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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14 Feb 2007

Professor Maheshwari on Campus Entrepreneurship

Professor Maheshwari is the vice chancellor of BITS Pilani, one of the most prestigious educational instituitions in India. He has held various top-level positions at the instituition over the past 35 years. He has published four books and over 80 research papers in the ares of semiconductor electronics and university-industry linkages.

Professor Maheshwari talks about the entrepreneurship programs and incubation center that prevails at BITS Pilani. He also talks about the vision of creating a Silicon Valley around educational institutes in India the same way Stanford University helped develop the valley.

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12 Feb 2007

RadioVeRVe and Online Radio in India

Shreyas Srinivasan is one of the co-founders of RadioVeRVe, an Internet radio station which focuses on promoting Indian independent and indie music. The site began as an experiment in late 2003 to help independent musicians across the country promote themselves.

RadioVeRVe runs out of a garage and Shreyas talks about how the various founders have well-defined roles, their plans for the future and whether they are seeking VC funding.

Shreyas has worked at Novell India Ltd for two years in their Linux Desktop Group and currently works at Geodesic Information Systems.

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09 Feb 2007

Vijay Shekhar of One97 on Mobile VAS Market in India

Vijay Shekhar Sharma is the managing director of One97, a mobile value-added services company. One97 has many firsts to its credit, including India’s first short code sms service, 3030.

Vijay talks about how they started, the various offerings of One97, impact of 3G and the overall VAS market in India among other things.

The company offered an innovative business model of revenue share in mobile VAS services. This was a landmark decision, not only for One97, but also brought about changes in the entire VAS business model and helped the category grow immensely.

One97 currently comprises a staff of 125 people with offices in Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Bangalore.


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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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