Category Archives: Social Networks

Of Marc, Mark and free Internet.

The Internet has been on fire for the past 24 hours after well respected Silicon Valley VC Marc Andreessen opined on the Indian regulatory ruling against Facebook’s Free Basics program. As someone who admires Marc for his global perspective, I do believe he is anti-colonialist and respects India and what the country has to offer […]

Movers and Shakers in Tech in 2015 – Part 2

Last week, I wrote the first part of a two-part series on how the tech industry fared in 2015. In this second and concluding segment, I take a look at the big incumbents- the Goliaths in their respective domains and how they fared in 2015. This also serves as a good setup to my next post- key […]

Payments 2.0: Facebook Payments, Apple Pay and Google Wallet – Sending money on Messaging platforms

Over the past few months, I have been trying to put together a series of articles on the changing face of payments. I have a bunch of drafts sitting in a place without a cohesive thread to wrap it with. This week’s announcement of Facebook launching its own Payments service acted as a catalyst for […]

Technology Trends in 2015 – Part 1

Happy New Year to all my readers. 2014 was an eventful year from a technology standpoint in that a lot of pieces of the puzzle started coming together. Technology innovation continued its blistering pace and companies big and small have thrived in this growth era. 2015 will hopefully continue that streak and here is the first […]

Wearables 2.0: Impact on social networking

This is the second part in my multi-part series on the second coming of wearables. The first wave of wearables (read watches and simple fitness trackers) were focused more on the experience and less on social interaction. The second wave of wearables spearheaded by Android Wear and the long rumored iWatch will bring more muscle […]

The $19 billion messaging app

A couple of years ago (long time by Internet standards), I prognosticated the death of SMS in its original cellular operator driven version. My argument was that mobile OS driven messaging experiences like iMessage, Google Hangouts and Facebook Messenger would make it affordable (almost free) for people to exchange messages instead of paying the $5-$10 […]

Facebook Home- First impressions

Facebook recently announced its latest and arguably biggest mobile initiative in the form of Facebook Home. I had a chance to install the service on a Galaxy S3 Android handset and here are my first impressions What is Facebook Home? Facebook Home is an Android launcher which replaced the traditional Android home screen with a Facebook […]

Facebook’s Graph Search

Facebook formally announced their Google Search competitor, “Graph Search” today. The interestingly titled product (to go with Facebook’s Open Graph) is expected to roll out over the next few weeks across the world and will be in beta for a while. Mark Zuckerberg took pains to separate the product from Google Search but Google and […]

Dropbox and Evernote: Two cloud pioneers waiting to be bought

The cloud revolution is very much being televised and we the consumers have a ringside view of all the action. I am calling it now- Evernote and Dropbox, two incredibly valuable and still private startups based out of the Silicon Valley will be part of a heated acquisition battle sooner than later. The battle will […]

Google and Apple- A tale of two keynotes

This not a flame bait post. I have stayed away from writing this post because I didnt want to sound partisan, one way or the other. I love Apple products. I cant live without Google’s awesome services. I have never worked for either of them. So consider this an unbiased opinion. Until about 9 months […]