Showing posts from February, 2012

Top Influencer During Social Media Week? Moi


Mayor Of TicketMonkey

I just became the mayor of TicketMonkey on @foursquare!
— Paramendra Bhagat (@paramendra) February 29, 2012

Manick Bhan: The BhanMan Of TicketMonkey
TicketMonkey "Monk-A-Thon"

SoundCloud Picks




Earlier in the day I got an email from a guy in Chicago who set up a Google alert on some topic and received a blog post of mine in his inbox. Thank you, Google. The post felt very relevant to a startup idea he had been toying with during what he thought might be a year off between startups, but two months in and he is raring to go again. We exchanged a few emails and we talked for half an hour.

I shot a quick email to my team. Can we do this? Yes. There was a quick reply.

Tech consulting with style.

Alex Turner: Piledriver Waltz


Ron Wayne

@paramendra You are most gracious. Many thanks for your mention. - Ron— Ron Wayne (@ronaldgwayne) February 24, 2012
I am genuinely overwhelmed by the amount of response that has propagated across the internet as a result of my recent Facebook post.— Ron Wayne (@ronaldgwayne) February 24, 2012

New Technology And Old Media

Earlier I got back from a dinner party at Arianna's place. (Dinner At Arianna's) If it had been a private party it would have been bad taste to blog about it.

I had no idea The Huffington Post has major international expansion gameplans. I am so impressed. The Huffington Post is still very much a startup, just with more resources.

Paramendra, I very much hope you can join me for a dinner for Juan Luis Cebrian, who heads El Pais, our partner in launching The Huffington Post in Spain. It is at 7pm at my home at _________ 17th Street_______. Let me know if you can make it. All the best, Arianna. The Huffington Post has been in Canada for a while now. I did not know. It even has a French edition in Canada. And it has already teamed up with the top French newspaper. I did not know. And I thought Arianna bought a yacht and went on a world tour after selling The Huffington Post to AOL. Not so. She is hard at work. If you think the newspaper is dead, talk to Arianna. I did not know E…

Dinner At Arianna's

Headed to a dinner party at Arianna's place on 17th St this evening.— Paramendra Bhagat (@paramendra) February 23, 2012

What should I wear? I think I am going to wear my boots.

My Favorite Black Dress: Love Story or Cautionary Tale?
Black Friday
Wearing Black
Black Buddhas: The Madhesis Of Nepal: Documentary

Meeting Arianna Huffington

Manick Bhan: The BhanMan Of TicketMonkey

Image via CrunchBaseI met Manick at a Spotify event, my second Spotify event. I looked at his name tag and said, "That's an Indian name!" (Spotify Now Advertising On Netizen, Spotify Vision Specialist: A No Go, The Spotify CTO Talk, The Spotify Event Was Great, Sean Parker's 2009 Email To Spotify)

The guy impressed me immediately. Not all fast talkers are smart, but this one was out of the ballpark. I could tell. Immediately. He was a high energy packet. If you can deal with people, if you can make decisions on the fly, if you are a quick study, you are CEO material. This guy is.

Duke to Goldman to startup. They work out of an apartment not far from the Port Authority bus terminal, or Penn Station, for that matter. The view out the window is beautiful.

I have offered to shift the office to some garage, and put them on noodle diets. They order in lunch, good stuff.

I am always looking for projects for my tech consulting operation. And so I thought I might insert …

Vintage Nepal


Meeting Arianna Huffington

I still don't know how I got invited to this event, but there I was. I was the first person to show. The second two people to show asked me, "How do you know Reid?" Reid, as in Reid Hoffman.

"I don't know Reid," I said.

And then Reid Hoffman was the fourth person to show and he stood next to me and waxed eloquent for a full 10 minutes or so. To the person who asked how I knew Reid. Apparently they knew each other.

Mayor Bloomberg showed up not long after. He walked a step towards me and shook my hand. I was about to say, Mr. Mayor, I was Barack Obama's first full time volunteer in all of New York City. But with Bloomberg you don't know if you are talking to an entrepreneur or a politician or a soon to be full time philanthropist.

Arianna must have showed up fashionably late. Because I only spotted her when I thought I might leave soon, and the room was by then two thirds empty. She has the cutest accent.

This woman has enough money to bail out Gr…

London Paris New York


Blogger Khosla

Image via WikipediaVinod Khosla: TechCrunch: The “Unhyped” New Areas in Internet and Mobile
a whole new world of platforms, a post-PC era, which I’d more aptly describe as the always/everywhere era, finally, and that means a whole new set of opportunities ..... the cost of experimentation has gone down dramatically ..... raw computing power is taken for granted. ..... What else new has the potential (nothing is certain!) to be truly disruptive or establish a new category in the domain of consumer Internet/mobile/services (which to me are fast becoming interchangeable)? ...... AirBnB and Instagram would be examples of companies whose categories existed prior to their entry, but they are meaningfully different. ...... I call them the “unhyped dozen” (to go with my energy investing activities, which I call the “clean dozen”) ...... (1) Data Reduction or Filters (Siri) (2) Big data or Analytics ... There will be countless new types of data streams .... Much has been written about big …

A Tweet From Aileen Lee

wrote a @techcrunch guest post today on Women on Boards & companies that get it... hope you'll read &…— aileenlee (@aileenlee) February 19, 2012
@paramendra thank you!— aileenlee (@aileenlee) February 20, 2012

I Am On Pinterest Now

And this is my first Board. And I am loving the embed feature.

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Long Walk

I went for a long walk today: 6 hours. A great way to go offline, get disconnected. I did not eat or drink the entire time.


Thug Le


Top 10 Social Media Week Global Influencer


Social Media Week Day 3 Tweets

Hey @paramendra @bigfuel @austrazub @jennlevine @missuku @ScrapHacker - I guess we're "Outreachers"— Greg Bodenlos (@gregbodenlos) February 16, 2012
@paramendra omg cool.— ninja worrior (@tutifruti1980) February 15, 2012
your version got the job done... & you're fast! RT @paramendra: @ElleeHenry Thanks for filling in the blanks. :-)— Leslie E. Henry (@ElleeHenry) February 15, 2012
@paramendra Congrats! Another day on top of our leaderboard @ Keep up the great work!— Kred (@Kred) February 15, 2012
Whats up.We have an overdue lunch that we need to set up RT @paramendra: @cavaughn Hello there.— cavaughn (@cavaughn) February 15, 2012
@paramendra you take great notes!— Kevin Selhi (@KevinSelhi) February 15, 2012
Curious how next panel addresses this RT @KevinSelhi @paramendra @scottbelsky:"The dark side of crowdsourcing--careless engagement. #SMWJWT— Leslie E. Henry (@ElleeHenry) February 15, 2012
--> RT @paramendra: @scottbe…

Social Media Week Top Outreacher


Dennis Crowley: FBI Background Check

Image by Getty Images via @daylifeI knew there was something special about this guy. Now I know.

Dennis Crowley: I Underestimated Him
Craig Newmark, Dennis Crowley, Jennifer 8 Lee: Koreatown
FourSquare Should Rent A Stadium
Dennis Crowley: Role Model For Kids?

Business Insider: The $600 Million Social Life Of Foursquare Founder Dennis Crowley
..... his success didn't happen overnight .... a series of failures and disappointments .... Crowley convinced the school to let him blog for the remaining credits. Teendrama, where Crowley was already writing about his college antics, became his independent study...... "People flocked to Dennis. He wasn’t up in the front of the room saying, ‘Hey, follow me.’ He just did stuff that was fun and people wanted to be with him. He’s always been that way, and that has never changed.” ....... “I remember thinking, what a cool life this guy lives,” says Jonathan (J) Crowley of his brother. “He was working at a hot tech company, going out all the …

Body Doubles

@A_StrausGarcia I have body doubles attending multiple events at once. Say hi to each one you meet.— Paramendra Bhagat (@paramendra) February 15, 2012

Social Media Week: The Social Media Way

@A_StrausGarcia Sorry Andy, Mike Bloomberg Wants Me Here :-)— Paramendra Bhagat (@paramendra) February 15, 2012
The Bourne Legacy— Paramendra Bhagat (@paramendra) February 15, 2012
Mike Bloomberg Wants Me Here— Paramendra Bhagat (@paramendra) February 15, 2012

The Bourne Legacy


Mike Bloomberg Wants Me Here


Social Media Week: Day 2: 120 Tweets

@paramendra I'm seeing your mug all over #SMWNY Where you at? Come to this event:— Aaron Straus Garcia (@A_StrausGarcia) February 14, 2012
RT @paramendra @cindygallop "The future of business is doing good and making money at the same time." #smwnyc#smw12#SMWBigFuel#CSR— Alexis LaScala (@LexxiLaS) February 14, 2012
@paramendra "Hapless" feels a lil harsh. He's starting out, finding his way, was brave to get up there. cc @randomdeanna#SMWBigFuel— Julia Smith (@juliacsmith) February 14, 2012
@paramendralook @jparkercamqueen— Leeanna Portier (@Leeannad75) February 14, 2012
@paramendra and you de doctor? lol.— ninja worrior (@tutifruti1980) February 14, 2012
@paramendra Hey - apologies but we're already expecting a full house! next one.— Brian DiFeo (@bridif) February 14, 2012
RT @paramendra @Techonomy @youngbradford @cliffkuang @randyjhunt…#smw#smwnyc#smw12#SMWHearst— Noah Xifr (@Noah_Xifr) February 1…

Social Media Week: 100 Tweets Later

Social Media Week: The Social Media Way

@davidabloom You gave an amazing talk about an amazing startup. Kudos. #smw#smw12#smwnyc @TechStars Demo #SMWBigFuel— Paramendra Bhagat (@paramendra) February 13, 2012
THANKS! RT @paramendra: @davidabloom You gave an amazing talk about an amazing startup. Kudos. #smw12#smwnyc @techstars Demo #SMWBigFuel— Ordrin (@ordrin) February 13, 2012
THANKS! RT @paramendra: @davidabloom You gave an amazing talk about an amazing startup. Kudos. #smw12#smwnyc @techstars Demo #SMWBigFuel— David Bloom (@davidabloom) February 13, 2012
@paramendra What did you think? Have you given it a try yet?— Zachary McCune (@zmccune) February 13, 2012
@gregbodenlos @paramendra btw, these are tools that we @nokia use to listen to consumers:— Pino (@haikus) February 13, 2012
MT @paramendra: @annmmack "Today's heroes are the #entrepreneurs." #smwjwt#smwnyc— Austra Zubkovs (@austrazub) February 13, 2012

It has been a good feeling, but I also have t…

Social Media Week: The Social Media Way

Image via CrunchBaseI just revisited the Social Media Weekschedule page to prepare for the events I have said I will go to tomorrow and the rest of the week.

And it's amazing to me how many of the events will be on LiveStream, and each event has its own hashtag. And so I am tempted to stay home for quite a few of the events and consume them from my laptop. Tweeting is so much easier on the laptop.

This event by Sree at Columbia comes to mind.

Twitter Blocks Me: Sree's Loss
Social Media Weekend: Columbia Journalism School: Sree Srinivasan

I guess I can "go" to even more events than I was planning to if I go the LiveStream way. Nice.

Social Media Week: Registration Now Open

Does Twitter have limits to how many times you can tweet per hour, per day?

Know Your Limits: How Many Tweets Can You Post Per Day?
How many Tweets can you send Twitter per hour?

1,000 tweets per day, 100 per hour? Twitter blocked me way before that when I was trying to "cover" the Sree eve…

Another Ode To Big Data

New York Times: The Age of Big Data
an explosion of data — Web traffic and social network comments, as well as software and sensors that monitor shipments, suppliers and customers — to guide decisions, trim costs and lift sales ...... the United States needs 140,000 to 190,000 more workers with “deep analytical” expertise and 1.5 million more data-literate managers, whether retrained or hired ...... The story is similar in fields as varied as science and sports, advertising and public health — a drift toward data-driven discovery and decision-making. “It’s a revolution” ...... the march of quantification, made possible by enormous new sources of data, will sweep through academia, business and government. There is no area that is going to be untouched ...... Welcome to the Age of Big Data. ...... data a new class of economic asset, like currency or gold ...... Big Data has the potential to be “humanity’s dashboard,” an intelligent tool that can help combat poverty, crime and polluti…

Every Google Search Is Like A Tweet, A Facebook Update

Google 的貼牌冰箱(Google refrigerator) (Photo credit: Aray Chen)Google has had it this entire time.

Granted they publish the top words and phrases for the year and all that. And every search makes the search engine even smarter. But much of what Google does with our search queries stays in the background.

If Google were to figure out a way to publicly display all our searches in real time they might give Twitter a run for the money. What they are sitting on is huge.

And I don't mean literally list the searches. Things more interesting than that can be imagined.

Google allows you to search the web. What if Google made it possible for you to also be able to search through searches made through the Google search engine? That would take the lid off. And there is no telling.

And to think Google has had this the entire time.

Twitter Integration Into Google's Search Plus
Google Should Get The Twitter Firehose
Twitter Should Open Up Its API ---- To Google

For example, Google would tell …


Apple Doing Well

Image via CrunchBaseDaily Mail: Apple is now bigger than Microsoft and Google combined - and worth more than the gross domestic product of Sweden
- The tech giant's stock is worth more than the market capitalisations of rivals Google ($196.8bn) and Microsoft ($256.1bn) combined.
- Apple's profits recently passed $1 billion a week and the company now sells a million iPhones a day.
- Apple's stock is worth more than the gross domestic product of Sweden - $458 billion.
- Apple is worth more than all the gold in the American Federal Reserve - $350 billion
- and all the illegal drugs in the world, $321 billion
- sold 37.04million iPhones - its flagship product - and 15.43million iPad tablets, doubling from a year earlier.
- its war chest of cash and securities to almost $100billion - more than enough to plug December's U.S. budget deficit.
- Apple's iPhone business is now bigger than the whole of Microsoft .... The company's smartphone division generated $24.4 bil…

Apple Is Being Unreasonable

Apple Inc. (Photo credit: marcopako )FOSS Patents: Apple requests U.S. preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus based on four high-power patents
The Verge: Apple seeks to ban Samsung's Galaxy Nexus, but it's really going after Android 4.0
CNet: Apple seeks U.S. ban on Galaxy Nexus
The Next Web: Apple moves to ban the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the U.S., attacking Android 4.0 with 4 tough patents
Electronista: Apple's new Samsung lawsuit targets Siri-like search, more
Phandroid: Apple at it again, file injunction request against Galaxy Nexus

This reminds me of the Cold War. The Soviets would threaten to obliterate America. The Americans would threaten to obliterate the Soviet Union. They went back and forth for decades. Finally they came to their senses and started talks to dismantle their nuclear weapons, much of them. But first they achieved Mutually Assured Destruction. As in, both would disappear if either carried out the threat.

Instead of the big compani…