OCC Meet on 2 Sep 07

2 09 2007

Today, we had another meeting of OCC@Bangalore. Actually, during the first meet, they have decided to meet once in 15 days (I didn’t know this as I left early that day). So, going forward, OCC@Bangalore will be meeting alternative Sunday’s at a location discussed and agreed on the mailing list.
It was interesting as around 30+ enthusiastic people came together. It was good to see good number of repetitive participants which makes the discussion more interesting.
Today, we discussed on “Marketing your Start-up” and it was really great to see people sharing their ideas and views. Ranjit from Kapston started the discussion. His company (Kapston) works on helping entrepreneurs with On-line marketing and he shared few insights into what his organization does.
Sharman, who has ventured into starting various organizations and also closing few of them shared his experiences with Marketing and mentioning that many entrepreneurs fail to understand the customer and being flexible because they have a strong bonding with their idea. I do agree with him…our idea/thought might be very powerful and we might be obsessed with it, but towards the end of the day, we need to look at what the customer needs. If this calls for re-thinking our idea, we should.
Pratik of Muziboo, took this discussion more forward. Muziboo is for people who compose their own music and the site allows them to upload their work and see what the world thinks about it. Here are few points from his thoughts:

  • Muziboo does not have any set budget for Marketing.
  • Friends are main source of spreading the word.
  • Started marketing on Orkut.
  • Spending time with bloggers to get the word of their idea to spread.

A very different approach for marketing and in few ways makes sense too. He is clear that he would wait until they reach good number of registrations on the site to work on other aspects of marketing. Why wait? Because, this site is for amateur and professional musicians to upload their composition and hear what others have to say. For this kind of functioning, they would need serious musicians and Pratik feels that he can get serious people to join the community through word of mouth and by personally speaking to people. I think this is a good approach when you are not rushing or looking at break-even at the earliest. Not every organization looks for breaking-even, but if you would like to sustain on the long-run, you need credibility and serious community.
Swaroop who started Ion, has a good and simple idea. In India, most of the time we do not carry our laptop to charge i-Pod. So, they have come up with a simple charger for charing their music machine.
Ramji did mention that having a “Personalized Story” for your idea would add lot of value in explaining what your service/solution does…practically.

This is an overall summary of our discussion. I have few pictures of the event on my Flickr account.

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5 responses

2 09 2007
Swaroop C H

Hey Hari,

I just wanted to mention that I’m only a co-founder, there are two more people who made ion the brand that it is today 🙂 — http://www.ion.co.in/about/

Thanks!
Swaroop

2 09 2007
alok

Hello Hari, Thanks for sharing the pics. It’s nice meeting you on OCC. I am definitely looking forward to the future editions.

Regards,
Alok

3 09 2007
Himanshu Sheth

Hey Hari,
It was great to have such a topic this time and it was excellent meeting somewhat new people this time 🙂 I have blogged about the event http://thoughtsprevail.blogspot.com/2007/09/open-coffee-club-september-22007.html

Also,without seeking your permission,I have uploaded few photos in the OCC WorldWide site , which you can also see on my blog.If it is not ok for you,I can delete those photos though there is a due credit to you as well for the photos 🙂

Have also linked to your blog post.Meet you next Saturday for the Blogger’s meet.

-Himanshu Sheth
(Blogger at http://thoughtsprevail.blogspot.com)

3 09 2007
Prateek Dayal

This is a very good summary of the event hari ..

The discussions yesterday were certainly very engaging .. I love attending OCC because everytime I go back, I have learnt atleast a few solid things about marketing or talking or something … I think OCC is a good value for the time that we spend together

Regarding your initiative, please check out GIAN NE .. they are also helping grass root innovators …

Prateek
Muziboo.com

4 09 2007
Ranjith

Hello Hari,

Good summary of the event. I did not know what to expect and doubted the level of seriousness and professionalism among the upcoming entrepreneurs. I now know there are a lot of people who are out of the employee mindset. Hoping to see you all in the next meeting.

Cheers,
Ranjith
http://www.kapston.com

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