09 Aug 2007

Sameer, Co-founder of Zook, on Challenges of Mobile Search

Sameer Sisodia is a cofounder of Ziva Software, the makers of Zook, a mobile search service. Its an interesting company that is incubated at the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

Ziva Software has built the world’s first Mobile Social Answer Engine. The mobile answer engine delivers precise answers to users’ questions and helps users find the desired information with the least number of interactions. It’s inbuilt mobile-specific social networking system helps users to tap into the information and knowledge possessed by
their friends. Ability to find both on-web and off-web content in an intuitive and interactive manner provides a rich and satisfying experience to end-users.

Ziva’s platform powers some of the biggest local directory search names in India – JustDial, InfoMedia being are some of the customers. Ziva also partners with some of the leading mobile content companies, and other service providers.

Ziva is a VC-backed, professionally-managed, product development company with exclusive focus on mobile-based access, search, and navigation. Ziva Software operates out of the NSR-GIV Center within the prestigious Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Bangalore.

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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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18 Jul 2007

Rajan Talks About MobileMondays

Rajan helped cofound the Bangalore chapter of MobileMondays. He is passionate about mobile technologies, and that passion has led him to co-found a mobile media startup company called Motvik.

In this episode, Rajan talks about the history of Mobile Mondays and how this global concept was born. He also talks about what happens during MobileMonday meetings. And, finally, why Monday of all days?!

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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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09 Feb 2007

Vijay Shekhar of One97 on Mobile VAS Market in India

Vijay Shekhar Sharma is the managing director of One97, a mobile value-added services company. One97 has many firsts to its credit, including India’s first short code sms service, 3030.

Vijay talks about how they started, the various offerings of One97, impact of 3G and the overall VAS market in India among other things.

The company offered an innovative business model of revenue share in mobile VAS services. This was a landmark decision, not only for One97, but also brought about changes in the entire VAS business model and helped the category grow immensely.

One97 currently comprises a staff of 125 people with offices in Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Bangalore.


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