06 Dec 2006

Rohit Bansal of ThoughtWorks India on Future Plans

It’s not often you come across a company where the CEO does not have a corner office but has the same setup as a trainee developer. I was pleasantly surprised that the ThoughtWorks office has an open and innovative culture — something that’s not too common in India. The fact that they played a good host to BarCampers over the weekend is a good testimony to that.

The credit goes to Rohit Bansal, director of delivery at ThoughtWorks Technologies India Pvt. Ltd. Rohit is the subject of this interview, where he talks about what ThoughtWorks does and how it aims to be more than just another software arm of an international IT company.

He joined ThoughtWorks in the U.S. in 1999 as a technology consultant. He spent most of his time working with mostly Silicon Valley startup companies in the Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) space.

With the intention of promoting the Indian IT industry, he returned to India and set up ThoughtWorks’ Indian operations at Bangalore with an initial headcount of 10. He has played multiple roles in ThoughtWorks India, from MD – India Operations to director, Delivery. He has played an important role in helping ThoughtWorks India, grow to its current size and making it the most strategic entity within ThoughtWorks – the global organization.

ThoughtWorks India now has grown to 180 people with a new facility in Pune this year. Apart from this, Rohit is passionately involved in various NGO activities.

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30 Nov 2006

Vishal Gupta on BREW Mobile Developers Conference

Very recently, QUALCOMM India, a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies and mobile data solutions, hosted the second annual BREW Developers Conference in Mumbai.

In this episode, I speak with Vishal Gupta, senior director of Qualcomm India about Brew and what it means to the mobile development community.

The theme for this year’s conference, “BREW Your Way,” is about discovering the limitless possibilities of the BREW solution. Targeted at the wireless community in India, BREW 2006 – India focused on bringing together distinguished members of the industry, both from within the country and around the world. The conference was a platform for the launch of innovative technologies and services and will feature exciting keynotes and technical sessions.

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28 Nov 2006

Dushyant Mehta on’s Alliance With Corbis

Dushyant Mehta and his company, IndiaPicture, has been in the news recently for signing up a deal with Corbis to be their exclusive distributor in India.

Corbis is a company owned by Bill Gates and it is the world’s second largest stock photo website.

Dushyant’s passion for rich media and content management started in the early days of his career, when he was executive producer for U.R. Productions, a production house specializing in TV shows.

After U.R., he was a freelance consultant, advising media companies on digital video technologies. Dushyant co-founded his own online media company,, now the largest online repository of images in South East Asia.

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21 Nov 2006 Founder Kanwaldeep Kalsi

Will an Indian clone of an international hit take off in India? That’s what we ask’s founder, Kanwaldeep Kalsi whose site is a direct clone of

MeraVideo was recently in the news for being close to signing up venture funding of $1.5 million. We ask Kanwaldeep about his company’s revenue model and its chances of success.

Kalsi is an IIT Delhi graduate and has eight years of experience in managing projects of approximately $30M in the United States and India, in a broad range industries including entrepreneurial capacity. Kanwaldeep has sufficient experience in the IT sector and has been involved with a lot of projects on web-site development and hosting.

Kanwaldeep successfully founded a television production company and has already produced two shows on STAR TV and SONY. Kanwaldeep’s principal role is to provide overall supervision and strategic direction to the group.

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16 Nov 2006

Rajjaj Barjatya on VIVAH, India’s first movie to premiere on the Internet

In an unprecedented move, RajShri Media, one of India’s biggest movie houses, premiered its latest movie on the Internet, on the very same day of its worldwide theatrical release.

Rajshri Media has already aggregated more than 3,000 hours of premium Indian video content across multiple genres. Consumers can stream and download hundreds of full-length feature films, including blockbusters like Phir Hera Pheri, Hera Pheri, Amar Akbar Anthony, Ek Duje Ke Liye, Love In Tokyo, and Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!, among others.

Rajshri also features film and non-film music videos, concerts, humor clips, short films and documentaries licensed from the most respected individuals and organisations in their fields. Commenting on this groundbreaking initiative, Sooraj R. Barjatya, the director of blockbuster hits including Maine Pyar Kiya and Hum Aapke Hain Koun, says, “Indian entertainment is fast becoming the first choice of millions across the globe. We believe the premiere of VIVAH on marks a new era in the distribution and monetization of Indian entertainment content. In an instant, we are able to reach interested consumers across the world and also convert non-consumers into potential consumers of VIVAH.”

Consumers are offered options to stream the movie on their PCs or download the movie with a limited 72-hour license. Consumers can further choose to stream either high or low bandwidth versions of the movie, depending on the speed of their broadband connectivity.

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