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Monday, April 25, 2011

Startup Garage: a startup event in Pune


Got the following email from Lpad. This ( is quite interesting event and please do consider to attend if you are a willing to be entrepreneur or willing to be developer at a startup. Who know what you do there might be a next big thing on web!

What is Startup Garage?

A high-energy weekend program that brings together developers, designers, marketers and startup enthusiasts to start building startups from the ideas they have been sketching.

Who should attend?

1. Someone with an idea they would like to validate and work on Or
2. Someone without an idea, but is curiously passionate to do a startup.

When & Where?

This edition of Startup Garage would be held in Pune over the coming weekend (29th April-1st May)


Click here to read more.


Write to i [at] or Call Mohit @ +91-99233-99213

Last date

The last date for registration is 26th April (Tomorrow)Click here to register.



Mohit Bansal
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Child Adoption Meet in Mumbai on April 30, 2011

Got the following email. Please attend if you are interested.
Dear All,

We, at PGCAI, are very happy to announce the upcoming Child Adoption Meet in Bombay on April 30, 2011. 

Please find below the details of the Child Adoption Meet on April 30, 2011 in Dadar, Bombay.

Date: April 30, 2011 (Saturday) 4.00-7.00 pm

Location: SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Sion (W), Mumbai

Participants would include adoptive parents, prospective adoptive parents, volunteers, NGOs, representatives of adoption agencies, children's homes, adoption specialists etc. 
Agenda of the Meet:

·         To kickstart a quarterly forum for interaction between people passionate about the cause of promoting adoption awareness in Bombay.
·         To discuss key hurdles related to beginning the process of adoption and strategies to overcome the same
·         To discuss ways and means to smoothen the institutional and organizational processes at every step – especially for domestic adoptions
·         Discussion on post-adoption issues especially related to parenting issues, govt applications, legal / documentation issues etc.
·         Espousing certain causes within the broader gamut of facilitating adoptions: Examples: Foster Care, Single parent adoption, Turnaround timelines.
·         Key Guest Speakers would include Adoptive Parents, Adoptive children, Prospective adoptive parents (both married couples and singles), Representatives of adoption agencies / facilitators, Adoption specialists, lawyers, doctors.

Key Outcomes expected from the meet:

·         To establish direct contact between different stakeholders related to the process of adoption
·         To initiate and sustain a support group for the cause of adoption in collaboration with other established organizations – both govt and voluntary
·         Furthering the cause of adoption through an organized multi-pronged strategy
·         Escalating key issues for discussion – operational / procedural / foster care promotion, etc. with higher government agencies taking support from other voluntary organizations working in this field as well
·         Make this forum a quarterly meet going forward.

About PGCAI:

We're part of the People's Group for Child Adoption in India (PGCAI)...
more about PGCAI here:

In brief, PGCAI is a voluntary group serving as a platform to bring together parents who have adopted a child, people who want to adopt in future and anyone who wants to spread a word about adoption.

Any other inputs, suggestions from your end are most welcome!  

Kindly send in your confirmations asap!

Contact: 91-9819060661

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Loved this message by Quora

How to go up when you go down.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

In Search of Happiness

In search of happiness!  

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Is Higher Education a Bubble? A view ...


Peter Thiel founder PayPal and now a Venture Capitalist puts his thought on the education system. Looks his thoughts are biased to his experiences, but this view towards education is not completely wrong when the education system doesn't produce the quality resources.
The situation in the India is similar and may be the bauble will burst one day. Need to be careful.

Education is a bubble in a classic sense. To call something a bubble, it must be overpriced and there must be an intense belief in it. Housing was a classic bubble, as were tech stocks in the ’90s, because they were both very overvalued, but there was an incredibly widespread belief that almost could not be questioned — you had to own a house in 2005, and you had to be in an equity-market index fund in 1999.

Probably the only candidate left for a bubble — at least in the developed world (maybe emerging markets are a bubble) — is education. It’s basically extremely overpriced. People are not getting their money’s worth, objectively, when you do the math. And at the same time it is something that is incredibly intensively believed; there’s this sort of psycho-social component to people taking on these enormous debts when they go to college simply because that’s what everybody’s doing.

It is, to my mind, in some ways worse than the housing bubble. There are a few things that make it worse. One is that when people make a mistake in taking on an education loan, they’re legally much more difficult to get out of than housing loans. With housing, typically they’re non-recourse — you can just walk out of the house. With education, they’re recourse, and they typically survive bankruptcy. If you borrowed money and went to a college where the education didn’t create any value, that is potentially a really big mistake.

There have been a lot of critiques of the finance industry’s having possibly foisted subprime mortgages on unknowing buyers, and a lot of those kinds of arguments are even more powerful when used against college administrators who are probably in some ways engaged in equally misleading advertising. Like housing was, college is advertised as an investment for the future. But in most cases it’s really just consumption, where college is just a four-year party, in the same way that buying a large house with a really big swimming pool, etc., is probably not an investment decision but a consumption decision. It was something about combining the investment decision and the consumption decision that made the housing thing so tricky to get a handle on — and I think that’s also true of the college bubble.

You know, we’ve looked at the math on this, and I estimate that 70 to 80 percent of the colleges in the U.S. are not generating a positive return on investment. Even at the top universities, it may be positive in some sense — but the counterfactual question is, how well would their students have done had they not gone to college? Are they really just selecting for talented people who would have done well anyway? Or are you actually educating them? That’s the kind of question that isn’t analyzed very carefully. My suspicion is that they’re just good at identifying talented people rather than adding value. So there are a lot of things about it that are very strange.

The Great Recession of 2008 to the present is helping to bring the education bubble to a head. When parents have invested enormous amounts of money in their kids’ education, to find their kids coming back to live with them — well, that was not what they bargained for. So the crazy bubble in education is at a point where it is very close to unraveling.

Courtesy: Economist.