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So I have been off the blogosphere lately, but I see a constant stream of traffic on my blog. Thanks to search engines if there is stuff relevant to the search term, traffic will be directed to your blog. Nice!

I just appeared for my CFA Level 3 exam (will post the experience in a separate post), work is slow so I have some time at my disposal. Also, one of my todo’s after CFA exam was to start blogging again, interact with people, have some point of view. Here I start on this auspicious day 🙂

I see a bunch of improvement on wordpress too. ‘Like’ button is good, Twitter and facebook integration for comments.

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Great news for all the apple fans. The iPhone is coming to India with not just one but two carriers. Both Vodafone and Bharti airtel have announced that they will be bring iPhone to India later this year. This is following Apple’s deal in Italy with multiple carriers. I never thought that India will have iPhone before Japan and China and even Canada.

Apart from some tech geeks in India it seems to me that the market is limited for the iPhone. With Nokia having a strong mind share and higher price for iPhones including the import duty and all, the volume will take time to build up. But with India being the 2nd largest mobile market in the world even small percentage share may add up to significant numbers. My guess is that come next month apple will have two versions of the iPhone, one 3G and one the current one at the lower price. With no 3G networks in India and a faint possibility of having one anytime soon the lower end version may give good competition to Nokia Nseries smartphones.

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Anyone who is even remotely interested in starting a web startup should definitely watch all of the videos of this years’ Startup School. David Heinemeier of 37 signals has an interesting take on how to build your company which I found the most interesting. His ideas and thoughts turns conventional wisdom on its head. Paul Graham says that a good motivation to keep working on your idea is that people need your product and you are doing good by providing them with this service. Paul Buchheit, creator of GMail, tells you how to listen to and filter advice. There are a lot more which I have not seen, will try to catch up with them in a few days.

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It has been a while since I was thinking that we lack a decent website for Television listings in India. With more and more housewives logging on to the internet I see immense potential if you can do it right. There are a few which offer TV times but none of them does it the way which makes you to visit their site again.

Burrp rises to the challenge and lauches burrp!tv . First of all, I hate the name. Seriously, burrp! what were you thinking. The service is not an ideal one but hopefully they will improve overtime. coz right now they have ‘Sarabhai vs Sarabhai’ as the no. 1 hated show as well as no. 2 loved show! , lolz. They promise to include more channels overtime which is a must as they have only around 10 channels right now.  The word ‘feedback’ is prominently displayed all over their site so hopefully they’ll listen and change it to a site which the user needs.

I don’t know why but I feel that the site lacks the appeal and has not been done right.

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After lot of me too social networks being launched in India now it’s the turn of professional social networks. With alexa data showing traffic rank of orkut in India to be no. 2 the fate of all those networking sites seems to be sealed. I am afraid the same is going to happen to these professional networking sites unless the make strong corporate connections and offer direct opportunities as well as people-people networking . In that respect naukri.com can come up with some interesting ideas in their newly launched brijj. While on the other hand techtribe is a little old and has been slowly and steadily building user base and also recently got funded by Canaan partners. Unless these sites offer something which is focused only on India, it doesn’t give me reason not to join Linkedin onto which lately many Indian professionals are joining.

Regarding brijj I think they have a strong partner in form of naukri which can help them drive traffic to the new site as the target audience is same. Ideally I would like to see interoperability between both sites. Right now both brijj and techtribe have more or less same features. Also with techtribe there’s a problem of a ‘tech’ in it’s name with can shun potential users in careers other than technology which are fast growing in India such as finance.

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The build up to iPhone

3 days to iPhone launch and news is flying left right and center about how it’s being shipped to betting to the success of iPhone. Riding on one of the biggest buzz in recent years there is no doubt that there will be a long waiting list of Apple fanboys waiting to get their hands on iPhone. After the announcement in January the Apple stock price has climbed from 85$ to a current all time high of 123$. Can apple live up to the hype?

I am afraid the answer would be a no. No in a short term. But yes in long run i see Apple delivering.

As the iPhone rolls out, at least the first version is bound to be buggy with so many features crammed into one machine. People with quickly come out with what’s wrong with the iPhone and the stock price is bound to take a hit.

Let’s wait for June 29th to see how true all this is.

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The blogosphere is abuzz with Microsoft’s new surface technology and it indeed should.

Here Apple comes with it’s 3 inch multi-touch screen and Microsoft shows us a complete table top to work on with both your hands and coming to market within one year!! Awesome!

As usual Microsoft is directly hitting the gold mine by targeting corporate consumers and even have made softwares which go with hotels, casinos and restaurants.

So it’ll still be a while before you and I start tapping those fingers on our coffee table but for the time being I can do with tapping on table at a restaurant.

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