THE NEW GLOBAL WE.

Happy 30th Birthday To Me

Posted in Business, New, People by Harsha on May 3, 2009

I am giving myself the CEO spot on UAC Inc.

Employees Suck

Posted in Big Thought, Business, People by Harsha on March 28, 2009

A great presentation shared on SlideShare, my personal favorite!

While not all of us can become founders, owners, entrepreneurs (someone has to do the nitty-gritty work!), there is definite power in scaling up!

This presentation shows founders, owners and entrepreneurs on how they need to better manage their people: Please open up your minds. Stop boxing in innovation and cutting-edge ideas.

Think in short, small sentences and increments. It helps!

Mark Bao

Posted in Business, People by Harsha on March 26, 2009

Inspiration can come from anywhere.

Meet Mark Bao. Not only is he working on more than one startup at the same time, but he is also putting himself totally out there, online, unlike him. Here is a quote from his “Life Goals” page:

help those who can’t help me

Brilliant!

You can check out his blog or follow him on Twitter.

Web Innovators Group – Boston

Posted in People, Reviews by Harsha on March 11, 2009

Web Innovators Group – Boston is a great resource to check out what Boston startups are up to on demo day.

Dave Beisel of Venrock is the brain and muscle behind this event and has successfully held 21 events (including yesterday) so far. Venrock’s portfolio reads like a Who’s Who of businesses. Pretty cool!

Thanks to Dave, us Bostonians have a great startup resource in our own backyard!

Applying American Ideas to Indian Situations Experiment

Posted in Business, New, People by Harsha on April 9, 2008

This is really simple. It just does not work.

By the way, if you’re looking for any ideas with serious dotbomb potential, look at SearchMyCampus.com. How would I know? Well, I’ve had a dotbomb of my own back in the day, albeit wiping only a small portion of my family’s savings. Here are some snippets that might help:

Hello world! Our First Attempt at Blogging
Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Brief recap: SearchMyCampus as you can see in the About Us section, is an online campus noticeboard for students across various campuses. The idea for this just happened to hit Peyush (founder and CEO) while he was wandering the streets of Montreal, Canada looking for a place to stay during his time at university (a couple of nights sleeping on a park bench with only some stray dogs for company does that to a guy).

We’re getting good feedback (coz, well, all said and done, it is a pretty brilliant idea) and some criticism too which we’re trying to incorporate in our future development

The Program Manager/CEO’s first post is just precious, as is the title for his post – “Share it and I bet you will find it!”.

Here is another quote:

It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from. (Wasn’t there a Backstreet Boys song that went something like that? Hmm) We’re pretty flexible about timings and hours too. What we’re looking for are people who are just as passionate about the site as we are, and committed to taking it to the next level.

The ultimate objective of SearchMyCampus.com is to enable students in colleges to mutually fulfill their needs, without the need for intermediaries.

(well, isn’t the site an intermediary in itself? And is this a business or a charity for local students, who live with their parents – yes, that’s how it is in India)

Despite your growing cynicism from reading this post, you should know that the intentions of the CEO are pure. However, just because one slept on a parkbench in cold Canada because one couldn’t quickly find a place to live (this is rhetoric because NO Canadian university worth its salt would allow an international student in harm’s way), it does not mean that the same problem exists in India.

One problem that is directly, immediately and financially worth addressing for students in India, is test preparation. Competition is rife in this space but therein lies the opportunity, right? If so many players are in the market, then it could mean that the opportunity is huge. It could also mean, and this is especially true of India where customer service concepts don’t exist (at least for Indians serving Indians) that customer needs are not being met satisfactorily, and hence you can set out to develop a better service. Think about it Peyush. “Build it and they will come” is a fool’s dream. Of course, I have been dead wrong in the past.

Quotes taken from these posts.

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