Many people have asked me on why I released my Vim book under a Creative Commons license instead of getting it published. (1) First of all, I did try to talk to publishers, hoping that I would convince them to release the book simultaneously under a free license as well as a printed version (whichContinue reading “Why use Creative Commons license?”
Execution is one aspect of making an idea successful, I would say the other is having a business model. And the latter is very hard as well. Why? Because it is not obvious how to make money online, especially in India. The obvious way would be to have freemium models such as Flickr and 37Continue reading “It is not obvious how to make money online”
I just finished reading “Subject To Change: creating great products and services for an uncertain world”. This book is written by Adaptive Path, the same guys who invented the words “blog” and “ajax”, as well as creators of the Aurora browser concept. It has been a revelatory book for me, a developer who considers himselfContinue reading “What product creation should be about”
Look at the design of a lot of consumer products—they’re really complicated surfaces. We tried make something much more holistic and simple. When you first start off trying to solve a problem, the first solutions you come up with are very complex, and most people stop there. But if you keep going, and live withContinue reading “Thought for the Day”
Use case Mom asked me to find out the name of the God in the temple at Gokarna. I just had to visit Wikipedia and find out. She could have done this herself but she’s too intimidated by the PC. The same goes for checking movie listings. And so on. Hypothesis What if there wasContinue reading “Ideas are Cheap: Touch screen device with a browser”
Every startup needs to do some market research while working on their next big idea. And part of this market research is looking at demographic and economic data to find out the size of your target audience. For most of those who are reading this, the audience probably is people who use computers. Now, howContinue reading “Internet usage in India”
Note: I no longer work with IonLab since Nov 12 of 2009. When I meet people and have a conversation, they eventually ask the question “So, what do you guys do?” I like to say “We make stuff” but that’s hardly understandable. The best example I like to give is the Swinxs (found via Springwise).Continue reading “What we do at IONLAB”
I was just browsing through this paper on “Generating summary keywords for emails using topics” and was fascinated by its usefulness, especially because it “selects words that describe each message in the context of existing topics rather than simply selecting keywords based on a single message in isolation.” Imagine if we had a smart emailContinue reading “Ideas are Cheap : Better email”
Note: I no longer work with IonLab since Nov 12 of 2009. It’s been nearly 5 months since I last quit my job. Five months. Wow. It’s weird because it doesn’t feel that long. I spent most of the first few months whiling away, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I did have some plans though.Continue reading “IONLAB – The Next Experiment”
We all know how much disparity there is between computer science courses in engineering colleges in India and real-world coding skills.
So how about a training institute that fills this gap?