I crossed the 100 day milestone in mid-February. Many of you responded to the feedback poll suggesting that I stay the course. Thanks for your encouragement. Please keep the comments flowing. A warm welcome to all the new visitors as well. There was a 32% increase in average daily visitors during the month.
These are the most popular posts of February. Check them out if you missed any…
IT Innovation Landscape in India
This is an interpretive look at the innovation landscape in India as seen through the lens of the NASSCOM Innovation Awards. It takes a rather unconventional view of what underpins innovation in India concluding that the Indian innovation experience is quite different from the Western model.
Mobile Revolution Mired in Legacy Mindsets
The mobile revolution can’t be realized by thinking of it as just “mobile” internet. That mindset is too limiting much the same way as the horseless carriage mindset was too limiting a way to think about cars. Native content and applications for the mobile are booming in the consumer space. It’s perhaps now time for applications for micro-firms to also start coming up.
Musings about Role of Partnerships in Startups
There are two types of opportunities for startups – one arising from new consumption and the other from value chain transformation. The startup firm evolution is different for these two kinds of opportunities. In the first case, thought leadership goes into creating an offering power that is then leveraged to acquire customers followed by partners. In the second case, thought leadership goes first in building a category power which then underpins strategic partnering and customer acquisition.
Energy Sector: Is it Venture Capital or Vanity Capital?
There is lots of new venture money going into the energy sector. But it’s not clear whether the startups will reap the benefits of the resulting innovations. It appears that the BigCo’s like ADM and GE will walk away with the value that’s created. Right now, just like space travel, its vanity capital investing that’s happening rather than venture investing.
A Social Entrepreneur Tries Reviving a City
After reviving traditional weaving and hand block printing in North India, Faith and J.C. Singh, founders of Anokhi, take on the bigger challenge of reviving a city, Jaipur.