An Open Letter to CEO’s, Tech, MnA Execs of Incumbents, Entrepreneurs.
This letter is greatly inspired by Dalton Caldwell’s open letter to Mark Zuckerberg and is aimed at making a corrective impression with those who drive the M&A in technology companies across India. This is an opinion letter written by me based on my experiences of over 6 years as an entrepreneur in the Technology and Internet space in India. I have only the entrepreneurs perspective to offer. But I do believe my experience and views will matter to you, especially if you are in any way connected to or affected by MnA’s of startups. This was not my first conversation around acquisition, I’ve had several in my journey. The funny thing is this story repeats itself every time. In fact, several entrepreneurs who read this post relate to it with their own stories which follow this pattern. Enough that we might even call it a broad trend.
A couple of months ago I was invited to meet with different executives of a potential acquirer with the purpose of acquisition of a technology that I’ve created. What we were selling was strategically ‘aligned’, could potentially expand the acquirers business, get them to-market significantly ahead of time, and in turn solve a valuable business problem for both.
Cricketing History has been made!
It was incredible to watch Ishant Sharma nail Ricky Ponting and push the Aussies on the back foot. He is only 19 years old! The Indians played methodically and kept the pressure on the Australians in the morning as well as through the afternoon session.
Here is the famous conversation between Kumble and Sehwag over persisting Ishant against Ponting. Ishant had already bowled 10 and Kumble was about to pull him out of the attack.
“Meri baat maano… Ponting strike par hai aur ladka (Ishant) rhythm mein hai (Ponting is on strike and the boy is in rhythm)“.
Kumble then asked Ishant, “Ek aur karega? (Would you bowl one more?).”
Fabulously! A number of users left comments talking about how great the car was. However, on closer analysis – I found that some of the comments were fudged. Looks like Skoda has hired an online marketing firm to go plant comments trumping up the cars features.
Here are the best comments from my earlier blog post discussing the Fabia’s launch in Pune, thank you for your comments and your attention!
Rajan Khanna: Some useful info on Fabia that I got it:
Continue reading How did the Fabia do?
What is this post doing here? It only started out as a tribute to a great looking car I aspire to own. However, the comments have been insightful, from people arguing about the price to the delivery schedule (apparently, deliveries start in June 2008).
This is my recount covering the events of the Barcamp Mumbai 2, October 14th. Unfortunately, the post remained a draft for a while as more urgent concerns took over.
A recommendation to all organizers of future Barcamps – if you ever think of possible venues, give highest priority to an academic venue. IIT Powai lent an almost incredibly romantic and truly academic atmosphere to the Barcamp.
The web idea of the day goes to Vakow.com! They have taken an incredibly simple concept and built it for the web. If you love SMS forwards, you know the ones that go “neeche mat dekh, upar dekh” etc. you will love Vakow. Vakow is the single largest database for all types of SMS forwards. Yes, they will even preserve your white space.
What I really enjoyed was the attitude the founder members displayed when demonstrating their product. They are totally committed to having fun all the way and are unfazed by the idea of someone bigger than them invading their space.
Vakow had an exclusive in store for the campers, they are all set to launch an absolutely killer feature for their users soon. Unfortunately, I am not at liberty to discuss the feature. Visit their site to check if they have an update.
Other startups that get an honorable mention,
- Novix.in – Video compression algorithms for streaming jerk-free Video on 2.5G Networks. They had an interesting demonstration and it appears the strategy they have adopted is to go through wireless carriers for monetization.
- WatConsult – Rajiv Dingra walked campers through the basics of corporate blogging. He really ought to have covered corporate blogging a little deeper for those who have already been at it.
UPDATE I – Vakow was also featured on Economic Times “Advertising the most popular revenue model for Internet Biz“.
AirTel recently revealed a slick new ad for Pink Floyd ringtone downloads. Certainly made me turn my head! The advertisement features Pink Floyd’s famous “The Wall” soundtrack with a backdrop full of animation sourced from the original Pink Floyd concerts.
Marketing messages that cut through the noise are the ones that also come to you in your sleep.
From the Facebook group (Bishop’s School, Pune) .
For all ex and present students of the Bishops School ,Pune who have fond memories of our Alma Mater!!
You know you are a true Bishopite when:
- When somebody says that your house is the cock house you actually feel proud.
- You know who Smokey is
- You knew that the best place to bunk was the infirmary
- You knew what Mr. Roberts primary mode of transportation was
- You knew which teachers favorite line was ”Your handwriting looks like chicken walked on sand, bloody fool”
- You know who ANNA is
- You know who PAAPU is
- You know there was only one teacher who was known to chain smoke and he stood 6’2
- You have run around the race course
- When u know what Bulli-Bukka is