BiziNation # 56: A Tech Ka Masala

Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:58

When Microsoft makes its biggest purchase in its history, everyone loves to talk about it. Skype got acquired for more than 8 billion USD. In this podcast, we talk about this and other related tech stories such as LinkedIn's scheduled Initial Public Offering (IPO) on May 19th. Hoffman, the 43 year old should be happy considering that his company will be the first social network from America to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. In other news, Facebook was caught planting negative stories in the press against Google.

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  • Microsoft buys Skype
  • LinkedIn's 3 billion USD IPO
  • Facebook versus Google turns a bit ugly

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TKM #45: Super Angels

Tuesday, 17 May 2011 17:33

In this episode, I have two TV Tech Show hosts - Sudhir Syal of ET NOW and Aalaap Ghag, formerly of UTV's Techtree. We talk about Microsoft buying Skype - one of the most high profile acquisition in recent times. Microsof has received a lot of bashing in the press for the sort of money they spent to buy skype but here is the TKM panel's take on it. Also, after discussing about the huge VC investments in the US, Indian enterpreneurs are finally seeing their share. There are no prizes that eCommerce is the focus area for VCs but is it too concentrated in one segment remains to to be seen.

Sudhir also tells us about "Super Angels" Initiative on his show - Starting up. If you would like to enter your start up in Super Angels, write to startingup [at] etnow.tv or join their facebook page

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  • MS buys Skype
  • Google Music Beta
  • Rediff Launches Group Buying Site ‘Deal Ho Jaye’, Deal Sites Launched By MouthShut, IndyaRocks;
  • Network18 launches Firstpost.com
  • VC Updates:
    • "Starting up"
    • Sourcebits (app developer)
    • 99Labels
    • Quickr
    • Redbus.in

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Normal is boring. That's the tenet that India seems to be working on in the wake of the biggest petrol price hike of all time. A record 32 per cent year on year and 8 per cent overnight hike has caused some discontent among the middle class. Akhilesh joins us in this episode and we talk about the hike and more. A Rs. 3000 crore subsidy package is being made ready for BSNL and MTNL with the hope of pulling them back into profits. Royal Enfield, the bike company which has a cult following in India has new plans for India. With a waiting period of more than a year, what do you expect?

 

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Horst Wein is a renowned name in field hockey as well as football across continents. Horst was engulfed in hockey through the 70’s, till mid-80’s, coaching national teams to important events like the Olympics. A chance meeting with football officials in Barcelona resulted in Horst turning his attention to football. Since then, Horst has authored several books and released DVDs on the topic of developing youth into quality players aimed at the trainers/coaches of young teens.

What started with coaching the coaches at FC Barcelona soon expanded to some other important clubs in Europe. Horst now distributes his method & knowledge to coaches of youngsters from Guatemala to Finland & everywhere in between & on the sides.

We had the good fortune of not just chatting with Horst Wein but also watching his famed training sessions with young teens on his recent trip to Mumbai. What brought him to Mumbai was the association with Kenkre Football Academy with the help of Arunava Chaudhuri.

It is difficult to finish listening to someone who has experience spread over several decades and geography. And, what’s more, we found Horst Wein to be an absolutely charming man, full of energy and lots of stories. We have tried to capture the essence of Horst’s training methods in this podcast. We inquire whether or how his methods are relevant in the Indian scenario & his opinion on the appropriate coach for the Indian national football team. It is a must listen for any student of football.

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Indicast #142: A deadly episode

Friday, 06 May 2011 05:30

The weekend Royal wedding festivities continued in some parts of the world when a confident, and emotionless Barack Obama declared that US had killed Osama in Pakistan. The incident has left Pakistan red faced since it always maintained that Osama was not in Pakistan. Some see this military operation as a blatant disregrad to Pakistan' sovereignty. As soon as the news hit India, Chidabaram was on it asking Pakistan to now hand over Dawood and Saeed Hafiz (26/11 strategist). But this seems far from happening. We cover a few more deaths that happened in India in this episode.

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BiziNation # 54: Kamath cometh at Infy

Wednesday, 04 May 2011 23:19

K V Kamath has been appointed as the Chairman of Infosys Inc while Mohandas Pai, the HR director of Infy quits. In this podcast, we also cover a bit about the business impact of the royal wedding. In other news, Air India has multiplied its self inflicted problems with more than 1000 pilots going on strike. This episode is unexpectedly all over the place. Hope you like it nevertheless. Ritika is back in this one.

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  • K V Kamath enters as Chairman of Infosys
  • Mohandas Pai resigns under interesting circumstances
  • Pilots at Air India go on strike
  • Business Impact of the royal wedding

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In this episode, a short elevator ride with Virat Kohli triggers an interesting view from Shoba on how to handle unexpected situations.

Shoba Narayan picks up on this thread and delves into the various research/theories by several authors about importance of cognitive intelligence and how can one develop it.

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Finally with the 'resignation' of Bob Houghton as Indian national football team coach, a saga that was increasingly turning distasteful has ended. Discussed are possible replacements and the importance of setting up of or following the system that Houghton set up over the last five years, because India is struggling from the development perspective as well. Meanwhile, the I-league is in a very interesting phase & I-League 2nd division has also surprisingly emerged as a fiercely contested competition. This podcast covers a bit on the teams in these two groups.

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