My Ventures

January 22, 2011

My interview @ Mixergy.com

Recently, I was interviewed by Andrew Warner of Mixergy.com. Here is the video for you. Please post all your reactions at Mixergy only (link given below), so that the conversation stays in one place and everyone can relate to it.

P.S.: The positive emails after this video interview has inspired me to do a detailed video story of INT. It is not the biggest story ;), but I am sure there will be few takeaways and I will be happy if it helps anyone.

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August 31, 2009

Seeders – Angel fund and incubation for the tech startups!

I had precisely three envelope entrepreneurial ambitions! I call them envelope as each of them encompass several small ambitious projects. All three are aimed to change the world in my small way and make it a better place:

  1. To build a successful Internet technology company which can enable millions of businesses
  2. To bring mass scale change in education system in terms of quality, content, reach and cost
  3. To become an investor with a difference!

To make sure that my journey at least start off to fulfill all the three ambitions, I (along with my partner Pallav) started up a technology specific angel fund and incubation center called Seeders. This is our attempt to bring finances, infrastructure, resources, connections and mentoring (technical + business) to the aspiring and daring ones.

For the more curious ones 😉 –

We will be investing in technology companies which uses Internet as a strategic enabler. These can be software product companies, SaaS projects as well as niche knowledge services. Any wild idea that makes business sense is also welcome! And yes, the venture must be based out of Kolkata or must be willing to shift its base to Kolkata (at least for incubation phase).

More on this project will be soon posted on http://www.seeders.in

So keep tuned in.

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August 10, 2009

Kolkata Bloggers' Meet

Hello Friends,

A fortnight back, I was having some communication with Kamanashish Roy (@doubts) and he told me about his interest in organizing a Kolkata Bloggers' Meet. The idea struck a chord in my mind as I always wanted to organize an "Internet Strategy Summit" in Kolkata. So I thought let us start with the Bloggers' Meet and check out if there is sufficient demand for the mega show that I was dreaming of! And I chipped in with the required funds to organize the event.

The discussion started off on twitter and soon the idea picked up steam with a steady flow of people showing interest. The list of attendees kept on growing and soon it crossed 160+ registered blog addicts who showed interest to turn up! The interesting thing was use of twitter for spreading the word and coordinating the entire event. We hardly exchanged emails!

The event was organized at Cafe Coffee Day in Sector V, Salt Lake. 125+ blog enthusiasts turned up to share their passion and ideas about blogging. It had talks by Arun, Saptarshi, Aji, Vikas (via video conferencing) and yours truly.

There was energy in the air as the most vocal and active Kolkata + Web2.0 citizens gathered to learn, make friends and speak up! It started with a cake-cutting ceremony by the youngest blogger who turned up for the event – definitely a great way to encourage someone. Participants were given an opportunity to do a one minute elevator pitch. Very few could actually do a 'real elevator pitch' and hardly anybody maintained the one-minute deadline. But nobody complained. Everyone was enjoying the experience. This was followed by presentation by speakers and ended with product demo of FusionChart (by Sanket Nadhani) and HeadStart (by Mitesh Ashar). Throughout the event, networking was ON.

We all got to taste the de-facto Cafe Coffee Day cold / hot coffees and snacks. When we thought all is over, we were surprised by the dinner (surprised – since we were so engaged in the event, we felt that 'we are full'). This was topped up with t-shirts and an ELearning CD (from Indus Net Academy) as a parting gift.

The success of the event is evident from the fact that even after 10 pm, participants were in no mood to return home 😉

My small presentation was on blog monetization. I tried to cover both the audience – i.e. a blogger who blogs for a company and as an individual. Here are the slides for you!

The four people behind the success of this event (in my opinion) are the guys who represent a virtual organization called Webreps.in. In fact I was amused to know that there is no structure, format, legal existence of the organization. But then I realized – who cares! I have myself flouted the 'conventions' so many time. And this is cool. There guys are Anirudh Lohia, Kamanashish Roy, Shimul Aich and Saikat Sengupta.

Photographs of the event are at: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/album.php?aid=128692&id=129612851702&ref=nf

Can someone share the video links to all the presentations?

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April 20, 2009

FREE Website Clinic @ Internet World 2009

Hello Friends,

I will be holding a FREE Website Clinic from 28-30th April at Internet World (Earl's Court, London) at our booth.

I will be helping website owners improve their website one-step-at-a-time by giving them up to five actionable tips specific to their website after analyzing the same and understanding their online business goals.

Website Clinic is absolutely FREE of cost and there are no strings attached to it.

There will be a lot of rush as we have started getting request for booking time slots. So I suggest that you send an email to talash@indusnet.co.in and book your time slot in advance to avoid disappointment.

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March 18, 2009

Web Design Outsourcing – My Presentation @ CeBIT Offshoring Forum

I recently did a presentation @ CeBIT Offshoring Forum in Hanover as how web design firms can save and scale up their operations and business during the worst financial crisis that our generation has ever seen.

The presentation is here:

If you are interested in availing the service described in the presentation or you know of someone who might be interested, please feel free to refer to http://www.hire-a-designer.com

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February 21, 2009

Bestseller website template design trends

I was analyzing the sales history of TemplateKingdom.com. I could not resist myself from analyzing the common style elements that are common among the best-sellers on my website. Here is the list:

  • Three column templates are in demand.
  • White & gray color for background is working well.
  • Sufficient text-area and eye-space is common amongst the bestsellers.
  • In cases, where people have bought two column layouts, preference has gone to layouts with wider left panel.
  • Buyers prefer small, simple images that are smartly placed instead of portrait sized screen wide panoramic graphical layout.

So, when you make the next design, keep these in mind, so that you are closest to the taste of your customer. 10K registered users cannot be wrong 😉

 

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Joomla templates overtakes traditional web templates in competition!

I was checking template trends on Google Trends and my intuition was positively reinforced. Joomla templates have officially overtaken traditional web template in search volume. The graph below is self explanatory.

web template vs joomla template
(click above to see live results)

It is interesting to note that Joomla templates have gained a lot of popularity in eastern European countries compared to the south Asian countries. In Northern America a very interesting trend has been spotted. Regions like Nevada, Alabama and Nebraska are virtually untouched by the Joomla revolution!

I cannot help without this shameless plug 😉

TemplateKingdom.com, our template website, provides high quality joomla templates. In fact you can see those templates LIVE in action before making a purchase. My team can also put together custom joomla template design and integration for you! So get in touch with our guys at http://www.hire-a-designer.com/

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February 19, 2009

TemplateKingdom.com crosses 10,000 registered users mark

Hello Friends,

One of my pet projects – TemplateKingdom.com yesterday crossed 10,000 registered users mark. I am happy that our product has been able to make a difference in so many lives. I look forward to expand its reach further in days to come!

Thank you everybody!

Regards
Abhishek

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November 6, 2008

Recent Media Coverage – NDTV Profit

Recently there has been some media coverage of my company winning the #1 IT SME in India Award by Dun & Bradstreet. Here is a coverage shot by NDTV Profit, one of the leading news channels in India.

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October 4, 2008

Indus Net Technologies is #1 IT SME – Dun & Bradstreet

It is the first official award I have won for my entrepreneurial efforts!

Indus Net Technologies has been selected as the #1 IT SME (Small and Medium sized Enterprise) in India 2008 by Dun & Bradstreet in a glittering Award Ceremony in Mumbai on 30th September 2008.

For more information on the Award, please visit: http://www.dnb.co.in/SMEAwards_2008/
Indus Net Technologies has also been prominently placed among the Emerging SMEs of India publication, which was unvieled on the same day.

I will like to thank our 5000+ clients who put in their trust in us (even though 90% of them have never met us) and the team which delivered and fulfilled every promise that Indus Net Technologies made.

We look forward to grow at a steady pace and achieve many more milestones in days to come.

So keep checking!

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