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Billionways – Entrepreneurship for Rural Education

Venkat, of Deccanet fame, has put an initiative in place to find a solution to lack of rural education – Billionways. It focuses on finding an entrepreneurial solution to the problem of illiteracy, and seeks to jumpstart the same through a non-profit fund. There is emphasis on sustainability, where after a while, each of these […]

The 12 Different Ways for Companies to Innovate

The 12 Different Ways for Companies to Innovate While browsing I came across this SMR (MIT Sloan Management Review) abstract. Wanted to share with you as innovation is important for both the start-ups and VCs. According to Mohanbir Sawhney, Robert C. Wolcott and Inigo Arroniz, a company can innovate along any of 12 different dimensions […]


Business Standard has a write up on an initiative by IIT – Mumbai to create a resource for entrepreneurs. The article says that within a week of the soft launch 100 business plans have been uploaded. They plan to have a meet in January for the formal launch and hope to get 4000-5000 entrepreneurs registered […]

Bagchi Book

I am reading a book by Subroto Bagchi, one of the founders of Mindtree. So far I like what I have read. It is called “The High Performance Entrepreneur”. A quote follows: In the Hindu pantheon , wealth is granted by a goddess named Lakshmi. She is extremely jealous and possessive.She does not come to […]

9th Annual MIT Venture Capital Conference videos

9th Annual MIT Venture Capital Conference videos: List of Videos: 1. Mobile Innovations : The World Beyond Walled Gardens 2. Decision Making in Biotech Innovation: Who makes the Ideal CEO? 3. Investing in Energy Technology Innovation – How Long Does it Really Take? 4. Keynote Address: Rebecca Henderson 5. Monetizing Social Networking Businesses 6. […]

.com to .org :)

so it’s not just the business…lines from google: “We hope that someday this institution will eclipse Google itself in overall world impact by ambitiously applying innovation and significant resources to the largest of the world’s problems.“ – Sergey Brin & Larry Page What are they upto: includes the work of the Google Foundation, some […] nomination deadline extended to Dec 20 nomination deadline extended to Dec 20 From PROTO is a premier event to showcase new products, technologies and companies to a selected gathering. Due to the request of a lot of companies and peers, we have extended the deadline for nomination of companies that want to participate in the event to the 20th […]

Where is the catch ?

I see atleast two examples of attempts at viral marketing by “Make my Trip” – High 5 program and “Seventymm” free six program. None of these pays for getting a user to sign up. They have to buy a ticket or continue being a member for the refferer to receive benefits. In pay per impression […]

HBR Dec2006 article abstract -Disruptive Innovation for Social Change

I guess for entrepreneurs, this abstract is enough to do catalytic innovation-Pradyot Disruptive Innovation for Social Change Clayton M. Christensen, Heiner Baumann, Rudy Ruggles, Thomas M. Sadtler Harvard Business Review December 2006 Issue Reprint # R0612E Abstract: Countries, organizations, and individuals around the globe spend aggressively to solve social problems, but these efforts often fail […]

Mobile VAS Meet @ Bangalore

Happened to be at the Mobile VAS meet at Bangalore and had a mixed opinion on the event. There were potentially more VC’s hob nobbing than innovators and geeks. As a consequence lot of “jargon” got thrown and some 😉 operator cribs. Overall there were few startups to showcase there offerings. The “Oberoi” factor was […]