Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Next OCC Meet on 18th Jan 2009

Jan 09 is definitely by all means a promised month for the startup community & ecosystem - going ahead with the spirit of developing a sustainable startup ecosystem, here are the details of the upcoming OCC meet. If you are new to Open Coffee Club, Bangalore, you can read out a Detailed FAQ about Open Coffee Club Bangalore.

Date: 18 Jan 09
Day: Sunday
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Reach by 10:20 AM)
Venue: CoreObjects, Brigade MLR, #50, Vani Vilas Road, Opp. National College, Basavanagudi, Bangalore, 560 004

Phone: 080 4178 9000

Map: http://www.smallguru.com/occ/gmap.html

Meet Type: Theme Meet / Interactive Guest Meet

Guest: Mr. Neetibodh Agarwal. He has spent most of his professional years (including Novell & CA) in building software products. Currently he contributes to CoreObjects, wearing multiple hats in Delivery, Business Development & Strategy.

You can learn more about him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/neetibodh (fairly descriptive)

Proposed Agenda:

1. Challenges to Entrepreneurs in their pursuit of Building Technology Products.

2. Similarities and differences in Building Consumer & Enterprise Products.

Note: Thankfully the above will be discussed using real life cases as the foundation (without getting into specific company names & details).
Key Points:

1. The above topics are more from an entrepreneurs and founding teams perspective and less from a pure technologist perspective.

2. If you are essentially a non techie but leading or a part of technology driven startup then don't miss the meet. Neeti will share insights on what should be your approach in product development; managing internal / partner / external teams. Also, how to avoid most common mistakes.

3. The above topics are so vast and there is so much to learn from Neeti so suggest the following:

a. Please be on time so that we start at sharp 10:30 AM.

b. It is a theme meet, wide topic, so if you are late, I am afraid - we can't be repeating the already discussed content.

c. Yes the idea is to have a very interactive session but please be brief, to the point and don't hijack the thread or go off-tangent. Take such discussions off-line. Neeti will be available post the talk as well.

d. To save on time, club / bundle similar or closely tied questions so that they get addressed in one go.

If you are planning to attend this meet, do mark your confirmation at http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/1486394.
Also follow OCC Bangalore and important updates & notifications on http://twitter.com/occbangalore

Saturday, January 3, 2009

4th January 2009, OCC Bangalore Meet

Welcome 2009. We are having the first OCC meet of 2009 as per the details below:

Type: Generic Meet

Date: 04 Jan 09

Day: Sunday

Time: 10 AM - 12 PM (Yup we are starting early).

Venue: Name Of Restaurant : ZOE, Location: Indiranagar, Address: No 3790, Opp Dr.Ambedkar College, 7th main Road, Off 100 feet Road, HAL 2nd stage, Indiranagar, Bangalore 560038,

Phone : 080-42115257 / 080-42044101

Directions: Map Attached.

Cover Charge: INR 50 (to be adjusted against beverages and/or snacks that you may like to order).

Do mark your confirmations: http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/1471096

NOTE: Folks who are currently not a part of the mailing list - requesting you to come for couple of meets so that you really get hang of what actually happens at OCC and then you are most welcome to be added to the group.

Don't forget to mark the link (Thanks!):

OCC Bangalore January 2009 Calendar

Happy New Year. Welcome 2009.

Thankfully Jan 09 is already a promised month for our Startup Ecosystem & Community and even more especially for Bangalore.

Taking into account HeadStart on 9th & 10th Jan and Proto.in on 23rd & 24th Jan we will be having the OCC meets on 4th & 18th Jan 09 instead of what otherwise would have been on 11th & 25th Jan 09.

4th Jan, Generic Meet, ZOE restolounge (Indira Nagar).

18th Jan, Theme Meet, Guest: Neetibodh Agarwal. He has spend most of his professional years (including Novell & CA) in building software products. Currently he works with CoreObjects, wearing multiple hats in Delivery, Business Development & Strategy. We are yet to freeze on the topic but it can range from:

a. Building Consumer Products Vs Enterprise Products
b. Building Products in the Security Domain.
c. Learnings from Open Source Development Teams ...

Well for above - the focus will be from an Entrepreneur's perspective and not a pure technologist perspective. You may observe:
http://www.linkedin.com/in/neetibodh and in case of any suggestions for the meet - just let them flow. We are yet to decide the venue for this meet.

We are also conscious of the possible initiatives and detailed road map items for OCC which though were discussed but not executed in 2008. Hopefully we will roll up our sleeves in 2009.

Supernova End 2008 - 28 Dec 08 OCC Meet

Most of us don't come back from an OCC meet and write too much about it. I guess this goes more for Generic Meets and lesser for Theme & Special Meets.

In 2008 we had many generic meets and some of them were really moving in terms of dialogue, content & debate (as well as humour at times). Such was the case for the last meet of 2008 - the one at the new venue ZOE. We had 12 folks as new comers and for few others it was their second meet.

Well Arjun has helped us with his sketch of the meet: http://arjunram.com/2008/12/31/open-coffee-club-bangalore-december-event/

At times I get amazed to see frequently new faces, time and again people come after few months and talk about their absence and most importantly nothing sounds better than people sharing - I heard about OCC just 30 - 60 minutes ago and here I am.

Well the above has been the reason of some cheer and smiles in 2008.