07 Aug 2007

Aditya Menon, CTO of Obopay India, on Mobile Payment

Will mobile phones be the future for cash payment? Will mobile payment usher in a cashless society? Are services like Western Union threatened by mobile payment? These are all the questions that Aditya answers in this podcast. Aditya Menon is Chief Information and Technology Officer of Obopay India. He started the US company’s India operations.

Obopay is a comprehensive mobile payment service that lets you instantly get, send and spend money anywhere, anytime using a mobile phone.

He was previously CIO of YES Bank. Prior to this, Aditya was Group CIO at MphasiS.

Aditya has 20 years of experience working in the field of banking software product development. , specially in the payments and cash management domain. He was a pioneer in the field of electronic payments and banking, launching the first PC based high value payments systems in 1986 for global banks like ABN and Standard Chartered Bank.

Let’s listen to Aditya talk about Obopay.

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21 Jun 2007

Cory Ondrejka, Second Life Co-Founder

Cory Ondrejka is a co-founder and chief technology officer of Linden Labs, the company behind Second Life. For those who don’t know Second life, it’s an insanely successful 3-D virtual world, completely built and designed by its nearly seven million residents.

As CTO, Cory Ondrejka leads the team developing this digital world. His team has created the revolutionary technologies required to enable collaborative, atomistic creation, including distributed physical simulation, 3-D streaming, completely customizable avatars and real-time, in-world editors. He also spearheaded the decision to allow users to retain the IP rights to their creations and helped craft Linden’s virtual real estate policy.

We spoke at the iCommons Summit in Dubrovnik, where I was an invited scholar.

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22 Mar 2007

MobileWorx’s Asif Ali on ZestAdz

Asif Ali is the CTO of Mobile-Worx, a mobility solutions company. Mobile-Worx is trying to replicate the success of Google’s Adsense program in the mobile space, where content is monetized via advertising.

Asif talks in detail about ZestAdz, an online platform that will allow companies to advertise their products and services on mobile phones through SMS and WAP sites.

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02 Mar 2007

Bhaskar Sayyaparaju of Sify on WiMax in India

Bhaskar Sayyaparaju joined Sify in August 2006 as chief technology officer. Sify Ltd. is one of the largest ISP’s in India and they recently launched WiMAX here.

Bhaskar talks about the advantages offered by WiMAX, and reasons why WiMAX will become a successful technology. He also shares Sify’s plan for the future and its competition with ISP’s and telecom companies.

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10 Oct 2006

The Kiruba Show: Digital Wildlife Photography at its Best with Kalyan Varma

Kalyan Varma is an award-winning wildlife digital photographer. He is also the chief technology officer and founder of IT security company Secuprise. Kalyan caught my attention when he moved away from a lucrative position at Yahoo! India and decided to follow his passions – photography and wildlife. It’s interesting how he manages to balance his career in IT and his varied interests.

Kalyan was chosen as the Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2005 by Sanctuary Magazine.


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