If you have been wondering whatever happened to yours truly, wonder no more. The last few days I have been in Mumbai, attending the Sun Technovate ’07 — “INDIA — the Next Big Idea.” Got a chance to see Scott McNealy, chairman and co-founder of Sun Microsystems. Scott and three others students at Stanford University, including our very own Vinod Khosla, started Sun. (SUN — Stanford University Network!)
Scott is a great speaker. It is very inspiring to hear someone talk about a truly great company but also about his vision and commitment to making a real difference in education. He spoke about curriki.org. All in all, that was the high point of the conference — or more accurately, a Sun sales event. It was held at the posh Grand Hyatt in Santa Cruz.
I should also mention that my colleague Rajesh Jain’s company – Novatium – was among the winners of the innovation award given by Sun. Rajesh made a great 2-minute plug for the Novatium network computer at the awards ceremony. I am personally thrilled to see Novatium’s success.
Moving on, I am on the road for the next week. Today I will go to Patna (via Delhi, as there is no direct flight from Mumbai) and then after a couple of days of giving gyan to the Aga Khan Foundation, return to spend a few days in Delhi. I am scheduled to be on a panel at the “Sustainable & Participative Initiative for Rural Infrastructure Technologies (SPIRIT 2007)” on the 24th in Delhi. I guess to regular readers of this blog it will not come as a surprise that I would basically stick to my position: forget developing rural areas, think about how rural populations can be developed.
Be well, do good work and keep in touch.