Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Wanna-be an Entrepreneur? Get Started

Nothing teaches and prepares you to take on the World better than your own experience. So don't wait. Just Get Started, the moment you think You wanna be an entrepreneur.  These are a few books, PDFs, Podcasts, Presentations etc from my notebook, I believe will be a great help to get started.

  • Get a hint about Markets:
  • See What Others Are doing:
  • Understand What it Takes:
    • The Art of The Start by Guy Kawasaki (PDF, Video)
    • Cost of BootStrapping ( PDF , MP3 )
  • Go for it:
    • Getting Real (HTML)
    • How to be Creative (PDF)
    • OnStartups (Blog)

    Its not that easy and all. But its a good start.

    Stay tuned for more. If you have a link to a resource that You think will be useful wanna-be's please add to it. ( Add as a comment or message to me).

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    Sunday, January 28, 2007

    BW: Outsourcing Heads To the Outskirts

    This is what really makes a difference to a wider India. So far, growth has been confined to a few cities and causing chaos in terms of infrastructure. Its quite natural extension of oursourcing to go to rural areas, any corner of the world infact. The growth must go to Rural areas, to bring IT to everyone in India. And this is a big and hard step forward, but worth every penny and second spent.

    Location is not important for most functions of any IT work, and doesn't make sense to do it only in a city. I believe we have talent every where, and with littel tuning and training, we can leverage vast resources of Rural India. 

    If MNCs move to India for cost advantage, why not move it further to Rural India where the Cost Advantage becomes a much bigger advantage. Not just that, it would bring entire country on to a similar level of growth and expowerment. I do not think at this point, there is any issue of Quality of work that can be done in Rural areas.  Its as good as what can be done in Bangalore or Hyderabad. Its the same people that moved from Rural India to cities for jobs.

    The village of Ethakota in India's Andhra Pradesh state hardly looks like a place that has been transformed by the Information Revolution. To get there, you take a 10-hour train ride from Hyderabad, the nearest big city, then drive an hour on narrow roads past rice paddies, coconut groves, and ponds teeming with prawns and crabs. The village itself is a collection of simple brick houses and thatch-roof huts. Yet in a tidy office shaded by 30-foot-tall palms, 50 young people sit at PCs connected to the Internet via a long-distance radio link, doing business process outsourcing (BPO) tasks such as checking expense account receipts for Indian corporations and arranging job interviews for applicants in distant cities.

    They're working for GramIT, a 16-month-old nonprofit that's seeking to transplant India's tech services boom to some of the country's 600,000 villages

    Source: Outsourcing Heads To the Outskirts

    Tuesday, January 23, 2007

    Flickr Photos of Proto.in 2007 Conference

    Photos of Proto.in

    Around 100 photos of Proto.in 2007 Conference 

     

    Source: Flickr: Search

    Web Clips Notes

    Here is my Google notes on the event. This page is getting updated every few minutes. So Stay tuned to see more notes on the event at the URL: Proto.in 2007

    Participated Companies : Presentation

    Here is a presentation made by Amit Ranjan describing in brief about each startup that was showcased at Proto.in 2007.

    Here is the URL to Presentation.

    Video Presentations at Youtube

    More videos of Proto.in 2007 Presentations have been uploaded by Proto.in team. You can access all 23 of them (at this point) in One Play list here.

    Monday, January 22, 2007

    Startups Showcased At Proto.in 2007

    Here is a presentation made by Amit Ranjan describing in brief about each startup that was showcased at Proto.in 2007.

    Here is the URL to Presentation.

    Here is my Google notes on the event. Stay tuned to see more notes on the event at the URL: Proto.in 2007

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    Blog/Press Coverage of Proto.in 2007

    Missing to attend in person to Proto.in, first Conference in India to showcase Entrepreneurial spirit of new India, I tried to find out by searching at Google how the first Proto.in conference went.

    I already posted a link to Video Presentations of the event uploaded by the Proto.in team in a previous post.

    Here is my Google notes on the event. I just had Blogosphere and News Search results in the notebook. Stay tuned to see more notes on the event at the URL: Proto.in 2007

    Technorati Stats of Proto.in Coverage in Blogosphere, just showing 100 posts in last 30 days. I took a snapshot today morning. There are only couple posts added to it later in the day. You can actually see the clips of all new items and blog posts in my notebook.

     

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    Proto.in 2007 Video Presentations

    More videos of Proto.in 2007 Presentations have been uploaded by Proto.in team. You can access all 23 of them (at this point) in One Play list here. I understand there may be some more videos to be uploaded.

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    Updates From First Proto.in

    Proto.in, the first Premier Conference to Showcase the Latest Startups from India and Network with Venture Capitalists and Investor community came to an end yesterday.

    Eagerly waiting to see some analysis and podcasts. I don't see Podcasts at podtech.net  yet.  And there is no official update when they will be made available. A link has been posted that refers to a different blog that has links to a few videos of Presentations made at the conference.

    The link in the Proto.in blog entry is wrong. Here is the correct URL. You can also see a one/two liner impressions of the Author about each Startup participated in the Conference.

    Here are links to a couple of Videos. Will include links as and when they are available. Stay tuned.

     

     

    Friday, January 19, 2007

    The Transformation of AT&T to at&t

    Watch this video about the World's Greatest Transformations of a Business, AT&T to at&t.

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    Wednesday, January 17, 2007

    TCS hits US $1B mark in a Single Quarter

    TCS, the Indian IT Power house reportedly hit US $1B revenue in  a single quarter ending with December of 2006. And is on its way to hit its best in Annual revenues. 

    INDIA's most valuable technology company, Tata Consultancy Services, is on its way to a record $US4 billion ($5 billon) annual turnover after notching sales of $US1.1 billion in a powerhouse December 2006 quarter. The results, including a quarterly net profit of $US252 million, were above estimates. TCS, which is controlled by the diversified Tata Group through its Tata Sons holding company, said revenue jumped more than 40 percent from a year earlier. It also reported closing five big multi-year deals worth $US450 million during the quarter, including one for $US90 million with Australian airline Qantas covering application development and support.
    It said at least another 10 big deals - each above $US50 million - were in the order pipeline.

    Unveiling the results in Mumbai earlier this week, TCS chief executive S. Ramadorai said the company had "another quarter of exceptional performance," becoming the first Indian IT company to exceed $US1 billion in revenue in a single quarter. He also said TCS was "winning the talent game" as Indian IT companies scrambled to attract the best staff for a workforce that was becoming increasingly globalised - Source

    Source: India: Economic Growth & Development - Powered By Bloglines

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    Nokia Goes USB For Charging

     

    The Nokia CA-100 allows for charging your Nokia device while using your laptop or pc.  The CA-100 is compatible with 2.0 mm charger connector of compatible Nokia devices such as the newer Nseries.

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    Nokia_ca100 

    The Nokia CA-70 allows for charging as well as PC Suite connectivity and data transfer.  The CA-70 is compatible with 3.5-mm charger connector on devices such as the 6630, 6600 but can be used with  the Nokia Charger Adapter CA-44 to charge enhancements that have the smaller 2-mm charger connector such as the newer devices.

    With the cable, you can connect a Nokia device provided with a Pop-Portâ„¢ connector to a computer equipped with a compatible USB port. The functions available when using the cable depend on your Nokia device and the PC software that you use with it (for example, the Nokia PC Suite).             

    CA-70 supports the USB 2.0 specification. The actual data transfer speed achieved depends on the phone, used services and network properties.

    Source: Darla Mack: Nokia's Introduces USB Charging Solutions

    gapingvoid: millionaire or artist

    A very smart compromise, if you can't decide between two.

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    Source: gapingvoid: "cartoons drawn on the back of business cards": millionaire or artist

    Backup Your Data Online - Dell’s New Service

    It has been a serious problem for a while for many of us to backup data from devices, primarily Laptops. Mostly to survive any crash on harddisks, which is quite typical these days with heavy applications wearing out and challenging the limits of harddisks. Another reason for having a backup is to migrate to a new laptop with ease.

    At work, I use a network based service, where complete image of my laptop including all installations and data are backed up every now and then on to a network based server. So even if I loose everything on my laptop for some reason, a new laptop can be brought to the exact same configuration with all those applications and files within minutes.

    Apple

    But at a personal level, the solution is not that easy. Apple has first (to my knowledge) announced such a feature part of OS X to do it automatically without user having setup anything. Just connect a new storage device and in  a few clicks your personal backup service is ready.

    Windows Home Server and HP MediaSmart Server

    And Microsoft followed the same with Vista, Microsoft's new Windows® Home Server platform, comes to market first time with HP by way of HP MediaSmart Server, provides a network server for your home that can serve as Network backup server for all your laptops/desktops at home, with little configuration.

    3rd Party Applications

    There are many 3rd party applications that help backing up your system, for example Norton's Store and Retrieve product. You must buy an external harddrive and install this software to configure the backup service.

    And now the backup service goes online for Personal and Home users as well with Dell's upcoming service. That is awesome. And I guess, many will follow the suit pretty soon. And there would be a bunch of Startups found a new business opportunity.

    So, while everyone else in the industry was marveling at the new gadgets at CES last week, I was intrigued by a specific portion of a Dell press release1. After talking about faster bandwidth via fiber and new computer products, the company announced that it is moving into personal services, specifically online data migration and backup, a service that makes a lot of sense to me.

    Mr. Dell described a new service that will be available later this year in the U.S. — an online data-migration and backup capability. It will enable customers to securely transfer documents, programs, drivers, settings, and other data via a broadband connection to a secure data-storage portal. Customers will be able to have the service preinstalled by Dell during the manufacturing process, alleviating the need to do it themselves after delivery.”Consumers have repeatedly told us they’d like this type of assistance and we’re answering the call,” Dell added. “Dell is uniquely positioned to offer these personalized services because of our direct model — nobody else can do this the way we can.”

    Moving all of your files from one computer to another is a pain. And with most people having music, photos and videos on their computers, the days of moving everything on a CD, DVD or memory stick are long gone.

    Source: GigaOM » Dell’s Got Your Back(up)

    While the network solution looks promising, there are few things to consider before choosing a network based solutions over a stand alone solution.

    Privacy Issues

    Once you store your data on a network device, your privacy is at great risk. Certainly not everybody likes to put their Microsoft Money files on a network server without having a guarantee that these files will never be touched by any one while on the network. And thanks to Government Regulations, Dell might have to open up your backup archives even without your notice.

    Security

    Unless Dell encrypts all the data with a secured key that is known only to you, it can not guarantee that your data will never be touched by any one. Dell should develop stringent rules based Software that will keep all the data in full integrity and snoop proof in all ocassions, particularly while transferring the files over internet and on their storage servers.

    Your data may not be as vulnerable as Credit Card companies data, that being stolen on multiple ocassions from secured servers of Banks, but much more important than it to you. And one vulnerability in the storage server can put all your data online, thats a very risky proposition.

    Whatever you decide, evaluate each option and risks associated before making a decision. Anybody can FIX or SECURE only known vulnerabilities and MUST FIX new vulnerabilities ONLY AFTER THEY ARE EXPOSED.

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    Convert And Encode Video Files Online

    Convert your Videos From literally any format to any format, ONLINE. Quite useful for short length movies without having expensive software to do the conversion for you.

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    The newly launched web-based service, which requires no software downloads or lengthy registrations, allows you to immediately start transcoding your preferred video files into just about any video file format you may need, from Quicktime .mov to Windows .wmv and to the increasingly popular Adobe Flash .flv video format.

    Source: Convert And Encode Video Files From And To Any Format: Hey!Watch - Robin Good's Latest News

    Tuesday, January 16, 2007

    New PC Free Cordless Phones for Skype

    More New Skype PC Free Phones, that will let you talk on Skype without a PC.

    NETGEAR’s Dual-Mode Cordless Phone with Skype (SPH200D) – This dualmode DECT cordless phone simultaneously connects to a user’s home network router and phone line wall jack, enabling users to place and receive both traditional phone calls and Skype Internet calls from a single cordless handset without needing to be tethered to a PC.

    Philips’ VoIP841 Cordless Phone – This advanced DECT cordless phone harnesses the power of Internet calling via Skype without requiring a PC. Winner of a CES Innovation Award for its outstanding design and best-in-class feature set, the VoIP841 allows users to make and receive both free Skype Internet calls and traditional landline calls simply by connecting an Ethernet cable and phone line to the phone’s base.

    Thomson's newly announced GE DECT 6.0 Embedded Skype Residential Phone (no information link available; model no.28310EE1) which won a CES Innovations 2007 Design and Engineering Showcase award.

    Auvi Technologies was displaying its PHIP65 Dual Mode Cordless phone for which certification has been sought. Auvi was also displaying a prototype phone that combined traditional "dual phone" features with an iPod dock. On the competitive front I also came across Cordless CallVantage Telephones.

    Yesterday RTX officially announced its new "PC-Free" DUALphone 3088 Cordless Platform which was displayed at the RTX booth; the operative word here is "platform". While the Dualphone 3088 will be available via direct retail channels in Europe, the DUALphone 3088 platform will be sold via OEM/ODM arrangements for the North American market. From today's press release quoting RTX CEO Tage Rasmussen:

    Source: Skype Journal: CES 2007: Skype Hardware on Display I: PC Free Cordless Phones

    Saturday, January 13, 2007

    Why did Bharti Airtel Reverse-OutSource?

    Everybody wondered Why Bharti Airtel oursourced to IBM. Though in later press announcements and discussions, they conveyed a message that 'IBM is an Indian company' and all that spin, but the real reason is lack of capability and confidence in India's own outsourcing giants.

    Well, Sunil Mittal says it all, why they did it.

    What's truly innovative about Bharti's approach is that it reverses the stereotype about outsourcing - that it's something Indian firms do for big U.S. and European multinationals. Mittal says he never seriously considered solving his growth problems by partnering with Indian firms. "I can't risk it," he says. "They've never done this kind of thing. They're new, I'm new."

    Source: Asia businessman of the year: Sunil Mittal, Bharti Airtel - January 22, 2007

    India’s Bharti outsources to IBM in a $100 Million deal

    When you hear the word ‘outsourcing’, which country comes to your mind? I bet, it is India. India in the last few years became synonymous with outsourcing and painted a huge colorful picture of itself on the world map because of outsourcing. And recently, India upgraded its image as the Innovation pool and buzzing with 10s of startups incubated every other month.

    But in a record deal of $100 Million over the next 7-8 years, India’s own Bharti (Airtel brand), the largest private Mobile operator in India, outsourced to IBM to provide better Content delivery platforms targeted for Indian audience.

    Read more at Reuters press release and an IBM Case Study (an interview that includes Sunil B.Mittal, Bharti’s Chairman.

    Booming Foreign Private Equity in India

    The PE boom isn't just for American corporations -India's economy is on a roll and foreign private-equity investments have exploded over the past two years, says Fortune's Yassir Pitalwalla.

    Foreign private-equity investments in Indian companies doubled to $2.2 billion in 2005 from the previous year, then increased in the first nine months of 2006 to $5.4 billion, according to industry newsletter Venture Intelligence

    Source: Foreign private equity investment in India is increasing - January 22, 2007

    Friday, January 12, 2007

    The Big Six Challenged by Indian Tigers

    Indian Software Services companies have been challenging the Big Six outsourcing companies for a while, some of them infact keeping them as Role Models. The current reports are saying that they have succeeded to an extent and on the way to make their dreams a Sound Business Reality. 

    The so-called 'Big Six' outsourcing companies (Accenture, ACS, CSC, EDS, HP and IBM) are winning a decreasing proportion of those deals valued at over US$50m, according to TPI.  Their share of the market globally by total contract value has fallen from 71 percent in 2002 to 46 percent in 2006.

    Those service providers based in India, such as Wipro, Tata and Infosys, are reaping the benefits of the trend towards single-process and specialist deals. These providers, alongside the 'Big Five' in Europe as well as other smaller and niche providers, are encroaching on the Big Six's market share, TPI stated.

    ....

    "India-based providers are clearly considered an attractive and credible alternative to traditional players and over the next few years we expect to see them competing directly with the Big Six for larger value contracts." - Source

    Evolutionary Smart Phones vs Revolutionary iPhone

    I was amazed at the cool and elegant interface iPhone brings to Mobile Phones which are so far equipped with cluttered and bulky interfaces. For once, the whole Wireless Community is shocked at the amazing free style and quite intuitive interface Apple designed in iPhone. Many immediately reacted with natural tendency to find faults and failures to write it off as a fancy but useless phone or almost to that effect.

    There are two reasons for many people to do so. One to stand out from the crowd. Other genuine reason, I guess, is to hide their lack of Imagination and capability to design such an cool interface. Its a damn shock for a typical evolutionary mind, which boasts of incremental changes all its life so far and still got to be respected in the world as an innovative mind. I see it in many places, articles about Why iPhone would not succeed.

    Whatever they say, I truly believe that iPhone has truly reinvented the phone with a revolutionary interface. Whether iPhone succeeds in the market or not, its interface is far beyond excellence. We have been searching for a better interface to mobile phones for a long time. And Apple has delivered. I would just go and embrace it.

    But I would like to see a few comments people said about iPhone else where and say what I think about it. First one that I found was  a I-love-sensation heading 'An iPhone Reality Check' from Businessweek, that earlier caused a similar sensation about Digg's revenues by announcing 'How this kid made $60 million in 18 months' while Digg was barely making 3M. Read about the nonsense at 37Signals blog that explained why it is such a ridiculous story. (Emphasis in underlines by me)

    The iPhone isn't really a smart phone. I have a simple working definition of a smart phone. It's a handset with an open operating system can load software of their choice without the cooperation or approval of the wireless carriers. Palm, Windows Mobile, Symbian, and, to a somewhat limited extent, BlackBerry devices qualify. The iPhone does not. 

    Smartphone is typically a phone that integrates multiple functions in one device. Not necessarily its 'openness' is what defines its 'smartness'.  

    The iPhone certainly isn't a computer. For one thing a computer lets me install the programs i want (see above.)

    Ability to install whatever you like on the device is just one aspect of a computer. But thats not all about a computer. Disqualifying iPhone as a computer for this reason is unfair.  

    No 3G wireless. This will be a nuisance in the U.S., but it will make the iPhone all but unsellable in Europe and Asia in its current form--the carriers simply won't accept advanced devices without a 3G radio.

    I also like to see a 3G enabled iPhone. Now iPhone is Quadband, so can work literally any where/on any GSM network. I think it makes business sense. 3G footprint is still very less in any part of the world and GSM+EDGE is the most leading broadband connection throughout the world, as it is easy to upgrade to EDGE than 3G networks. Over 213 GSM/EDGE deployments in 118 countries. I guess, once 3G technology is matured, we can expect a 3G iPhone. I too love to see a 3G device. But that is not a big deal.

    10 million iPhones in a year? The reasonableness of this goal depends on context. The problem is that at least for the first six months or so, Apple will be selling only in the U.S. through Cingular (soon to be renamed AT&T Wireless.) Cingular has about 50 million customers, and maybe 5 million of them own high-end smart phones. The iPhone may be revolutionary, but just in arithmetic terms, 10 million is a staggering revolution.

    I love this kind of 'unreasonable shocks' to reasonable minds. Every body thinks of iPhone as a smartphone and hence only business people will use it. But iPhone will break the myth. Smartphone so far is a bulk and cluttered phone only business users carry, since they have to. iPhone will change that. Smartphones are for everybody who checks email and takes a photograph and listens to music. And there are plenty of us who want to have all three in one sexy device.

    What about the battery? One decision that clearly detracts from the brilliance of the design is the lack of a user-replaceable battery.

    Many have complained about it when iPod came for the first time. And so many people embraced iPod because of its elegance and lovely features. Battery life and lack of replaceable battery is not at all an issue for iPod for 99.99% of people. And won't be an issue for iPhone as well. 

    The iPhone as BlackBerry killer. for some reason, Jobs seems to think BlackBerry fans are the iPhone's target market. Nonsense.

    Yes it is nonsense. Because, Blackberry is a non-sense phone that business users carry because they have to, not that its a choice or they love it. Checking email doesn't have to be that bad and painful. iPhone will change that. And iPhone target is not bland and geeky business people but stylish youngsters and trendsetting individuals. Your Blackberry is safe.  We don't want business people to carry iPhones. Why a business should pay for an iPod phone for you while all you need is to check for emails. A blackberry would do.  We just like it that way. (:-)

    Evolutionary Smart Phones vs Revolutionary iPhone

    I was amazed at the cool and elegant interface iPhone brings to Mobile Phones which are so far equipped with cluttered and bulky interfaces. For once, the whole Wireless Community is shocked at the amazing free style and quite intuitive interface Apple designed in iPhone. Many immediately reacted with natural tendency to find faults and failures to write it off as a fancy but useless phone or almost to that effect.

    There are two reasons for many people to do so. One to stand out from the crowd. Other genuine reason, I guess, is to hide their lack of Imagination and capability to design such an cool interface. Its a damn shock for a typical evolutionary mind, which boasts of incremental changes all its life so far and still got to be respected in the world as an innovative mind. I see it in many places, articles about Why iPhone would not succeed.

    Whatever they say, I truly believe that iPhone has truly reinvented the phone with a revolutionary interface. Whether iPhone succeeds in the market or not, its interface is far beyond excellence. We have been searching for a better interface to mobile phones for a long time. And Apple has delivered. I would just go and embrace it.

    But I would like to see a few comments people said about iPhone else where and say what I think about it. First one that I found was  a I-love-sensation heading 'An iPhone Reality Check' from Businessweek, that earlier caused a similar sensation about Digg's revenues by announcing 'How this kid made $60 million in 18 months' while Digg was barely making 3M. Read about the nonsense at 37Signals blog that explained why it is such a ridiculous story. (Emphasis in underlines by me)

    The iPhone isn't really a smart phone. I have a simple working definition of a smart phone. It's a handset with an open operating system can load software of their choice without the cooperation or approval of the wireless carriers. Palm, Windows Mobile, Symbian, and, to a somewhat limited extent, BlackBerry devices qualify. The iPhone does not. 

    Smartphone is typically a phone that integrates multiple functions in one device. Not necessarily its 'openness' is what defines its 'smartness'.  

    The iPhone certainly isn't a computer. For one thing a computer lets me install the programs i want (see above.)

    Ability to install whatever you like on the device is just one aspect of a computer. But thats not all about a computer. Disqualifying iPhone as a computer for this reason is unfair.  

    No 3G wireless. This will be a nuisance in the U.S., but it will make the iPhone all but unsellable in Europe and Asia in its current form--the carriers simply won't accept advanced devices without a 3G radio.

    I also like to see a 3G enabled iPhone. Now iPhone is Quadband, so can work literally any where/on any GSM network. I think it makes business sense. 3G footprint is still very less in any part of the world and GSM+EDGE is the most leading broadband connection throughout the world, as it is easy to upgrade to EDGE than 3G networks. Over 213 GSM/EDGE deployments in 118 countries. I guess, once 3G technology is matured, we can expect a 3G iPhone. I too love to see a 3G device. But that is not a big deal.

    10 million iPhones in a year? The reasonableness of this goal depends on context. The problem is that at least for the first six months or so, Apple will be selling only in the U.S. through Cingular (soon to be renamed AT&T Wireless.) Cingular has about 50 million customers, and maybe 5 million of them own high-end smart phones. The iPhone may be revolutionary, but just in arithmetic terms, 10 million is a staggering revolution.

    I love this kind of 'unreasonable shocks' to reasonable minds. Every body thinks of iPhone as a smartphone and hence only business people will use it. But iPhone will break the myth. Smartphone so far is a bulk and cluttered phone only business users carry, since they have to. iPhone will change that. Smartphones are for everybody who checks email and takes a photograph and listens to music. And there are plenty of us who want to have all three in one sexy device.

    What about the battery? One decision that clearly detracts from the brilliance of the design is the lack of a user-replaceable battery.

    Many have complained about it when iPod came for the first time. And so many people embraced iPod because of its elegance and lovely features. Battery life and lack of replaceable battery is not at all an issue for iPod for 99.99% of people. And won't be an issue for iPhone as well. 

    The iPhone as BlackBerry killer. for some reason, Jobs seems to think BlackBerry fans are the iPhone's target market. Nonsense.

    Yes it is nonsense. Because, Blackberry is a non-sense phone that business users carry because they have to, not that its a choice or they love it. Checking email doesn't have to be that bad and painful. iPhone will change that. And iPhone target is not bland and geeky business people but stylish youngsters and trendsetting individuals. Your Blackberry is safe.  We don't want business people to carry iPhones. Why a business should pay for an iPod phone for you while all you need is to check for emails. A blackberry would do.  We just like it that way. (:-)

    Why SMS Message Prices Are Going Up?

    Sprint that started it all

    First it was Sprint increased the SMS messaging price to 15 cents per message for all subscribers that haven't bought a SMS Messaging bundle plan. Effective from 21st of Jan, 2007 Cingular customers also must pay 15 cents per Message unless they subscribe to one of the messaging bundles. Now its turn of Verizon to follow the suit. Effective 1st of March, 2007 Verizon customers, unless subscribe to a messaging package, must pay 15 cents per message.

     Verizon's Notice of Text Messaging Increase:

    Notice of Text Messaging Increase, which only applies to customers without a Messaging Package.
    If you are not currently subscribed to a Messaging Package, beginning March 1, 2007, the price for sending TXT Messages to the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico - as well as the price for receiving TXT Messages from anywhere - will increase from $0.10 to $0.15 per message. The price to send an International TXT Message will remain $0.25 per message. If you do subscribe to a Messaging Package, your package rates will stay the same. Please consult your Customer Agreement for information about rate changes.

    Source: Legal Notice - Notice of Text Messaging Increase

    Key Reasons Why Carriers Are Increasing SMS Pricing

    1. With the decline in Voice Revenues, Carriers are making desperate attempts to earn their revenues on Data, for which there is no competition from Internet companies like Skype. This could act as a key differentiator and strategic advantage.
    2. To Force Subscribers buy Message/Multimedia Bundles with hope that customer's reliance on Multimedia/data/internet usage can turn customers Loyal to the carriers and stick to them. Particularly avert threats from VOIP/Internet based companies.
    3. Profits on Data Services are significantly Higher than Voice services. 
    4. Customers using Data Services is a key and warm up to introduce new Networks and Applications that rely on Data Networks, which bring more revenue to the carriers.

    For a good analysis of How US carriers are doing in terms of Data Services, have a look at a report from Chetan Sharma Consulting, a Mobile Consulting and Advisory firm.

    Can I Terminate my Contract without paying Early Termination Fee due to this hike?

    Some discussions and blogs said that You Could. But based on my understanding, You Can not. There were instances it seems some people cancelled contract but got away without paying the Early Termination Fee. But since SMS is not part of the Plan that a typical customer is subscribed to and its a pay-per-use for SMS, it will not be considered as a hike in price. But if you are quite unhappy with Cingular and hope that some other carrier is better than Cingular, you might give it a try.

    Future Pervasive Mobile Applications Video

    I came to know about this video about future of pervasive Communication Application that makes your Location relevant and irrelevant and adapts to your moving between devices and locations, while reading a blog entry at Martin's Mobile Technology Page.

    Here is the Video Link.  

    ..this interesting video which shows the vision of the Daidalus project for pervasive communication in the future. There is lots of talk in the industry lately on voice call continuity, i.e. switching a voice call between circuit and packet switched networks. The vision of the Daidalus project goes one step beyond and shows how a call could be switched between different networks and devices and how additional information such as video streams and textual information are automatically included in the call when the current device allows and the situation requires. The roots of this concept are also known as "rich call".

    Source: Martin's Mobile Technology Page: The Daidalus Project: Video On Pervasive Communication

    Future Pervasive Mobile Applications Video

    I came to know about this video about future of pervasive Communication Application that makes your Location relevant and irrelevant and adapts to your moving between devices and locations, while reading a blog entry at Martin's Mobile Technology Page.

    Here is the Video Link.  

    ..this interesting video which shows the vision of the Daidalus project for pervasive communication in the future. There is lots of talk in the industry lately on voice call continuity, i.e. switching a voice call between circuit and packet switched networks. The vision of the Daidalus project goes one step beyond and shows how a call could be switched between different networks and devices and how additional information such as video streams and textual information are automatically included in the call when the current device allows and the situation requires. The roots of this concept are also known as "rich call".

    Source: Martin's Mobile Technology Page: The Daidalus Project: Video On Pervasive Communication

    Thursday, January 11, 2007

    Go Spicy! Stay Healthy!

    I found another reason to go Spicy :-)))) To stay away from cancers.

    London, Jan 10 (IANS) A daily diet rich in spices may offer protection against cancer and other illnesses. This may be the reason, researchers say, why Indians suffer lower cases of many cancers. A chemical called capsaicin, which gives spicy food its kick, holds the key to the next generation of anti-cancer drugs, reported the online edition of Daily Mail. Timothy Bates and other researchers at the University of Nottingham found that capsaicin can kill cancer cells by directly targeting their energy source, indicating that people could control or prevent the onset of cancer by eating a diet rich in capsaicin.

    'This is incredibly exciting and may explain why people living in countries like Mexico and India, who traditionally eat a diet that is very spicy, tend to have lower incidences of many cancers that are prevalent in the Western world,' Bates said. Researchers tested the compound in a laboratory on human lung cancer cells, which Bates said produced 'startling results'. A similar test on pancreatic cancer - one of the most difficult forms of cancer to treat - also produced results hailed as 'highly significant'.

    'As these compounds attack the very heart of the tumour cells, we believe that we have in effect discovered a fundamental 'Achilles heel' for all cancers,' he said. The researchers are currently seeking industrial partners to enable these agents to be used in clinical trials. The full results of the study can be found online in the journal Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications - Source

    Source: India: Economic Growth & Development - Powered By Bloglines

    Monday, January 8, 2007

    Nokia's N800 Internet Tablet

     

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    At the CES conference in Las Vegas today, Nokia introduced its next generation widescreen Nokia Nseries multimedia computer, the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet. The sleek Nokia N800 combines a truly personal Internet experience with easy wirelessconnections, high resolution display and support for a wide variety of Internet applications. The Nokia N800 Internet Tablet has been optimized for enjoying the familiar Web experience anytime, anywhere.

    The Nokia N800 is built to be constantly in use. Internet calling, instant messaging and email keep you in touch with friends and family. With stereo audio, media support and new ergonomic design the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet is a portable Internet entertainment device; you will enjoy streamed or downloaded content free away from fixed location.

    Building on the success of the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet, the Nokia N800 introduces faster performance, full screen finger qwerty keyboard, easier continuous connections through Wi-Fi or via Bluetooth phone, integrated web camera as well as a new elegant design.

    Source: Darla Mack: Nokia Introduces the N800 Internet Tablet

    Nokia Adds Vox to its Nseries Multimedia Computers

    Another announcement from Nokia from CES, Las Vegas. 

    Video sharing, photo sharing and blog posting directly from your mobile device

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    Las Vegas, USA - Nokia, the world leader in mobile communications, and Six Apart, the world leader in blogging, today announced cooperation to bring Vox (www.vox.com), a free personal blogging service to the Nokia Nseries multimedia computer product range. The two companies will make it easy for people to upload video and photos, and update their blogs directly from their compatible Nokia Nseries devices to the Vox blogging service. The cooperation is an important step in making Web 2.0 mobile and enabling people to create and share their experiences with friends and family on the go. The Nokia N93i, also announced today, is the first product to include the integrated Vox service.

    Source: Darla Mack: Nokia Adds Vox to its Nseries Multimedia Computers

    Thursday, January 4, 2007

    Why I Love Google Reader The Most

    I spend significant part of my time (after office hours) in reading blogs. And after reading blogs from My Yahoo, Bloglines and BlogBridge I fell in love with this simple and Elegant application the moment I tried it.  I switched to Google Reader a while ago. And I never looked back or looked out off it, As every day using this app is as exciting as it was on my first look.

    Few Key Reasons I switched and loved it so much in the order of priority:

    • Keyboard shortcuts
    • Fast to load and Highly Responsive
    • Unlike other online readers, all items in a page are not set to 'Read' the moment I open. I must go to the item to update the status. That way, I never miss a post again.
    • I don't have to clip or post or bookmark some thing I like. With the press of a key, the post I liked is shared. My friends subscribe to the feed, instantly get to see what I liked.
    • Easy of adding new feeds & navigating & Managing feeds

    Today, there is another reason to Love it More, a new feature introduced called 'Trends'.  Excellent analysis of how, what and when you are reading blogs. Wow !!!

    Have a look at the snapshots. As elegant as it is, no one needs any explanation to understand.

     

    Some time back I read a post at OnStartups.net about what it takes to switch from Google products, search in particular. Well the answer is if the new product is as Elegant as Google Product and can excite you day after day with innovative and quite useful features.

    Having said that I haven't come across any thing close on the excitement part and Elegance and Useful features. 37 Signals' basecamp is only the closest and still miles apart from Google based on my experience. 

    Wednesday, January 3, 2007

    Proto.in - High Expectations And Mixed Signals

    Right from the moment I heard about Proto.in, I set my expectations very high and love to see them met in entirety. I truly believe in India becoming the Innovation Power house of the Flat world. And as mentioned in the words of Vijay Anand, what we really need to create that edge are solutions that are revolutionary rather than evolutionary and Proto.in will mark the beginning of the journey.
    I believe what we need for this country is not evolution, but a revolution. This event will mark its initiation. -- Vijay Anand(Source)

    I am not sure what is in store for me at Proto.in's first ever conference, but I was sadly surprised and shocked from mixed signals in announcements in the last 48 hours.

    Following an announcement by Proto.in team last week about releasing initial short list of Companies participating in the first conference, I have been watching its blog eagerly with great expectations. For sure there was a big suprise. The team of Proto.in declared that the list won't be announced until the D'day. So wait must go on till the final day.
    After speaking to a couple of entrepreneurs and companies, we have come to a decision. We are going to with-held the names of the companies from the general public till the day of the event.

    Source: Proto.in - Create. Collaborate. Contribute » Archives » Initial Shortlist Announcement

    It is clearly evident from the blog post that they don't want other Bloggers and Media to start reviewing and profiling those companies before the main event.
    The reason why we want to do this is because, everybody will find the reason to come to the event, and listen right from the founders themselves as to what inspired them, the dreams, goals and visions that they carry for their company, team and the product - which will be something which will lose its impact, if we release the list now itself.

    I understand the reason and sincerely appreciate their decision. So the initial little surprise was infact a great feeling of comfort that Proto.in team is doing their best to deliver what they have promised.

    The shocking part comes not from the original announcement at Proto.in, but from a blog post at Webyantra by one of the Proto.in organizers, Amit Ranjan. Responding to questions on whether products at Proto.in will be comparable or better than a typical Demo conference, Amit said some thing I don't like to hear and doesn't seem to go inline with what Vijay Anand's perspective on Proto.in.
    Its unlikely that what you are going to see there can compete with Demo. The two technology ecosystems are in completely different stages of their evolution and any direct comparisions, would probably be an academic exercise.

    At the same time, you are likely to come across some promising technologies and products from companies that are striving to create something innovative in a technological landscape that is dominated by services oriented outsourcing companies. The final list of 30 will include companies from internet based services, Web2.0, Mobile, Digital Commerce, consumer hardware and Telecom.

    This gives me a different impression now, about the kind of products that will be showcased in the upcoming show.

    I don't know about comparing Proto.in with Demo on the Quality and Profile of Products, but I love to see that these new Solutions shocased at Proto.in inspire Silicon Valley and that they are indeed REVOLUTIONARY than natural or localized evolutions of solutions from Silicon Valley or other parts of world.

    And sadly, like many others, the blog post affirms the confusion of 'no-innovation in outsourcing'. Thatz totally insane. I love the Software Services companies like Infosys, Wipro, TCS and likes that completely changed the way world of business operates and proved beyond doubt that 'The World is Flat'. Not just that, these are the companies that actually made India synonymous with Software and IT and made every Indian proud. No revolution of this sort could be achieved by lack of Innovation and excellent execution models. What they did and have been doing is absolutely and truly innovative and indeed quite revolutionary.

    I don't understand quite well these mixed signals. Don't understand the level of disbelief in Innovation in India either. I hope, I see what I love to see in Proto.in. Fingers crossed until the D'day.
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    Tuesday, January 2, 2007

    Proto.in Teaser - Realizing Dreams

    Proto.in team hasn't yet released the final list of 45 Companies. Earlier in the week, the team has promised to release the list by end of 2nd Jan, 2007.  

    Talking about Proto, I have created this Teaser for Proto.in a while back (some time in Nov'06) and submitted to Youtube. I sent the URL to Proto team, particularly Vijay Anand wondering whether the teaser communicates the essense of  Proto.in spirit. Later on, I was caught up with work at office and a small project I have been working on and totally forgot about it. I inserted the video here: ( URL: http://youtube.com/watch?v=JWSrpPlxqIY)

    If I get some time this week, I would create some more teasers with the same theme of Realizing Dreams by Entrepreneurship.

     

    Monday, January 1, 2007

    Awaiting New Breed of Indian Entrepreneurs

    The organizers of Proto, the first of its kind in India to showcase new products, technologies and companies from India will be releasing its Final list of Companies that will show case their products in this premier event any time now.  

    Before the clock strikes midnight tomorrow (02 Jan 2006), the initial 45 companies that are selected for Proto will be announced. 30 companies from that list will be presenting their product, team and company on a timeslot of 8 minutes on the 21st of January 2007 in IIT Madras, Chennai before an audience of VCs, Media, Entrepreneurs and Technologists.

    The list of the 30 companies that will be presenting will be announced on the 5th of January 2007. The remaining 20 companies of the first shortlist will be profiled as elaborately as possible and will be included as part of the kit that will be given to all the attendees and VCs for the event, to ensure that they receive attention as well.

    Source: Proto.in - Create. Collaborate. Contribute » Archives » Initial Shortlist: Will be Announced Tomorrow

    Who will make it in the Final List?

    Proto team haven't yet disclosed how many companies have sent their nominations for the event, but in an earlier communication mentioned that they were infact overwhelmed by the number.

    We have been a little overwhelmed by the amount of nominations that have come in

    I am not quite sure what kind of screening process they are following and what exactly they are looking in a company to be showcased. But I am sure, they do their best possible. I expect that Proto team release the full list of Nominations so that it will serve as a first database of its kind, of the new breed of Entrepreneurs and their dreams. Who knows, there may be some one looking for what these companies have on offer.

    What to Expect?

    My expectations on the final list of companies will be in the following areas or domains.

    • Mobile : Solutions that can unleash the power of Mobiles in the domestic markets. We still lag a lot behind in Mobile penetration and Internet subscriptions alike. But Mobiles in India can penetrate lot easier than traditional Internet and leveraging this will be the key for our growth. So I love to see some solutions that work directly on SMS.
    • Social Networks : There will be due representation from Localized Social networks.   There may not be any thing NEW to offer, but I hope that they will be targeting Indian audience. Mostly Photo, Video sharing networks and a slew of pure Social networking applications.
    • Ajax Powered Office2.0 & Web Worker Applications targeted for Small Businesses in Developed Markets and
    • a few Mashups.
    • I love to see some Solutions that target upcoming thunder:Travel Industry and Health sector.
    • I will be surprised to see any on Content Creation, Aggregation & Distribution side. And in Finance and Retail. The solutions that address Indian domestic market.

    I wish I am wrong in my expectations and I will be surprised with many new and different solutions. So, I am eagerly waiting to see the list of companies.

    What and How can I learn from Proto:

    I wish I could attend the conference. I hope that Proto team will release enough podcasts and videos such that I can understand the gist of Proto and key aspects of Entrepreneurship and how these Companies are doing it.

    Mean time, I will try to study these companies and probably put a profile of each of them, by answering a few questions. And probably I will try to talk to them, if possible with whatever communication channel feasible. The following are the key questions I would like to get answers to from each of these finalists and those who haven't yet made it into the list.

    • Can this Solution inspire Silicon Valley? Last thing I want to hear about a solution that is showcased in Proto is, hey this is a localized version of X application that Silicon Valley/another part of world cameup 6 months back. (more on this in the upcoming posts?)
    • What is the Key Problem they are trying to solve?
    • What is the Value they are trying to bring to the table?
    • What is the Targeted Market and Why?
    • What are the Revenue Prospects and Model? Do they have a Binary Revenue Model or an organic/incremental transaction based revenue model? I hope not many will be counting eye balls for their revenues.
    • How are they Promoting their solution? Entering into Proto is a definite yardstick in this direction. But I love to see more such avenues.
    • Strategy on Evolution and Taming their competition.
    • What are other opportunities for Revenue and Growth in that domain.

    The wait is just a few hours from now. We will know the Face of New Breed of Entrepreneurial India and what we all are up to.

    Lets just wait and see then.

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