Sunday, October 13, 2013

Empathy

Not all are good at empathizing, yet its as important as anything else to help you communicate better. Today, I came across http://www.beyondverbal.com/ which detects emotions in real time. See this video of Steve Jobs interview.


Imagine a google glass app using this tech which can help you empathize with the person you are talking to. Wouldn't that be awesome!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Rise of middleman

Matthew Ingram posted the rise of aggregators and middlemen, and the shifting balance of power between them and content creators.

At Microsoft, as I work with premium content publishers and bing apps team, I am trying to answer same questions. How to make everybody successful: publishers getting paid for original content they prepare and consumers paying for it.

Its a norm in our  industry to make content freely available.

I think its important to distinguish "original content". Its not like that we dont pay for the content. We buy books, pay for movie tickets and netflix account, buy games on XBox and mobile devices. They are not ad supported. So what's different when it comes to "short form" content such as news reporting, health and entertainment blogs and similar.

I think it is the summary vs actual content and consumer experience. For movies, summary = trailer, actual content = 2hr movie, consumer experience = 3D experience in IMAX theater. You don’t just see an IMAX film, you feel it in your bones.

Why cant this principal be applied to original content?

Today we have devices in our pocket and about to start wearing them. They act as 6th sense, know where we are, what we are doing and what our day looks like. Combine this with original content and provide a rich experience to the consumer. Middlemen and aggregator will help find this rich content which could only be experienced in an environment that is provided by the content publisher.

Now we have a straight link from consumer to publisher.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Work with best people

One thing I learned early on in my career is to work with best people. Along with accepting the job with Microsoft, came the headache of moving the family from Denver to Seattle. We chose to buy a house and needed serious mentoring and guidance buying a house. Even though we have bought a house before, Seattle was completely different.

Before we set foot in Seattle we started researching and stumbled upon Ardell's blog. It read like a primer on neighborhoods, prices and types of home. Ardell has quite a bit of celebrity status when it comes to real estate but her phone number was on her blog and I called her. Immediately she struck as an honest and knowledgeable person. Over the time, we just felt like she knows exactly what is best for us, we asked and she agreed to help us find the right home.

We did find just the right home and we are very happy with it.

Being new to a place and all considerations one has to put in identifying location, type of home and how much money is right, its scary to know what you dont know. So if you are in similar boat as we were and need guidance, leave a comment and I will be happy to introduce you to Ardell.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Joined Microsoft

Microsoft has been my dream company to work for. Media loves to write about how they have failed to succeed in consumer market. When opportunity came to me for Online Services Division, which caters to both businesses and consumers, I was excited. Made a trip to Seattle from Denver, met with the team, was impressed with raw talent and accepted the offer.

As a Senior Program Manager, I am having fun shaping the future of how premium media content is aggregated and delivered to consumers on devices of their choice. Currently my focus is on videos and coming from print publishing and XML content, there is a whole lot to learn.

My wife, Kavita and kids are excited to be in Seattle. Its quite a change for us to come from dry, sunny and cold Denver to green and beautiful Seattle. Change is the only thing thats constant, and we are looking forward to it.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

One of Apple's strengths

Following post on PCWorld talks about even though Sony and Dell had laser thin notebooks way before Macbook Air hit the market, they never gained traction. This snippet sums it up.
 “Our customers told us this is what they want, and our market research says this is what people are buying, so we made this great product to address that market!” There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, but you’ll never set any trends that way. If you want to make the product that everyone else compares their product to, you have to go outside the envelope. You have to take a risk to build something nobody has told you they want, because they don’t know they want it yet, and then you have to invest in it and stick with it until you get it right. The real irony here is that their marketing departments are constantly striving to find differentiators: ways to set their products apart from the pack. If every company is building products to address the same set of market research data, you’re not going to get differentiated products. src
I think this is where conventional business strategies break and it take guts to do this.

"Switch" book : Rider and elephant

I am reading this book nowadays. It talks about long and short term goals. i have always struggled how to find balance between the two. One of the things that has picked up from it is "some is not a number soon is not a time"


WSJ Review Amazon 

Saturday, July 2, 2011

What I want on Google+

An ability to have informal video chat with my colleagues who may be in the building as I am, working from home in same city or are offshore. But video chat never caught mainstream for all the good reasons.

I started pondering on the creating solution myself: www.remoteoffice.me. And right then Google announced WebRTC. It was a happy co-incidence and I thought this would do it.

Now that Google+ APIs are in the pipeline I am looking forward to build an app that would allow meeting rooms, white-boarding, taking/assigning actions items, sending status updates, knocking on the "door" to see if you are available for a minute ...

Stay tuned.

EDIT: Chris Brogan on 50 things that are with Google+