Category Archive: Entreprenuership

Jun 11

Open data and Creativity

The Greek mathematician and philosopher Plato, when asked of the Socratic dialogue The Republic, “Will we say of a painter, that he makes something?,” answered “Certainly not, he merely imitates.” Plato did not believe in art as a form of creativity. In fact, many great ancient cultures like Ancient Greece and Ancient India lacked the …

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Dec 24

Best open education tools and tales in 2014

A great Bengali polymath and noble prize winner in literature, Rabindranath Tagore, once said: “Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time”. With changing times, the systems and customs that govern our society should also change. Human beings are intrinsically curious. To quote Thomas Hobbes, an English philosopher, “Curiosity …

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Feb 08

Three key events that scaled up Linux for large enterprises

Friday evening can be a very busy time in Citibank’s Changi Business  Park, Singapore office. Hundreds of mission critical applications hit  the production servers, security patches are applied to servers, hundreds of professionals including developers,  systems engineers, Linux guru’s and management professionals spend the  whole night on the conference calls ensuring the smooth functioning of  …

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Jan 02

Open Source as an alternative to proprietary for small businesses

Is it safe to use? What alternatives do I have? Is it easy to install? These were some of the questions that Amandeep, a New Delhi based owner of a small scale clothing company threw on me when I pitched a few open source solutions that could make his day to day operations efficient. As …

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Jul 05

Book Review: Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft

  Here is the story of a man who has one of the most unusual business careers in the last century. Software, music, space,  sports or the complex (and exciting) world of human brain, Paul Allen has made a mark and a lasting contribution in each of these fields. Idea man is a point-blank memoir …

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Jan 22

The impact of open source on business and social good

I vividly remember that my early opinions about open source software were built around certain questions that made most natural (and perfect) sense to me at that point of time in my life. The questions like “why would someone sell a software product for free” or “Why should anyone participate in a project that does …

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Sep 14

Book review: The Business of Software by Michael A. Cusumano

A Sloan management review distinguished professor at MIT’s Sloan school of management, Michael A. Cusumano is a leading expert on software industry, director/adviser to more than a dozen software companies world wide, and a renowned author. He is author/co-author of seven books (besides The business of software) including the bestsellers Microsoft secrets and Japan’s software …

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Sep 03

Book Review: The $100 Startup – Chris Guillebeau

I have been following Chris Guillebeau’s The Art of Non-Conformity blog since a couple of months now as part of my interest and curiosity to study entrepreneurship and various business models. Most of the books I have come across discuss (and sometimes at painful lengths ) about the long business plans, formal training, huge capital, etc, a person needs …

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Aug 10

Book Review: REWORK

Truly unconventional. REWORK is in the league of those extraordinary books that blows away the traditional pillars of the business world. Written by Jason Fried, the co-founder of the web application company 37Signals and David Hansson, the creator of Ruby on Rails web framework (who is also partner at 37Signals), the book rewrites the rules …

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Aug 02

Book review: Leaving Microsoft to change the world: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children

I usually do not read business books with gawky titles. The kind of titles that serve little more than just quenching an author’s ego. Leaving Microsoft to change the world, however, was an entirely different case. I knew about John Wood’s Room to Read organization and had strong recommendations from a couple of friends to …

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