Finally met up with Josh

I didn’t get to attend the TIA conference but was able to catch up with lots of folks who were in town and went to a nice event by Sequoia.

Say what you will about our current times but Singapore is absolutely hopping right now and is the center of the startup universe for SEA region and India. Love it. So fortunate to be here at this time.

I have many Twitter friends that I sometimes get to meet and Josh would be one of those. We finally got to hang out and chat a bit.

As a writer, he of course decided to spring this on the Internet after we chatted.

Good stuff. As I always tell people – OTT in emerging markets is really just kicking off and has a long ways to go. I wouldn’t profess to know where it all might land, but it’s a crazy hot space regardless.

One comment – that last little quote by iFlix – we all know 1 million is just registered users. Paying subs will be some marginal single digit percentage point of that total number. As I always say – release real stats or none at all.

Good chatting with you Josh – I guess we will keep up the Twitter DM dialogue going till we meet again.

My day with Ratan Tata

I’ll start with this write up from TIA.

A day with Ratan Tata//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Yesterday, Jungle Ventures, hosted a morning with Ratan Tata and the founders of their portfolio companies – then later in the day an event with their LP’s.

I was allowed to tag along and spend some time hanging with the crew.

This is the second time in my life I have met him but this time I was offered a whole day and a chance to speak with him directly for a bit while we had lunch.

First off, I am just stunned by how humble he was and extremely gracious with his time and thoughts.

The article highlighted his frequent response of “I don’t know”, but it was usually his response to an unclear or unconcise question. Or a question he just didn’t have an answer to.

That being said he always had advice or thoughts but just did not always give a specific answer. He was more into the theory or lesson to be learned in discovering your own answer and any advice he could offer to enhance your discovery.

I could go on and on with what I learned and the stories around Nano, Land Rover, Jaguar, and just running a huge org were priceless.

I was further stunned to catch him in the lobby, alone, carrying his hotel reciept after checking himself out. 

Just a man of the people. Which is sometimes hard to grasp given his stature.

It further cements his advice about ethics, empathy and solving real problems of the world.

I am still in awe.

Whither Android…

I haven’t seen much mainstream coverage of this move. We all know Google battled hard to do a non Oracle Java but seems that didn’t work out. Legally I always thought Google was wrong but of course I am not a fan of Oracle and the way they steward Java.

Read this about the latest on Oracle and Android.

If you thought overall Android performance sucks now, I think it does, it sure won’t get any better with issues like this : Google has of course its own Android UI framework. Swing will now sit on every Android phone, using up resources.

I don’t know if this is the final word on the subject or if Google has other ideas but I sure do appreciate Apple’s native stack designed from the ground up for mobile.

I won’t argue the point that Android is huge but this isn’t a good sign of where it is heading.

If anyone has some good opposing links or counters please chime in using the comments.

I was hoping Tim Bray had covered it but not yet.

Email sucks

Adding this – good email read :: http://tomtunguz.com/email-unbundling/

The last week I got real excited about the new Outlook email client and was pretty much switched over to it – even put it in my iPhone doc but after a week of it I am constantly getting locked out of my gmail accounts. Both my corporate, paid one, and my normal free user account. I get iOS complaining about password error and the Outlook app says I need to login again. Practically daily I have a login problem and then none of my clients work when it happens. This only started since using Outlook. I have since killed it and seems to have gone away. Microsoft needs to figure this out. I actually don’t recall that this happened with Accompli.

Outlook was better than Mail even if there were quirks to it but I loved the integrated calendar but I also use Sunrise anyway. I really hope they keep Sunrise separate versus forcing us to use Outlook. That will be a bummer since for now I am done with Outlook. The attachment handling was awesome though and I loved the focus inbox.

For now though I am returning to Dispatch, which I use for work support emails, but I am going to use it as core mailbox now. Bummer there is they are not on iPad yet. http://www.dispatchapp.net . I hope it is coming! Dispatch is a great general client but also has lots of cool things like snippets, OnePassword integration and great for saving docs off, making a task or popping stuff into evernote. The other thing I like about Dispatch is I can add manual inboxes where on Outlook you can’t. 

On top of all the cool features – Dispatch is made in Singapore!

So Microsoft is making progress but they don’t have me yet.

So that is my iOS plan for now.

On the desktop – well. It is just cluster fuck of epic proportions. I would try Outlook but it cost too damn much. I keep using Apple Mail but it is such a pain when it either stops working or won’t load new emails. I did have this fixed before by disabling load all folders but Outlook wanted this on. I may turn it off again and usually this keeps Mail from hanging.

I have tried other desktop clients but so far I don’t love any of them. Anyone find one they love yet?

All in all email is not dead. But innovation in clients isn’t happening. My guess is cause indie devs can’t make enough money on the clients ecosystem. Sure they get bought but they don’t create worthwhile businesses. Such a letdown. I use Slack, Asana, Google Docs and even other chat products, https://www.pie.co (also made in Singapore), but I still use and need email. That just isn’t going away but I just wish we had better email clients.

back to some email…