23 Apr 2007

Drew Clark on IBM Venture Group’s India Plans

Drew Clark is director of strategy at IBM’s Venture Capital Group.

Drew is responsible for driving external innovation into IBM business units and identifying and developing new business opportunities. A 20-year IBM veteran, he has held a variety of key positions in software development and technology, product marketing and emerging-business development and strategy. He has led several entrepreneurial initiatives, including the formation of IBM’s Internet Division.

IBM works with 120 of the world’s top VC firms to gain insights into emerging technologies, nurture small businesses and potential startup partners and drive open computing principles in the marketplace.

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13 Apr 2007

Lawrence Liang Talks about Creative Commons India

Lawrence Liang is the legal lead for Creative Commons India, and has helped set up the India chapter. The Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that encourages people to share their creativity and make it available for others to legally build upon and share. By joining the Creative Commons, India has become part of a significant international effort in helping to make knowledge more accessible.

Lawrence Liang is one of the co-founders of Alternative Law Forum. ALF is a non profit collective of lawyers, academics and media practitioners who work on various aspects of law, legality and power.

His key areas of interest are law, technology and the politics of copyright.

He is the author of two books, A Guide to Open Content Licenses, and The Public is Watching: Sex, laws and Videotape. Liang is a guest lecturer at the National Law School, Bangalore and the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai.

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11 Apr 2007

Interview with Deap Ubhi, Cofounder of Burrp.com, a lifestyle social site

Burrp! is a lifestyle social site that allows users to submit and review lifestyle-related listings like restaurants, bars and nightlife.

Deap Ubhi co-founded this site along with his friend Anand Jain. Deap is a mergers & acquisitons man with private equity experience. He most recently was a senior associate at Alpine Investors in San Francisco before the entreprenurial bug bit him and brought him over to Mumbai.

In this interview, he talks about the idea behind the site’s existence, how it is transforming from a restaurant guide to a lifestyle social listing site, their revenue models and the justification for a funding request of $6 million.

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09 Apr 2007

Atul Phadnis, CEO of Mediae2e, On In-Film Product Valuations

Have you seen Shahrukh Khan hand over Tag Heuer watches to contestants in Kaun Banega Crorepathi? or the fabulous Aston Martin DBS car that James Bond drives in Casino Royale? That is smart in-film product placement.

But how much value does the advertiser get and how much should the film or TV channel charge the advertiser? It’s in places like these that companies like Media e2e come into play.

Media E2E is a technology group specializing in business solution designed for broadcasters and media companies. In this interview, we speak with Atul Phadnis, the chief evangelist & CEO of Media e2e, about valuations of in-film advertisement and how his company has an important role to play.

Atul launched the company in 2005 to capitalize on the huge growth in the area of both the digital and traditional communications business. He has worked with companies such as Colgate, Unilever, Godrej Appliances, ICICI, and FIAT and in organizations including Rediffusion DY&R, MediaEdge, Mindshare, Starcom Worldwide and TAM Media Research.

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06 Apr 2007

Ravi Kumar on Campus Incubation at IIM Bangalore

Ravi Kumar is a veteran entrepreneur and currently a consultant with The Nadathur S. Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning. NSRCEL was set up in March 2002 at the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB) to synergise with the institute’s focus on entrepreneurial studies. The Centre defines the opportunities perceived by aspiring entrepreneurs, evaluates their strengths/weaknesses and helps them with resources to translate their concepts into profitable business ventures. NSRCEL’s vision is “To be a world class center of excellence for seeding, nurturing and promoting entrepreneurship with emphasis on startups and existing organizations with growth protential.” In this podcast, Ravi talks about NSRCEL’s activities and about campus incubation.

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