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Surya

MBA. Technologist. Problem solver. Futurist. Collaborative interventionist. Back-of-the-envelope calculator, sketchbook artist, musician, animator, deconstructionist. Working with @transferwise
Surya has written 8 posts for Converge. Disrupt. Repeat.

Empowering innovations in personal finance: TransferWise and BillGuard

With the recent #Occupy movement continuing to gather traction globally, I decided to investigate what disruptive technology innovations are lined up in personal finance. Democratizing governments and changing regulations may take some time – but we can challenge financial institutions by adopting new services that reduce our dependency on them and save us money  – … Continue reading

Social media maturity and evolving warchests

With the responsibility of procuring the right toolkit for managing the consultancy wing at work, I was recently thrown into the ever increasing cauldron of social media management and monitoring tools. Excited, at the prospect of fiddling around with new technologies and calling up some old connections, I started wondering how much of a problem … Continue reading

Spotify: Expansion strategy and the next battlefronts

With Spotify announcing it’s tie up with Virgin Media, and the much impending promise of launching in the US, apparently predicitng 50M paying subscribers, I thought it would be great to do a review of the challenges ahead, from the time I wrote my last post, and gain an undertanding of how the music industry … Continue reading

The world is Flattr’d? Who wants cake?

I think that Flattr is a great concept that deals with monetizing content on the web in a ‘put your money where your mouth is’ way. Over the past few years, collaboration and crowdsourcing, new ecosystems around winning products  and services (Sharemyplaylists is one of my favourites!) and open source architectures have helped organizations leapfrog into … Continue reading

In the pursuit of #Appyness

I’m an avid fan of ‘The Apprentice’ on the BBC, and it was great to see the grumpy and all-knowing Lord Sugar (wonder what he eats for breakfast? pink slips? (no pun intended!)) dish out a digital task for the wannabe apprentices for a change: design, develop and market a winning app that would be an overnight … Continue reading

Open source + Crowdsourced = Engagement

Back in 2002, I came across this amazing, thriving community of bits and bytes coming together for solutions to problems that did not exist. It was called Sourceforge.net. You think the app store is a new concept? – it was here in a free community format years ago. Fast forward 9 years and now, not … Continue reading

Another tech bubble in the offing?

Here it is. I’ve been saying this for a while. The guardian tech blog published a report about the typical tell-tale signs of yet another impending tech boom and bust cycle. http://bit.ly/hwL4Oe . Check out the nice infographic. Having worked on a couple of projects and spoken with Angel investors, VCs and Bankers, I’m getting … Continue reading

Spotify: Good adaptive strategy, not poor instant-gratifying tactics

I was explaining to one of my friends as to how this is the Punk Rock generation for new media technologies. A deep DIY culture amongst social technologies lends everyone a voice and I thought I should get my opinions out here as well. So there! Spotify is in talks to raise another $100 Million … Continue reading