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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.

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

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?

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.

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? T