TiE Unconference in Chennai

You are an entrepreneur or trying to start a company. You have some ideas and even built a prototype. You want to talk to a few fellow entrepreneurs.

You are a professional working on some cool technology. You want to share some of your ideas on how to use/leverage this technology.

You have questions about some emerging trends. Is this space worth getting into? What are the risks? Are there any one out there doing this?

You want to know a bit about marketing. How do I go about finding a certain type of customer? How do I get my first customers?

You may be a successful startup but have questions about scaling your business. Find some meontors, coaches or just exchange notes with people who have done it before.

Many of us have these questions. We want to meet, discuss, comment, gather information and learn from others. We are willing to share what we know. Where do you go?

This is the goal of TiE Chennai Unconference.

We are trying a few experiments during this event. The success, of course, depends on you. If you are a professional or an entrepreneur, we would love to see you there.

1. We are putting together a panel of experts in scaling a business from a few people to a few hundred. You can bring your questions on finding, keeping, growing customers to this panel. It will be entirely audience driven.

2. Most of our sessions will be discussions. You can ask questions, share bits of knowledge and expertise and watch others do the same. Here is a place to find individuals you want to connect with and keep in touch even after the conference.

3. You have done an amazing job of telling us what you would like to talk about.  So as a group we know what we are going to discuss most. Here is the latest topic cloud in case you have not seen it before.

You are encouraged to come and  participate and tell a few friends who may benefit. We are really looking forward to this event. See you on 18th Sep.

Bloglets: The World has lots of Smart People

Everyday you read a bunch of stuff. I like to keep the links around to share with others. First I used to bookmark them. Then social bookmarks (like del.icio.us) came along. So I started putting them up there. It became a habit. Now I book mark things I want to read (tag: readinglist, to:read). Some material is so compelling that I have to read. Like Khalid says, if you think like me, you will like these links. Even if you don’t think like me, you may find something useful.

bloglets are little blog entries with a link and less than one para of text.  Here is one:

Learning shouldn’t hurt. Let’s share the insights that made difficult ideas click from Khalid’s Better Explained.

I guess I think like him – a bit. But I did not when I was his age. Hence the fascination. The world has lots of smart people. Some of them blog. Which is a blessing. It is also an inspiration.

Blogging Has Changed My Life

From Vaibhav of Technofriends in a Blogr Tools interview.

Definitely blogging has changed my life a lot. My blog is like a baby to me. After starting this blog, I have kind of started being more research oriented. The vital questions which I ask myself have made me become more focused in my approach. It clearly helps. Apart from all this, its also about a brand image called YOU. I have also got more focus/attention from open communities / individuals because of my blog.

I connected with Vaibhav only a few months ago when I saw a link to my blog from Technofriends. Nice to see that his efforts getting some visibility.

I connected with Vaibhav only a few months ago when I saw a link to my blog from Technofriends. Nice to see that his efforts getting some visibility.

Blogging has changed my life too. Blogging gave me a way to share what I know, helped me keep track of topics and started many conversations on social media.

Looking for Ideas for Blogging?

Here is a nice list from 100 Blog Topics I hope you write.

People often ask me how I come up with things to blog about, and I find the question strange, because my problem is the opposite. I have too much to blog about.

The nice thing about this list is that you and I can take the same topic and may end up writing very different things. I wonder whether there is a way to track how many of these ideas got blogged about. In fact, it may be a good idea to have a blog for each idea with a link to all the blogs about the idea.