24 Jan 2007

Oracle’s Amit Pande On Usability in Indian IT Industry

Amit Pande manages Oracle’s user experience practice in Bangalore. This practice defines the user experience of Oracle’s Applications Unlimited and Fusion product lines and provides comprehensive interaction design, usability engineering, and user interface and HCI research for Oracle’s enterprise applications.

Amit talks about how usability is picking up among Indian companies, what it takes to set up a usability design lab and payscales among other things.

Prior to working with Oracle, Amit started PeopleSoft’s user experience operations in India in 2004.

Amit graduated from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and also holds an undergrad degree in engineering from the National Institute of Technology (formerly MNREC), Allahabad, India.

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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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18 Dec 2006

PicSquare’s Online Photo Print Business in India

DNA has this to say about Picsquare: “Banking on the sentiments of Indians who hold family albums very dear, two techies, both graduates from IIT Bombay, have launched Picsquare, a website that will print and deliver digital photos posted on it anywhere in the country.”

This Bangalore-based startup is founded by Manish Agrawal, a mechanical engineer, and Kartik Jain, a chemical engineer. Both Agrawal and Jain resigned from corporate jobs to start the venture. They own savings, along with help from a few angel investors, helped get things started. Now, it is being “incubated” by the Bangalore chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs.

Picsquare was selected from among 10 contestants in the TiE Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program that aims to foster businesses by a creating an ecosystem similar to the one in Silicon Valley.

I got a chance to meet the founders in person in Bangalore. In this interview, they talk about how they got to found the company, their revenue models and their plans for the future. Webyantra also has a review of PicSquare service.

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14 Dec 2006

Get started in Mobile Blogging with Jace, India’s First MoBlogger

If there is such a huge growth in mobile phones, how come there are so few mobile blogs around? How difficult or easy is mobile blogging and how does one become a mobile blogger? Jace a.k.a Kiran Jonnalagadda is one of India’s earliest mobile bloggers and his moblog is one of the most active ones around.

Jace is an information architect, designing web applications and community spaces.

He speaks with Kiruba about various issues related to mobile blogging, discussing some very useful tips for folks who are interested in getting started with this new medium.

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07 Dec 2006

Jay Fichialos on Hack Days

Hack Days seems to be the in-thing amongst developers. The 24-hour coding challenge has caught the fancy of the tech community which is looking for various ways to make work more interesting.

Barely a few weeks after Yahoo conducted its much publicized public Hack Day, Sabre Labs is holding one for its employees here in India. Jay Fichialos flew in from the U.S. to India to help coordinate the hack day at Sabre’s Bangalore office.

Jay Fichialos is a community and technology liaison for Sabre Labs, in Southlake, Texas, where he leads research on where online communities and travel intersect. Most recently he has been guiding the development of Bambora.com a social networking site for travelers, and promoting Hack Day innovation events at Sabre.

Jay’s professional interests include information visualization, designing for experience, and social change through technology. He’s an avid supporter of the BarCamp movement, and has helped organize a number of the events.

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