Key stakeholders of a company are its shareholders, customers and its employees. Businesses are organized for the benefit of its shareholders. Nevertheless, the question of corporate priorities and which one should come first, second, or last – is a never ending debate. From a company board and business order of priority perspective the answer would… Continue reading Employees, Customers and Shareholders – who comes first?
Life is full of paradoxes. All of us experience it on daily basis. Business life is no exception either. Few examples: Seek consensus or seek difference of opinion: Looking for consensus? But difference of opinion is what bring individuality and makes a place aspiring. However, you need a level of consensus to build buy-in for successful… Continue reading Paradox in business life
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. - Charles Darwin In our life time - we saw: Computers came to life. And shrank in size as fast as they came while becoming extremely powerful Computers… Continue reading In our lifetime…
During the last few days - I stumbled on 2 interesting thread. One from Frank Scavo - where he summed up Nick Carr's presentation on Cloud computing and how it is changing the IT landscape. Not much new here from Cloud computing perspective - but I like how Nick uses historical analogy and compare it… Continue reading Interesting musings…
We live in a time where communicating to broad audience alone one way has limited reach and stickiness. To make a message sticky and gain viral spread - you want to communicate through your audience. You want to foster a community of influencers who can help spread your message and communicate for you. Ask someone… Continue reading Market-ing: Make it personal
I find myself in more situations lately educating others or asking others to embrace social media as part of professional life. It has become a norm for start up companies where social media is part of life. However, in established companies it is a journey: some leap forward and others need hand holding to get… Continue reading Share your ideas – Social Media 101
While talking to few acquaintances who are in the business of building different kind of software (Attention based; consumer product; SaaS; or others) than on-premise enterprise software products - it is interesting to observe similar discussion. This is probably the core nature of software business. At the end of the day it comes down to… Continue reading Business of software
Are you the CEO of your destiny who is investing towards your future - learning and sharpening the game? Great musicians never stop trying to improve; great athletes never stop trying to improve - so why should that not be true for everyone else. However, it is rather common that many of us stop investing… Continue reading Me Inc.
While no doubt we are living through one of the tough economic times - probably the most difficult we can remember in the recent time. But are the policies that promotes protectionism the way out of the current economic mess? Here are some of the discussions happening at our policy makers circle:- Protectionism as part… Continue reading Is the world round again?
While driving back home yesterday, I tuned in to the NPR as a routine habit. At that time, I happen to catch a story on Fishermen’s life – particularly how they deal with the highs and lows in their life. In fact it is the only way of life a fisherman knows. Various thought sparked… Continue reading Be a fisherman
Tough time present opportunities otherwise not available. Current economic environment is just one such opportunity. Much depend on how we as individuals act and enable others to act to make the best of it. It is our collective attitude that determine how an organization will fare as the rough weather passes. Few thoughts: 1. Know… Continue reading Difficulties mastered are opportunities won
Innovation is hard. It is usually hard in an established organization. Why? Top 3 reasons, in my mind, that hurt innovation in an established organization: 1. Knowledge - It is a double edge sword. While past experience helps but many smart brains get caught up to the learning or failed experiences of the past talking… Continue reading Innovation stumbling block
Few stories caught my attention as I wrap up the weekend: 1. Use of hologram during election coverage by CNN. I am not sure how many saw it during the telecast on Tuesday. It looked cool on TV. Although technology remains some what weak. Also, some time back Cisco shared its telepresence initiative that is making buzz… Continue reading Weekend wrap
Earlier today, I was watching an interview of Arnold Schwarzenegger on ABC. In response to a question he quoted his belief around "Well done is better than well said". I love it... Action just speak louder than the words. It is great to be of creative mind and think new ideas. But the fun is in converting those… Continue reading Well done is better than well said…
I just wrapped up Fareed Zakaria's book titled "Post American World". It is a good read and attempts to provide macro view of the world; discusses trends and perspective on things to come/shape future in the next couple of decades. Here are the excerpts from the book covered on Newsweek. Here is Fareed's interview on BBC providing glimpse… Continue reading Globalization: Rise of the rest
Someday you happen to stumble on a story that just amazes you. I happen to come across an article on Kiva.org. It is building a community that matches people who want to give with the people who could use some help around the world. Kiva has taken micro-financing to a new level by combining the power of Internet with… Continue reading Social communities at its best
While browsing through "Sun & Wind Energy" - a magazine on Renewable Energy, I stumbled on an affordable renewable energy alternative article for the developing world. This has been near and dear to my heart for sometime. I suggested few of the requirement in an earlier post here. So just like that - as I am… Continue reading Grameen Shakti
As Facebook evolves so does the promise of Facebook applications helping business users. This is the chasm Facebook need to cross as it attracts business users. CIO magazine recently published its list of 5 such widgets for business users. I like Wiki mono (think ability to collaborate and generate some kind of document say quote, proposal, etc. together)… Continue reading Evolving social communities
Many of us who either moderate a session or be on the panel - I like the following two recommendation from Guy. Here is the one if you are moderating a session and this is another one if you are one of the panelist.
Entrepreneurs alike who are either looking to bootstrap their business or work with an investor will find reading "Bootstrapping" book by Greg Gianforte helpful. Greg is a serial entrepreneur and currently the founder, CEO of RightNow - which is a SaaS/CRM play in the enterprise arena. Although the book is written in the context of bootstrapping… Continue reading Bootstrapping
Yesterday, I co-hosted a CIO panel session organized by the local TiE-Rockies group. We had quite an accomplished group of CIOs in the panel. It included: Kamalesh Dwivedi - CIO of TeleTech. A public company in global BPO space Tim Graumann - CIO of McData. A public company in Storage space. Kumud Kalia - CIO of… Continue reading CIO Panel
Recently, Google announced its plan to go solar at its headquarters. Several wealthy individuals, investors, companies are deeply committed to the cause of making the environment better. But this is good corporate example where a company is going beyond contributing money or investing to the cause - to actually doing what it believes helps the environment. This is a fair… Continue reading Going Solar
I am sure we all look for meaningful ways to contribute back to the roots that provided us all the support we needed when we were growing up. Recently, I come to know about Room to Read and instantly liked their model of engagement – both at the donor’s end and the recipient’s end. It is founded by John… Continue reading Long tail of charity
Anyone looking for startup ideas that will get famous VC backing - look no further. Here is a list of compiled startup ideas actually suggested by well known VCs that they would like to fund.
Much discussion is in progress about Enterprise 2.0 - including a large cry after "Enterprise 2.0" was deleted from Wikipedia earlier. Here is my simple explanation of Enterprise 2.0. Model every day enterprise users activity leveraging Web 2.0 based technologies (like Ajax, RSS, Wikis, blogs, IM, etc.) that can provide increased social interaction (like successful models of MySpace,… Continue reading Enterprise 2.0