Any entrepreneur in Sri Lanka though, must face up to the limited market size – locally. I believe there is huge opportunity to completely bypass online in Sri Lanka and focus on a mobile only (or mobile first) strategy.
So Google is killing Google Reader and suddenly, there is a rush of activity among competitors to grab those users. While Feedly has been trying to maximize the play, launch of AOL/Digg reader makes me ask a few questions.
To those who have enabled the new Gmail Inbox, you’d agree with me that Google’s algorithm actually seems to be working fine. And hence, a new ad format that nicely blends ad with the Inbox.
Like India, the Sri Lankan startup ecosystem is a lot about collaboration and given that SL started the IT revolution a little late, there is an opportunity to nicely mix the services and product ecosystem, for them to grow together.
The recent tendency amongst both startups and accelerators to dismiss India as a market has been quite pronounced. redBus is a great example of finding problems to solve that are unique here, and putting your head down and getting down to solving them.
Shopify supports PayPal, DirecPay and PayU in India. Shopify has partnered with SingTel for launch the DIY Ecommerce platform in 4 countries – Singapore, India, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Assuming that most of these SEC A and B women are on Facebook as well (which is a very high probability), the actual number stands at 18.2 million, which is far more realistic than what Google India reports.
On the hiring side, we found that brainteasers are a complete waste of time. How many golf balls can you fit into an airplane? How many gas stations in Manhattan? A complete waste of time.
So you have a product/an app and you launched a new feature. How do you tell the world?
You blog about it and share the blog update with the social world (Tweets/Facebook).
But about your existing app users/site visitors? How will they come to know?
But the ‘open’ question is whether Naspers will keep the redBus APIs open? We aren’t sure. In fact, if getting market share is the prime reason for redBus acquisition, Naspers probably will keep others off the API/Inventory.