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Entries from June 2012

Weekend Reading

June 30th, 2012 · 3 Comments

This week’s links: Local will be the biggest opportunity: by Bill Gurley. “Over the next five years, this massive opportunity will come into focus as local businesses embrace the Internet and adopt new interactive technologies that increasingly automate the connections between their customers and themselves.” South East Asia Mobility Report: from Mobile Monday, by Madanmohan Rao. “Southeast Asia […]

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Transforming India Speech – Part 4

June 29th, 2012 · 5 Comments

Policy change is not going to happen   until we have political change.    India needs a new leadership.   India needs new politicians who believe in these new objectives —   good governance and development. Policy change  needs the politicians in India to change.   And that will only happen through one way – changing people’s voting behavior. India […]

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Transforming India Speech – Part 3

June 28th, 2012 · 2 Comments

The first one is that we need a change of policy.     We need to change the policies that got us into this current mess.   We need policies which will get us out of there. Bt for that,   we need to understand why we got into this mess. In most cases,   we need policies which are […]

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Transforming India Speech – Part 2

June 27th, 2012 · 2 Comments

It’s not the people that are the problem; it is the system.   What’s missing is governance,   and what we need to do to transform India,  is to transform governance. We’ve heard a lot about  ‘the what’ of transforming India – all  good ideas on what needs to get done.    In education,   we need to get […]

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Transforming India Speech – Part 1

June 26th, 2012 · 1 Comment

This is a lightly edited transcript of the speech I gave at Columbia University on April 14, 2012. I would like to start with a story. A couple of months ago I was asked by the Gujarat government to take a look at the technology at the Checkposts that they have. They were trying to […]

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Recording and Transcribing a Speech

June 25th, 2012 · 3 Comments

I have given two speeches in recent times – one was at Columbia University in New York on Transforming India, and the other one was at an education conference in Delhi. On both occasions, I carried a small recorder with me so that I could record my speech. I then put up the audio (with […]

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Blog Past: Daily News Cycle

June 24th, 2012 · 2 Comments

This is what I wrote a year ago: It is easy to miss the forest for the trees. Reading the newspapers daily is a bit like that. So much noise, so little signal. Especially in the past few days with the political events that have been taking place. The focus has to be on India’s […]

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Weekend Reading

June 23rd, 2012 · 1 Comment

This week’s links: Periodic Table of Social Media: via Business Insider. “I’s still confusing, cluttered and ever-changing, but the periodic table provides at least some hope of creating a strategy to navigating the big social media networks.” Minding your digital business: A McKinsey global survey. “Executives expect that new digital technologies will transform their businesses, […]

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Working across Time Horizons – Part 5

June 22nd, 2012 · 4 Comments

Here are a few starting thoughts on how to create a multi-horizon personal plan: Start by writing your obituary Based on that, decide on 2-3 key things you’d like to get down in the next 1-2-3 years Get out of the comfort zone. This is perhaps the most important mental decision that needs to be […]

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Working across Time Horizons – Part 4

June 21st, 2012 · 2 Comments

This same thinking of working across multiple time horizons can also be applied to our personal lives. In most cases, we tend to take things as they come. But with a little planning, we can also make things fall in line the way we would like them to. For this, one needs to spend time […]

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Working across Time Horizons – Part 3

June 20th, 2012 · 1 Comment

In Netcore, in the past, we have never managed to have sustained profitability for us to think beyond the quarter.  I have always wanted to create a situation where we have a solid base for today, and then can start looking at the future. I have believed that we have to make today’s business profitable […]

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Working across Time Horizons – Part 2

June 19th, 2012 · 2 Comments

To think beyond, it becomes important to have two key resources: money and a team. Money needs to be invested in product development that will not give returns for the immediate future, and hence could be a drag on margins. The way to look at this is as an R&D budget that does not impact […]

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Working across Time Horizons – Part 1

June 18th, 2012 · 1 Comment

One of the things I have realised is that when you are running a mid-sized company, you have to work across multiple time horizons. This is not so when you are running a startup because there is a straight clear focus, and the most important thing is to reduce or eliminate mistakes that could cause […]

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Blog Past: BJP’s Project 275 for 2014

June 17th, 2012 · 15 Comments

I wrote this series a year ago: 1.     For the BJP to form a govt at the Centre, it needs to focus winning not just 175 but 275 seats (or 225 + 45 with the three current NDA llies). Winning 275 needs a dramatically different strategy from trying to win 175. To get to 275 seats out […]

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Weekend Reading

June 16th, 2012 · 1 Comment

This week’s links: The $20 billion mobile advertising opportunity mirage: by Jean-Louis Gassée. “If the industry hasn’t cracked the mobile advertising code after five years of energetic and skillful work it’s because there is no code to crack. Together, the small screen, the different attention modes, the growing concerns about privacy create an insurmountable obstacle.” […]

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2 days in Hyderabad – Part 5

June 15th, 2012 · 1 Comment

I spoke to some people during the visit, and it became quite clear that life was not easy. There was a huge water problem in the city. Water was delivered by tankers costing Rs 10,000 per month. Power cuts were frequent. In fact, all power to industries nearby had been cut off for a few […]

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2 days in Hyderabad – Part 4

June 14th, 2012 · 2 Comments

The next morning was for the drive to Kulpakji and back. Lunch was at Taj Mahal in Abids. It is a vegetarian restaurant, and the food was excellent. After that, a short drive took us to Salar Jung Museum. I was eagerly looking forward to it, but was quite disappointed. Somehow, the rich history gets […]

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2 days in Hyderabad – Part 3

June 13th, 2012 · 2 Comments

We landed on a Sunday at 11 am. We then went to Secunderabad Club, where our relative had organised our stay. After lunch, we went to Snow World. Abhishek was very keen to experience snow, and short of taking him to Kashmir, I guess this was the next best option. I stayed out. The queues […]

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2 days in Hyderabad – Part 2

June 12th, 2012 · 2 Comments

We were there for just over 48 hours, but packed in a lot. The heat was high, but that didn’t dampen our enthusiasm for sightseeing. An important incentive for us to go to Hyderabad was to visit the Jain temple of Kulpakji. The temple is said to be 2000 years old. It is about 80 […]

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2 days in Hyderabad – Part 1

June 11th, 2012 · 3 Comments

Abhishek’s vacations start late May, and go on till mid-July. So, our summer travelling is appropriately staggered. We started this year with a short trip to Hyderabad, a city I have been to many times. Hyderabad was where I had closed the deal with Sify in the Satyam campus 13 years ago.  I used to […]

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