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?”

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”

It is not obvious how to make money online

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”

What product creation should be about

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”