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Online advsertising market in India.

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An insightful article by “Businessworld” on the scene of online advsertising market in India. Informative and interesting.


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April 25, 2007 at 5:23 am

Google Thesis

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The original Google thesis. Interesting read.

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April 25, 2007 at 5:19 am

Posted in IT, Tech

Why to not start a startup.

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A great post yet once again from Paul Graham. He has listed few of the common reasons why people are reluctant in starting a startup of their own. He also classifies the reasons as valid concerns or bogus. And it serves as a checklist to exmaine one’s feelings.

The reasons are:

  1. Too young.
  2. Too inexperienced.
  3. Not determined enough.
  4. Not smart enough.
  5. Know nothing about business.
  6. No cofounder.
  7. No idea.
  8. No room for more startups.
  9. Family to support.
  10. Independently wealthy.
  11. Not ready for commitment.
  12. Need for structure.
  13. Fear of uncertainty.
  14. Don’t realize what you’re avoiding.
  15. Parents want you to be a doctor.
  16. A job is the default.

I initially thought I would extract the most important points and list them down here itself, but then having read the post multiple times already, I would say every line is important. And if I attempted to just highlight the key points and arguments that would some how not convey the entire picture and meaning correctly. Which is absolutely critical.

However the very essence of the post is to start a startup early, rather than looking for a regular job for the sake of experience. A regular job tends to take you away from the goal of starting your own startup rather than assisting or speeding the very process. As a regular job would transform one into a tame animal and what a startup would be able to teach, a regular corporate job will not be able to in the same amount of time.

In a nustshell. The Sooner the better!

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April 15, 2007 at 7:35 am

Annual list of 40 most innovative companies.

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The top 10 being:

  1. Google
  2. Apple
  3. Genentech
  4. Samsung
  5. News Corp
  6. Nintendo
  8. Cisco
  9. General Electric
  10. Nvidia

Visit the article for the complete list. Raja of outsourcing – Infosys is ranked 14th.

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April 14, 2007 at 2:28 pm

Posted in Business, IT

Need to get my hands on The Secret.

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Anil Gupte has suggested me to read a book called “The Secret” and watch the movie too. Seems like the basic wisdoms of life have been very well written in this book.

By the way, I see that this book in has a ranking of #2. Must be really nice. The book has close to 994 reviews. The highest ranking and number of reviews I have ever seen for a book so far.

Need to get my hands on the book.

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April 14, 2007 at 12:37 am

Posted in AboutMe, Book, General

Windows Live Writer

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All this while I had been creating posts online, using WordPress’ online interface.

I came across “Windows Live Writer” – an offline blog editor from Microsoft this morning. My last post was written via Windows Live Writer. It’s a gem. Very easy to manage and create posts.

The software has a nice user interface and is free for download.


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April 14, 2007 at 12:20 am

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Dinner with a great person and an entrepreneur.

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Yesterday I had the opportunity to catch up with my friend, customer and mentor  – Anil Gupte here in Hong Kong. He is on a trip to Hong Kong to attend the Electronics fair that is being held in Hong Kong’s Asia World Expo. 

He is an entrepreneur and a technologist par excellence and a great human being. A serial entrepreneur  having built and sold successful IT firms in the US. He is currently working on his new venture and I had the opportunity to help him build a part of his system, while I was working as a free lance developer / consultant back in India.

Anil is a great teacher and a mentor. He is the one from where I get most of my first hand  lessons on entrepreneurship. The other mentor being my father who has been a successful businessman since the past 30 + years.

Anil is a fighter, persistent, confident, positive, logical, patient, humble, down-to-earth and as he mentions he is not meant to fit into the corporate space. He loves challenges and looks at exploring life to the fullest.

He joined us for dinner at home last night.

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April 13, 2007 at 11:31 pm