my own meetings. I used to visit Delhi a lot in the early days of IndiaWorld to meet content partners. Most trips in the past decade were 1-day trips. I am […]

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