Jeri Ellsworth : The Life Journey: Episode 1

In this episode, Jeri shares the story of her adventures with dirt car racing, learning the basic of building and racing cars from Duke Southard, selling computers through her initial entrepreneurial journey , “Computers Made Easy”, the humbling moments, life lessons and much more. Continue reading Jeri Ellsworth : The Life Journey: Episode 1

Data Science Wizards: Startup with the magic touch of unifying everything in artificial intelligence

In this latest edition of PAC Talks, it was a pleasure to interview one of the top 20 Artificial Intelligence startups in India. Data Science Wizards (DSW) is a very young company, started in 2019, which is growing at a steady pace in the right direction. I met with the team, Pritesh Tiwari , Founder & Chief Data Scientist, Sandeep Khuperkar, Co founder & CEO … Continue reading Data Science Wizards: Startup with the magic touch of unifying everything in artificial intelligence

Scale Ireland Annual Autumn Gathering: Minister for Finance, tech start-up founders and investors discuss the way forward for the sector

Scale Ireland’s autumn event turned out to be a well timed curtain raiser to share the thoughts, expectations, and also challenges facing the start-up ecosystem. It was also important to ensure the key sectoral issues were raised in an open discussion with the Government ahead of the upcoming budget.  Scale Ireland’s Annual Autumn Gathering, its first in-person event took place on the 12th September in … Continue reading Scale Ireland Annual Autumn Gathering: Minister for Finance, tech start-up founders and investors discuss the way forward for the sector

Blend it like Millo, Smart blender from Lithuania based food tech startup

Adam calls the Millo Air, the 2.0 version as the ‘Silent Blender’. He demonstrated this during the interview and even at 1200 rpm, there was hardly any sound. The initial blender from Millo was developed with a focus on user experience, design and convenience. The team behind this wanted to improve this offering and has now launched the new version where they are using the help of a magnetic drive to rotate the blades. Continue reading Blend it like Millo, Smart blender from Lithuania based food tech startup

Patch : Young minds in action at this great accelerator platform, opportunity for aspiring youngsters to showcase their talent and bring ideas to life

Patch is an amazing platform which is in a way unique. I see this as a start-up summer camp for young minds. They have lot of ideas going in their minds, minimal apprehensions, high on confidence or conviction but just need the right mentorship to complete the puzzle. At Patch, I could see a great line up of mentors and supporters who are ensuring that these young minds have the required guidance. Continue reading Patch : Young minds in action at this great accelerator platform, opportunity for aspiring youngsters to showcase their talent and bring ideas to life

Futnut: Galway based Football Fantasy App founder Alan says his platform gives ‘thrills without the spills’

“They are all consuming content, following the teams, going to games, it is a social avenue for people – going to pub watch the game, etc. While doing that they are constantly trading opinions and knowledge, up until now lot of that has been in ether. Who actually knows his football, is it the one who is always yapping or the quiet guy, whereas now you can come in to FutNut , make your predictions and see how you rank against everybody else. So now the talking is over and let us see who actually knows their football. ” – Alan Loughrey. Continue reading Futnut: Galway based Football Fantasy App founder Alan says his platform gives ‘thrills without the spills’

Smart Table Tennis ready for global launch: Amir Kamandi, Junior National Player to Startup Founder

“This market is little bit conservative. This is a time to digitalise our sport. If we do not open our minds in table tennis industry and adapt technology then will lose this sport to new generation. This is the generation that see tech everywhere. We have to do everything to keep the new generation involved in table tennis.”
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Apna time ayega: Unicorn in less than 2 years

Indian Startup ecosystem is on an exponential rise. Even when the globe was going through a slow pace in the last 2 years, some of the Startups in India were steadily attracting investments and making their mark. Hurun India recently released a detailed report about the existing Unicorns and the future probable Unicorns from India. As per the report , India has 51 Unicorns. Almost … Continue reading Apna time ayega: Unicorn in less than 2 years

Kerala Startup providing unique Detox for the Specially abled people

We coined the word Desintox from De’sintox /Detox in French. It means rehabilitation especially from drugs. It is true for Disability as well. The affected person won’t be able to get out of it even though they try hard. So we thought Desintox to be a considerable name for a company that tries to enable people and help them to be able/ease their life/rejuvenate them to the maximum possible extend Continue reading Kerala Startup providing unique Detox for the Specially abled people

What’s Up Zoko ? Y Combinator bets on Kerala startup helping brands to grow business on WhatsApp

If chat is the channel you want to do business on then you would come to Zoko. We will work on WhatsApp, Facebook messenger, Apple iMessage and any chat platform, people will be able to message and we will be the default platform. Continue reading What’s Up Zoko ? Y Combinator bets on Kerala startup helping brands to grow business on WhatsApp

Story Book: Startup from Ecuador helping parents and kids in over 150 countries to Sleep

Story Book is the only App in the world which brings together infant massaging techniques, story and music. For many reasons it is not recommended to have screen time before going to bed. So this is an App, parents will use and kids will listen. Continue reading Story Book: Startup from Ecuador helping parents and kids in over 150 countries to Sleep

Dontmemorise.com Founder Ganesh Pai talks about the most affordable EduTech platform of India with a dream to teach 1 billion students

Ganesh Pai, the founder of Dontmemorise.com has a dream to teach 1 billion students.

The YouTube channel of Dontmemorise.com has 1.39 Million subscribers as of today. The daily views garnered by them is 250,000. So by the time complete watching this 45 minutes interview of Ganesh, Dontmemorise.com YouTube channel would have got additional 10,000 views.

The journey which was started to teach 1 million students has been achieved. Now Ganesh has set his dream of teaching 1 billion students. He says “Growth is slow, Future is bright”. Continue reading Dontmemorise.com Founder Ganesh Pai talks about the most affordable EduTech platform of India with a dream to teach 1 billion students

VConsol from Techgentsia, interview of Joy Sebastian, Winner of Innovation Challenge for developing India’s Video Conferencing Solution

Techgentsia is the winner of India Government’s Video Conference Solution Challenge

Joy gives complete credit of this achievement to his team. He said “the team has worked 24*7 to come out with this prototype in just one month’s time”. This 10 year old startup is based out of Kochi and has 50 engineers working with them. They have specialized in the research and development of audio and video based conference solutions for the last 10 years.

The team has worked really hard to bring out this video conferencing solution. They have decided to continue with the project code name ‘VConSol’ as the brand name, for now. “We are getting lot of suggestions, maybe we will do a poll later to decide the new brand name.” added Joy.
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Interview of Megha Gambhir, CEO & Co Founder of STUPA Sports Analytics, predictive analytics startup

Megha said “I usually eat, drink and do everything with table tennis. At home we just talk about table tennis.”

She spoke in detail about how one of the fastest racquet sports in the world, table tennis became a part and parcel of her life. It was in 2018 that Megha along with Deepak Malik, the former national player and coach of Indian national table tennis team, decided to start a performance analytics company. Continue reading Interview of Megha Gambhir, CEO & Co Founder of STUPA Sports Analytics, predictive analytics startup

TotalCtrl: Food Waste Management Technology Startup: Making the Food Value Chain Sustainable

I started working when I was 12 years old & have lot of varied experience working in different sectors. I have worked at Burger King, worked as a Real Estate consultant, and many other sectors. Building bridges in 3D, flying Drones, etc. was the last few things I did before starting TotalCtrl. But we (my co founder & myself) started TotalCtrl with our own experience of working in a grocery store. We spent a lot of time walking around the aisles looking for products which were about to expire / expired. This food was not given out to charity. It was just wasted.

Future Plans for TotalCtrl: Take Out the World 🙂 The plan is to scale our Solutions. Make the most of this situation, provide technology and make more holistic solutions. Make sure we can prevent food waste & make the value chain more Sustainable.

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It is time to Dance Digitally : Kollywood, Bollywood, Item Number, Kathak, Lavani, Bhangra, Classical Fusion, Bollyfemme – a chance to learn all these from international artists

Some of the Dancers around the World came together – courtesy the Technology available now. They started Digital Dance Collective – where they do weekend workshops using Facebook Live.

DDC’s goal is to connect people from all over the world through Dance! We are all going through an extremely difficult phase right now and it’s imperative to maintain our physical and especially mental health, and being happy.
And what better way than dancing your way through it! Continue reading It is time to Dance Digitally : Kollywood, Bollywood, Item Number, Kathak, Lavani, Bhangra, Classical Fusion, Bollyfemme – a chance to learn all these from international artists

A high school graduate, one idea, 10$ domain and now the lifeline for millions to stay connected: The Story of David Erickson, Founder and CEO of FreeConferenceCall.com

“I talked to a guy who told me that Telecom is a cool thing where money can be made even while you are asleep & that triggered my entry into telecom” says Dave Erickson, Founder & CEO of FreeConferenceCall.com.

I tell my employees that in trouble and in good times, ‘I can’t wait to see what happens next’. If you are someone struggling with a Startup then you should know that things not happening cannot be the reason for not being prepared. It is all about what is going to happen. When opportunity presents itself , you cannot be flat footed. You should be ready for the next thing and make it in to Sunshine. Continue reading A high school graduate, one idea, 10$ domain and now the lifeline for millions to stay connected: The Story of David Erickson, Founder and CEO of FreeConferenceCall.com

Supreme Court goes the Technology way: Video Conferencing helps the apex court to proceed with cases during Covid19 lockdown

Mr. K. V. Viswanthan, Senior Advocate said “Today has heralded a new era ,for the Indian Judiciary. This path breaking video conference method, though initiated under the shadow of the lockdown, has really come to stay. Necessity as they say is the mother of invention. Access to justice will acquire a new dimension. From the remote corners of the country, people will be able to access the highest court. Once institutionalised, it will reduce the cost of litigation and enhance the reach of the court.” Continue reading Supreme Court goes the Technology way: Video Conferencing helps the apex court to proceed with cases during Covid19 lockdown

Covid19 Lockdown: Stay at Home: Activities that can be done sitting at home

Take a step back from the regular busy schedules and lifestyles. This is a golden opportunity to spend precious time with your loved ones at home and the whole world wants you to just do that for now.

Do not let the stress / fear spoil this moment. It is time to rejoice, rejuvenate and rethink about ‘Life’.

It is time to come together and Celebrate rather than fear about Corona. Continue reading Covid19 Lockdown: Stay at Home: Activities that can be done sitting at home

The Trending I of Marketing : Influencer. To Crack the Code: Look Up-fluence

The Co – founder and Co – CEO of NYC based startup Upfluence, one of the leading influencer marketing platforms, Vivien Garnes shared details about his journey – from sleepless nights selling neck ties to becoming the founder of a company which is helping Brands to market their products. Upfluence is pioneering quite a lot: from AI-assisted influencer suggestions and fake follower detection to language recognition technology. Continue reading The Trending I of Marketing : Influencer. To Crack the Code: Look Up-fluence

FastPong: How Artificial Intelligence based Table Tennis Coaching by a former Junior National player is going to change the game.

From a 9 year old boy who loved playing Ping Pong to the entrepreneur who would love to see more people using FastPong, life has come a full circle for Amir Kamandi. Continue reading FastPong: How Artificial Intelligence based Table Tennis Coaching by a former Junior National player is going to change the game.

Alexa, Who is Aariv Modi? : “An Eleven year old Alexa Programmer building Cool Skills”

“My most recent skill, STEM Party, is my favorite. Today, no one would deny the importance of an education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for students. STEM Party is a math and science quiz game where kids can increase their knowledge. I really like this skill because it is the first skill that I added APL too! Since it has buttons on certain screens, the user can respond using touch or voice. It also saves the user’s total score and highest streak to DynamoDB so the user can attempt to beat it each time they come back.” Continue reading Alexa, Who is Aariv Modi? : “An Eleven year old Alexa Programmer building Cool Skills”

Jeri Ellsworth & Tilt Five : From Dirt Track Races to Augmented Reality Games: Bringing players together & tabletop games to ‘Life’

There are games already in the market which use Virtual Reality but then you are completely cut off from the real world. With Tilt Five players can have a more social experience, and they will still be able to see the real objects around them. They’ll be able to see their friends sitting around them, as well as enjoy their pizza, chips or coke. Tilt Five also blends objects, such as playing cards, tokens, and minis, as well as hand gestures, and that’s what makes it mixed reality. Continue reading Jeri Ellsworth & Tilt Five : From Dirt Track Races to Augmented Reality Games: Bringing players together & tabletop games to ‘Life’

Start Something Priceless : Mastercard : A Brand that believes in creating lasting impressions

Mastercard is touching the lives of the customer at numerous expected and unexpected junctures. Brand logo sound, macarons, restaurants ( there is one in Rome International Airport as well known as Bistro), helping Girls learn technology (Girls4Tech initiative), supporting farmers (helping small scale farmers connect with buyers), coming out with global destination information with details of city wise spends (Bangkok tops the list in regard with destination & Dubai tops the list in regard with per day spend by travelers) & so on , Mastercard definitely keeps reminding people that – some things are Priceless, for everything else there is Mastercard. Continue reading Start Something Priceless : Mastercard : A Brand that believes in creating lasting impressions

60,420,900 Views & Counting: YouTube invests in this Indian EduTech Startup Don’t Memorise: Exclusive Interview with ever ‘Kyurious’ Ganesh Pai

I wanted to teach 100 kids. My dad pushed me to teach a million kids. Currently, as we speak, if I consider YouTube, Don’t Memorise website and Udemy where we have some course materials, the total views are approximately 70 Million.

When parents are struggling to keep the gadgets away from the kids and restrict the screentime, platforms like Don’t Memorise can be a sort of savior to make sure that there is some learning happening always. Continue reading 60,420,900 Views & Counting: YouTube invests in this Indian EduTech Startup Don’t Memorise: Exclusive Interview with ever ‘Kyurious’ Ganesh Pai

Global Car Sales: At Crossroads : Customer ‘Spoilt for Choice’ or Courtesy Vague Market Signals ? Automobile Industry is Drifting ?

If you have a need and have the budget to buy a car , then this might be the best time to make that decision. The discounts are at all time high, plus you can bargain and get some waivers / discount on insurance, get some free accessories ,etc. The resale value for the car you purchase now vs something you would have purchased post April 2020 will get nullified with the current upfront discount. Also consider the fact that you will be trying to sell this car by 2022-23 & by that time the market situation might have completely changed. So there is no guarantee that a car bought post April 2020 will fetch you a great resale value.

There is going to be a great transition happening in the Automotive industry in the next 5 years. By 2025 the whole world would have moved to shared cars, self driving cars or even flying cars & that too brands like Google and Apple getting into the Automotive sector.

So this might be possibly the last chance to enjoy such huge discounts while buying your ‘own’ car. Continue reading Global Car Sales: At Crossroads : Customer ‘Spoilt for Choice’ or Courtesy Vague Market Signals ? Automobile Industry is Drifting ?

Spyce : Robot Restaurant by MIT engineers

What will happen when Robotics obsessed engineers get hungry and crave for quality food at affordable rates ?

Either they end up searching for new restaurants or use their passion to solve their problem.


Spyce : Affordable, Delicious & Nutritious Meals served at this Robot Restaurant by MIT engineers was one such venture started by 4 young engineers.

Spyce Boyz: Brady Knight, Michael Farid, Kale Rogers, Luke Schlueter

From wearables to hearables to flexibles, Augmented Reality to Virtual reality to Mixed Reality, Artificial Intelligence ; technology has impacted and enhanced all possible facets of life. 
So whenever you have a problem it is quite natural to turn to technology for help. The 4 hungry engineers from MIT were also not different in this. 
The 4 young engineers, Michael Farid, Kale Rogers, Luke Schlueter, & Brady Knight, were finding it difficult to manage quality, nutritious food at affordable cost. They were able to find places giving food at affordable price but then it was missing the quality & the restaurants which were providing quality, nutritious food were priced very high.

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Rabbito : Annoyed by the exorbitant delivery charges, friends start a new Food Delivery App in the capital city of Kerala

Food delivery is very synonymous to pizza home delivery. It goes back to as long as late 19th century when the first pizza was delivered in Italy. The evolution of food delivery has slowly and steadily moved up notches. In 2001 Pizza hut even managed to send a pizza to the space.

The next big bang moment which happened for the food / restaurant industry is the online ordering service. It was in 1995, the first online order service was started (in USA) : world wide waiter, now known as waiter.com. At that time they used to deliver food from approx 60 restaurants in Silicon Valley.

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Picture your Future 2.0 : Travel , Technology and Tales

Technology is undergoing a paradigm shift and has transitioned at a supersonic speed in the last couple of years. Things which you would have never imagined is happening right in front of your eyes. Be it the hearables like Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple Siri, Microsoft Cortana, etc. or the wearables like Apple smart watch, Fitbit, rings activated with locker passwords, etc. – it is true that World is moving into a different horizon in regard with the onslaught of technology and the speed at which it is getting accepted by everyone.

Travel on the other hand has also found it’s own share of innovations with the help of the new age technology. Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Video chats, live streaming, recorded footages, etc. helps us to know about new places, new cultures , new cuisines, etc. But the urge to try this on your own is making people travel. The number of travellers have increased exponentially in the last decade. With the help of technology , people are very well aware of places that appeal to their tastes. Hashtags are the new style statement and it is also the go to search mantra. Instagram, in particular, has created a wave in this regard especially in the travel world. Insta Stories and Insta posts is helping the New Age travellers to get the knowledge of new places. But all this while the technology has only helped in creating the excitement to Travel.

Soon Travel enabled with future technologies will give a whole different experience. Be ready to get personalised welcome to the aeroplane. Artificial Intelligence & Facial Recognition will give the details of each and every passenger to the air hostess / stewards.

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#JimikkiKammal – Social Media goes gaga over this Song – Sheril becomes an instant celebrity

#JimikkiKammal is a Malayalam song released during the mid of Aug, 2017. The song is part of the movie “Velipadinte Pustakam” which was released two weeks later.

The first line of the song itself is very catchy and you will keep humming it once you listen to the song.

“Entammede jimikki kammal Enatappan katonde poyi,

Entapante brandy kuppi Entamma kudichu theerthe”

(My mother’s ear rings were stolen by my dad,

My dad’s brandy bottle – my mother drank & finished it”)

It is a peppy song and you will start tapping your feet or moving your body once you start listening to this song.

The original video of this song has till now got 12 million views (Mohanlal – Lalettan fans will be happy)

https://youtu.be/FXiaIH49oAU

Just 25 days and YouTube already has 300+ videos of different versions, remixes, memes,trolls of this song.

Twitter, Facebook and Instagram is having a gala time with hashtag #JimikkiKammal . The data uploaded by the fans of this song has seen an exponential rise in the last couple of weeks.

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Who will manage your Facebook account when you go to live with the God?

It is definitely a spooky feeling when you think or even read about “Death”. Suddenly lot of things appear in front of your eyes and you will feel that there is a lot that is left unattended / to be completed.

I had a similar feeling when I read about the Facebook’s ‘Memorialized’ and ‘Legacy Contact’.

So how will your name appear once you are ‘Memorialized’? –

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PICTURE YOUR FUTURE PART 1 : Wearables to Hearables to Tearables

Before I start writing Part 2 (which will be written as a separate blog post), thought of sharing the article I had written in Sep, 2014.

My 2014 article on “Picture Your Future”:-

Capturing a Picture is always a combination of Art and Science. Photographer should have the artistic view to visualize the right moment and make use of the Science of photography to capture ‘the moment’. It is very easily said than done and when it comes to business, economics, finance and management you have to be adept in capturing ‘the right moment’.

Speed of Connectivity and Connections will be the name of the game in the coming years.

‘Connectivity’ here means the literal meaning of being connected. Speed is the key word going forward. Faster you connect to the people around you, faster you will succeed in your ventures. Speed at which customers know about the company will make or break the success story of that company.

‘Connections’ capture the importance of making use of the technology around you to get connected to your customers. You need to be at each and every place where the customer will be present. Going forward Customers will not come looking for you but Companies will have to place themselves at Customer Convenient locations. You have to make use of the all technology touch points to be ‘connected’ with your customers.

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Uber Talks : Driver gives you earning opportunity tips

Uber has become one of the best transportation support system when you don’t want to drive your own car.

Whenever I travel alone in such taxi app cab then I try to get into a conversation with the driver. Normally I start of the discussion with what is the current incentive system they have in Uber / Ola ? Is the cab owned by the driver and if yes how much does he earn a month ? Depending upon the responsiveness of the driver I tend to divert the topic to understand Consumer Buying Behaviour. Since I work with an automobile company I always try to understand the basic points considered by him before buying this car. So my set of primary research questions include : Why he bought this particular brand of car ? What is the USP? Was he offered any special discount by the automobile dealer? Whether service support was kept in mind while finalising this brand ? etc.

So as usual, I took an Uber today afternoon, and got into a conversation with the driver. I started off with my regular set of questions and the driver was very happy to answer all my questions in length. The moment I finished my set of questioning then he told me that ‘those who say that Uber drivers are not earning don’t know the earning opportunity’.

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WhatsApp – Whose brains are behind this App?

Whatsapp is now an integral part of everyone’s life and is on its way (along with WeChat,Line) to reduce/replace the use of SMS. There are lot of people who are changing their normal phones so that they can start using Whatsapp. It has brought sharing messages, images and videos on to your finger tips. The New daily record of Whatsapp : 10 Billion + messages … Continue reading WhatsApp – Whose brains are behind this App?

Bitcoin – The Digital Money

In this era where everything is moving towards the Digital Platform, Bitcoin is slowly taking the place of Digital Money exchange. Bitcoin is the first implementation of Cryptocurrency, a form of money that uses cryptography to control its creation and management. Bitcoin protocol was designed by pseudonymous developer or group of developers under the name Satoshi Nakamato . The Bitcoin production will be halved every … Continue reading Bitcoin – The Digital Money