In a planned series of interviews with Indian entrepreneurs, here is the first one. I got in touch with Kishore, an old friend and associate, and talked to him about his venture fullhyd.com.

Introduction

In your own words, who are you and what is your business?
fullhyd.com is a local content and local search company, currently focusing on Hyderabad, India, and planning to scale to all Indian cities soon. We help people find comprehensive details about various businesses and services in their neighbourhood, and help them interact with the businesses, and with each other about the businesses.
We also cover life in the city – events, movies, shopping & sales – and serve as a local community organizer, apart from being a guide for tourists.
Our revenue/business is focused on providing unprecedentedly low-cost advertising solutions to small and medium business enterprises, by helping them reach customers in their neighbourhood, and pay for just that.
How did you come up with the idea for your business?
Through reading about the Internet and the way it is likely to evolve. I felt geographic communities are quite likely to be big.
Is this your first business?
Yes.

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Spent the last couple of days looking at Javafx, Sun’s response to Silverlight and Flex. It is an interesting mix of ideas. Clearly inspired by dynamic languages as well as Silverlight. Maybe Flex as well, but I couldn’t tell as I have not tried Flex.

Things I liked:
  • Type inference: Could have been better, but I will take this any day over the verbose Java alternate
  • Binding: In fact this is a great thing. Two way binding and binding with expression.
  • Triggers: Need to explore more, but shows promise.
  • Timelines: This along with the exceptional support for multimedia will help in creating the next killer app.
  • Collections: You can iterate over collections in SQL like syntax which,to me, looks better than LINQ.
  • Strings and Dates: Finally they get treated with the respect they deserve, since most of the time one is juggling text and dates.
Things I am meh about:
  • Declarative UI design: I believe UI design is best left to designers (software not people)
  • Using all the available brackets: All examples look like they have used up every possible punctuation mark
    :,=,{},[],(),;
  • Init vs. assignment: The ambiguity on where to use a variable : value and where to use a variable = value

Overall looks good and I am going to spend some time learning the innards of Javafx.

Finally, what I will like to see guidance on how patterns will evolve to address this new form of development. I immediately see a lot of older patterns not longer needed like Singleton, Visitor Pattern, Lazy Loading, Thread Pool Pattern, Observer Pattern and more. Similarly we need to recalibrate a few like the MVC, MVP patterns.

Did my very first podcast with a group of friends. You can read more and comment about it at the techno-cast site.

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Is it a brave new step to boldly go where no web giant has gone before, or merely a mashup of pre-existing tools? An attempt to capture some enterprise market share or to fundamentally change the way the Internet works? Will we see massive gains in worker productivity or the advent of real-time spam from Nigeria? We discuss!

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Hi, this is Hitesh. I am here to talk about stuff I like. How do I know what I like? Well I asked myself the same question and like any true geek looked at the data at hand to decide. So I analysed my bookmarks at delicious and the three areas that interest me way beyond others are programming, education and entrepreneurship.

Thus the focus of this blog will remain these three areas of my interest. My plan is to add at least one post per week, let’s see how it goes.

Once again, Hello world!