October 27, 2005

Moving this blog

Decided to move this blog to a  blog site based on Wordpress.  Still working on the migration and hopefully this time I will get to separate out different topic postings into standalong blogs.

Will appreciate if you can bookmark this site going forward - One More Idea

(For some reason feed url is not working, will fix this soon)

October 27, 2005 in Random Thoughts | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

September 22, 2005

Last Man Standing

Anna Lappe has something which is very relevant in the Indian political context -

Courage is saying, "Maybe what I'm doing isn't working; maybe I should try something else."


There is one political segment in India which is more stinking rotten than anything you have ever imagined (or smelled !). And that is Communist party of India. So it's coming in as a fresh air  that  at least one member of this party has decided to show his balls.

Bloomberg reports that chief minister of West Bengal is soliciting Indonesian firm for investment in his state.

Buddhadev Bhattacharya, the Marxist chief minister of India's West Bengal province, badly wants Indonesian tycoon Anthony Salim's $10 billion industrial township project to come to his province.

If only other communist party members understand the economics 101 then lot of policy issues can be resolved without going to the streets on every issue.

At least one man is willing to break from the past and past which has earned Calcutta this bad reference -

City is full of Bannerjees, Chatterjees, Mukherjees but very little energy !

Time to show some energy.


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September 08, 2005

Long road ahead

Blogging had been slow lately.  Blogging time is replaced by the travel time. 

This evening while returning from the customer site in this small New York town called Pearl River, taxi radio was playing this wonderful Neil Young song-

Its a long road behind me
Its a long road ahead
If you follow every dream
You might get lost
If you follow every dream
You might get lost

I guess we all have to pick our dreams. Its a long road ahead.

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May 06, 2005

American dream

This is what American dream is all about:

Khanna will join the White House staff effective May 8, Peace Corps Director Gaddi Vasquez announced. The position is currently listed as vacant following the departure of the last CFO Jim Daniels.

Khanna will oversee a White House budget that is said to be in the region of $ 750 million. He will work in the White House office of management.

Khanna, who was born in Kanpur and graduated from the local Christ College, migrated to the U.S in the early 1970s. He earned an MBA from University of Maine and has held senior executive positions in finance, IT and management consulting in several U.S companies

This is all the more inspiring because of the common hometown. Well the "other" hometown.

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April 20, 2005

Good lord !

Family business got busted.  This fellow shares the same name and that gives me another reason not to get too worked-up at the airport. I get pulled over for the physical scan 4 out of 5 times.

Pushing Viagra from the land of Taj Mahal and then getting busted makes for a nice little story. I bet they can sell the plot to some B-grade movie maker. Mahesh Bhatt are you still working ?

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April 02, 2005

The power is the story

Go to Tom Peters if you need quick mantras to get out of the week's overload and have those mantras shake few cobwebs in your head over the weekend.

Sample this from his slide where he quotes Rolf Jensen, (author of dream society)

We are in the twilight of a society based on data. As information and intelligence become the domain of computers, society will place more value on the one human ability that cannot be automated: emotion. Imagination, myth, ritual - the language of emotion - will affect everything from our purchasing decisions to how we work with others.  Companies will thrive on the basis of their stories and myths. Companies will need to understand that their products are less important than their stories.

There are lot of concise wisdom in that presentation, all pointing to one thing that story and emotions are the new foundation of successful business. It was always there as an important ingredient but lately this has come out as a key differentiators. It reflects which way competitive differentiators are moving in our  highly homogeneous and commoditized market place.
There have been many case studies on how companies like Starbucks, JetBlue, Flickr, Google, Apple among others command high emotional loyalty. They make us feel good about ourselves and about our choices.

People are suckers for cool stuff. Rational thinking is overrated (Blink did some more damage to the rationalist school of thought) when it comes to the shopping experience.

What lesson an entrepreneur can draw from that.  To begin with focus on the emotional content of your product offering. What feeling does your product invoke in your users and among your employees. What image does it conjure in their mind.

Kevin Laws has an interesting post which expands on this theme. His comment on the growing tyranny of non-monetary cost is right on the money.  Customer's emotional experience is directly matched to his or her psychic cost:

Psychic costs are less well known and more difficult to measure. They are not the $3.99 a minute it costs to get your fortune read over the telephone - that cost is very monetary. No, psychic costs measure the stress of having to think about a transaction.

His recommendation is worth internalizing:

.. the critical importance of reducing non-monetary costs enough that customers actually use the product

Stories, emotions, conceptualizers, psychic cost, blink, thin-slicing, non-monetary etc are all part of the same equation. Technology has to be hidden and only that part should be exposed which says "I care about you".

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March 25, 2005

Happy Holi

Happy Holi to everybody.  Using the new way to refer to images. I searched on Flickr for the tag holi and found this beautiful work.  (I hope Parag  wont mind my referring to this image)

holi art, originally uploaded by tutu.

Well as they say don't mind it's holi !

Here is a little intro to this festival of colors.  [Via IndianExpress ] Holi is marked by vibrant processions which are accompanied by folk songs, dances and a general sense of abandoned vitality.

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March 21, 2005

Why having common enemies help make new friends !

Larry Pressler, a long time advocate of India's interest is urging US to do cold-war reality check:

Freeing ourselves from our profitless Pakistan policy would allow us to look clearly at the biggest problem in the region: China. We should tell Beijing that we will help India match China's arms buildup and that we will work toward a modified free-trade agreement with India to help it offset China's state-dominated trade practices

This arms buildup talk scares me.

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March 04, 2005

Reading but not writing

Since I never got a chance to catch up with all the feeds while in Bangalore,  so I spent last few days catching up on the  bloglines feeds. Rapid pace parsing of the conversations is an art. Mastering that will become a necessity if your career depends on the business models which gets discussed in these  conversations.

Travel experience enhances our instincts for comparison. Its very much like comparison shopping for observations and interpretations.  Conversations in US and India don't happen at the same level. Deliberations and tone varies dramatically.

Where future-mindedness and what's-new takes center stage in US,  India needs more and more assurances in her private family conversations (public conversations  mostly lack humour). Assurances come in the form of exaggerations of its power, feel- good media commentary and sudden doom-and-gloom related to its  development goals.

Conversations on my bloglines account tell me one thing - change is accelerating faster than anybody can fathom.  Memes are getting constructed with each new posts, which eventually gets  remixed, repackaged, reworded, mutated, flipped and checked out. Knowledge is there in abundance in terms of shared interpretation and experiences.  15 minutes of fame involves many feeds nicely packaging the momentum of its meme.

I need a tool which can help me get to the original thoughts, memes and fresh interpretations of important  concepts.  Remix culture in the knowledge world is  funny if not dangerous. But then blogosphere is not necessarily a knowledgesphere. Its a one long conversation.

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February 26, 2005

Whichway home

On a personal note, today I am leaving  for the Bay Area.  Bangalore stay was fun and I think we managed to accomplish many things, specially on the sales front.

Going forward hopefully postings will be more regular and during flight I hope to finish  Pico Iyer's Global Soul.   Yes I am still dealing with the confusion regarding the question - "What happened to the idea of home".

Am I leaving for home or leaving my home ?

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