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Entries from April 2012

My talk at Columbia University’s India Business Conference

April 30th, 2012 · 11 Comments

I spoke on April 14 at Columbia’s India Business Conference. My topic was “Transforming India.” Here is the audio of the 15-minute talk I gave:

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Blog Past: Big Ideas Contest Winners

April 29th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Last year, I announced the winners of the contest and published their entries on the blog. This is what I wrote in the preamble: I am more than convinced that India needs big ideas and dramatic transformation going ahead, and it is our generation that has to help in that process. We have to pick […]

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Weekend Reading

April 28th, 2012 · 1 Comment

This week’s links: Marc Andreessen Interview: from Wired. “Technology has been just a slice of the economy. We’ve been making the building blocks to get us to today, when technology is poised to remake the whole economy.” The Creative Monopoly: by David Brooks. “Instead of being slightly better than everybody else in a crowded and […]

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DEMO 2012 – Part 5

April 27th, 2012 · 1 Comment

The overall DEMO experience was very good. Two days of packed presentations and lots to think about. The startup ecosystem in the US is throbbing. The billion-dollar Instagram acquisition by Facebook will add more fodder. India needs a few such big deals to make the whole ecosystem come alive. There are many companies being started, […]

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DEMO 2012 – Part 4

April 26th, 2012 · 1 Comment

The DEMO Winners (“DEMO Gods”) were TourWrist (panaromic photos), ZBoard (battery-powered skateboards), Voxeet (high-quality conference calling), VisApp (home design visualizer tool) and Jumala (DIY3D Game creation). Details are at Venturebeat. Here is what it had to say on two of the winners: Virtual panorama photography app TourWrist gave the DEMO audience a sneak peek of […]

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DEMO 2012 – Part 3

April 25th, 2012 · 1 Comment

The 70-odd companies were put into 5 buckets – mobile, enterprise, cloud, media and social, and consumer. It was quite a thrilling experience to sit through and listen to so many new ideas in one go. Some ideas caught my attention. A few others had me thinking no way could that be a company! It […]

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DEMO 2012 – Part 2

April 24th, 2012 · 1 Comment

The format of the conference is very interesting. Companies are given 6 minutes to do their pitch. Given, as we are, to long-winded presentations, 6 minutes probably sounds too little, and almost impossible! I remember having done a pitch at PC Forum for Novatium about 6 years ago. I was given 2 minutes, and it […]

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DEMO 2012 – Part 1

April 23rd, 2012 · 4 Comments

Every once in a while, I like attending a tech conference to get a flavor of what’s coming. Typically, I prefer the US because I find the conferences much better organised and much more at the heart of innovation of new ideas. I had attended Government 2.0 about 18 months ago, and before that it […]

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Blog Past: Big Ideas for India

April 22nd, 2012 · 1 Comment

I had a run a contest last year: India needs big ideas if we are to create a rich, developed nation in the next 20-30 years. We are not getting these at the national level. In the political skirmishes between the various parties and their leaders, what has been left behind is an agenda of […]

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Weekend Reading

April 21st, 2012 · 1 Comment

This week’s links: A New Paradigm for Startups Needed: from The Atlantic. “Where are the people thinking big? What I see is people filling ever-smaller niches in this “ecosystem” or that “ecosystem.” Rebuilding RIM: by Michael Mace. Good ideas for any turnaround. “We can’t predict what will happen to RIM, but we can talk about […]

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Letter to a 7-year-old — Part 5

April 20th, 2012 · 1 Comment

The time I like best with you is our vacation time. Last year, we went to Binsar and Bali in summer, and then Munnar in December. Vacations are when we get long stretches of time together, and it is increasingly interesting to have conversations with you. You are always full of questions – like it […]

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Letter to a 7-year-old — Part 4

April 19th, 2012 · 17 Comments

Over the past year, you have undoubtedly become a lot more boisterous and aggressive than you were a year ago. You are even willing to stretch an argument with your mom. It is great fun to watch that. Like just the other day, when your mother and I had to go to Pune, you didn’t […]

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Letter to a 7-year-old — Part 3

April 18th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Your mom meets you when you come home. It is time for a quick snack, and your buses and cars. For half hour or so, you are lost in your own world of vehicles that you take through your imaginary world. After that, it is play time with your cousin Maya who live next door. […]

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Letter to a 7-year-old — Part 2

April 17th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Your world revolves around your school for the most part. You get up around 6 am, though now increasingly, I have to wake you up around 6:25 am, since you insist on sleeping a little late at night (around 8:30 pm). We do our little reading or some play, and then it is time for […]

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Letter to a 7-year-old — Part 1

April 16th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Dear Abhishek, On April 19, you will turn 7. I will not be there for your birthday since I will be away in the US on a business trip. You were quite disappointed that I will be missing your birthday. I said I will wish you via Skype, and we can celebrate it in your […]

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Blog Past: Letter to a 6-year-old

April 15th, 2012 · 1 Comment

I wrote this letter to Abhishek last year. Here is how it began: This Tuesday on April 19, you will be six. I have used every one of your birthdays to write a letter to you capturing key transitions in your life and my own impressions watching you grow. Now that you are older and […]

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Weekend Reading

April 14th, 2012 · 2 Comments

This week’s links: The computing trend that will change everything: from Technology Review. “Computing isn’t just getting cheaper. It’s becoming more energy efficient. That means a world populated by ubiquitous sensors and streams of nanodata.” Tim O’Reilly Interview: from Forbes. “The guy with the most data wins.” If-then and antiquities of the future: by John […]

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An Indian i-mode – Part 5

April 13th, 2012 · 1 Comment

So, will it happen? That is the big question. I am optimistic that in the next year, operators in India will realise that they have to take their destiny in their own hands. Today, all controls seem to be in the hands of the government. Random changes in policies, the 2G spectrum auction overhang, the […]

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An Indian i-mode – Part 4

April 12th, 2012 · 3 Comments

The opportunity for the data services revenue is large. India’s top 200 million subscribers have the ability to pay on average Rs 250 ($5) for various services. This can create new revenue of $1 billion a month, or $12 billion a year. These kinds of revenues can transform operator’s balance sheets and create India’s really […]

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An Indian i-mode – Part 3

April 11th, 2012 · 2 Comments

To create an i-mode an India, Indian mobile operators need to do three things. First, they need to create an open publishing platform for value-added services. Any content or service provider should be able to offer a service in minutes. Just like anyone can create a website in minutes on today’s Web, so also should […]

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