14 Nov 2006

Prerna Gupta of Competing with Orkut

Will an Indian social networking site succeed against Orkut?

In this episode, we have Prerna Gupta, founder and CEO of – a new social networking site that claims to be “created by Indian youth, for Indian youth”. (Yaari means friendship)

At a time when the social networking space is getting increasingly crowded, we ask her why she decided to jump in now, and how she intends to go up against Orkut.

Prerna Gupta graduated from Stanford University and worked in a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley prior to founding Prerna is of Indian origin but has lived all her life in the US. We ask her if that’s an impediment for her venture. Listen up.

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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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20 Oct 2006

Is Guruji the new Google for India

Anurag Dod is the CEO and founder of, the latest India-based search engine.

Recently, Guruji secured an investment of $7 million from Sequoia Capital, the same investors who backed

Anurag has more than years of extensive software engineering experience, including key contributions to two successful startups. As an engineering manager in Wisenut Search Engine, he was instrumental in developing its core search technology and has a patent pending for that. Wisenut was acquired by LookSmart in 2002. He also held senior engineering positions in eBay, Synopsis and Delsoft. Anurag holds BTech in eclectrical engineering from IIT Delhi and a Masters in computer science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

In this interview, Anurag explains the need for a local search engine like Guruji and how it plans to take on the might of Google.

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