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Announcing the FIRST ever Start-up Evening:

Guest(s):  Alok Kejriwal, founder & CEO of Games2win (more here) , Deap Ubhi, Founder and CEO of Burrp (more here)

Date:    20 January, 2009 (Tuesday)

Time:   7pm – 9pm

Venue: South Mumbai

Audience: Start-up founders (MVP and non-MVP start-up founders)

Interested in participating?  Want to help in organizing a start-up evening? Have more questions?  Write to nandini AT morpheusventure DOT com

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sinbaad the sailor jahaaj me jab chala, mere yaar sun lo sun lo
dhundh raha tha ek nayi duniya ka pata, mere yaar sun lo sun lo
woh anjaani raahon me tha o o
woh leharo ki baahon me tha o o
sab ne kaha tha in samundaro me jaana nahi, mere yaar sun lo sun lo
khwaabo ke pichhe jaake kuchh bhi hai paana nahi, mere yaar sun lo suno
woh apni hi dhun me raha o o
woh sunata tha dil ka kaha o o
(usake the jo sapne, wohi usake the apne
aisa tha sinbaad the sailor, sailor......) - (2)

usaka jahaj khila tufano me, mere yaar sun lo sun lo
phir bhi na aayi kami usake armaano me, mere yaar sun lo sun lo
woh deewana aisa hi tha o o
woh sapano ka hamrahi tha o o
(usake the jo sapne, wohi usake the apne
aisa tha sinbaad the sailor, sailor......) - (2)

woh kuchh paane ki chaah me o o
woh badhata raha raah me o o
gehara samundar tha unchi unchi lehren, mere yaar sun lo sun lo
kashtiya jin dekhi mushkil se thehare, mere yaar sun lo sun lo
woh saahil tak aa hi gaya o o
woh manjil ko paa hi gaya o o
(usake the jo sapne, wohi usake the apne
aisa tha sinbaad the sailor, sailor......) - (2)

I am looking forward to participating in the First Edition of MVP Founder’s meet. Its a full day event being held at  Fortune Select JP Cosmos, Bengaluru (Off cunnigham road) on 17 December, 2008.

Participants include our portfolio founders from Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, a couple of other startup friends of MVP and a few well known folks like:

  • Subrata Mitra from Accel . A very active and succesful early and growth stage VC firm working with startups in India, USA, China and London
  • Sharda balaji from Novojuris – a legal firm with special focus on working with Startups
  • Indus Kaitan, Chief Plumbr of Sezwho. Indus has spent 10+ years in building startups in silicon valley . SezWho is a universal profile service for the social web – a popular startup in Silicom valley.
  • Harish Gandhi Alok Mittal from Cannan. A leading VC Firm working with startups in India, US and Isarael. (Update: Harish came in place of Alok and we had a great session with him)
  • Ananya Majoomdar from Times Private Treaties

Agenda:

  • Internal Sessions with MVP companies
    • Duration: 30-40 minutes each
    • Format : Interactive sessions
    • Goal:
      • Give the presenting company founders LIVE access to brains, thoughts and ideas of 10-15 peers.
      • They can gather a lot of fodder for thoughts and get inputs on some key business problems
    • Part 1 : Presenting company talks about their Business (5-8 minutes)
      • Whats the product
      • Whats the market
      • Whats the team
      • Present status
      • Plans going forward
      • Key Challenges / important business problems they are working on
    • Part 2: Other company founders will provide (25-30 minutes)

      • feedback
      • ideas
      • views
      • potential solution to the mentioned business problems
      • ask questions
      • point out risks etc
  • External Sessions with Investors / Entrepreneurs etc
    • Format: Informal interaction, Q & A, discussions, know each other etc
    • Number: 2-3 Sessions
    • Duration : 60 minutes each

Nandini shares some touching experiences following the recent terror attacks

Meeting people (new and already known to us) is  something most of us do regularly.  In this post I want to talk about one aspect of the people interaction and the way our mind unconsciously categorizes people whom we meet:

  1. First category is the people who leave us with fond memories, we would be glad to see them again or hear from them or even make proactive efforts to stay connected with them.
  2. Second category is people who we are neutral about, or not even thinking about. These guys are pretty much invisible. May be they did not interact much, time of interaction was not enough etc
  3. Third category which “hits me hard” are folks who seem to lack basic respect for fellow human beings and leave others with feelings like:

“What does this person think of himself / herself? He or she did not seem happy / open to meet me for some reason.  I am not sure I really care about seeing him/her again or hearing from him/her”

What these guys are doing is basically showing the lack of basic human respect, many times it happens that you meet this guy and start talking to him and he just gives you a cold shoulder,  tries to show you that he has more important things to do or people to talk to and you are just plain “unimportant”. Where as what he is doing is making himself “unimportant as a human being”..

On the other hand you meet people, whom you never met before but they are so warm and nice in the interaction, that even after a very small interaction you go away with fond memories and a feeling of bonding with them; a friendship, which stays for ever. These are the real angels.

In business as well as start-up world networking is one of the most critical elements and its clear that basic human behavior is what will drive the strength of your network, so be kind and fair to people..

Whats your experience…

Just came back home after watching “Oye lucky lucky oye (OLLO)” the new movie by Dibakar Banerjee, the guy who made “khosla ka ghosla”. Overall I think its a mutiplex or a metro film. I personally liked it, but its more of an experimental film and less of a mass film.

ylco1OLLO appealed to me at many levels, the whole Punjabi culture of Delhi,  reflections of childhood – which all folks who grew up in Delhi/Chandigarh/Punjab can relate to, the skill with which lucky does his work and the carefree confidence with which he carries himself.

OLLO is not really a regular bollywood film, its different in many or most ways. The story telling style is different, no real songs, not start/middle/end type of structure, no attempt to tie in all threads. Its just a plain story of a “super thief”, where the human interactions were very natural and had a ‘Delhi Punjabi”flavor. Somewhere it reminded me of “Catch me if you can”

Acting-wise Abhay looks stylish and smooth, the three different characters played by Paresh Rawal are well done, the leading lady is kinda cute and everyone else has done a nice job. Background score is very good, it also has a few songs which play in parts thru the film.

Recommendation: Go ahead and watch it with an open mind. Dont expect it to be a super comedy like “khosla ka ghosla”.

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