Thursday, October 27, 2005

Warburg Pincus on India

Some excerpts from the Knowledge@Wharton article on Private Equity Investments in India:

"There may be debate about the pace of reform, but not about its direction. Indian businessmen today very rarely point to government as an obstacle," Pathak says. As for that vaunted Indian bureaucracy, he mentions that Warburg repatriated its profits in 48 hours. It's easy to take money out of India, perhaps even easier than bringing it in, he jests.

One of the biggest changes Pathak says he has noticed has nothing to do with numbers. "There has been a complete change in the confidence level of people in India," he says....There's a swagger in the step of India's business, and the country's government is showing signs it has caught the contagion.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Flock

Testing flockdeveloper preview...

Seems very stable for a dev. preview - good they built it on the mozilla codebase
Nice integration with blogger and del.icio.us.
Slightly crude looking, needs quite a bit of polishing
Am not too sure how much of a value-add it is over firefox.

Business Model 2.0 for Web 2.0

Ruminations of an earlystage-VC on business models for Web 2.0: Web 2.0 Needs Business Model 2.0

Monday, October 17, 2005

Collude to profit

Interesting happenings in the private equity space - collusion in deals: One Word Nobody Dares Speak - Article in the NyTimes.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Cinderella Man

Ron Howard has produced a masterpiece. Stunning camerawork and direction. Music so realistic, one can actually feel the punches falling. Brilliant acting - Renee Zellweger, Russell Crowe and Paul Giametti at their best. Absolute classic.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

carz auf deli

I used to think its only Mumbai which has the mercs, bmws and lexuses... but delhi seems to be beating it hands-down - I've caught a lamborghini, a porsche cayenne and a ferrari already. Mercs seem to have become dime a dozen. What is India getting to I say :P