Saturday, 29 March 2014

Gerd Leonhard

My Video with Gerd Leonhard @gleonhard, Futurist, Author and Speaker,based out of Switzerland on the Internet of Things and on Privacy... "Things connecting with each other is the 21st century electrification"; "we are moving into the world of visuality- we wont be using language, we will be using pictures"; "Privacy debate- you have to be anonymous in somethings that you do- a part of being human is about having things that you dont want to share -we dont want a world of Matrix or Minority Report"

In his own words : I work as a Futurist in the Media, Telecom, Technology, Marketing & Communications, Culture & Creative Industries, Energy and Environmental Sectors. I am also a Keynote Speaker & Presenter, Author and Writer, Strategic Advisor, the CEO of TheFuturesAgency and Visiting Professor at the Fundacao Dom Cabral in Sao Paulo. I live in Basel, Switzerland - and aboard a good many airplanes.

Gerd's links

Monday, 24 March 2014

Manish Vij-Founder-Smile Vun Group

My Video with Manish Vij, founder of the Smile Vun Group. He holds the special distinction of having the most exits in the Indian digital media space...
Manish Vij is the Founder of SVG (Smile Vun Group). He is a veteran of the digital media industry and has over 12 years of experience in the internet domain. Manish has founded leading internet companies in areas of digital marketing and e-commerce with international joint ventures and leading venture capital firms. Manish's entrepreneurial ventures include:
  • Quasar - A joint venture with WPP is an award winning and leading digital marketing agency in India and part of Possible Worldwide.
  • SVG Media - The largest Indian digital media network that reaches over 50% of India's internet users.  SVG Media is the launch pad for successful digital media businesses and houses leading Performance, Mobile, Data Targeting and Rich Media businesses such as Tyroo, Velocity, PrecisionMatch, DGM and Platformplay. SVG Media is a joint venture between Vun Network and Smile Group and is funded by Xplorer Capital. SVG Media was formerly known as Tyroo Media.
  • SeventyNine - Is a leading mobile ad network, revolutionizing the space through its path breaking technology to serve videos in mobile applications. Seventynine was successfully sold to Gruner+Jahr, Europe's leading magazine publisher in 2012.
  • -  India's leading online electronics and IT retailer that was funded by reputed venture capitalists (now sold to Flipkart).
  • Prior to establishing SVG and Vun Network, Manish was associated with for over 4 years and he also started India's first digital classifieds business - in 1999.
Manish, an MBA in marketing is not only a pioneer in the internet marketing space but also one of the youngest dotcom entrepreneurs. Manish has represented the Indian digital industry in various domestic and international industry forums, events and seminars.

Manish's links:

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Dippak Khurana- CoFounder

My video with Dippak Khurana, of who as of Dec'13, served 280 MM mobile internet users across emerging markets - what he calls mobile first consumer markets. His aspiration is to be the #1 ad exchange across these markets.

"Low credit card and PC penetration means that mobile media and internet will leapfrog the traditional PC. He believes mobile will beat TV as the mass channel of engagement in the next 12-18 months.

As the CEO and Co-founder of – a Global Mobile Ad Network, Dippak plays a central role in today’s mobile ecosystem working with Telecom providers, Mobile Content companies, App Developers, Publishers and Advertisers. With 17 years of experience across Internet & Mobile, Dippak has been instrumental in making revolutionary introductions in the space, including
  1. launching India’s first Online Newspaper – The Times Of India in 1996
  2. India’s first Online Ad Network  -  Intercept Technologies in 1999
  3. India’s first SMS Shortcode in 2001 for Yahoo
  4. Pioneered internet portals for Telcos – in 2004
  5. World’s first One Click App Monetization platform – AppWrapper in 2010 and 
  6. World’s first Ad platform with Telco enabled audience targeting – AudiencePro in 2013
He has gained industry recognition as the Mobby’s ‘Mobile Media Professional of the Year’, and also features at #22 on the IMPACT Digital Power 100 list.

Dippak's Links: (linkedin) (facebook)

Saturday, 22 March 2014


My chat with Manu Jain, co-founder and former Managing Director of one of India's leading fashion portals, a portal that changed the way the indian consumer bought clothes...

Jabong has a lot of firsts to its credit, but it basically changed the consumer behaviour in buying apparel. Apparel traditionally has not been considered the best "ecommerce" material- afterall, the conventional wisdom goes, one would want to try out clothes for colour, fit, look before buying. However, by offering a large catalogue of lifestyle products and a super-fast delivery service - infact, same-day delivery in cities like Delhi, they were able to change consumer behaviour.

Manu is now onto a new venture, named Gynjer, will design, develop and sell wearable smart devices, such as smartwatches and smart glasses.The company will also develop smartphones and phablets. However, the devices will be made by third-party manufacturers in China and Taiwan.

Manu's Links
Techcircle article:
Manu's new passion-wearables:

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Murugavel ( #1 Matrimony site

My video with Murugavel Janakiraman, the founder and CEO of, the #1 indian matrimony portal.
From its launch in 1997 with 4000 members, has found great success.  The crowned king matrimony, it has 8X more success than any other, is available in 15 languages, has 20 million members globally and best of all,  3 Million couples have found their life-partners here.

He talks about the interesting online/ offline model he has evolved. With a physical presence with +170 retail locations across India, he has three subscription driven models- online which is pretty much DIY,  Assisted- with relationship managers and a local language offline model.  He claims "Today, though our service is mainly online, about half our subscription revenue is collected from the doorstep across in India". He has also branched into allied services, such as india's first return gifts portal, and, a listing of +50,000 providers of marriage related services (catering, photographer etc),  they also run events, matrimonyexpo.

He talks further about how physical and virtual benefit  from each other- "People who are already online, walk into retail to convert to paid memberships (hand over the payment over the counter), improve their profiles, understand how this works etc and get a sense of reassurance about the physical presence. The stores also convert the non-online people to get online."

Murugavel heads the BharatMatrimony Group as Chief Executive Officer, with the portfolio comprising, BharatMatrimony Centre,,, and He leads an ever-growing work force of over 300. He also launched a non-profit CSR initiative

Murugavel has been honoured by the Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce as one of the Top 5 Asian Indian Businessmen in the United States (US) below the age of 35. He was also honoured by the India Today Group as the "Business Icon of the Year".

At 34, Murugavel is successful, smart, digital and new age. He is married to Deepa, who, he found on bharatmatrimony. He started off with an idea, that quickly became a passion and is now his purpose- "To build a better Bharat through happy marriages"- Amen to that!

Murugavel's links:
Linkedin :
TEDx Talk:
Murugavel's full profile :

Friday, 7 March 2014

AmarjitBatra OlxDOTin

I get great satisfaction when people come up to me and say, "We post an item at 10, and at 12, we have sold the item". is a top ranked website (Alexa  #22 in India and #299 globally)

My conversation with Amarjit Batra, the Country Manager for OLX India , the online classifieds website. Been with OLX since Dec 2008, currently based out of New Delhi. Olx is headquartered in Buenos Aires with an emphasis on emerging market.

Says he " we seriously solve a major problem for indians- on how to sell or buy used goods- for which the market never existed". He sees this as a mission , a laser focused priority which he passionately believes in.

Amarjit also expounds how his mobile-first view, started 5-6 years ago, gets him ~70% of his traffic on mobile, the highest  amongst e-commerce companies which are in the 30% range.

He goes onto say "Many of us are latent users, who would have never used a classifieds (in its old form of print classifieds) for selling our old mobile phone, or the text books that we do not need, or for that matter the collection of coins and stamps that we have outgrown. Free Classifieds sites like OLX is therefore bringing a new set of users like us who are not in the business of selling but are experiencing online commerce while disposing unwanted stuff from our homes."

His Links