Momo Delhi had their first event yesterday. Great show, and I hope this become an ongoing activity. Personally, I would prefer a more discussion oriented format — 5-6 10 minute presentations on new ideas, and then one specific discussion, with participants who can rip apart that topic, and something thats actionable.
I was part of the panel discussion with Manoj Dawane/Airtel, Vish Bajaj/Valuefirst, Karanbir/SVB, Arvind Jha/Monsoon Multimedia and Chirag Jain/Webaroo. Manoj was very patient and I appreciate his honesty in explaining how operators look at the VAS space and innovation in there. There is wide dissatisfaction with the barriers one has to encounter to innovate and to make money through telecom operators, and Manoj had an interesting perspective, including that operators might be open to outsourcing VAS. However, in my view the issue is not whether operators or another firm manages that process (i think current operators are very competent), but whether consumers get to decide what they want (and not some centralised decision maker) — I think this is what spurred the innovation on web — anyone could launch a site without having to get permission. Something that resonates even as we see publishing moving towards community content.
Look forward to more of these…
- Promoters or Entrepreneurs – A choice for Private Equity players - August 3, 2019
- Startup Marathon Mindset - March 25, 2019
- What’s your Customer Culture? - March 4, 2019
I think the panel discussion at MoMo was the high point of the event. What emerged from the discussion, was the seemingly different evolution paradigms of Mobile2.0 as compared to Web2.0.
With Web2.0, the locus of control is with users; users decide what kind of applications are required, build them and make them available to all. The ecosystem sustains itself on the basis of the ‘the survival of the fittest’ theory and that spurs further innovation.
With Mobile2.0, it would so appear, that the locus of control is currently resting with the service providers. Their actions are driven entirely by the profit motive, as was evident from what the Airtel COO had to say.
All in all, the discussion was extremely lively and invigorating.
We would soon be uploading the videos and presentations online, so you can watch them online 🙂
Arjun, I dont think the future schedule is decided yet — the event was announced on venturewoods, so stay tuned and you will know 🙂
Alok, is there a future schedule published somewhere with an RSS feed ? looks like I missed the event – I am in delhi for a week and would have loved to attend – just that I missed the earlier posting entirely.