Free Startup Ideas – Part 3

Posted on March 25, 2008. Filed under: Free tips | Tags: , |

This is part 3 of my series of startup ideas. Part 1 and Part 2 received decent response, though I am yet to hear if they sound reasonable or not.

Personalized technology tracker/Search Engine

This is something, I have personally wanted to do. But me being lazy, not able to get started on this.

I like RSS because I can check the contents whenever I want. I like dzone, because it makes me learn something new in my technology. But subscribing to RSS of all sites like dzone and manually categorizing/prioritizing them is a tough task and most of the time, people tend to ignore good contents.

Let me take an example. I recently started hacking grails. Now I need a mechanism to categorize contents from sites like dzone into Articles, Tips, Code Snippets, New Developer tools related to grails etc. There should be a way to rate contents. Like articles coming directly from Grails developers, should get higher ranking. Now this entire site has to be personalized. Which means I decide the rating, categories etc. But the site should suggest me new sources, based on what others are using.

Obvious advantage of this is that the site now becomes my own personalized vertical search engine for my technology. Add the ability to crawl forums, then you have a perfect Vertical technology Search Engine.

What do you think about this?

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7 things that Indian Startups miss out?

Posted on February 10, 2008. Filed under: Free tips, Indian Startups | Tags: |

At 5 am in the morning, I asked myself this question. What do these desi startups (Indian Startups) miss out? Here are some of the points that I could think about.

  • Blog

Kiruba had mentioned sometime back about this. Either our startups dont have a blog or have a blog just for name/link sake. I would like to stress again that a blog is very crucial for startups especially web based startups unless you don’t care about common internet users. So spend some time atleast during weekends and put some content out there! (more…)

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9 Ways to avoid a startup

Posted on January 30, 2008. Filed under: Free tips | Tags: , |

No startupLets see some of the ways in which you can avoid joining a startup and also skip an interview call from them. After all why should anyone prefer a startup instead of a big outsourcing dependent Services based giant?

Disclaimer: Most of the ideas collected from personal experiences.

* Don’t follow the time

Tell the startup guy that you will attend a telephonic interview at 4 pm. But do something and make sure, your cellphone is not reachable. Finally at 7 pm, tell him to call the next day same time. Poor guy will call you again at 4 pm not knowing that this is going to be in an infinite loop.


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