23 May 2007

Rohit Agarwal on his New Book on Innovation

Rohit Agarwal is the founder and CEO of techTribe Networks, a software company that enables current and future professionals to connect with others to enhance their careers.

Rohit recently co-authored a book along with Patricia Brown, titled, How Innovators Connect.

“How Innovators Connect” is an attempt to showcase innovation through the experiences of more than 40 successful innovators in Silicon Valley and India. Innovation is a process that demands connectivity, and cannot be performed in a vacuum. Based on numerous conversations, the authors discovered that each of the successful innovators shared connectivity traits. Although they all had different approaches, there were common sets of principles. The book explores the core principles of connectivity that form a framework for innovation, and contains learning from:

Jawad Ansari (Miven Ventures), Jan Baan (Baan, Cordys), Eric Billingsley (eBay), Marc Benioff (, Drew Clark (IBM), Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande (Sycamore), Tom Erickson (Systinet), Stuart Evans (Cambridge University), Ashish Gupta (Junglee), Umang Gupta (Keynote, Gupta Corp.), Mark Hanny (IBM), Dan Harden (FrogDesign, Whipsaw), Mark Hoffman (CommerceOne, Sybase), James Hong (HOTorNOT), Bradley Horowitz (Yahoo), Subrah Iyer (WebEx), Kiran Karnik (NASSCOM), Guy Kawasaki (Apple), Emmett B. Keefe III (iRise), Jerry Kennelly (Riverbed), Joe Kraus (Excite, JotSpot), Audrey MacLean (NET), Phaneesh Murthy (iGate), Ram Mynampati (Satyam), Mark Lewis (EMC), M.R. Rangaswami (Sand Hill Group), Rajeev Samant (Sula Wines), Manoj Saxena (Webify, Exterprise), Ram Shriram (Google), Ashmeet Sidana (Foundation Capital), Vishal Sikka (SAP), David Skok (Silverstream), Louis Teto (Taleo), and many more.

For Rohit, the book is not a commercial effort, but part of his passion for spreading the message of innovation in India.

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22 May 2007

Kiruba on Podcasting in India

Priya Shah of WATBlog called me up to do an interview on the current state of podcasting in India. I figured it may be a good idea to record the interview and also release it as a podcast.

Traditionally, this is the show where I interview CEOs of Indian IT companies with a focus on entrepreneurship, Internet and Mobile. However, this episode is going to be a bit different. Instead of the interviewer, I become the interviewee.

In this episode, we discuss the huge gap between the adoption of blogging and podcasting, the reasons why podcasting hasn’t taken off in India and about PodWorks, India’s biggest podcasting event that is taking place on June 9 & 10.

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02 May 2007

In Conversation With Asawari Desai, Director of TiE Global

Asawari Desai is a director with TiE Global, overseeing the performance of all the 42 offices. At TiE she is responsible for defining organizational strategy and vision, branding, identifying and addressing issues concerning the organization and individual offices and evaluating opportunities to open new offices.

Prior to TiE she worked as a fund manager with JF Electra, a leading private equity fund in Mumbai. She has more than 10 years of experience in financial services of which more than six years in private equity investing, fund management and fund raising and more than four years in financial advisory services.

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23 Apr 2007

Drew Clark on IBM Venture Group’s India Plans

Drew Clark is director of strategy at IBM’s Venture Capital Group.

Drew is responsible for driving external innovation into IBM business units and identifying and developing new business opportunities. A 20-year IBM veteran, he has held a variety of key positions in software development and technology, product marketing and emerging-business development and strategy. He has led several entrepreneurial initiatives, including the formation of IBM’s Internet Division.

IBM works with 120 of the world’s top VC firms to gain insights into emerging technologies, nurture small businesses and potential startup partners and drive open computing principles in the marketplace.

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09 Apr 2007

Atul Phadnis, CEO of Mediae2e, On In-Film Product Valuations

Have you seen Shahrukh Khan hand over Tag Heuer watches to contestants in Kaun Banega Crorepathi? or the fabulous Aston Martin DBS car that James Bond drives in Casino Royale? That is smart in-film product placement.

But how much value does the advertiser get and how much should the film or TV channel charge the advertiser? It’s in places like these that companies like Media e2e come into play.

Media E2E is a technology group specializing in business solution designed for broadcasters and media companies. In this interview, we speak with Atul Phadnis, the chief evangelist & CEO of Media e2e, about valuations of in-film advertisement and how his company has an important role to play.

Atul launched the company in 2005 to capitalize on the huge growth in the area of both the digital and traditional communications business. He has worked with companies such as Colgate, Unilever, Godrej Appliances, ICICI, and FIAT and in organizations including Rediffusion DY&R, MediaEdge, Mindshare, Starcom Worldwide and TAM Media Research.

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