Wednesday, November 5, 2008

TiE Entrepreneurial Summit (TES 08)

We at Open Coffee Club Bangalore are proud to announce our close association with TiE for TiE Entrepreneurial Summit (TES 08) to be held at Hotel Grand Ashok, Bangalore on 16, 17 & 18 Dec 08.

We request you to spare some time on and make yourself familiar with the upcoming event. The short of it is - TES is Asia's largest Summit that will be bringing together a galaxy of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, policy makers, academia, industry, thought leaders and other major stake holders. TES 2008 will focus on retail, real estate, hospitality, healthcare, education, aerospace, manufacturing, fashion, social entrepreneurship, cleantech, mobile and financial services.

The registration for the event is now open and there are early bird offers as well. "OCC B’lore Members" get to avail same rates as TiE members which are lower than that for non-members.

Till the run-down to the above event, OCC Members will get more updates / mailers on the OCC mailing list and do feel free to contact OCC facilitators in case you need more information.

OCC Members are welcome to connect with Shashi Kiran, key official at TiE Bangalore. You can write to Shashi on or buzz him at 98450 18124.

Some of you may recall that Shashi was present in the 3rd Aug 08 OCC Hooeey Meet and shared with you more about TiE activities. Starting with this event, we hope going forward OCC B’lore will have more synergies with TiE.

Hope TES 08 and TiE-OCC partnership really helps some of you. Do make some use of it.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Upcoming OCC meet on 3rd August


Well we are already looking forward to an interesting OCC meet on 3rd Aug 08 and it just seems to get bigger.

Vijay Anand of, Sameer Gulgani of Morpheus Venture Partners, Anjana Vivek of VentureBean, Anjana Kaul of Footprint ventures, Ganesh Rengaswamy (Ex-Greylock) are all likely to be there (and maybe one more surprise guest).

Note: Sameer Gulgani and Anjana Vivek have also been our previous guests at OCC.

Post our interactive session with Rajeev (as outlined in the mail attached below), the above mentioned folks will be all ears to whatever you have to share, ask, inquire. They will help you with your mixed bag of queries across topics, do some creative problem solving and nurture cross-pollination of ideas.

On an another note: We are also likely to have Amit Pande – one of the key organizer for Dcamp 2.0 and hopefully Shashi Kiran from TiE Bangalore.

Request you to make most of the opportunity and contribute as well. Given that we have more on our plate we will increase the duration of the gathering: 10:30 AM – 01:00 PM.

For everyone’s convenience: Please be on time and do mark:



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From: Amarinder Gurdev Singh
Sent: Sunday, July 27, 2008 2:37 PM
To: Bangalore OCC
Subject: Next OCC Meet - 3rd Aug 08: Interaction with Second Time Entrepreneur


For the first time in OCC Bangalore we have an interesting situation – where our featured guest is also keen to be our host. Cheers!

Ladies & Gentlemen – this coming Sunday we will be meeting with Rajeev K Purnaiya. Rajeev had most of his higher education in US (a B.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the University of Alabama and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University).

Rajeev was the Founder and Managing Director of CyberBazaar, India's first and largest conferencing company. After selling CyberBazaar to WebEx, Inc., he was the Managing Director of WebEx India until mid-2005.

Subsequently, Rajeev has gone back to entrepreneurship and has recently launched – “hooeey” – which helps you manage your browsing productivity. You may learn more at:

We will interact with Rajeev on the following points:

- Rajeev’s initial days and the first ideas / plans / thoughts on wanting to be an entrepreneur

- Experience of launching & building CyberBazaar. It’s acquisition by WebEx

- Ideas behind “hooeey” and the product launch. More discussion on the product as well.

- Transition from a Telecom Venture to a Web Based Product.

- Experiences, lessons and other points which the group may want to learn from Rajeev

Folks you are welcome to register and actually use for a while before the meet. This will enable you to give feedback to Rajeev and his team. Though we are not keen to do a hooeey’s demo but couple of members from product team will be available to help you - in case you want to look at the product and talk more tech, usability and other points. As the meet is in their office – we will have access to some desktops, internet.

Here are the Logistics:

Date: 3rd Aug 08

Day: Sunday

Time: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Venue: Principal Axis, 34/1 Crescent Road, Bangalore, 560 001.

Office Board Line: 4126 6279/80/81 (request you to call the front desk in this week and make sure you get the directions correct so as to avoid delays on Sunday)


Beverages & Cookies: Hospitality from Hooeey’s team.

Please mark your confirmations on this link (this is a must, thanks):



Thursday, May 1, 2008

Words of Wisdom from Ram Shriram

Cross posted from Technofriends.

Ram Shriram, Founding board member of Google and also the founder of Sherpalo Ventures is always a pleasure to listen to. Ram was one of the early investors in Google and therefore is also termed as the Warren Buffet of Internet Business.

In one of the recent interviews to CNBC-TV18, Ram Shriram had the following advice for budding entrepreneurs.
  • Come up with an idea which sounds Value.
  • Get a great team to work with you on this Value rich idea.
  • Follow up with great execution. He says this is the point wherein many teams FAIL.
  • Spice it up with a good business model. Ram also goes on to says that this is secondary.

So in short what Ram says is “Happy End Users lead to Happy Advertisers which in turn directly refers to Revenues and Profits “.

Thanks Ram Shriram for sharing that with us.



Sunday, April 27, 2008

Meet Summary ( Co-Founders) ; 27th April 2008

Open Coffee Club Bangalore meets up every alternate Sunday to discuss about Entrepreneurship. The group focuses on working at the grass root level by giving a platform to Entrepreneurs, Wannabe Entrepreneurs and Venture Capitalists connect with each other. The theme of the meet today was Co-Founders, a topic often discussed and thought about individuals planning to venture out.

Close to 25 people turned up at 11 AM today, to discuss about Co-founders and also share their experiences on this subject while working on their idea/ venture. The group aimed to discuss about the various parameters which one should look in a Co-Founder and how co-founders can actually make or break the success of the Startup.

Prateek Dayal who is also the co-founder of Muziboo, a music sharing website, described his experience while working on his previous venture. The core points which Prateek focussed on as part of the characteristics of co-founders were around the seriousness of taking the startup to the next level; making your startup big. Prateek also discussed about the benefits of starting out alone and eventually looking for a co-founder.

Rakesh who also happens to be the Co-Founder of Crederity Inc. also shared his thoughts on Commitment and expectations within the co-founders. Harsha, another regular at OCC and the co-founder of Adventure described his process of starting up right after the college. Harsha says " When co-founding, Dont let the ego come in between and respect the co-founder as an individual human being" . He believes a co-founder should have the courage and the aura to take the task to the finish line.

Rahul whose company works in the Mobile space, went ahead to add to the discussion. He said " Commitment, Accountability, Focus and Openness towards feedback are the parameters one should look in a co-founder". He also added and i quote " Arguments within the co-founders in a startup is not a bad sign. Its a healthy sign and helps remove the blockages. Such startups tend to fight out to success". His thoughts were well appreciated by the group.

Amongst the others who also shared their views on this topic were Vimali Swamy, from SiliconIndia.

The takeaway of this meet was pretty straight " Perfect Harmony between the co-founders might not happen, but success has to happen. Ensure that conflict is handled in a way that it leads to success in the end."

The next Open Coffee Club Bangalore meet shall happen on 10th May 2008, Sunday. Stay tuned to the group and Open Coffee Club Blog ( for further details.

Helping laymen become technology enthusiast at

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Next Open Coffee Club meet to be held on 27th April 2008.

The details for the next OCC meet are as follows:

Date: 27 Apr 08
Time: 11 AM – 1 PM
Venue: CoreObjects
Brigade MLR, #50, Vani Vilas Road, Opp. National College, Basavanagudi,
Bangalore, Karnataka 560004


Agenda: Co-founders: Wish List Vs Reality

Immediate action from your end: Kindly mark your confirmations:

Note: In order to have a really meaningful dialogue – requesting all startups (with more than one founder, or key members at helm) to be surely present at the meet.

Monday, April 14, 2008

OCC Meetup Summary: 13th April 2008

It was a bright, sunny and pretty warm morning and what added to the warmth was the turnup of around 20 enthusiastic people for the 13th April meetup at Ta`am Restaurants.

Notable discussions were centred around ventures like CommonFloor , B-Box ( website yet to be announced) and Retailmalee .

The next OCC Bangalore Meet shall happen on 27th April 2008. Stay tuned for updates with regards to the venue and the agenda of the meet.

Helping laymen become technology enthusiast at

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Next Open Coffee Club Meetup on 30th March 2008, Sunday

The next OCC meet shall be held on 30th March 2008, Sunday from 11a.m to 1p.m. at

St. Mary's Boys Orphanage,
2nd Cross, D'costa Layout,
Cooke Town, Bangalore 560 084
(google map will follow)

We will have Mr. Ramesh Jude Thomas with us. You can find the profile
of Mr. Ramesh in the attachment.

Mr.Ramesh is the CEO of EQUITOR Management Consulting P Ltd., the first and probably the only management consultancy in India focusing on brands as lead business assets. Amongst his key professional contributions is having led the first known Strategic Brand Valuation in India which was for Titan Industries Ltd. Followed by the valuation of the TATA brand.

Mr. Ramesh's lectures are attended by very high profile CEO's, and he has lectured at the CII, IIM B and various other forums of repute.

It is fortunate that he will be with us on 30th. Let us learn a bit about branding.

For those of you who are not the member of the group but would be interested in being a part of the meet, please drop in to the venue on Sunday and register yourself. The membership to this group is Free.


Sunday, March 16, 2008

Meetup Sumaary: 16th March 2008

It was definitely a good meetup yesterday,16th March 2008 Sunday. A group of close to 50+ people turned up for the Open Coffee Club meet at CoreObjects. As known the agenda for this meet was centered around OpenCommune and NEN Startup Jobs.

Venkat Ramana, C.E.O of Outsmart360 started with his talk on OpenCommune and the idea/inspiration behind it. He went on to discuss the existing gaps in the present office space ecosystem. Venkat has been working on the idea of OpenCommune since sometime now and it was great to hear him replying back to some interesting questions passed on by the fellow members. Below are some of the questions raised by the group:

  • The fees for this entire service? As per Venkat, Outsmart has some 8 desks to rent out and he plans to keep the fees for that at a bare minimum of 1500rs per desk.
  • How come the fees is so damn low? This is not a commercial offering, its an offering aimed at growing the community.
  • What happens if the startup company gets a big project and/or needs to hire more people for its requirements? The OpenCommune desk space will be based on a charter which shall be able to take care of this scenario.

In brief the idea of OpenCommune is still new in India and is gaining traction with this initiative of Venkat which he plans to keep on the lines of OpenSource.

Also, Shalin Mantri from NEN Startup Jobs was present at the meet to talk about this new initiative being taken up by NEN. NEN Startup Jobs is still nascent and the purview of its activities is still not finalized in full and therefore i wont talk much about it here. I believe when its all set to launch, Shalin being a member of the group list, shall announce it himself :)

All in all, it was exciting and awe inspiring to have a good turnout of people for the meet. Hoping to catch up with more of you on 30th March, Sunday. Stay tuned for further info's with regards to the same.

Also, if you are blogging about yesterday's event; do share the link here.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Next OCC meet on 16th March, Sunday.

Its time to announce the date and venue for the next OCC Bangalore meet.

Below are the next meet details:

Date: 16th March 2008
Timings: 11AM-1PM

: CoreObjects
Brigade MLR, #50, Vani Vilas Road, Opp. National College, Basavanagudi,
Bangalore, Karnataka 560004
(Yahoo! Maps, Google Maps)


1.) Shalin Mantri from NEN ( National Entrepreneurs Network) shall walk us through the concept of NEN Startup Jobs. Being closely associated with Stanford Technology Venture Program, Shalin will bring his perspective and observations of how things work in Stanford (by far one of the most successful institutes in terms of the number of successful startups it has churned out) and the steps/initiatives being taken by NEN to address some of the prevailing issues in the startup ecosystem.

2.) Earlier during the week, we introduced, OpenCommune as a concept, taking it further, we shall have Venkat Ramana ( CEO, Outsmart360) helping us understand this by addressing the various queries being posted over the group.

Action Item:

For those of you planning to attend the meet, kindly mark your confirmations at

Hoping to catch up with you all

Sunday, February 17, 2008

OCC Meet, Core Objects ,17th February, 2008

Today we had Sameer and Nandini of MadHouse/Seventymm with us.

Sameer and Nandini happen to be a married couple ( “We happen to be”, when asked how difficult is managing personal Vs. Entrepreneurship! )
So there was a very interesting case, both of them working in plush, cushy jobs in Silicon valley, come down to India for Sameer’s Brother’s marriage, way ahead of their actual intentions of settling in India, or a Venture , for that matter.
Now, there’s a twist, may be that’s why Sameer calls it an accident, “ The visa application gets rejected”, and Woops, not that they cannot find a job here in India, but yes, they seriously begin to think about being entrepreneurs.
Prior to this, Sameer, and Nandini had shot two short films, both in silicon valley , and when they sat down to really evaluate the entire film rental business model, that did come handy, because of their taste in Movies, and Media.

Nandini also happens to be a Mass Communication Graduate, so she worked on the operations, and Communication Management aspect of it.

In the Initial days, they hunt for VC’s , and with a support from family and friends, they kick-Start, and call it Madhouse. A place where you can rent a DVD, legally, Now that’s something really amazing, you get the finest print, and you get precisely what you want, not just browse from the catalogue and make a ,” ok, I will have this , then “, decision.
So that is Madhouse. As Nandini talks about what goes beyond it, I am not only mesmerised by the beauty with which she elaborates the details , the pain points, and how they got the staff to work for them, in the initial few months, when even they were cash Crunch.

Then, Sameer takes over, and tells that what really worked for them, is that they treated their staff, as not just Delivery Boys, or say call centre executives (They had this business model, where one could just call from home, and order the DVD’s , and that would be delivered by their field staff.)

He says, that their Staff was more of a family, and eventually it was like, “this team”, getting more people to work for them. Sameer mentions, may be because he never treated them as staff in first place, which was because of his own experiences in his firm, and how he believed people deserve to be treated.
I Guess, that’s how people, get that kick, because money is one thing, but there’s a lot more that goes in making a business model work, it is the rapport which one builds within the team, the ego less person one portrays to be. To this he adds, “By creating a world inside, we were able to compensate for the glitz and fatty pay cheques around the market.’

Nandini interrupts, adding, “If you are ready to get your begging bowl out, you are ready to hit the road, don’t assume people to trust you, when you are doing your venture, and not taking it seriously yourself. People say, “let’s keep it for weekends, but how effective is that? , it is like you are standing on a bridge and you are not letting it go, then how does a VC trust you , for you always have an “OPTION”, to fall back on, if this fails, so if something has to work, it has to work as soon , as you are prepared about the Idea. “

To this, Venkat, CEO, OutSmart360 adds, “There will always be this dilemma , of taking your interest further, and of taking that pay cut, and knowing that you have a whole lot of team to pay, for the current month, and then, think about the cash flows of next month, and only then, can you even imagine to take a pay check home. “

Entrepreneurship, like business is more of learning, relearning, and Nandini claims that may be because they did not have stereotypes about the way Business is run, it really helped.

What both Nandini and Sameer stressed was, the importance of creating a good interpersonal relationships, with the customers, their own team, and how his earlier experiences eventually mapped on to creating a conductive culture in their own venture.
They also mention an incident where a staff got in touch with a friend, who eventually got in some VC funding, now that’s what all rapport is all about. More so, it’s also about marketability, and giving the perfect package, you can; which translates to, if a customer does not like your idea in the first 10 minutes, chances are that, he would never really like it. So you have to make that impact, and then hit the chord right.

Then they also touch about the laws of preferential investment, in terms of the process, when they got acquired by Seventymm.

After this we turn the tables to the VC on board , Abhishek from Erasmic, and he briefs about why VC’s reject ideas.

Vc’s are answerable for other’s money ! Say, Google Lmt. , or Amazon is putting in money, along with the private investors,they not only want their money to go in safe ands, with pledge giving a good ROI , (20-30% ), but more so, a VC is answerable to a lot of questions, if one venture they invest in, does not kick. So they identify all the risks, and then set every thing in place.

Abhishek , did a good job of pulling over the “Evil VC”, to a “Considerate VC “ image .

We also had couple Aishwaraya and Ishwar , both IIMB Grads, discussing their Idea, about a Web based solution for ecommerce, and we did a lot of jamming, I somehow had the feeling, that they were taking my suggestions positively , so I kept speaking, and we then talked about making it a better lot, and the USP factor.

Then we break from the table as all of us are overwhelmed with the Gyan.

If you have been reading all this, you probably hit this page, because you really have an entrepreneur mind, so do drop by for the next meet, who knows, we might have a new start up traversing its journey, a story that all of us would love to hear.

We will be pleased to have you drop by for a little fun over coffee, the next meet..

See you there!

Ekta Grover
Stay Hungry , Stay Foolish.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

How-To: Register for OCC Bangalore

As the OCC meet day starting nearing, my phone starts ringing with calls from people ( usually the first timers) seeking venue details, details with regards to the registration and some even enquiring about the dress code ;)

Well, for the information of all those who are interested in OCC but dont have any idea about the next steps, i am putting below a two step process for registering for Open Coffee Club @Bangalore.

1.) Enter the URL into the address bar of your browser. The page displayed is the official BangaloreOCC groups page. Click on the link " Join this group".

2.) Enter the requested details and also an appropriate reason for your interests in this group. Hit Submit and wait for your request to be approved.

If you are already a member of the group and would like to show up for the next meet on 17th Feb @ Coreobject, please do mark your confirmations at

Hoping to catch you all there.
Helping laymen become technology enthusiast at

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Guest factor, OCC Feb 17th, 2008

On the upcoming edition of OCC we will have Sameer Guglani & Nandini Hirianniah from Madhouse / Seventymm with us to share their rich experiences from their entrepreneurial journey

Sameer and Nandini are a married couple, entrepreneurs, and both enthusiastic bloggers.

As I choose to write about , them, I did some R&D through their respective Blogs.After all people are what they think about the world around them !

While Sameer’s blog talks of issues like,
Start up essentials , law of learning, openness to expressing the same (This I found very Interesting, ”Share the Idea,But only enough! “),
Customer Satisfaction,Experience,and Friendly Interface (I am deriving parallels from other topics.),Managing the risks, and Making Fearless decisions,and of course acting courageously on the same.
What amuses me, is the way he descibes the decisions, a strong Vs. a weak, and how a critical decision, becomes a weak one, if it takes a lot of time in acting upon the same.

He describes Performance as a Race Against Time, where a venture is set to meet its expectations, Either to stand up to the Investors confidence, or to get the Funding in the first place.

His Blog page can be read at:

Nandini on the other hand talks about issues such as,Taaree Jameen Par, the Bangalore Traffic , Honesty, Why movies do not do justice to a book (Harry Potter, and why it doesn’t come up to a reader’s Expectations),and the like.

Her Blog page can be read at:

About Seventymm :
Its all about Movies, and Indulgence.
I was happy to learn that someone takes fun Seriously !

Seventymm can be observed at:

Looking Forward to knowing more of you, and a rich Learning Experience at the OCC meet this Sunday, 17th Feb’2008@ Core objects!

See you there..

Ekta Grover

Friday, February 8, 2008

Next OCC meet on 17th Feb

During the last OCC meet held on 3rd Feb, we discussed about lots of things regarding betterment of OCC and one of the point discussed was regarding the timelines for publishing of dates and venue for next OCC meets.

Going ahead, OCC venue and timings shall always be published minimum 7 days before the actual meet giving enough time for interested OCC members to plan.

Below are the details with regards to the next meet.

Venue: CoreObjects
Brigade MLR, #50, Vani Vilas Road, Opp. National College, Basavanagudi,
Bangalore, Karnataka 560004
(Yahoo! Maps, Google Maps)

Timings: 11AM- 1PM

For those of you interested, do confirm your presence at

Stay tuned for more ...
Helping laymen become technology enthusiast at

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

About Us..

OCC is just the forum you were looking for, if you want to know the A-Z of entrepreneurship, more so , if you wish to hear it from people who made it.

The key is that when we say “Open”, we mean it to the core.
And precisely that is why we have kept it so simple, if you have an idea, Push it forth, and we will take care of the rest.

At OCC like minded people come, and share their vision and everyone has a Take away, at the end of the day. Effectively, there is so much that can be learnt from the first hand experiences of people who have succeeded, but more so from people who are struggling, what the pain points are, what is the kind of revenue model that can be aimed at in this ever booming economy, and an endless other areas, you bring it forth, we will discuss about it.

Like an Idea-Jam, we practice the Six Thinking Hats, More so, in an informal way (Don’t be carried away, by my High end Methodology!)
Why the Six Hats, because, each one of us, tends to add on r contribute from a different Perspective all together, which means, while we practice this brainstorming, we actually simulate a board room milieu , where even if your idea guns down, you tend to admire it, because, the sooner you take the Risks into account, the better, it is.

Effectively, we believe in the famous Computer Networks principle, KISS, “Keep It Simple Stupid”

February 3rd, Core Objects..

This weeks OCC meet was at Core Objects, Basavnagudi.

We bunch of Unconventi’es started out by trying to chalk out a theme, and just then we identified we had a lawyer on board.
So, Sharda Balaji ,Cofounder and director NovoJuris, touched upon a few ‘legal’ aspects that need to be taken care of.
To begin with, there are some legal key issues that “start ups” often tend to ignore. These are:

Why shell out the money right away when things can wait?

The start ups are always unwilling to shell out money, for the simple reason being they want to keep the costs low. It is very difficult to hire a good lawyer or legal consultant, and the entrepreneurs often have reservations about every penny, they think can be saved. So they try to do all the running around themselves. Right from getting the venture registered, to getting the Pan card ,the current account .While if they were to seek some professional legal advice, they could devote more energy towards working on the Idea, rather than setting up everything in place.(The work-Environment)
What entrepreneurs fail to realise is that time lost is not money lost alone, but is like losing the ‘Zen’ or the energy.


When entrepreneurs seek out angel funding or venture capital, or partnerships, they are more focused towards hitting the deal, so they often end up overlooking the catches, which a law firm professional would analyse from strategic perspectives.
The truth is that a Start up needs a legal advice or consulting right from the day when the registration is done, to its entire process of emanating.
Hence one should avoid doing all the juggling by one self and should definitely not overlook this aspect, so as to avoid future liabilities and setbacks.

Having said that we moved to the “Clinical Session”. This session is ideally for anyone who is “In” for an idea and is thinking to hit the road very soon, or has already hit it.

We discuss the painpoints , say from challenges in Marketing and advertising , to risk Management, to Customer discoverability, and surprisingly the loopholes in the Idea Itself!
For eg, we had a Idea on “Retail Management”, and this followed a good amount of brainstorming.

If you have an Idea, you have to groom it. Putting on different Hats, because you were the one who thought about it in the first place, so most probably , your Business Model will be overly Optimistic. But that‘s now how things work in a real domain. You will always have competition, and because they have hit the market before you, they will always have an advantage, unless you have identified that there are some gaps or solutions that your Idea can fill, which is what prompts the customer to come to you.

We had Sameerkanth, from NEN, who talked about different aspects of entrepreneurship, and how NEN is different from TIE and Pan India.
We then talked about the challenges and what is the vision of NEN. Noteworthy here is the fact that NEN is a Not for Profit Organisation, which is managed by the Wadwa Foundation.

We also had a reporter from Mint with us, Namitha, who writes on Venture capitalists, and she brought out some important points, as to why Start ups are not covered so well in and why Venture capitalists get an upper hand.
What everyone admired was the fact that she said “I would love to cover a story of a start up fighting against all odds, rather than a story which all journalists pen down in tomorrow’s newspaper.’
Now that was it, leave alone the fact that she was young (Read, Unconventional), but what was interesting here is, that we have never commercialized OCC, as the name says, “Open”, is the key.
So, interesting here is that, in spite of not having Branded OCC to this extent, she was there, not to report the event, but to know, what actually goes behind ‘Making It’,
Now this speaks volume about OCC and its image in general.

Towards the end we wrapped up the day with, a pledge, to support and promote Entrepreneurship.

All in all, just the place to look out for every Alternate Sundays.

See you there!
Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Bangalore OCC Facilitators

Open Coffee Club is just the place where prospective Entrepreneurs meet, discuss their ventures, or Ideas, and Groom them.

We have a team of 5 Enthusiasts, who keep pushing to give OCC the zeal it requires to forge ahead, and push forth the best of the Ideas.
More so, We believe, that to learn what sells, you have to listen to people about their painpoints, afterall Every venture passes through all the stages,Be it, Incubating the Idea, to actually taking the call, and Hitting the Road.

The Facilitators :

Ramjee Ganti

Ramjee is a techie, all right.But more so he is an individual who wishes to break past the Monotonous chores of the otherwise technical front(i.e. a Techie Job), and wishes to plunge into his own venture some day.
Besides,Ramjee is a heath freak, and likes to run, Marathons. Speak of heath, and you would find him giving away “Gyan”, for hours!In his words,"If you are not well, all things are on the backseat anyway! ". His blogs can be read at


Vaibhav Pandey

Vaibhav is working as a Software Developer with SAP Labs, Bangalore. Vaibhav is a blogger and technology enthusiast. Apart from blogging he loves to play Badminton,is creative,and likes to meet new people. Vaibhav wants to start his own venture someday.
His blogs can be read at:


Amarinder Singh

Amarinder is currently on sabbatical between two entrepreneurial ventures. After making all possible mistakes in starting & running a niche virtual BPO (for 18 months) company, he is happy & excited to continue his learning in CoreObjects. On the personal front he is ever evolving but still to come a full circle.


Ekta Grover

Ekta is working as a Associate Software developer in VMware. She likes to read, and write, blogs, poetry, short stories. In her words, “I am lost, and do not know what I want to do with my life, but I know, what I do not want to do to it. Expecting OCC to help Rediscover the Creative me..”. She believes, that to listen to your voice, you have to break from the Chorus first.

Contact :

Sailen Kumar

Sailen as of now is a Techie, he loves to read, writes a lot and Virtually drinks technology. He is politician by heart(Read Multitasking [:D]).In near future, with couple of friends, he plans to to launch a "on the web " Applications. Apart from technology & Politics he likes to watch/play football and TT.