Kiruba Shankar is one of the early stage blogger’s in India and has been podcasting for Podtech.He had a few tips for people who are new to podcasting and who have the myth that Podcasting is difficult biggrin

Q. Why don’t many people podcast just has people do blogging?
There were mixed reactions which are given below:

  • Consumption is not easy
  • Equipment is very costly and hence many people don’t prefer podcasting
  • More preparation is needed
  • Editing
  • Quite environment
  • Permission
  • No easy application
  • Good Content

Ans. Some of the answers given by Kiruba were a. Podcasting is not a geeky stuff but is also not so simple smile You just need a PC, Headset with a mic to do a podcast and none of the equipments are costly.Audacity is one of the best softwares to edit audio and damn,it is available for free.Some of the best podcast sites are PodBazaar,Odeo

Q. What is one of the most important things you need to focus in a podcast?
More preparation and content is very much important for a good podcast

He touched upon Mobile Podcasting which is very prevalent in western countries but is in a nascent stage in India sad

14 Mantras for a good podcast:

  1. Podcasts should be short( maximum of 10 minutes)
  2. Be passionate about your subject
  3. Have fun
  4. Segmentize
  5. Cram good stuff
  6. Edit and than edit again
  7. Continuously improve
  8. Be regular
  9. Invest in equipments
  10. Get a buddy
  11. Preferably a girl
  12. Use music
  13. Time stamp
  14. Subscribe to every feed

More would follow once the slide is up on SlideShare biggrin

Ashwin of CruiseManiac has also covered the session here

I could not blog many of the events(live),which I attended since my laptop was drained out and later on,I had some problems with my internet connectivity.But again SlideShare came to the rescue and I was able to find few Slides on SlideShare.Two of the sessions are given below:

Web 2.0 Social Blogging Platform


This session was given by Vibhash(8th Semester student) and I had spoken to him during my lunch break.I was impressed with his passion and excitement and I am sure he would go a long way smile.Below is a session on his blogging platform called bForBlogs

Widgets and Open Standards – Opera


This session was given by Vivek and Navjot from Opera Software,Chandigarh.The session was excellent and the debate was all about widgets with the Opera Browser.There was a debate as to whether the opera widgets would work with Firefox lol I guess everyone knows the answer

Fortunately Ashwin had blogged about it and you can an excellent coverage here
More updates on Day 1 would soon follow and I would definitely try to cover everything live tomorrow lol

So,finally I managed to get up early at around 6:30AM(damn,6:30 AM is too early for me biggrin) and reached Indian Institute of Management(IIMB) at around 8:15 AM.Yup,I was very early at the BCB3 and this time I had good company of my fellow blogger Ashwin.

Finally, I managed to get a place where I could have the adaptor connected to the laptop so,blogging live would be great fun biggrin

Check out session list in a small diagram below

Till than let me read something and get me in the mood wink

Just started reading Blog Marketing Book” by Jeremy Wright and there is one section which mentions the strong relation Microsoft has with the blogger community.None of the companies can try to ignore the reviews given by bloggers on their products and the tech-giant Microsoft is also no different.There is a small passage in the book titled, “MICROSOFT LISTENS” which explains what bloggers can do even to the tech giants like Microsoft so, keep on reading:

Microsoft regularly flies customers and industry experts to its campus in Washington to listen to the feedback given by those people.The company invites dozens of key customers and partners to the event,where they spend brainstorming as a group.But as of late,Microsoft has changed it’s strategy and the company is making extensive use of blogs to get direct customer feedback.

Within a year,more than 1000 Microsoft employee blogs featured developers and product managers talking directly to customers every day , instead of once a year.Microsoft employees read dozens of blogs every day to see how customers react to Microsoft products and services.In fact,Microsoft employees have taken a bigger leap and even contribute to other’s blogs in the expanding space of Blogosphere.

So now it is clear that to Microsoft is really serious about reviews from Bloggers which would help them improve it products.

As we know every blogger has ethics but Microsoft has even taken a step forward to bribe bloggers.Check out what Joel has to say in his post on “Bribing Bloggers”

So,what does Bribing mean in this sense?Just check the image which explains what Bribing means to Bloggers.Enjoy Joel’s article(just like I did smile).
May be after this post,Microsoft may notice my blog as well smile

Just few months back,video broadcasting giant YouTube had announced to share some part of its revenue with the site users lol and now it has come up with another good marketing strategy : YouTube has decided to award some of the best videos uploaded by the users on the site.And I had happened to catch a small glimpse of the YouTube awards on CNN-IBN biggrin

But before the announcement of the awards(3 days back) , there was a statement made by the geek blogger Robert Scoble in this blog post saying:

YouTube is late in honoring the best videos of 2006 and Vloggies is ahead of YouTube by six months with their announcement of the best videos of 2006

Anyways,sit back and enjoy the best videos of 2006 on YouTube(by clicking on the image below)


Let us wait and see what is the reaction of the YouTube awards in the Blogosphere lol

My first meeting with Manish Agarwal,co-founder of Bangalore based Picsquare happened at Proto.in in 2006.I got the opportunity to ask Manish few questions on Picsquare,Entrepreneurship and his journey as an Entrepreneur.

You can read the complete Q&A session between myself and Manish at Picsquare on Startups.in
There would be more contributions from my side to the startups community , so keep a close watch on startups

Do let me know whether you liked the format of the questions,its usefulness and also what improvements you want to make it more informative smile.

With the Web 2.0 market growing beyond social networking,VCs are also raking money into the Web 2.0 market.Read an article on TheChilli and was amazed to see the booming market of Web 2.0.As reported by TheChilli, there has been investments worth $850 million during the last year(2006) in Web 2.0.

The most interesting piece of information was analysis of the number of Web 2.0 deals, that have been carried out in the recent past in 2006(based on the geographic locations):

1. United States: 126 deals with an investment of US$682.7 million(83 percent increase in deals from 2005)
2. Europe: 20 deals in 2006 with an investment of US$100.5 million(more than 200 percent increase from 2005)
3. China: 21 deals in 2006 with a decline in the investment by 26 percent to US$61.3 million(same number of deals occurred in 2005 sad)
4. Israel: 2 deals in 2006 with an investment of US$22 million(increase by one deal since 2005)

The most active investors in Web 2.0 on a worldwide basis include:

  1. Benchmark Capital
  2. Draper Fisher Jurvetson
  3. Sequoia Capital
  4. Omidyar Network
Read the complete article here