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History has always intrigued and humbled me. And consumer internet has been my main focus of interest in the last couple of years. So this well made video on the history of internet immediately caught my fascination. The video also brought up the role played by European organizations in the evolution of the internet, something I had been ignorant about till now. [Second thoughts: Was it really my ignorance or was it the story the American text books I read during my engineering wanted me to buy into ;-)]

Going forward, I plan to blog more extensively about the changing trends in the use of internet technologies that aim to enhance creativity, communications, secure information sharing, collaboration and functionality of the web.

Checkout the HD version of the video on Vimeo.

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funds
We have all heard stories of how hard companies are finding it to raise funds. It feels nice to hear a different story once in a while. I have always tried to maintain a positive outlook in life, and my fool’s optimism tells me that there was never a better time to start on a venture :-). History has it that many of the great institutions we look up to today started off during a downturn. And I for sure wouldn’t want to miss out on the one that’s going on right now.

I happened to be passing by Kevin’s Corner yesterday, and found his posts on fund raising refreshing for my tastes.

Links to Kevin’s posts on fund raising:
1. Raising Seed Capital In A Recession
2. Venture Capital Outlook For 09
3. Raising Seed Capital In The “Great” Recession

Little angel

As the borders get blurry between F&Fs, Angels and VCs, Scott Shane tries to make some ground with his post which some what demystifies the angel math.

It also brings up the point that entrepreneurs look at angel investments for reasons more than the funds and contacts it brings in. Angels should ideally be less of businessmen and more of what the name means.

Article Link: The Funny Math of the Angel – Venture Capital Financing Gap

boring meeting
I came across this article on a linkedin group. It talks about habits, breaking routines, and cultivating new ones. All of which I strongly subscribe and occasionally succumb to. Striving for continuous improvement (which has been referred to as the kaizen technique here) has been a guiding philosophy for me in life [for those of you who chuckled after reading that bit, hey I still have a long way to go.. :-)].

The fight-to-flight response when the fear of the unknown kicks in, which also the post speaks about, is something I see happening quite often around (and in) me. Another good point is made about the different approaches that people take while solving problems. It’s not a good idea to force-fit your approaches on others, and the make of a good team would be a nice blend of people with different approaches.

Article link: Can You Become a Creature of New Habits?

Hello world!
To all you programmers, coders, geeks & nerds out there :-).

Link to a “Hello World” program collection.