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NeedGrub – Find your Food February 28, 2007

Posted by Vijay in Business, Entrepreneurs, India, Innovation, Internet, NeedGrub.

A couple of days ago one of the comments by Sash on Bangalore Blues was about a website called NeedGrub that rates and reviews restaurants.

I checked out the site and it is cool. One one side it has restaurant reviews (hopefully more reviews and restaurants will get added as time goes on). The other cool thing I found was the integration with Google Maps to find directions. Looks like currently they have Chennai and Bangalore covered.

Try it out. Join up and contribute.


Oracle’s Bullying Tactics – Enlisting Uncle Sam February 22, 2007

Posted by Vijay in Acquisitions, Business, Happenings, iFlex, India, Issues, Oracle.

Murali Partha forwarded this link from the Economic Times regarding how Oracle has enlisted the help of the U.S Government to ask the Indian Government to “assist them” in their acquisition of iFlex.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

Speaking to ET, official sources said the US was keen that the Indian government should make it mandatory for the minority shareholders to sell their shares to Oracle. “The US pointed out that it had a law which allowed the government to make minority shareholders sell their shares to the majority stakeholder. It argued that India should do the same in Oracle’s case,” the official said.

Bharti’s Retail Plans February 20, 2007

Posted by Vijay in Bharti, Business, India, Retail.

Bharti Enterprises announced their much anticipated foray into the retail space. That makes them the latest in a list that includes Walmart, Reliance among others.

This brings me to my favorite subject – The Small Retailer

Will any of these large brands harness the small retailer? Does the entry of these big guns make business sense for the small guy?

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Interesting Video : Master Plan – About the power of Google February 16, 2007

Posted by Vijay in Business, Google, Internet, Privacy.

Spooky. Watch below.

China vs India February 16, 2007

Posted by Vijay in Business, China, India, Trends.

Was reading the newspaper on the flight back last night. Couple of stories caught my eye. One news item talked about India’s ForEx reserves at $180 Billion. That is impressive.

Two pages later there was a news story on China setting up a global investment fund using its ForEx reserves. The numbers stunned me. China’s ForEx reserves are in excess of $1000 Billion (yes a thousand !!) and the global fund they are setting up is in the region of $200 Billion. Looks like they can buy entire countries with that kind of money.

Numbers seem to be in China’s favor for now. I had a previous post on China as well.

Web 2.0 explained in minutes February 14, 2007

Posted by Vijay in Innovation, Trends, Web 2.0, YouTube.

Ever wondered what Web 2.0 is? Ever been confused about jargon like XML, RSS etc?

Heres a great video posted on YouTube that explains Web 2.0 in under 5 minutes.

Bisi-Bele Baath in Oslo February 13, 2007

Posted by Vijay in Acquisitions, Business, Happenings, MTR, Orkla.

Not really… however MTR Foods has been sold to a Norwegian company, Orkla for $100 Million. The strory is that Orkla bought MTR for its brand name and distribution network.

So, I wonder whether I can buy Bisi-Bele Baath in Oslo?

Before people start wailing, the MTR restaurant is not part of this deal as it is run as a separate business.

The Relevance of NASSCOMM February 9, 2007

Posted by Vijay in Brands, Business, Entrepreneurs, Issues, NASSCOMM, Trends.

Years ago when the IT industry was still nascent and needed a voice,NASSCOMM provided a much needed boost by influencing Government policies, and building brand India.

Today, NASSCOMM mostly states industry facts that are already known, conducts award ceremonies, and summits. At least thats the way it appears to us.

Somehow the face of NASSCOMM has gone from the maverick organization that Dewang Mehta built to an organization that provides no value to the small companies. We can’t blame NASSCOMM for this. The world has changed.

In today’s Internet world we dont need NASSCOMM to point small businesses in the direction of opportunities. Most of us know our markets. The world is indeed flat.

So what is the value of NASSCOMM in today’s business world? Are organizations like TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) more useful? Do they need to re-brand and re-orient?

Spinvox and WordPress Mobile – Blogging on the move February 8, 2007

Posted by Vijay in Blogging, Business, Innovation, Internet, Mobile, Spinvox, Wordpress.

Things have gotten better (or worse).

WordPress has a trial version of a Mobile Interface that allows me to post from my mobile phone. The interface is still a little cumbersome but not bad. If you have a phone with a browser such as Opera you can user the interface at http://m.wordpress.com”

Talking about taking blogging to a new level, check out Spinvox. They convert spoken voice into text for email, SMS, or Blog. Their product Speak-a-Blog converts your spoken words into text and posts it on to your Blog.

I tried out their Voice to SMS demo. The conversion was pretty cool.

Goodbye to Floppy Disks February 5, 2007

Posted by Vijay in Happenings, Issues, Trends.

The Guardian reports on its Blog that retailers in the UK have decided that they will not sell floppy disks anymore. I guess with new media devices, floppies are in the process of becoming extinct. To qoute from the article:

PC World, Europe’s Walmart of computing, has decided that it’s not worth selling floppies any more and will just let stocks run out.

According to a statement from Bryan Magrath, the company’s commercial director, the technology has just been left behind:

“It is now increasingly standard for computer users to transfer data via the internet or use USB memory sticks, some of which will store the equivalent of 1,000 times the capacity of floppy disk. With that amount of memory available in such a small and convenient device, the floppy disk looks increasingly quaint and simply isn’t able to compete.”

I still remember the 8 inch Floppy Disk. Seemed so state of the art.. then the 5.25″ and 3.5″ floppies…

Keep your old floppies, maybe they’ll be valuable antiques in time to come.