Thursday, November 3, 2016

Silicon Valley, 2.0.

After spending about 2.5 years in the Seattle area, I'm back in Silicon Valley, in Northern California. Seattle region is a good place to be; some people even have called it the next Silicon Valley. The lush greeneries everywhere throughout the year have even provided a tag line for Washington State: The Evergreen State.

Why this turnaround?

Sunday, April 3, 2016

From a Future Owner of a Tesla Model 3.

Everyone has a reason to buy, or acquire, what they wish for.

Most of the things we buy routinely are the ones that we need in our daily lives: groceries, clothes, ...

And, then, we have the big-ticket items such as homes, cars, ... Note that some of these big ticket items, we don't have to buy; we can rent. Cars are more of a necessity in some parts of the world although, if the Ubers and Lyfts and have their way, even those can be rented as need arises. (There are taxis, of course).

Why this long preface?

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Down the Memory Lane at Airlines Hotel, Bangalore.

You listen to an inspiring convocation speech by Nani Palkhivala for your engineering graduation. Commencement, they call it, in America. You move on to go for a celebration dinner. To Airlines Hotel. Masala Dosa, ice cream and the whole bit. The prime mover, and sponsor, for this kind of graduation celebration was my uncle, himself an engineer.

That was January 1972.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

UberX, UberBLACK, UberCHOPPER, UberWEDDING, ... ?

Uber, the Silicon Valley transportation company that recently raised $1.2B at a post-money valuation of $18.2B, has been expanding its services quite frequently, thanks to the capital infusion.

It seems to be expanding everywhere in the world, including in Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India.

The latest service to go online, starting today, is UberWEDDING. The black limousine and the whole bit. So, what could be next?

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Divine Intervention, or Dumb Luck? At the Movies, Whistle.

Prologue

When I arranged my travel plans for Bangalore this summer, I had a vague discomfort that my return departure date was a Friday, July 12, and early in the morning. In spite of the fact that Bangalore visits are always enjoyable, and that you have to return to your Silicon Valley home some time anyway, I figured 23 days was good enough of a break from Silicon Valley. However, there was some nagging, indescribable, dissatisfaction.

Why?