I have been receiving e-mails in last few weeks,which would be of some help and interest to some of us in the crowd(Copy of the Email’s below):

  • Mail from Manufacturing News (wf@world-foundation.org) :

Small and Mobile Production (SMP) to resolve giant problem in developing regions

SMP developed a revolutionary production method that is self-contained, immediate, portable, competitive, accessible because it is so cost-effective and transportable by any means whatsoever: by land, sea, railroad or air with more than hundreds Small and Mobile Production systems. From a technological standpoint, it is an incontrovertible fact that this system is aimed at solving very serious problems, starting with that which is most basic: the survival of millions of human beings.

The SMP is the only system in the world that can provide up to six of the most essential products for basic sustenance for just one dollar per day. SMP will supply to countries and developing regions the technology and necessary support for these Small and Mobile Units.

If you are interested in being a partner in your country or region, you can send your CV to SMP Partners Program Marcia Anderson, Project Manager

  • Mail from ISBM,Ahmedabad (ahmedabad@isbm.org.in) :

MBA in six months

Dear Student,

ISBM is the corporate incubator presenting the unique culture of the 21st century for preparing a candidate for handling the dynamics of business and to apply business know-how to real life professional experiences.

ISBM offers short duration programs in various faculties, which enable the students to acquire value based and world-class Management qualifications while working. These qualifications will obviously enhance the career of students in Business and Management sector.

For further details and prospectus: –
www.isbm.org.in/ahmedabad

Indian School of Business Management & Administration.
1st Floor,
House No 1678 ‘A’,
60 Feet Nehru Rd,
Near kammanahalli Police Station,
kammanhalli,
Bangalore-84. Ph :- 9227159444

When it comes to the Indian BPO industry,we can never miss out two gurus of the industry,
  1. Genpact MD – Pramod Bhasin
  2. Quatrro CEO – Raman Roy
In fact,Raman Roy can be undoubtedly referred as the “Father of Indian BPO industrybiggrin Economic Times had an interview of the Guru,where he touches upon his journey from Spectramind(now called Wipro Spectramind) to Quatrro.

Some of the excerpts are given below:

What’s your management style?
Do unto other that you wish others to do unto you. Fundamentally, I have worked with all levels of people in my professional life and the only principle that has survived the test of time is that you have to treat subordinates with respect and dignity. At the end of the day, every activity you follow is people centric – they expect a pat on the back when they have excelled and they don’t have to be let off if they mess up. But the thumb rule is their has to be a cord of mutual respect binding the employer and the employee.

What’s your biggest challenge as a manager?
Managing transparency. When I go and break bad news to my team, they think I must be holding back a lot so the news is perceived as much worst than what I actually tell them. When I say good things, they think I must be holding back stuff so that they don’t bloat. Due to the legacies in earlier assignments, people have still not learned to take me on face value when it comes to being a celestially transparent manager.

Two lessons learned in life
We in India believe in rebirth and go by the philosophy that whatever good or bad one does in this lifetime comes back to you in the next life. But I know for certain that one does not have to wait till the next lifetime. Everything you do unto others comes back to you in this very lifetime. The other thing that stands out as a lighthouse in my life is what I learned partly by working with Azim Premji – money, power and position are all transitionary. So when in position of power and riches, don’t develop a chip on the shoulder. You are always as big as your humility.

Read the complete article here

There is always a battle between corporates and bloggers.Some companies may feel that “Blogging is a waste of time whereas for some,it enhances their business”.Given below is one of the article’s from Chip Magazine saying “Web 2.0 and Business“.The article shows how companies like Pramati,DirectI,Symantec and SUN Microsystems have used blogs not only the enhancement of their business but also for improving the communication between their employees!!!

This article does indicate that not only startups but also big corporates are adapting Wikis and blogs in their business biggrin

A very nice and a beautiful presentation showcasing Entrepreneurship touching every horizon.Entrepreneurs innovating technologies, saving lives, some who started young(and changed the world) , some who are in school, some who dropped out of college, while some who started late(yet changed the world) ……A complete web of Entrepreneurship rolleyes

Below is an excellent presentation that won the “Young Techno-Entrepreneurs” award held in June,2007 at NirmalLabs

Few days back,I had an article on my blog “Say yes or no to MBA?” and there was an interview,which answered some of the questions also giving an insight into the journey of Naukri man, Sanjeev Bikhchandani‘s entrepreneurial journey.

The bottom line of the interview : “Entrepreneurs fail because they don’t understand consumers well”

Important excerpts from the interview:

Was there fear or anxiety when you started this long entrepreneurial journey?

Yes, because I came from background where no one from our family was in business and there was no great financial acumen or anything. I got over the fear in the first two years. We struggled a lot but somehow muddled through.

What is your advice to young people who want to pursue entrepreneurship?

Two most important things according to me are good work experience and a good institute. I strongly recommend MBA aspirants to get experience in a good organization before they start their MBA — because it will enable them to get the maximum out of their MBA education. I think MBA without prior experience is just an extension of college. Experience helps aspirants to understand things more easily and clearly because after experience a person can relate everything they learn with the reality of organizations and understand how organizations really work.

Even the best international B-schools favour work experience. Unfortunately, Indian B-schools largely take fresher for MBA.

Also, a good management institute always adds more value. So work hard to get admission to a good school. It is worth the effort.

What are some common but important mistakes young entrepreneurs are making in their plans to build businesses?

I think it’s the lack of understanding their customers. Many people start their business without understanding their target audience and customers well.

Read the complete interview here

We have been talking about how blogs help in marketing and how it can be used to get scale startups and so on…. But Truemors(an idea loosely based on Digg) – Guy Kawasaki’s venture proved that blogs could prove to be very nasty as well….Can we say Blog Unmarketing? Oops, I used the word venture but a venture built with a mere amount of $12,017 could also be considered as an experiment and not actually a venture(Definitely, an idea could also be thought of scaling up) biggrin Below is a small presentation of how the money was used in building Truemors and $4,824.14 alone was spent for the legal fees wink

Most of the bloggers were mostly agitated with Truemors since,they had an image of Guy in their mind and his blog being “How to change the world“, they felt Truemors had nothing that could change the world sad I am no Guru and in my IMHO,when a person starts , he should forget his past which means we should think that Guy Kawasaki as an Entrepreneur and not as an author or an ex-evangelist from Apple.In fact,when I read a few blogs, it was seen that the entire blogosphere is against Guy’s Truemors.Check out article which says “Truemors as Worst website ever discovered” and some say “How Guy wasted $12,107 on Truemors” and many more,the list of criticism is endless….

But this negative PR could also work in Guy’s favors and would help Truemors getting more publicity and more traffic to the site!!! Check this article on Guy’s blog which says “Inquirer’s article generated 246,210 page views“. Yes indeed, there’s no such thing as bad PR. !!!

This discussion really shows how nasty can this OPEN world of blogosphere be… sad Definitely,as a professional Guy Kawasaki would take the inputs from some of these inputs and try to implement those in Truemors.

Though,there was so much discussion in the blogosphere,I always wanted to see how Guy Kawasaki,as an Entrepreneur would react to this whole melodrama and his reaction was as per the expectation and is a must watch (video link below):

Truemors is a very good example that illustrates the other side of blogosphere,which inspite of being dark provides lot of scope of improvement to the startup biggrin

Time again to throw some light on an activity where every individual’s contribution is highly valued.An off topic post yet again, but could not have found a better place than my blog neutral

What is WINGS:
WINGS stands for opening up a whole new mindset among the differently-abled who feel resigned in life due to circumstances and society which limit them. It is about giving them a voice, enabling them to overcome their barriers in “Dreaming Big”. And it aims to achieve this through adventure sports.

How would WINGS help physically disabled?
This is a project initiated by a group of like-minded individuals. After our experience with adventure sports, we started thinking about how to reach out to youth with disabilities through this powerful medium. We first heard of such adventure activities being pursued by youth from National Association for Blind (NAB-Mysore).

Some of the past events:
A new High in their determination
The Himalayan battle against disability

Similar event in Bangalore:
BlindNews: Despite disability she soars to heights: student tries Aqua Parasailing

When does the event happen?
The event is scheduled in the weekend(1st or 2nd week of August,2007)

How can you contribute?
You can contribute in multiple ways:

  1. By being a volunteer.
  2. Getting us sponsors for the event.
  3. Spreading the message by linking this article in your blog or website.
  4. Or any miscellaneous way….
If you wish to discuss more in detail,kindly get in touch with Mahalakshmi Viswanathan(09886403269) or Ashwin Murali(09886742019) or Himanshu Sheth(09242471228).For more details, refer to this document.

Let us make this place, a better place to live by helping the cause of humanity!!

There is some real good news for all the Entrepreneurs in Bangalore biggrin Since the era of blogging and podcasting, startups have found a tool to reach out to the investors as well market their product.Not to forget the honest feedback given by bloggers which help , improve quality of their product.
But as we know,mass media is powerful(and better medium), when it comes to reach and this couldn’t have been much simpler wink CNBC-TV 18 recently announced that CNBC would start a city wise edition of Young Turks and their chase starts from “Bangalore-The Silicon Valley of India”.This would start from 9th July,2007 and you need to rush your entries to youngturks@tv18online.com (I hope this is the email id announced during the show,but if it is found incorrect,kindly leave the correct email id in the comments)

The telecast of Young Turks can be found here