08 Nov 2006

Amit Ranjan SlideShare for Sharing Presentations on the Web

Why do Indian companies pay such scant respect for usability? We ask Amit Ranjan, who heads the Delhi office of Uzanto, a Silicon Valley startup. He heads the product development team that has built two of Uzanto’s products, SlideShare & MindCanvas. SlideShare is a Web 2.0 application for sharing PowerPoint Presentations on the web, while MindCanvas is an online research software that helps designers conduct user research while designing a web product/service.

Amit keenly follows emerging trends in the consumer Internet space in India and authors a blog called Webyantra, where he profiles innovative Indian web products. Webyantra is good place to go if you want to check out what’s happening in Indian Web 2.0. He is actively involved in organizing events like BarCamps and Mobile Mondays in Delhi.

In a previous professional avatar, Amit was into product marketing & sales. His last stint was with PepsiCo in their snacks food division. Prior to that, he worked with Asian Paints and Godrej & Boyce in their industrial division. He feels that the experience of those years has sharpened his end customer focus and his understanding of the behavior by which consumers interact with products & services.

Amit holds an MBA (with a major in Marketing) from the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), University of Delhi and a Mechanical Engineering degree from REC/NIT Jaipur.

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03 Nov 2006

Chris Messina on BarCamps and Open Source Evangelism

YouTube sold out for a whopping $1.65 billion to Google recently. And guess what the YouTube users got? Nothing. So, this has rubbed people like Chris Messina the wrong side. We talk to Chris about CrowdSourcing and he explains why big companies buying popular user-generated content websites may not be a great thing.

Chris Messina, aka FactoryJoe, is best known for his involvement in helping to create the BarCamp movement and Microformats. Recently he co-founded The Citizen Agency with real-life partner Tara Hunt.

Chris is a widely respected ambassador of open-source, most notably Firefox and Flock. Chris, as a volunteer for the Spread Firefox campaign, also designed the highly influential 2004 Firefox advert which appeared in the New York Times in 2004. Chris currently resides in San Francisco.

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01 Nov 2006

Sridhar Vembu on Zoho’s Future Plans and Threat from Google

It’s not easy taking on the mighty Google. So, when you come across a man who has the guts to do that, you can’t help but admire the man’s spirit. Dr. Sridhar Vembu is the founder and CEO of AdventNet, the company behind the Zoho suite of services, a direct competition to Google’s hosted suite of office products.

He attended Indian Institute of Technology in Madras for his undergraduate degree and Princeton University for his PhD.


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