There is already lot of fuss about job losses in US with more and more immigrants going to the US.The outsourcing bug is not only bringing jobs to India but also NRI entrepreneurs,who are now heading back to India.

The Economic Times Network has an interesting article titled “America’s loss may be India’s gain” , on home-coming of the heroes(ie NRI Entrepreneurs biggrin).Some interesting excerpts below:

  • If America makes it too difficult for immigrants to start their companies in the US, these entrepreneurs will be welcomed in India.
  • Recent study completed at the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University showed that the entrepreneurial immigrants are using their skills, as well as the opportunities for business development present in the United States, to boost economic output and create more jobs for American workers.
  • Also,25% of the companies in the US have their CEO “Foreign Born”.In 2005, these immigrant-founded companies alone produced $52 billion in sales and employed 450,000 workers.
  • The study also found that in science and technology fields, innovative entrepreneurship is correlated with high levels of education.
  • Only 15% of Indian entrepreneurs in America earned degrees from an IIT. It is a surprise that Delhi University graduated as many such entrepreneurs as did IIT-Bombay, and Madras University graduated more than IIT-Madras. Indian entrepreneurs ET surveyed attended more than 40 different universities in India before arriving in the US.
Read the complete article here (A must read !!! )

A very inspiring, interesting and thought provoking speech by Azim Premji of Wipro at the 37th Annual Convocation 2002, IIM, Ahmedabad.A small gist of his drivers that would change the world:

Be alert for the first signs of change
Change descends on every one equally; it is just that some realize it faster.Some changes are sudden but many others are gradual.While sudden changes get attention because they are dramatic, it is the gradual changes that are ignored till it is too late.

Anticipate change even when things are going right

Guard against complacency all the time.Complacency makes you blind to the early signals from the environment that something is going wrong.

Always look at the opportunities that change represents

For every problem that change represents, there is an opportunity lurking in disguise somewhere. It is up to you to spot it before someone else does.

Do not allow routines to become chains

While routines are useful, do not let them enslave you. Deliberately break out of them from time to time.

Realize that fear of the unknown is natural

Courage is not the absence of fear but the ability to manage fear without getting paralyzed. Feel the fear, but move on regardless.

Keep renewing yourself

You have to constantly learn about people and how to interact effectively with them. In the world of tomorrow, only those individuals and organizations will succeed who have mastered the art of rapid and on-going learning.

Surround yourself with people who are open to change

Spend time with people who have a “can-do” approach.Reasonable optimism can be an amazing force multiplier.

Play to win..!!

Playing to win would help you to concentrate your energy on what you can influence instead of getting bogged down with the worry of what you cannot change. Do your best and leave the rest.

Respect yourself. The world will reward you on your successes

If you succeed 90 per cent of the time, you are doing fine. If you are succeeding all the time, you should ask yourself if you are taking enough risks. If you do not take enough risks, you may also be losing out on many opportunities.

Never change: your core values

In spite of all the change around you, decide upon what you will never change: your core values.

Succeeding in a changing world is beyond just surviving

All of us have a responsibility to utilize our potential for making our nation a better place for others, who may not be as well endowed as us, or as fortunate in having the opportunities that we have got. Let us do our bit, because doing one good deed can have multiple benefits not only for us but also for many others.

You can have a look at the complete presentation below:


Wondering what is Bang(osphere) , let me reveal it – It is the arrival of a new phase of Blogosphere in Bangalore.Having missed second edition of Proto,my wish was that the Bangalore Blogger’s Meet,termed “Blogaloreans” would turn out to be interesting question And to my surprise it was not so interesting but VERY interesting wink

Around 50 bloggers from Bangalore , met at around 10:30AM in BrewHaHa and the charge was seen right from the beginning.The session with a brief round of introduction and there were all sorts of bloggers – Seasoned, Newly,Geeky,Non-Geeky……Bloggers(and others) in the crowd were really excited when I disclosed that I found my partner through my blog and my introductory session was really interesting(photo below).The introductory session went on for around 45-50 minutes and than started the topics of discussion.

Himanshu, introducing himself


Blog’a’loreans : In a nutshell:

Sridhar Rao(who eats-drinks-sleeps startups) and Harinath Pudipeddi(Aspiring Social Entrepreneur) shared their idea of a Web NGO,which seemed to be quite appealing.Lot’s of ideas from the audience in the meet and this idea would be discussed in BarCamp Bangalore-4 (BCB-4)

– Now it was my turn to make a Pitch wink.With “Wings” just around 3 weeks away,we required support in any way that was possible and this was the best place to make the Pitch.Ashwin than took over the baton from me and made an excellent pitch for Wings as well as Nisarga India.There were quite valuable suggestions , which would help us to take things forward !!!

Arun Ramarathnam , one of the organizers of BCB4 gave a small introduction about BarCamp and how we can carry forward the discussion carried out here in the unconference biggrin He also put forward a very good question “Who are the 5 most influential blogger’s in Bangalore” and his first recommendation was Thejesh G N who manages EventsInBangalore.Debate than started on the controversial word INFLUENTIAL , since it varies from individual to individual and that debate was left incomplete sad [I wished at least few people recommended me as one of the Influential Blogger’s in Bangalore wink ]

– Finally,we had a discussion on “Domain registration” for the formation of this community and this would be a one stop for “Bloggers in Bangalore”.

– There were few topics which were untouched which would be discussed at a larger scale in BCB4 as a part of the “Blogger’s Collective“.Sanjukta,the enthusiastic advocate and one of the organizers of “Bangalore Blogger’s Meet”,made a closing note for the event.Oh Oh , forgot something, it was Sridhar’s birthday and he was given birthday bumps(a memorable day for him).

What I missed at the event:

– Wanted to meet Ramjee Ganti and Piyush Gupta,the two geeky guys but I guess they missed the event cry
– Could not blog the event live though AJ has a done a wonderful job by blogging it here

The event started in a grand way and also ended in a grand way !!!! Thumbs up to the organizers Sanjukta and Dhivya for this event…This event could easily be termed as a Mini-UnConference smile

What other blogger’s are saying about Blog’a’loreans:

Jayanth – Bangalore Blogger’s Meet – BrewHaHa
Prashanth – Bangalore Bloggers Meet: We Met up!
AJ – Bangalore Blogger’s Meet
Neha – Bangalore Blogger’s Meet
Mutiny – Blog’a’loreans’ (Bangalore Bloggers’) Meet – 21st Jul 07
Adheeth – Bangalore Bloggers Meet – Blog’a’loreans
Tanay – Bangalore Blogger’s Meet
Bikram – Bangalore Bloggers’ Meet
Cipson – Bangalore + Blog + Blogger: Bangalore Bloggers Meet
Lavanya – A Phlogger’s guide to the Blogalorean meet
Anbusivam – Blog’a’loreans- Meet
Thejesh – Meet Bangalore Blogger at bcb4
Jerry – Blog-a-loreans’ (Bangalore Blogger’s) Meet – 21st Jul 07

Image Courtesy: Arun Ramarathnam
Jerry

Logo Courtesy: Mutiny

Blog’a’loreans covered in Bangalore Mirror(23rd July,2007):
Bangalore Mirror covered the event and guess what,Wings was covered in the article(marked in RED BOX in the article)….I am also seen in the photo(but not so visible sad)

After a busy day at the Bangalore Blogger’s Meet(about which we all have decided to blog tomorrow wink) , managed to take some time out to take an interesting book-“The Entrepreneurial Connection by Gurmeet Naroola“.The book has interviews of “25 NRI Entrepreneurs” , excluding Narayana Murthy and Azim Premji.Listed below are some of the interesting quotes from those Entrepreneurs:

1.
The most important attribute of leadership is to set aggressive goals and allow people to achieve them with authority and accountability.
Arun Netravali [Bell Labs]

2.
One must not get married to technology but married to the hole in the market place (Startups are born out of existing problems biggrin)
Raj Parekh [Sun Microsystems]

3.
I try to get people to think in terms of miles, not inches.
Vinod Khosla [Kliener Perkins Caufield & Byers]

4.
The strategist must also be like an artist-somebody who strives to break the mold,to change the rules of the game.
Anil K Gupta [Stanford University]

5.
Great companies are built on vision.
Romesh Wadhawani [I2 Corporation]

6.
The sense of fair play is at the heart of everything you do.
Kanwal Rekhi [Excelan , TiE]

7.
Knowledge in technology, products and markets-these are the three dimensions that are extremely important to create great companies.
Saiyed Atiq Raza [Raza Foundries]

8.
The problem lies not in the idea but it’s execution.That is the key.
Vani Kola [RightWorks]

9.
An important reason for my success is the presence of a very secure and supportive family.
Prabhu Goel [Gateway Design]

10.
The smart entrepreneur knows which revenue he wants and is willing to give revenue to other people so that he can gain three times more.
K.B.Chandrasekhar [Jamcracker]

11.
In the technology sector,morphing is a given and the leader who can’t steer the morphing will get thrown by the wayside very quickly.
Vinod Dham [Silicon Spice]

12.
We thrive on the challenge of outrunning big companies.
Desh Deshpande [Sycamore Communications]

13.
Our fundamental philosophy is to synergize the organizations objectives and individual aspirations
Narayana Murthy [Infosys]

14.
Customer strategy is a thoughtful combination of technology strategy and customer requirements.
Jayshree Ullal [Cisco Systems]

15.
Leaders are typically able to see most things in both a raw and an integrated fashion.
Rajat Gupta [McKinsey & Company]

16.
The reward of entrepreneurship is the satisfaction that is gained in successfully scaling the walls or maneuvering around the road bump.
Krish Prabhu [Alcatel Globalization]

17.
The ability to profit from and react to change is what the game is all about.
Vivek Ranadive [TIBCO Systems]

18.
I look for strengths in people and not their weaknesses.
Raj Singh [StratumOne]

19.
The future is not what happens to you,but what you make out of it.
Azim Premji [Wipro Corporation]

20.
If the General does not believe that he can win the war,then it does not matter if his army is the world’s best.
Sabeer Bhatia [Hotmail]

21.
A niche today,an ocean tomorrow.Those are the kinds of situations that represent the best opportunities.
Suhas Patil [Cirrus Logic]

22.
The true power of growing any enterprise is 5 percent technology and 95 percent psychology.
Hatim Tyabji [Verifone]

23.
An entrepreneur is one who creates a direction out of confusion.
Prakash Bhalerao [Ambit Design Systems]

24.
At the point of investment,all prospects look exciting.
Rafiq Dossani [Stanford University]

25.
If you sing your song,not worrying who listens and what they think,you’re going to be extremely successful.
Deepak Chopra [The Chopra Center for well being]

So here I am again with the same question “Why do you blog?sad Every blogger,no matter how much is his rate of blogging, every blogger has a reason to blog.Irrespective of the blogging platform,as a blogger(irrespective of the no of readers reading your blog), you yourself are a BRAND in the blogging space biggrin

From a reader’s point of view,when we read a particular blog,we first appreciate the effort behind the blog and we get a clear idea of the person and his dreams , interests, aspirations etc For example,if you blog on :

  • Travel , indicates you would be a travel freak
  • Business, indicates you are passionate about the various aspects of business and aspire/have one smile
  • Entertainment , indicates you are in love with Entertainment and so on……
In fact , Rohit Bhargava,Vice President, Interactive Marketing focusses on “25 ways of blogging“(in the presentation below).After going through the presentation and scratching your head a bit question, you would find an answer to “What is the (exact) genre of your blog” and also “Do you think,you are realizing your aspirations/dreams through your blog?

So, my blog is a combination of “Ambition Blogging(trying to achieve my dreams through the medium of blogging) + Repost Blogging (sometimes, picking up a story/stories from other blog and make a story revolving around the same).

The bottom line: “If you have a blog than you have a reason & you are the reason(to blog)biggrin

There is a lot of talk about the one lakh rupee car by Tata Motors but this mail(below) would change the way you look at the so called “Low cost vehicle”.Worth a look:

Son:
Papa papa, I want to write more on the paper.

Papa:
But son, if you do that the writing will
overlap. You should understand that for the writing to be visible properly, you need to have only as much writing as would fit in the paper.

Son:
But papa, why is is then that our roads(paper) have limited capacity but still more and more cars(pen) are seen on the road?

Papa:
Well son, you need to ask the aspiring high-earning brains of our society and the credit card
companies and banks.

Son:
Why papa?

Papa:

Because these make the car companies increase their production without understanding that the supporting infrastructure is thrown totally out of gear

Son:
Is that precisely the reason why chief ministers and chief guests report late at every event?

Papa:

Yes son
Son:
If we know the solution why is it not implemented?

Papa:
Son, humans have a tendency to show off and build an image. Whatever they do within the realm of common sense and possibility is fine.

Son:
Should the government not play a role in having a limit on the production of cars?

Papa:

Yes, but then there will be funny people coming with funnier arguments that no one can decide who should produce what of how much quantity. They will argue that if there is a demand, they will produce more cars

Son:
Papa, then these auto companies should be involved in road infrastructure and should dedicate a part of their earnings to such capital investments

Papa:

Son, they will blame it on the Govt. They will say – government is not doing its job of providing infrastructure
Son:
Is there no traffic analysis done? What are the statisticians doing?

Papa:

They are busy working on the demand of cars and how to fulfil them by introducing new launches every few months

Son:
Isn’t this funny?

Papa:

Son, life is full of funny people. They make others go through troubles while they show off their wealth

Son:
I have also seen many CEOs and managers going in cars to their office while it is better and less time consuming for them to travel through public transport

Papa:

Son, as I said humans want to show off their status.

Son:
What to do then?

Papa:

Understand life, speak the truth, don’t fear criticism, transfer the clarity of your mind to lot many others and finally

Son:
And finally?

Papa:

Hope that sanity will prevail over show business


And that roads will be provided some relief from the car flood before introducing 1 lac Re cars let’s broaden the roads a bit or roads will be drowned with cars of every Tom, Dick and Harry!!!

Startup Nation is one of the best books that I have read in the recent times.Every page in it is worth keeping in your mind.Let’s ask some general question-What does a person do when he/she travels to the office?Well,you have multiple options a. Chat with your colleagues b. Read some books c. Do day dreaming d. Listen to radio or e. Any other thing…

One of the radio shows that is really popular in Bangalore is Radio City,91.1 FM.Finally,you get a place where you find your favourite songs, RJ’s and also some information on what is happening in your city.Now let’s imagine something…..You have a problem in your career or you are looking out for some tips for your business or anything related to business.In this case,the solution left out is discuss with the people whom you know or discuss with experts smile Imagine having a radio show for the same, what could have been a better medium than discussing your business/startup issues with experts on a “Radio Showlol Should we call it as a “STARTUP SHOW“? This can be related to a show called as “Startup Nation” in the US , which has hosts as the Sloan Brothers – authors of the book “Startup Nation”.Not only is the concept of a Radio Show for Entrepreneurs very interesting but the story of that concept is even more interesting (and worth reading):

Back in the year 2000, most of the companies could not withstand the bad weather and had to be shut down/reduce the staff strength.Also,investors hesitated to fund companies and the market was left really dry.The Sloan Brothers who were already successful entrepreneurs with their creation “Battery Buddy” were finding hard to stay in the market.Their business model was solely dependent on Angel Investors and hence,they were left in a very tough spot cry

In order to survive the storm, they had to change their business model !!! After speaking to one of their mentors Sam Valenti,they understood that though business has dried up,there is still a huge demand for assistance in starting & running a small business.Companies weren’t hiring -they were only firing.Due to this reason, many people were forced to turn to Entrepreneurship as their solution(to provide them living).Every teacher needs a student and most of the entrepreneurs need mentors(to guide them).This is where they thought of an online radio show called “Startup Nation”,where they would use their Entrepreneurial experience to help other entrepreneurs.

Within few months,StartupNation Radio turned into a big community of like minded entrepreneurs seeking new heights in business and life.On their radio show,they had interviewed the country’s most successful entrepreneurs – people who lead companies called “Super Startups”

This story is really very interesting as well as inspiring.The radio show started by Sloan Brothers was a result of an “Entrepreneurial” ecosystem that was built around it.Basically,it was the need of that particular hour that gave birth to the show.Now coming back to Radio City 91.1 FM,the question is India ready for an “(Indian) StartupNation”show? Do we have an ecosystem which gives birth to more Entrepreneurs? The following article points out that poverty , lack of consumer base and culture are some of the reasons for not having this ecosystem.

What do you say? Is India ready for an online radio show for Entrepreneurs? Caste your vote and have your say.

Neil Patel of ACS – A social media marketing company shared some of his helpful tips that has helped TechCrunch double it’s Technorati traffic(no of incoming links).He also touches upon some of his other blog clients – Guy Kawasaki and ProBlogger.

Some important excerpts(basic tips for bloggers) from the interview are:

  1. Your blog should be well SEO’ed
  2. There should be a proper title to any article on the blog since,this is what helps you in better listing on search engines

He has also touched upon the “Corporates V/S Bloggers” scene.As per the interview,his preference goes to Bloggers(as clients) , since he feels Bloggers are very easy to work with biggrin.They are very flexible. Companies are harder to deal with.When it comes to corporates,things move very slow since you have to follow the corporate guidelines.

Off Topic Read : Four things we can learn from “The Google Story”