random thoughts: Respect

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I moved all the way from one of the remote part of India to Capital city. I really feel blessed that my mom made the decision to kick me out of her jurisdiction  to a new independent hostel life.

My first encounter was with A.N. Singh, my physical education teacher and hostel warden. He is one of the reason why I am fit so far. I still remember every morning 6 am call followed  by exercise and  7-10 km walk/run.

I got my first job, I met  Shorav Sir, he helped me, kicked my ass and mentored me.

Its been 7 years since I have been working and over this tenure  I have encountered various managers, heads but these two were the one who left maximum impact on me. I consider myself blessed that I met them. I will keep respecting them throughout my life for what I am right now.

What about you? Have you made a similar list?

 

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Enterprise Announcements #13: My Take

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Welcome to this 13th post on the Enterprise Announcements. This is the weekly roundup on funding and acquisition around enterprise technology.

This weeks funding related news 

Elon Musk just bought up $5 million of SolarCity stock.

Elon Musk is known for his love in solar energy & hence his investment.

Cloud-based fraud prevention startup Simility raises $3.45m seed round

With recent crack of  “ashley madison”  & many other vulnerability security is getting more visibility. We need more such fundings and startups out here solving the problem.

This weeks acquisition  related news 

Hortonworks to Acquire Onyara

Its portfolio expansion for Hortonworks and getting into the IoT space. I would say a good game to bet at.

This weeksLayoff/Departures/Closure news 

Angry Birds creator Rovio to fire up to 260 employees

The game is no more cool, company is not able to make profit. This is the outcome you get.

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

Happy Saturday!!

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Startup Announcements #25 : My Take

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Welcome to this 25th post on the Startup Announcements. This is the weekly roundup on funding and acquisition around startups in India.

Some notable funding announcements:

Home beauty services brand Belita raises Rs 2.5 crore

India is Billion off population & everyone wants to look good, considering the time constrain company like Belita is poised to succeed. I won’t be surprised to see many other startup doing similar service gets funded over the time.

rBus raises seed funding from India Quotient, others

rBus is an interesting concept, Uber for local commute via bus. Not everyone during daily commute can afford car  & public transport is mess [blame our population]. Service like rBus guarantees pickup from home and drop to office with a guaranteed seating for little extra, why will one not pay for it?

Some notable Acquisition announcements: 

Voonik acquihires 6-month-old virtual dressing room app TrialKart

The title says it all, Voonik needed a team and product to compete with other brand. They got both for a deal, congrats to both the team. I hope a fantastic product from Voonik will be out soon.

Some shake-up [what got shut who got appointed or kicked] 

Flipkart hires Google executive Mayur Datar as data scientist

This is not unusual, flipkart has cash & silicon valley is flooded with talented engineers. Those who are interested in coming back to India & get good salary and other benefits end up joining these startups.

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

Happy Saturday!!

 

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Interesting Reads #47 #Startups #Technology #Life

Lessons From A Study of Perfect Pitch Decks
If the above post from Techcrunch to be believed a VC on an average spends only 3 mins 44 seconds. Next time you are pitching to an investor make sure to keep your pitchdeck crisp and to the point.

Top 10 life lessons from books of the past
Liked this post from theguardian, loved the titles. I am not sure about getting to read them though, hence dived through the synopsis.

To fly, to fall, to fly again
One of the simple yet to the mark post from The Economist around valuation, Unicorn, Greece and US market.

I See Your Value Now
Interesting but lengthy read about human emotions and relationships. You need to find some quite time for reading this post.

15 Habits of Mentally Tough People
A must read post for everyone, title says it all.

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Enterprise Announcements #12: My Take

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Welcome to this 12th post on the Enterprise Announcements. This is the weekly roundup on funding and acquisition around enterprise technology.

This weeks funding related news 

Cloudability gets $6M funding.

Cloudability started as a dashboard for price determination for amazon, later they added other platforms as well. This funding will help them in extending the same to various other platforms.

Platform9 Raises $10M In Series B Funding

Platform9 is in a sweet spot, OpenStack is hot and a lot of vendors wants a way to migrate from VMware to Openstack.

Datameer Bags $40M Round Led By Singapore Investment Firm

Its big data, everyone wants to make use of it. I am not personally surprised with the funding.

This weeks acquisition  related news 

FIS to Buy SunGard for $5.1 Billion

Fidelity is big into enterprise and buying SunGard gets them portfolio/team/software and expertise. Its a win-win situation, who would not like this?

This weeksLayoff/Departures/Closure news 

EMC-VMware Spinout Pivotal Appoints Rob Mee as New CEO

Paul Maritz was poster boy for Pivotal, did he fail, why a new CEO?  I hope we get to know clear picture about it soon.

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

Happy Wednesday!!

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Random Thoughts: On starting Up

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One advantage of living in Bangalore is everyone around you is working on startup ideas. You visit a coffee shop or a microbrewery you will find folks talking in length & at times even pitching product ideas to investors for funding. 

I keeping asking myself these questions whenever i think about starting up.

1. Is this the thing i am fully motivated in doing & spending next 7-8 years?

2. Is this thing going to solve some real world problem?

3. Am I or my parents going to use this as soon as its out?

4. Can i keep it bootstrapped & start making revenue as soon as product is out?

I will be more than happy to know what excites you day & night about your startup. 

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Startup Announcements #24 : My Take

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Welcome to this 24th post on the Startup Announcements. This is the weekly roundup on funding and acquisition around startups in India.

Some notable funding announcements:

Tiger, Blume pump $30 mn in Grey Orange Robotics

E-commerce is still in its early days in India. Once it gets to tier 2-3 cities, warehouse automation demand will soar.

BigBasket raises $50m to forays into tier-II cities, eyes $1bn value

BigBasket has been before grocery delivery got mainstream and flurry of companies in similar domain got funded. They have a good business & this money will fuel further growth.

Some notable Acquisition announcements: 

Aspiring Minds Acquires Mobile Software Development Startup Mizcoin

Its an acquihire.

Some shake-up [what got shut who got appointed or kicked] 

Housing.com to lay-off 600 employees in next 3 months

Building business is not easy especially when initial  builders/founders of companies are out. A VC can only fund a company he is not going to do day to day responsibility for you. I expected Housing to disrupt the online house buying experience but its far from there.

Groupon Inc rebranded as Nearbuy, to focus more on mobile apps

Sequoia had major stake in Groupon India, it failed so they had to take this lose making asset and rebrand it. I won’t be surprised if this rebrand gets acquired by one of the existing portfolio of theirs in coming months.

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

Happy Monday!!

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India in 69 pictures

We celebrated 69 years of Indian independence yesterday. Like all the bloggers, artists, media houses and social media friends, I wanted to post a tribute to India on this blog. Here are 69 pictures of food, temples, people, palaces and more; taken by me or my friends [Johnshon, Shiva, Krish or Deepan] while traveling across this beautiful country. The pictures are linked to their respective Wikipedia pages for more information.

Note: All these images are under Creative Commons ShareAlike License.

 

1. Autowala on street of Bangalore.

autowala in bangalore

2. Bull Temple Bangalorebull temple

3. Flower Market in Vajay Nagar, Bangalore

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4. Old Banyan Tree, Bangaloreold banyan tree blr

5. Ghee roast Dosaghee roast

6. Filter Coffee

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7.  Ethunagaram on banks of Godawari.

ethunagaram

8. Charminar, Hyderabadchar minar hyd

9. Ramappa Shiva Temple

ramappa

10. Backwater, making of salt on Chennai-Pondicherry highway

backwater for making salt on chennai pondy way

11. Mysore Palace during Durga Puja. mysore palace

12. Poondi reservoir near Chennai

panni reservoir

13. Sakleshpur, Karnataka

Sakleshpur

14. Paddy plantation near Chennai

paddy plantation

15. Priest with morning prayer at Madurai Meenakshi temple.

priest with morning prayer meenakshi temple16. Shiva Temple, Thanjavur

shiva temple tenjavur

17. Stairs to Khammam fort 

khammam fort

18. Jama Masjid, Old Delhi

jama masjid delhi

19. Late night street fooding, Old Delhi with my friend Ashish.

late night food hunt purani delhi

20. Sunrise somewhere on Noida Expressway.

noida expressway

21. Rishikesh, bank of river Ganges.

risikesh

22. Banke Bihari temple, Vrindavan

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23. Young priest at Sani dev temple in Vrindavan

young priest in vrindavan

24.  Mahatma Gandhi Setu, Patna

mahatma gandhi setu

25. Fish Rice with thick mustard gravy, common cuisine in Bihar & West Bengal .

fish rice

26. Hookah

hookah somewhere in noida

27. Punaura Dham, Sitamarhi.

punaura pond

28. Chhath Puja

chatt puja

29. Chura Bhuja

chura bhuja

30. Litti

litti

31. Lonavla

lonawala

32. Mumbai Pune Expressway

mum pune hightway

33. Ajanta Caves

ajanta caves

34. Sculpture at Ellora caves.

ellora caves

35. On way to Kaas Plateau 

on way to khass platue

36. Valley of flowers, Kaas Plateau

valley of flowers

37. Bun and Sabzi, Goa.bun and sabzi in goa

38. Quite sunrise at Mandrem Beach, Goa

quite sunrise at mandre beach goa

39. Prawn & some fries.

fresh prawns & fry in goa

40. Church Square, Goa

goa church

41. Autowala on streets of Mumbai with funky lights.

autowala

42. Paani Poori on streets of Mumbai

paani puri43. Dal Lake, Srinagar

dal lake

44.  Mughal Garden, Srinagar

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45. Elders having chit-chat at Leh main market. elders on leh main amrket

46. Pangon Lake, Ladakh

bird flying over pangong lake

47.  Jodhpur Fortjodhpur fort

49. Temple on way to Jaisalmer Fort 

jaisalmer fort

50. Rasmalai

rasmalai

51. Matka Kulfi

kulfi

52. Ghevar

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53. Deserted hawelis  in Phalodi 

locked haweli phalodi

54. Brahma temple, Pushkar 

pushkar

55. Authorized bhang shop in Jaisalmer

bhag shop at jaisalmer

56. Kachori

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57. Malpua

malpua

58. An evening at Thar desert, Jaisalmer

jaiselmer desrt

58. Morning breakfast, Bhuj

poori sabzi at katch

 

59. An evening at Mandvi beachmandvi beach

60. It just rained somewhere on way to Anand

on way to anand

61. An evening at Rann of Katch

eveining at rann of katch

62. Wooden Ship getting repaired at Mandvi

shio being repaired at mndvi

63. Street market in Dimapur, Nagaland.

market, dimapur

64.  Peren District, Nagalandparen city

65. On way to Mokokchung, Nagaland
mcung66. On way to Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim

guru dogmar lek

67. Water streams after hour long rain on way to Lachen, Sikkim

on way to lachen sikkim

68. Flags with Buddhist chants flying high on street of Gangtok.

flgs with chats flying over city gangtok

69. Local drink made of wheat, maize & it tastes good in one of the local food shop in Gangtok.

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Interesting Reads #46 #Startups #Technology #Life

Wakhan, An Other Afghanistan
I am turning into a big fan of Maptia, the in-depth coverage they have done on this story is commendable.

Attention teen dropouts racing to SF: The tech bubble is lying to you
Interesting take on the latest explosion of tech nerds hitting to SF without finishing their college degrees to build startup. How it might not be a great idea, author has taken example of rock era.

17 podcasts that will make you smarter
Great podcasts around startup, tech life.

Why Food, Sleep and Exercise Are Critical to Success
The title says it all.

20 Things I’ve Learned From Larry Page
Another great post from James Altucher where he puts all this learning after meeting Larry Page, Co-Founder Google.

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Notes from OpenStack India Day

I know this post should have been published a bit earlier, but I have been sick for few days and therefore this delay!

Last week we fervently celebrated  Openstack India Day. It was the fourth one in the past 3 years. I am very happy the way the OpenStack project has taken over and particularly the OpenStack India community. This would not have been possible without the effort and dedication of our organizers, Sajid, Kavit, Himanshu, Kiran and other local members.

Sridhar with his SDN/Neutron session.

Sridhar with his SDN/Neutron session.

These are some interesting observations from my side about the overall event:

  1. The system integrators in Indian subcontinent are taking OpenStack project seriously. I had the opportunity to meet the representatives from Wipro, Infosys [they were also our sponsors] and TCS. They have a dedicated team of 20+ people working in house on various components of the project.  
  2. For the first time we had multiple track sessions in a one-day event and it was indeed a great success. The conference room was packed with over 300 people, mostly with developers background.
  3. Representatives from the Openstack Foundation were also present at the event. I enjoyed the gregarious presence of and keynote from Mark Collier, COO Openstack Foundation.
  4. Some of the college attendees relayed very interesting questions. I am glad that they are actively taking part in the event and preparing to build a career around it.
  5. Learnt that some of the e-commerce & media firms are trying Openstack on their workloads.
  6. We added an extra job board, because most of them are hiring.
  7. Last not the least, I am extremely happy to see Salman, representative of Aptira organizing the workshop. I met him two years back in his college during an OpenStack workshop, and today he is a OpenStack expert !

I would hope the momentum remains the same and we get to celebrate many more OpenStack India day events.

kavit

Mark/Kiran/Kavit & rest, after event dinner.

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