Author Archive for Sanjay

Community Platform For Ward 103

My wife has today been formally appointed as a “shadow councillor” for Ward 103- Punjabi Bagh /Madipur in Delhi. For all intents and purposes it means she can now do whatever developmental work a good councillor should do without the malas and bhashans.

She has just issued an RFP titled “Technology Platform for Ward 103″. Entrepreneurs who believe that after social networking platforms community platforms may be a big idea worth pursuing may want to get a copy of the RFP from her by sending her an email at anita@letsdoitdelhi.org. If you would like her to upload the RFP on the blog let her know and I can upload the RFP on her behalf on the blog.

She also has an interest in using Ward 103 as an innovation lab. So contact her if you have innovative ideas that can be tested out at a ward level. She has Silicon Valley experience so you will probably find that she understands innovative ideas and can make things happen at a ward level.

Municipal Elections New Delhi-16 days for rolls to close

Notice today in HT that these will be held in March -April 2012 and that the electoral roll is open for revision till Nov 1, 2011 especially to include fresh voters who may just turn 18. If you are 18 or more as of Jan 1, 2012 you are eligible to vote.

A small thing all of us can do is to get as many fresh eighteen year olds to get their names included in the electoral rolls by making them aware. Also for those who have not bothered to get a voter ID card maybe now is the time to get one. A Councillor can play a huge role in improving things in their local area and as part of the Janapal concept I had written on earlier we will probably come up with a platform that will enable us to elect better councillors and encourage good people to stand.

We will try and get HT/TOI to do a front page story on this topic and maybe the radio and TV channels as well.

If we want good governance we have to show that we are ready to be very actively engaged in the democratic process.

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 http://www.scribd.com/doc/65252857/Janapal-v1-4-Final. 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.

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 http://www.ted.com/talks/shaffi_mather_a_new_way_to_fight_corruption.html. 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 yahoo.com.

Different

I am currently reading “Different” by Youngme Moon ( HBS marketing faculty) which talks of “idea brands” among other things. This book coupled with Innovators Solution by Clayton Christensen are books that may inspire some of the people who will create billion dollar market cap companies in India from scratch.

For most entrepreneurs hitting a base hit ( say a 100 crore exit) makes much more sense then aiming for a home run ( 4500 crore) where most who try will fail.

When I relocated to India in 2004 I had thought that by now 5-10 large startups would be visible but I was wrong about that. I wonder whether the environment is now better and that by 2020 we will see $100 billion in market cap from companies that do not exist today.

I hope we will. To continue on a 8% + GDP growth path India needs innovation and entrepreneurship.

Multilingual & Offline

Here is a link to a page which has links to the Dr.E. Sreedharan’s appeal in Hindi, Tamil & Malayalam. More languages are being worked on and will be added.

This FRNV page also has links to information to help citizens become informed voters.

You can print the PDF’s and distribute them offline as well.

Companies may want to provide copies to their distributors, suppliers etc.

If you stay in an apartment building or complex maybe the office in the building and security staff can distribute copies.

In my apartment complex, if people want copies of the appeal I have earmarked upto Rs 5000/= to provide them copies.

This is my little more than two cents towards this campaign

I am also going to request Eko the company I now mentor to consider asking their customer service points to distribute copies in Uttamnagar, West Delhi.

Lok Sabha 2009 – Be an Informed Voter

Google has made an effort with partners to enable voters to be more informed. Take a look.

I am on the electoral reforms team of the Foundation for Restoration of National Values( FRNV). The president is Dr. E. Sreedharan, the man behind the Delhi Metro. I admire his execution capability which is why I volunteered. As a modest first step an appeal to the general secretaries of 26 political parties and an appeal to voters was sent By Dr. Sreedharan. To read these appeals go here.

While this may take time if voters who demand good governance become a large votebank then good governance will happen.

www.myidea.co.in

This is a website powered by Pinstorm ( Mahesh Murthy, Seed Fund) for the cellular company Idea.

I thought it was very well executed.

To try it I voted for an idea and posted an idea.

I am intrigued by the possibilities of actual reliable online voting on serious issues.

Slide Share Rockstar ?

I got the email below I think from Slide Share. It could be an April Fools joke but not being very tech savvy I did not know what I am supposed to do. I have a slide share presentation on Financial inclusion in India that I would like a lot of people to browse but I do not know if this is the one being browsed or not. Help from tech savvy folk appreciated. This is probably also a good way for startups such as Slide Share to get people to write about them. Comments.

Email text follows

Hi sbhargav1,

We’ve noticed that your slideshow on SlideShare has been getting a LOT of views in the last 24 hours. Great job … you must be doing something right. ;-)

Why don’t you tweet or blog this? Use the hashtag #bestofslideshare so we can track the conversation.

Congratulations,
-SlideShare Team

A Start up for Citizen Led Change in India

I just saw Shashank’s post on a political startup. Prior to doing a startup potential founders often brainstorm. If there are some people seriously interested in brainstorming on this idea in Delhi at my home in RK Puram please contact me.