I was there at the Start up Saturday this week end on the 15th of March 2009, yesterday. I had a good time. Little bit of lectures, alot of networking and great fun! Met amazing people and met the ones who I actually know in virtual life. This was my first Startup Saturday. Didn’t except anything much until I went there, I just thought that people from huge companies giving boring lectures blah blah.. but it was surprisingly different! The lectures were simple and clean. No crap or too much of detailed lectures, in simple layman language. Anyone from the audience could ask questions and they were answered.
Showcase of HealthIZen by Anand Anupam, CEO, Healthizen.com
He had already started speaking and I guess I missed the first 10 mins of his talk. ( I was late, as always) He spoke about his website – Helthizen.com and how could it help you manage your health records online. Sometimes it is really difficult to keep your heath test reports safe with you which cost hundreds, probably thousands of rupees. Healthizen helps you to keep a track of your health records and easily share them with your doctor without a hassle of actually going to him. Its not only about sharing your reports with the doctor without visiting it, it is also a safety for your reports and a track record of your health.
Showcase of Skyscape by Makarand Karkare, India Head, Skyscape
This was pretty interesting. Imagine – A phone/computer software which had all the information which was in a medical book. If you have seen a medical book, its consists of 100’s of pages! You need to dig through pages to confirm the medication for your the patient or if you need to refer to something. But Skyscape gets the same book on your finger tips! The software costs the same amount as the book and has the content of the the latest version of the book. Within less than 5 seconds you can have the details about a particular diseases, infection etc just by searching for it. They were actually books converted into softwares!
Talk on Opportunities and Trends in small businesses in Healthcare Industry by Dilip Patil, MD, Cryos International
I shouldn’t be talking about this on my blog lol.. But a little bit of brief would be good enough. He shared his story of being an entrepreneur. He went ahead with some s**** bank stuff yadda yadda! I din’t pay much attention on this. Then he came onto paying your taxes. Quote “If you pay peanuts your going to get monkeys” OMG! People were in a slipt! lol .. I had his question in my about “Could we make money by selling out s*****?” and when his talk was over, someone came up with this question! Yup.. You can actually make money by selling your s*****!! Cryos pays you Rs 500 (roughly $10) per donation! Not bad eh?! 😉 Ok, enough said. I don’t think I should go ahead with this lol
Over all we had a good time! I met Netra, Harish, Freeman (twitter handle), Nishit, Ken, Eklayava, Ankita, Vivek, Annkur, Rajveer and Ankur Mahatma, Prolificd(Twitter Handle), Takkar, Moksh, Arpit, Chhavi, Kristopher, Aditi and Shakti. Phew! Thats a long list of names, I’m glad I remember them.. though almost all! 🙂
The next Startup Saturday is on the 11th of April 2009. It’s a special Startup Saturday and you should attend it! Check out the details on: StartupSaturday.in
By Mohnish On February 12, 2009 11 Comments
We had a complete blast!!! From a 13 year old being our organizer to an extremely talented Hardik being our host, we needed nothing more!! But surprisingly we did have more yet to come; The event was held at the Microsoft Office which was pretty cool!
We entered the MS office and we had Manan(Microsofts biggest fan!) waiting for us there already (This MS freak is before time when its time to visit the MS office.. haha!). We started with some brief introductions. The most amazing thing was Manan’s T-Shirt which had “DOS” printed in the front and “If you can’t change the world, go home” printed behind. Soon joined us Arcopolc and Ankita and we were accompanied by Hardik who had arranged the venue for us(Thanks Hardik!).
The best thing about the Twestival was that no one was staring at each other and we were all enjoying the conversations started by Netra(She is the best topic starter I’ve ever seen!). Then entered 2 beautiful ‘college’ girls, (per Monik) who had a project to take a small interview of the organizer(s). Unfortunately Monik and I had to leave the amazing gossip session for some time and go down for a very small interview. Raul and another dude stepped in one after the other and joined us (Sorry! Don’t remember your name dude.. argh!) We also had Ekalavyab with us who works for an amazing website – Conests2Win.com (Many people must be familiar with this one). Before we started the raffle we had our funny bones tickling and Kunal Sheth entering with Mahafreed.
We continued non stop and there was no one to stop us except that ‘unlucky’ Housie(Raffle) game which was pretty unlucky for many of us out there! haha.. Tweeps were going crazy when they had only one strike offÂ out of a total # of 30 call outs! (LOL @ Ekalavyab.. But you did win the full house huh? :P) The housie game was amazing and we had alot of fun.. 😛
We collected the donations (I don’t know how much! But anyone could donate any amount.. It wasn’t a fixed amount). We still had 15-20 mins to go to end the Twestival officially, guess what?! Rohan dropped in to say ‘Hi’. Hardik had the laptop out and showed us amazing Microsoft Windows Apps like Microsoft Live Writer, MS Gallery etc.Â I loved both of them and downloaded them as soon as I reached home to check them out (Geeky me, LOL)!
It was time to end it now.. Hardik gave us some “Im a Windows 7 PC” stickers for our Laptops/Computers. The stickers were amazing and I’m gonna stick them on my PC soon! =) Before going back home we clicked some snaps outside Windsors gate since clicking pics inside wasn’t allowed. Our star of the day was Monik, our 13 year old orginizer. 😛 The best thing that happened throughout the Twestival was when Monik asked Hardik if Microsoft had any ‘secrets’ – Haha! I was like.. WTF? From DNA to New York Times! (His pic was published in DNA on the 12th of Feb 09 and he wanted it to feature in the 13th Feb 09 NYT Edition by leaking Microsoft’s ‘secret’ 😛 – LOL!)
I would like to end this article by Thanking Hardik, Netra, Monik and all the people who were present there or helped us organize this wonderful event (How can I forget you, Moksh!). I’ll post the pics later if possible – Till then.. Subscribe to my blog and follow me on Twitter 🙂
By Mohnish On February 11, 2009 1 Comment
Hey Guys!! We’re having the Twestival right here in Amchi Mumbai!!
Location: Microsoft Corporation (I) Pvt. Ltd. Windsor, 4th Floor, Off CST Road Kalina, Santacruz (East)
Time: 6:30 PM Sharp! – 8:30 PM
Agenda: Charity and Networking.. Just like a meet up!
This is my first Twitter/internet meet up and I’m very excited about it I hope to see many of you guys there.
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Twestival Mumbai!! Facebook: http://bit.ly/1WPB; Details:Â http://bit.ly/QFb8M; (PLEASE RT)!