Archive for the ‘Business’ Category


President Obama’s rhetoric and life beyond outsourcing

Monday, February 27th, 2012 No Comments
There seems to be widespread angst, especially in India’s business circles, each time President Obama steps up his anti-outsourcing rhetoric. Our software industry was quick to respond, crying foul after President Obama’s state of the union speech in which he said, "It's time to stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas, and start rewarding companies that create jobs right here in America.” Not to be left behind, our politicians joined the chorus of disappointment. “Protectionism ultimately does not help the ...

Yahoo-Microsoft Battle Gets Interesting

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008 No Comments
Yahoo! is shooting in all directions hoping that something falls from the heavens. First it was Google, then it was News Corp., then it was AOL. In short, anyone but Microsoft. But as the deadlines nears and Microsoft and Yahoo try their best to outsmart each other, the battle lines appear to be re-drawn all of a sudden. The mighty News Corp. appears to have joined hands with Microsoft while Yahoo has teamed up with AOL and simultaneously announced an ...

Microsoft Home Server

Friday, November 16th, 2007 No Comments
It is amazing how things have changed over the years in the world of home computing. Computers have become ever more powerful. Dell (and other PC vendors) today sells a desktop for about $600 inclusive of a flat panel monitor, 160GB hard drive and 1GB of RAM. Microsoft Vista requires a minimum of 1GB RAM (this means you better make sure you have at least 2GB!). There was a time when you could not buy a monitor for the same ...

Open Social: Google plays catch up!

Thursday, November 1st, 2007 No Comments
Nice to see Google desperately trying to play catchup.Facebook after a long period of being out in the cold, recently opened up its platform. Since then, it seems to have caught fire and today appears to threaten to Google's (and all other social networks) bread and butter (Adwords) from a new unexpected direction. Google has had Orkut for years but has done little with it. It is slow and clunky and used mostly in Brazil and India.On the other hand, ...

Microsoft 's Yahoo Acquisition Still Possible

Friday, May 18th, 2007 No Comments
With a $6B acquisition, Microsoft is significantly beefing up its online ad strategy. Although the rumors of the Yahoo acquisition having died down, the aQuantive acquisition just confirms the fact that Microsoft is looking very actively at various strategies to counter Google's huge lead in the advertising space, before its too late. With Yahoo's acquisition of Right Media and Google's acquisition of Double Click, the online ad space is prime for some serious competition among the big 3 and the ...

MS To Acquire Yahoo: Two "Search" Losers Make a Winner?

Friday, May 4th, 2007 No Comments
Google is growing from strength to strength. A lucrative advertising industry is at stake. Yahoo's Panama might have been an improvement over what Yahoo had before, but its in no way strong enough to pose a challenge to Google. Besides with the recent management exodus, the peanut butter memo-gate, the none to impressive quarterly results, and a shaky top management, Yahoo has hordes of challenges at hand. As for Microsoft, their search and advertising strategy is simply way behind. It ...

Custom Home Furnishings

Saturday, April 21st, 2007 No Comments
There was an article the Mercury News the other day about a home furnishings company by name Divine Designs. Its a great story about an Indian immigrant who was into Home Furnishings as a hobby. She started her business after she re-decorated her home with custom drapes and caught the interest of friends to start with and then slowly expanded beyond that rather organicaly. In the midst of all the conventional hi-tech stories that make the rounds in Silicon ...

Youtube-Viacom Battle

Monday, March 19th, 2007 No Comments
The Viacom-Youtube battle is nothing but an attempt to sort out in court what the two could not settle behind closed doors. On the one hand, it just proves that Google made a huge mistake paying 1.5B for a company with $15M in annual revenues and a whole bunch of copyrighted content. On the other it shows that the old media folks like Viacom are clueless on how to deal with the emerging Internet. "When you can't compete, sue". What would ...

GPS In Shoes: The New, New "SaaS"

Saturday, February 10th, 2007 No Comments
Check out this news report about new shoes that are available with a GPS chip in the sole! Considering that it is new and innovative the high price tag is understandable ($325-$350 plus $19.95 monthly subscription for 24x7 monitoring service). "A plug-and-wear version that allows wearers to remove the electronics module from their old shoes and plug it into another pair" is in the works. Wonder when these shoes are going the cell phone route, sign up for 2 years ...

Bollywood vs Youtube?

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007 No Comments
Youtube has been asked to remove Viacom video clips. ...According to Viacom, which owns more than 120 networks around the world, YouTube has shown clips of its television shows, music videos, movies and documentaries more than 1.2 billion times. ``We are asking to get paid,'' said Mike Fricklas, Viacom's general counsel, in an interview with the Mercury News. ``Our content is very valuable and we think that has obviously contributed to YouTube's growth and to Google.'' Viacom is not the only one who ...