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The New Business Angel

This is a follow up of the blog post: Mauritian Technopreneurs.

There was another meeting (1st one being only with Technopreneurs for the presentation of projects) “a la BOI” for the allocation of resources to the projects. This is the first time where we saw the Business Angels.

After the reserved meeting with investors only, we all gathered up (with some minutes late than actually planned) to start the allocation of projects. I was excited to know on which project I was allocated. We were given the choice to select the projects in which we wanted to work (3 projects out of 8 with no 1 being the project priority).

And the verdict came: I was allocated Project No. 2!

Euhh…OK

Time to meet the Business Angel, who is supposed to be our Captain…

F***K

The guy was simply pessimistic about the Project. 😩

Then the decision came, after consulting the BOI facilitator to have a new Business Angel for the project. And then…..the adventure took another “tournure”!

Business Angel

We now have The New Business Angel!

The first meeting with him was held yesterday. It was a great meeting, up to the professional level! Yeah, this I can assure you.

Actually amongst all the CEOs (Mauritians specially) that I have met yet, he is the most charismatic one, I should say.

Highlights of the meeting:

  • Coming on time
  • Welcome by his personal secretary
  • Welcome in a very nice CEO Office – I was actually amazed by 1) the simplicity of the Office and 2) the nice view of Rose-Hill, Reduit from there
  • Professional Handshake creating the Halo effect
  • and last but not the least: the conversation.

I was stunned and pleasantly impressed by the mastery of the CEO of “The Art of Asking Questions“.

At the end of the meeting, just like I was impressed after meeting Prof. Sudarshan Jugessor (Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mauritius), I told him “It was a great honour to be working with you, Sir”.

BTW, here’s a nice pic from National Geographic Contest:

National Geographic picture (International Photography Contest)

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Google Wave: A new Communication Tool

We are fast approaching to Real-Time Web. After Twitter, here we are with another innovative product from Google: Google Wave: Communicate and Collaborate in Real-Time.

What is a Wave? : http://wave.google.com/help/wave/about.html

Wave permet d’abord une communication Ă©crite enrichie : contrairement aux mails, que vous Ă©crivez puis envoyez, votre message Wave est partagĂ© en permanence avec votre ou vos interlocuteurs, voire, si vous le souhaitez, sur des sites web. Le message n’est pas uniquement dans votre boite ou dans celle de vos contacts ; elle est disponible Ă  tous, tout le temps. De cette maniĂšre, tout les utilisateurs qui y ont accĂšs peuvent l’enrichir Ă  tout moment, y ajouter des contenus, de la musique, des cartes, un agenda


Google a par exemple montré que deux utilisateurs de Wave pouvaient jouer aux échecs, par un simple plug-in (notre capture)  Ce qui est possible car toutes les modifications effectuées sur une « wave » sont par ailleurs visibles instantanément par vos contacts. Vous pouvez ainsi discuter, jouer, partager des contenus en temps réel via ce service.

(source: svmlemag.fr)

Des Screenshots et Logos du Google Wave: http://sites.google.com/a/pressatgoogle.com/googlewave/home/screenshots-and-media-5

Google Wave: 1) Des Conversations Partagés, 2) Un SystÚme ouvert 3) Open Source

Developers gonna enjoy:

Google Wave est aussi une plate-forme de programmation, sur laquelle les dĂ©veloppeurs peuvent bĂątir des extensions via une interface de dĂ©velopment d’application (API) livrĂ©e gratuitement. Bot: Tweety – permet d’utiliser Twitter depuis Google Wave Bot: Bloggy – permet de mettre a jour votre blog depuis Wave Google Wave Team

Currently, Google Wave, you can request an invitation on: https://services.google.com/fb/forms/wavesignup/\

The Google Wave Team:

http://sites.google.com/a/pressatgoogle.com/googlewave/home/meet-the-google-wave-team

Lars Rasmussen

You can listen to the interview with Lars Rasmussen.

My Perso Opinion on Google Wave:

Honestly I think, this will change the way we communicate on the Internet! Instead of “hey am gonna mail (e-mail) you the doc by afternoon” , maybe it will be “dude, this document is Waved already”

I am optimist and happy concerning the adoption of new Technologies like:

Cloud Computing

HTML 5

API

and last but not the Least, Open Source! 🙂

 

So, what do you think of Google Wave?



Mauritian Technopreneurs

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Business Angel

Following the:

The Board of Investment (BOI) is pleased to invite you to the 2nd edition of the Mauritius Technopreneur initiative to discuss projects that could be developed by the Mauritian Technopreneur community on the Google platform, amongst others.

we were at the BOI conference hall at around 17:00.

It was very exciting to meet the ‘Mauritian Technopreneurs’ again, after the Google Mauritius 2009 event. To refresh our memory, the Google initiatives in Mauritius was launched on 5 Nov 2008 by the Hon. Rama Sithanen.

At around 17:10, Mr. Mahen Govinda – Director International Business Services at the BOI welcomed us, we the Mauritian Technopreneurs. Mahen’s style of presentation was great and showed an example of being experienced in making presentations. With an Anglo-Mauritian English accent, he knew his audience well.

Well, as a brief summary, what I have understood is that:

1) A list of pre-selected projects have been presented to us

2) We were introduced to the term ‘Business Angel’ . Also an interesting definition of the term ‘technopreneur’ was given

3) The required profile of a technopreneur: Young at mind, Web programming skills, passion for technology etc.

4) The roadmap to the commercialization of the projects

5) We are the players trying to forge efficient techniques and in the lounge there are giants like Microsoft and Google watching us.

My personal opinion on this initiative launched by the BOI is that: “creating something out of nothing” is not as easy as pressing on a button. I had raised the issue concerning the development of mobile applications running on iPhone which requires resources like: Macbook, Developers trained on the environment, overheads etc. I am not totally convinced yet of the concept “trace tracer do avek seki to ena”. I mean if you do not have the spare parts to build an engine, despite having an MSc Automobile engineering, replacing the genuine spare parts by cheap alternatives, would not always guarantee commercial success.

For now, maybe another business meeting with the Business Angels would let us breathe “Ahaaa
.that’s interesting!”

We, the Mauritian Technopreneurs, we are optimistic 😀