I welcome you Lahaul at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself. Thanks for having me, Shardul. Apart from blogging and freelancing, I’m currently working full time as a Senior Systems Engineer for Infosys Ltd. I started blogging at the end of 2011. I was always fascinated (still am) with web technologies. I was inspired even more after watching the movie ‘The Social Network’. I was determined to build something of my own on the web. My first blog was on Blogger where I was writing about blogging itself and how it helped in increasing my technical skills. After a few months, I applied for Google Adsense for generating some revenue. Unfortunately, it didn’t last because someone click bombed my site and my Adsense account was deactivated. I was determined to find an alternate source of income and that’s when I got into Affiliate Marketing. After few months, I made my first income online after referring a product online.
I welcome you Charuta at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself. It all started with a dream. A dream to make a difference to homes. As with all dreams, it quickly grew into desire to make a difference in the life of many. What better way to achieve that than founding one’s own venture which gives all the freedom to live the dream.
Thus began, Akarshdesigns.com , the journey of a creative mind. A passion that kept growing over 12 years into a living dream of creating welcoming places and wonderful experiences, an exciting journey that has been helping to connect with various people and be a part of their story! The idea was to create a wonderful home experience that tells the story of the homeowner.
Interior design is a profession which requires a perfect blend of art, creativity, technical and management skills. We started our journey with providing freelance designs and slowly we expanded our services, offering design consultancy, project drawings and end to end execution of residential and commercial spaces
Thankfully, Today, after passing through various phases, we are doing what we love! High End Residential and Commercial turn key Project design and execution across Bangalore! However, the climax is yet to come!
How exactly your idea sparked to register your domain name? As we started taking end to end execution of residential project, I came across various overseas clients also, who own beautiful homes in India. They look for professional and genuine design execution services for their properties that they can trust. I understood the importance of registering our domain name after meeting such people with an intention to provide professional services and for growing business. It adds credibility, creates brand name and give 24 x7 easy access to clients, which helps to grow a business!
What philosophy motivated you to start your business website? It is important for every small and big business to have a website. It helps you establish credibility and brand name for a business. Moreover, it is low cost and also the broadest tool for business advertising and marketing to a new generation. I learnt about the importance of having a professional website or the perks of having online and social presence in a digital world, from my tech savvy boys at home :-)
At the moment, you are running a display website. Don’t you think you can add on blogging features or migrate your blogger’s blog to your own domain using Managed WordPress then post about the small things you learn every day in your business, that would indeed help many others on Internet and also make some value for you? Yes, of course that’s an upcoming goal. That way I am still a newbie to digital technology and digital world. I can say, we are still work in progress.
Many creative individuals are intimidated by web technology. We, designers, often have limited time for online marketing, working seemingly around the clock to design spaces, meet with clients, oversee contractors, arranging materials, managing expenses etc. So, keeping active web presence, or being a pro at Search engine optimization is bit challenging for us interior designers.
However, designing wonderful spaces was the beginning of my dream. Next step is going to be designing wonderful designers! And blogging is very effective tool for sharing experiences, educating new designers and learning new things from around the world, keeping a fresher’s mind.
What are your plans in building a strong online presence, what do you think about adding more dynamic features. At the moment, may be just a subscription form would help you to connect with your visitors, notify them about the new updates of your services or anything else you have in your mind? I feel home making experience is the soul of interior design business. Unfortunately, there are no such tools which can allow users to rate designers based on various parameters like design visualization, quick estimates, quality of finishing, or timely handover. I shall be happy if we could add these features on website. Also, I would love to make online presence more prominent by providing online consultancy for clients.
Today most people use the Internet when looking for any services, don’t you think launching a smartphone app would help more people to find you, just to make sure those people can easily know about your services.
Mobile app is great tool for being popular brand. However, in my view, we get business from references, or by word of mouth too.
Ok but new technology brings new opportunities. By launching a smartphone app, a business can offer the convenience of instant information and still fulfill demand for service quickly. Today it is not only a competitive necessity but a powerful way to market penetration and expansion.
What makes your endeavors unique on Internet? Right now, I am working on high end villa projects at the foothills of Nandi Hills. Since most clients are overseas, the Internet is the only and most effective tool we are using for client conference meetings, online chats, video calls or for sharing data or updates of the work progress on sites. However, it’s a beginning. We are still in process of making our endeavours unique.
What is your ultimate message for netizens? Web pages, forum and blogs, social media pages predominate digital marketing and branding of various businesses and products. However, in my view, it takes care of marketing and sales aspect of any business. Other than that, Interior designing business also require real connection, personal touch and creation of warm experience. That’s the key to grow in this business.
We are part of the era where there is no professional field without women being a part of it! I was teaching in an interior design school, where I have always noticed that the number of female students were always more than male students. Most of the academic, teaching faculties, were mostly dominated by female designers.
However, in my view, onsite project execution of interior design, is still a predominantly male profession. Most of the female designers tend to take back seat when it comes to onsite execution of their designs!
My Advice for young designers is – It doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman, you have to fight to be taken seriously. Interior design is a profession which requires a lot of commitment, hardware, management skills and dedication. So, girls, join this profession with pride. Take action, be confident and show that you can stand on any ground using your creativity and various life skills. Let’s make the world beautiful place! Thank you!
I welcome you at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself? With quality experience in SEO, SEM, Content development & editing, Online reputation management and Digital Marketing in my kitty, I am a mother of two daughters, founded my own web design & development & digital marketing agency – SearchnScore, in 2011, that caters to a range of local, national and global clients. Based in Coimbatore, SearchnScore is completely bootstrapped and boasts of a crop of talented Web, Software professionals, Digital marketing analysts & Video production team. In an effort to buoy up Startups in the region, I started the initiative ‘By The Startups’ with a dream to translate all my efforts into a one-stop collaborative platform for Startups, Small Businesses and related Social Initiatives.
Sujit Thakur (Co-Founder & CEO) started his Journey as a Technical Writer in Bangalore. With his masters degree in IT and 5 solid years of Job experience, Sujit started to realize that he was born to do more, something on his own, something for the society, and of course make a royal living out of it.
Jason Shah is founder & CEO of DO.com that helps netizens run productive meetings. The application provides a private cloud for each meeting – the files, realtime and collaborative notes, private notes, followups, outcomes, and more all live in one ultimate, reliable, secure place.
One can set an agenda to let others know what the meeting is all about. Meetings can be related to one another in order to increase continuity in work. It also allows you to search meetings, have the notes automatically sent out when meetings end.
On mobile, user can quickly email other participants, schedule a followup, or jot down important notes connected to the meeting.
The first and foremost thing that might interest the most of netizens is your story. So tell our netizens about yourself, your story? Where do I start and what do I say? Do I get into the deep dark wicked ways of mankind and how much lying, cheating, bribery and corruption there is going on in this world and people conniving ways? Or do I make it a diplomatically simple and naive life of a hermit scientist (engineer!). I wish I had a “normal” benign life but that is impossible when Greed is Good and people lust for money and worship billionaires as their gods.
I welcome you Fahad at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself, your story. Hi, I am Fahad Mahmood (A WordPress Mechanic) the developer of a few famous WordPress Plugins like Keep Backup Daily, Alphabetic Pagination, jQuery Post Splitter, RSS Feed Widget and a recently launched WordPress Plugin WP Header Images. My journey started from a HTML tag <marquee></marquee> which I learned very first even before <html> and <body>. It was really inspiring for me when text was moving from right to left. As notepad was available everywhere so i did a number of experiments in my college’s computer lab during my ICS session 2001. My interest became a passion when I learned about click event of a button in visual basic 6.0. It was purely a magic when I played with it and successfully changed document title, button text, label captions and text in textboxes.
As a child I used to love listening to music, but pursuing music was never thought of highly in our family. I learnt to play the guitar and a little bit of drums in class 12th to impress someone. When I reached IIT Kanpur, it was a totally new and open field. We had a music club which one could devote some time to and prepare for in-house competitions. I used to sing western songs. After passing out I became engrossed in handling our family business which is a big chemical manufacturing business, requiring my rigorous involvement in everything. From 1998 to 2013, there was not much I did about music. Around 2 years back I started composing and writing. I pursue this only after 9 pm on certain days.
I am from a small farm town in middle America, so I guess you could call me the all American girl with big dreams. At a young age I became very motivated, I had a difficult upbringing but I always would day dream of the life I wanted to one day have. I started setting goals at a young age and working towards them. At the age of 16 I signed with my first modeling agency and moved to NYC. Later that year I competed in teen pageants and won Miss Teen Indiana. I competed at nationals and won America’s Southern Teen, after winning nationals I represented the USA at Top Model of the World in Germany against 52 countries. I came in 2nd place, at this time I was only 17. My life changed in a big way in a very short time. That is how my career began. Since then I have traveled the world working as a model, to places like London, Paris, Milano, and more. I feel so blessed to be living the life I always dreamed of. I believe in community service and giving back so I started a movement called I AM POSSIBLE. My message with I AM POSSIBLE is that no dream is out of reach, I work with students on character building, and building better communities. I encourage them to use their voice and hope to empower the next generation so they understand that nothing is impossible, the word it’s self says “I’m Possible”
I welcome you Prashant at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself.
I used to be a very shy student and hated public speaking. I had great fear of elocution and had stage fright. I was very hesitant when dealing with the opposite sex and had few friends. However, in my second year of college my mother enrolled me in the prestigious Nazareth’s Speakers Academy, Mumbai, where I excelled due to the excellent training and guidance of the trainers and obtained a First Prize Diploma in Public Speaking. I then did my B.com from the Sydenham College, Mumbai. Upon completion of my Masters in Hospitality Management from the University of Massachusetts, USA, I returned to India to be part of the Indian post-liberalization story. Exciting times! My first job with the Taj Group of Hotels as Lobby Manager, which made me realize the disparity between the soft skills of the average Indian vis-a-vis the people in the West. This is because our education system is text book based on rote learning, whereas the education in the USA was so much more practical and presentation based. That’s why we Indians lack soft skills, especially public speaking skills.
I predicted that this lack of communication skills, specifically- speaking skills would be a great hindrance to the employability of our Indian graduates and soon founded a company called The Winners Group in 1996, a personality development training company. This laid the foundation for what today is known as First Personality. I conducted my first training program over seventeen years ago when I was invited by the New Delhi YMCA to lead a course of Public Speaking and Effective Communication. The Times of India too has recognised this achievement.
With over 18 years experience as an edupreneur, facilitator, master of ceremonies and motivator, I have extensive expertise in mentoring leaders, inspiring professionals and helping people realize their true potential.
Recognizing that individuals of all ages in Tier II, III and IV cities around the country have no options to develop their soft skills or access to good training, I am currently setting up a chain of affordable, high quality soft skills training centres for the masses around the country, the first of which opened in Kanpur in July 2013. Currently we have centres in Gurgaon, Kanpur and Meerut and more franchised centres are in the offing.
Tell us more about firstpersonality.com? How it works?
We believe that the ability to impress and influence others is not in-born. This ability can be acquired by developing soft skills which are the foundation for Personality Development. Softs kills like all skills are imparted by us through our organized training coupled with practice. No boring theory! No wasted time. Our proven training modules coupled with practice will enable you to develop a dynamic Personality. You will learn to influence others with ease, confidence and poise. It doesn’t matter which language you are comfortable with. In our programs, people from all vocations and all ages can be trained to acquire soft skills in any setting: whether academic, social or professional. What you learn, you apply immediately, and keep for Life ! It’s a fact that soft skills contribute 85% to a person’s success. Technical skills contribute only 15%! We help you acquire these all-important soft skills to positively change your life!
How masses can join-in your training program?
We have programs for everyone and everybody. But instead of a `one-size-fits-all’ approach, we have specialized, structured, short term courses which are customized for each target market and segment. This ensures that the programs are relevant without wastage of time or money. Our programs are:
|Program Name||Nature||Target Group|
|Life Success -Main||Advance||Personality Development Program: Age 17-22 years|
|Life Success -Foundation||Basic||Personality Development Program: Age 17-22 years|
|Campus Champ||Employability – College Program||Graduates|
|First Step-Little Champs||School Program||Class I to V|
|First Step-Young Dynamos||School Program||Class VI to VIII|
|First Step-Seniors||School Program||Class IX to XII|
|Super Step- Little Champs||After School Program||Class I to V|
|Super Step- Young Dynamos||After School Program||Class VI to VIII|
|Super Step- Seniors||After School Program||Class IX to XII|
|Winners Camp- Little Champs||Vacation Program||Class I to V|
|Winners Camp- Young Dynamos||Vacation Program||Class VI to VIII|
|Winners Camp- Seniors||Vacation Program||Class IX to XII|
|Pinnacle Corporate-First||Corporate Training||Junior Executives|
|Pinnacle Corporate-Pro||Corporate Training||Managers|
|Pinnacle Corporate-Board||Corporate Training||Senior Managers|
|First Achiever||Corporate Training||Employers & Entrepreneurs|
|Perfect Diva||Finishing School||Ladies & Housewives|
|Platinum Alliance||Finishing School||Prospective brides & bridegrooms|
|English First-Basic||English – Basic||Anyone|
|English First-Intermediate||English – Intermediate||Anyone|
|English First-Advanced||English – Advance||Anyone|
|Speak Easy||Public Speaking||Anyone|
How did you come with its concept? How exactly your idea sparked to register firstpersonality.com and what is the story behind your domain name?
Currently, anyone wishing to improve their soft skills has no choice. They end up going to the sub-standard neighbourhood English speaking institutes who fleece them giving them false promises. Neither their English improves nor their personalities. That’s when I realized that there was a need to bring organized, good quality soft skills training to the masses, which they could use to get ahead in their lives. Courses that people of similar age groups and experiences could take together in a fun-filled, interactive environment by experienced, trained faculty.
We wanted a name that accurately represented the hopes and aspirations of our target audience. Everyone wants to have a dynamic Personality that helps them get ahead and come First in life. Hence First Personality…
How many people got associated for working together on this project?
We take pride in the quality of our instruction and trainers !!! Our faculty and board of Trainers are mentors rather than teachers. These are people that students look upto as role models and consist only of people with at least 7 years+ work experience, corporate professionals and experienced entrepreneurs, armed forces young retirees and academic professionals. Only experts with impeccable spoken English and voice accent skills are chosen, as we believe in Training by Example. Every course has a faculty evaluation done by the participants and we take this evaluation very , very seriously.
How it will improve people’s lives?
Our Mission: First Personality aims to be the number one Personality Development Training Company in India by creating a vast pool of individuals equipped with the soft skills to face the challenges of a globalized economy. These soft skills will enable individuals to succeed by attaining multi-dimensional personalities and acquire life skills to better their lives and their professional careers.
What philosophy drives you doing this?
Our vision: We help people become confident personalities and leaders in their lives, by imparting the best Personality Development Training. We wish to build brand equity by imparting relevant, fun and real world training, so that the ultimate objective of franchising for a profit for all stakeholders can be realized.
What makes your endeavours unique?
At First Personality, our endeavour is simple. To impart corporate-level personality development training to the masses at prices they can afford. To bring soft skills to people who need it most, but don’t have access to corporate training or expensive trainers. Every First Personality centre will be standardized, have the same curriculum, same high quality of experienced faculty, and affordable, corporate level training facilities for students.
We have identified and tested the basic attributes and qualities of a successful personality. We have taken these and formulated a Personal Development Compass, which is used as a guide by the students in their path to leadership and success.
No boring theory! No wasted time! We believe that the training should affect the participant in such a way that it should not appear artificial or `put on’. That’s why we follow the LIFE model i.e. `Learning- Internalization-Feedback-Evaluation’ model, where the qualities and benefits obtained from the programs become part of the person’s basic nature.
Our Training is different from conventional language courses as it works on the assumption that:
- All individuals have certain qualities wherein they can be trained to increase their Soft- verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
- Learning is more successful in an experiential format rather than the `chalk and talk’ –teacherstudent traditional method.
- In this digital age, people are often working and living alone –in relative isolation. For e.g.. migrating away from their homes in search of better job opportunities elsewhere. When given an interactive training experience-whether Outdoor or In-class , a sense of adventure achievement, trust building & bonding develops. This leads to increased motivation and learning.
- Our training enables people to have shared experiences that serve as important catalyst in their self-discovery process.
- We have proven that significant, long-lasting learning can be achieved through an intensive, short-term experience.
How other netizens can help you in this regard ?
As education moves on-line and more and more people looking to the net for easy access, First Personality is also ready for the on-line instruction of their programs. The best part is that these soft skills are required by everyone, all age groups, across the world! That’s where our Indian and overseas franchisee based expansion plans fit in. We are looking to open Personality Development and Soft Skill centres all over and are looking for franchisee and expansion partnerships. We currently have centres in Gurgaon, Kanpur and Baroda (just opened). Meerut has been signed up and is scheduled to open within the next month.
Any future plans? Are you working on some other projects also ?
We have envisioned our future projects as Vision 2015:
Ø To have our courses authorized & certified by a reputed University in India. The process has already been initiated.
Ø To launch several job oriented programs that are more relevant to the industry demands & help promise 100% placements.
Ø To collaborate with agencies like NSDC and contribute in the skills development mission of India.
What is your ultimate message for netizens?
It’s never too late for self improvement. Whatever you do, whatever your age is, don’t feel the time has passed to learn something new, to do something you have not done before. Each day is a new day and those who don’t spend at least 1 hour on self improvement and self help every day will left behind.
I welcome you Kevin at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself, your story.
Traveling the world, learning about the cultures, riding new spots and meeting new riders is Kevin’s passion since his younger age. He has been moving to a lot of different countries, but he has always managed to stay by the water…
After many years competing in windsurfing, he discovered the fun of Kiteboarding while living in Australia. Kevin realized the potential of this new sport right away and got hooked. Since then he has been sharing his passion with others, and along the way, talking to other riders, he quickly realized than certain needs weren’t being met by the industry…
So with lots of dedication and support of his community, He took the initiative to develop his own products with three things in mind: innovative, reliable and affordable gear for everyone… And so Kustom Kite was born !
Looking at the succes of Kustom Kite and always willing to do more, The waterman decided in 2013 to work on Paddleboarding products as well . Living in beautiful Miami Beach, surrounded by water all around, it was very important for him to work on an innovative way to “paddle in town”… The goal was to be able to fit all the gear in a backpack to avoid driving a car or having to store a big board in the living room ! Claudia brought the fitness side of it and helped with the idea to develop a board women could carry, set up and have fun with easily. From there, They created the Kustom Paddle ;-)
Kiteboarding, Kitesurfing, Paddleboarding, Kevin wouldn’t have ever dreamt that one day he would be able to ride, enjoy and share his passions everyday !
How is Kitesurfing compare to other watersports such as surfing and windsurfing – Why is it similar and why is it different?
Kitesurfing is most likely an extension of Surfing or Wind Surfing. It’s very similar in sense of all these sports are about having fun and playing with the elements. Kitesurfing has this “3D” aspect, during and windsurfing are all about carving and speed but it’s pretty much horizontal motion. Kitesurfing is giving the the option to have this “third dimension” and fly !
How would you describe the profile of a typical pro kitesurfer?
All riders are the same at the end. They are all extremely passionate and can travel and wait for days and months the perfect conditions. They are crazy for their passion !
Kitesurfing looks tricky and so difficult… Do you have to be stronger and fit to kite?
Kitesurfing is of course an extreme sport, if you don’t want to get your hair wet, then you better stick at soccer ! However, it is becoming extremely accessible and a lot more secure within the years. pretty much everybody can try as long as they go step by step with professional instruction. The gear are now very safe and user friendly and it is not necessary reserve to strong or fit people since the power from the kite comes directly to your harness and the rider can choose to get power from the kite pulling or pushing the control bar. The latest kites are offering excellent de-power system and are very stable to make kitesurfing an awesome experience for everyone.
What lessonstips would you recommend to beginners?
Every beginner should go thru a complete learning process with professional instructions. It doesn’t matter if you have been windsurfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, sailing or other similar sports ! You will have to go step by step with the essential basics to become a safe kitesurfer for yourself but also for the people around you.
For sure, if you have board sports experience you will certainly learn faster but at any case it will be a substitution to kitesurfing lessons.
Any warnings for anyone looking to dive into theKitesurfing world?
It is insanely addictive ;-)
Which body part should be looked after when exercising this sport?
Kitesurfing is not necessarily pushing your body to hard if you are cruising and simply enjoying gliding on the water… However it may become demanding for your knees for example when starting jumping. People with sensible articulations or previous issues may want to use a brace to prevent bigger injuries.
What are your favorite kitesurfing spots?
Cap Est ! My Home Spot In Martinique ;-)
From your personal experience what are the best Kitesurfing spots for a newbie looking to get enough kitesurf time while enjoy his holidays?
There is several spots extremely beginners friendly pretty much everywhere. The most important is to feel good with your instructor. You want to feel safe, able to ask question, repeat what you did not completely understand. Of course you want to go to a place where the wind will be constant for a faster progression.
The Caribbean has amazing spots, Brazil is very popular as well since it’s very windy. But I also like the Canaries islands …
How do you learn new trix? What are you working on now?
To learn new trix you have to spend a lot of time in the water and try ! that’s the only way to go !!! A good analyze and learning about each techniques is important prior getting in the water, but once you get it? Get out there and go for it until it comes naturally.
What style of riding do you prefer? And which styles do you ride?
I am a big fan a hooked style and big air. All about staying attached to your kite with your harness and use the complete power of your kite to fly as long as possible. I’m definitely looking at learning more from the experts in this kite style at every session !
I think it’s more entertaining for the public and very cool to watch ! You can check some videos of my idol Toby Braeuer. And more info about “Strictly Hooked” on website : www.airstyle.tv. Another great rider “Old School” rider is Tom Hebert from New Caledonnia. Tom has an amazing “New Cal Style”.
What do you love most about kitesurfing?
The freedom ! You can go anywhere or almost, pump a kite and go enjoy amazing spots and natural spaces … It’s just you and the elements !
In your opinion what does the future hold for Kitesurfing?
A lot of great thing ! Many companies in the industry are working on new concepts to ride better and easier with less wind. It’s becoming more popular in the USA as well which is great for the development if the sport.
I believe in a new “Freestyle” attitude, with a lot more hooked style and I hope new competitions and challenges around this discipline.
Likewise you are also an Internet Entrepreneur, so how much time you spend working on your website?
What is the story behind your domain name and the name of your company?
Kustom : Because we develop the gear you want to ride, specially adapted to your style (custom) and the “K” was the way to make it old school.
What is your business philosophy?
The “Kustom” philosophy is to provide products which will give 100% satisfaction to their users providing them products developed from feedbacks coming from any levels of riders to make it what you want to ride !
Is there any more projects you are currently working on?
Yes ! I am working on a very special design never seen before for an inflatable paddle board ! I can’t say much for now, but it will be released soon !
What is your ultimate message for netizens?
I invite everyone which is looking on having a lot fun in the water to get info about kiteboarding lessons and start a new amazing lifestyle, playing with the natural elements !!!
Claudia Romani is a supermodel. She has appeared on covers of popular magazines like Cosmopolitan, GQ and Maxim etc. In 2006 she was voted one of the 100 Sexiest Women in the World by FHM Denmark. Now a days she is based in Miami, Florida. Claudia has appeared on commercials for Samsung, Toyota, and Ford. In the Latin market she has appeared in shows like Noche de Perros and Despierta America. She is also the official model on the TV show Esta Noche Tu Night on Mega TV.
Barbara Zatler is an international celebrity. She is a supermodel, film actress and a well know media personality. Barbara was nominated in Euroman magazine, which is the biggest lifestyle magazine in Denmark, where she was nominated as one of ten remarkable people in Denmark 2010. She was featured in various popular magazines like GQ, Maxim, FHM etc. She is also one of the sexiest women in the world according to FHM magazine in 2012.
I welcome you all at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself.
We are 3 friends who are running this website, Techtraverse.com. I am answering on behalf of all 3 of us. Our names, as mentioned on the About Us page of website are, Shreyas Kumbhojkar, Atul Baikar and myself. These 2 guys are new to the field of blogging or content management. But I suggest, don’t judge them by their experience, judge them by their work. These guys are brilliant for someone who have recently started blogging.
Now answer to your question. I started writing for different websites as a freelancer 4 years back. I was getting to know how things works. Then I started my own team of writers. We used to work on different website projects where I came across TheGeeksClub.com. The owner of website, Nitin Agarwal, was very helpful person who actually introduced me first to WordPress. After working for a year there, I decided to start a website of my own. Fortunately, Shreyas and Atul, being new to writing, were ready to contribute. Later it turned out that they both are actually pretty good with this stuff. Shreyas takes care of social network sharing and other management stuff. Atul is more about writing and managing financial side of website. I focus more on suggesting topics and assigning them to writers. All three of us contribute to website via writing as the time permits.
What is the story behind your domain name and the name of your website?
When you are trying to promote a website, it’s the name that actually tells reader about what is actually website about. And therefore we decided that our first choice will be a name with word “tech” in it. We went through many different combinations but some of them were either not available were not catchy enough. Then the word “explore” came up and to make it sound somewhat different we decided to stick with word “traverse” , which stands for navigate. So we help you explore and navigate through world of technologies.
What is your business philosophy?
We all know that blogging has become one of the sources these days to earn money. We started with the mindset of earning money and having something of our own. But, now we are more focused on providing something different and qualitative content to users that is not available on usual tech blogs. Our posts like “10 Kickstarter projects that were cool but couldn’t survive” or “DuckDuckGo” proves my point. Also, we were one of the first few websites to talk about Smartshoe designed by an Indian techie. We were in it for money but now our focus is qualitative content.
What efforts you do for driving traffic and building your readership?
First two months are always the hardest. You have to index your websites, select a theme, make it readable. As most of the blogs, we are relied on social networking sites and blog directories.
What makes your endeavors unique on Internet?
Our promise to provide content that is not “usual”. If you go through our website, you will find that we are not concentrating on gadget or app reviews but informational content.
Is there any more projects you are currently working?
We are having consistent page view count and which is in good figures. Thus, we know we have a reader base now. We are planning to start a forum where users can interact with each other.
Tell us something about your city and your favorite hangout spots there?
We all are from Kalyan-Dombivli region in Maharashtra. We are located 50 kms from Mumbai. I am currently pursuing my Master’s in Computer Science from Umass Dartmouth and thus staying in US.
What is your ultimate message for netizens?
My message for netizens is based on one mantra – ‘stay update’. Technology is a field where daily something new is getting invented. Fortunately, we have means of Internet that help us gain information from various sources. We are trying to be one of those source. I am not stating that completely rely on us for updates but make sure you have something that will help you do. Because these days Information is everything. Technology has become integral part of our professional as well as personal lives. Not only technology enthusiasts but even non-tech people benefit from technology. S just ‘stay update’ and you will be fine.
I welcome you Tarun at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself.
I am Tarun Preet, co-owner of Indian Weight Loss Blog. I am an MBA grad by qualification and a Consultant by profession. I have spent the majority of my life studying and perhaps ignoring my health. In my quest to lose weight, I have tried all possible weight loss measures those exist.
Diet, massages, gym, yoga, aerobics, supplements, hyped weight loss shortcuts – I have done it all ! In this struggle to become fit, I have spent lesser money on some helpful measures and wasted a lot, on useless marketing gimmicks.
When I finished my MBA and was struggling for job, stress took a toll on me and I was diagnosed with Thyroid. My weight shot up every day despite working out in the gym. I was frustrated with my weight and delay in getting a deserving job. Since I had all the free time, I started blogging about weight loss on Indian Weight Loss Blog. The intention is to help people save their hard earned money so that they don’t suffer like I did and at the same time, monetize technology for earning.
Your blog’s name is ‘Indian Weight Loss Blog’? Why you have chosen this name. Likewise Internet is one across all countries, its global and people on Internet are netizens not Indian or American.
So what made you choose this name and what it means? Are you targeting only Indian people or it simply means that the blog is managed by Indian bloggers? or your posts are specially written for Indian people?
There are a few reasons for naming the blog as Indian Weight Loss Blog. Firstly, there is not even one weight loss blog from India. Ironically, you would find a lot of Indian Food Blogs. We enjoy food to the core. But we forget that we are moving ahead towards an overweight/obese population. Secondly, our eating habits are highly influenced by our culture. Since our eating habits are different from the people in other part of the world, our weight issues have to be tackled differently. The weight loss posts are applicable to all the people who are health and fitness conscious. But the recipe posts may suit Asian people only due to our Indian style of cooking. Indian Weight Loss Blog is our first step to spread awareness about weight, across the world.
Whether you blog alone or you got people associated for working together?
We have a team of writers at Indian Weight Loss Blog. These are people who have learnt about weight loss, the hard way. Our writers are dancers, fitness freaks, runners, yoga practitioners, good cooks who believe abs are made in kitchen. Every writer has a weight loss or a fitness story to inspire people.
What philosophy drives you doing this? What is your business philosophy?
We started this blog to make people aware so that they don’t fall prey to dirty marketing gimmicks in nutrition industry.
There is only one business philosophy – Be honest to readers and the rest will follow.
How much time you spend working on your website? What efforts you make for driving traffic and building your readership?
On an average, IWB team spends works for about 6-8 hours daily. We make sure that the content is of high quality. I spend 2-3 hours every day working on creating content and working on social media and digital marketing strategy for IWB.
What makes your endeavours unique on Internet?
Internet is an endless pool of knowledge. Unlike websites that share knowledge, we share real life experiences.
What’s the best way for someone to motivate himself to get fit?
People have role models whom they follow. I feel it’s a temporary way to be motivated. Nothing supersedes self motivation. Let me be blunt. If you need self motivation, stand in front of a full sized mirror, naked !
Do you believe that living your best life means being fit?
I believe living one’s best, means living healthy and happy. Health and Fitness go hand in hand.
What three easy fat burning exercises would you suggest to our readers here?
1. Walk – You need ten thousand steps a day to start losing weight. Forget lifts and elevators, use the staircase
2. HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training is the best way to burn fat in less than 30 minutes a day.
3. Weights – Lift weights to burn fat. Monotonous and long cardio sessions do no good.
Do you think women have a completely different attitude to eating healthy and calorie counting to men?
Yes, women have a completely different mindset when it comes to food. No women (at least in India) would like to waste food, instead she would prefer to dump it in her tummy. How unfair is that ?
Most of the women believe that eating healthy means eating low calorie, oil free and tasteless food, not true though! Men, on the other hand don’t like to count calories in their food.
What’s been the best advantage to losing weight?
Healthy life and Happiness are the best advantages to losing weight followed by change in people’s attitude. By losing weight, you can spend your post retirement funds on travel and leisure rather than medical bills :)
What goals have you set yourself going forward? Is there any more projects you are currently working?
80% of working Indian women are overweight. In US, one third population is Obese. Similar trend persists all over the world. I wish to reach every woman in the world who is struggling with her weight and health. I am planning a few projects. One of them is a Health Blog so that I can cover entire health arena and not only weight loss. This venture would need a few months to launch.
What would be your words of advice for others who are looking to follow in your footsteps?
Losing weight is tough and Blogging is tougher. Doing both together is the toughest! Consistency and honesty are the only mantras for weight loss and blogging both.
Now tell me something about your city, your favourite hang out spots there? What do you like to do for fun and entertainment?
I am a Delhiite , currently based out of Bangalore. My favourite hangout spots are bluO, Phoenix, UB City. I like to watch movies, meet friends, read books, listen to music as much as possible. You would find me in multiplexes watching movies and shopping in the malls. I am a foodie, so I try different cuisines and explore restaurants, lounges and other eating joints.
Whenever I see an opportunity to take a small break, I look forward to travel and vacation.
How would you like to be remembered?
A maniac, a day dreamer who lived every moment of the journey called Life.
What is your ultimate message for netizens?
Stay healthy, fit and be happy!
I am Edison Nica, a software engineer with over a decade of experience in Software Industry, most of that time at Microsoft and Google. I quit Google to build a business model around true privacy, because without a sustainable business model, privacy can’t survive.
4 moths ago, I put myself in the public service, with the goal to help people have more privacy online.
Lots of efforts started last year around improving users online privacy, my effort tries to add something new, and my vision is based on these core principles:
- Data resides safely on the end user’s own device and is not stored in the cloud or by the advertisers
- Data flow is transparent and user is under control
- We must get Advertisers and Publishers on board, if we want to build a sustainable ecosystem
Tell us more about 0PII, LLC? Its brief history ?
Lots of efforts started last year around improving user’s online privacy, most around encryption. We want to contribute too. Our approach is that instead of fighting the Advertisement industry, we want to co-opt it. I don’t believe we can have more privacy as long as every business in the world stands to lose from better privacy.
So how exactly your idea sparked?
The two key principles are that “one can’t take away something I don’t have” and “privacy must be backed by a business model”.
For us, privacy means that only the user has his/her data – that 0PII stands for, Zero Personally Identifiable Information. So the user data resides safely on the end user’s own device and is not stored in the cloud or by the Advertisers.
If we want to protect user’s data, then we need to make sure it can’t be uploaded. But we live in a connected world, and many applications really need internet access, so for applications that need access to internet, we then need transparent data flow and user control over it. We must know What, Why, How and When an app accesses the internet.
And lately, if we want to build a sustainable ecosystem, we must get Advertisers and Publishers on board.
How it will improve internet life?
The products we build do not require the user to surrender privacy for convenience, free products or free services. You will be able to download a free game, that does not require network access, and still that game will be able to make money from advertisement.
Does it already exist anywhere else? What makes it different from all other frameworks out there?
We are not aware of any other company that does something similar.
Current Internet Giants have monopoly over your data. Your data stays in their servers and it is used to track your behaviour, extract knowledge and improve their services. Unfortunately this keeps the little guy out of the loop. Current small business can’t flourish when Big Players have monopoly over data.
Our solution breaks up this monopoly and lets you, the user, have your data, while we build services around decentralized user data. And without a monopoly over your data, and with true privacy, even small business will be able to offer you quality services.
What philosophy drives you doing this?
People have asked for more privacy, but in the same time they want convenience and free products. We bridge the gap between convenience and privacy.
Also, this is the right thing to do.
What keeps your endeavours unique?
We bring the Advertiser, Publisher and the User together, to show them that we can live in a harmonious world where Users get convenience and privacy, Advertisers can find the right users for their services, and Publisher can make money while protecting user’s privacy.
How other netizens can help you in this regard?
First, help us by contributing to our campaign on IndieGoGo: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-privacy-aware-mobile-advertisement-platform/x/6801145 we can’t understate how important is to have financial freedom. We need money to develop our product as soon as possible. Second, tell your friends, Share on Facebook, Tweet about our campaign on IndieGoGo!
Any future plans ?
Our most important plan is to launch our Mobile Advertisement Platform.
Do you own a domain? Where netizens can grab latest news feed about your projects?
www.0Pii.com. We share news on Twitter: https://twitter.com/00pii, but we can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/0PII.LLC LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/0pii-llc and Google+ https://plus.google.com/110689316949777786877
What is your ultimate message for netizens?
Help me so I can help you!
It is that simple.
I welcome you Matt at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself.
I grew up up in the US, and as a child was passionate about Korean Tae Kwon Do, where I started teaching all ages as a 9 year old in 1978. I’m now an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist (Ph.D.), and have worked in dozens of countries around the world for firms like AT&T, Motorola, and Merck. For the last 4.5 years, I ran the Infosys Leadership Institute working for the founders of India’s most famous company. My new firm, LeaderAmp, helps leaders accelerate their careers every day through our smartphone app and community based on the latest science. It’s the culmination of all my prior work, and hope it makes gold nuggets that are usually only available to the elite leaders in large multinationals, more accessable.
Tell us more about LeaderAmp? Its brief history and how it works?
LeaderAmp came about after working with thousands of leaders at Infosys where we treated them like Olympic Gold medalists. We measured, challenged, and supported each one to help them achieve their career dreams. But it took highly skilled (and scarce) coaches to tailor a bundle of leadership vitamins, minerals and exercise regimens to support their growth. And coaches could only spend a few hours a quarter with each leader, so leaders would sometimes get distracted and forget to work on their own career development.
When I moved back to the US, I spoke to younger leaders and found that they really didn’t have access to these advanced methods that people at the top of a large multinational get. So I decided to invent a new, engineering worthy approach to measuring, challenging and supporting leaders, making it “come alive” for them every day on their smartphone. LeaderAmp’s app starts with you selecting your goals, and then our advanced measurement technology asks questions about your leadership to you and people you trust. While it’s waiting for others to give you feedback, it shows you early results and recommends a tailored set of actions for you to grow. Uniquely, you can set your report to remind you every day with new actions you can take to accelerate your development. It also has a web/mobile based community that has webinars, tweetchats and community support where you can learn from people like you who grew to greatness. Lastly, it allows you to compare yourself with famous historical leaders. We’re still building it, and the early adopters on IndieGogo (http://igg.me/at/leaderamp) will be able to select the first famous historical leader that we’ll measure.
So how did you come with its concept? How exactly your idea sparked?
It was, in part, looking at the gaps in the current state-of-the-art of leader development; and the “Quantified Self” movement. Quantified Self is a term coined by the editors of Wired Magazine for the tools people are now using to measure and improve themselves. It includes fitness (e.g. fitbit), wellness (e.g. AliveCor), and now leadership development (e.g. LeaderAmp).
How it will improve lives of users?
Many leaders are frustrated with their careers and aren’t quite sure how they can get ahead. Our app will have trustworthy actions they can do to really improve their potential, performance and “promotability”. Unlike other approaches, we have made practical the 70+ years of science of leadership and persuasion in our app and community.
Does it already exist anywhere else? If yes then what makes it different from all other frameworks out there?
There are other apps out there and other approaches to leader development. None of them combine the measurement, challenge and support that LeaderAmp does. They also do not have the latest science for growth. LeaderAmp’s advanced content comes from my latest book, “Leading Value Creation: Organizational Science, Bioinspiration and the Cue See Model”, recently published by Palgrave Macmillan.
How many people got associated for working together on this project?
I’m the founder, and we have an extended team of about 11 people working on various components of the project such as the graphics, the code, or the science.
What philosophy drives you doing this and what makes your endeavours unique ?
We believe in the practical application of science to improve leaders. Just as people over the decades have been able to become better Olympic athletes through better diet, exercise and vitamins, leaders will be able to avoid their frustrations with their careers by developing every day. The fact that our app tailors new actions for the leader every day, and is rooted in science, makes our app unique. Further, it will only recommend actions and provide community support in areas relevant to the leader. Other solutions have a “one size fits all” for leaders, and cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars without much developmental support. In contrast, LeaderAmp’s entry-level solution is about the price of a book on IndieGogo.
How other netizens can help you in this regard ?
If there are people you know who are frustrated with their career and aren’t sure how they can get ahead, we would like to help them. We’re not a magic pill – it’s still up to the leader to work on himself/herself, but if they really want the secrets of what works, we want to help them.
What are your future plans ? Are you working on some other projects also ?
There are some very cool future features we’ll add to make this solution highly useful. All of our leader development solutions are being built around the app, community and latest science. We are completely focused on the launch of our new solution, and aren’t working on anything else.
What is you web address? Do you own a domain?
Where netizens can grab latest news feed about your projects?
Our blog is the best way to stay in touch http://www.leaderamp.com/Blog
What is your ultimate message for netizens?
What are you doing with your growth that makes your success unstoppable?
Thank you very much Matt for opting Internet as your place of doing business. I wish you success in upgrading humanity!
I welcome you Sabrina at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netiznes about yourself.
I’m Sabrina Jane Watts popularly known as Sab. I’m a Fil-American Supermodel, Former Beauty Queen and Media Personality. I’m the only Child of my parents. I was raised in Arizona USA by a Filipina mother (Business Woman) and an Black American father (US Marines). Every year me and my family would visit the Philippines for vacation. We loved everything about the Philippines, the peaceful lifestyle and hospitable people. So I decided to move to the Philippines (Year of 2008) to have a new start in my life. Modeling came to me all by chance.
Starting at a young age, Pamela discovered a taste for the limelight on a TV show, and as they say, the rest is history. While balancing education with acting and singing through her high school and college years, Miss Noble found success in short films, national commercials, and performing at the famous House of Blues in Hollywood, CA. Pamela also had a recurring role on Fuel TV’s The Daily Habit. After a make-up artist suggested she try modeling, Pamela did one photo shoot and a new passion cultivated entirely.
I welcome you Subin at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself.
At what age what actually brought you up to programming and consequently programming WordPress? Why do you enjoy it?
I started programming when I was 11 years old. I only got into WordPress in 2013 and I created and published my first plugin “Blogger 2 WordPress” in 2014. I enjoy programming, because it relaxes my mind. When I code, I enter into a new world. A world where I forget all my problems in life and focus on the task in hand. Coding makes errors and I try and try to find solutions to those errors. When I find the solution, it is stuck on my mind and I’ll never forget it. Programming is a lot like Maths. You won’t like it first, but when you get around it you will find it enjoyable.
Tell us about the plugins and apps you have created so far?
By far, I have created 2 WordPress Plugins – Blogger 2 WordPress & Code Blocks. Blogger 2 WordPress makes it easy to set redirections from old blogger posts to new WP posts (and pages) after you moved your blog to WP. I have created a lot of web apps. Some of them are online and some of them in localhost. My first online app was Subins which I made it online in 2012. It was just a test app of mine. Nothing serious. I didn’t know much about hacking & cracking when I created it. So, it was vulnerable to Cracking. Soon after 1 year, my friend (Facebook) cracked it. I deleted the data on Subins just a day after it was cracked. Now I’m working on my blog (subinsb.com) and an open source social network called Open (open.subinsb.com). I’m also working on a new project which I can’t say about it now.
Suppose if you were reviewing any new plugin then what are the most important things you look for that indicate a well-designed program?
The most important thing is that the plugin shouldn’t contain any errors. A simple semicolon (;) can make a big error in plugins. Syntax Errors is the main error, plugin developers must notice. Also, plugin developers must make sure the plugin work on almost every versions of the language and server. A well designed plugin will work flawlessly at great speed. If you are running the plugin even on low memory CPUs, it should work well. So there are 3 main factors (maybe more) in a well designed executed plugin :
- No Errors
Your website shows a project section with links to Open & Demos? Tell us about them?
Open is an Open Source Social Network. Anyone can edit the source code of the site. There are no ads, no tracking stuff and anything else on Open. It’s clean, simple and have the ability to post to Facebook & Twitter at one place. Demos is the sub site of my blog. This site contains the demos of the tutorials, code or projects seen on the blog.
You have no Advertisements on your blog? Do you have any plans to go pro in blogging and earn money?
When I started blogging, all I could think about was money ! I placed ads at first. But when I went through the blogging, programming and contributing to Open Source Softwares, I understood that Ads are a distraction to the users. Ads make the site slow too. No one likes ads. So Why put it in a info blog ? Information should be passed free of charge. So, I removed the ads and put on the “Donate” button (subinsb.com/donate). If people really like my content, they will donate. Also, the revenue from ads are low. Google Adsense rejected my application when I had 2 $. That made me angry and it’s also a reason why I’m not putting ads anymore.
How much time you spend working on your domain and writing programs? What philosophy drives you doing this?
When I return home from school and after I finish all the home works and stuff, I turn on the computer and start coding. I make up ideas of posts and projects on the free periods of my school and write it down. Then I do it when I reach home. On holidays, I use the computer from morning to noon (about 2 PM) and from evening (6.30 PM) to night (11.30 or more if I got an error). WP plugins help users to do big tasks with just a plugin. Open Source minded programmers always help people. I’m an open source minded person. WP philosophy “Code Is Poetry” and StackOverflow (http://goo.gl/kCKBGs) helped me into doing this.
How about your parents? Is either of them involved in programming fields?
My parents are normal Kerala persons. My dad is the “Assistant Secretary” of Ayiloor Panchayat, Palakkad, Kerala and my mom is an house wife. She worked as a computer teacher before teaching Windows 98 and stuff. I’m sure that the coding & computer stuff came from my mom. My dad always supported in coding and always made me walk through the right path. He scolds me when I say “I hacked someone / website”. Hacking is wrong and he made me understand about it.
What are you working on today? Any new plugin?
I’m now working on a project like WordPress, but not entirely like it. I can’t say more about it now. When I release my new project, I will certainly invite you. I created about 5-6 plugins. 2 of them WP and others jQuery & PHP. It’s hard to maintain all of them. I’m very very busy in maintaining blog, plugins and school stuff. I will improve my existing plugins and when I get a new idea, I will make another plugin.
Tell us something about your city and your favorite hangout spots there?
I’m from Kerala , a state in India. I’m living in Kunnamkulam, a town (muncipality). Nothing big here. I don’t go out much. But my favourite places are the paddy fields and the streets where I could walk or ride a bicycle peacefully.
What is your ultimate message for netizens?
Never stop working hard. If you work hard, you will certainly accomplish your task. Never copy content from others. Always make your own stuff. Don’t hack / harass any person on the Internet. Always be a good netizen and speak up when you find something illegal or bad behaviour. Never fear. There are millions of nice people in this world who can help you. Don’t hesitate to ask for answers on disucssion forums and Q & A sites (stackexchange.com). Stay safe and simple.
I welcome you Neetasha at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself.
From Humble begins, Born and raised in Phoenix surrounded by poverty and drug abuse, I have mastered the art of creating my own opportunities, I have to date traveled and Modeled across 29 countries, I have modeled for Malawi Fashion Week, Africa Fashion Week London, SA Fashion Week.
Ever since the tender age of 3 I have desired being on stage whether it be modeling acting or dancing, my burning Passion has kept me on and off stages as a professional model for the past 13 years, my very first pageant was Miss Teen India SA at the age of 12, where I was the 2nd runner-up. I have recently got back from a modeling contract in India where I have had the privilege of meeting and networking with Bipasha Basu, Veena Malik ,Taz Singh , to name a few.