Hectic day on a Valentines Day

Today was a hectic day for me. The morning started with attending the Startup Saturday meeting in IIM, Bangalore (thanks to NSRCEL for hosting the event. For those who are not aware of what Startup Saturday, let me tell you that it is an initiative taken by Headstart ( to provide entrepreneurs a monthly forum. Startup Saturday provides a forum for entrepreneurs to discuss, present, network and learn from peers, prospective customers, adopters, partners and investors. (For more information click HERE).

Today's session started with a brief introduction on how NSRCEL ( helps the budding entrepreneurs, followed by a presentation by Sumeet Anand, founder of Kreeo. Sumeet explained about Collective Intelligence and said Kreeo is an user-driven collective intelligence and semantics based Knowledge Management platform. It can serve an individual as well as an enterprise. For more details, you can visit their site (

Then Jyotsna presented her venture ( The concept was good and she mentioned that moovieshoovie will get the film's rights and load on to their site and the users can view the film at their leisure. The films will be streamed and can be paused and resumed at any stage.

We had a coffee break and business networking (I need to be clear, as it was a valentine day) happened during the break.

After the break, Yusuf took us through the SMS based voice services. He spoke about the advantages of using Voice PHP over Voice XML. I am not a techie to understand both ! But he demonstrated an SMS to a number and it voiced out! More details can be obtained from their website

Why I was there? Good question. I thought I should see the budding entrepreneurs and their products. Also, thought I can share my experience on start ups, as all along my career, i was involved in start-up companies/divisions - as an employee, of course!!!!

I had a good lunch and then proceeded towards Indranagar. What in Indranagar? We went to Stones Pub...whaaat, a pub? Yes, you read it correctly. Okay..I didn's say I..but We...that is myself, Simhan (my colleague, Anand (an entrepreneur) from Chennai. What is so special in going to a pub on a saturday evening? Is it Happy Hours (in this recession time)? was a bloggers meet. Indibloggers (, the largest network of Indian bloggers arranged for all Maiden fans to "Heavy Metal Bloggers Meet" a before the famed "SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME" concert by the Gods of Metal! The bloggers from all over (Chennai, Hyderabad, Trivandrum, Bangalore) came over there and we had a good meeting. Thanks to Kingfisher for sponsoring the event. I met many people over there, but coulld recollect some names...Vineet, Narayan, Praveen, Karthik, Sourav, Anwin, Renie, Zeon, Anwin, Balaganesh, Naveen, Prashant, Swamy. We were there for some time and they organised a Quiz. As I had some work, I headed back home by 6 pm.

While I blog, I am happy that though the day was hectic, I really enjoyed as I met many new people. The week was also hectic. I will resume my IFRS in a day or two. Cheers & Have a nice weekend.


Bala on Feb 14, 2009, 10:55:00 PM said...

Hello Gopal,

Nice article.

It makes me feel that I've not missed to attend.


Praveen on Feb 15, 2009, 2:11:00 AM said...

nice take on today's meet..enjoyed reading it..
was nice meeting u man..

Simhan's Corner on Feb 15, 2009, 9:38:00 AM said...

Nice summary of today's meeting sir!

Satish on Feb 15, 2009, 10:26:00 AM said...

Business ventures..... lot of networking and ended the day with a mug of beer...... What more could you have asked for Valentine's day..... Afteralll it is the day to spend with most things we love ;)

Prashant Dhanke on Feb 15, 2009, 4:11:00 PM said...

Hello Gopal,
Glad that we met at the bloggers meet and I reached your blog.
I am yet to read through the posts; the titles look promising enough. Writing finance for common man is surely a challenge :).

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