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Web 2.0 startup sold on ebay

This is via Rishab from silklist. A web2.0 startup Kiko which was into AJAX based online calendering was sold on ebay for just over $250K. I guess they matched up with Google at least in the style of exit if nothing else! Here’s the auction link.

Redherring 100 List – Indian companies

Redherring has announced the final 100 for this year — there are 23 Indian companies 24/7 Customer, 24×7 Learning, ACL Wireless, Advanced Radio Engineering, Avestha Gen, ConvergeLabs, Coruscant, Drishtee, Esqube Communications, Evalueserve, Indiaideas, Naukri, Innoviti, makemytrip, mauj telecom, mobile2win, NeoAccel, n-logue communications, Novatium Solutions, Ocimum Biosolutions, People Interactive, SoftJin, Toonz Animation Remember, you saw it […]

Starting points for Indian languages internet

Fair bit of interest developing around local language content on the internet. Have been wondering what opportunities will present themselves over next few years as the opportunity unfolds. Some pieces of the puzzle: 1. Authoring tools 2. Standard rendering technology (still see too many floating around) 3. Content creation – Since english remains the main […]

Room to Read

It may be worth creating a category for social entrepreneurship which is distinct from the others. But that aside here is a good story in that category. Room to Read is an organization started by a Microsoft executive who left Microsoft in 2000 to enter the non-profit world and applied the principals of big business […]

Why did the Chicken Cross the Road

It really depends on who you ask….. PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American. DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I’ve not been told. GRANDPA: In my day we didn’t ask why […]

Your Tax Rupees at Work !!!

Rarely do I hear about good work being done using public funds in India. I was pleased to hear about a municipal school in Hauz Khas, Delhi. The school charges $1 a year as fees . It operates upto 5th grade ( standard). A child I know joined as a first grade student. He received […]

VC1.0, Stagflation and VC2.0 Preambe

Peter Rip of Leapfrog Ventures has a humorous piece on On Everything 2.0 and takes a dig the 2.0 trend with Arithmetic 2.0. Then he gets serious with Venture Capital 2.0 a series on paridgm shift in the (IT) VC space. First in the series, Venture 2.0 – Preamble traces the The sequential evolution of […]

Make India – V1.1

We work fast. V1.1 has been uploaded as well. Make India – Social Entrepreneurship Here is the text of a mail I sent to some people to give the gist …. You may find interesting… It not very long … and it suggests that a $300MM + revenue company could be built… and more importantly […]

Looking For Social Ma

Jack Ma in China has built a large company, Alibaba & Tao Bao in China. Yahoo bought 40% for $1 billion. I have in the recent past posted on “Looking for Ma” and on “Make India movement”. Quite a few readers asked me for a copy of the whitepaper referred to in the “Make India” […]

School Chale Hum

Interesting video On “You Tube” 192 million children between 6-14 years of age across 1.1 million places in India are not going to school. This film for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (Universilisation of Elementary Education) addresses the needs of these children. The film catches the moment when children all across India from Kashmir to Kerala wake […]

Does long tail work?

Lee Gomes provides some data into the long tail — or rather, the lack of it. In a critique to “The Long Tail”, Lee quotes examples such as: – With expansion of inventory, the no-play list on Ecast has gone up from 2 to 12%. The number on Rhapsody is 22%. – 2.7% of Amazon’s […]

Redherring on Google M&A in India

Redherring has an interesting article on Google’s potental M&A plans in India. It is interesting to contrast Google’s acquisitions from Yahoo’s. Google has tended to acquire early and for technology, not for communities. Also, Google is totally focussed on stuff that can add to their advertiser business, unlike Yahoo which is also interested in ecommerce […]