What politicians in India Ought to learn from US elections

•November 5, 2008 • 1 Comment

John McCain very graciously accepted the verdict of the people in his concession speech. But what was more striking was him applauding the president-elect Obama. I have never seen any Indian politician do that till date. Though they always say, they accept people’s verdict and will sit in opposition benches to work constructively with the newly elected government, they never congratulate the winner. Role of opposition is a very important element of Democracy. We were taught in school that the role of opposition is to offer constructive criticism. But what we see is criticism, bandhs, rasta rokos, rail roko, destruction of public property, indefinite hunger strikes to stop economic growth.  The only bill in the parliament that goes through unopposed without any debate is the one which proposes pay hikes and perks to the elected members of parliament. But when it comes to pay hikes of defence personnel who sacrifice their today for our tomorrow, we drag on and on setting up committees, sub-committees, sub-committees to sub-comittees, on and on…. Wake up guys. Role of opposition is not to oppose anything and everything but to offer meaningful and constructive criticism of government’s actions and policies. Its time we shed our habit of gaining political mileage out of every goddamned incident and work towards better tomorrow.

Take your time out to watch the acceptance speech of Barack Obama

and concession speech of John McCain.

The engimatic Ram Charan

•November 23, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Stumbled upon this really great article about the workaholic and world’s topmost business consultant – Ram Charan.  A must read.

Incubators in India

•November 7, 2007 • 7 Comments

I have compiled a list of incubators in India.

IIM Ahmedabad

IIM Bangalore

IIM Lucknow

IIM Kozhikode

IIM Calcutta

SP Jain Institute of Management and Research

BITS Pilani

IIT Kharagpur

IIT Madras

TENET – IIT Madras

IIT Bombay

IIT Kanpur

IIT Guwahati

IIT Delhi

Nirma Labs

FMS Delhi

Entreprenership Development Institute of India (EDI), Ahmedabad

Center for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE), IIM-A

K.J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai

The ICFAI Center for Entrepreneurship Development, Hyderabad

Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA)

Wadhwani Center for Entrepreneurial Development, Hyderabad

JSS Institutions

NITIE

Erasmic

and the following one passed on to me by Arpit (an NIT Trichy Alumni, currently at SJMSOM @ IITB )

NIT Trichy

Techno-preneur has a great compilation of incubation centres in India. Check it out here

With the startup scene gradually gaining momentum, these incubators will be of great help to the up and coming entrepreneurs. With Government of India taking a very keen interest in creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem, it will help in building a great economy.

Please feel free to comment on any incubation centre that I might have missed and I would be glad to update. I will put it in a google spreadsheet sometime.

ION – a new startup

•May 6, 2007 • Leave a Comment

The team at ION has developed an iPod charger. As they say in their own words, get the ion, plug in the iPod and connect the other end to the electric socket, and your iPod gets charged. No PC, no fuss, no muss. For more on it, hear it from the creators themselves at ION.

Startups in India

•January 14, 2007 • 4 Comments

I was part of the motley-crew that successfully organised BarCamp Bangalore 2.0. We wanted to create a platform for the innovators to connect, network and share their thoughts. With new startups springing up every day, it was indeed a vibrant year for the resurgent Indian entrepreneur. I was given the mandate to profile the list of startups, whom we would contact and inform about BarCamp Bangalore 2.0, so that they can choose to participate and enrich the audience with their product offerings or random thoughts on entrepreneurship.

Rajan had already prepared the groundwork for me and all I had to do was to build on it.The list I have compiled can be found here

I have left out a lot of “me-too” kind of companies. There are hoardes of companies that are yet to be profiled. Please feel free to edit the page. Accnt info: startup/startup.

I am back

•December 6, 2006 • 1 Comment

Am back from a long hibernation, rejuvenated and flooding with new thoughts. Come back. A series of posts will follow…..

USB Cell recharger – A cool product

•September 22, 2006 • Leave a Comment

USB CellOne of the coolest ideas ever. Recharge your batteries through USB ports and there you are…back and fully energized 😉 . For more information on the product check out USBCELL. It currently costs somewhere around 1K. Costs may drop with more innovation in the production line and with mass market adoption.