From Blogging to Wiki’s to Startups , a new season of unconference on “Podcasting” named Podworks would start from 9th June,2007 onwards(and the blast would last for 2 days). This makes me remind of my first unconference-BlogCamp in Chennai where, I was silent and was waiting to connect with like-minded people but now,for the very first time,I would be going with a big gang of like-minded people biggrin

Last BarCamp,Bangalore was a very great experience for me and I would be joining these Bar-campers for Podworks.
Sridhar has already thought about the agenda for the discussion in the train and I am damn sure there would be lots of other discussions in the train mrgreen

The other gang members are Vibhash,Anil , Yousuf and a first timer to the unconference circuit Alok….Alok, welcome to the unconference gang lol

Let’s pack our bags and rock the way to Podworks…and yes, since Ashwin cancelled his trip,I would try to take his position to get my hands-on to live blogging wink For guys like Vishal , Mahesh and Ashwin who have missed the train to Podworks…do not worry…we guys would be there to share the experiences in Podworks , so till than……

Happy Pod(working) !!!

This could have been one of the best interviews of all time,two rivals-Bill Gates and Steve Jobs on the same stage for an interview biggrin The start of the interview could not have been better where Bill Gates confirmed that he is not Fake Steve Jobs wink Below is a video of one of the interviews conducted by AllThingsD

The best part of the entire interview is the set of lines(below) from Steve Jobs, which really shows the fighting spirit of this great personality

Steve Jobs says:

And, you know, one of the things I did when I got back to Apple 10 years ago was I gave the museum to Stanford and all the papers and all the old machines and kind of cleared out the cobwebs and said, let’s stop looking backwards here. It’s all about what happens tomorrow. Because you can’t look back and say, well, gosh, you know, I wish I hadn’t have gotten fired, I wish I was there, I wish this, I wish that. It doesn’t matter. And so let’s go invent tomorrow rather than worrying about what happened yesterday.

You can read the complete (long yet interesting) interview here where both show the sweet rivalry,in a true business sense!!!

Among the blogger community , Steve Jobs definitely scores more over Bill Gates!!!There is an article by Arpit Jacob , where he questions Who is a better person Bill Gates or Steve Jobs? My vote was in Bill Gates’s favour taking the excellent work done by the “Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation” into consideration.

I hope you enjoyed the interview,just as I did biggrin Also, do cast your votes as to “Who do you think is a better person-Bill Gates or Steve Jobs?”

After some serious(or should I say very serious) stuff on this blog,time had come to crack some joke.Myself and Ashwin had quite a no of articles on our blogs on Megabucks and IITK, but this time,the article falls on the lighter side lol

It was around 1:30 AM and was chatting with Rachit Chandra,a student from Bits Pilani and he informed about the IITK website being hacked…Yes,this is a breaking news…Check the snapshot of the hacked website of IITK

May be the hacker is a fan of McDonald’s and hence,he has changed the name of Indian Institute Of Technology,Kanpur to McDonalds Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.

I seriously find difficult to write serious posts in a joking manner(hope,the statement was correct wink), but can someone catch hold of the hacker wink

We use LinkedIn, Ryze for business networking but we forget to mention Twitter , a micro-blogging service, that appears in most of the blogs.This is how Wikipedia describes Twitter:

Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send “updates” (text-based posts, up to 140 characters long) via SMS, instant messaging, the Twitter website, or an application such as Twitterrific. Twitter was founded in October 2006 by San Francisco start-up company Obvious Corp.

Updates are displayed on the user’s profile page and also instantly delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them. The sender can restrict delivery to those in his or her circle of friends (delivery to everyone is the default). Users can receive updates via the Twitter website, instant messaging, SMS, RSS, or through an application.

Some of the benefits of Twitter is (obviously) networking, getting updates from friends,announcements of your blog deatils(and new articles on your blog) and so on…Noticed a very good presentation on “Twitter and the entire Web 2.0 phenomena revolving around it“and the interesting point is the title of the presentation “Twitter:Useless son of Web 2.0” , is it really useless? rolleyes

Enjoy Twitter(networking)!!!

Solo Entrepreneurship is a much hyped word and finding the right partners is a very important decision.As Guy Kawasaki says “A players need to hire B players,B players need to hire C players” which means “We should team up with/hire someone who is better than us,which leads to a good team formation“.

Economic Times has a very good article which focuses on “Choosing the Right Business Partner” … may be some of the basic fundamentals ,which we can also apply in our day to day work life as well.

Check out the complete article here

Note: Before I start this article,I apologize if I may sound rude at any point during the course of this article.

Bloggers read blogs and link to articles from other’s blogs.However,stealing content is always a crime and if a blogger steals content from another blog,than he/she doesn’t know the basic principles of blogging.But,nowawdays mass media is not behind when you consider “Content Theft” and I had already mentioned in my previous post that Bloggers are getting media attention biggrin, so are we(bloggers) getting so much noticed,that media has to steal content from Blogs,for this read the story..

Media Theft story:
WAT Blog,as every blogger knows is a very popular and widely read blog.They have very niche content,which focusses towards Web 2.0 but,I never knew even Mid-Day was so much short of stories that it had to steal content(that too without modifying it) ,without giving any credit to WATBlog

This post on WATBlog was copied by Mid-day(word by word,oh forgot punctuation marks as well),which came up with an article(which is a complete Copy-Paste of the original one!!!)

Rajiv Dingra,founder of WATBlog is very correct in stating that “WATBlog cannot sue Mid-Day” but we(the blogger community) can definitely give a run for money to the Mid-Day guys!!!

In order to fight plagiarism(which is now at it’s best), my request to bloggers would be to post an article on the same and link it with the original article on WATBlog.

We(bloggers) can collectively fight plagiarism,by making more people aware about the issue!!!Also,WATBlog has come out with a Blogger’s Council which would help bloggers focus on such issues and also minimizing(and collectively fight) “Content Theft”.

What other bloggers say:
Mid-Day plagiarises blog content
Sridhar Rao on The Dark Side of Mid-Day
Startup Dunia on Bursts of Plagiarism in India

Together,we(Bloggers) can fight Plagiarism!!!

Blogging is becoming popular day by day and same is the case with bloggers.Though,Blogging cannot replace mass media,bloggers have gained media attention and respect as well.This made me curious to know the total no of blogs that exist,till date(without taking into account,the no of updates that happen in the blog) and google search for “No of Blogs in the world” indicates that there are over 60 million blogs existing,till date.

India,as you might have guessed,is not far and this is what Blog Herald reports about India:

India/ Pakistan: approx 1 million blogs no firm figures however.I’ve noticed a significant rise out of India recently, and certainly the Indian press is also reporting on the emergence of Indian blogs, which is a sure sign that there must be a reasonable number there.
Sub Total: 24.35 million

This is certainly good news for Indian Bloggers.I actively picked up blogging after BlogCamp,Chennai but some pick up blogging by reading other’s blogs or reading books or some other means.However,once you spend quality time reading blogs and writing them,you want to dig more into it and this is where the new magazine “Blogger and Podcaster” would help for the blogger community.A magazine dedicated to Blogging and Podcasting…Whew,that’s pretty exciting…

Register for the online version of the magazine for free and you get to read interview of Scoble and other geek bloggers neutral

I hope that this magazine would help in improving the podcasting scene in India,which looks very bleak right now neutral.Do not forget to subscribe to the magazine by clicking here

N R Narayana Murthy,mentor of Infosys spoke at the New York University (Stern School of Business) on lessons he learnt from his life and career.The speech revolves around his college days,initial struggle of his career and life after foundation of Infosys.Some of the sudden and special events , which have taught him many learnings in life.

The important excerpts from the speech are given below:

Pre Infosys:
1. Sometimes advice can come from an unexpected source, and chance events can sometimes open new doors.

2. Entrepreneurship, resulting in large-scale job creation, was/is the only viable mechanism for eradicating poverty in societies.

Post Infosys:
If you want to create a great company, we should be optimistic and confident. They have more than lived up to their promise of that day.

Below are life lessons from these events,in his own words.
Note: “I” in the article refers to Narayana Murthy

1. I will begin with the importance of learning from experience. It is less important, I believe, where you start. It is more important how and what you learn. If the quality of the learning is high, the development gradient is steep, and, given time, you can find yourself in a previously unattainable place. I believe the Infosys story is living proof of this.

Learning from experience, however, can be complicated. It can be much more difficult to learn from success than from failure. If we fail, we think carefully about the precise cause. Success can indiscriminately reinforce all our prior actions.

2. A second theme concerns the power of chance events. As I think across a wide variety of settings in my life, I am struck by the incredible role played by the interplay of chance events with intentional choices. While the turning points themselves are indeed often fortuitous, how we respond to them is anything but so. It is this very quality of how we respond systematically to chance events that is crucial.

3. Of course, the mindset one works with is also quite critical. As recent work by the psychologist, Carol Dweck, has shown, it matters greatly whether one believes in ability as inherent or that it can be developed. Put simply, the former view, a fixed mindset, creates a tendency to avoid challenges, to ignore useful negative feedback and leads such people to plateau early and not achieve their full potential.

The latter view, a growth mindset, leads to a tendency to embrace challenges, to learn from criticism and such people reach ever higher levels of achievement.

4. The fourth theme is a cornerstone of the Indian spiritual tradition: self-knowledge. Indeed, the highest form of knowledge, it is said, is self-knowledge. I believe this greater awareness and knowledge of oneself is what ultimately helps develop a more grounded belief in oneself, courage, determination, and, above all, humility, all qualities which enable one to wear one’s success with dignity and grace.

Read the complete article here