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+

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Google+ invite

By now you’ve probably heard of Google’s latest effort in the social space – Google+ (pronounced “Google Plus”). You can read more about this ambitious project on the official blog post.
Thanks to David Webb I was able to get an invite and I am offering one to everyone provided you do following
  1. Follow me @ktundwal 
  2. leave your email address in comments below.
Have fun.