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Wikipedia and Crowd Sourcing

Wikipedia stands out in a mass with integrity and undisputable value addition to the community. It marks the beginning of cultural revolution in internet history and a source of inspiration for today’s online social community. But what is happening with Wikipedia? Why is it that every year, the Wikipedia community have to beg for its existence to be justified? Every time you visit Wikipedia you find a donation bar staring for your support.
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Design in Business

Here is the excerpt from the blog post which I wrote in Global Thoughtz. The main idea behind the post is to relate the thinking process behind any entrepreneurial urges and business process.
Its a tough time to chose a career with economic turmoil around you. Not entirely due to this, many have walked on the path of entrepreneurship, which nonetheless is always being hyped by media. All the effort that media and society are making to encourage “Leadership and Entrepreneurship” has only made more to join B-Schools. Can’t say if the sole reason for promoting “Leadership” was to encourage confused student to enroll into newly opened B-Schools.Read More . .

Theory of Everything

Being from the scientific background, things like this really brings a sense of wonder. The whole purpose of life unsettles itself and gives you a kick on your back. I have loved mathematics and physics since the time I remember pursing science. This is not only a remarkable theory, of which I still haven't grasped much but the things he says at the end is really touching and emotional.
"I got my PhD and looked at my options. I love differential geometry, general relativity, and particle physics. But the only options available then for a postdoc in those combined areas were in string theory, and I thought string theory was overly speculative. There are many really impressive aspects of strings — anomaly cancelation in particular — but there are other things that just seem wild and physically unsubstantiated. I had gotten lucky by investing my graduate stipend in a little company many thought was going out of business (AAPL), so I decided to go to Maui, learn to windsurf, and w…

Aspect of Form and Design

Design is an adaptation of features into form - be it anywhere. There two types of form which comes to my mind- one is with features and the other is without features. Now, you may say what is the difference between these two things? But it is the very difference which takes my thoughts from being practical to highly philosophical.
If you look around yourselves, you will find that everything has a form. Starting from your own hands - five fingers in each hands with specific reasons. The shape of chair you sit on, the brush you use to brush your teeth, the mobile you use to communicate and so on. All these human made forms are designed with every aspect of solving a problem.
On the other hand, there are certain forms which are featureless and don't solve any problems. Music and Art are one of these areas which I am referring too. Music is a form of your emotions and its an expression of your thoughts, similar goes to your art. But what is the whole purpose of these form?
Cymatic is a…

Buzzom Desktop - a Twitter Client Applications with Spam Control

Yes, the title itself says much about the application it self. Twitter, what can I say? Its a whole world shouting at an instance. Some are buying groceries, some are at bathroom, some are sleeping in the class, some watching movies, and so many things that its just amazing to listen to them. Wait!! there are bots too, some are very useful bots who brings great information but some are hopeless and irritating.
In this chaos of information, we need a perfect client application to mine through these information and at the same time allow you to grow your relationship with the people and grow in the network. As per the need, we felt that we must come out with our own client application and here is the first alpha version, which you can download for free and use free.

1. Hide users who are spamming with too many or useless tweets without unfollowing them.
2. Get updates on what the twitter elites like GuyKawasaki, BBC etc. are saying without following them.
3. Configure your buddy list and be…

Young Entrepreneurs in Nepal

Among the midst of the political turmoil and its entertaining melodrama, its difficult for any serious young innovators to work their vision out. With the deadlock in the western economic situation and there overwhelming influence in the developing nation, ultimately it comes to us - the young minds to stand against them.
I have seen the rising entrepreneurs in Nepal, especially Kathmandu in this span of 1 year. Last time, I remember me and few friends trying to share in a platform that was not entirely focused on young innovation. Well these kinds of things usually lead to expected over look on the ideas. But now the situation is quite reverse. Today there are not only handful of young innovators but network of them, with serious attitude to change the attitude towards better future. Today is the start of such beginning - BarCampKTM. The concept of BarCamp is to come together from different walk of interest and share your passion among others. Do not be mistaken for the field to be na…

Absense Note

Haven't been updating my blog for at least a month. I have been busy with many things lately. Our company, InRev has also made its journey to the third quarter and everyone is excited, with the fear within which our team has learnt to dominate already. The word "start up" has been a cliches for me. Everywhere I go, I keep seeing a banner saying : "Entrepreneurs or Start UP." And I find myself grouped among them. Trying to make your stand in a crowd is never so easy.
Not to mention my presence in the twitter, where I have made many friends and learnt a lot. Thanks to all of you for sharing, listening and off-course RTing :). Writing a blog in itself has become not only a passion for me, but also a way to outlet my vision to bring a better future. There are many friends along with my, moving forward with such determination to make a difference, which I salute and deeply admire. I wish, I had time to write to my blog often. But in my absence I have almost written m…

Capturing the Voice: Social Media

What if you could capture your every voice and your every status of mind? For example, everyday, we talk and think of different ideas. Wouldn't it be interesting to- you know - go through them at some time in your life, like a movie or something. Many concepts regarding recording your life has been portraited in the Hollywood screens. 
We are continuously expressing ourselves, and all that is being permeated in this universe. Some how if we could capture each individuals voice it would be very interesting. Today, it just occurred to me that, may be we have such things in our service.
I was going through my old Twitter Post and Facebook Post, somehow I could feel my presence on it. Every thing being written on the blog or posted in Twitter and Facebook, is my voice, isn't it? All the comments on my friends' photo are the conversation between my friends which has been captured. All our characteristics have been imprinted on it. As if, we are living on it. 
I know these are the …

Wolfram is NOT Google

There I was going through a magazine. As I was flipping the pages, a complex looking image caught my eye. Underneath it was written: 

The much anticipated computing engine Wolfram Alpha will be officially launched on 18 May. 
Suddenly, it struck to me, ya its this new search engine they are talking about in the Internet. Hmm. Getting all excited I started googling it. Soon I was buried into reading blogs and reviews from the people. After an hour, I found out that its barely anything like Google, its not even a search engine. 
So what is it? They were calling it a computational knowledge. Wait a minute, how do you compute a knowledge. Knowledge is the facts and figures, and logical understanding of this universe and society that we have earned. How can it be calculated?  There were few facts I found interesting:
1. Wolfram does not have database of web pages like Google does. 2. Wolfram neither has the resources of knowledge like Wikipedia has.
So, on what basic does it calculate the knowle…

Fearful Consumer Market

Consumer market is something, I always feared. During my engineering days, I knew it was one area where I would not find myself working. I always feared the harsh competition of the market. I worried if ever, anything I made would sustain in the market. Or how people would react to it? You can say, I feared criticism and all the yap yap of group of people, who knows only how to suggest but not to act. Thus, I kept my interest into custom projects and not related to anything that a single consumer would use, rather it was something of community service. But with changing time, I knew I had to make a plunge into the ocean of consumer market and face the competition. "Be a man! Dude" That is what I would say to myself. I knew I couldn't swim, but I had to give it a try. 

Journey into the consumer market is like that of 20000 Leagues Under The Sea. There are so many different kinds of creatures around to look and be fascinated. Some are small living in tiny groups. Some are s…

What is F Cube ?

Lot has been told about F-Cube in Twitter and Facebook, now it time to understand it more better. 
F Cube View more presentations from Deep Sherchan.
There are more to be said and shared regarding the F-Cube. Hope this little introduction made few of your queries clear. We are building it into more comprehensive portal and all we need is your thoughtful suggestions. 
If you liked it or if you are interested to know more then you can join the Facebook group


Essence of Design

Design is very important in any product development. There are many aspects of design, considering the field that you are involved in. The design could include the structure of beam in a building or it could include the architecture of your application. But there is one design which is visible to the user - the interface design of the product. This aspect of design could make or break the product in the market place. It doesn't matter which segment of your market you are targetting, the interface design has to be efficient.
Mainly, I consider these three factors : 1.  Functionality -What it can do? 2.  Purpose - How important is the product? 3.  Experience - How do you feel when you use it?
Its always few basic human needs that drive designer to make a product which suits user purpose. among them these days, user experience is in the top priority.  I stumbled upon the slide below which throws some interesting light into the matter.  The ESSENCE Of Design — for Startups
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Analytics Industry

Following is the analysis made Analytics Industry world wide.
The chart above shows that the 90% of the analytics company is from USA and 6 % from U.K. Whereas India covers only 1 % of the total analytic industry.

This shows that Singapore, India and Australia are very low with respect to the western counterpart. China is not even in the category. Overall, US has the majority of the share.
Analytics in itself is not an industry, it can associate itself with any data intensive industry. Lets look at the industries where analytics is applied.

The above table clearly shows that the major players of analytics are related to the Business Services. Then there are Software & Internet, Health care, Consumer Services, Retail and Financial Services. 

Most of the fields like Telecommunication still seems to be unexplored properly. But I assume that with the increase in the telecommunication sector, in near future we might see increasing use of analytics in the those fields too.


Now lets move on to…

iPhone Design

Happy April Fool Day.




Good Ad Versus Bad Ad

At InRev, for past few days we have been working on our new project. The project is about collaborative blogging, from the blogger around the world. As Bhupendra and I have been blogging for long time, with his immense experience, our team has been working to revamp the globalthoughtzand create a new blogging experience. In this site, we are planning to add a section where people can add their advertisement. We thought lets start by our own :), with already so many products on the line, it was obvious.

So there goes an effort to create a small 128 px by 128 px logo. If you are a designer, you know that designing is a very time consuming process. For hours, you just test around with colors. Remember there are 256X 256X 256combination of colors!! Its hard job selecting one.
Lets start with F-Cube: In short F-cube is a Free Economic Reporting Site. Let me exhibit some Ad made for it and its pros and cons. (Please don't click on the image. Wait till the end. Thank You)
OK, how does thi…

NOT Customer Loyalty

Its odd to have such an odd title. By that, I am trying to address one issue that we face regarding the customer's loyalty and their expectation from us. We have always argued about the need for providing better services to the loyal customer and bringing new businesses. Here, I will try to put a scenario where you need to chose between the loyalty and profit. Ok, lets go.

Imagine. Just imagine, you own a small restaurant. You have nominal profit and everything is going fine. You have regular customers who visit you regularly. Life's going fine and you have no complains. Then one day.
The day is pleasant, weather is just right and its a fresh start for your business. Some groups of tourist visit your restaurant and orders some food. You are delighted by the mass and by the luck. Suddenly you realise that food stock is small. It is going to be difficult for you to cater all of them. You order your cook to make more. The new visitors orders more. The consumption increases and your…

What is Social Media?

View more presentations from Nvi Interactive strategy.
The slide above is really a great way to understand what is social media and how you can benefit from it.

Location of People in Twitter (iPhone)

Recently, I was working on the data of the twitter. I did one interesting and quite simple thing. I took the list of the location people were using in there profile and fed it to one of the available online tool called (http://www.wordle.net/). Guess what I got? I found that majority of people on twitter seem to be using iPhone. May be it was obvious, but to see it through data was quite a taste. The size of the population used is 31691.

Why Twitter is famous?

For past few days, I have been wondering why twitter is so famous. Is it the micro-blogging? Is it the list of unknown friends that excite us? Is it the fun of shouting and listening to the world? Or is it like playing god, by having so many followers? I mean what is it that is so exciting and keeps you all day tweeting?

Only few days back, I wrote on the distribution of Tweets with respect to Followers. Right now, I am working on population distribution and its very interesting to see what is happening. Here are few of my thoughts on people at twitter.

Source of image above.
There are many small groups of people, who enjoy tweeting to each other and updating their status to inform others. These are people with close relationship and their tweet rate is very high.  

Other category is the news channel, this works in the similar ways like media on the real world. They keep updating people with news and twitter seems to be doing good in increasing the traffic to their site. People say that t…

Free Economic Reports

"Information is King."

Have you heard of the above statement? Hmm.... Actually, its pretty obvious. If you have the information then you can make accurate and unbiased judgement, on the subject matter.
Beside all kinds of data, economic data is very important from the perspective of its market value, as well as human value. Every decisions and policies made by the government depend upon the current economic scenario, which off course can only be known by the data collected by the survey
Lets see a simple case: You wake up early in the morning. Get yourself a hot cup of tea. Open the door. Get the newspaper. Read the front page and you see:

" The price of Oil has rose up 10%!!! "
" The farmers in so and so country are facing the draught. The food commodities price has increased."
" 100 employees sacked from XYZ Company."
How do you react? If you are analyst, you may shout to your wife, "I told you, this was going to happen. How r…

TwitIn

Its been more than months since the launch of the TwitIn, and we are already getting excessive hits per day. That's awesome for a start. The tool has been getting a huge response from the twitter users and other web experts. It is a great feeling and we are hoping to bring a better service and innovation through it. 

There were many obstacle to be faced, but each difficulties made the application more better and stable. But, like all the tools and software and hell lot of technology out there, there is one thing that you have to understand, that is learning to use it efficiently and productively. If you don't then its useless. So let me explain what buzzom is?  

BUZZOM is a word which identifies itself with the buzz on the social media. It is a place where the online social media meet and where a sense is made out of social activities.  Lets go on then:
InRevTwitIn Intro :

This is the main panel of InRevTwitIn. Here you, can see the three most important command that will increase …

Twitter Analysis I (Twitin)

Well, this is going to be an interesting post. For some time, InRevteam has been very popular in social media through www.buzzom.com. The concept of buzzom (Twitin) is to increase the user experience in social media and understand the market and behaviour of people. We have started with twitter, as it is the most popular social media.
With increasing number of users and the extending network, it is very difficult to understand how the network is growing and on what basis. To understand the user and the network of twitter, we have started analysing the available data, which has been retrieved by using twitter API.
Total record number retrieved = 2598 Some of the records were invalid and had to be rejected using simple filtering method.

Now let me explain the above graph. X-axis = Number of followers
Y-axis = Number of tweets (Please click the graph to see a large image.)
The dense spot at the graph shows the place where a normal twitter user are located. These may be marketers, web de…