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Wireless Utopia

The journey towards a free wireless world.

Get a HeadStart

Thursday, December 27, 2007

So you are a startup in India looking to launch your product, generate a buzz for it and get some visibility. Then look no further than Headstart, a new event in Bangalore hopes to do all that for you. It is an attempt to showcase the best of products to the industry. You might find partners or early adopters for your product along with a good exposure to the investor community. The idea is to bring the innovators and the consumers on a single platform and create opportunities for both.

Proto was the first such event to come up in India to a very positive response. The unfortunate part is that both these events are on the same dates this time around. So companies are forced to choose between these two events. Thats the tough part. But more and more such events cropping up is a good sign for product entrepreneurship in India. Things have never been better.

Tags: Headstart, DEMO, Proto, Bangalore.
posted by Rajiv, 1:12 AM | link | 0 comments |

OLPC Changes Track

Saturday, December 01, 2007

I have been a huge fan of OLPC. It's one of those revolutionary things which promises to change the lives of millions. I have blogged about it previously here, here, here and here. The criticisms kind of reminds you of Thomas J Watson's statement that there is a market of 5 PC's worldwide! New technologies always create controversy. OLPC just happens to be one of those ideas. After pooh phooing the concept both Intel and MS are trying their best to outmarket them now. That in itself validates this concept.

But as this story by BBC points out, the politicians are the last ones to approach if you are working on something which changes the status quo. Change is risk. And risk is the last thing they want to court. So it seems that they are changing their approach as per this report. Instead of talking the governments they are approaching HWNI's and other charities. They recently launched the buy one give one free program and it has generated orders for around 90.000 laptops. Which is a very good number in itself.

I for one would love to get my hands on it. It seems that the India team is doing a good job of it as well. The smiles tell the whole story dont they. I am actively seeking their contact. Would love to invite them to MoMo and hear about their experiences. So if you happen to know them, pls. contact drop in a line.
posted by Rajiv, 1:22 PM | link | 0 comments |