BT hiring 6000 staff in India & Earning $250 million by 2009

BBC reports : BT has also formed an alliance with Indian firm Jubilant Enpro in order to seek out opportunities in the market. India is one of the world’s fastest growing telecoms markets but it is fragmented and service levels vary. BT said it believed its Indian business could generate sales of $250m by 2009.

My Thoughts : To my friends/bloggers in UK, whom I have been meeting in various meetups and events. One thing which always puzzle me in UK is 90% people believe Globalization is one way ..that means everything from UK is going to go away to India/Asia/some other developing countries. However I keep saying the Globalization is multiway, it is bound to produce benefits for overall economy and make market more competitive. Hopefully they see the benefit of “250 million $” sales of BT from India.

Come on folks, time to embrace fast-paced globalization, give in one hand and take in 2 hands 🙂 or other way depending upon competitiveness.


Oxford to set up first research centre outside UK in India

Rediff Writes :
Oxford University will invest 10 million pounds initially to set up its first business research centre, which will study a wide span of issues in the country starting from infrastructure and education to social entrepreneurship and business taxation.

Inspiring Entrepreneurs – Lord Karan Bilimoria

I must admit I have been a die hard fan of Lord Karan Bilimoria, more than Cobra Beer :). Lord Karan is the Founder and Chief Executive of Cobra Beer. I have been following Cobra Beer’s innovative initiatives, be it the ultra cool Cobra Advertisements, Cobra Vision, Entrepreneur support activities like in TiE.

Through Cobra Vision, Cobra conducts, sponsors competition for producer, director, scriptwriter, AD film maker, etc.

One thing inspires me about this company is their sheer passion to “Be different”. Rediff (Indian online newspaper) has published an excellent interview with Karan. Some insights to how Karan has built Cobra with a decisive passion, commitment and eye for detail.

Rediff quote

Wasn’t it crazy of you to venture into business on your own?
My family thought I was mad! They did everything possible to discourage me. It all started when I was once playing polo in India. A polo stick maker said: ‘Look, why don’t you sell our sticks in England?’

I was 27 at the time. I always knew that I wanted to get into business at some point in my life. So I said why not give it a shot? I sold Indian polo sticks to places like Harrods and Giddons, the suppliers to the Royal family’s stables.

It was difficult. The buyer at Harrods was very rude to me. But eventually I managed to see the head buyer and got my foot in the door.

I discovered my core advantage was the fact that I was totally at home in England, and totally at home in India.

I could add value by putting the two countries together. I didn’t make much money. But that first year gave me the experience of importing, sourcing, market research and selling. Invaluable!

Did you have a mentor? Someone to guide you around the pitfalls of the business?
There was an Indian gentleman in London called Keshav Reddy. He introduced us to Mysore Breweries. He was the uncle of my partner at the time, Arjun Reddy. Arjun was a childhood friend who had an entrepreneurial bent: he’d been involved in managing his family farms and business from a very young age. So we teamed up to start Cobra. But he left the company a few years ago.

How did you raise finance?
In every possible way you can imagine! And that’s where being a chartered accountant helped a lot. It was always the biggest single problem I had: how to build a brand with no finances of my own. But one thing I believe in very strongly is the brand and the future of the business. So I’m very, very reluctant to sell my own shares. And that’s difficult because people say to me, your company is going places and I want to buy shares in it. No, sorry. You can’t.

aql : Impressive Mobile Solutions!!

aql has developed fantastic application all aimed at making your mobile really participate in day today world!!  Though you can view all about them in their website, I felt it will be worth to let my readers know in brief about various product/service they provide. They are as follows

Ex SMS-WAP customer?
We have developed a gateway which attempts to emulate the old sms-wap ringtone, logo and text HTTP Post interface.

Email to SMS Gateway (outgoing messages)
If you are looking for a quick and simple way to add SMS functionality to your service, or your systems are already setup with email notification then have them relayed to you as text messages via our email to sms service.

Premium rate billing (Shortcode) services
aql offer a simple-to-integrate API for use with our premium rate mobile terminated (MT) billing services. Click here to download the connection documentation. Ordering a shortcode cannot be done via our website – please contact us to discuss any aspect of our shortcode or premium services. If you are unfamiliar with the SMPP protocol, we also offer an HTTP/HTTPS gateway which offers simple integration.

HTTP/HTTPS Gateway (outgoing messages)
Developers can use HTTP posts to interface with our systems for outgoing messages, now supporting postback confirmation for message delivery, for more details click here.

HTTP/HTTPS Speech Synthesis (text to voice call)
Developers can send HTTP post data to our speech synthesis gateway. Our platforms will then convert this text data into speech (english only) and call a specified number with the synthesized message. This service is ideal as the basis for services for the blind or visually impaired or for messaging to networks which cannot accept text messages.

Extended HTTP/HTTPS Gateway (address book and distribution list sync)
Developers can integrate our address book and distribution list features via this powerful API. This includes uploading and modifying addressbooks, distribution lists. (note – needs to be used in conjunction with our standard Gateway).

SMPP/SMPP(SSL) Gateway (outgoing messages)
High volume operators can use our SMPP gateway for message delivery.

XML-SOAP / Web Service Gateway
Developers can use our SOAP Gateway to quickly interface their systems to SOAP is supported by most of the available technologies including  the .NET Framework and Java.

MMS Gateway
Ringtone Gateway
Ringtone Content Gateway
Resellers – SMS site bundle

In response to numerous enquiries from resellers, aql has created a collection of scripts which form a simple SMS website which can be re-branded by resellers and hosted on their own servers. It allows users to sign up and also for an administrator to assign credits.

I also heard they have a solution which does SMS to RSS feed conversion!! Though couldn’t locate more about this in their website, do you know any such convrter app (SMS to RSS Feed)?

Enterprising Young Brits!!

enterprisingyoungbritslarge.gifPart of the Make Your Mark – start talking ideas campaign, the competition is open to anyone aged 30 and under who has grown their own idea, exploited an opportunity, or developed a new way of doing things. The judges are looking for a balance of commercial flair and creativity, and will reward not just the quality of the idea, but also how you made it happen. This could be by starting up a business, developing a social enterprise, or doing something enterprising in order to help others.


Business Entrepreneur –
For enterprising individuals that have started their own business, large or small.

Social and Environmental –
For ventures combining the principles of a successful business with an emphasis on the social and community benefits it can provide.

Innovation at Work –
For someone who has had an idea and made it happen within their workplace.

Teen –
For anybody making an idea happen who is aged 13-19.

Creative –
For enterprising individuals, businesses and endeavors in the creative industries.


Find all details in

October 23 is deadline for submitting your entry!!!