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Weekend Flea Market 5-Oct-07

An assort­ment of stuff I came across in cyber­space, offered sec­ond hand, for any­one who may be inter­est­ed. If you haven’t read it already, Thomas Friedman’s penul­ti­mate op-ed 9/11 Is Over, is a must-read. Chi­na has now start­ed block­ing all … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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e-Literacy or Obliteracy

India’s Ker­ala state gov­ern­ment is count­ing on open-source soft­ware to boost its IT lit­er­a­cy rate. “Ker­ala has always been a leader in lit­er­a­cy, and now we want to make Ker­ala a leader in e-lit­er­a­­cy,” said Ker­ala Chief Min­is­ter V. S. … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Microsoft ties up with Mumbai’s Dabbawallas to promote Vista

Mumbai’s dab­bawal­las nev­er cease to amaze me. They have received temen­dous pub­lic­i­ty in the last few years, most­ly because of the Six Sig­ma cer­ti­fi­ca­tion by Forbes, the Prince Charles vis­it and wed­ding invi­ta­tion, and the sup­port of Virgin’s Richard Bram­son. … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Capitalist Eloquence

Nir­malya Kumar, Pro­fes­sor of Mar­ket­ing at Lon­don Busi­ness School, and a renowed mar­ket­ing guru: “Q: Do you think the growth of retail­ers — like Reliance, etc — and the advent of big­gies like Wal-Mart could kill the small gro­cer or kirana shop in India? A: It’s very sim­ple: no com­peti­tor can kill … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Walmart, Wade Rathake, et.al.

While Wade Rathke is mobi­liz­ing an anti-Wal­­mart cam­paign in India — to “fight for the rights of the poor” and “pro­tect small busi­ness­es and com­mu­ni­ties” — a dif­fer­ent group of small busi­ness­es has a dif­fer­ent way of respond­ing to the cor­po­rate big-busi­­ness “threat”. Small chemist shops across India, who’ve enjoyed a monop­oly all these years, are gear­ing up to big phar­ma com­pa­nies oper­at­ing chemist stores with val­ue added ser­vices. They’ve hired none oth­er than E&Y and Accen­ture to “mod­ern­ize their tra­di­tion­al chemist out­lets”. Now, would any­one argue whether this … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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