Friday, November 30, 2007

Big problems of small enterprises


A Roundtable on 'Liberalism and status of MSMEs (Micro, small and medium enterprises) - strategies for future'


1) Dr G. Sundaram, IAS (Retd), Former Secretary to the Govt of India, Chennai ('What are the top ten myths about Indian Civil Services?')
2) Dr Rene Klaff, Regional Director, South Asia, Fur Die Freiheit, New Delhi ('I am neither an economist nor a businessman')
3) Dr Swarna S. Vepa, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai ('Small business had to flee from Gujarat after disturbances!')
4) Dr U. Jayalakshmi Srikumar, Associate Dean, IBS, Chennai ('Nothing has changed...')
5) R. Venkatesan, Senior Fellow & Head Industry Programme, NCAER, New Delhi ('Is there a slowdown in Indian industry?')
6) Dr K. Venkataraman, IAS (Retd), Former MD, Investment & Technology Promotion, UNIDO
7) S. Viswanathan, Editor & Publisher, Industrial Economist, Chennai
8) Romar Correa, Director, Dept of Economics, University of Mumbai, Mumbai ('Can economics teaching be made interesting?')
9) K. Saraswathi, Director, Tanstia-FNF Service Centre, Chennai
10) Dr Madhuri Saripalle, AGM, Knowledge Management, TVS Logistics Services Ltd, Chennai ('Do you see knowledge as a logistics problem or vice versa?')
11) A. Shanmuga Velayuthan, IPL Products, Chennai
12) L. Meiyappan, Hon Treasurer, TANSTIA
13) B. Bhagwan Das, Dept of Economics, Loyola College, Chennai ('Teaching economics to non-economists is a challenge.')
14) Dr B. Yerram Raju, Director, Development & Research Services, Hyderabad ('The new law on SMEs is a Rule-bound one...')
15) A.V. Varadharajan, Chairman, Sandfits Foundries P Ltd, Coimbatore ('Fought for a convention centre in Coimbatore')

November 30, over lunch

Thursday, November 29, 2007

How to be an entrepreneur

"Commitment is the single most important requirement of any wannabe entrepreneur."

George Samson, Executive Director, TiE, Chennai

November 27, over lunch

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Welcome the new-age creative communication!

"We do new-age creative communication! To transform, for instance, ad making by imbibing it with best practices from technology, movie-making, marketing..."

Harish Kumar, Creative Director, Hypnautyx Inc.

November 28, over lunch

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

V.K. Madhav Mohan

Meeting on Dec 4, 1-30...

Subramanian 'Gopi' Gopalan

Meeting today 1-30...

"We have become the most materialistic in the world..."

November 27, over lunch

The world owes a debt to India

"India gave the world 'zero'. Without 'zero', there is no IT."

Satendra M (Dan) Gupta, Chairman and CEO of UST Global

November 26, over dinner

Dan Gupta

Sunday, November 25, 2007


"BPOs can profitably recruit from the economically less privileged, say the BOP, borrowing a phrase from CK Prahlad. We have named the initiative 'Plus2+' to indicate that the trainees have something more when they complete Plus 2. A 'school finishing school' for BPOs. Our first batch, which started on Oct 2, 2006 (which was both Gandhi Jayanthi and Vijaya Dasami), and it will be over in May 2008, and already companies have been pitching for the talent. Punjab Association has supported this initiative by dedicating a room for the purpose in MGR Adarsh School, JJ Nagar."

Naresh Purushotham and Lakshmi Kruti Vasan, co-founders of Crestcom India

November 25, over lunch

‘IQ gets you hired, EQ gets you promoted’

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Media transcription opportunity

"English-literate housewives in remote places can do transcription work for talk-shows, interviews, speeches, documentaries and group discussions, sitting at home. We are training people for this. Earning potential for the trained people is about Rs 20,000 per month."

S. Shivakumar, CEO, iSource I.T. Enabled Services Pvt Ltd (

Nov 24, over lunch

‘BPO is here to stay’

Looking forward to...

... Meeting iSource CEO Shivakumar today, and

Samson, Executive Director, TiE on Nov 29.

Thanks Vinod!

Mr Naresh Purushotham, COO of Crestcom India - on Nov 25

Thanks Surya!

Mr Satendra M (Dan) Gupta, Chairman and CEO of UST Global - on Nov 26...

Thanks Madhu, Rekha!

Friday, November 23, 2007

From marriage to property to jobs to auto to...

We will soon be launching a portal for loans.

Rupee appreciation is hitting us to some extent... Revenue in dollars is about 30 per cent.

Murugavel Janakiraman, CEO, BharatMatrimony Group

November 23, over lunch

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Village BPO

Village BPO is great on ROI (return on investment). Attrition is zero!

Pradeep Nevatia, President & CEO, Ninestars

Nov 21, over lunch

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

US economy

There is so much mythology about the US economy... The economy is actually strong and growing.

Marc Hebert, Chief Marketing Officer, Virtusa

Nov 14, over lunch

Scoring with service delivery model

Friday, November 9, 2007

Computational linguistics

"Computational linguistics is hot. Only 4-5 institutions offer the course, and about 60-70 pass out each year. The cream is taken away by Google. Then, by MSN, which is also working on Indian languages..."

C. Mohan Ram, Managing Director, LatticeBridge Infotech Pvt Ltd, Chennai
Nov 6, lunch meeting at The Hindu, Chennai
: Mohan Ram
Blogger: Mohan Ram

Easy PC!

"At least for the next 9 months we don't expect any competition to our EeePC... The first 150 or so units were bought by our rivals to disassemble and find out what we have done."

Andrew Tsui, Managing Director, ASUS India

Nov 2, lunch meeting at The Hindu, Chennai

Gee, it’s ‘Eee’

Ohio in Bangalore

"We find that IT companies with global operations prefer our graduates."

A.R. Shivaprakash, Coordinator, Ohio University Christ College, Bangalore

Oct 31, over lunch at The Hindu, Chennai


"For the first time, we are bringing in education into gaming, in India."
Mohit Anand, Country Manager, Entertainment & Devices Division, Microsoft

Oct 31

In the game

Contextual advertising

"I live in Prabhadevi. And I'd like to see an ad about a new Thai restaurant opening in my locality... Similarly, to those in Tidel park, the newspaper should carry ads about life-style."
- Vivek Bhargava, Founder and Managing Director of Communicate2

Oct 12, over lunch at The Hindu, Chennai

Playing the context card


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