How to build an online community?

Every now and then, I try to build a group of people to talk about specific topics but it quickly dies because of inactivity. Although I really saw the value in having such a community, I just didn’t know how to build one. Even if one person keeps pumping in content, how do you actuallyContinue reading “How to build an online community?”

Coming soon… TrackEveryCoin, a personal finance system

Note: I no longer work with IonLab since Nov 12 of 2009. Amazon conducted a poll just before the start of the year 2009 asking people on what are their New Year Resolutions. The top two resolutions were (1) Lose Weight and (2) Get Your Finances in Order. What is strange is that you andContinue reading “Coming soon… TrackEveryCoin, a personal finance system”

Ideas are Cheap : IMDB of Music, Books?

What is it that I like about IMDB? Shows me what are the movies that are popular in theatres right now Shows what new movies are releasing this week The first item on every movie page is the average user rating It links to every individual artiste involved (actor, director, etc.) so that if IContinue reading “Ideas are Cheap : IMDB of Music, Books?”

Idli, Orchid and Will Power

I just finished reading “Idli, Orchid and Will Power”, the autobiography of Vithal Venkatesh Kamat. Just a few days back, a friend was telling me that the famous Utility building Kamat restaurant in Bangalore no longer has quality food and hence no longer a popular place. I read this book and it gave the backgroundContinue reading “Idli, Orchid and Will Power”

What's in a name, indeed?

Note: I no longer work with IonLab since Nov 12 of 2009. Vikram has written an interesting post on whether the name of a brand matters which got me thinking. I don’t think it’s that simple. I believe that Company name doesn’t matter. Product name matters. This is because the product’s name is not justContinue reading “What's in a name, indeed?”

Where to find startup jobs in India?

If you want to find out what jobs are available in startups in India, then there are myriad resources to check: VentureWoods ‘coffee’ forum ecosystem section Hello Intern Sutra Jobs Indian Jobs board at ‘Joel On Software’ Barcamp Mumbai Startup Jobs section NEN Startup Jobs section Startup Lunches, part of Startup DuniaContinue reading “Where to find startup jobs in India?”

Ideas are Cheap : Kannada Word Lists

Continuing the “Ideas are Cheap” series, here’s another simple idea that I would personally find very useful but would be difficult to execute in terms of content. These days I’m finding it hard to read Kannada newspapers because my vocabulary is clearly lacking, and consequently I would probably never get to read novels by KannadaContinue reading “Ideas are Cheap : Kannada Word Lists”

Product for the future

My favorite session at 5th edition was by Atul Chitnis who reinforced the basics of business. He made one remark which seems obvious but something that we don’t put in practice: “Today is history. Build for the future so that your product can be ready just in time.” As opposed to only thinking ofContinue reading “Product for the future”