I came across this article in Engadget. I’m not really promoting this by writing about it in my blog but actually quite the opposite. Kind of like where we are going with technologies and applications that are made available to us.
It amazes me to realize that there is no limit to how useless we can get!
The NASSCOM conclave this year is happening on 27th and 28th October, that is today and tomorrow. The crowd this year at the conference was a lot higher than I expected. I’m sure their could have been more than 1000 people participating in the event. It’s a full 2 days event and this time they were able to attract more crowd into the event because they did a pretty good job of online promotions and partnered with some leading product and Social media companies.
There was quite a good coverage from the press as well. This time the highlight of the event was its speakers. Guy Kawasaki started the events with a very interesting speech and set the standards quite high for rest of the speakers. You can find his presentation in slideshare. After that, there were a few unsessions and workshops happening parallelly at various halls in Hotel Lalit Ashok, Bangalore.
You can download the information on the sessions and speakers here. A few distinct highlights about this meet up was that NASSCOM has got some really good speakers running sessions and discussions that startups can really connect with and take home some valuable information.
All conferences that I have attended in India has one same basic flaw in organizing the sessions. They are always too basic, repetitive and CEOs go on their ego trips to explain how they faced a particular problem and overcame it successfully. But I always ask, no 2 problem are same and there is no guarantee the same solution will work the 2nd time. Then why would I be interested in your sessions?
But always these conferences invariably becomes an event where the intelligent start up entrepreneurs end up taking nothing home – besides the bags and stationary of course.
But today, I got to say that even though it had the same shades in some of the sessions, the key-note speakers really stole the show. 2 outstanding speakers of them were Guy Kawasaki and Naeem Zafar.
Naeem has promised to upload it to slideshare as well. Guy spoke about “Art of the Start” and Naeem spoke about “The art of writing a business model”. As an entrepreneur and an active member of a startup company I was able to trace back my steps and got my plans reassured that we are moving in the right direction with the right team. Also I was able to take home information with me home that will practically help me in marketing my products and services.
Now thats the kind of stuff entrepreneurs wat to hear in a start-up conference. And NASSCOM managed to pull that off quite well this time. There were tweetup sessions as well with Guy and discussion sessions with speakers CEOs, VCs and other big guys you might have wanted to talk to. Those things were organized quite well.
There were stalls with lot of companies showcasing their products and other sessions that we were a part of as well, but as I said they were moving out of the intended direction or was uninteresting (I mean the ones you really don’t have anything to take home).
Overall it was quite well-organized event so far and we’ll be joining them back tomorrow for rest of the sessions and discussions. Will fill you guys on it a well once I’m back tomorrow. Today was truly long but untiring experience.
I read this article on Desicritics. Very nice one! Check these answers by Narayana Murthy. The answers were so good that I thought, I’ll put it on my blog as well.
Q. What does it take to start your own venture?
NM: You need 4 things before you can think of starting your own venture:
1. Idea. The key idea or concept of the service or product you want to sell in the market
2. Market value of the idea. You must have a basic level of confidence in the fact that the market values your product and is willing to pay for it.
3. Team. You must have a team of complementary skillsets – so identify your own strengths, and find people who have different, but complementary strengths.
4. High aspirations. You must be someone who sets his/her sights high, and is willing to work very hard to achieve those aspirations.
Q. What must a startup do for branding?
NM: Do unusual things. Infosys has always attracted the press and positive publicity by doing unusual things, which interest people.
Q. Who were your idols or people you looked up to?
NM: When we started our business, there were already well-established business leaders who had founded and expanded their companies while sticking to sound ethical principles – JRD Tata, even Mr. Birla, TVS, Mr. Kirloskar. Of course, by that time Bill Gates had also become well-known. Intel was one of the foremost examples of success for most security companies to follow.
Q. What is a non-negotiable component when starting your own business?
NM: A sound value system. You have to lead by example, you must walk the talk, eat your own dogfood. Only when will your team trust you implicitly, and only then will they deliver and help achieve the common goals.
Q. What are the characteristics of a successful entrepreneur?
1. Ability to work with other people and work in a team
2. Passion and will to persevere
3. High degree of optimism
4. High aspirations for oneself and for the company
5. Ability to put long-term interest ahead of short-term benefit
Q. How do you judge the value of your idea?
NM: You should be able to express your idea and its value to the market in a simple sentence. Not a compound sentence, nor a complex sentence.
Q. How do you attract and retain talent?
The leadership must articulate a grand vision – an exciting future. This will create a challenging work culture and attract future leaders to the company. The vision must be a story that is compelling, believable, and intrigues and excites the minds of the team members.
Q. What do you think about work-life balance?
I remember K V Kamath’s answer to this question: first let’s make a life, then think about work-life balance. I don’t understand the concept of a work-life balance. (This is Awesome!)
Q. How do you define success, and at what stage did you consider yourself successful, and why?
NM: I have thought a lot on this subject, and my definition of a successful person is one who when he/she walks into a room, people’s eyes light up. If he/she brings a smile to people’s faces, then irrespective of whether that person is educated, not educated, self-employed, employed, I would still consider that person to be successful. And going by that definition, I am still not sure whether I would consider myself as being successful.
Take a look a the Score card below, from IPLt20.com. The official Website of IPL.
In the 1st picture, the match was between, Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals. Why does the score card display Kings XI Punjab against Delhi’s Score?
And in the 2nd picture, the scores are displayed incorrectly. It was Chennai that scored 240/5.
Not just that generally who ever bats first their score card is displayed first for user’s ease of understanding. But here its the other way round.
Well, if you think these were the only mistakes that ha happened, well wait. Try launching tese pages with IE. This is the result.
How are we suppose to view the score? 2 lines at a time? I can’t re size this page at all. Well… looks like if I spend even 10 more minutes, I think I’ll find enough bugs for those developers to work for the next whole week!
He he he(wicked)…
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