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KirubaShow Celebrates 50 Episodes of Conversations with CEOs

The CEO talk show is one of the most interesting and satisfying projects that I have undertaken. In case you are new, check out . It’s an audio & video podcast show where I interview CEOs & news makers from the Indian IT industry. That’s the niche I’ve decided to occupy and will plant my flag real good.

Here are few recommended listening.

Asawari Desai, Director of TIE Global.
Ajay Adisheshann, CEO of Paymate (Cool company that enables online buying via SMS)
Drew Clark, Founder of IBM Venture Capital Group
Sridhar Iyengar, ex-CEO of KPMG India

A good way to catch up on the show is to subscribe to the RSS feeds. Here is the feed link

The first 50 shows is a good warm up. I feel the best is yet to come.

I have always been fascinated with podcasting and realized its a powerful medium for communicating just like blogging has been.

The realization came in 3 years back when I tried a few test podcasts. Unfortunately, I didn’t pursue it with vigor and I regret that to this day. Being one of the early movers has its advantage and I wasted a three year lead. The thought had been eating me from inside and it was with a sense of frustration I decided to take up podcasting more seriously 10 months back.

I began with what I was comfortable with. Interviewing folks I was personally fascinated with. I must’ve done about half a dozen podcasts before it caught Robert Scoble’s attention. The timing was just right as PodTech was expanding. I was invited to host my own show and loved the opportunity. It’s good to be on the same platform as Tom Foremski, a former Financial Times Technology Columnist, Jason Calacanis, ex-GM at Netscape, now with Sequoia Capital and of course, Scoble himself, the person who showed us the human side of Microsoft.

There used to be a time when I would have to give a 3 minute discourse about the show when I cold email a particular CEO. I still do but its gotten a lot easier. People recognize the show. In fact, I’ve received requests from most leading PR agencies requesting to do an interview with their client. When you receive calls from PR agents, its a sure shot sign you’ve arrived.

Yahoo! India has listed PodTech’s IndiaTech as recommended listening in all its city portals and that’s a good thing.

Like I said, the shows so far have been a good warm up. I want to raise the bar. There’s a lot of room for improvement. I need to invite more high profile ‘A’ names. The likes of PhaneeshMurthy of iGate, Ram Shriram of Sherpalo, Nandan Nilekeni of Infosys etc. I need to ask more tough questions. Need to do more research on my subjects. I need to get professional help with video editing. I need to invest more money in advanced equipments. I need to make the show more user participative. Some of the most insightful questions lies with the audience.

It’s going to be a challenge but its going to be an enjoyable challenge.

The next 50 shows should be something to watch out for.