I was on BB2 newsnight last night – 3 Skypephone story ..


You can see the 3 Skypehone story on BBC as below

Go to


Then click on ‘New Skype phone launched’

See my blog for my views on this

3 Skypephone and it’s impact on the Telecoms industry and walled gardens ..

Also see Paul Mason’s blog (BBC Newsnight) Paul Mason’s idle scrawl. Paul and his team at Newsnight were great in preparing me for this interview since it was the first time on TV for me.

We got along great and share many common interests

Paul did this great story on Africa From Matatu to the Masai via mobile which was one of my inspirations for the blog The Masai warrior with a mobile phone

So, it was indeed a pleasure to meet Paul in person especially considering my own interests in social transformation through Mobile phones and Africa

Motorola CTO Padmasree Warrior keynote panel at Javaone : Ajit and Enrique debate from blogosphere ..


I was at Javaone last week and was on a panel within Motorola CTO Padmasree Warrior’s keynote(Thus, this was the second keynote at the Moscone centre for me in about three weeks after keynote panel at Web 2.0 expo – which explains why I am so delayed with all my emails in the last few weeks!)

The highlight of the last two days was meeting three very clued on people : Padmasree Warrior , Sun Microsystems chief researcher John Gage and C Enrique Ortiz . I have been a great fan of Padmasree’s work (and she also reads my blog – which is nice to know :) ) and her blog – so it was great to meet her in person and see her in action at her keynote. Her keynote focussed on Motorola’s vision of seamless mobility. I have blogged before about the significance of device manufacturers in a post IP world . Hence, I am following Motorola’s work with Wimax and their overall vision. I will be blogging about that separately in context of Padmasree’s keynote.

I am also very much looking forward to visiting Motorola in Chicago to speak about Mobile Web 2.0 and IMS on Padmasree’s invitation.

It was also a pleasure to meet John Gage – and I must admit for a while I did not realise that I was speaking to THE John Gage until Enrique pointed that out to me. John and I got along great and considering that our latest author(Rakesh Radhakrishnan) is an architect at Sun Microsystems , we have many more interesting conversations to go.

At Javaone, Sun announced Java FX and I have been having some interesting discussions with John about this – topics of more blogs no doubt

And of course, it was a great pleasure to meet C Enrique Ortiz(CEO). Over time, CEO and I have become great friends and it was indeed a pleasure to meet CEO in person. We talked shop of course over dinner and Enrique is doing some exciting stuff at his new start-up

But what was I doing at Javaone in the first place – considering that I have been a long standing advocate of the Mobile Web?

Well advocating the Mobile Web of course …

CEO C Enrique Ortiz and I were discussing (taking our online discussions on stage!) the Java vs. the Mobile Web strategy.

My four main points in favour of the mobile web(and opposed to a specific platform) were

1) The ad model favours the Mobile Web

2) Java(for that matter any platform ) is good for consumption but not for creation

3) When we say ‘Web’ I also include ‘Mobile Widgets’

4) Specifically with Java, there is the issue of discovery and distribution

a) The ad model favours the Mobile Web. Both admob and screentonic have a billion ad impressions on the mobile web.

We don’t see a billion of anything on a specific platform(like Java). Web 2.0 (and by extension also Mobile Web 2.0) are driven by the ad model and clearly the Mobile Web has demonstrated a mass market adoption here with respect to ads

b) Java(for that matter any platform ) is good for consumption but not for creation. As we all increasingly become content creators and not content consumers(as we were before ), we need a more ubiquitous language for communication i.e. the Web(the poorest farmer in Africa can access Web content – the more we expect a specific platform to be present the more we hamper communication). In fact, any platform(and that includes the Mobile Web) becomes a limitation when people want to communicate(for instance, SMS is minimalistic platform and it works very well globally – precisely because it is so global)

c) When we say ‘Web’ I also include ‘Mobile Widgets’. Widgets are becoming ubiquitous and span the Web and the Mobile Web(Mobile Ajax drives mobile widgets because the combination of Xhttp and JavaScript lends itself well to Widgets. See What is the relationship between Mobile Ajax and Mobile Widgets? )

d) Specifically with Java, there is the issue of discovery and distribution – which is predominantly carrier based – and that’s a problem.

Many thanks to Padmashree, Wendy and John for this event and also to all the attendees. I realise that my views are not consistent with this audience – so it was nice to be invited by Motorola and Sun to this event

You can see the video of the debate from blogosphere below

and the entire Web cast of the keynote HERE

Also, see Enrique’s views at his blog

Image courtesy: http://www.cenriqueortiz.com/weblog/

The OpenGardens blog makes it to the top 20 worldwide according to Fierce Wireless!!

We made it to the top 20 blogs worldwide according to Fiercewireless!

Many thanks to all who voted for the OpenGardens blog!! We really appretiate your support

Also .. considering that the others in the top 20 include well known blogs like Gizomdo, the O Reilly emerging telephony network, engadget and Gigaom, I am truly pleased that we have done so well (i.e. we have got a lot of support from the wider community in addition to our friends and family!)

Its also great to see a global representation (Rudy from Spain, Russell from Germany and I think OpenGardens is the only British blog in that list)

Even more interesting is to see six blogs from forumoxford (Oxford university’s next generation mobile applications panel which I chair alongwith Tomi Ahonen)

Besides OpenGardens, from forumoxford we have Darla Mack , Russell Buckely and Carlo Longhino (mobhappy), Chetan Sharma, Rudy De Waele (m-trends) and Justin Oberman of mopocket

Many thanks again for your support!

We have been slashdotted and dugg ..

Strange how the web works .. A story we did about movietally has been picked up by both Slashdot and Digg

The irony is: When Hayden emailed me the request, I felt that we were not the best place for his site since we mainly cover the Mobile data industry / Digital convergence.

So, I thought he would not get much coverage!

While its nice to see the coverage, often comments miss the point that the site has been created by a fifteen year old.

In a nutshell, the post was about a site called ‘movietally’ which was created by a fifteen year old boy. I thought(for reasons mentioned below) that I should encourage him by posting about his site on my blog. What I did not expect is – it would be one of the most talked about post on blogosphere in the last 48 hrs.

There is a bit of personal history why I put that post ..

I tried to set up my first business at age fifteen which involved sending typed letters to a bunch of people asking them if they were interested in buying a UPS system for their computers. This was in India(Mumbai/Bombay) where people were concerned about power fluctuations to their (then new) computers.

My friend and I were ‘distributors’ of this new system.

I knew about UPS systems because my dad was a banker in India and as a kid I would often work holidays in companies / factories to get some experience (mostly where my dad knew the management from his financial institution)

One of these was a factory making UPS systems

We felt that there was a market need since the guys who sold the computers never realised the risks of fluctuating power supplies in India (until it was too late!) and working in the UPS system factory, I was one of the few people who did.

Hence, the letters to people where we tried to distribute the system after speaking to the owner of the factory.

Oddly enough, it worked (in the sense we sold something/got some replies)

However, it took a looong time to get anything going (In fact, to my horror – by the time we got the first letter in response saying someone was interested, our holidays were over and we were back to school!). Obviously we never told anyone that we were both fifteen – else no one would have taken us seriously

The point is: The Internet now cuts down this time to market dramatically (no letters, no time lag between responses etc).

Thus, a new service can get a lot of exposure where ever it is in the world .. and by who ever ..

That’s why I posted the movietally entry – as a way to encourage someone when I faced the same problem at that age!

The response and coverage just proves this point .. that the world is flat

I am speaking at the 3rd Annual Mobile Youth Services Forum 2006

Hello all

I am speaking at the 3rd Annual Mobile Youth Services Forum 2006 on Sep 8 in London. Details as per below. If you are attending this event, happy to meet up with you. Please email me at ajit.jaokar at futuretext.com

Key Speakers

Pandelis Eliopoulos, Nordic Marketing Manager, 3 SWEDEN.

Hans Christian Fleischer, Head of DJUICE, TELENOR.

Fiona Bosman, Usage Marketing Manager, RED BULL UK.

Joel Berger, VP Marketing and New Business, MTV.

Ulrich Heider, Senior Marketing Manager Prepaid, VODAFONE GERMANY.

Key Topics

Effective branding to the youth market

Safe and responsible marketing to children

Creating communities in the youth market

Exploring the latest games

MVNOs in the youth market

Key Features

Find out how to boost your revenue through youth content services

Learn from the experiences of big brand companies outside of the telecoms industry

Get to grips with a changing market and learn to enhance customer loyalty

Benefit from in depth discussions with industry experts

Event details

This high level conference will gather together a range of experts in the field of mobile youth to address the latest trends, technologies and ideas in the market. There will also be the opportunity to hear from experts outside of the telecoms industry who have pioneered successful marketing campaigns to the youth. The 3rd Annual Youth Mobile Services Forum aims to explore the most successful marketing and product strategies to enable all those involved in the telecommunications market to maintain competitive advantage in this rapidly changing market.

This forum will address the key issues and will involve an unparalleled speaking panel of visionaries and relevant senior executives from leading companies sharing their experiences


Tomi T Ahonen, Bestselling author and 3G Consultant, .

Pandelis Eliopoulos, Nordic Marketing Manager, 3 SWEDEN.

Hans Christian Fleischer, Head of DJUICE, TELENOR.

Fiona Bosman, Usage Marketing Manager, RED BULL UK.

Joel Berger, VP Marketing and New Business, MTV.

Ulrich Heider, Senior Marketing Manager Prepaid, VODAFONE GERMANY.

Al Gosling, CEO and Founder, EXTREME GROUP.

Saso Savic, Head of Payments, MOBITEL.

Joaquin Flores Zapata, Youth Marketing Manager, TELEFONICA MOVILES.

Antonina Armashula, Youth Segment Manager, KYIVSTAR.


Thomas Husson, Mobile Analyst, JUPITER RESEARCH.

Ave Wrigley, Head of New Media Development, ITN.

Peter Miles, CEO, SUBTV.

Dr Tony Houghton, Customer Experience Consultant , BT.

Andrew Lowenstein, VP of Business Development, FIREFLY MOBILE.

Jonathon Arber, Analyst, OVUM.

James Foxx, CMO, AMP’D MOBILE.


Scott Weeman, Senior Director of Global Licensing and Products, BUONGIORNO VITAMINIC.

Larry Moores, Senior VP Global Business, SK WIDERTHAN.

Adam Tolnay, Social Entrepreneur and Lecturer, STANFORD UNIVERSITY.



I am on the CNN money web site today ..


I am on CNN money today! Full article as below and link following the article.

Follow the Web 2.0 money

Too much money chasing too few deals? Who cares? VCs still upbeat about the next wave of Web services.

Grace Wong, CNNMoney.com staff writer

July 13 2006: 2:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Web 2.0 may be a buzz word, but it’s still attracting big bucks.

Some of the novelty surrounding Web 2.0 has worn away since the term first gained traction in 2004, but venture capitalists in search of the next big thing are still pouring money into the industry.

Venture capitalists invested $3 billion in Web 2.0 firms last year, up nearly 9 percent from 2004, according to the MoneyTree report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association.

As the growing penetration of broadband makes the Internet a routine part of life, these so-called Web 2.0 sites – which revolve around user-oriented and user-driven content – are revolutionizing the way people interact with the Web.

Ajit Jaokar, a Web 2.0 evangelist who also chairs Oxford University’s next generation mobile applications forum, refers to Web 2.0 as the “intelligent Web.”

“It’s about harnessing the collective intelligence. The users are the ones who add value to these sites,” he said.

With online advertising booming, some of these start-ups can become viable businesses, venture capitalists said.

“These firms represent the new wave of consumer online services. They’re able to leverage lower infrastructure costs to generate real businesses,” said Neil Sequeira, a principal with Cambridge, Mass.-based VC firm General Catalyst Partners.

There’s some concern that venture capitalists are creating a Web 2.0 investment bubble, and while industry insiders say there’s more capital flowing than there are opportunities, it’s not all hype.

“There’s a lot of enthusiasm about all that is afoot. With the growth in broadband and wireless connectivity, there’s a fundamental shift in how people experience the Internet,” said Gary Morgenthaler, general partner at Morgenthaler Ventures.

Web users can be fickle though, and rival sites can spring up virtually overnight and overtake established market leaders.

The canonical example: Kleiner Perkins-backed Friendster, one of the first sites to connect friends on the Web, doesn’t even rank among the top 10 social networking sites today.

According to Web traffic tracker Nielsen//NetRatings, Friendster now attracts only a fraction of the audience of MySpace – the site Rupert Murdoch bought for $580 million last year.

Winners circle widens

There’s a lot of money chasing the same opportunities, and competition can be stiff, VCs said. But the consumer market is also large enough for there to be more than one winner in any given sector, they said.

The market can be segmented – for instance online communities can be formed around age, according to David Shapiro, a director at 3i, one of the largest private equity and venture capital firms in the world.

“You can make multiple winners that way. There is the ability to leverage online communities in a more specialized way,” Shapiro said.

The smart money flows to innovative firms with solid business plans, VCs said.

David Sze of Greylock Partners says he’s wary of copycats that don’t offer anything new to the user experience. “The biggest thing that scares me is the me-too companies. I look for those that are leaders, first-movers or innovators.”

Not every start-up is going to make it, but those that do – through a public listing or corporate acquisition – generate plenty of interest in the market.

“It’s a tough stock environment and it’s hard to find growth,” Rob Lutts, president and CIO with Cabot Money Management said.

“The common theme of these Web 2.0 firms is that they’re using the Internet to improve productivity in older industries, which can have a startling effect on the economy,” he said.

link : THIS link!

I make it to the O’Reilly radar ..

It’s been a great day for me!

Its flattering to get good feedback from two very clued on guys on the web ..

First Alex Barnett said about my post Tim O’ Reilly’s seven principles of web 2.0 make a lot more sense if you change the order

In my view Ajit has nailed it. What he’s done, brilliantly and simply, is made one of the seven principles as the higher-level ‘collective application’, making the remaining six principles components of the collective application. The ‘collective application’ is the Intelligent Web.


Tim O Reilly himself mentioned the same post on the O Reilly radar ..

Principles of Web 2.0 Make More Sense if You Change the Order

So writes Ajit Jaokar, arguing that “Harnessing Collective Intelligence” is the root principle of Web 2.0, and the others make sense to the extent that you understand how they feed into (and draw from) this one. He’s absolutely right:

Many thanks Alex and Tim!

I am speaking at investnet in Dublin ..

If you are attending, lets meet there. Its on Oct 20 and sounds very interesting as per the site details and links below. I look forward to meeting some interesting people and discussing about mobility and digital convergence. As a publisher focussed on mobility and digital convergece, I very much like to meet and discuss developers from other countries especially places like Ireland and South Korea where there is a lot happening!

Their URL is HERE

International Wireless Conference 2005

20th October 2005

Ireland’s Wireless Conference – Preparing Ireland’s indigenous wireless sector for future developments and opportunities…

This first International Irish Wireless Conference will establish Dublin as an annual meeting place for mobile application developers and operators. Together the conference and the exhibition will facilitate networking for leading industry and research delegates, making it an unrivalled platform for generating new business and exchanging ideas.