Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category
I leave this morning to head to Tokyo for the week. I’m meeting with some ecommerce companies there.
This is my first trip to Japan and I’m way excited. I might try to post from the road, or if not, until next week: Sayonara!!
Now we get to the real reason I flew nearly the circumference of the earth in order to get to India. As cool as the Culture was, that wasn’t why we went.
The real reason that Dave Gray (Doba’s CTO) and I went to India was so that we could spend 26 hours meeting with 5 different companies over 4 days in 4 different cities. We met with Aditi Technologies in Bangalore, ValueLabs and AppLabs in Hyderabad, Persistent Systems in Pune, and Impetus in Noida.
Doba is kicking off plans to open an offshore development center. This is a decision that we’ve come to after careful consideration of lots of different factors. The main driving force behind these plans is a
Where to begin talking about the culture of India? Good question. And after thinking a lot more about this topic, I realized that Dave and I experienced very little of Indian Culture. We were too busy and traveling too much.
This is what I can tell you: India’s culture is very diverse and very interesting. And very different. But in a good way. India is a country of over 1 Billion people. It’s a country with a red hot economy and growth. And it’s a country with a lot of problems to solve, and from what I could tell, some of those problems will result from the shifting and changing of historical cultures as they clash with the ‘western’ way
And that’s how our trip to India started. A 1 hour air traffic control delay at the gate, and then both of us sitting on a partially loaded plane showing us that we were not going anywhere really fast because the delay was extended. (The only good thing about it was that although it was 103Â° outside, the inside of that plane was COLD, and it was great!)
It was an ominous start to a trip that involved A LOT of flying. 2 flights to get to India. 4 flights in country once there. And 2 flights to get home. To make matters worse, the front page of the Times of India on the day we got there showed this article:
We got back from India last Friday morning. On the one hand it was a great trip, on the other it was a very challenging trip. I’m going to break my report into 3 posts since otherwise it would be WAY too long. The first post will talk about the abundance of Travel we experienced over 9 days. The next post will talk about the Culture. And finally, the last post will go over the Work part of the trip: the reasons Dave Gray and I went over, what we learned, and how things are progressing specific to Doba.
I still have to process some of my images and finalize everything, so watch for these posts in the next few days.