Archive for June, 2007

Economist carries a story on “Tutor Vista”

June 28, 2007

Economist carries an article “The Outsourcer” in the current week’s edition that talks about Tutor Vista – a Bangalore-based firm that is quietly growing in size. This firm founded by the serial entrepreneur K Ganesh links high school teachers with significant passion and experience to teach “live” children in USA over the Net. Using high quality teachers to work from home, Internet-based customer acquisition, and Net-based teaching that uses creative tools, minimal use of bandwidth hungry video but more effective white-board, exploiting the broadband connections at home and an imaginative business model, Tutor Vista has managed 2,200 paying customers; it expects to get 10,000 students by the end of the year.

Interestingly IIIT-B incubated Tutor Vista!

Palm launches Foleo

June 1, 2007

On 30th May, 2007 Jeff Hawkins, Founder CEO of Palm showed off his latest gadget; a low-cost ($ 599) Linux PC that would be a companion to the highly successful Treo Smartphone from Palm. While the initial reaction has been far from euphoric considering the fact that Jeff Hawkins is no ordinary person – inventor of “Grafiti” that brought “Pen Computing” to the real world, Palm Pilot (launched in 1994) and more recently the Treo SmartPhone.

Most analysts look at Foleo as going away from converged device (PC + Phone) and the fact that $ 599 Laptop has no great attractive features.

Somehow I feel that the companion is the way to go; people would want a “handy” phone to talk and a large-screen, full keyboard device to browse, edit, e-mail and even chat; the devices being “combo” they would “synch” always, use common communication channel and combine the “best of both the worlds”. It is like land line phones in the drawing room and cordless phone for the rest of the home.

But for that Jeff Hawkins would not have made the statement “it is one of the most exciting products I have launched in recent times”.

Let us see how Foleo evolves.

British MP surprises you with his commitment to higher education

June 1, 2007

Hon’ble Member of the British Parliament Mr. Derek Wyatt, is currently visiting India (Bangalore & Hyderabad) leading a 15-member delegation consisting of senior academics in Computer Science from

• Imperial College
• City University of London
• University of York
• University of Aberdeen
• University of Hertfordshire
• University of Whirlpool
• University of Kent
• University of Warwick
• University of Wolverhampton, and
• University of Greenwich

His idea is to find constructive ways of engaging with Indian academics so as to get a pipeline of high quality Indian students into British higher education system, promote collaborative research and build bridges to the emerging research establishments in India (Research Labs of HP, IBM, Microsoft on the one hand and the future research labs of Infosys, TCS and Wipro).

It is refreshing to see the MP leading the delegation from the front. Of course Mr. Wyatt is a special MP; anyone who has visited his web site would discover. He managed to get the Internet Institute at Oxford University and struggled hard to persuade Professor William Dutton, the first Director of the Institute to re-locate to UK from the University of Southern California

One cannot but hope that Members of the Parliament in India would soon wake up to the reality of the urgent need to strengthen the Indian higher education system at such an opportune time; the world is looking at India positively and our democratic dividend can be turned to our advantage to reach a leadership position in the knowledge economy.