NYC 3.0

Now that I’m back full time in NYC, I decided to run for the Board of NY Tech Meetup, a dynamic community of 20,000 entrepreneurs, investors, developers, designers and people interested in tech.  Founded in 2004, it has grown in leaps and bounds along with NYC’s tech sector.  My view is that it’s time to  … Read more


Posted: July 6th 2011 None

A Glimpse: My American Dream

When I looked at my inbox this morning, I had emails from six organizations I have advised/worked with over the past couple of years (including Astia and Techstars) announcing their partnership with the White House’s Startup America initiative. And, lest I for a moment forgot that I am living the American dream, thanks to parents  … Read more


Posted: July 1st 2011 10

Siri: Apple of My Eye

It’s been a busy day of mobile tech news, including the HP acquisition of Palm, and a busy week of conversation around internet privacy, thanks to Facebook’s new privacy controls and Blippy’s credit card snafus. This is why I find today’s announcement that Apple acquired Siri, a natural language virtual assistant currently available as an  … Read more


Posted: July 28th 2010 1

Interview on Fox Business News

Last month I sat down with Fox Business News to provide advice to entrepreneurs looking for venture funding. There is visibly more interest in tech entrepreneurship in NYC, which is encouraging to see. Below is a clip of the video. An accompanying written Q&A with several VCs discussing the current state of the VC market.


Posted: July 21st 2010 None

The Gender Issue Part II

My twitter stream and email inbox has been full of links to the NY Times article published yesterday — Out of the Loop in Silicon Valley. It is great to see that a conversation is finally evolving on the importance of gender diversity in the technology and venture capital sectors. On my trip to Rwanda  … Read more


Posted: July 18th 2010 14

What the Elephant God Can Teach Tech Entrepreneurs

This weekend I was at a family celebration in New Jersey and spent some time with an uncle who is a chemical engineer by training but also well versed in the Vedas, the ancient Hindu scriptures. So well versed that he is in high demand throughout the world performing weddings and other Hindu ceromonies in  … Read more


Posted: July 14th 2010 9

Immigrants and the Startup Visa

About a month ago, I was honored by the Asian American Development group, a nonprofit organization based in NYC, as one as a Top 50 Asian American in Business. The room was filled with inspiring young leaders throughout the country, including Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, most of whom were first or second generation immigrants.  … Read more


Posted: July 10th 2010 1

A Gorilla’s Eyes

Yesterday I went mountain gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park in the Virungas. Unlike the elusive chimpanzees I tracked a few days ago in Nyungwe Forest, visitors are able to get very close to the animals. Several habituated groups exist, and the one I visited was a particularly playful one, so much so that one  … Read more


Posted: July 30th 2009 None

The Daily Beast’s Foray into E-Books

Today, The Daily Beast announced a joint venture with Perseus Book Group, with Tina Brown noting that there is “a gap between online writing and full-length books that [is] no longer being fully met by a dwindling market for magazines.” The effort will utilize Daily Beast writers to publish books of 150 pages or less  … Read more


Posted: July 28th 2009 None

Children in Goma

Today I crossed the border from Gisenyi on Lake Kivu into Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. One of the first sights I saw were large UN and Red Cross vehicles. The Indian Army, via the UN, was out in full force. And the terrain changed drastically. The city and its surroundings are covered  … Read more


Posted: July 28th 2009 None