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Monday, March 28, 2011

Newspapers: The Hindu vs Times of India

For some years, I was subscribed to The Hindu and Economic Times alone; but when the sales person of Times of India forced me to subscribe with offers, I was kinda reluctant and finally subscribed just for the offer. I didn't like the Arnab Goswami of Times Now and still don't like him. Now, it looks like Times of India is leading in terms of journalism, though I don't like how it's pushing AIADMK. At this moment, Times of India is a clear winner though The Hindu is trying with Wikileaks articles.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Fame reaches only few...

Ever since I have given my Humble Award to Gaana Rahman, the Gaana singer whom I thought will get popular soon, I keep my fingers crossed--'coz the fame reaches only very few. For instance, many people forgot Devendran, the music composer of Vedam Puthithu. I had to first create a Wikipedia page for M. M. Keeravani, whom many people can't realize that he composed the classic Devaraagam

Going to vote DMK, unfortunately...

There has been huge cry that AIADMK is going to win coming Tamil Nadu election 2011. I was expecting some third front, but now forced to vote for DMK.

Though insane, I have to choose parties on rejection basis... First set of rejection: 1. BJP, 2. PMK, 3. AIADMK. Parties I like especially for the leaders--not for their ideologies: 1. CPI/CPM, 2. MDMK. Party I wanted to give "chance": DMDMK. Party I wanted to give "chance" just for Rahul Gandhi: (sadly) Congress. Party I don't like: DMK. But, with all above combinations, I'm left with DMK.

Most stupid fellows on this election are: 1. CPI/CPM, 2. MDMK, 3. DMDMK

Yahoo! News Vs digg

Of late, I'm noticing that the News entries in Yahoo! is getting more comments than digg. Looks like Yahoo! is having more user engagement.

Untouchability in the name of "eligibility"

Summary: Why Indian government's eligibility criteria sucks...

How do you want our policemen look?
1. Like an actor?
2. Tall and chesty?
3. Ability to match dots and dots to solve puzzle?

If that's your preference, then our government's criteria rocks, otherwise it sucks. Look at the eligibility chart published by Tamil Nadu police. It may look sane for those who're already swallowed by the crazy system. Otherwise, it's extremely crazy. I don't know, if Veerappan had necessary chest; but he really rocked every chesty policemen! In the world of pistols, are these things really matters--especially the height??

And, the "age". Why can't they fix the retirement age to 35 then? In other words, why the "criteria" is only for the "entry"?

Someone told me that they ask puzzles and "joining dots" type of questions in IPS examinations. Are they going to solve puzzle or crimes?

Happiness brings success...

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
Albert Schweitzer

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Why hackers suck...


"If you work your way down the Forbes 400 making an x next to the name of each person with an MBA, you'll learn something important about business school. After Warren Buffett, you don't hit another MBA till number 22, Phil Knight, the CEO of Nike. There are only 5 MBAs in the top 50. What you notice in the Forbes 400 are a lot of people with technical backgrounds. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, Michael Dell, Jeff Bezos, Gordon Moore. The rulers of the technology business tend to come from technology, not business. So if you want to invest two years in something that will help you succeed in business, the evidence suggests you'd do better to learn how to hack than get an MBA."
Paul Graham in How to start a startup



But, I'm very much amused, in real world, how such sane hackers are been ruled and overtaken by sales, marketing and HR guys. How those guys put the words into hackers mouth and outsmart?

On a second thought, it must be for God's sake...

"Don't answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are."
Proverbs 26:4



"Don't waste your breath on fools, for they will despise the wisest advice."
Proverbs 23:9

Monday, March 14, 2011

Groupon's PR - possible reason for success...

Of late, I'm quite serious to find some PR personnel to get media attention for our products and labs initiatives:

Labs



  • CSSilize - World's first and only project management tool for slicing works (PSD to XHTML conversion and WordPress theme works)

  • SocialAV - World's first and only antivirus building community (start building antivirus online...)

  • jobreapr - World's first and only fixed price job search engine

  • Uboo - India's first full blown consumer portal (private beta)



Products



  • GroupDeal - powers many Groupon competitor group buying sites

  • FPPlatform - powers many Fiverr competitor fixed price job sites

  • SFPlatform - powers many Kickstarter competitor crowd funding sites



Why PR?


As I blogged earlier, our team has added lot of innovations and features. Recently our GroupDeal product/company got a mention in The New York Times. Similar or better coverage might give our team great energy to innovate further and may get good VCs.

How Groupon is doing PR?


This is of great interest to me. I was wondering if that's hype or paid news. Someone even posted a question in Quora: Which PR firms handle Twitter, Facebook, Groupon, and other recent leading internet startups?

Groupon & TechCrunch


Of late, found that TechCrunch's star writer Leena Rao is wife of Suneel Gupta, VP of Product at Groupon!

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