October 09, 2007

Microsoft CRM Case Study

Sponsored Post : GPS InSight

It has always been difficult to track vehicles, even though the need always existed. Since a long time, such technology has been in use in the military. Speeding missiles can be tracked across thousands of miles, and their position can be pin-pointed at any time. It is the same with jets and other machinery. However, it took a long time to come to civillian uses. But finally, it is here. If you business has a lot of vehicles moving around, then you will find this post quite interesting.

GPS Insight vehicle tracking system is the latest technology in the market which can do everything that you have ever dreamt of. It is the perfect combination of hardware and software which helps you track your vehicles in real time. It uses a number of satellites and the AT&T or T Mobile mobile networks to track, monitor and provide you with very highly accurate vehicle locations at pre defined intervals of 2 minutes throughout the United States and Canada.

If you have a taste for the details, then here are a few of the things that it can do : complete activity detail of your vehicles, fuel consumption statistics, speed violation metrics, vehicle performance details, landmark activities, track the activity for the last 90 days, report about reckless driving with completely accurate results, daily reports which are updated every two minutes, off hour and weekend use of vehicles to prevent extra payments of labor, theft recovery to help the police track the vehicles, emission reports to keep the environment green and many other features.

You would expect that now I'm going to tell you that you need to create an extra budge of thousands of dollars to use this technology. Well, this is where the real surprise is. This complete system, can be used by paying only about $1.5-$2 per vehicle you track every day. This means that if you have 10 heavy duty vehicles and 10 light duty vehicles, you would end up paying $690 a month. Considering the amount that you would have to pay to the staff, and for the gas and the hundreds of things in your business, you would realize that this is probably the best deal that you would get.

If you have any questions, just move over to GPS Insight support wiki for customers or the Blog for GPS vehicle tracking to soak in as much information as you would like so that you are sure that this is exactly the thing you were looking for.

October 04, 2007

Sponsored Post : Phelios Games

If you love games as much as I do, then you would find this post quite interesting. Today I'm going to tell you about this great website, where you can Download games, all sorts of them, like mac games, tycoon games and play them when you're free.

For those of us, who are just addicted to computer gaming, this is probably the worst thing that could happen. Loads of great, awesome, fast, free games, (with some paid ones). Anywyays, I'll not waste time talking about stuff, when I have so many games to catch up. If you do go over to the side, do let me know how much you scored, because I can bet I beat you at it.

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Sponsored Post : Mortgages

Buying the first house is one of the biggest decisions that you would ever make. From the first time that you start looking to the time that you finalize and start payments, you get to learn so much about this business, which you never really knew. And as time goes on, you realize that to keep up with so much is not as easy as you'd hope.

This is where you realize you need help. At least I did. So today I'm going to tell you about this awesome site which tells you everything you need to know about mortgages. If you know a bit about it, a mortgage lets you buy property without paying all of the money. You keep paying a small part of it each month for 15 to 30 years, and finally in the end of it, it's all yours.

Now, there are just so many banks which provide this facility, and it is important for you to know and decide which one of them will give you the best rates. Also involved are fundas about what kind of interest would they be charging you. And this is where MortgageMart helps you. They provide help with mortgage loan quotes and home loans amongst others.

So if it is time for you to buy a house, you know where to look - MortgageMart

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Sponsored Post : Car Insurance Rates

Insurance is an important poison. Of course, nobody loves paying up for it, but the advantages are so many, and the fact that it is essential, means that everyone need to get it. And this is where a new questions comes up.

There are hundreds and thousands of insurance schemes available in the market, and you need to choose one for yourself, so which one do you choose. You can either run around to every office and ask them why their company is better, and then tabularize results and find the right answer, or you go to friends and relatives and just buy what they buy. Or you find your car salesman, and get the insurance which is going to pay him a little bit.

All of those can be done, but you will never find exactly what you are looking for. This is why today I'm going to tell you about an awesome website that I found. Here you would find everything about the car insurance world. Starting from auto insurance rate to offices to schemes to car insurance quote.

Also, you would most of the information of the website as well, so that you can do your own research. So if you haven't done it yet, head over there to find what is best for you and your car.

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Sponsored Post : Scommesse Online

Sports are always huge. They always manage to get your adrenaline flowing, and this is why they always have this huge fan following. Of course, when a number of people follow the games, some will start betting, and if you are one of those few, here is the perfect website for you :

ScommesseOnline

Here you would find scores, histories, analysis, or all players. This is the most ultimate sports betting guide, so that the next time you are not left behind. It helps you find out the details about each and every player, how they are performing, how they were performing, to help you find out how will they perform.

So if you are one of the betting types, head over there and find yourself something you'd really like.

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Sponsored Post : Narconon Stone Hawk Addiction Treatment

Narconon is a service of the Association of Better Living through Education (ABLE). ABLE is a secular, non-profit umbrella under which several social services are coordinated. One of these services is dedicated to helping those with drug addiction, and providing drug abuse prevention education. That service is Narconon.

Narconon has started Stone Hawk Addiction Treatment centers because of the unavailability of enough good drug treatment centers. drug treatment is important because once somebody in your family is an addict, they will keep eating away your and their life one second at a time. And over time it becomes apparent that they need to shifted to rehab to help them get over their addiction.

Of course, if it was up to you, you would never send them away. But the truth of the matter is that you need to send them to rehab to reshape their lives and start again. This is why, you would want to have the best available center for your loved ones. And this is just where Stone hawk is so important.

Here you would get inpatient drug rehab via narconon. The staff here is very caring, because they say, each one of them, has had the misfortune of having somebody in their life suffer the same way. This is why they would take better care than anybody else. You can read more about them on their Blog.

So if you are looking for a drug rehab center, head over to Stone Hawk, they are the best you would find.

Drug Addiction

Drug Addiction (Smoking)

Sponsored Post : 1800 No Drugs

Drugs are killing our countries and families from within. Every year thousands of people get addicted to drugs or alcohol and there is hardly anything that we can do for them. However, the problem get magnified many many times, when the person getting addicted is one of us, one of our very own family.

This is why, today I am going to tell you about it great service which has started recently, and which would be you best bet to help find your family member a decent place which also fits in your budget, is closer to home so that you can visit them often and finally also takes care of them, and gets them back to life soon.

The site I am telling you about is 1800NoDrugs. They are reachable by phone, you can contact them at 1800-No-Drugs. Here you would find a great list of all the drug rehab centers in and around your place. Also you can find quotes for different rehab centers, so that you can decide if it looks good enough. They provide drug addiction referral service, so that you can find what you're looking for.

When the concerned is a family member, it's not so easy to decide because you would like to check up on all fronts. This is where 1800NoDrugs is even more helpful because first they can explain all the terms to you, so that you know what will happen, what should happen and how should it happen. And then secondly, the great team there can guide you through phone to solve your queries or help you find the perfect place. They also help you with inpatient drug treatment and long term addiction treatment.

So if you, someone in your family, or somebody you know, has been behaving unnaturally of late, then head over to 1800NoDrugs, because if they need help, then should get it fast.

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September 28, 2007

Sponsored Post : Furniture from Home

Some companies are dedicated towards giving you the best they can, just like this one. FurnitureFromHome, the online portal about furniture, and the best deals on the internet, has probably the biggest catalogue in the entire online furniture industry. And not just that, they have the best looking furniture as well as terrific deals to make you want everything that they have.

For example, they have Bar stools. Now how many kinds of bar stools should a shop have? They guys have some 110 different varieties and have 14 different styles on sale as well, so that if you like one of those, it just might be your lucky day.

Other that that there is everything from Storage beds to dining room furniture to a big screen entertainment center at the most attractive prices you've ever seen from one of the most secure online sites.

And the best part is that everything would get delivered right at your doorstep. So you order online, and without any running around, you get the whole range of products that you had ordered, come right up to you without any issues.

So if you're looking for some furniture in the coming Christmas season, I would suggest that you do head over to Furniture from home (link) and have a look the awesome variety and attractive prices, because I doubt you would find anything like it anywhere else.

IPR seminar at IITK

IME Department and SIDBI at IIT Kanpur organised a seminar on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) on September 25 ’07. The topic of the seminar was “Managing IP Portfolio in large Organizations & IP practices in US”. The seminar was presented by Marty Shivley, Director, Worldwide Intellectual Property Operations for Microsoft Corporation. Other speakers included Jim Patterson, US Patent Attorney and Mukundan Seshadari, CEO Blue-File IP Services.

Marty Shivley explained how IPR creates revenue for an organisation from which a part again goes in funding R&D for development of IP. He shared his experiences of various IP operations in Microsoft and the way in which the company tackled various IPR issues. He narrated his briefings regarding IP with Bill Gates and the seriousness with which the Microsoft chairman listened to these briefings. “He would often go in the minute details as he has a very good understanding of these issues”, Shivley added.

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Facebook to protect kids

Facebook, the much hyped social networking site, must reply to the state attorneys general in a few weeks about the fact that facebook should be doing more to protect kids from sexual predators on the internet.

The attorney general says that if facebook doesn't respond they will start looking for legal options. He expects them to reply within a month. Though he seems to be happy with the first talks arranged. he also added that they had started with the same because they found that there were atleast three know sex offenders on the Facebook

Inspired by Karl Moore



Karl Roove, is a famous entrepreneur and best-selling author, and he has recently started this great blog dedicated towards inspiring people to do better in life. In the last few months I have become an avid reader of the same, and so decided that I had to let everybody know.

Karl's blog is mostly about inspiring stories and anecdotes that he encounters, but sometimes there are also other features which are as interesting. For example, I think there is a regular post every monday called the random act of kindness, and on friday, there is a friday factoid.

So if you like to stay charged, I would suggest you head over to the blog atleast once a day, and make it a habit. There is a lot of world changing material there, which just might help you too.

You can also access Karl Moore here.

Naukri plans educational site

Naukri.com, a website owned by Info edge, a publicly listed company, has recently declared that they are working on a education related website. Though no further details were given. But it is heard that they are going to move towards education networking, whatever that means. Sanjeev Bhikhchandani, CEO of Naukri.com said in an interview that

In another 12 months, we plan to launch a new website for the education space. Like all our other sites, we would only facilitate the networking between people interested in any kind educational exchange platform.


Naukri.com has also recently conducted some job fairs quite successfully. The first two were held in Ahmedabad and Pune.

Naukri.com moves to RHE

Naukri.com is the leading online job portal in India.

Vibhore Sharma, senior VP, with naukri.com says

Once the challenges centered around business growth and building up the website to handle the scale of visitors, a reliable and robust technology platform became imperative. The key was also to ensure that the TCO for any technology option chosen was realized. At the same time, we were focused about innovating and rolling out new products and services to a large base of users.


The growth of Naukri.com has been phenomenal, and recently they have moved to Web 2.0 technologies. Though they are a little late, but what the heck, they are getting there. The company has also recently moved to red had enterprise edition.

Mr Sharma added,
The greatest challenge for any organization is to roll out new products and services in the shortest possible time frames. With the right platform, the development time gets shorter, turnaround times are quicker, and companies can work on innovations much faster. To us, Red Hat offered a solution which was reliable, scalable, and cost-effective - 3 critical attributes for the kind of business challenges that we were looking to address.


They use the Intel Xeon servers

Sponsored Post : Quality Bedroom Furniture

I follow a rule when buying stuff. If I like the item at the first glance and I have to have it, only then I decide to go ahead. Some poeple say that I am too choosy but well when you are going to pay for it, it might as well be the best available.

This is why I am going to tell you about an awesome website that I found today. FurnitureFromHome isnt' just an online store, it is one hell of an online shop. If you just go down there and check out the bedroom furniture collection, I can bet you would want to take it all with you. With a terrific collection ranging from bedroom furniture to Kid bedroom furniture to Child bedroom furniture to sleigh bed, they have it all, neatly put up, at attractive prices.

So if you are looking for something awesome to buy this christmas season, head over to FurnitureFromHome, find the bed that you like the best and have it delivered right at your doorstep.

The Naukri Makeover

Naukri.com, India's leading job portal, has recently got a makeover. They have introduced UI changes for the job seeker section. They claim that the new site, will help people get more value from the website, with relevant information being visible easily.

It is heard that they have improved the search and the organization of data on their servers and are moving towards better interaction with their users. News search filters called 'clusters' allows user to search different options.

The uploading resumes part has also been improved and it is quite fast now.

September 27, 2007

Resizing a partition in Windows Vista

In the earlier version of Windows, we need to tools like Partion Magic to partition and reformat our existing partitions without disturbing the data or reinstalling the drives. However, Windows Vista has the ability to do all that without any external software. Now that is something cool. Let's see how can we put it to use.

To resize you Windows Vista partition, go to the Start Menu, Right click on 'Computer' and click 'Manage'.

Keep pressing continue if you get any dialog boxes.

Now in the left page, click on 'Storage Category' and then on 'Disk Management'

Finally, right click the partitions you would like to modify, and edit them just like you did with Partition Magic.

Sponsored Post : Stainless Steel Cabinets

Everything that you ever needed in your garage is now available online at one of the best and most famous garage guys available. They have everything from stainless steel cabinets, workbenches, tool boxes, garage flooring, garage storage, garage cabinets, garage door openers, organization, garage heaters, to anything else that you would ever need for you garage.

You can check out the complete catalogue online, and you can also order online. Of course, if you like you can just call up these guys and finalize what you would like to buy.

So the next time you need something for your garage, you know exactly where to find it.

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Sony plans cheaper PS 3

It has been heard that Sony has started talking to Taiwanese manufacturer FoxConn and asked them to make a lower-spec Sony PS3. This is being done to bring down the price to the Sony PS3 to match that of the X-Box 360. More news would be available after the Tokyo game show is held this year.

Both of the products hit the market earlier this year and have been trying to eat into each others market share.

Rumors flying around say that the price in the US for the 40GB Sony PS3 will be around $399, this could see a UK price of around £200 but as there us more tax etc in the UK it is more likely to be around £300.

Police think MIT student has strapped on a bomb

Now this is funny :

19 year old MIT student Star Simpson was at Logan International Airport wearing a device on her chest that included lights and wires, she approached an airport employee with something that seemed like putty in her hands and walked away after being asked what it was.

Then as Star Simpson left the airport terminal she found herself surrounded by police holding machine guns, they thought that she had a bomb strapped to her body.

Apparently she had approached the airport employee to inquire about an incoming flight from Oakland.

After police seized her they learned that the device was harmless and just a piece of art that Star Simpson wore to stand out on career day, and that’s just what happened.

Although the police were concerned, they just followed protocol’s put in place and it’s a good job they did not have to use deadly force.

Imagine if she did not raise her hands when asked, the putty was apparently just some play dough.

She has since been charged with possessing a hoax device; bail was set at $750 cash and will have to return to court on October 29th.

Furniture from home

Bying furniture, can be both, a pain and a pleasure. A pain because finding the best deals available in the market for your budget, is something that requires a lot of time and energy. On the contrary, getting the brand new furniture is definitely quite interesting. This is why I thought I would tell you about this great furniture site that I have found. From Dining Room Furniture to Dining Furniture, and from Formal Dining Room Furniture to counter height dinette, you will find all of it here.

So if you are still running around trying to find the best deals, do take a look at FurnitureFromHome, I can bet that deal you're looking for is already here.

How the Bejing Olympics got its logo?

via VincentChow








Getting Stumbled

Here is a great report by the Etienne blog about how to get your blog stumbled. It appears he did a lot of research before he put this up, so do go over there and download you copy. Best of all, it's free.

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Sponsored Post : Pingo, Call internationally for less



There are hundreds of thousands of phone companies which keep coming out with their offers, and I'm sure you have you own favorites. But today I am going to tell you about another cool alternative to the international calling cards that you use right now.

The card that I am talking about, is called 'Pingo'.

Now why, you would say, should you move from your calling card to Pingo. Well, it's because of these host of features that are on offer, that you will definitely not find anywhere else. Lets start with the very first, Pingo offers cheap calling card for you to keep in touch with you business people and family. There are no hidden charges and the calls are clear and reliable. Then, if you refer any of your friends to Pingo, you get something extra, some more free minutes to talk. Also, they offer special rates for other destinations, eg India Calling Cards, Global Phone cards etc.

And also because you are reading it here first, here is a special offer just for you. When you signup, just add that the phone card blog discount coupon is : “ppp3” and you would $3 off the card right away.

So if you are not convinced yet, just try it once, and then let me know if it was really that cool or not. Anyways, the first time that you buy it, the $25 card would cost you only $17.

Microsoft starts video site

For those of you who are still watching videos on youtube, here is something new, the microsoft videos site. You might say the our dear MS is way behind on this front, but they have made up for it by turning up with a beautifully made site which really runs well.

It's a strange feeling to like what MS seems to be doing. Contrary to the geeky opinion about MS, there are some things I just love about microsoft. One is that if there is any problem, there are people around who can fix it. Like the sound doesn't work on this laptop on linux, but on windows there is just no problem.

Ofcourse I know why that is the case, Intel is a real bad boy when it comes to helping our systems developers in writing the device drivers. But what the heck, I would like sound, I can't really help if they are acting like that. But anyways, I still chose to have Ubuntu in place of the usual MS.

On Slamming the mobile internet

A lot of people say that the mobile is the next big thing. Everything needs to move to the mobile if it needs to survive, yet, every time I try to surf the internet on my Motorolo E7 mobile phone, I end up saying that we were better off with lynx (lynx is the command line browser in linux).

Here is what is wrong with the mobile dream :

  • The wireless networks don't exist. I can't surf the internet outside my house with even a laptop, forget the mobile phone
  • Screens are way too small to really see. Of course my Dad finds it difficult to read the SMS, so we can safely assume he would never use his mobile for surfing. Whereas for the rest of us, I find it disgustingly small to open and read a webpage. I've heard that the iPhone has a cool interfact, but that just what Steve Jobs told them to say. Otherwise it's just another small screen with colors.
  • Sites are not made for the mobile phone. Ah yes, there is this really strange feeling which comes over you if you more over to the hindustantimes.com or something. Most of the Indian websites still can't handle Firefox, forget the mobile for a thousand million years
  • We just forgot about advertising. If it is troublesome on the laptop, then they have takent the experience on the mobile up by a notch.


I think I can safely say that if you are waiting for the mobile browsing to begin, you might have to wait 10 years for a decent beginning.

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senior dating is here, and it's here in a big way. After all, the internet is designed as a place which has a piece of the sky for everybody then why should the seniors be left behind. DatingForSeniors.com is the best thing that could have come to the internet dating scene.

All you need to do to get involved is to upload your senior personals, and the usual dating sites people will start responding to it. There are over thousands of people already registered and meeting up with one another, and now it's time that you get involved too. Life is way to short to be spend thinking about it, so get up now and upload you personals, and meet up with all those people who always wanted to.

Yahoo Podcasts going down

Yahoo has finally decided to close the Podcasting Site they had started two years back. Read Write Web says that 'Some would argue that podcasting hasn't caught on like it was expected to, and it's been dominated by existing media giants and beaten as a medium by the rise of video'.

Many other podcasting sites have had similar issues and have closed down recently. Surprisingly, thing have not been too good for podcasting, even though podcast had been voted word of the years in 2005.

I wish farewell to Yahoo Podcasts, maybe its soul rest in peace.

Apple sents notice to iPod Hacker

Apple, the company with those beautiful products, has sent a notice to a hacker who got inside the iPod and said that he would put up the code on a secure page on his site so that other hackers could have a crack at it.

But is seems that Apple was on it long before this guy made all of this public, because even before it went on the site, apple had contacted the ISP with the take down notice, and the ISP served the guy.

Apple is hell bent about keeping the iPod touch safe from the hackers. Though it is said that still they cant keep everything in check. But ofcourse, it sure has helped them.

However, I still fail to understand that how come Apple is allowed to do stuff like this, and Microsoft faces crap for the same... Just how good can your PR be?

Sponsored Post : Biker Planet.com

Imagine a world where everybody was a biker. Every hot chick in our crazy, hypothetical world would love biking as much as us, and she wouldn't really mind us spending some good quality times with our bikes. But alas, you'd say that it isn't so. But fret not, today i'm going to tell you about this really awesome site, which had started this new sensation about biker dating.

All you need to do is sign up and put up your biker singles
and let it do the talking for you. believe me, it is here that you would that irrestible hot chick who loves the bikes as much as you do. So don't just sit here and stare at the screen, run around, register on the site, get your bike running, because soon you are going to have more company.

The Apple PDA

Steve Jobs, the apple guy, says that he is proud of all Apple products, not only the ones that they shipped, but also those that they did not ship.

The point of discussion being the Apple PDA, which was supposed to come out three years earlier but hasn't been shipped yet. But AppleInsider says, that they are already working on it, and we should expect it to come out sometime in the future. Though no dates have been specified yet.

It is said that since the company was having problems coming out with the iphone at the expected date, they were forced to shift engineers to leave the PDA project and move to the iphone. The iphone proved to be quite a sensation when it came out, and lets hope that the pda or iPda does as well.

Calculation Issue in Excel 2007

Even the big guys don't get it right all of the time. So it is quite difficult to expect it from the small guys. Anyways, here is a new MS issue which is heard to have been solved recently.

What had happened was that in Excel 2007, all calculation using the number 65,535 turned out to be wrong. For example if you did any of these =5.1*12850; =10.2*6425; =20.4*3212.5 the answer came out to be 100000 rather than 65,536. Funny little bug you might say, but imagine the crap you would be under if you found out this you paid extra tax because of some calculation mistake by the software. Real life issues can really be quite difficult to handle.

But it has been heard that the issue is about to be resolved. David Gainer has stated on the Microsoft Excel Blog that they are testing the fix for the same, and the patch would be out real soon.

So the next time you sit down to write your software, make sure you've spent more time testing it, because MS can say that it would be fixed soon, not all of us can always be as lucky.

September 26, 2007

Sponsored Post : Tatoo Lovers.com

The one thing that drives relationships is the connection that you have with your partner. Be it talking, walking, praying, singing, whatever it is that you do with them, makes you closer to them. This is why it helps if you have a great connection even before you start your relationship. This is why I would like to tell you about this great site which offers to do the same for you, but only if you just love tatoos.

tattoo dating is the only site in the big bad internet where you would find something of this sort. All you need to do to get started is to put up your tattoo personals and watch your inbox get filled with intersting people who love the same things as you.

So stop reading this now, and run over to the site, because somebody somewhere is waiting for you..

July 26, 2007

Digg is my partner

This guy really likes that fact that Digg is their partner.

(Psst. We got it the first time mate)

Digg should not help Digg

There is discussion on at Centernetworks (linked below), that since Google does not favor Google, Digg should not be allowed to favor Digg.

And how does Digg favor Digg? Because any story published by Kevin Rose will go to the front page on Digg. Is that fair play??

Of course. If you made too much money on the first startup, and you used that money on your second startup, would that be fair? Of course it will be.

Digg has a choice to do whatever it wants. It can push all it pownce links to the top of the digg front page, it can start using Microsoft ads on it's network and promise that Microsoft won't put up any dancing monkeys.

Now this is the kind of stuff that should get digged.. though I am sure even Kevin Rose himself won't be able to do that.

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Dancing monkeys synonymous with Microsoft??

New York Times writes in

Adelson also said that Digg considered other potential partners besides Microsoft: “We looked at all the leading players, Google, Yahoo, you know who they are, and then we chose Microsoft,” he said.

Even though Microsoft will sell graphical ads, Digg’s founder Kevin Rose promised in a blog post to keep the site uncluttered, meaning “no dancing monkey ads.”


I fail to understand that why does Kevin Rose, think Microsoft, now the advertising partner of Digg.com is synonymous with Dancing monkeys.

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Microsoft buys lots of ads on Digg

Now we see it happening all over again. Digg the overhyped social news site has just got a sh** load of advertising from Microsoft.

Even I can guess what is going to happen next. Their revenues will cross the a $100 million and they will start asking for a couple of billion for an acquisition.

Maybe Microsoft will buy them too, and all of them will go to hell together.

Digg - The Blog

Dorm room chit chat does not make a contract : Judge tells ConnectU

I can't believe this is what the Judge told the Winklevoss brothers. The buggers must be feeling like they are back in dorm, and getting fu**** for breaking the protocol.

Anyways, deep down I would love to see the Judge tell Mark Zuckerberg to hand over Facebook to the brothers. Assuming that the brothers believe that it is a reasonable request to be made in court, I would like to ask them, if they too would be interested in coming out with an IPO in case they get hold of facebook?

Facebook Revenue

Valleywag has the coolest revenue graph of Facebook. This man is the brightest when it comes to showing the light to humanity.



Once again he has saved mankind by bringing it all into the light.

(PS. Sorry for not putting the image on my server. Nobody ever comes to this blog, so you won't feel anything. Ever)

Facebook ruling delayed

A judge has delayed the the ruling on the Facebook case until August 8th.

Twins and co-founders Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss waiting almost three years before suing Facebook. Now they want the government to hand over Facebook to them along with the revenues. Not the brightest of moves I might say, but ofcourse it's worth a try.

Even if they settle outside, the brothers just might get their share of the pie.

Facebook issued a statement that , "We continue to disagree with the allegations that Mark Zuckerberg stole any ideas or code to build Facebook. We intend to honor the judge's request not to comment further in the media and will continue to vigorously defend this case in court."

I doubt the brothers will get anywhere, but atleast they'll get their name in the papers

Social and Professional Worlds on Facebook

These days facebook has come to dominate the way people interact with the internet. Almost 26 million people logon to Facebook to chat with other people. As a result, a number of business people have also started migrating to Facebook, and have left LinkedIn as a result.

Here is a great insight on the unofficial facebook blog

Facebook users to differentiate between social contacts and professional contacts and separate your profile based on that. I fully support this motion but I doubt Facebook will do this anytime soon. If they did, it would officially be the end of LinkedIn. There is also another slightly uncomfortable aspect of this new influx of users that Megan touches on in her article. As the older crowd meshes with the younger crowd, new definitions of social interaction are rapidly being defined.


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Facebook gets Youtube CFO

The hottest social networking site Facebook has hired former Youtube CFO Gideon Yu. He has replaced Micheal Sheridan.

The guardian says

Yu, who replaces Michael Sheridan, was the CFO of YouTube last September just before Google snapped it up for $1.65bn.

Of course this goes against the grain of Henry Blodget's theory, commenting on an interview given to The Deal.com by Peter Thiel, a Facebook investor and director.

He reckons Facebook is putting a pricetag on itself of $7bn to $10bn.


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June 04, 2007

The Next Mayor

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This is a sponsored Post.

For thousands of years, the sky has aroused curiosity in the human mind.

Even in this age of computers and technology, that curiosity still remains lurking somewhere within all of us. More so within young kids.

So if you're looking for a great gift for a young one, or an adult interested in the skies, I have the perfect idea for you. meade telescopes are the best available telescopes for amateur astronomers, fiddling with the skies. Meade MySky, is an interactive, hand-help device which helps to identify objects in the sky. With it's creative, easy to use approach, it's not only better than having a personal astronaut, but also a killer combination of applied technology.

You can buy this amazing piece of equipment at Optics Planet, your home for the best and cheapest in optical instruments. Other than the Meade MySky, you can find different sorts of telescopes, binoculars, spotting scopes, night vision, flashlights by Meade, Coronado, Simmons, Celestron, Bushnell, Nikon, Barska, Burris, Brunton, Leupold, Surefire, Streamlight.

Not just that, with each purchase off the website you also get a $29.95 worth UPS free of cost.

So what are you waiting for. There is an astronaut in your house, go and get her the best gift she'll ever get.

June 01, 2007

American Psycho Business Card Scene

Sponsored Post : Politics and Government

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If there was no Politics & Government, why would anybody ever read the newspapers. So maybe it is a good thing after all. But the worst part is that all the crap that these politicians keep spilling out, causes all the money that we have given to the government to be wasted. So if you do like to be in touch with Potitics and the government, you can find it on the enclyocentral.

This site is the biggest encyclopedia that you would find on the internet, and unlike search engine results, you get just what you are looking for. For example, you can find more information about Health or Home Improvement or Parenting and much much more.

So if you are looking for information, head over to Enclyocentral for you would definitely find it there.

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Sponsored Post : Lowest Bid Wins

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The best part about shopping is getting those amazing deals. Without them shopping wouldn't really be half as much fun. It's not about saving all that money, but just about getting something for lesser than you guess it should cost.

So when I heard about this bidding site, where the lowest bid would win, I just had to check it out. And as the page opened, the first thing that hit my eye was BMW 3 series. So without wasting much time, I just bid on the damn thing, hoping to drive it across town, in a couple of months.

Now I know you might be thinking that it's a funny idea. But the thing is that the lowest individual unique bid wins the auction. So if two guys bid $1000 and $1000, and the third one bids $999, then the third one gets it. Cool eh. This is probably the coolest ideas I've seen in a long time.

So stop sitting around, and move over to that site, and find out what's waiting for you.

Fight of the concords

Sponsored Post : Just Say Hi

Relationships take years to develop, and when you get stuck with the wrong person, it could take you many more to get over them. That is why finding your partner is so difficult.

And as always, the internet has found out ways to help you life your life better. Dating sites started appearing as early as the internet itself, and slowly kept evolving. Yet, with the plethora of paid dating sites, it's not always easy to find just the right site, where you can find that one (or many :D)person you are looking for.

This is why I would like to tell you about free dating sites. Even though Google will tell you there are hundreds and thousands of dating sites, most of them are paid. And even if you do consider free online dating sites, they are not half as good as the paid ones, except until now.

Now there is JustSayHi.com, the best free dating site ever made, which would never ask you for your credit card, but would get you to that one person you have been looking for.

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Movie Party Entrepreneurship

Sponsored Post : The Piggy Banker

Saving money is an art. And like everything it requires you to keep in touch with what's best in the market, but which is usually a very difficult thing to do.

This is why we leave the markets to the experts, to guide us because we cannot spend all of our time looking after the markets. This is why I'm going to tell you today about ThPiggyBanker, a site which gives you the Highest CD Rates, savings accounts, FNBO Direct, credit card deals, bank promos and the Best money market rates.

So if you would like to keep track of all those changes in the markets, while sitting at home, ThePiggyBanker is the place to go to. Also if you like here is something even more special, a $50 giveaway from ThePiggyBanker.

So go over and see for yourself, what all this great site has to offer.

Entrepreneurs from Tibet



Many tibetians sells a lot of stuff to tourists everywhere around the world, including New York.

Sponsored Post : Fitness

With the growing number of sedentary jobs, our nations fitness has become a major issue. Even though so many gymnasiums are available across the country, people still prefer to sit back easy and watch the TV. Our's is the generation of the Couch Potato.

But if you are one of those who can't sit and relax, but just need to get out there are work out, here is just the perfect website for you. MyFitnessPal.com provides not just free information about diet and fitness, it also some provides some really cool features, like the calorie counter, which would tell you the nutritional contents of what you are eating.

And the best part is that all of this, including the free calorie counter comes to you without a fee. That means the would never ask for your credit card, even for their calorie counting

So go to MyFitnessPal, find out how your diet is going and what you need to fix that, and get the body you've always dreamt of.

Social Entrepreneurship



Talks on social entrepreneurship at the Thammasat MBA class on Entrepreneurship & Creativity by S.Dev Appanah and Sunit Shrestha

May 31, 2007

Sponsored Post : Hotel Reservations

The best part about being on a job is the number of vacations you get. The number varies from country to country and people react differently to them in different places. Like in Japan, people don't like taking them even in they are available, and in countries like mine, people would do anything to take a couple of days off at any time of the year.

So if you are one of those who enjoyed their vacations, and now you are deciding where to head out for your vacations, the I know the perfect place for you. Before you decide just where to go, take a few deep breaths, and move over to Hotel Reservations.

Among the huge number of sites on the internet where you can search for places to book your journey, this one has probably the largest collection of Hotels, Motels and resorts in the big bad internet.

Not being content with only the largest collection of Motels, these guys have also worked hard so that you can the best rates possible. After all, all that matters is how much money can they help you save. So if you are the Hotel Discounts freak, then you're in for a party, because these guys not only offer the best rates available in the market, they also give you a bunch of discounts on most of these cool places.

The choice of places is not limited to any one country, you can find the cheapest Hotels, Motels and offers for places across the world. So for example if youre heading out for Thailand or Singapore or China or Manila, this is just the place to find whatever you need.

Coupled with the option to get tickets, and car rentals as well, makes then one of the best available resources on the internet to plan your vacations. So if you are planning, just run, before you know all the offers run out.

May 27, 2007

Silicon Valley and Entrepreneurship



VC's and Entrepreneurs talk about The unique Silicon Valley's "Genome":
- Why in America and not in Europe & Japan?
- Europe - different mentality
- Europe - Germany and tax laws
- The Japan "Sony" tale - great example of Japan's different work culture

Participants: Jonathan Medved (Israel Seed Partners, Vringo), Joe Schoendorf (Accel Partners), Mary Alexander (Quova), Daniel Gatti (Big Bangwidth), Kim Odhner (Orient Networks)

Bug : The movie

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The bug movie is coming. There are these two terrific posters which have the been released. It took me quite some time to find out what this one really meant. I always thought it was a bug, everyday when I saw this poster from the bus stop. But it took sometime to figure out that there is Ashley Judd inside the bug. I don't know why, but it looks scary. After all, it is from the director of the The Exorcist. The tag line is scary itself, first they find the drone, then they find the queen. And it seems to scare the shit out of me.


After having escaped her abusive ex-husband, Ashley Judd, a waitress moves into a run down motel and her friend introduces her to a war veteran, who is a paranoid drifter, and they start a tentative romance. But things are not always as they look. She starts getting nightmares, as the bugs start to approach.


And the posters seem to accentuate that effect. The picture of Ashley Judd staring out of the poster haunts the living hell out of everybody who looks at it. I guess she is the queen, but I don't really know what the bugs would go ahead and do to her. I guess I will have to watch the movie to find out.

Innovation



Randy Komisar on iinnovate part 2: Teaching Entrepreneurship

Motivational Software

So you've always wanted to achieve that goal, but somehow there were always so and so problem which always came in your way. Was it family or health or education? Every time when you were looking to open your wings and fly a little you were brought down by the realities of life, and you keep wondering how did they ever do it.

You won't ever have to do that again, because of this magical piece of software, which tells you how to change your habits, and achieve any goal that you really, desperately want to achieve. This motivation software helps quit smoking, it also helps you reduce stress, get rid of any addition and do anything you want to. It has almost changed my life.

And the best part is that it's FREE. You can donwload your copy of this motivation software for absolutely no cost. So go ahead and try it out.

Is it for you?



Entrepreneurship - Is it for you?

May 26, 2007

Sponsored Post : CRM Software Evolved

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In the olden times, inventions were hard to come by and utilizing new ones for any practical use was difficult. But with time, and especially the coming of computers, making newer inventions and monetizing it has become so easy.

This is just the case about the crm I'm going to tell you about. Ever since the idea of crm's evolved, they have been slow and sluggish, take an infinite amount of time to start, and employees need to be taught how to use it. These are not just the entry barriers to using a crm, the high cost and no modularity makes it extremely difficult for companies to use it.

This is why AIMPromote, the latest crm on the block, is a market leader in it's own field. This software is not only easy to operate, which means that your employees spend less time learning the software, and more time on what they really need to be doing. Besides this software is completely modular, so you take only that what you need. You don't buy the factory if you want a car.

Finally, you would be surprised to hear, that it takes just two to three days to be up and running on your machine. Can you believe that.

So if your company is looking out for a crm solution, this is exactly what you need. Just give them a call, and they'll tell you how to go ahead.

May 25, 2007

Guy Kawasaki on Entrepreneurship



Guy Kawasaki talks about entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley. Taken from the forthcoming independent documentary: In Search of the Valley.

Sponsored Post : Coupon Chief

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The internet has revolutionized shopping. Now the internet probably has more shops than those in the real world. Maybe if we had chosen to take the red pill, we would have known more about why this is happening, but well we are the mortal few, and we never got the chance to find out.

Anyways, here is this new service called CouponChief.com, here you can find all kinds of different coupons you can use for shopping at different places. Now why would you go to a site like that. Simple, because in some strange way, this site gets you so many refunds at so many places, that sooner or later you start loving them for saving you so much money.

For example the one place that I'm always regular at is Office Depot Coupons. A lot of stuff in my office has been bought from coupons that I bought from CouponChief.com. In all of this, there is just one trick that you need to remember. When purchasing from a coupons shop, you need to remember that you are going to use them only if you are getting a phenomenal amount of saving out the deal. If your coupons don't offer great reduction in price, for the same value, they are not really worth keeping.

So that's it, go over to Coupon Chief and pick up your coupons, for a hassle free shopping experience.

Business Plans 101



Brown University Entrepreneurship Program 2004 - Business Plans 101

Sponsored Post : Making Hotel Reservations

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Whenever you plan to go out, the first things that come to mind are where to get the plane tickets and your hotel booking from.

In the earlier days it was almost impossible to get air tickets, simply because they were way too costly. And advance bookings could not be made because it was impossible to let them know before hand when you would be coming. So the problem continued for centuries and years before the last century, when thing started changing rapidly.

In the last century, it was just a matter of picking up the phone and calling up the hotels and making your bookings. Now another problem which still remained was the information about the different hotes which are available. It wasn't possible to find out all the possible hotels where you could get a place. And hence you neeeded to know exactly where you planned to be going.

But this century is different and we know it. It is because of this thing called the internet and a website called Hotel reservations.

Now finding Cheap Hotels is as easy as going online and searching for different hotels which are available and booking them. All of this without knowing before hand which hotels were available. So now you can plan successfully as soon as you start off for your vacation.

There are some other reasons why Internet booking have proved to be so hot. Other than removing distances between the advertisers and the consumers, the internet has also greatly reduced the costs involved with pre booking of tickets and paying for them. This coupled with easier transportation is all parts of the world, makes it a lot more for us to go out to new exotic places that it was possible 50 years back.

So if you are looking for a fun filled holiday for you and your family, head over to HOliday Reservations and make your bookings in advance so that you don't have to waste one minute of you vacationing time, worrying about where to stay, or if you paid the right price.

Technology Management Program



Technology Management Program: Democracy & Entrepreneurship

Sponsored Post : DIY

The most fun in life comes from things you can do with your own hands. The moment you stop using your own hands, you start losing interest in it. This is simple human psychology and you don't have to be a genius to know that. This is why it is important to keep learning and finding out about how to DIY.

One thing you should try building, if you think that things are going well in your life, is a conservatory. So now what is a conservatory? A conservatory is more than just a green house. This is the place where we get to hang out with out plants.

Like all big things you need to plan well. You need to know how much space can you give it. Then you need a transparent or translucent roof. Basically, you can choose to make the conservatory yourself, or have another company supply it to you. If you're making it yourself then it's cool, but if you're getting somebody else to make it for you, don't be fooled that its going to be cheap, or the cheapest in the market. It is bound to drill a hole in your pocket.

There are other things to consider as well. Should the roof be clear or made up of translucent materials. Because it can get really hot in the summers, and you need to make sure you've covered for them.

On the whole just be sure that you're ready to give it a month, and depending on how deep your pockets run, how much you will be able to spend on it. And you can get that cool conservatory in your house, and keep playing with all the brilliant ideas that you get there.

Social Entrepreneurship Award



International Forum Social Entrepreneurship Award: Honoring Muhammad Yunus

London

200 years back, London was the most advanced city on the face of this earth. People from all across Europe moved to and from London. Even in those days, most of the travelers found London quite costly to stay in, and since those days finding cheap hotels in London has been a difficult task.

Come the 21st century, the internet has changed the world many times over. If now you decide to go to London and find yourself a cheap hotel in london, it is as easy as going online and searching on the internet to find a couple of places which suit your needs. So that the day you land in London, you don't have to go looking. You can just go and sit in the your room which has already been confirmed.

But finding a hotel which suits your needs is not as simple as you would expect. As expected, a number of hoteliers lie about their services. So you can't always find an aunt or a friend who has stayed in the hotel before. So to find out if it was any good, you need user reviews on the website. Because very simply there has to be somebody's aunt of friend, who has stayed there. This is the golden rule of finding cheap hotels London, that you don't book a place until and unless you get a review from somebody neutral.

Bill Drayton speaks at Google



"Social Entrepreneurship" - Ashoka's Bill Drayton speaks at Google

Sponsored Post : PPP Direct

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Payperpost has always been one of my favourites. With their ground breaking approach they were the first ones to enter into this field and even today are probably the best people which let you make lots and lots of money via your blog.

So today is another good day, becuase Pay Per Post has launched a new service called PPP Direct. In this service, advertisers can directly contact individual blogs and ask them to advertise. This reduces the crap from the system. As the advertisers pay less money overall and more money to a particular blog.

This also helps in blog marketing, as advertisers get to know particular blogs which are up at PPP.

Another interesting thing is that, keeping up with the PPP tradition, they only charge 10% as commision as opposed to other networks which can take away a significant amount of the advertising fee.

This also means that you can make available your email address for the advertisers, because now you know exactly who you will be interacting with. Making life a lot easier for both bloggers and advertisers, who have always been concerned with online security.

And not just this, there are a lot of other features which have been planned and are coming out. You can read more about them here.



Entreing into Entrepreneurship

Here are some interesting ideas about how to plunge into entrpreneurship. Link

Sponsored Post : AIM Promote

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AIMPRomote is a new CRM software which gets rid of the confusions and complexity usually found in CRM softwares.

With this revolutionary software, you quickly see the real world benefit and stay away from the steep learning curve. Besides it gives you the option to get only those features which you really need. So, it takes about a couple of days to have this software up and running, giving your team time to concentrate of sales and not the software.

AimPromote offers sales force automation, customer relationship management, campaign tracking, and lead management software all of which will be installed based on your business requirement.

You can sign up for a free 14-day trial here and gain that vital edge over others.

Entrepreneurship in Qatar

Tepper School of Science and Technology has started a training course in Qatar for entrepreneurs. The program aims to convert research and education into business success.

The Executive Entrepreneurship Certificate Program is run by Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business and its Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship. The center, recognized as one of the best in the world, has taught thousands of people to create new businesses, including the founder of iGate Corporation, a global IT company with nearly $400 million market capitalization. For the first time, the program is available to executives in the Middle East.

“Entrepreneurial spirit and know-how are essential for building a dynamic knowledge economy,” said Eulian Roberts, QSTP’s chief executive. “We have identified one of the best entrepreneurship programs from around the world to establish its activities in Doha. Carnegie Mellon’s course provides exactly the right set of skills and will be tailored to the unique Middle Eastern business environment. We warmly encourage individuals and executives in Qatar and around the region to come and share the passion of creating new technology business.”
Read the whole article here.

May 24, 2007

Sponsored Post : My Solitaire

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Even important occasion needs to be marked. And what better way to do it that by presenting a solitaire.

The biggest problem with buying a piece of jewelery is that there is not guarantee that it would not turn out to be a fake. So it makes sense if you are able to buy quality stuff from shops which you are sure will deliver only the best quality of stuff to you. Here is why, a well recognized, independent online supplier. This is where mysolitaire comes in.

Here is one place where you can get Black Diamond Jewelry at affordable prices. You can also design your own Black Diamond Rings or your own Black Diamond Earrings . Also, they offer diamonds at dealer prices and give you a guarantee of the purity of the diamond and the ring. Other than the pre-certified engagement rings, you can also get self-designed diamond rings, which you can design yourself. You can also find Black Diamond Studs and Black Diamond Pendants there because in just some time, Black Diamonds have just become really hot. Starting from $50 to beyond, you can buy Black Jwellery cheaper than ever before.

So fall prey to the beauty of the black diamonds, and purchase your first pendant or ring here, and we'll deliver it to you free of cost.

Bankrupt Entrepreneurs

Bob Lawless talks about Entrepreneurs amongst the Bankrupt

One concept of entrepreneurial studies might be that it defines a group of scholars with cross-disciplinary interests in what might loosely be called "emerging businesses." Under this concept, entrepreneurial studies is a label that helps a set of scholars identify papers, conferences, and other opportunities for scholarly exchange. Thus, entrepreneurial studies can be seen as a flag around which a group of scholars have rallied. This loose social organization facilitates the accumulation of knowledge because these scholars otherwise would have stayed within their own intellectual silos, and the information that each knew would not have been shared with the larger scholarly community. That is a useful role for entrepreneurial studies.
Read the whole article here.

Exotic Locations

Johannesburg, also knows as eGoli is the largest city in South Africa. The city with a large gold and diamond trade, and the busiest airport in the continent, is next on my list of places to visit. All international travellers to Africa, happen to travel to Johannesburg weather they like it or not. Recent additions include history museums, such as the Apartheid Museum and the Hector Pieterson Museum. An amusement park called Gold Reef City. The Johannesburg Zoo and a few art museums like the Johannesburg Art Gallery. The Market Theatre complex, the Mandela Museum, The Cradle of Humankind UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Sterkfontein fossil site are just a few of the attractions. You need to get your flights to Johannesburg, if you want to check all of that out for yourself.

Then there is Brazil. The place where City of God was shot. The place of beautiful women and more sandy beaches. You can book your flight to Brazil here. Also if you're looking at Asia, you can book flights to Singapore.

Singapore might be called the best place to do business, it is also one of the most exotic locations you might travel to. It is also a major shipping hub. So if you're interested in any of those just run, and get your tickets today.

Moonlighting

If you ever had the chance to use your employers's resources to help your own new startup, you were trying your hand at Moonlighting.

GigaOm's Found+Read, an entrepreneurship blog with a funny name, talks about how things can get a little messed up if your employer tries to take you to court for violating it's argreement.

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Warm Places to Go to.

If you haven't been to Australia, you can't call yourself a traveller. And if you haven't, go book your flight to Australia now because the hottest place on earth is waiting for you. Starting from the golden sandy beaches, throughout the continent, to the laid-back outback, there is more than enough for everybody in Australia. For the party animals there is the GoldCoast, which is a party 24x7x365, though take care if you go there. Other than that there is Sydney, and Melbourne and Adelaide, and about seven more cities for you to freak out in. The beaches are absolutely fabulous, starting with the bondi beach in Sydney to the infinite ones across the continent. For the sports freak, there is the Australian Open in Tennis, and the Australian F1 and the Australian Cricket, and Football, and many many others.

If you are looking for sunny beaches and the like, you can also just book flights to Florida. No matter when you go there, florida has enough to keep you entertained. Finally, another great place to be, if looking for warm climates is right in the middle of spain, europe. You can find flights to Tenerife here. Just ask google what all you can do there, and you'd be surprised that there is so much to do and you're still waiting.

Religion and Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneur.com brings to light a survey, which is being conducted right now about how and why religion is an important or not-so important part of business. In India it is definitely one of the more important ones.

You can take part in the survey here.

Religion isn't going anywhere from this world. In the 21st century, no matter how distant and far away it seems, it is still quite amongst us.

Travelling to the east

If you are a travelling freak, you can never really forget Japan. The icon of the east, the land of the rising sun, the home of martial arts. Japan reminds us of everything non-American. And if you like watching movies, there are some people from Japan, who you can never forget. One such example is Akira Kurisawa, the legendry movie director, who became a pioneer of Japanese and American films, was a part and parcel of Japan. Besides Japan is about fast trains and beautiful women. The beauty of it all it that is gels so well together, that once you get there, it's really difficult to come out. Even though it seems far, flights to Japan can be quite cheap.

Then there is also Malaysia. Where people play badminton faster than you can blink your eye. There are dragons on the streets, and carnivals around the year. Please book your flights to Malaysia here.

Finally, there is also Bangkok. The largest city and the capital of Thailand. Other than beautiful women there are absolutely fabulous beaches, which extend from one end of the city to the other. It is also a major port on the sea route to Australia, and everything that goes down under does pass through here. So if you are thinking of heading there, this is where you can get your flights to Bangkok.

Price Banson Symposium for Entrepreneurship

Participants in the Price-Babson Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators (SEE) program will be exploring the entrepreneurial process and the 'art and craft' of teaching and learning entrepreneurship. The program provides an introduction to case-method teaching and live, venture-based teaching methodologies.

The 68 attendees, from 33 institutions in countries around the world including the Pacific Rim, Europe, and Latin America, will be encouraged to identify, plan, and personalize their own entry (or reentry) strategy into academia, and to improve as teachers, entrepreneurs, learners, researchers, and colleagues.

Session topics will include New Venture Creation, Entrepreneurship Curriculum Design, The Entrepreneurial Mind in Action, The Quest for Master Teaching, Alternative Pedagogies, Challenges in the “Clashroom,” and Idea Lab.

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Canada and US

The only one thing that Canada and the US share is the border line. Otherwise it's almost like two different worlds. If you want to be rich and famous, go to USA, if you want to enjoy go to Canada.

I'm the kinds who love to enjoy, so of course, I'm planning to be off to Canada. Other than the fact that I have a cousin there, I know for sure that the place would really be amazing. At least once, in this lifetime, or the next, I want to go down to Canada, and give them a visit. Being one of the coolest places on earth, it also has it's share of don't eat this crap. But food is good, and the people better. And if like me you're in love with the place, you can get flights to Canada here.

Now if you get bored of Canada, and if you bought my shit about people being nice and all, that is all bull. People are the same everywhere. But anyways, if you're not the one meant to be going to Canada, you can get your flights to USA here, or flights to Caribbean here. If you get to the USA, enjoy the night life, and if you hit the carribbean, enjoy the cricket.

Infosys funds social entrepreneurs

Himanshu quotes that Infosys is all set to start supporting social entrepreneurs from now on.

The initiative, called InfYi will function as the corporate chapter of the Young India initiative started by the Confederation of Indian Industry. Reflecting that charter, all its members below the age of 35 will be Infoscions.

The stress won't be on funding but to provide guidance to the Entrepreneurs. Based on the inputs that a project or idea needs, a senior council member will contribute to it. The projects could be in youth affairs, education, healthcare, economy or any other socially-relevant area. So far, InfYi has received 13 project ideas. Three of these will be shortlisted taken from concept to execution. They will be put through the paces by a team which has worked out how to capitalise on opportunities and survive downturns.
. I wonder if there are any social entrepreneurs who are looking out for it.

May 23, 2007

Sponsored Post : Credit Cards

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Credit cards have been making our lives simple for so many years. Even though I cannot say that I have had the best of experiences with it, I have in a way become addicted to Credit Cards. It's like you can't live with it, nor can you live without it.

All of us know about it, but just sometimes, when the cash is low, we tend to ignore the fact that we need to be paying the credit card monthly. This is what happens if you don't. And that's not it. Online security is becoming so much of an issue. Though if you remember general priciples it's not that difficult.

For some credit cards are an option, for me it's a way of life.



Wise words on deals

Here are some wise words on why don't deals get done?

Proof of concept used to be "I turn on the lightswitch, and the light goes on", post dot.com bubble, proof of concept is now "I turn on the lightswitch, the light goes on, AND SOMEONE IS WILLING TO PAY ME TO READ UNDER IT."


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Born in the USA

There are some places which you won't remember after you've left them. And there are some which you just can't forget when you see them. New York is one of the latter. The most populous city in the United States of America, is quite what the media makes it seem to be. The first time I went there, I left back a piece of myself there. Whenever I get a chance to get there again, I'll be the first guy you see running towards the flight (btw you get tickets for your flights to New York here).

Places including the Empire State Building, Ellis Island, Broadway theater productions, scores of museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park, Washington Square Park, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, the Bronx Zoo and New York Botanical Garden, luxury shopping along Fifth and Madison Avenues, and events such as the Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village, the Tribeca Film Festival, and free performances in Central Park at Summerstage make it the best place to take a New York Weekend Break.

There are a few other places in the US which are as hot as New York. Though one which comes to mind instantly is Orlando. You can catch a cheap flight to orlando here. In case you don't know, it is the home of artists including Anberlin, Britney Spears, Mandy Moore, NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys, as well as Sam Rivers, Creed, Trivium, From First to Last, Matchbox Twenty, Seven Mary Three, There For Tomorrow, Mark Fenlon, DJ Icey, DJ KJ of K5, DJ Baby Anne, DJ Jimmy Joslin and DJ Scotty B. Sister Hazel, For Squirrels and Less Than Jake are from nearby Gainesville, as is superstar Tom Petty.

Silicon Valley Techcrunched

Andrew Fife of Entrepreneurship Blog, wonders why Techcrunch is against the very force which made it so famous - The Silicon Valley. He says

it does seem to me that TechCrunch is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the Silicon Valley startup hype cycle. More venture money means two trends that TechCrunch would seem to benefit from: 1. More startups get funded, which generate more pageviews for TechCrunch as they write about new products resulting from the funding 2. Larger marketing budgets to fund advertising and conferences. Valuation aside, I can't think of a company that fundamentally relies on the swelling interest in web 2.0 more than TechCrunch.

While all that might be true, I think Techcrunch still has the freedom to slam the Silicon Valley for what it has become. Those are the signs of greatness, which is why it is so loved.

Dubai and Abudhabi

I just came to know yesterday that one of my friends has got admitted to the prestigious SP Jain Institute of Management, in Dubai. It took him three years in Infosys, and a score of 680 in the GMAT to be able to make it there. Though it wasn't exactly the place that he'd been dying to go to.

His tryst with MBA started way back in college, when he appeared for CAT. Then again and then again, but it isn't really to crack it. Anyways, last year he went onsite to the US and was going to stay there for the next three years. But he decided to quit that offer and complete his MBA first. So he's back here in Pune, for the last few days before he leaves for Dubai. (This is where he is getting his flight to Dubai from).

But what I'm interested in, is not his studies, but what I'll do when I go there. Dubai Holidays are going to be cool. You can go there anytime, with the A1 Grand Prix, Dubai Festival City, Dubai Financial Market, Dubai Healthcare City, Dubai Holding, Dubai police, Dubai Sevens, Dubai Tennis Championships, Dubai World Cup, Falcon City of Wonders, List of schools in the United Arab Emirates, 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens, to be held in Dubai, there is way too much to see. Ofcourse there is even AbuDhabi. Flights to Abu dhabi can be found here, where all the cute kittens keep going. I'm sure I'll see a lot of them there.

May 20, 2007

Blue King Brown

Shot in just one day with a tiny budget of $200, "water" is the debut clip for Blue King Brown.

Travelling to the Mediterranean

I keep talking about places I would like to visit is the Mediterranean. Ofcourse when you start talking about it, the first place that comes to mind is Cyprus.

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and definitely the most popular tourist location in the area. Being one of the oldest places in the world, it is said that hunters-gatherers were active on the island from 10,000 BC. A flight to Cyprus is easy to get. This is also the place where the goddess of love - Aphrodite - was born. The island has two main languages. In the north it is Turkish and in the south is Greek, though English is widely understood. Here are a few places you have to check out once you go there, Paphos Harbour and Castle, House of Hadigeorgakis Kornesios, Nicosia 'within the walls', Kourion/Kolossi Castle, Larnaca Salt Lake & Hala Sultan Tekke, Agia Napa and Protaras, Cedar Valley, Panayia tou Araka, Choirokitia, Lefkara and The Paphos mosaics. So pack your bags and move on for the Cyprus holidays

The second place worth checking out in the Mediterranean is Malta. If you are thinking about your Malta holidays, this is what you should know. It lies south of Sicily and the main languages there are Maltese and English. Of course you remember about the Maltese Faction, which is the first thing which comes to mind when you think about Malta. This place is home to some of the oldest freestanding structures in the world. Eg, the megalithic temples on the islands is il-Ġgantija, in Għawdex on Gozo, dating back to before 3500 BC.

#12 podcast from Pandora

The twelfth pandora podcast is up.

It is about what you do with a sung track after you have recorded it.

Go here to listen to it.

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May 19, 2007

BlogCamp Pune

What? Why? When?

learn about some of it here.

13 year old CEO

Here is an interesting anecdote on Zoli's Blog.

Kaval Kaur, co-Founder of Virsa, a company acquired by enterprise software giant SAP is up on stage. She is a dynamic speaker, and a perfect inspiration for entrepreneurs or entrepreneur-wannabes in the crowd.

But ... what's happening? She is interrupted by a kid with a microphone in hand.

"Hi - are you looking for your parents?

No. I'm looking for funding."

The "kid" turns out to be Anshul Samar, 13-year old CEO of Elementeo, a battle-game of .. chemical elements. (Gee, I barely knew what chemistry was at his age). Anshul looks like a 13-year old, but speaks like an adult. He knows what he wants: the goal is to achieve $1M in revenue by the time he finishes high-school, which is next year.

May 18, 2007

If you're travelling, read this

This is why we choose to work for the whole year.

Vacations are what makes it worthwhile. One month off the job makes it possible to survive the eleven months of work. I wonder what would happen if that was taken away. I have heard that in Japan it is compulsory to take all of your leaves. Because they say the people there have a tendency to stop taking vacation because they say that the work gets affected. I can't believe that this kind of people still exist in the world.

Anyways, if you ask me, there are two places I really want to go to: Singapore and Thailand. Singapore, because it is one of the coolest places in the world. It looks modern but at the same time it is undeniably Asian. The climate is amazing and there are a shitload of places to go to. If you like it as much as I do, you can get your flights to Singapore here.

The second place is Thailand. And for just one reason, Bangkok is there :D. By the way, you can't flights to Thailand and the Bangkok flight. The last time I planned to go there was last new years. Luckily for me, I couldn't make it, because I fell short of money. And guess what happened. There was a coup. Bangkok got bombed. But my friends who were there, told me that it wasn't all that bad. So i've been saving up again for quite some time now. And this time it looks like i'm all set to go.

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Take a step back if you want to jump

Greg writes a beautiful post about why it is important to take a step back if you wish to jump. He refers to Christine Kane's interview, who gives us a few insights.

Not only does Christines' music reveal wisdom each answer to Ed's questions reveal a conscious, authentic lady who gets it. Her answers really do speak to the need of every entrepreneur to occasionally step back to gain perspective and look after themselves so they can be of service to others. Check out the interview on Ed's blog and make sure to check out Christine Kane. Here is a video of Christine performing one of her popular songs.

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Sequoia sells stake in FirstSource

IndiaPrWire reports that Sequoia Capital has today announced that it has sold a 4.45% stake in Firstsource Solutions to SUN Group for a total sum of $42 million. Post the sale, Sequoia Capital India will continue to own around a 5% stake in FirstSource.

Speaking on the deal, KP Balaraj, Managing Director, Sequoia Capital India said, “We are very positive about Firstsource Solutions, which is one of India’s top BPO companies and is currently the largest publicly traded BPO company with a current market cap of over $1 Billion. The company is led by a world class management team and Board, and we are excited to remain a shareholder and investor here. We are also very excited that Sequoia India was an early investor in India`s first large cap BPO public company .”

May 17, 2007

eClips : The biggest resource of entrepreneurial articles

Here is the biggest resource of clips about entrepreneurship, including interviews with great entrepreneurs of all time. You can read more about it here.

Students and professionals interested in social responsibility often argue that business is only about making a profit and "entrepreneurship" is a dirty word. eClips brings wisdom from Bena Burda, CEO of Maggie’s Organics who feels commerce and trade can be viable solutions and states,

Business absolutely is a change agent.

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