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The Best Part of Surge 2012

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Some snippets from Nasscom Surge 2012. C K Ranganathan of CavinKare, during the keynote was one of the best parts of NASSCOM Surge 2012. Here are some snippets from his speech. On The Importance of Product Differentiation If you do not differentiate, you die Higher the differentiation, better the profit margin (85%  for highly differentiated […]

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Causes of Failures

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In his book , Early Warning: Using Competitive Intelligence to Anticipate Market Shifts, Control Risk, and Create Powerful Strategies, Benjamin Gilad talks about causes of failure. Sticking to obsolete internal conviction even though the market evidence points otherwise, seems to be one of the most common causes of failure. It is actually a spiral.  One leads […]

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Logic of Writing

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 The Pyramid Principle by Barbara Minto (Logic of Writing) we can check if the pyramid grouping is correct by the following rules: • Ideas at any level in the pyramid must always be summaries of the ideas grouped below them • Ideas in each grouping must always be of the same kind of idea • […]

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Experimenting With An Event Called Insights

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Planning to try an event called Insights,  for the Chennai TiE startup SIG event in mid July.  Would love your feedback. Here are our current thoughts: 1. Who Can Participate? Startups making presentations. Business Advisers – a group of Angels, VCs, startup mentors and coaches Entrepreneurs and Intrapreneurs  – Development, Marketing, Sales, Business Development  and […]

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Attributes of Great Innovators

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I just did a Google search for “Attributes of Great Innovators” and collected a list. Here is the list categorized by sources and a few of my comments. Five Discovery Skills that Distinguish Great Innovators Associating Questioning Observing Networking Experimenting Clayton M. Christensen thinks skills 2-5 support the Association skill. The ability to connect the […]

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Intelligent Dissent vs Passive Agreement

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Certain company cultures discourage dissent, especially with people higher up in the hierarchy. Others  allow dissent, to encourage different points of view. Do you permit intelligent dissent in your team? Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than […]

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Why Do You Need Market Intelligence?

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What a great Market Intelligence Managers do: “Some of the greatest challenges facing CEOs and global organizations today are understanding market growth, identifying new business opportunities, facing new competition and managing changing customer needs. The best market intelligence managers are able to address such issues by identifying new business opportunities in adjacent or completely new […]

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Indian Angel Network – A Few Facts

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Notes from a Presentation by Vidya and comments from a couple of Angels from the Indian Angel Network (IAN) heard at the Headstart event in Chennai: Indian Angel Network: Averaged one investment per month in 2012 Has about 200 angels in its network Funded OrangeScape, a Chennai based fast growing Cloud Company Typically invests anywhere from […]

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BookLog: Early Warning Using Competitive Intelligence

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From Early Warning: Using Competitive Intelligence to Anticipate Market Shifts, Control Risk, and Create Powerful Strategies by Benjamin Gilad. There is a process that brings management closer to external focus. It is called competitive early warning. It helps companies decipher early signs of trouble before they mushroom into a full-scale crisis and identify early signs of opportunities […]

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LinkLog: Metaphors and Stories

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I was researching “Environmental Scanning”.  Our tools attempt to  solve the problem of Information Discovery.  I came upon this article on Metaphors and Stories. When you start working on a new product or business, uncertainty looms large. How do you handle uncertainty? We often suffer from a couple of problems. A system of thinking that attempts to deal with […]