Encounter with Indian Ocean

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Saturday I along with Archit & Krishna went for Indian Ocean concert, Shastry you get all the credits for letting me know about this buddy. ūüėÄ

I am a big fan of Indian Ocean and on record this was first time in my life i attended any live concert. Apology if I am hurting someone but my prejudice has always been that  live concerts are all about alcohol/weed/women & BS.  I was not wrong because even at this concert I witnessed the same.

It was great interacting with the old folks Rahul Ram and Amit Kilam [Member of Indian Ocean Band], I was not sure if  i should go and say hello to them because of my fucked up experience with Manoj Bajpayee at Patna airport.  Rahul/Amit were so down to earth and yes we had good conversation for over 10-15 mins, unlike others I preferred not taking any pics with them. I am fucking tired of my friends taking selfies with folks/celebs and sharing it on social media.

The whole environment was eccentric and to my surprise a lot many attendees were lead singers and guitarists from small/local bands. They were attending the event to learn from it.

I am happy that they played all the numbers i been listening all these years from Bhor to kandisha. I wish them all the luck, BTW  sushmit has left the band & yes its sad. But as they say, SHOW must go on.

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Band in full swing, photo credit : Archit

They are coming with next album in 2017 & i am eagerly waiting for it.

 

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Interesting Reads #44 #Startups #Technology #Life

Why Docker is Not Yet Succeeding Widely in Production
This post is especially for all those who are blind docker fanbois. Please apply your brain, Docker is amazing piece of technology advancement but its not one tool for everything.

I noticed some disturbing privacy defaults in Windows 10
If you are a Microsoft user and recently installed Windows 10, this post is for you.

Building a Community Driven Company in Four Stages
One of the best post i have read in recent time, the author cites gaming industry as example but this can be replicated to any online community/product.

Loyalists vs Mercenaries
Fred Wilson in this post talks about issues a startup faces when one of the leader asked to leave, the motivation on overall team. It has so much to offer for anyone building a team.

10 years of firstround
Firstround just completed 10 years of service, a known US based VC firm. They came up with nice post summarizing what they learnt in all those 10 years from investment prospective. My take away: You need technical co-founder for enterprise focussed, tech business, member from experience in bigger company like yahoo/google helps. 

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Startup Announcements #22 : My Take

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Welcome to this 22nd post on the Startup Announcements. This is the weekly roundup on funding and acquisition around startups in India.

Some notable funding announcements:

Pepperfry raises $100M from Goldman Sachs and others.
My Take: Pepperfry is trying to be IKEA of idea, started as online store now they are offline too. Our economy is buzzing and people well price for classy furniture.

Zovi founders raise $50 mn from Paytm and others
My Take: Paytm is making $$ for wallet and this funding is going to add more users to the wallet. One of the smart way to get some stake in a company at same time add more users to wallet.

Fitness Services Discovery Platform, Fitternity Raises $1mn
India’s fitness market is almost virgin & with Sequoia investing in one company in same domain other VC’s are playing catchup game.

On Demand Food & Grocery Startup Opinio raises $1.3 million from Accel & other
Hyper local is the key here, i am not going to say anything more [FOMO FOMO]

Notable Acquisition announcements:

Hyperlocal platform Jugnoo acquires taxi aggregator Bookmycab
Jugnoo is going for next round of funding, they have to show value proposition to investors.

You can find much shorter version with all announcement post from various news sources on my Medium post

Happy Saturday!!

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Rest in peace Kalam Sir

The untimely demise of a great citizen, the people‚Äôs president is no more and I am deeply saddened with his demise.Dr. Abdul Kalam was India‚Äôs hero, a worthy scientist with indomitable spirit and an impeccable leader the nation was lucky to call President at one point of time. He carried out his duties of office with dignity and reverence, respect to all and worked towards the upliftment of the country in the field of science. He has adorned many revering titles such as the Bharat Ratna, the Missile Man and India‚Äôs Ex-President among others. He loved teaching and was passionate to bring about change for the youth, by the youth and preferred to be remembered as a ‚ÄúTeacher‚ÄĚ. His infectious warmth and loving nature saw the whole nation mourning his loss. Was it irony or just fate?, that his final moments came while delivering a lecture to young students in Shillong. ¬†India will surely miss this great man, a proud Indian and one we got to call People‚Äôs President during our lifetime.


Apj abdul kalam” by Kannan Shanmugam studio,Main Road, KollamOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

If you are curious about why he is so incredibly popular, and why his loss has the nation mourning, you have to read some of the books he wrote to clearly understand his vision. My advice to the youth who were fortunate to get to know him during their life, follow his advice, it will make a difference to this nation.

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Enterprise Announcements #9: My Take

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Welcome to this 9th post on the Enterprise Announcements. This is the weekly roundup on funding and acquisition around enterprise technology.

This week we saw acquisition from

Dropbox bought Clementine

My Take: I see two possibility here an aqui-hire for talent or  dropbox is considering to enter into enterprise telephony.

IBM Buys Compose

My Take: Its another buyout for IBM to get portfolio extension and the team.

Technicolor Buys Cisco’s Set-Top Box And Home Broadband Unit

My Take: All at his point of time Cisco needs is Focus and that is what they are doing.

Centro Acquires Facebook Ad Startup GraphScience

My Take: Another buyout for team and portfolio extension.

Financial Times sold to Nikkei by Pearson for £844m

My take:  Pearson to me is a book selling/publishing house or that is where they are positioned currently. Nikkei buying FT gets them global presence & a well positioned financial journal which has great internet driven subscription. Its a win/win situation for both.

This week we saw funding from

 

Apprenda Raises $24 Million

My Take: Apprenda has traction & everyone is riding PAAS wave. They needed the money for expansion as market also has Open Source PAAS like Cloud Foundry & OpenShift.

Palantir Raises $450 Million

My Take: Palantir is a data analytics firm with high profile users including security agencies. We are living in age of connected world where every device is throwing data, solutions like these makes perfect sense.

Medallia Raises $150 Million

MyTake: With everything going online a service like Medallia for Customer Experience Management (CEM) is what every brand would like to have.

 

You can find much shorter version with all announcement post from various news sources on my Medium post

Happy Wednesday!!

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Startup Announcements #21 : My Take

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Welcome to this 21st post on the Startup Announcements. This is the weekly roundup on funding and acquisition around startups in India.

Some notable funding announcements:

Zo rooms raises close to $15 million from Tiger Global & others.

My Take: It all got started with OYO rooms which has taken off well & other VC’s and entrepreneurs will copy the same model. It is a result of FOMO.

Mobile Payment Platform QuikWallet Secures $1.6 Million in Funding

My Take: Mobile Payment has just started, it has less than 10% customer base so far. I see it as a great potential and market is full of such players and everyone is getting customers.

HackerRank secures $7.5 million

My Take: Market is full of similar players and they were not the first in the market. This latest funding from Japanese HR firm draws two conclusion either they were not able to raise from VC’s in US market or they got into some kind of strategic partnership with Japanese firm. What next? HackerRank catering Japanese IT companies.

MakeMyTrip To Invest $15 Mn In HolidayIQ In Series B

My Take: Its again an strategic investment for MMT, i won`t be surprised to see HolidayIQ acquired by MMT in near future.

Notable Acquisition announcements:

I was not able to find any notable Notable Acquisition announcements while writing this post.

You can find much shorter version with all announcement post from various news sources on my Medium post

Happy Tuesday!!

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Interesting Reads #43 #Startups #Technology #Life

The other ‘angel investing’ problem

Founders taking 10K from 100 Angels at times fall in dilemma whose advice to take and at same time angles becomes worthless after startup becomes successful with other bigger funding rounds.

7 Ways to Capture Someone’s Attention

Let me know if anyone of you have tried it & if it works. [hehe]

17 books every startup ought to read

I have read some of the mentioned ones, good collection.

Why can’t we read anymore? 

Let’s blame smartphone because we are so glued to it, the technology advancement has made us more hooked towards it.

8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 A.M

Good piece of advice for a healthy life.

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Startup Ideas #4

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In continuation with my startup ideas previous posts, I have been on a rampage posting articles on some clever and neat startup ideas with you guys. Let’s discover more shall we?

Medical Inhouse Visit: How about developing an app that connects the elderly with a medical professional to schedule an in house visit? A simple application designed for the elderly with a single click to schedule a visit. The app must house the medical reports of the elderly for the visiting doctor to study and understand the patient’s health history. This could potentially help all those elders who are independent of kids and family support, living on their own.

Digital Wallet for street hawkers: I am adding this development after fully understanding the concept of the online wallet. I am directing this application to all those street sellers that have limited read/write knowledge. Imagine an app that featured as a wallet with a cheap ATM swiping machine that required a 2G connection and worked powerless.

FishOfish: I guess this won’t attract my vegetarian friends for coming up with this. But I was thinking of our own Indian brand, something like KFC that catered to serving seafood cuisine cooked in either coastal, bengali or goan style. The abundance of freshwater fish or sea fish could play a crucial role for this application to function.

ElderJobs: A job portal exclusively for retired professionals. In India, the retirement age begins at 58. India’s startup scene is at its best and manpower has always been an issue, imagine we had a portal exclusively for such people.

CookOnCAll: Oh! the joy of finding a cook.At the launch of an app, just request services of an available cook to visit your home in an hour’s time and prepare delicious meals. You should be able to pick and choose a cook based on his expertise in cooking a particular cuisine of your choice so you have some control on what you essentially eat.

So, here are some of the ideas for this post that I hope you find interesting as I continue to discover newer ones to develop soon.

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Enterprise Announcements #8: My Take

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Welcome to this 8th post on the Enterprise Announcements. This is the weekly roundup on funding and acquisition around enterprise technology.

This week we saw acquisition from

Microsoft to buy Adallom
My Take: Security is turning out to be a major concern for most cloud providers and buying Adallom gives MSFT a team to help in making Azure infrastructure more secure.

Match Group Buys PlentyOfFish For $575M
My Take: Well IAC group also owns Tinder so in simple terms they own everyone who is using apps for dating. :)

Microsoft buys FieldOne, a field-service software company
My Take: MSFT needs numbers and FieldOne has enterprise customers, this gets MSFT more avenues to expand its service.

Let’s look at the funding scene for this week

Delphix Nets $75M in Funding to Scale Data-as-a-Service Business
My Take: Delphix has been in business for long and it has key alliance as well as good number of enterprise customers. This round of funding will help them in adding analytics and other services built.

AeroFS Raises $10M Series B
My Take: AeroFS is competing with many other existing players in the market, they must have shown some growth for this round of funding.

Keybase raises $10.8M
My Take: Cloud security, encryption do i need to say more for them to get funded. ūüėÄ

Rescale Lands $6.4M From Silicon Valley luminaries
My take: Rescale works with industries like aerospace, automotive and life sciences and offers the ability to generate high-end computer simulations in the cloud. This is one good reason for them to get funded.

You can find much shorter version with all announcement post from various news sources on my Medium post

Happy Thursday!!

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My Take On An EMI Free Life

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My good friend Sridhar and I dined out for lunch at a Mangalorean restaurant. We liked the place, the food and service was amicable. At lunch, we discussed technology, professions, family and life in general. It was a good meetup.

Today’s post is to discuss the one thing we examined closely. The topic was just  how our life is turning into a mundane, robotic machine where almost everyone is thriving on loans, paying EMI’s and surviving the luxuries of the day.

My take and the same is what I mentioned to Sridhar is that I would love to lead an EMI free life which he was quick to dispute was almost impossible in today’s day and age. He says that once you get married you have to invest in buying a house/car, take care of your kids needs along with several responsibilities and during that time money is hard to come by and so it is a wise option to take out a loan.

So here I am writing this blog challenging  myself that even when I get married I will continue to lead a loan free life, which I believe is also stress free. The purpose of this blog is to measure out if I will someday lose out on my bet. :)

My dear friend Sridhar, so here I am, as per our conversation, the blog post is up. It also means that the clock is ticking for me. ¬†I will definitely need some good luck. ūüėÄ

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