Showing posts with label Israel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Israel. Show all posts

Saturday, December 09, 2023

9: Israel

How Britain Put One of the World’s Best Health Care Systems on Life Support
The Timeless Investing Wisdom of Charlie Munger, Buffett’s No. 2
The Oct. 7 Warning That Israel Ignored Israel knew about Hamas’s plan more than a year before the attack took place.
Fighting to Govern Myanmar, From a Teeny Office in Washington The National Unity Government of Myanmar, formed as an alternative to the junta that orchestrated a 2021 coup, has to battle global apathy and ignorance as it struggles for recognition.

Friday, November 17, 2023

17: China

Qatar seeking Israel-Hamas deal to free 50 hostages and 3-day truce

In Talks With Biden, Xi Seeks to Assure and Assert at the Same Time China’s depiction of Xi Jinping’s U.S. visit reflected his sometimes-contradictory priorities: to project both strength and a willingness to engage with Washington.

Biden, Xi's 'blunt' talks yield deals on military, fentanyl

Google Photos has new AI-powered features to clean up your library Quickly stack similar shots together, and sort documents and tickets into their own folders.

We No Longer Need a Big Carrier’s Wireless Plan. Discount Ones Are the Way. We are overpaying for phone plans from Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. Budget wireless services, similarly fast and robust, can save thousands.

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman Says His Company Is Now Building GPT-5

Researchers Warn We Could Run Out of Data to Train AI by 2026. What Then?

The Two Things Worrying U.S. Military Officials About Israel and Hamas

Netanyahu may not last, Biden and aides increasingly believe The Israeli prime minister’s political obituary has been written before. But U.S. officials are already gauging potential successors.

Monday, February 29, 2016

महाशिवरात्री को पर्व

Kathmandu And Jerusalem

दक्षिण भारत का बाहुन जो अहिले काठमाण्डु मा सत्ता मा छन। मध्य भारत का जो दिल्ली मा छन। मधेसका मधेसी। पहाडका बाहुन क्षेत्री। कैलाश पर्वत त अझ चीन को भूभाग मा छ। यी सबैलाई एक सुत्र मा बाँधने महाशिवरात्री को पर्व। महाशिवरात्री को पर्व एउटा स्वर्ण अवसर हो। हामी आखिर सबै एकै समुदाय हौं भन्ने भावना को सन्देश प्रवाह गर्ने एउटा यो अवसर हो।

सत्य आग्रह भनिन्छ। हम सब एक हैं और समानता के सिद्धांत वाले आधुनिक लोकतंत्र के निर्माण में लगे हुवे हैं। क्यों कि उसी रास्ते एक आधुनिक अर्थतंत्र तक जाना है।

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Sagoon: Nepali Tech StartUp: Presentation At Chautari

DC Comics
DC Comics (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Friday evening I was at the presentation at the Chautari Restaurant by Sagoon that seemed to have some founders from the Nepali community in DC and a team in Delhi. Accumulating 100,000 users is very promising. I would like to know how many of them are active users. How many log in monthly? Weekly? Daily?

VCs will tell you, at 50,000 users you become interesting to them. And user base is everything. As long as you have a fast growing user base, you are in a good shape.

Twitter was launched in mid 2006. But I only discovered it in early 2009. I was not using it. But its user base kept growing. And then it really grew in 2009 and 2010.

So I hope Sagoon's user base grows rapidly, and I am proven wrong. But I also felt like there were no fundamentally new features. And it was not necessarily trying to cater to the local market in Nepal. Darshan Rauniyar caused a lot of excitement in the Nepali community across America. But he got very few votes in his primary election and was out. In the process he still paved the way for future Nepali aspirants for political office. But internal excitement is apparently not enough.

I don't want Sagoon to be the Darshan Rauniyar of Nepali tech entrepreneurship.

But I am impressed with their registered base of 100,000. I am impressed they decided to take the plunge. Risk taking is a big deal. I am impressed they have taken the risk. Sticking your neck out is not easy to do.

I hope they grow their use base to 500,000 and beyond. I hope they go on to raise money from professional investors, because it is about time.

I was impressed with how many people in the room were willing to possibly invest, if not a lot then at least a few thousand dollars each.

They have a working prototype and 100,000 users. That's a lot to have. They said they have already raised 350K, and they were in town to raise 150K.

Anjan Shrestha asked if there was an anti-dilution clause to protect this first round of investors. The roundabout answer was, no there wasn't. The question was echoed by half a dozen other people.

You can give 25% of the company to round 1 investors and have no anti-dilution clause. Or you can give 5% and have an anti-dilution clause. I will take that 5% any day. I have known of many successful tech startups where the round 1 investors saw little to no growth of their money.

I have a pre lanch tech startup, an Augmented Reality Mobile Game. I know Anjan Shrestha harbors tech startup ambitions. There are several routes to moving forward. Some quick routes bring in professional angel investors pretty fast.

For Nepali tech startups, it is a very good idea to have the Indian community in mind. Indians are some top names in tech and investing as well.