Archive for September, 2011

The Valley Indians are coming to NASSCOM Product Conclave 2011.

Yes the Indian pioneers who broke new grounds and made India an integral part of Silicon Valley’s success are coming to NASSCOM Product Conclave 2011. Book your seat now to meet these pioneers!

These Valley Indians are part of computing and technology folklore and for good reason. They have built multi-billion dollar businesses from scratch, transformed industries ranging from hardware and software to energy to education. Some like Vinod Khosla are iconic Venture Capital leaders, others like Sanjiv Sidhu and Anand Rajaraman are successful software entrepreneurs. Some like Prof. Vivek Wadhwa are global media influencers whose every word is gospel for millions, others like Naveen Jain dream beyond Earth into opportunities in Space. Some like Vivek Paul have transformed industries both in India and the US. And that’s not all – we have many more Silicon Valley thought leaders lined up for the event.

NPC 2011 is proud to bring these pioneering Silicon Valley Indians to Bangalore on Nov 9 and 10 to share their entrepreneur war stories and present their vision of technology and software products.

In addition to plenary talks by these legends, we have organized special sessions where entrepreneurs can interact further with them.

The Valley Indians are coming to NASSCOM Product Conclave 2011.

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The next Facebook ?

Or a damp squib. This is a followup post to “is the time right” post. Three of us have got together as founders and are doing a smell test plus looking for a Chairman and COO. We are also following an open strategy instead of operating in the stealth mode. Interested. Then read more at Who knows. You could build the next FB or be part of a venture that does that. Look forward to getting your remarks and smell test score plus helping us find a Chairman/COO.

Time for Real VAS?

Update: Sep 16th 2011 – More detailed article here.

With impending blockage of SMS spam from 27th September, and requirement of reconfirmation of subscription at every renewal, there is a potential for large scale shift in Mobile VAS. The two “facilities” mentioned above have led to a business model for VAS driven by push and dubious billing. The owner of customer databases land up being the king – service innovation is only as valuable as the marketing push one can provide behind it, in competition to every other service.

If indeed the above mechanisms are implemented well, VAS has the potential to become a pull business rather than a push business. It might mean that innovations that create and meet real consumer demand acquire premium, and distribution channels have to align to those innovations rather than the other way round.

While this may mean short term compromise in revenue, ultimately this might create an innovation driven VAS ecosystem. Perhaps good news for entrepreneurs who have been clamoring for a more level playing field – if they can meet the innovation challenge.


VCs’ Next Phase

Businessworld has a cover story on the Indian venture capital industry, the risks it faces, and key players. Read on…

Is the time right ?

i am posting after a long time. I have been quite active with India Against Corruption and had a brainstorming session with some people in the US. One of the topics was to create a company that would be an rti resource centre which would make it easier for consumers and govt agencies to get outcomes. See this ted talk It is not a new idea but the talk was 2009 so i wonder whether the idea got off the ground or not. I would like to help entrepreneurs who can build a large business in this area. I can be reached at sanjaybhargava at