27 Feb 2007

Jimmy Wales at WikiCamp Chennai

Jimmy Wales recently traveled to Chennai, in India, to take part in WikiCamp, India’s first wiki unconference. Wales is the founder of Wikipedia and president of the Wikimedia Foundation. He stayed with Kiruba for two nights while he was there.

This conversation includes Wales’s take on the difference between Wikipedia and Wikia, advertising or lack of advertising at Wikipedia and the future growth of the phenomenon.

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01 Feb 2007

Sridhar Iyengar, ex-CEO of KPMG India, on Mentor Investing

Sridhar Iyengar is former chairman and CEO of KPMG India. He has been with KPMG for 34 years as a partner in the UK, US and India.

In this interview, Sridhar talks about mentorship, his investments in various companies and what qualities he looks for in a person who approaches him for funding.

Currently, Sridhar is an independent mentor capitalist to early-stage companies. He sits on the boards of American India Foundation, Infosys, ICICI Bank, Rediff, OnMobile, among others.

He has also served as president of TIE and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.


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26 Jan 2007

Microland CEO Pradeep Kar On His Company’s Roller Coaster Ride

Pradeep Kar founded Microland in 1989. Microland manages the IT infrastructure of companies worldwide.

Pradeep also founded Planetasia, which was acquired by News Corporation, and Net Brahma, which was acquired by a U.S. telecom equipment company in 2001.

Pradeep is member of the Technology Advisory Panel to the Government of Karnataka and has received numerous accolades including Indian Express “India Young Business Achiever Award,” the World Economic Forums award for the “Global Leader for Tomorrow.”

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07 Jan 2007

Abhi Shah, CEO of JuriMatrix

Abhi Shah is a sharp guy and it would definitely make sense to keep track on his progress. Be it corporate business or politics, he seem to be making the right moves and more importantly he has the passion, zeal and age on his side.

Abhi Shah is the CEO of JuriMatrix, an offshore legal solutions company. Prior to this, worked with Accenture, Compaq Computer Corp. and Thomas Nelson, Inc.

He is the co-founder and vice president of the U.S. India Business Alliance (USIBA) and also serves as the founder/chairman of the Youth Committee of U.S. India Political Action Committee (USINPAC).

Abhi holds an Honors BBA degree in marketing from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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07 Dec 2006

Sujai Karampuri of Sloka Telecom on WiMax Scene in India

WiMax is the promised shangrila for bigger broadband penetration in India. It’s been a distant hope for many years and there’s been much hype surrounding it. Lately, we’ve been hearing about WiMax being deployed in a few cities in India, so it’s a good time to get a realistic take on the WiMax scenario.

We speak with Sujai Karampuri, the founder and CEO of Sloka Telecom, a company that aims to be an important player in the WiMax market in India.

Sujai has 10 years of wireless experience in product development, system architecture and strategy formulation. He has worked with Alcatel in the U.S. and Europe for seven years, where he focused on GSM wireless networks. Later, as system architect for Nortel Networks Division at Sasken, Bangalore, he was involved in overall architecture of GERAN products. Sujai obtained his bachelors from REC, Warangal and got his masters from Michigan Tech, Houghton.


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