Looking Back, and into the Future: India Entrepreneurship InfoTalk

September 9th, 2006 |
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Back in February this year at Robert Scoble and Shel Israel’s book launch of “Naked Conversations”, John Furrier engaged Kaboodle CEO Manish Chandra in a fascinating discussion about the history of the entrepreneurial culture in India, and how that culture has found fertile grounds in Silicon Valley.

Noting that “Silicon Valley has proven to be a haven for entrepreneurs from India”, John gets Manish to give us fresh and inspiring insight into why this is so. John and Manish later talked about setting up a formal India Tech channel to profile the rich stories behind the successes and travails of Indian innovation and entrepreneurship.

Seven months later, we’re proud to have Manish as a featured producer on PodTech India, alongside our favorite India bloggers and podcasters with their fresh, provocative, and passionate perspectives on technology, the business of technology, and the people and ideas that drive them.

Here’s a retrospective from John and Manish; in the meantime, we hope you enjoy our first baby steps with PodTech India.

Stay tuned for more to come.

About Manish Chandra:

Manish Chandra arrived in Silicon Valley in 1989. His passion for growing small ideas took shape very early when he left Intel to join a small start-up called Sybase (with less than 80 people) while the valley was going through one of it’s down cycles in 1990. Manish played a variety of development and product management roles at Sybase and left the company in 1995 when it had over 6,000 employees. From there he joined Versata as their 8th employee and was part of the core executive team that took the company public in 2000. His latest venture, Kaboodle, is a consumer internet service that helps simplify people’s lives by letting them collect, organize and share all types of information from shopping, travel to health and real estate. In June, 2006, Kaboodle partnered with eBay to launch MyCollectibles, a service that helps collectors showcase their collections and passions on the web.

Manish is a charter member of TiE (The Indus

Entrepreneurs) and chairs the TiE SIG on Internet.

Manish is currently based out of Silicon Valley.

About “Heart to Heart”:

“Heart to Heart” will focus on the personal aspects of entrepreneurship. Manish will be talking to fellow entrepreneurs and investors from both Silicon Valley and other parts of the world, and provide a glimpse from an insider’s perspective on the challenges that each entrepreneur faces in building a business from a personal, family and a professional angle.

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