We break down CNET's full review of the Note 9, talk about T-Mobile customers getting Pandora Plus free for a year and crappy customer service.
Plus: Alexa and Cortana join forces.
Talking to Richard Nieva on his reporting about Zuck and Facebook's privacy scandal.
This edition Adam’s joined by one of the makers of the upcoming platformer, ‘Gris’, Adrian Cuevas who’s a co-founder of Nomada Studio which is producing the game, Andrew Parsons from the publishers, Devolver and journalist, Nick Summers from Engadget to talk about it.
Catching up on the Defcon and Black Hat cybersecurity conferences.
Andrew Hoyle and Drew Stearne break down Samsung's new Galaxy Note 9 and we find out why Drew might have a Hue obsession.
We break down Samsung's big Unpacked press event, and open up to audience Q&A on the Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Home and Galaxy Watch.
Who can't use a laugh these days?
Special guests and Samsung experts Jessica Dolcourt and Shara Tibken break down Samsung's latest flagship phone.
Samsung announced the new Galaxy Note 9 along with launching a new Galaxy Watch, and Bixby powered Galaxy Home smart speaker. Andrew Zarian and Paul Thurrott discuss the new announcements. Paul also takes issue with Samsung claiming to be an open eco-system. And Microsoft gives a reprieve to Skype Classic, will no longer kill it beginning in September.
Special guest Scott Stein shares his impressions of the augmented-reality headset.
We look at the controversy over Infowars, grab a slice of Android P, and look at the FCC’s comment system mess.
Why Android phones and iPhones will get pricier, T-Mobile's new cheaper plan and a boot camp to reform teenage hackers.
Carfection: For the Love of Cars podcast: We admire the latest version of the Bugatti Chiron and discuss Lamborghini's latest record at the Nurburgring.
As a first time startup founder, fundraising can seem overwhelming. Many have gone through the process without too much knowledge about who to raise funds from and how to go about the process - particularly as it relates to the Indian ecosystem. In this podcast, Abhinav Chaturvedi from Accel demystifies fundraising and addresses most of the questions that are probably going through your mind as a first time founder. Here are the topics covered in this podcast: Picking who to raise funds from When should you start the fundraising process for your startup? When is it good time to go to an Angel investor vs an institutional investor? What's the best way to reach your top investor choices? What are the common avoidable mistakes that first time founders do while figuring out who to raise funds from? Different types of companies - B2B vs B2C and any advice on how they should think about funding differently? Tips on the fundraising process What are the top reasons investors are compelled to invest in a particular startup? What are some of the best pitches Abhinav has heard and funded - what stood out in those pitches? From the first pitch to getting to a term-sheet -what to expect, what happens behind the scenes in a VC fund? What are the common avoidable mistakes that first time founders do in the fundraising process? In the next two episodes, we are going to hear from a couple of entrepreneurs who have gone through this fundraising process a few times and tips from them for a first time founder. If there are any specific questions that are top of mind for you, please do share as a comment below or tweet us at @Accel_India
In June this year, we broke away from the mould to bring you companies, not just people, that are outliers with How AngelList works. If there’s one thing common in most of the companies that appear outliers, it’s their founders. From Steve Jobs to Elon Musk and even Jeff Bezos, the founder’s mentality continues to shape Apple, Tesla and Amazon. These founders are almost inseparable from their companies. I first discovered Zoho, the cloud software company, in 2010 when I wrote this story about how it was hiring talent from unconventional places. Sridhar Vembu, the Zoho founder who we hosted for the 27th episode of Outliers podcast last July, is an outlier for many reasons. For instance, amid all the startup frenzy, he believes in “slow laddering” or building a company slowly, one step at a time. And to top that, he’s shunned venture capital and said “no” to an over $25 million acquisition offer from Salesforce during the early days of Zoho. Zoho, the cloud software company with estimated revenues of over half a billion dollars, is an outlier for many reasons. For over a decade, Zoho has been hiring students from government schools and colleges and turning them into software programmers. Such students will constitute nearly half of the company’s over 5,000 workforce very soon. And then, there’s a strong growing “Zoho mafia”, too, wherein former employees and leaders including Freshworks founder Girish Mathrubootham and Chargebee’s co-founders are building the next generation enterprise software companies. Why Zoho exists: Sridhar Vembu “Zoho exists because India exists. I always thought that if I were born in a different country, I may not have been an entrepreneur. I actually wanted to become a professor, to teach, publish papers. But growing up here...surrounded by what you see, at some point you ask, 'Why are we so poor?’” he tells me. “I realised you have to be building a lot of things to skip poverty. And I am the kind of person who will say, 'What am I doing about it?’” “So, in a sense Zoho exists because India exists and it continues to exist because some 27 million kids are born in India (every year), and in this state of Tamil Nadu the number is around 1 million. That’s actually the same number as all of Japan’s. And you see the number of companies, the brands from Japan….” “South Korea has around 45 million population and Tamil Nadu has about 72 million people. Which brands are popular worldwide?” “It’s not just about the brands. It all correspondingly translates into jobs, incomes, infrastructure, all of that.” “If we are not able to create world class products and world class companies here, then we will never have world class incomes, or world class healthcare. In other worlds, we cannot consume if we cannot produce.”
“There was a time when Zoho was talked about as an engineering company, even today it’s an engineering company. User interface design was done by engineers, too. But over time, things changed,” Dandapani says. “Today, we started realising that individual brilliance isn’t enough. … a couple of months ago, one of our customers said, 'Every one of your interface is good, but why do they look different?’” “So now we are back on the drawing boards.”
“When the six of us joined, we knew where a computer keyboard is and mouse is, that’s all. Later we were taught programming here as part of 18 months training,” she says. “I come from a very poor family,” Durairajan adds. Durairajan now leads iOS development for some of Zoho’s software products including Zoho Recruit. “My professor in school used to tell us you should aim to work at Google and Yahoo. But Zoho is now competing with Google, so why to go there?”
“Our engineering department is like Rahul Dravid -- scores slow but steady. I even call this a Dravidian phase of development, not because we are based in south India -- I dedicate it to Rahul Dravid. The engineering is more tuned towards that approach,’ he says. “All of us agree that making products is like preparing for a movie release. So, out of the ten movies you make, two of them will be superhit and others not so successful. Success of a product is based on how many people pay for it. Each of our service teams across 40 product lines are aware of the monthly revenues.” “At the engineering level, we are now tracking usage. Over past 15 years we have been revenue focused, but now we are looking at feature usage. How many customers are using a product, and within that a particular feature, and so on.” “One of the good things about Zoho is that most of our hires are freshers, and they stay through. More than 90% of our managers are homegrown. Because we have had people working for long terms, we can do knowledge transfer just by sitting next to each other. Working together for long reduces friction.”
In this week’s tech phone-in, Fevzi reviews the Anker PowerPort 10 – a gadget not much bigger than a deck of playing cards that can charge up to 10 devices at once; and advises listeners on… • GPS problems • When you should decide to upgrade a phone, tablet or PC • Silent keyboards • Trickle charging • Deciding whether it’s time to switch from Apple iOS to Google Android • Recovering photos from old phones • A projector the size of a can of soft drink, with Android, battery & speaker built-in • Gadget Insurance, and why some might not need it • CD Burner software • Life Hack - How to amplify you smartphone simply & cheaply • Life Hack – How to become an expert at finding solutions to tech problems online • Backing up and recovering from PC disaster • Trickle charging The Tech phone-in is back on Friday 17th August 2018 from 2am In the meantime you can contact Fevzi with your tech questions on Twitter @GadgetDetective
We break down CNET's review of the Surface Go, talk about T-Mobile plans and how the NES Classic outsold the PS4 and Xbox One.
We delve into Apple's quarterly results, Facebook's effort to fight influence campaigns, and a move to curb phone addiction.
Apple is set to post its fiscal third-quarter report, Nintendo's Switch continues to soar, and MoviePass gets way worse.
We see what we can expect from Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 9, Rich takes us through the best of Comic-Con and Andy delves deep into tech for finding ghosts.
Sit back & enjoy some of the best bits of The Indian Startup Show Part 5. Today you will hear from Daniel Becerra Co-Founder & CEO of Buffalo Grid (@BuffaloGrid). BuffaloGrid uses solar energy to provide mobile power and internet services to off-grid communities around the world. Chamutal Afek-Eitam, Founder & CEO of 3 Million Club (@3millionclub) The 3 Million Club is the amazon.com for life-saving products for the humanitarian sector. We hear from Vidya Vellala . Founder & CEO of Evayadesk - Evayadesk is a software as a service product providing help desk software solutions for businesses around the world.Deepak Goel, founder of KarmaCircles, (@KarmaCircles) a peer to peer social learning platform. Vivek Bajaj . Founder of Kredent Academy (@KredentAcademy) Kredent Academy is one of the foremost professional training institutes in India with a focus on finance and capital markets.
We're headed to maximum security prison and it looks intense.
Nikhil Pahwa is an angry young man. But that doesn’t make him an outlier. Pahwa, 37, channelises that anger to build and scale mainstream movements such as the net neutrality campaign against Facebook’s FreeBasics in India more than two years ago. So what’s the source of all the anger and sense of activism? It’s Pahwa’s deep need for freedom of the internet. “The need for freedom led me to activism, entrepreneurship...I don’t know where it will take me next but freedom is central to everything I do,” he says. “My mission is to build an internet ecosystem which is open, fair and competitive.” Pahwa’s journey as a media entrepreneur has been filled with existential crisis because of the battle he fights. But then, those battles are also the reason why his venture, Medianama, lives today. “I’m what I’m today because of the fact that internet is open and this freedom exists. Medianama has turned 10 today because of that. I want that for everyone.” Before he committed fully to the net neutrality campaign, he knew it could mean a near death experience for Medianama. “I told the Medianama team that we could die because of what I’m going to do, but this is worth fighting for because we wouldn’t exist if internet wasn’t free and open.” There are some great lessons in this podcast with Pahwa. These lessons aren’t just about rightful activism but also offer insights on fighting battles larger than your own, personal existence. The net neutrality campaign, for instance, had its own moments of existential crisis. “Nothing was budging, no one was participating. And Facebook simultaneously began this massive “support Free Basics” campaign, putting hoardings all over the country. And we were losing.” Pahwa is next readying for another challenge in his life: his wedding is coming up soon.
Also on the podcast, we talking about Facebook's Watch Party and a patch fixing the MacBook Pro's slowdown issues.
Both browsers pushed out new features. Plus: Airbnb fights the Big Apple.
Plus: A look at the super-thin Acer Swift 7 laptop.
In a special episode of the podcast, we're revisiting a conversation we had with the fascinating Lynn Park, also known as Mr. Cobra, to talk about the AC Cobra. A car that has been at the centre of his world for over 50 years.
INSIGHTS Podcast Series — #10: Coverfox to Acko: Varun Dua's Startup Journey in the Insurance Market
In a startup ecosystem that runs on a culture of “move fast and break things,” Varun Dua took the path less traveled to establish Coverfox in 2011, an online insurance aggregator platform . Seven years down the line, we look back at his startup journey and the lessons he learned from plunging into the Indian insurance market as an entrepreneur. We also learn more about his newest venture: Acko, a general insurance company developing an innovative, more efficient age of insurance. Though Varun only fell into insurance coincidentally, he was quickly sucked into its world and discovered everything about the market’s complex inner workings. Then it wasn’t long before the itch to startup got to him. In his own words, “I started off not really clear about what I wanted to do, but I definitely didn’t want to do what I was doing.” Varun therefore talks to us about how he identified his vision, and in true startup fashion, the critical ways he pivoted his initial idea to solve more imperative problem statements. What originally started as a B2B software service company for insurance providers grew into Coverfox. Through tedious market research, many hours of fine tuning, and a hasty wake-up call about his technical understanding of product management and process development, Varun changed the way insurance works in India’s ecosystem. His Coverfox journey was all about asking the important questions that providers and aggregators simply weren’t addressing. For example, do we really want our customer to go down to their car park, unlock their car, open their glove box, find their soon-to-expire car insurance policy, and log back onto the website, just to enter their policy’s expiration date into a field on our online questionnaire? We are sure you are tired just reading that sentence, which is why Varun streamlined this process to make closing a deal faster and simpler. It is no wonder then that Coverfox has become one of the leading online aggregators in India. More importantly, Varun gained a better appreciation for business processes and product management - two aspects he advises all startup founders to pay attention to, especially if they are eventually interviewing product managers only to have no idea what questions to ask. (True story! Hear it directly from Varun.) This is what makes his journey into the nitty gritty world of insurance as a provider with Acko so important to him. He first sought to turn the insurance market on its head - but you can’t add a new coat of paint and expect the building to suddenly become brand new; You’ve got to change the rails and the plumbing too. “And if you really want to change the plumbing, you’ll have to start manufacturing it,” he states. Thus, he established Acko, an effortless way to find insurance, because it goes where the consumer goes, whether that’s Amazon.in or the Ola app. Join us on the latest INSIGHTS podcast as Varun discusses how he responded to those crucial questions, his product-market fit research process, and the key takeaways from his journey at Coverfox that all those looking to startup should know.
Depending who, just the mention of Infosys founder N. R. Narayana Murthy’s name will evoke strong views. Ever since he co-founded Infosys in July 1981, he’s shaped the company with some strong decisions. From walking away from customers such as General Electric, which accounted for over a quarter of Infosys’ revenues in 1995, to making a comeback in June 2013 as the executive chairman --Murthy’s decisions have been bold and at times considered everything from being foolish and old-worldly to self fulfilling. If there’s one thing that even his biggest critics agree with his loyalists, it’s the issue of corporate governance and personal integrity. As I sat down with him to record this episode of Outliers, I decided to stay away from analysing all the decisions he’s taken in his career and, instead, try and understand Murthy’s decision-making framework. If there’s one thing that defines all his decisions, it’s governance and integrity. “Most organisations that have seen a downward slide have seen that it starts at the top. As they say, a fish always rots at the top. Therefore, it’s very, very important for senior people to conduct themselves with fairness, transparency, and accountability,” says Murthy. “Never look at a ticker tape and make a decision. If you enthused your employees to work hard, if you satisfied your customers with good software, if you followed the best rules and did not violate any laws of the land, and if you used a part of your profits to make a difference to the society, then your revenues will grow and you will provide better and better value to investors.” “Never focus on the ticker tape, but focus on how can you win better in the marketplace.” “Anybody who looks at stock price and takes decisions...that person is definitely going to destroy the corporation,” he adds. On his part, Murthy has always stood firm by his decisions, notwithstanding all the criticism and questions raised by others. As a journalist tracking Infosys all through my career since 2000, I’ve myself had confrontations and arguments with him on several topics. And, he has had questions about my stories too. “We should not worry about criticism from people who have no knowledge of the issue. Those are opinions… anybody can give opinion… as long as I have a mouth, as long as my voice box is working,” he says. “Before we went public in 1993, I sat down with my colleagues and I told them… from today onwards, we are going to be in a different paradigm, which consisted of the founders, their families and the employees. You’re now answerable to the entire mass of shareholders.” “And there may be a shareholder with just one share, but that person has as much right as somebody with 99% shareholding. So I impressed upon them that only if they’re ready to accept this, then we should go public.” Listen in to the man credited with creating one of India's most respected companies.
In this week’s tech phone-in, Fevzi reviews the UPRIGHT GO - smart wearable posture trainer; and advises listeners on In this week’s tech phone-in, Fevzi reviews the UPRIGHT GO - smart wearable posture trainer; and advises listeners on… •Backlit keyboards •Fixing dead or stuck pixels on a screen •Freesat as an alternative to Freeview •How to speed up your computer •Recovering data when Windows becomes corrupted •Effective strategies for backing up your data safely •How to get the most from your rechargeable battery •Backing up and recovering photos on iPhone The Tech phone-in is back on Friday 3rd August 2018 from 2am In the meantime you can contact Fevzi with your tech questions on Twitter @GadgetDetective
Apple announces its 2018 Macbook Pro line up. What's new with the 2018 Macbook Pro and did Apple fix the issues with the keyboard? Andrew and Paul also discuss the fanless laptops and Samsung's decision to sell a Bixby smart speaker. Why is Samsung selling a Bixby speaker?
TV reviewer David Katzmaier visits the show to discuss all things home entertainment.
We talk about two smartphones on the bleeding edge of technology: Vivo Nex and Oppo Find X as reviewers Ankit Chawla and Shobhit Varma join host Pranay Parab. Pricing and market positioning (1:30) Vivo Nex price Oppo Find X price Are these phones ready to take on iPhone, Pixel, and Galaxy flagships? The compromises for “all-screen” tech (5:00) Vivo X21: Future of Smartphones or Overpriced Gimmick? Call quality Ergonomics Headphone jack Pop-up camera Software (13:40) Color OS and Funtouch OS The problems with custom Android versions Updates? The lack of polish in UI Should you pay flagship prices for prototypes? (18:45) In-display fingerprint scanner Camera quality Not waterproof The pop-up camera (20:45) Dust and water resistance? Will it survive a drop or two? Should Vivo launch a cheaper variant? (25:08) The Vivo Nex A Will it come to India? Vivo and Oppo’s product lineup in India
We also talk about a CEO shake-up at Nest and just how well Amazon did on Prime Day.
According to Census Data, 8.4 crore Indian children don’t attend high school 8.4 crore is 84 million. So today I speak to Vikas Kakwani the Founder & CEO of AAS Vidyalaya - which means Anytime Anywhere School, a platform that brings an entire school on your phone. Built for millions of students who cannot go to school. He talks about why he is doing this. Why the high dropout rates. how the app works, plans for the future. The business model, being a backbencher at school . Great book recommendations and meeting MS.Dhoni. So please enjoy the show
Plus: Netflix's less-than-stellar earnings report.
Dek: Plus, a look at social networks' efforts to kill fake bot accounts.
What if you could search the surface of the Earth the same way you search the internet? Will Marshall and his team at Planet use the world's largest fleet of satellites to image the entire Earth every day. Now they're moving on to a new project: using AI to index all the objects on the planet over time -- which could make ships, trees, houses and everything else on Earth searchable, the same way you search Google. He shares a vision for how this database can become a living record of the immense physical changes happening across the globe. "You can't fix what you can't see," Marshall says. "We want to give people the tools to see change and take action."