Sunday, 27 May 2012

Ramesh Srivats- Marketing Guru (@rameshsrivats)

 My video chat with Ramesh Srivats, amongst the smartest people i have met... Ramesh is a "master of twitter" with +40,000 followers of his "lets put da" philosphy... I am one of them!  Here he expounds how marketing has changed  over the last couple of decades... " there is a reason why Apple and Google are the hottest brands today, as compared to the mass-media era when the Pepsis and the Cokes were the IN brands"... Ramesh has his own Media company- TenTenTen which creates cool apps that help cool brands connect with cool customers.

With an IIT/IIM (Madras, BTech Computer Science, IIT JEE all india rank #53) bluechip pedigree, Ramesh is advertising professional who’s made a fine art  of the usage of puns on Twitter, Ramesh's Twitter stream has won the Best Indi Microblog award, and he captures his original one-liners in ‘Shortputs’, an extension of his favourite phrase “Let’s put, Da”, a phrase he says helped him get through college unscathed. These ‘shortputs’ give you a glimpse at how his mind works, of how he captures the zeitgeist in just 140 characters.

Ramesh is best followed on twitter  and you can read more about him in this interview  or find him on Ramesh@linkedin

Saturday, 26 May 2012

NanduMadhava- Entrepreneur (@mhealthtips)

Very interesting chat with Nandu Madhava a TED Fellow and an entrepreneur who gave up a Goldman Sachs career after a Harvard MBA to set up and create a mobile based health information startup in india called MDhil

Nandu is the CEO and Founder of mDhil, a social impact start-up which provides basic health information over mobile phones. mDhil launched SMS health information over several Indian mobile carriers in 2009, and has since expanded into mobile web and original health videos geared for the emerging market consumer. Previously, he was part of the management team at OfficeTiger, a Chennai-based business process strategy firm acquired by RR Donnelley. Nandu has also worked at Goldman Sachs & UBS in asset management roles where he was part of a 3-member team that managed over $1 billion in diversified assets. He is an undergraduate of the University of Texas and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Mdhil has had +Million video views and is hugely focused on content distribution over the mobile network-people look to mdhil for all kinds of advice. They have a great twitter feed which you must absolutely subscribe to  @mhealthtips

Nandu also explores his definition of passion and success, and his own experiences being in a camp in central america (Yes, he speaks Spanish fluently, though he wont say where he learnt it :-) ) A great individual who wants to make a commercial success out of a social cause...

Nandu can be found on Nandu@Linkedin  and on Nandu@TED .Way to go Nandu. Wish you the best...

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

SunilAlagh- Doyen of Indian Industry

In this video, i chat with Sunil Alagh, (@sunilalagh) corporate doyen and the CEO of Brittania, who now serves on various corporate boards... get his insights on how the indian corporate scene has changed and what drives it today...

Sunil K Alagh ( )serves as an Advisor at Warburg Pincus LLC. Previously, Mr. Alagh served as a Managing Director and the Chief Executive Officer at Britannia Industries Ltd. from 1989 to 2003. In addition, Mr. Alagh has also worked with ITC Limited and Jagatjit Industries Limited. He serves as the Chairman of SKA Advisors Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai. Mr. Alagh serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Gati Limited. Mr. Alagh serves as a Director of Tamara Capital Advisors Pvt. Ltd., and SKA Advisors Pvt. Ltd. He has been an Additional Director of United Breweries Ltd. since April 29, 2005 and a Director of IL&FS Investsmart Limited since July 25, 2006. Sunil serves as the President of All India Management Association and is on the Board of Governors of IIM, Bangalore. He was honoured with `Gold Medal Kashlkar Memorial Award 2000' for outstanding contribution to the food processing industry in India. Sunil is a graduate in Economics (hons) and holds an PGDM (M.B.A.) from IIM, Kolkata in the year 1968.

Sunil lives in Mumbai and can be found on twitter @!/sunilalagh

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Hisham-Wikipedia India

In this video i chat with Hisham, a colleague from my Colgate (he was in Unilever) and Infosys days (we were both based out of london with Infosys) about Wikipedia's plans for india.

Hisham has since then worked with the Gates foundation on AIDS initiatives and is currently with Wikipedia. here he speaks about the worlds largest free knowledge project- with 500 Million users and one that's run entirely thro volunteers, 100,000 of them... he talks about the Foundation's aims to expand their scope in India and his efforts in doing that.

In Wikimedia's Barry Newshead's (Wikimedia's chief global development officer) own words- "India is a priority for the Wikimedia movement as it has a strong and growing community of Wikimedians building the Indic and English language projects. It is a country where the Wikimedia movement can achieve our mission and learn important lessons for achieving impact elsewhere. The
engagement of Hisham will enable the Wikimedia Foundation to pilot new
initiatives aimed at accelerating the growth of the community in India"- the entire link here:

Very interesting chat. Hisham has been written about in and can be found on and on Twitter @mundol.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Steven Lurie - Zynga

In this video, I chat with @StevenLurie from Zynga.

Steven, a law graduate from Harvard, talks about his 18 months in India expanding Zynga's india presence aggressively- making it the fastest growing part of Zynga- and also about his various passions, including his newly spawned entrepreneurial community in Bangalore- "Startup-Connect" and his Philanthrophic interests.

Zynga is a social network game development company located in San Francisco, United States.They develop browser-based games that work both stand-alone and as application widgets on social networking websites such as Facebook, Orkut, Google+ and Myspace.

As of February 2012, Zynga's games on Facebook have over 240 million monthly active users. Five of Zynga's games, CityVille, CastleVille, Zynga Poker, FarmVille, and Empires & Allies, are among the most widely used game applications on Facebook, with CityVille having over 46 million monthly active users.Zynga filed with the SEC to raise up to $1 billion in an initial public offering on July 1, 2011 and began trading on NASDAQ December 16, 2011

Steven can be found on Twitter  @StevenLurie  and on linkedin