Jun 20

This week threw a couple of surprise bans. Shahrukh Khan gets banned from the Wankhede stadium for 5 years. File sharing sites (read Torrent) were banned in India. It seems the enthu cutlet ISPs also decided that vimeo.com (which is like youtube) fell in the banned category and hence, has been inaccessible for that last two days. ISPs have reverted on vimeo and the service seems to be getting restored now. chaussures asics homme pas cher mochilas kanken classic Gotta love the irony The ban stems from a petition to the High Court by Copyright Labs on behalf of the makers of the movies ‘3’ and ‘Dammu’. 3, of course, is the movie with the soundtrack ‘kolaveri di’. Nike Air Max Norge Nettbutikk Sko Kolaveri’s count, today, is at 55 million views. oakley femme pas cher The kolaveri spoofs and related videos would add up to a similar number. In digital marketing terms, they couldn’t possibly have had a better promotion campaign for the movie (mind boggling worldwide reach at zero cost, super high level of engagement)… Asics Pas Cher and the guys behind ‘3’ go after the site which is exactly like youtube!! In the same vein, with a rapidly shrinking audience, the IPL (and Mumbai Cricket Association) desperately need ambassadors like Shahrukh Khan. air max pas cher What would happen if KKR reaches the finals in 2013 and they are to play in Wankhede. nike air max 90 pas cher SRK decides the team won’t play if he’s not let in the stadium. Or better yet, the players refuse to play if their team owner is not allowed for the game… Houston Rockets then what happens. nike air max 2016 heren nike air max 90 pas cher Nike Air Max Italia 🙂 Music and Movie Piracy. Something’s gotta give. It seems the old laws and practices around copyright infringement for the entertainment industry are just not going to work anymore. air max pas cher nike air max 90 pas cher Example – Songs.pk While I was teaching e-marketing in 2010, I had included a case study around the business model of music portals (such as itunes, songs.pk etc.) in the final exam. Maglie Brooklyn Nets Out of a whim, I asked one question on whether the site songs.pk (one of the most popular sites in that demographic) was legal or not and roughly 50% felt the site was legal. Many students wrote ‘because the site was available and accessible and it was charging advertisers, hence it must be legal!’ Now Songs.pk was banned earlier this year, which is fair enough… oakley pas cher but it didn’t take the owners long to re-launch the site as songspk.pk. nike air max 2017 dames Blauw How do things proceed from here? Potentially, the Indian film industry body will spends lakhs of rupees in re-petitioning the high court and getting a ban on songspk.pk. They will get another ban order. Scarpe Kobe 11 While in another world (perhaps, Pakistan) the 19 year old owner of songspk.pk will notice his site’s traffic taking a big dip. Joey Bosa Ohio State Jerseys He’ll read the Indian news. Shrug his shoulder at the pesky Indian lawyers and courts and go ahead and buy a new URL – perhaps, pksongs.pk and re-launch for a cost of Rs. Nike Air Max 90 Heren 500/ year with an effort of 45 minutes at his computer. Is there any hope of music labels winning this game? There has to be a new model. chaussures nike pas cher There has to be some disruption in this space.. the itunes model of granularity in the product will help <feels Sarika Grover>… Fjallraven Kanken Mini Goedkope Nike Air Max schoenen but file copying and sharing is here to stay. To be clear – I avoid using torrent and using pirated software/ music – but can’t help feel there’s a tipping point building up. Nike Air Max 2017 Goedkoop Judiciary in action The courts reacted with lightening speed in this case. Tennis Nike Air Jordan 11 (Given the backlog in clearing cases). This is even more surprising considering the judgement is probably from the vacation bench as the courts are on summer vacation right now! FYI – In 2011, the Supreme court had 85 days as holidays, plus national holidays plus 2 day weekends. It’s true! But more importantly, here’s what’s striking:

  • Providing a ban order without any explanation or insight into the various types of file sharing sites. Where and how do you draw the line? for e.g. is dropbox too far from the business model of those sites included in this ban?
  • How did Vimeo get into the mix? Whoever thought of vimeo – why didn’t they include youtube?
  • Why did the March order go into effect only now?
  • WSJ quotes some legal experts on the matter

Experts attacked ISPs for clamping down on free speech on the web.

“Why and how did telecom giants target select websites,” said Pranesh Prakash, a program manager at Bangalore based-Centre for Internet and Society, a non-profit group advocating free speech on the web. Nike Sko Nettbutikk Air Jordan 12 (XII) air max pas cher pour femme He pointed out that the High Court did not spell out the names of websites that should be blocked.

“Shutting websites merely on the basis of suspicion amounts to private crackdown on free speech of the web,” he said. “Why didn’t the telecom ministry repeal or object to the move, knowing that the court didn’t spell out the websites to be blocked?”

Bhupendra Kainthola, a spokesman for the telecom ministry, noted that the “government or the telecom ministry had nothing to do with the high court ruling.” When asked why the ministry did not intervene, Mr. Air Max 2017 Goedkoop nike air max pas cher Kainthola responded: “What can we do? If an order has been passed, we have to follow it… that is the law of the land.”

The hackers were quick to react too, taking down the Supreme Court and Congress party site… Nike Air Max 2016 Dames grijs La chaussure de running Asics as my classmate from ISB says “PS: As an information security enthusiast, I firmly believe, it is not a question of if we will get jacked..

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Jun 18

I’d be lying if I said that I am not impacted by the Instagram valuation and the Facebook IPO. nike air max 1 ultra moire femme As an entrepreneur/ investor in startups, I’m now thinking about internet ideas where the market could be the whole world. Having said that, let’s look into more detail on whether Facebook’s is worth $100 billion. nike air max pas cher Number crunching Forbes has done some excellent research here

  • At $100 bn, facebook is valued at 30 times trailing revenue.
  • Who else is valued at that level? Google is at 5.5 times trailing revenue…
  • For Q1 revenues – Facebook is at $1.06 billion (down 6.5%). Kenley Jansen Authentic Jersey Google is at $2.9 billion (up by 1%)
  • Micsrosoft is a shade over $200bn valuation with a whopping $25 bn as pure profit. There’s an interesting piece on MS over here. Even though its unfair to bucket MS with these companies, there’s a point to be made about value and valuation of companies.
  • S&P 500 is has a price/ sales ratio of 1.3 (industry average 3.7)

What about the last round of funding? The previous valuation at $50 bn with the Goldman investment was also questioned heavily by analysts. Some are even suggesting that fees Goldman will generate from Facebook eventually could pay for the whole investment. asics femme Read more here. All about the Advertising Facebook’s revenue comes from advertisers. Teddy Bridgewater – Louisville Jerseys My younger brother Vikas is convinced that advertisers won’t find the right customers while they are browsing social networks social networks will never find the audience at the right time/mindset for the advertiser’s benefit. fjallraven kanken rugzakken Therefore they will struggle to drive transactions through it and will struggle to define ROI like on other online channelsNike Air Max 2016 Dames roze but on the other hand one of my customers was delighted by the hyper targeting ability (18-14 year olds in Ahmedabad) for their advertising and immediately see benefit over google adwords which is approximate at best on demographics and geography based targeting. Let’s look at the data:

  • Click Through Rate for the web is generally 0.1%
  • Google is at 0.4%
  • Facebook is at 0.051%
  • Facebook reaches 51% of all internet users, Google reaches 90% of all internet users
  • Once you strip out the payments Facebook is receiving from app makers like Zynga, the rate of ad revenue growth is much closer to that of Google—but from a much smaller base, and it’s declining. T.J. Yeldon College Jerseys From the quarter ended in September 2011 to the quarter ended December 2011, it fell 33.3 percent to 44 percent. From December to March, it fell 7.1 percent to 36.9 percent.

But then again does facebook even want to play this game? “So far, Facebook’s advertising platform hasn’t kept pace with the explosive growth of its social network, and it remains to be seen if CEO Mark Zuckerberg even wants to focus on advertising as a source of revenue. In his 2,500+ word letter to shareholders this month, he mentioned advertising just once,” said Larry Kim, Founder and CTO of WordStream. Remember Orkut? The other day, the wife was reading out the age classifications for Baby boomers, Gen X and Gen Y. Nike Air Max 2016 Heren zwart As I am in the 18-32 bracket today, I have squeezed into the Gen Y generation by the skin of my teeth. Can’t say I completely relate with the kids who have only grown up on touch screen interfaces.. Adidas ZX 750 Heren but what the heck… Adidas NMD Dames Yeezy Boost 350 Donna I’m still young! yippee! The reason I bring this up is, following Schumpeterian economics, the gale of creative destruction is possibly due now. goedkoop schoenen adidas Nike Air Max Très pas cher How long will facebook remain cool and hip and yong. It’s 8 years old – the novelty is gone. In the US, the number of accounts are possibly on the decline. Given, Zuckerberg’s knee jerk reaction with Instagram – you get the feeling they feel the threat of becoming obsolete. Nike Pas Cher Orkut had 20 mn. users in India in one year… Goedkoop Adidas Superstar and down to zero in the next. To summarise, if I were the head of a pension fund … I’d run away from this one. sac fjallraven kanken pas cher It’s extremely high risk…. stan smith adidas dames asics femme pas cher with an unclear plan for returns.

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Jun 02

Here are the notes I wrote for my speech for the Tech Mahindra/ Mahindra Satyam i5 talks. You can view the video of the talk on this page here.

It’s a pleasure to be here today nearly three years after I left TechM.

I joined Mahindra British Telecom in May 2005 after completing my MBA from the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad as part of the first GLC batch. I joined the Sharda centre office on Karve road. For those of familiar with that office, there was a restaurant called Swami just across the road and my flat was in the apartment complex just behind Swami. And…my seat used to be in the section adjacent to the reception. So, my claim to fame in that office was that it used to take me less than 2 minutes from my bed to my desk. That was a good life.

At that point, the company was about 4000 people and I had the privilege of working closely with the top management and experience entrepreneurship first hand. In 4 years the company underwent a name change, went public and grew from 4000 people to 25000 people. nike air max 90 pas cher Of course, it has recently also built this wonderful campus which I’m visiting for the first time. I feel proud that I too made a tiny contribution towards this fantastic company.

I was given the opportunity to join the account management team in London managing the Portal related business with BT. It was called the collaboration platform. That was the beginning of my love affair with anything to do with the web. I left Tech Mahindra to start a company focused on web technology. Maglie Chicago Bulls The company is called Gaboli and it offers web solutions for education and corporate customers.

I must start on topic by saying that the contents of my talk today are crowdsourced from facebook. nike goedkoop online I put up a status update on the topic and get about 10 ideas from people in my circle. Today I wish to talk about the evolution of social networks and what the future of social networks will look like.

Let’s start by looking at the history of the net. I will then later speak about what I find interesting about social networks and finally I would like to leave you with one idea as food for thought.

– People say the earliest form of the internet can be traced back to MIT in 1962 with new research on packet switching as opposed to circuit switching. By the late 60s they had designed the specifications for ARPANET with speeds of around 2.4 kbps

– By the 1970s, the community was imagining connected federated networks and started developing protocols such as TCP and later Domain Name System or DNS as we know it.

– By the early 90s, Tim Berners Lee was leading MIT’s effort towards creating the World Wide Web and hence is known as the father of the world wide web.

– Gradually with Hypertext protocols and HTML, it was possible for GUI Browsers to be launched and Netscape was one of the earliest browsers.

Now. Around 2003-04 is when the term web 2.0 came into fashion. What was web 2.0 and how was it different from web 1.0. Simply put, the web was mostly a store of information till then.

But web 2.0 brought about a new level of interaction and transaction online. Consumers turned into Producers of content. e.g. Wikipedia, Youtube. Open APIs and XML helped websites talk to each other like never before. e.g. Pizza hut could easily mark all the pizza outlets on a google map. File sharing became easier through P2P networks and media streaming took advantage of the faster speeds. VOIP became mainstream. nike tn noir Online payments became more common fueling ecommerce.

Since around the same time, social networks have seen explosive adoption around the world. Now let me ask you guys some questions now:

– How many of you ever signed up on Orkut?

– How many of you still use Orkut?

How many examples of products that you can think of where in one country you get 15 million users in about 1 year and then lose most of them the next year!

– How many of you have a facebook account?

To give you some idea of statistics

– It generates nearly 1000 billion pageviews per month

– Half of facebook users login everyday… thats means at any point of time there is probably 300 million people on facebook.

– I have heard (don’t quote me on this) that according to statistics, men spend most of their time looking through photos of women they don’t know. Maybe these are friends of friends. Men will be men! Can you guess what women do? Women spend most of their time looking through photos of other women they do know!

– What about facebook apps. Zynga is now on the top gaming companies in the world based on their popular games, farmville, mafia wars, etc. Do you know there are more farmville players than the total number of twitter users.

Do you know how Google makes money? The search is free, email is free, browsers free, maps are free… so how does it make money? You might have noticed sponsored links on the right column while using google. Each of these advertisers pay Google a small amount of money anytime a user clicks on their ad. In other words, there is a cost per click. This could be as low as Rs. 2 or as high as Rs. 100 per click. With about $30 billion dollars, you can imagine the number of advertisers and the number of clicks!

Facebook followed a similar model and now many people say that facebook may overtake Google in advertising revenue one day. That brings us to Google+.

Google+. About a year ago, the CEO of Google, Eric Schmit resigned. Larry Page took over as CEO and the first step he took was to link the whole company’s bonus to the performance in social.

How many of you signed up for Google+? Very interestingly, you had to sign up for Google+ .. you didn’t get it normally as you got google buzz in your gmail inbox.. why?

As part of signing up for Google+, they asked two three questions – they asked are you Mr./ Ms./ Mrs., they asked your date of birth and they asked your city. This was possibly the most important step of all… why?

When you’re an advertiser, you want to reach your specific audience. For e.g. Ray Ban pas cher Maruti target audience for alto is men between 25 and 35 in urban cities in India. fjallraven kanken pas cher Facebook had this information for each of its members as you gave that information when you signed up. However, Google never had access to the personal demographic information for its search users. That is why, advertisers started feeling that they were getting a better return on the advertising through facebook compared to Google. That is why Google+ is critical to their strategy.

Finally, on the evolution of social networks – it is now the age of verticalised networks or contextual networks. You might have noticed, your facebook a/c has connected you to your college friends, family and colleagues at work. Every time your college friend uploads an embarrassing picture, you think what would my colleagues think? Or, when you friend sends a dirty joke on your wall – you think what will my family think?

There is a need for separate networks for different aspects of your lives and that is one of the main philosophies behind my company, Gaboli. Garrett Richards Baseball Jersey Those of us in web development know the importance of online forums and communities when it comes to resolving issues related to open source.

In Gaboli, for a customer, we created MyLaw.net which is India’s largest network for lawyers and legal professionals. It also includes an online university so lawyers can take online courses and give online exams. We have created a closed network for the employees of a Fortune 500 company. Maglie Atlanta Hawks We run online networks for some of India’s leading business schools such as XLRI and Jamnalal Bajaj.

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Jun 12

Courtesy Aditya ‘Dean’ Dikshit and Rajat Maaker, I’ve found the inspiration to overcome inertia and come back to my blog. nike air max pas cher chaussures nike Fjallraven Kanken NO.2 UK Rajat says I need to write down my predictions so that one day I can say ‘I told you so’. goedkoop nike air max air max soldes But the tipping factor on this lazy, second saturday of the month, afternoon was the movie ‘The Crupier’. soldes air max 1 Jered Weaver Jersey It’s about a writer who gets a job with a casino – takes part in a robbery scheme but still manages to place his bets well enough to pull it off. Cheap Nike Shoes Outlet UK So here’s my piece today on taking bets in life or more specifically – in business. nike air max 1 pas cher Asics Pas Cher Latest Opportunity Obsession: To make a short story long, during our visit to the US in September, I noticed the prevelance of hand sanitiser gel dispensers in almost every public facility – airports, hotels, public bathrooms, lounges, corporte offices etc. nike air max 1 pas cher Fjallraven Kanken Big Maglie Detroit Pistons air max pas cher etc. Nike Free Rn Flyknit Donna Not to forget, the small travel size bottles in almost every lady’s purse. Clayton Kershaw Authentic Jersey Then you think about the convenience factor and that once someone starts using it, it’s hard to stop. New Balance Pas Cher Peyton Manning Tennessee Football Jerseys Adidas Superstar Heren grijs Nike Air Max 1 Femme Pat Sullivan – Auburn Tigers Jerseys Think about the scare factor – Mothers concerned for their kids. Nike Air Max 2017 Dames blauw cheap air jordans free shipping Under Armour Shoes Lifebuoy soap sales are up 30-40% since they linked their advertisements to prevention of H1N1. Nike Roshe Run Heren Garrett Richards Jersey Swines… Now in India, within the last 45 days I’ve seen 3 new big brands entering in the space and the radio in Pune and Bangalore (at least) are constantly playing ads. Maglia Larry Bird Adidas NMD Heren However, the market is huge and still in the nascent to growth stage. nike air max 2016 goedkoop fjällräven kånken Laptop 13 Plenty of bucks to be made. Goedkoop Nike Air Max 2017 kanken fjallraven france Hotels, Offices, Schools, Restaurants are still open fields. Nike Air Max 2017 Goedkoop Heck – Let me go ahead and make my audacious bets. asics schoenen Nick Chubb – Georgia Bulldogs Jerseys Kris Bryant Authentic Jersey air max 90 pas cher – I predict the market will grow significantly for the next 5-7 years. nike air max 2016 blauw Mochilas Kanken Classic – The urban institutional sales will peak in about 18-24 months. nike tn requin pas cher Nick Chubb Jerseys nike tn requin Fjallraven Kanken Kopen Air Max Goedkoop – Once that has happened, some ‘chik shampoo’ dude will come along and introduce sachet size packets for sanitiser gel and sell them for Rs. Scarpe Adidas NMD Runner nike air max 2017 pas cher 1 (or thereabout) to consumers. Adidas NMD Heren Middle Class Mother’s will start putting a packet in lunch boxes for the kids. air max pas cher Nike Air Max Dames The rich kid’s schools will have dispensers anyway – A new player will emerge through a quick gain in market share. bestellen nike air max 2016 This player will either be bought out or will diversify heavily within its first 3 years. – In 2015, free packets will be distributed to the poor (ok ok…too much) Quoting the line from Rocket Singh – ‘Risk to spiderman bhi leta hai… Mochilas Kanken Baratas main to sirf salesman hoon.’ Ok – that didn’t really make sense (…In the movie or in real life) My other prediction is the boom for Single Malt Whiskey in India: No Brainer! To conclude the post, my biggest bet is now on context based social networks. nike air max 1 og femme Large – small, generic – branded, public – private… Nike TN Requin 2017 chaussures nike Every single trusted relationship or network will be moving some parts of their interactions and transactions online. Fjallraven Kanken Occasion Nike Air Max Italia With the diversity in consumer tastes, preferences, needs and desires there’s place for a quite a few people to help provide those platforms and tools. Solde adidas superstar People say ‘there can only be one Facebook, one Twitter, one Google Wave’. sac fjallraven kanken nike running goedkoop My only answer is that large corporations by definition are ‘feature focused’ to cater to mass markets. nike air max 1 ultra flyknit femme chaussures de foot umbro Small startups find opportunities in being ‘customer focused’. Russell Wilson – Wisconsin Jerseys new balance 996 homme bordeaux nike air max 2017 heren nike air max 2017 goedkoop A few marquee customers, some references and you’re ready to roll. 3 years from now, I could be eating sour humble pie ..

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