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Health: Natural Remedy for Headache

Posted by vishalsinghal on October 22, 2008

Drive headache away! Apply fresh coriander juice on the forehead.


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UK badly hit by Financial turmoil

Posted by vishalsinghal on October 19, 2008

I met a UK girl last night in a party working for KPMG on an assignment in Gurgaon for next 6 months. We exchanged short notes on the effects of global melt down in UK and I was astonished to hear that by end of this month, roughly about 1 million people will be jobless in UK alone. That’s quiet a big number. I wonder when will all this come to an end…

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Survival Strategies for the Startups in Current Financial turmoil

Posted by vishalsinghal on October 15, 2008

You need to build your business, or your portfolio, based on underlying fundamentals that will carry you through good times — and bad.

Here are a few things Bryan Roberts thinks all entrepreneurs should do now:

1) Reaffirm the value-creating milestones for your business.

2) Focus your capital on hitting them in the most efficient way possible.

3) Ensure that your current cash is safe. Is it invested in stable corporate bonds (like GE)? Or is it sitting in financial institutions, even the finance arms of manufacturing companies (like GMAC)? Are your lenders likely to deliver money they have agreed to lend? Do your investors have reserves for future rounds?

4) Look at your burn rate to make sure current expense rates still make sense. This has more urgency for later-stage companies that are selling a product, but those in R&D mode should always be thrifty.

5) Lead. Reaffirm the viability and vision of your company to the troops. This will counterbalance people’s tendencies to worry about their jobs and dreams, even decrease the time spent watching stock tickers.

However, while funding will be harder to come by, there will continue to be capital available for really great companies and good ideas. Keep in mind that many of our greatest companies were founded during, or toward the end of, recessions, among them IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft

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The Top 10 Systems Integrators

Posted by vishalsinghal on October 15, 2008

IDC just published a report that lists of the top 10 systems integration vendors.

Among the findings in the report:

  • Accenture and IBM Global Services are the biggest SI firms in the world and are virtually tied as the industry leaders – there’s less than a 0.01% difference in market share between them.

  • The U.S. market is dominated by Lockheed Martin, CSC, and SAIC, companies that IDC says do a lot of business with the federal government. 
  • Like just about every other market, the first quarters of 2009 should show what kind of affect the current economic turmoil will have on the market.

“Infrastructure improvement, including data center consolidation and virtualization, application consolidation, and data consolidation, was most frequently mentioned by IT executives as a priority aimed at achieving lower-cost and higher-performance IT,” Zaidi said. “Many U.S. IT organizations are already reducing their spending for 2008 and for 2009, with more than half of the executives citing existing negative impact on their budget from the economy. Further, IT executives indicated that funding is moving back to being more centralized, in part for better control and efficiency. However, IDC notes that as far as the strategic SI projects are concerned, the SI market will not slow down per se, as companies continue to carry out mission-critical SI projects.”

I read somewhere that top 50 fortune companies have budgets of $2 billion and if they outsource their infrastructure management, this alone will save them close to $500 million, the savings which cannot be ignored.

Top 10 SI Services Vendors (Worldwide)
(In alphabetical order; based on 2007 market share)

Lockheed Martin
Northrop Grumman
Source: IDC

Top 10 SI Service Vendors (U.S.)
(In alphabetical order; based on 2007 market share)

Lockheed Martin
Northrop Grumman
Source: IDC

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Wi-Fi is going to rule the home networking environment soon…

Posted by vishalsinghal on October 14, 2008

Wi-Fi is going to rule the home/ office networking environment. Read the blog post on

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Fate of Mobile Number Portability in India

Posted by vishalsinghal on October 14, 2008

Check the latest blog post on Fate of Mobile Number Portability in India on

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End of Social Networks…

Posted by vishalsinghal on October 12, 2008

Social networks! Big one may survive but small ones will sooner or later, either close down or will get acquired in cheap by bigger ones. This will be a shock to many who were seeing Facebook as their role model for long now as this week only, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told a German paper last week that the site won’t have a business model for three years. According to him “Growth is primary and revenue is secondary.”  Primafacie, it looks correct too as many people both bloggers and otherwise have been saying for sometime now that starting social networks now or in future will not be a right decision for any new company as this is the game being played by cash rich companies only.

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Health: Weight Loss Recipe

Posted by vishalsinghal on October 6, 2008

Just yesterday I met…an old friend of mine and was astonished to see him. He had completely changed…I mean he seemed to have reduced quiet a bit and most of the flab around his waist had disappeared. I asked him how he did it even while sitting on computer and mobile almost for all days day in and day out in just 2-3 months time and he told me the following recipe…actually a diet plan:

Day 1: Consume all seasonal fruits only except bananas. Recommended one is water melon.

Day 2: Consume only vegetables raw or boiled without spices. Start the day with may be a layered baked potato of medium size with butter.

Day 3: Consume only boiled mixture of vegetables except potatoes, and fruits except bananas.

Day 4: Consume only 8 bananas with 3 glasses of milk in whole day.

Day 5: Consume meat/ 6 tomatoes hamburgers and lots of water.

Day 6: Consume only meat or vegetables (boiled/ baked).

Day 7: Consume brown rice, fruit juice and vegetables raw or boiled.

Repeat this whole schedule for 3 weeks and then take a break for 1 week and then repeat this cycle every month. During this schedule the person should atleast walk every day for 2 kms or do running or brisk walking for a km.

In 2 months time, my friend had lost close to 5kgs. weight which itself is amazing.

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