Tip: Google Docs for backup during Travel

My standard procedure while traveling is to upload a copy of E tickets, scanned copis of passport and Visas ,Insurance documents, identification on Google Docs. Share them with my family. It allows access from anywhere where there is an internet so quite useful if traveling and you want to back up travel documents safely.(Note Some details hidden)

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For important meeting especially bulky presentations, I upload to Google docs, to avoid/back up hardware failure. Also loading them in browser is faster and looks better during the meeting (besides getting a wow factor)

http://docs.google.com

Only problem- Google Docs doesnot support PDF uploads more than 10 mb. This is especially a problem when creating a large number of graphs using R, as they can be heavy. The workaround is splitting the PDF (if it is a normal document) , or Modifying R for pictures per page to reduce size.

 

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So Try uploading a sample document to www.docs.google.com today and get surprsied.

For creating a free collobrative space between team members globally ,similarly check out http://sites.google.com .

If you want you can even build your corporate intranet or knowledge sharing wiki here , and track usage statistics through Google Analytics.

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Cost is free. No ads. Since Google earns so much from ads and now from phones, this is their way of changing the way the world works better.

ps You can download all data/maintain offline copies using Google Gears and click delete in less than a minute if you need to shut it down.

India and the Internet-Self Publishing Pothi.com

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1) What has been the story of your career and what message would you like to send to young people aspiring for MBA’s

(Masters of Business Administration)

Jaya -I come from a small town in Bihar, where I completed my class 10th in a residential school close-by. Finished my high school from DPS Ranchi and then joined IIT Kanpur for a B. Tech. in Computer Science & Engineering. Joined IIM Lucknow right after that. Since then I worked with a start-up and then with Google India in Product Management roles, before starting full time on Pothi.com

Message to young people aspiring for an MBA: Don’t aspire for an MBA, because everyone else is doing so, or because people want you to. Aspire for being good at what is in your heart. If you an artist at heart, aspire to be a good artist! If MBA it is, then you probably know what you want to get out of it.

2) Why did you turn down a job from Google and start a startup straight after college

Jaya -I had opted out of placement from the campus and joined a start-up (not my own). There was no offer for Google at that time. I did work for Google later as a Product Manager before starting on my own. The reason for joining a start-up after the college were two fold. Firstly some of the job possibilities that looked very lucrative before joining an MBA turned out to be not so lucrative. I really enjoyed reading the psychology and sociology behind consumer behaviour, how they shape choices etc. But a real life job would have entailed ensuring that people drink more Pepsi and eat more chocolates! After my summer internship I knew I wasn’t going to enjoy it. So, I thought going back to technology and take up something where technological as well as management education could be put to use. The start-up was providing the right platform with a product management role.

Secondly, I always wanted to be an entrepreneur myself and hence working in a start-up looked like a good preparation ground. After about two years since graduating, I found myself ready with an idea I was passionate about, a partner with complementary skills and same passion for the idea and some savings to sustain myself for a few months. So, Pothi.com emerged.

3) What are the key learnings that you have learnt in this short period

Jaya -I think one of the major (and useful) realizations for me has been that start-up (success) and institutional funding are not synonymous. Somehow, people always talk to entrepreneurs and discuss start-ups in terms of how good the business is from a Venture Capital (VC) perspective. One has to realize that VCs are geared towards investing in only certain kinds of businesses. That does not mean there is no demand for some of the other kinds of product and services or that a sustainable business can not be made out of them.

4) Is an IIM MBA necessary for success .Comments please.

Jaya-I am very biased against an MBA, especially the way it is used in India/IIMs – as a job agency and not a learning ground. No, I don’t think that an IIM MBA or any MBA (or any particular degree for that matter!) is necessary for success.

Note- IIM stands for Indian Institutes of Management. They are six IIMs and they are the analogous counterparts of the IVY league of USA

5) Whats your vision for Pothi.com . Which website is a good analogy for it ? Why should anyone visit the website ?

Jaya-There is lot more interesting and good content out there than what traditional publishing (and distribution, as we learned over time) can support. All of them should be produced and distributed in the form of a book, which is the most versatile, economical and easy form for consuming content. And Pothi.com should pioneer that!

 

Jaya Jha is the co-founder of Pothi.com. She is an IIT Kanpur and IIM Lucknow alumnus and was working with Google India as a Product Manager before starting up on Pothi.com full time. She enjoys reading, writing and traveling.She topped IIM Lucknow and was a gold medallist there.First person to be hired outside of US office in the APM Program at Google. APM Pogram is a 2 year training program for fresh graduates to take up the Product Management Role in Google.She was also awarded Sangeeta Goel Memorial Award for highest All India Rank (88) in JEE 2000 amongst the girl students admitted to Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Specific Services at Pothi.com start as low as 12 USD for writers (due to India based costs).International shipping is enabled.

Advanced Mathematical Economics

Total Cost of Mortgage Bailout (including companies specific loans etc) = 1300 Billion Dollars

Number of US households defaulting on loans  = 100 million (assumed)

Bailout per Household = 13,000 Dollars

Deleting extravagent houses/overpaid /people at fault /above 3 bedrooms = 50 million households

New Bailout per Household =26,000 Dollars

Lowering of EMI by Lowering of Mortgage Rate, by Fed Rate Cut =1000 Dollars per annum

Lowering of EMI by increasing tenure to 40 years = 500 dollars per month

Why cant we give tax payer’s money back to the tax payer themselves

Risk Added to Govt Treasury = 0

Jobs lost at financial sector = 0

Houses lost by ordinary Americans =0

Note- Numbers are close approximation of estimates using Fermi Logic of problem solving

Can someone tell whats the problem in this logic ???

India and the Internet:Workosaur.com

Q1. What has been the story of your career and what message would you like to send to young people aspiring for MBA’s or just starting their careers?image
A1. I’d rather have the reader click through to my LinkedIn profile (http://www.linkedin.com/in/nimish79) to see how my career has panned thus far. However, the interesting bits only start now that I have taken upon myself the challenge to create true value by building a big Internet business – click by click.
Also, I feel it’s too early for me to be dispensing advice to those starting their careers. To each his own dream.
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Q2. Why did you create a web startup?
A2. While I have always tried to spot the right opportunity to get started, my last few jobs have been in the Internet space. And I took to it just like a fish takes to water. Also having set up two Internet businesses and having contributed in different capacities to the other businesses at my previous organizations, starting off in this space was a natural progression for me.
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Q3. What are the key learnings that you have learnt in this short period?
A3.
1. INNOVATE or DIE.

My first initiative, workosaur.com, is a niche job site targeting senior professionals. To exist in the online recruitment industry, which is currently dominated by big players who entered the market early, makes it imperative for me innovate. Moreso because even late entrants with deep pockets have struggled to remain competitive.
2. BUILD TO LAST. DON’T BUILD TO EXIT.
Many Internet startups today are not built on a solid business model. They exist under the assumption that one of the bigger plays will snap them up. When you have such a vision, there is a greater chance that you would fail. Because if things don’t go your way and the bootstrapping costs pile up, you may lose patience, and hang up your boots. So it’s always better to build a business that can go all the way – one that provides tangible value to its audience – so that you can make money at some stage of your product’s lifecycle.
3. WORK HARD.
During the start-up stage, it pays to work hard. For example, I decided to read and learn everything I could – right from managing and hosting a webserver to designing on Photoship/GIMP to programming in PHP/Python to HTMLization to search engine optimization to campaign management and online marketing. I knew enought to be able to do all the initial work myself and was able to launch workosaur.com under USD 1000. If one isn’t willing to do this kind of spadework, it becomes difficult to sustain a start-up which can’t be monetized early.

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Q4. Is an MBA (IIM or Otherwise) necessary for success. Comments please.

A4. In my opinion, an MBA (especially from an IIM) is detrimental to success if one aspires to be an entrepreneur. Given the prevalence of extremely high salaries amongst the IIM pass-outs, one tends to build a comfort zone around themselves. And it’s difficult to get out of. During conversations I have noticed that most of my peers aspire to start up but the superficial comfort zone of drawing a fixed monthly income holds them back. And once you are so risk-averse, it is very difficult to tread the entrepreneurial route.

Also, the comfort in their current job kills the stomach to do spade work. And with this you have pretty much eliminated the key elements that are necessary to be a successful entrepreneur.
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Q5. Whats your vision for your site. Which website is a good analogy for it? Why should anyone visit the website?

A5. The vision for workosaur.com is to be the #1 job search destination for middle-level and senior-level management. My current mission is to aggregate the most Rs. 10+ lac jobs and simultaneously build features that would be of great utility for my audience.
It’s a niche segment and currently there is no competitor operating exclusively in the same niche. The competition comes from multiple channels like the top management jobs on naukri and monster plus print classifieds such as Times Ascent.
We have chosen to serve only senior professionals on workosaur. Once you decide to serve a niche, you are in a better position to give them what they want. (We are like a Chinese restaurant which serves good Chinese food to an audience who has come to eat Chinese cuisine.) Senior professionals who visit workosaur will note that we aggregate only 7-figure jobs i.e. jobs that pay more than Rs. 10 lacs per annum. And we do not provide recruiters any access to our database of CVs unless its in response to a job posting. Thus the need for confidentiality is taken care of. Apart from this, you’d find a lot of nifty features that are built for this audience. Log on to workosaur and try them out.

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Bio:
Workosaur.com is a free job board for senior positions i.e. jobs that pay more than Rs. 10+ lacs per annum. Unlike the other job sites, workosaur.com truly focus on aggregating the most lucrative jobs in India and overseas – Corporate-level, vice president, director and manager positions. Workosaur.com explicitly asks employers to use the job board only for positions for which they can afford to pay more than Rs. 10 lacs per annum, thus making workosaur an aggregator of 7-figure jobs.

Online Market Survey:SurveyMonkey

I did a test survey for my struggling cartoon series Blog Boy

Here is Blog Boy

 

 

 

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Here are the responses from 99 people,using free survey from www.surveymonkey.com

Please note the site has fabulous features so you should visit to check for yourself. Anyways, back to analytics

So dear reader, what do you think the analytical decisions are based on the survey response. ?

 

Total Started Survey:

99

Total Completed Survey:

99  (100%)

Page: Default Section

1. Blog Boy is a cartoon based on Bloggers. What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think Blog Boy

 

Response
Percent

Response
Count

A boy who blogs

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74.7%

74

A generic term

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11.1%

11

Where is blog girl?

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4.0%

4

clip_image003Other (please specify)

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10.1%

10

 

answered question

99

 

skipped question

0

 

2. What is the source of cartoons for you ?

 

Response
Percent

Response
Count

Blogs

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6.1%

6

Websites

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35.4%

35

Newspaper (Daily)

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53.5%

53

Newspaper (Sunday)

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37.4%

37

Newsletter

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2.0%

2

clip_image003Other (please specify)

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14.1%

14

 

answered question

99

 

skipped question

0

 

3. Which cartoons have you read ?

 

Response
Percent

Response
Count

Garfield and Jon

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59.6%

59

Dilbert

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87.9%

87

Calvin and Hobbes

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75.8%

75

I dont read cartoons anymore

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8.1%

8

I dont like to read cartoons

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4.0%

4

clip_image003Other (please specify)

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13.1%

13

 

answered question

99

 

skipped question

0

 

4. Are you a blogger yourself ?

 

Response
Percent

Response
Count

Yes

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21.2%

21

No

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75.8%

75

Define Blogger

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4.0%

4

clip_image003Other (please specify)

1

 

answered question

99

 

skipped question

0

 

5. What other sources of humour do you go for ?

 

Response
Percent

Response
Count

TV shows

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72.7%

72

Daily spoof news

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13.1%

13

Websites (please specify)

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28.3%

28

Actual funny news

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22.2%

22

Friends

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70.7%

70

Online chat sessions

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7.1%

7

Long market research surveys

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4.0%

4

clip_image003Other (please specify)

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10.1%

10

 

answered question

99

 

skipped question

0

 

6. What are the various issues that you think a blogger faces ?

 

Response
Count

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99

 

answered question

99

 

skipped question

0

 

7. You just became editor of a major syndicated cartoon called Blog Boy.What features would you like him to have.Blog Boy is hosted on http://www.iwannacrib.com

 

Response
Percent

Response
Count

Great cute graphics

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35.4%

35

Clean Simple graphics

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64.6%

64

Clear words

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52.5%

52

Constant change in themes

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44.4%

44

New characters

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27.3%

27

Feedback mechanisn to allow viewers to request a custom cartoon

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29.3%

29

clip_image003Other (please specify)

12

 

answered question

99

 

skipped question

0

 

8. How often do you read cartoons ?

 

Response
Percent

Response
Count

Everyday

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37.4%

37

Weekly

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35.4%

35

Monthly

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6.1%

6

Occasionally (once in two-three months)

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14.1%

14

Rarely (once in six months)

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1.0%

1

Never

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3.0%

3

clip_image003Other (please specify)

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3.0%

3

 

answered question

99

 

skipped question

0

 

6. What are the various issues that you think a blogger faces ?

Displaying 1 – 99 of 99 responses    << Prev Next >> Jump To:  Go >>
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1. fear of acceptance nd readership
2. lack of good options to custoize the blog page
3. i am least bothered!
4. No idea
5. no clue buddy
6. Not enough exposure
7. not enough people responding to blogs unable to post blogs on the site unable to modify / re-design the blog site – graphics etc.. when the blogger wishes to do so
8. dont know
9. creating an identity of his own
10. Dearth of topics; desire for readership
11. 1. privacy 2. relevant content 3. avoiding being an offense to someone
12. frequency of updation/ popularization/ business benefits if any/ template issues.
13. Not sure
14. A good syndication mechanism
15. NA
16. – Lack of interesting material – People who comment without actually reading or understanding the post – People who go off-topic in their comments
17. Wouldn’t know as I’ve already mentioned I’m not a blogger.
18. No clue
19. Publicity
20. scarcity of novelty and limited reach to the audience.
21. Privacy?
22. Not sure; not a blogger myself
23. na
24. I guess it becomes an exercise in itself to consistently write articles/update his blog.
25. Increasing viewership of blog: increasing number of hits on his blog.
26. Finding topics deserving to be written about, the dilemma whether to use publicity stunts, the disappointment at no or useless comments
27. Don’t know coz I don’t blog
28. no comments
29. Ideas !
30. No clue
31. None!!!
32.
33. giving an opinion without having any
34. Not aware
35. Possible issues arising from the gray areas between right to freedom of speech and breaking a law Possible discrimination for expressing personal views
36. I do not Blog so not very sure
37. various blogs
38. Never blogged, no idea!
39. not a blogger but i guess motivation to continue blogging would be high on the list
40. Creativity
41. s
42. targeting the right audience he’s looking for, posting blogs relevant to his target audience, immature and unwanted responses, time to keep blog updated
43. generate content that can interest people
44. 1. laziness (time) 2. laziness (effort) 3. laziness (easier alternative to while time on net, just by clicking mouse) 4. others’ blog (blogging the brain away off your potential readers)
45. Content!
46. Bandwidth for constant updation.
47. none – blog what u want
48. none
49. none
50. spam offline access
51. Never blogged !! I guess I’m a traditionalist !! 😦
52. lack of time
53. no idea
54. No idea!
55. Don’t know
56. regarding wht? ask a clear question if u want a good answer
57. Time and connectivity problems
58. No idea as i am not a blogger.
59. Content pressure
60. > How to ensure that everyone reads what he writes
61. privacy
62. too much free time
63. Creativity
64. 1. Blogs sites are seldom highlighted in main stream.. 2. Can be used to harm some1’s image.. 3. Anonymous content need to be screened esp. private ones… u know for a miscreant everything is within reach when it is on net.. 4. Many blogsites doesn’t allow lots of images insertion, edit the date of insertion (i generally post blog afer i write it on my diary) and transfer the same when i connnect online.. so all blogs posted on same day come to one single date).
65. Getting an audience to read his/her blogs
66. content creation, quality of content
67. none
68. I dont know
69. dont blog, no idea
70. put words to thought …..
71. Getting his blog known, running out of fresh ideas
72. Creating a larger network of repeated visitors
73. how to kill time
74. Readership. Curbing of freedom, in some cases.
75. i dont know
76. lack of readership abuse personal attacks
77. Online Stalkers!
78. privacy, writers block
79. na
80. No Idea
81. freedom to express opinions
82. i thought blogging is just a fad dying a natural death.
83. getting readers to come to the site
84. Um – dont know
85. Dunno
86. content and time
87. Don’t know
88. I dont care!
89. No clue
90. i dint know .
91. NA
92. Understanding what topics readers might find interesting to read about.
93. regular content
94. comments
95. No clue
96. public perception, building and keeping an audience, coming up with fresh ideas
97. I have no idea
98. I don’t blog enough to have thought about it.
99. Low traffic
  10 responses per page  25 responses per page  50 responses per page  100 responses per page  250 responses per page 

 
There seems a potential market here , but Blog Boy just gonna be a slog boy.

The Digital Divide Hypothesis

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This is a screenshot of last 1000 visitors to Decision Stats. Notice heavy concentration in US East Coast and West Coast, Latin America’s light visitors, Almost none from Africa, Some Israeli visitors from Middle East (but not many from Arab countries). Europe is visiting ,it tapers of in Eastern Europe but not most of Western Russia and China (language problems ? proxy walls ?)

It may also serve as a hypothesis for where internet is affordable enough and economies developed enough for people to surf analytics web sites. And where the digital haves and have nots stand. Either that or something wrong in Web Analytics software.

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Bonus- Blog Boy cartoons on Weekends for levity in these interesting times.

The Unlucky President Quiz

Please answer the following questions about US Presidents.

1) On which President’s watch, did America suffer the worst mainland continental attack in terms of casualties in over a hundred years ?

2) Who is the only President who was elected President after intervention from the Supreme Court, despite losing the popular vote ?

3) Under which Presidential regime did the United States of America become known more as a Christian nation rather than a nation which treats all faiths equally ?

4) Which President supported funding for challenging Darwin’s theory of evolution ?

Also US Presidents
Also US Presidents

5) In more than 75 years , under which President did Wall Street have the biggest crisis ?

6) Which President was censured by the UN security general as launching an “invasion” which eventually killed more troops than any War since Vietnam.

7) On whose watch did the US suffer the worst rescue efforts on Hurricanes.

Who is more unlucky ?

The Unluckiest President or the people under him.

Think before answering the quiz.