10 Oct 2006

The Kiruba Show: Digital Wildlife Photography at its Best with Kalyan Varma

Kalyan Varma is an award-winning wildlife digital photographer. He is also the chief technology officer and founder of IT security company Secuprise. Kalyan caught my attention when he moved away from a lucrative position at Yahoo! India and decided to follow his passions – photography and wildlife. It’s interesting how he manages to balance his career in IT and his varied interests.

Kalyan was chosen as the Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2005 by Sanctuary Magazine.


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05 Oct 2006

The Kiruba Show: Atul Chitnis on India’s biggest open source event

Did you know that India hosts one of the world’s largest FOSS events? Yes, that’s right. FOSS.IN, which stands for Free and Open Source Software India, is one of the world’s largest and most focused open source events. It’s held annually in India.

Over the years, it has attracted thousands of participants, and the speaker roster reads like a “Who’s Who” of FOSS contributors from around the world. This year, the event, in its sixth year, will be held in Bangalore from November 24-26. In this podcast, we speak to the man who has been one of the key figures behind the event.

Atul Chitnis is senior vice president of technology at Geodesic and lives in Bangalore, India. Arguably one of India’s best known technologists, Atul has been at the forefront of India’s technology evolution since the 1980s and the main force behind

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03 Oct 2006

The Kiruba Show: Primed for PROTO

Entreprenuership is increasingly becoming big in India. However, there aren’t many events that allow entrepreneurs to showcase the working prototypes for the world. Here comes PROTO to fill that void. In this episode, we learn more about the event that aims to bring entreprenuers, VCs and technology folks together on a single platform. It’s planned for December 9-10, 2006. The website,, is still under construction.

The event is from the stable of The Knowlege Foundation, a non-for-profit group run by a set of very enthusiastic and passionate technology folks. One amongst them is Vijay Anand and we will be speaking with him about PROTO.

An entrepreneur from India, Vijay has extensive experience in kickstarting companies. He has been the founder of CompuWorld Software Solutions, NullScape Softwares and Ottawa-based LeadStep Technologies.Your Profile

With a background in software engineering and interests in technology and business, he carries with himself the passion to help drive companies that are entering the technological domain here in India and around the world.


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27 Sep 2006

The Kiruba Show: IAMAI President Subho Ray on India’s Internet

When will Indian cities be WiFied? What is the true number of Internet users in India? When will India reach the 100 million Internet users mark? In this episode, Internet & Mobile Association of India President Subho Ray answers these questions and more.

Established in 2004, IAMAI is the only industry association in India representing the collective voice and interests of the online and mobile content industry.

As president, Subho heads the permanent secretariat of the association and is currently responsible for conceptualizing and implementing the association’s activities around regulatory affairs, industry standards, research, communications and promotional events.

Before joining IAMAI, Subho was the director for the ICT vertical at the Confederation of Indian Industry in New Delhi, where he worked since 1998.

His other significant roles in CII have been as head of Internal Communications and an overseas stint at the Confederation’s London office.

Subho has also taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies at University of London and worked as a research assistant at the Indian Council for Historical Research, New Delhi.

He read history at Presidency College, Kolkata and Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi and received his PhD from the University of London.

He has also co-authored the history of CII which will soon be published in India by Penguin.

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21 Sep 2006

The Kiruba Show: Xerago CEO Ganesh Mandalam on Success Secrets

Xerago CEO Ganesh Mandalam reveals success secrets. Ever wonder if all successful CEOs come with MBAs in hand? Do successful CEOs even have time to fall in love or do they spend every waking hour working or thinking about work? What does it take to make it in the competitive world of online advertising and marketing business? Listen to this episode as we get upclose and personal with Ganesh Mandalam, founder and CEO of Xerago, and get his to answer all these questions and more.

Xerago is a pioneering digital marketing solutions and customer management consultancy that offers business and technology solutions to companies interested in improving their customer acquisition and retention.

Ganesh began his career in advertising at TakeWings Advertising agency and, briefly, with Ogilvy & Mather before turning to entrepreneur with 3rd Agenda, one of India’s pioneers in web commerce (way back in 1997). Two years later, he sold 3rd Agenda to SSI Technologies (which has changed its name twice since then: First to Scandent, and now Cambridge Solutions Ltd.) and continued being its CEO till 2001.

In the interim, he also co-founded BrideOverTW, a pureplay online advertising agency that still continues to function. In 2002, SSI decided to shut down 3rd agenda as part of its restructuring, and that’s when Ganesh founded Xerago, which rightly means ‘Second coming’. Since then, there’s been no looking back as Xerago has attracted big ticket clients. Currently, the company is 100 people strong.

In this freewheeling interview, Ganesh talks about his company, his business model and his interests.

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