Friday, 29 June 2012


"Its knowing what not to do that matters more for Entrepreneurs, rather than funding/ money", claims Sundi (@iyersundi) in this video chat.

Sundi Natarajan,  is a successful serial entrepreneur (2 exits including a big one with COE, a Government Perf Management Solution) turned angel investor, who adopts a hands-on approach as a mentor to investing in companies. The organisations he is associated with are Tabtor , Sparksoft, PrazAs

Sundi is focused on building the  ecosystem (mentors, funders, partners etc), which, he argues, is the most important need for the entrepreneur, and one that accounts for Silicon Valley entrepreneurial ecosystem's phenomenal entrepreneur success rate.

He also discusses his personal journey and his initiative, BitSpark, the initiative he helped develop @ BITS Pilani, his alma mater, through which he has harnessed 300 BITS alumni who mentor about 150 companies...

Sundi can be found on linkedin () and on twitter () He is also a chartered member of TIE and the Indian Angels Network 

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Andrew Haylett- Curtiss Wright

In this video, I chat with Andrew Haylett, solutions architect with Curtiss Wright () , a $2 Billion hardware supplier to Defense industry...
He speaks about new trends in defense electronics, and also talks about why he is in India and about the bullish Indian market.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Simone Ross- EVP & Chief Program Officer, Techonomy

In this video, I chat with Simone Ross, EVP & Chief Program Officer, Techonomy. We are in a noisy restaurant in New York, where Simone is based.  So, apologies for the background noise...for those interested, the restaurant is Peels (Bowery & 2nd Street)

Simone has overseen the program for Techonomy since its founding. Prior to Techonomy she was the program director for Fortune's conference division, where she was responsible for the magazine's conference group programming efforts for the FORTUNE Global Forum, FORTUNE 500 Forum, Most Powerful Women Summit, iMeme and Brainstorm. Before joining Fortune, she was director of operations at the Computerworld Smithsonian Awards and a strategic communications consultant.

TECHONOMY , A conference in Tuscon, AZ, that hosts 250 technology leaders (including the likes of Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates), is about the centrality of technology to business and social progress and the urgency of embracing the rapid pace of change brought by technology. It's an event that's hosted by the famous David Kirkpatrick, Fortune's technology commentator who has explored the ethos of Techonomy in this Forbes Article-  David is also the author of "The Facebook Effect" - see his interview here

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Jonathan Simnett- PR Guru- BigStick Communications, UK

"Every PR Agency is a Publishing house today" says Jonathan , looking the changes in the communications industry over the past 25 years...

Jonathan Simnett is a global communications guru with + 25 years' experience - winning in excess of three dozen awards - including leading Global Communications Department of the Year at the 2009 International Business Awards, New York...

His experience includes being vice chairman in the UK of Brodeur Worldwide, a global public relations consultancy and being part of the team that founded and built a company of nearly 650 people and $95 million turnover worldwide, over a period of 15 years and which was one of the first companies in the UK to be awarded Investor in People accreditation and voted as the consultancy with the `Best Staff Development` three years in succession at the PR Week awards. One of his most interesting interviews here.

He has delivered campaigns for financiers and advisory firms such as Ariadne Capital and Battery Ventures and their portfolios and for government and trade organisations such as: European Commission DGXIII; Locate in Scotland; Royal Norwegian Embassy; Innovation Norway; Salford Regeneration, Swedish Pulp and Paper Association and Thames Valley Enterprise. In addition, he's worked as a consultant with the management teams of numerous communications consultancies to help them effectively manage change and growth.