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Entries from February 2012

eCommerce in India – Part 8

February 29th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Hundreds of millions of dollars have flown into the sector over the past couple years at valuations that were very attractive to the entrepreneurs. The talk now is that the “mini-bubble” has burst. Consolidation is starting in the sector. Companies lucky enough to have raised substantial capital are the ones who will be the survivors […]

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eCommerce in India – Part 7

February 28th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Fourth, the deals and discounts. With eCommerce companies flush with funds and in a ‘customer grab’ mode, 2011 has been a buyer’s delight. From books to phones, everything seems to be available to less than what you would get to a nearby store. With free shipping thrown in. So, click and order. Fifth, the cash […]

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eCommerce in India – Part 6

February 27th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Before we get to a discussion on the present and future of eCommerce of India, we should look at the reasons as to why it is a sector that has the potential to be big in India. First, the sector has grown because of the growth of the Internet in India. A decade ago, the […]

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Blog Past: Why?

February 26th, 2012 · 2 Comments

From the first in a series of questions I asked a year ago: Why are we surprised when Manmohan Singh messes up his press conference? Why did we expect anything better? When will we change our frame of reference that he is despicably dishonest? Raja may have looted the nation along with many other Ministers, […]

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Weekend Reading

February 25th, 2012 · 1 Comment

This week’s links: The “Unhyped” New Areas in Internet and Mobile: by Vinod Khosla. “We are in a whole new world of platforms, a post-PC era, which I’d more aptly describe as the always/everywhere era, finally, and that means a whole new set of opportunities.” Winning Moves in 12 Industries: from strategy+business. “Every industry faces its […]

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eCommerce in India – Part 5

February 24th, 2012 · 3 Comments

This is what I wrote a month ago as part of my Digital India 2012 Trends series: Undoubtedly, the biggest story on the Internet in India is that of the dramatic rise of eCommerce. People are becoming comfortable buying all sorts of things over the Internet. Companies have also set up better logistics for distribution […]

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eCommerce in India – Part 4

February 23rd, 2012 · 1 Comment

Fortune India called the eCommerce entrepreneurs as the visionaries of 2011. It quotes some of the eCommerce entrepreneurs in its cover story in its latest issue: K. Vaitheeswaran, IndiaPlaza.in: “The tipping point of e-commerce will be reached only when the offline retailers go online successfully.” B. S. Nagesh, Shoppers Stop: “Retail is about the consumer, […]

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eCommerce in India – Part 3

February 22nd, 2012 · 1 Comment

Yesterday’s Economic Times had a front page story entitled “India’s e-commerce industry braces for consolidation as stronger online retailers gobble up minnows”: With the world’s largest online retailer, Amazon, preparing for entry into India and the market separating the strong from the weak, India’s best-known and stronger online retailers are taking the lead in the […]

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eCommerce in India – Part 2

February 21st, 2012 · 1 Comment

This is what Business World wrote in its recent cover story on the e-tailing wars in India: Hundreds of such entrepreneurs are delighted at the sudden turn in the fortunes of India’s e-tailers in 2011. Easy availability of broadband, patchy rollout of 3G and growing aspirations of non-metro youth, coupled with economic uncertainty, are driving […]

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eCommerce in India – Part 1

February 20th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Indians are buying online. And eCommerce sites are proliferating to meet this demand. Venture capital money is flowing in. Consumers are being papered with specials, offers and discounts. It is finally boom time for the second leg of the Internet in India (the first leg being advertising). Fortune India and Business World both have cover […]

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Blog Past: An Egypt in India?

February 19th, 2012 · 1 Comment

I wrote this a year ago. While we did have the Anna Hazare movement, we are back to square one. Corruption has been accepted, we are no closer to getting any Bill to tackle it, and we are getting ready to cast millions of votes for the Congress. Can an Egypt happen in India? My […]

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Weekend Reading

February 18th, 2012 · 3 Comments

This week’s links: The Age of Big Data: from New York Times. “The march of quantification, made possible by enormous new sources of data, will sweep through academia, business and government. There is no area that is going to be untouched.” The Leadership Secrets of George Washington: An interview with Ron Chernow in Wall Street […]

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BBC World Service via Internet Radio

February 17th, 2012 · 3 Comments

One of the services I find myself using a lot on the 3G activated phone now is the audio version of BBC World Service. (I guess given that it is audio, it would probably work quite well on 2.5G also.) I grew up listening to a lot of BBC, and listening once again to the […]

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Activated 3G

February 16th, 2012 · 6 Comments

I finally got around to activating 3G on Vodafone. I had tried the demo last year and was disappointed. But now that all the network issues seem to have been resolved, I decided to give it another try. So far, so good. For the first month, I decided to try the Rs 850 for 3GB […]

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ad:tech Panel on Mobile Marketing

February 15th, 2012 · 3 Comments

I will be moderating a panel on Mobile Marketing at ad:tech in Delhi on Feb 24. The panelists are: Dippak Khurana, Co-Founder & CEO, Vserv.mobi Dr. Nickhil Jakatdar, CEO and Co-Founder, Vuclip Abdul Khan, Senior Vice President & National Head of Business Marketing, Tata Teleservices Kiran Gopinath, Founder & CEO, Ozone Media Solutions What are the kind of questions you’d […]

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Continuous Road Work

February 14th, 2012 · 2 Comments

With BMC elections a couple days away, perhaps the new corporators will consider why arterial roads have to be repeatedly dug up. Look at the road stretch from Worli to Haji Ali. One part of it is almost at a 45-degree angle now! Every few months, some part of is under construction. Nepean Sea Road […]

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A Real Winter in Mumbai

February 13th, 2012 · 1 Comment

It has been one amazing winter, especially the past week. In general, Mumbai is one of those places where the only weather one has is: hot and humid, and more hot and more humid. This year has been an exception. With temperatures dropping to sub-10 degrees Celsius, it has been an absolute delight to feel […]

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Blog Past: The Waters Around Mumbai

February 12th, 2012 · 1 Comment

So little has changed since I wrote this a year ago: We have one Sea Link in Mumbai (named after the same person whose name prefixes Hyderabad’s airport and a million other things.) There is another one planned, from Worli to Haji Ali. Now, there is an idea of a Coastal Road as a possible […]

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Weekend Reading

February 11th, 2012 · 1 Comment

This week’s links: How leaders kill meaning at work: from McKinsey Quarterly. “Senior executives routinely undermine creativity, productivity, and commitment by damaging the inner work lives of their employees in four avoidable ways.” The right role for top teams: from strategy+business. “Analysis of informal networks offers a potent leadership model for the C-suite: Make top […]

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Indian History and 2014 – Part 5

February 10th, 2012 · 1 Comment

History is about people, their motivations and their actions. With 20-20 hindsight, we can study what people in the past did and how successful they were in their objectives. Understanding our past will help us decide what we should do in the present and guide us into the future. This is, in some ways, the […]

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