• What are you signing up for when you do Fixed bid, Time & Material contracts?

    In the last 10 years, very little has changed in terms of the understanding of outsourcing, by first generation entrepreneurs. While so much has been said and written about the enterprise outsourcing space, the dissemination of knowledge and best practices has hardly percolated to SMBs, Startups and to some extent,…

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  • Big Data – Choosing a consulting vendor for your pilot projects

    2013 could be the year when even mid-market firms have Peta bytes of data and their relational database systems start to fail them on real-time decision making. If you are the CIO of one such organization and is planning to do a pilot on Big Data, this article is for…

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  • Happy Holidays!

    Another year comes to a close. Well, its not ‘yet another year’ for us. This December 31, marks the completion of our first year of operations. We could make you cringe by pulling a PR spin on how we were the bestest to happen since sliced bread. But then, it’s…

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  • Build Operate and Transfer – The India Perspective

    We were recently involved in advising a high-growth energy startup in Texas, on a ‘Build – Operate – Transfer’ initiative in India. Some of our experiences are directly relevant to many startups / product firms that are trying to establish presence in India. For many service providers ‘Build Operate Transfer’…

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  • Gartners, Forresters and Dinosaurs

    [tweetherder]Being an analyst is a sexy thing[/tweetherder]. You are courted by sell-side firms. They need the attention of analysts, to get into their next quarterly review. Buy-side firms rely on the ‘close to the market’ promise of these analysts. The notion of single source aggregation of information is dated. -[tweetherder] The world’s…

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  • Being a business founder!

    It sucks. It sucks ass if you are the only founder and you just don’t code. At least, this is what conventional wisdom about startups has taught us. Nothing is more important for a founder than being able to make the right decisions at an appropriate time, to propel their…

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  • The rebirth of solution architects

    [tweetherder]The cost and returns of outsourcing are always measured in comparison to building software or running processes within an organization[/tweetherder]. The returns often justify and its been an easier sell for most outsourcing agencies so far. With the ‘app economy’ taking over, with an app for everything, the standard insource…

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  • The Great Startup Robbery!

    (This Initiative for select startups  is closed) Are you a startup that is looking to build your product through an external agency? Head to ContractIQ for pre-curated list of agencies (look for ‘validated agency’ icon). Once you found your shortlist, write to us. For select startups with great potential, we shall offer…

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  • Guest Post – Service Desk Outsourcing for startups – When to handover?

    Times have indeed changed. Rather than hanging out with friends at a bar or a local café, everybody socializes using the most popular social networks like Facebook and Twitter. And coffee itself has become less of a morning “waker-upper” and more of an “en vogue” drink. The same changes can…

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  • Getting where you need to be: The Pros & Cons of External Development Agencies

    A guest post by Derek Juang (M.D.) – Cofounder and CTO – Docphin Inc. One of the biggest challenges we found as an early stage startup was in developing all of the great new ideas we had with limited resources.  In the early stages of our company, we had a…

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