The Cruise is on………….

Life… Technology… Passion…

Session 1: Venture Capitalists – Sequoia Capital

Posted by cruisemaniac on December 2, 2006

The things that venture capitalists look for when they invest money!!! Their idea is about helping guys like us by funding our ideas…  These are the 10 things that they look for b4 investing in a guy…

  1. Large markets – Address Existing markets poised for rapid growth
  2. Team DNA – ‘A’ level founders attract ‘A’ level teams
  3. Clarity of purpose – Summarize company’s business on the back of a business card
  4. Rich Customers – Target customers who will move fast and pay a premium
  5. Insane Customer Focus – Customers will buy only a simple product with singular value proposition.
  6. Pain Killers – Pick an issue of burning importance and delight the customer with a compeling proposition
  7. Think Differently – Take the contrarian route. Create novel solutions.
  8. Agility – Stealth and speed will usually help beat out large companies
  9. Frugality – Focus spending on what’s critical
  10. Inferno – Huge market with customers yearning for product developed by great engineers  requires very little firepower…

Tats for session 1…


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Barcamp Bangalore 2.0 Live!!!

Posted by cruisemaniac on December 2, 2006

Heya all, Live Blogging from BarcampBangalore 2.0…  Lets see how many sessions I can pull out onto the net!!!  The atmosphere is really kewl here.. .in the ThoughtWorks office in Diamond District.  A huge number of sessions have been lined up for, some of them are reeeeeeeeeeally reeeeeeeeeeally interesting to ttend, listen and unconference…  Lets see… I’m waiting 4 the sessions on Hacking, P2p Information Services, Web 2.0 Business Models… the list is on….  Lets see what happens today and tomorrow….

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Posted by cruisemaniac on November 27, 2006

Picture this:

  1. One huge collection of geeks and entrepreneurs under a roof
  2. An array of topics
  3. Coffee, grub and wi-fi
  4. Complete technical chaos (read discussions).

The perfect recipe for the way we all should talk technology… This in short , my friends, is called a BarCamp. And wats more…. It’s happening on Dec 2-3 in Namma ooru, Bengalooru!!!! 😀

I’m kind of a whole lot excited to get there for a plethora of reasons…

  1. It ‘s my first barcamp!!!!
  2. I cant wait to listen to some of those sessions: WiMAX, AJAX, Web 2.0, RAD Web Development, and a whole lot more.
  3. CodeJam!!!! Lets see wat happens there…
  4. I’ve also decided to speak up on some pressing issues I have with the Indian Mapping Scenario vis-a-vis the American / British scenarios currently… Tat would mean Google Maps!!!!! I want some solutions, suggestions, and the likes… We need better maps for India… This would be my touch point there in my talk… If I do get to own the stage… Tat is!!!!

The registration for Barcamp Bangalore is happening @ Check it out… Be there… And as they say…


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It’s my LIFE!!!

Posted by cruisemaniac on October 17, 2006

Life is definitely about living it in absolute top gear… So much happens in the blink of an eye… It’s now 45 official days since i joined Sasken. Well, a lot has been happening here… Training!, first of all… And lots of that… C++, Clearcase, UML & OOAD… and lots more… Dunno what they did most of the time… I was sleeping though… with my eyes open ofcourse. Been involved in a lot of initiatives with my Guru, Mr. Ajay Nyamati and our gang of late. Guru hasn’t given me the rights to talk about this in public as of yet… But yeah… this is beautiful thinking and amazing conceptualization by Ajay.

I’m yet to do Parasailing with NisargaIndia. I’ve been given free passes by Ajay and Karthik in lieu of some work I do with them. But as usual, there is a *conditions apply clause attached with it.

The conditions:

“I cant parasail alone. I have to bring my girlfriend along”. Bah!!! Ajay!!!! X-(. My girlfriend is aftaid of heights!!! She’s just 5’2″. Lets see what happens regarding this.

What am I doing @ Sasken? Preparing for an interview with Infineon as of now. And my friends put forward this question with so much of an unassuming composure and awe: “Ashwin, U just joined Sasken one month back, Shifting jobs so soon?????“. And my answer: Nope, I’m not shifting jobs as yet. ‘m attending Client Interviews. Infineon doesnt trust me as yet and are seeing if I’m worth it!!! :-p

On other lines, I got my broadband connection credits and loads of thanx to my Landlady for having me share hers. Getting broadband in the Silicon Valley of the nation is an impossible task! Believe me. I’ll blog on this separately… And yeah… It’s airtel broadband @ 128kbps. As of now, it hasnt crashed down on me… I’m keeping my fingers crossed on this as of now!!

With Diwali just around the corner, Me’s leaving for chennai this thursday nite… B4 which I do have a plan to meet up with my gud old buddy, ‘OOSI’ (Tats tamil for ‘needle’) a.k.a. Vijay Balakrishnan who’s flying into B’lore to catch a bus to Madurai!!!

Bwah… India, Diwali, Ppl, life, blog… Where has my passion gone??? Nope… Googling dint work here!!! Tats wat happens when u read Efficient C++ Programming Techniques by Doy Bulka and David Mathew for 8 hrs a day for a continuous 4 days!!! I dunno anything abt the book… If u want more info, google it up!

So much for the post!!!

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Posted by cruisemaniac on September 29, 2006

Asus A8j...

Tats Mine!!! 😀

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Life moves on… No more TechM

Posted by cruisemaniac on August 14, 2006

Once someone said, “The moment you have done something really good for an organization, you have to move…”

I seriously take this statement to move on…  from my first job or stint in the IT industry to the next.  I’ve been relieved from the services of Tech Mahindra Ltd., Pune as of 11th August, 2006.

And I’m joining Sasken Communication Technologies Ltd., on the 4th of September, 2006.  Now, tats a kewl 3 weeks of vacation…

The best part of the new job… I’ll be based out of Bangalore…  Tats a kewl 6 hrs of end-to-end travel to and from chennai…  Dad and mom are pretty elated at the new job offer… Big pay, bigger savings, and best of all…  “Close to home”

As i type, i have one more week of pune life left with me…  The Law College Road, Barista, pune central, pyramid, Koregaon park, sheesha, Soul…  the list is indefinite.  Lets see what bangalore and sasken hold for me in the days to come…

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Things in my life!!!

Posted by cruisemaniac on July 15, 2006

Life goes on… One door closes… and another opens… One path diverges into many and then… You take one of them…

And I shall always continue to say this… Take the one less travelled… And hence, leave a path that others may follow…

Life has definitely been going good for me…

Lot’s of things happening around the time that i’vent blogged about… Been 3 months already…. This shows signs of my brain rusting out… Which i’m determined to not let happen!!!

In the lots of things happening that i’vent blogged around these take highest priority:

1. Had my first stint at Project Management!!!! Yaaaay!!!!!
Got a chance to lead my team of 3 Devs and 4 Testers through an Application Acceptance Testing Project from Motorola… Whew… It was the most amazing experience in the 1 year that i’ve worked… Understanding the application, Knowledge Transfer to the Team, Co-ordinating with the client… Weekly status update calls with the some of the Senior-most ppl @ Motorola!!! Lots of action… An amazing learning curve for me in the overall project life-cycle… 😀

2. The most amazing project that i was working on – Alcatel Seamless mobility Solution. Out of the world technology. It gave our team a chance to hit the technology for the next generation…

This project got killed… Yep… In the true sense of the word. Alcatel said that they dint want us to continue with work… and issued a Statement of “Stoppage of Work”.

3. My brother got into an Engg. College… Got his dream of becoming an “Automobile Engineer”… It all depends on how he takes it forward from here on… As responsible guardians, dad, mom and I have done our part in setting the wheels rolling… Gearing up and driving forward is his job now!!!

4. Got into another amazing project which is again some really cutting edge technology. Another Motorola project which is on DVB-H(Digital Video Broadcasting for Handhelds). Tomorrow’s technology leveraging on today’s existing network / broadcast infrastructure… Out of the world stuff once again!!!

5. Lots of other things brewing up… Which I cant currently open up, citing reasons of confidentiality of information and absence of clarity of information.

Let’s see what more I can blog about the next time I get time for…

Life is hectic… But, WTF!!! It’s life… U cant sit still and think of accomplishment… And here I quote William Hazlitt:

“Men of genius do not excel in any profession because they labor in it, but they labor in it because they excel.”

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(( litefeeds )) mobile RSS

Posted by cruisemaniac on May 10, 2006

It works! Read feeds and post to your blog while mobile.

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First Demo….

Posted by cruisemaniac on May 3, 2006

Definitely a red letter day in my life….

The first demo of our project is going halfway across the globe into Ericsson, Germany…

Why am i blogging about this??? Well… This is the first set of code / applicationss that i’ve written for my Company (Tech Mahindra Ltd.) that’s seeing daylight…

I’m realllllly happy about this… The Application in itself was one of our teams and my personal achievements because i’ve had to sit thru every phase of the SDLC (for the dodo’s, it’s the Software Development Life Cycle)…

I also got to write a substantial amount of code for the application… Sans the UI, i’ve been involved in writing the code for the two core engines used in this aplication…

Symbian has been my latest playground for the last 10 months at Tech Mahindra… And it’s really nice to have been able to code efficiently on this programming language…

Symbian is called the programmer’s nightmare… For reasons of it’s own… It’s complexity and constraints upon the users is enough to rattle the toughest of coders…

Well, I’m happy today!!!
This goes out to my team… Congrats guys…. We did this….

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NewLC, TInt, TDesC…..

Posted by cruisemaniac on February 21, 2006

These are probably the terms that I’ve been working on for the last 6-7 months at Tech Mahindra Ltd. Yeah!!! Note this ppl… My company has a new identity: Tech Mahindra Ltd.. Anyways, coming back to the topic of the post…. The above mentioned terms are some of the most important in a very long list of all important terms a Symbian developer needs to know.

One thing that symbian was able to do to me was completely hook me on to this out of the world operating system / development platform… Man.. Believe me when I say this… Nex Gen technology starts here….

I dunno how people came up with this OS, but it seriously has us stunned everytime me and veeraj (Oh… He’s my teammate…) make a build and run it on our test devices…

So long for this post… Nice start eh!!!!!

chao ppl….

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