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Idea to Prototype In50Hrs

In50Hrs is a hackathon (sort of) sponsored by 10,000Start-ups, and a brainchild of @VijayAnands. it’s full weekend programme (2 days & 1 evening) where in fifty hours:

  1. (i) You propose your idea to the audience;
  2. (ii) Form a team;
  3. (iii) Fine-tune & Brainstorm;
  4. (iv) Work on building prototype
  5. (v) Present at the end of the show.

Unique & interesting indeed! I used to follow such entrepreneurship, startup, VC funding events/ news/ seminars before I started my web hosting/ web marketing agency. It’s been more than 5 years and these guys are as active as they were before.

In above interview Vijay talks about entrepreneurship journey and when to seek funding. He insists that you should not get funds for your first startup, (b/c you dont have the skill-sets or you’re over-leveraging yourself). Interestingly, I’ve been through a similar journey, as I made lil-bit of money to float here and now I’m on verge of building my 3rd startup (and eventually raising the funds …did not seek angel/VC funding for the first two). It’s a well thought plan and I may look for funding for this project. Before you reach that stage, In50hrs seems to be the perfect programme to validate your idea and try/test the prototype under the supervision of experts and get the feedback.
Some people say that he’s fake.
Do you have the ‘great idea’ that is lying around for months and years in your mind? And you’re not working on it because you dont get time or a good co-founder? Well enough excuses! If truly that’s the case, you should consider participating in in50hrs now!

Get freedom from annoying SMS & unwanted calls. Here comes MobiWatchman

I am glad to introduce this ‘first-of-its-kind’, full-proof, innovative mobile application to you.

Pune based mobile application development firm Optinno Mobitech Pvt. Ltd. today announced the launch of first-of-its-kind mobile application Mobiwatchman. True to its name, it is an innovative mobile application that can be a savior for millions of cellphone users who are frustrated due to incessant calls and spammy SMSes. Mobiwatchman gives the options to block unwanted calls and SMS with various filter levels thereby giving the choice to set the privacy level. What surprised me is it even blocks Hin-glish spam SMS.

MobiWatchman

Announcing the launch, the founder and CEO of Optinno Mobitech Pvt. Ltd. & my closed friend, Mr Sagar Bedmutha said, “Mobiwatchman is developed considering the Indian user and ways & extent of unsolicited mass marketing in India. Mobiwatchman effectively empowers you and gives you full control on what calls and SMS you receive. It is India’s first native SMS and call blocking application. Although ‘National Do Not Call’ (NDNC) registry, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) have taken sincere efforts to reduce the amount of mobile spam, mobile spammers always find ways to bypass the restrictions of NDNC registry. That is the reason why you receive scores of unsolicited marketing calls and SMS even after registering with NDNC registry.”

In terms of features and at a one time price of just Rs. 199, Mobiwatchman scores much above than other spam blocking options like operator’s filter services, other paid applications.

The application is currently developed targeting Nokia phones and can be used on all Symbian S60 devices. More information and online purchase options are available on www.mobiwatchman.com.

Enterprising India. TiE Entrepreneurial Summit

I was a member of TiE Mumbai chapter couple of years back. And it helped me a lot grooming my entrepreneurial skills. Today I received an email from Mumbai chapter about the upcoming Event, of  TES 2009 to be held in BKC (Bandra Kurla Complex) this December.

If you own a business firm, be it mature or a startup, if you manage enterprises if you’re a businessman, or call yourself an entrepreneur it’s worth visiting this event; there’s definitely going to be a lot to learn and loads of takeaways from this summit/event.

Quoting the email verbatim sent by director of Mumbai Chapter, Mr. Manak Singh. (not verbatim, making some edits adding links & changing voice)

The TiE Mumbai’s mega-Jugaad, Enterprising IndiaTiE Summit 2009 (21-23 Dec) has got an encouraging response, with 200+ registrations in the 1st 10 days itself (& growing steadily)…

We are aiming to stage the largest ever un-conference for Entrepreneurs in India so far…with the challenge of 2,000 entrepreneurs !

For this we are setting up a Huge 60,000 sq.ft. super structure at MMRDA grounds with a 20,000 sq.ft. Indian Marketplace to showcase exciting enterprising Indian Models.

We invite you to participate in this challenge and HELP your chapter achieve this 2,000 entrepreneur mark !!

Please help reach out to Friends, Family, networks, organisations, to encourage enterprising Indians to attend these Power Packed 3-Days of inspiration, learning, opportunity, connectivity & entertainment !! This is applicable to enterprising Indians across the board… Manufacturing / services, Start-up or Growth, Service providers…

Click here to view the Powerful agenda…

  • Ratan Tata & Narayan Murthy opening together, for the first time, and many other inspiring Keynote panels
  • Iinspiring & iconic CO-HOSTS presenting 24 inspiring, unique examples of Enterprising India…..
  • 9 Panel debates, 18 Gurukul Sessions by the co-hosts & many other iconic
  • Financial Clinics, Investor Pitches,
  • and much more…

Encourage as many to Visit and REGISTER on www.tiesummit.org !

Let us know if any of your networks / organisations are looking for Group registrations, there’re surely some discounts for group registration!

Join us in this Jugaad! And we promise you an unforgettable Summit !!

History, Present and the Future…

The 1st TiE Summit was conceived and launched by TiE Mumbai in 2006 and many of us still remember its energy and success! It is a proud moment for all of us to host it again this year after 3 years … !!

And being Enterprising Indians we have taken up the challenge to host the largest and most ambitious TiE Summit, with a difference i.e. through an Un-conference (Jugaad), driven by  a movement (not just a theme) called Enterprising India.

thank you.

Introducing Sales evagelist Karl Goldfield

I recently been introduced to (or been accidentally bumped to) Karl Goldfield’s blog and his video lessons about sales.

To confess I’ve been thinking of hiring  some engineers and giving them sales training; while surfing around I encounter this wonderful blogs and videos which are specifically created for startup entrepreneurs. (perfect for me!)

And then, I’ve started following his lessons, but it was bit tedeous to keep the videos align and in series. so I’m embedding these three videos (which I’m gonna need ?) For my convenience yeah, so that I can have them on one page…

Part I Messaging: Magical 12 words

Part II Messaging: Converting words into Sentences

Part III Messaging: from sentences to stories