Archive for July, 2011

Ideas, New Possibilities to “EMERGEOUT” on August 12th in Gurgaon

It is that time of the year again when you should block your calendars for the annual EMERGEOUT Conclave in Gurgaon. Given the number of ideas that you’d walk away with, the industry leaders you’ll get to listen to as well as the networking opportunities, the EMERGEOUT Conclave offers the very best ‘bang for the buck.’

But, for those worshippers of point driven logic, here are 5 reasons you should block your calendar for the 12th of August.

  • The event agenda is crowded with great speakers including R Chandrashekhar, secretary of Department of Information Technology (DIT), Rajendra S. Pawar – Chairman, NASSCOM, Chairman and co-founder of the NIIT Group and Arjun Malhotra, Chairman, Emeritus, HeadStrong.
  • Themed around “New age opportunities for software companies via Cloud, Mobile & Social platforms”, the event offers a great mix of in-depth sessions, workshops and informal ‘round-the-table discussions – it’s the most variety you would see in a single day!
  • The workshops alone are good reasons to attend – you can choose between “Crossing the 10 crore chasm” anchored by Dr. Anand Deshpande, CEO & MD, Persistent Systems & Dr. Ashok Korwar, Management Consultant, IIM Ahmedabad, and “Raising of Equity Capital and Listing of SMEs on BSE SME Exchange” by Lakshman Gugulothu IPS – CEO, BSE SME Exchange, BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange) Ltd. (Actually you don’t need to choose, as the convenient schedule will make it possible for you to take in both!)
  • For the big picture view, the conference has roped in Ellen Daley, Vice President & Practice Leader, Forrester Research, who will be speaking on “Mobile App Internet Recasts The Software And Services Landscape”
  • A special “AppFAME” section will showcase eight  mobile apps that could possibly be industry movers

The EMERGEOUT Conclave has something to offer everyone. Now, there is no excuse remaining for you not to sign up for the conference (There is a special price for the Startups!) Register before its too late..

Omnivore Capital (OC): Weekly Office Hours [via Skype]

Subhadeep and I are starting weekly office hours online via Skype video conference calls (one or both of us will attend every week). Any entrepreneur or startup that is interested in agriculture and rural India can sign up for the office hour slots. You don’t have to pitch us – you can just ask us for feedback on ideas or thoughts on something within our area of knowledge. Our goal in doing this is to share our knowledge with a broader audience and to help people flesh out ideas and opportunities. Typically we only meet people when they (think they are) ready to pitch us for an investment. We would much rather get involved with dedicated entrepreneurs much earlier in the process. Also, we have some ideas we would love people to pursue and if we met someone with the right experiences/background would be more than happy to share those ideas with people.

Our office ours will occur weekly on Friday’s 5pm to 7pm IST via Skype. To sign up for office hours this week, just click here

We will announce signups for office hours a few days in advance each week. To be notified of our office hours, you can either subscribe to our blog or follow our twitter feed

NASSCOM EMERGEOUT 2011 – New age opportunities for software companies via Cloud, Mobile & Social platforms

Unarguably, the next drivers of the Indian Tech Industry will be in the domain of Cloud and Mobile. In the next 5 years, the number of Internet users is expected to increase by three-fold, to a whopping 300 million. This penetration will most certainly include the semi-urban segment which is largely out of the ambit today. Studies indicate, the Cloud Computing Market, which shows a promising 110 Mn USD will touch 1 Bn USD or thereabouts during this time. Likewise 826 Mn Wireless users will expand to 1.2 Bn. All this will happen in the next 5 years. Exciting times await us!

The next wave of GDP, employment and productivity growth is most likely to come from this segment. It will lead to empowerment, as new jobs get created. Internet adoption adds 2.6 jobs for every job lost due to better productivity. It will lead to increased efficiencies as SMBs are likely to benefit the most from SaaS rationalization and availability of raw computing power. Opportunities abound, there are challenges which need to be addressed. Every edition of EMERGEOUT (now in its 8th avatar) has featured new trends – the opportunities, the journey and the roadmap to reach there. This time, the focus is on New age opportunities for software companies via Cloud, Mobile & Social platforms.

Which are the areas that this conference is likely to touch upon?

  • How do we build an eco-system which will induce young entrepreneurs to start ventures in this domain. Can we showcase enough success stories which will help break down age-old myths. Can we create channels where the individual can touch upon for financial support and not spend an insane amount of time running from pillar-to-post.
  • How does one scale up? What are the challenges of scaling-up – structurally, technically and financially? We have workshops planned, by some very senior thought leaders to address these issues.
  • Celebrating Entrepreneurship – how different are tech entrepreneurs from their predecessors.
  • Experiments with “Sales” – strategies likely to succeed.
  • Dark side of saying “No” – when and if at all should entrepreneurs walk away from deals? If at all.

These are of course some basic building blocks. Over and above this, we have NASSCOM EMERGE AppFAME Contest. We are looking for cool mobile apps that surprise and delight mobile users.  Do you have a mobile app that is making life of a customer easier, helping them save time and be more productive. Someone said they are the “rock star mobile apps.”

If you think all this is exciting enough to invest a day of your time, then please register for the 8th EMERGEOUT 2011, New Delhi. After all, August isn’t very far away and we are giving away the early bird discounts.