Amongst the many cities in India which have its share of startups, Bangalore, where I live, is a preferred destination. Considering the quality of talent available here, it has and continues to remain in the forefront of startup activity. The Startup Ecosystem Report 2012 from Telefonica Digital Hub and Startup Genome has very interesting information on startup trends. The report which is comprehensive describes how select different locations the world over are positioned, in comparison with Silicon Valley, the ultimate startup destination.
At one time, Bangalore was famous for its many traffic circles. Some of them were beautiful. Sadly most of them have vanished over time to make more space for the huge increase in traffic on the roads. One that still remains is the Sajjan Rao Circle, a popular landmark for those in South Bangalore. It is in VVPuram and has a host of small eateries which serve local delicacies to customers, some of whom have been frequenting popular haunts like the VB Bakery for decades. Continue reading
I have a large number of friends in Bangalore’s lawyer community. They are not the type who would stone the media or the police. I cannot imagine them, men and women, taking to the streets like hooligans and ruffians. But what has happened to the huge lawyer community to make it get such a bad name in the eyes of the common man in recent months? Have they become a law unto themselves? Continue reading
Bangalore is the venue for an interesting event relating to technology start ups. On May 29 and 30, SiliconIndia organises Startup City an exciting event for those interested in conceptualizing, forming and running new ventures- particularly in the technology space.
The event has a CEO conclave where very experienced and successful CEOs share their thoughts and experiences on various aspects of entrepreneurship. The event promises to be interesting.
SiliconIndia is a networking portal started by alumni of IITs who have rich experience in the US. It offers its members opportunities to develop networks with like minded people and participate in various professional events such as Startup City
If you thought that CEOs in Bangalore worked all the time, here is some news for you. Economic Times reports an interesting CEO Cook-out.
Wim Elfrink of Cisco, Martin Dlouhy of Metro Cash & Carry and Jean Marc Delpon de Vaux of SABMiller – protagonists for the expat edition of the ET CEO Cookout in Bangalore – shared their recipes and toolkits for the Great Indian Adventure to a rapt audience of 50 CEOs.
Cisco chief globalisation officer Wim Elfrink, who is from the Netherlands, has moved to India from California. Mr Elfrink’s task in India is to create the second hub for Cisco outside the US. Metro Cash & Carry India managing director Martin Dlouhy, who is Czech, has worked in Russia and is working to expand the footprint of Metro in the country. And, SABMiller India MD Jean Marc Delpon de Vaux, who is from France, has sub-continental prior experience: in Pakistan, where he worked with Unilever. Mr de Vaux faces the challenge of capturing market share in what could potentially be the largest beer market left to tap in the world. While Mr Dlouhy moved to India four months back, Mr Elfrink and Mr de Vaux have spent around a year in the country.
Our city of Bangalore is now home to many expats and indeed to people from almost every part of our vast country. Over the years Bangalore’s culture has changed very rapidly. From a typically conservative society, Bangalore has become the “with it” place and a melting pot of different cultures. We have cuisine to suit every palate and dishes from every nook of the globe.
But what about a recipe for Bangalore itself?
My “recipe” for Bangalore:
- As the base, take the essentially good natured outlook of the people of Karnataka
- Add the spirited aggressiveness of people from other parts of the country which has changed the dynamics of Bangalore’s society
- Stir the international nuances brought about by the many global companies here who have influenced cross-cultural norms
- Toss in the spice provided by the unreliable political environment which could spoil the dish if it is allowed to boil over
- Temper with the strengths of every individual’s commitment to making our city a better place.
- Garnish with the leaves of the few trees left in our city ( thank God for them)
- Serves: our population of 5,280,000.
Don your apron and chef’s cap. Do your bit to think of a better recipe to make our city the best place to live in for its citizens.
Cisco unveiled its state-of-the-art Globalisation Centre East campus in Bangalore on October 31. The opening ceremony was presided over by former Indian President Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam and John Chambers, Cisco chairman and CEO.
The Company announced that it is extending venture investment initiative in India by another $100 million to drive growth with high-potential Indian companies This is consistent with Cisco’s long track record of driving growth in the information technology market through investment in the innovation economy. In 2005, Cisco designated an initial $100 million in venture funding for this purpose as part of its overall $1.1bn investment plan for India.
Said Wim Elfrink, chief globalisation officer for Cisco. “India is at the heart of our globalisation vision and provides a platform for Cisco to capitalise on the growth potential and lead market transitions in the emerging world. The commitment we are making to truly globalise our business is reflective of the changing business models of our customers and partners. We will develop products and services here that will fully support the goal of services-led solutions-oriented models for customers in this part of the world”.
At the event, Cisco TelePresence was used to project full life-size images of Cisco executives in California onto the stage in Bangalore, as if they were there in person. The demonstration of an on-stage Cisco TelePresence experience integrated a next-generation display technology with Cisco TelePresence technology.
The Bangalore opening ceremony was also the first time Cisco TelePresence and the Cisco Digital Media System were used to publicly broadcast live content to desktop users via the Cisco Video Portal and participants on campus viewing Cisco Digital Signage. As part of the event, Cisco also demonstrated Cisco TelePresence interoperability with existing video conferencing equipment.