Tuesday 28 April 2015

Interview with Nitin Sahu

You all know at ideasforideas , we have started a talkathon , interview sessions with the experts from different domain. Today I have chosen the domain of "IT products/services". I have taken the interview of Nitin Sahu , Who is the founding member @ helicaltech.com. I have liked his journey from student to entrepreneurship, and how he is shaping up the helicaltech at this time.

Me : Can you brief about the journey towards Enterpreneurship domain from student to this stage?
Nitin : I completed my Engineering from KKWIEER, nasik from that time itself I dreamt of working for myself. Then I did my MBA (IT) from SICSR (Symbiosis) to take it to next level. I planned my career when I was doing my MBA, first joined a small company and challenged my skill set for first few years. And then start my own. I was fortunate enough that the opportunity came to me at the right time. I started Helical Nov, 2012 and since then I never looked back. We as a team did everrything right to get our first customer and then to keep on surpassing their expectations every single time. Today, we have surved companies like CA technologies, Sage Human Capital, Pathways (an NGO) to name a few. They not just liked our work they simply loved it. 

Me : Do you believe in spirituality ?
Nitin : I believe in Humanity. I feel for humans, animals and all the creatures.

Me : How do you find this domain/work as a different than others , which things keeps you inspiring ?
Nitin : Work is fun for me. I never feel like working, it feels like I am just doing some regular work here at Helical. My team is awesome, my clients are awesome, and that keeps me going on and on. 

Me : Which are the current products you are serving , what those products do ?
Nitin : We at helical are highly focused company. We work with open source Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence tools. We provided services on Pentaho, Jaspersoft and Talend. These are the market leader in open source DW and BI space. These tools helps you to migrate data from one source to another source, helps create your own data warehouse from your transactional systems, helps visualize your data in different format, helps to create reports, dashboard, cubes and ahoc/self service reports. Apart from providing services on the above mentioned tools we have developed our own BI tool called Helical Dashboard Insights (HDI). HDI is a BI platform which helps you to customize your BI tool according to your BI needs. It is also a very developer friendly BI tool which is capable of developing reports, dashboards, cubes and ad-hoc reports.  

Sunday 26 April 2015

India's Home Shopping is Hopping

We have seen the growth story of Indian Organized retail in my previous article. Today we will have a look around the TV home shopping business.
Yes , you have heard it right , many indian's are now spending more time watching TV as they are getting larger phone screens , easy availability of the Hi speed internet , where they can watch many videos as they want. So this starts the shopping habit as the watching the videos of the products online check the specification on the website and order them.

Majority consumer base for the home shopping are increasing due to :
1. Easily availability of the larger screen phones with high speed internet.
2. Increase in the disposable income.
3. Womens order kitchen/household items after watching working of the product live somewhere. There are other products as well like jewellery etc.

This is where the home shopping through comes into picture.We have also seen e-commerce space is always in the headlines but this industry is also seeing tremendous growth , as we see many companies including snapdeal , homeshop18 , naaptol are also entering into tv shopping domain.
They are eyeing the growth in this as well.

We can see the following graph how home tv shopping market size of China has grown over the years.

How it has seen the growth from year 2004 to year 2011, I feel these were the years when chinese economy emerged from bottom to top.

One of the advantage of the home shopping channels for people will be they can see the demonstration instead of just watching the specifications on the websites or the mobile applications , few items like household items , kitchen items , interiors need demonstration and you will definitely order if you see it is demonstrated by your favorite actor or actress. :)

As per the data from financial experss there are also new entrants in this arena Best Deal TV, Bag It Today , Naaptol.

The question here arises who will survive in this home shopping business. Amongst these STAR CJ(NOW SHOP CJ) have around 20 years of operational experience of this type business strategies as Providence equities one of the joint venture partner is looking for IPO in few years.(click here)

Growth for this kind of business in India is tremendous as growth in other countries come somewhere around only 8-9% annually.(click here)

Image Courtesy : Financial Express

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Tuesday 21 April 2015

Interview with Monica Murthy

Monica Murthy

From today I am beginning the new era in ideasforideas by taking textual interviews of the people who are the influential in the particular industry , that can be any industry.

This time I have selected the sector "Media" , Yes , I would like to introduce Monica Murthy.  Actress/Anchor/Singer/Blogger who has given her time for ideasforideas.

Me : Can you brief about the journey towards Anchoring/Actress/Modelling domain from student to this stage?
Monica : I am an MBA graduate in Media and Communication from Whistling Woods International (Mumbai). I grew up in Nasik. After schooling, my education had a complex fusion of Science, Commerce and Arts.

In spite of scoring well, I quit engineering to pursue my creative interests in Media and Anchoring. I am a trained singer with 5 years of degree in Hindustani Classical music. My overall interest has been in the lesser know career fields like anchoring, hosting, modelling and acting.

I always anchored events in my small town for shows like media seminars, corporate launches, Government events etc. I was placed in Doordarshan TV as a marketing Executive through campus placement. I was managing the hosting events in parallel with my MBA degree as well as my day job. My bol-bachan career gave me immense confidence.

This is when I voluntarily started exploring opportunities in DD News Channel (it’s always good to begin with one’s comfort zone). I was selected after a screen test. After getting registered as an anchor with Doordarshan, many of my shows have been telecast.

Thereby i started anchoring for following brands:





CINEMA 100 WHistling Woods

Channel V


Then acted in PKDH for 5 months, Acted as one of the leads of the three stories in my upcoming film 'Bollywood Diaries' and as a Pakistani Journalist in "WELCOME TO KARACHI" to be released on MAY 21.

Monica Murthy

Me : Do you believe in spirituality ?
Monica : If yes then how does it help in real day to day life ?
Yes i do believe in God and Spirituality. I am a follower of Hinduism at the same time i believe in all religion. It helps me to calm down when i am disturbed and helps me gather hope in times of worries

Me : How do you find this domain as a different than others , which things keeps you inspiring ?
Monica : This domain is art and the word art itself proves its unique and has its own representation. It keeps me inspiring because i love to keep exploring different facets of art and media. It shows a new face n land of opportunities to me everyday

Me : What are the current assignments you are dealing with ?
Monica : I would be flying to Dubai for my next Event and it being my first international event i am excited. Besides this i am excited for the release of my tow upcoming films 'WELCOME TO KARACHI' & ''BOLLYWOOD DIARIES'

Me : How do you find the time for yourself from busy schedule ? Do you meet your old friends ?
Monica : YES !!! I do find time for myself i also sing so i spend days when i am free doing my music Riyaaz and taking care of my fitness. I love to catch up with old friends its refreshing and i love socializing with near and dear ones

Me : Did you come across a struggling time while in this journey ? What are the symptoms of those ;) ? and How to overcome those.
Monica : Yes offcourse Struggling is an essential part of your journey in media. There was a time when i was still working with Doordarshan and i gave auditions for serials as and when i got time and when i got PKDH it was rewarding. It does take time to get worthy work here but one shouldn't be choosy initially. Whenever i got upset in those times i ventured into my other strengths and again started Anchoring and doing VOICE OVER WORK.

Me : How do you describe your challenging role in "Pyar ka dard hai meetha meetha" ?
Monica : It was my best experience till date, Rajshri made me feel so comfortable and it was a great learning over all. I pretty much connected well with the character 'Rukhsar' as she was bubbly and a urdu speaking girl. 

Me : Can you give a small idea for ideasforideas.org readers about opportunities in this domain ? 
Monica : I would like you all to know that the key to success in any field is 'to believe in yourself and the hard work you put in'. Do not be very choosy in picking opportunities initially at the start of your career as i had mentioned earlier but be cautious at the same time. Plan well and execute well. Always keep your feet well grounded whichever heights you reach. Cheers !!!

Thanks Monica for your valuable inputs.

Team ideasforideas.

Monday 13 April 2015

Is india Startup ready ?

I have recently seen the news on the media that SEBI may consider easing the listing norms for the startups in the country. That's a great news. You can read the entire news here.

Apart from that we should be also aware of the risks in which startup companies we should be investing , that is what an idea , the idea to invest in which company. It is your decision which should not fail. I have also read that there is a lock in period for retail investors as well. As the success is concerned for the startups , I feel the startup which deals with the raw materials or with lesser virtual existence sustains and has a longer life as compared to the startups which only has the virtual existence on the internet. Successful startups may not give you the gain in 3-4 years , you should keep the patience and believe in the idea(So only I have named this blog as ideas for ideas).

One should learn the art of ideas for generating the successful ideas.I am looking for statistical data about startups culture , in India this might be new but in US there are many startups , one should look for how many startups are there started in a year and how many of them are actually successful , the geography of US and India is very different , the kind of startups in US which are successful , same should not be the case with Indian Startups.

Before easing the norms for listing the startup companies , I think we should have incubation center which will help India to create good , qualified entrepreneur's the quality I am looking for the leaders can't be taught in coaching classes nor it is possible to give the training in the schools for creating the great leaders.This incubation center should teach them about patience , keeping your mind free from anxiety , healthy employee relationships etc.

Other angle to this would be taking care of your health as well, Oh I am taking you to complete different direction. :). This culture is very much attentive and requires lot of efforts to success , it may start getting deep into your personal life , the choice is yours about how to balance it well.

I will update this post once I get the statistics about US startups and there success ratio in the past.

Saturday 4 April 2015

Sundar me honar-Great marathi drama

Note : This post is in marathi , Apologies guys, but this drama is really a wonderful drama.

बरीच दिवस झाली उत्तम नाटक शोधत होतो , उत्तम लेखन आणि अप्रतिम शब्द संग्रह ह्याचा मिलाप म्हणजे फक्त पु ल .

सुन्दर मी होणार , सुन्दर व अप्रतिम लेखन पु ल देशपांडे. अप्रतिम अभिनय श्रीराम लागू , वंदना गुप्ते आणि डॉक्टर गिरीश ओंक  ,आदी .

सत्य उमगता प्रत्येक व्यक्ती सुंदर होण्यासाठी धडपड करते , आपली परिसीमा कशी तोडावी आणि जीवन कसे जगावे ह्याचे उत्तम लेखन आणि चित्रीकरण म्हणजेच सुंदर मी होणार . गुलाम गिरी चे बंध जे आपण जीवनाच्या सुरवाती पासून आपल्या जवळ बाळगतो , ते बंध खरेच खोटे अथवा खरे , जे आपण केले ते योग्य कि अयोग्य , सत्य ची समाज आल्यावर कोणती कृती करावी ह्याची साक्ष देणारी कलाकृती म्हणजेच सुंदर मी होणार . डॉक्टर श्रीराम लागू ह्यांचा स्वताचे नसले तरी त्यांनी मायेने वाढवलेली मुले , त्या साठी केलेला त्याग म्हणजेच सुंदर होणे . वंदना ताई गुप्ते ह्यांचा उत्तम अभिनय ह्या कलाकृतीला जिवंत ठेवतो , मिळेल का हो आज पुन्हा असाच सुंदर पणा .

मला उमगलेले सुंदर पण म्हणजेच त्याग आणि  संयम .

तुम्ही सुद्धा पहा  , " सुंदर मी  होणार . "

सुंदर मी होणार 

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