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Press releases of present/past product launches

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Core breakthrough product / feature launches from the beginning of my career till date!

Flipkart Internet Private Limited, India

Flipkart Immediate payments service for instant refunds – http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Flipkart-to-offer-customers-refund-within-24-hours/articleshow/48742538.cms

Flipkart Reservation service for flash sales – http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/LeEco-sells-70000-Le-1S-phones-in-two-seconds-during-Flipkart-flash-sale/articleshow/50823070.cms

Flipkart Product exchange offer to provide good value for money – http://stories.flipkart.com/exchange-your-old-phone/

Flipkart/EKart – Smart pickup capability for the e/m-commerce last mile (supply chain/logistics eco-system)

Flipkart/EKart – Cash deposit machine automation for delivery hubs in the last mile (supply chain/logistics eco-system)

Capillary Technologies Pte. Ltd., Singapore

Dual screen technology for Retail Point of sale cashier systems – http://www.freshpatents.com/Naveen-Athresh-Bangalore-invdxn.php

Point of sale loyalty / coupon integration store client / clienteling system – http://capillarytech.com/products/instore-marketer/

Omni channel / social media integration for Capillary’s clients – http://capillarytech.com/products/social-connect/

iPass Inc. San Francisco

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/ipass-offers-it-sponsored-global-wi-fi-access-to-resolve-rising-byod-network-costs-2012-09-18
–Enterprise connectivity (Wi-Fi) product (USA)

http://www.techradar.com/news/world-of-tech/roundup/ipass-launches-new-service-to-reduce-byod-costs-1098124
–Enterprise connectivity (Wi-Fi) product (UK)

http://www.computerworlduk.com/news/mobile-wireless/3382108/firms-offered-more-control-over-byod-mobile-costs/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/09/19/ipass_local/

http://www.techzone360.com/topics/techzone/articles/2012/09/18/308248-ipass-offers-it-sponsored-global-wi-fi-access.htm

http://www.afaqsreporter.com/static_pages/66/2383.html

IDrive Inc.

–Online media Consumer product

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2007/04/prweb514541.htm

–Online backup SAS 70 certification (Statement of auditing standards)

http://www.ibackup.com/online-backup-news/

–IBackup SMB / online backup consumer product

http://www.idrive.com/online-backup-news.htm

–IDrive online backup consumer product

Written by Naveen Athresh

September 23, 2012 at 11:00 am

Interaction design (IXD) – design/strategy

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Image courtesy: http://www.amazon.com/About-Face-Essentials-Interaction-ebook/dp/B001C323BI/ref=pd_sim_kinc_1?ie=UTF8&m=AH9CGK6QR37LL

Image courtesy: http://www.amazon.com/Inmates-Are-Running-Asylum-ebook/dp/B000OZ0N62/ref=pd_sim_kinc_2?ie=UTF8&m=AH9CGK6QR37LL

I have always believed in IXD as a forefront of developing and building and selling products customers would love.

I have been in the Product industry for long enough and used to recruit/closely work with a fairly large sized IXD and graphic design team in my previous company so understand the importance of this.

Cooper (http://www.cooper.com/about/books.html) is a major IXD company and I found references to some books by Alan Cooper from Marty Cagan’s book – Inspired so decided to give those a read. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Naveen Athresh

January 16, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Apple Mac Store – review

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I have been playing around with the Apple Mac Store over the last weekend and found it absolutely enthralling and easy to use.

I wanted Keynote which I had been using on my MacBook White from quite a while. However, the iWork 09 website gives me the Keynote as part of the total package to buy and install or ship to.

I then tried to goto the Keynote website and it connected me to the Mac Store where I could purchase a licensed copy of Keynote for just $19.99 without Numbers and Pages (part of the bundle with iWork 09). Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Naveen Athresh

January 10, 2011 at 1:40 am

Trainings/certifications for 2010

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As I look back towards my 2010, it’s been an eventful year. The icing on the cake was the number of trainings I went to and got myself educated. I basically went back to school to learn more. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Naveen Athresh

December 30, 2010 at 3:32 pm

amazon kindle – amazing app for iPhone 4/iPad

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I wanted to read up a few books and decided to download it wirelessly on my mobile devices namely the iPhone 4 and the iPad. It’s been about 1-year since I became a Certified Agile ScrumMaster and I am now in the Product Owner role in Product Management in a company which uses Agile methodologies heavily. It was but natural that I read up as much as I can on Agile best practices.

1. Agile Estimating and Planning – Mike Cohn

Agile estimating and planning - Mike Cohn

2. Succeeding with Agile: Software development using Scrum

Succeeding with Agile - Mike Cohn

It was fabulous! The ease of use of connectivity with amazon servers and the instant 1-click purchase made things so simple that I was left wondering: Why would anybody want to goto Barnes and Noble anymore when ease of use of book purchases trumps every other mechanism! This is high quality information at my fingertips within a single click!

I also was freely able to use amazon’s Manage my kindle option to send an ebook to my iPad and then because that was at home, transfer and download it on my iPhone 4 which I had in my pocket!

Awesome – amazon.com – the kindle app on the iPhone 4 and iPad rocks!

Written by Naveen Athresh

December 30, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Silicon valley product group (SVPG)

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Inspired - Marty Cagan

Image courtesy: http://www.amazon.com/Inspired-Create-Products-Customers-Love/dp/0981690408/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1293701512&sr=1-1

http://www.svpg.com

http://svpg.com/inspired-how-to-create-products-customers-love/

A couple of months ago, I got this fantastic opportunity to attend this training and found it extremely value adding. My friend recommended it to me and I jumped at this chance!

I am a products person and have been in this field from the beginning of my career so this is the only language I understand. I am in a job where I have to travel occasionally and work across distributed time zones and multiple cultures/people and it is a very valuable learning experience in building products and productized service offerings for the future! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Naveen Athresh

December 18, 2010 at 9:19 am

Bought my Dodo iPad case from SFO

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I bought my own custom Dodo case from SFO for my iPad. This is so beautiful and I saw my colleague have a similar one so ordered one online for myself while I was at SFO.

It’s really cool and looks like a real book!

Here is the link to Dodo: http://www.dodocase.com/

Written by Naveen Athresh

December 3, 2010 at 8:23 am

MacBook Pro – review

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On my most recent trip to the USA, I bought an Apple MacBook Pro 15″ from Hillsdale, San Mateo, California!

It’s awesome!

I had recently sold my older MacBook White to my old office colleague and decided I could not live without a Mac and being an Apple fan, I immediately bought my Mac!

I got it for a great price and since the same model in India costs a lot more, did save a lot of money on this gadget! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Naveen Athresh

November 29, 2010 at 6:48 pm

iPad case from Apple

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I forgot to mention that about a fortnight ago, I procured this case as well. I know all too well as to the ramifications of not having proper protection for such devices (my iPhone was lost because of a faulty case that did not do it’s job well) and did not want to even chance it again.

This is Apple’s case and it’s leather and hard cover which protects the iPad. Yes, it does not obviously protect the touchscreen glass from fingerprints but then that is to be expected. You just have to wipe it with a damp cloth and the stains go away.

Written by Naveen Athresh

June 9, 2010 at 11:02 am

Garmin nuvi 215 GPS receiver/device

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I had trouble operating my BlackBerry 9000 GPS while on the go in a recent West Coast of India trip. This was something that guided me through every nook and corner during my East Coast of India trip in January earlier this year so I wanted to get a proper GPS device.

1. To solve this, I spoke to Airtel who said they had stopped providing GPS services. They had a service called Wayfinder which was their tip-up with mywayfinder.com and that used to provide the GPS navigational service for Airtel customers. This was stopped by them for unknown reasons.

2. Another pain point was that my direct subscription with mapmyindia.com for my BlackBerry 9000 for 1-year had ceased in Feb 2010 and mapmyindia.com themselves stopped supplying the maps for the BlackBerry 9000 device for some strange reason which no one in their customer support was able to answer to.

3. Also, my concern was that even the basic Google Maps through the device in-built GPS receiver was not working so we had to manually find our way through a lot of places we covered during this West Coast trip.

This was the problem statement: A need for a reliable all time multi purpose GPS device which is rock solid without bothering about other TPP (third party providers) such as Airtel or mapmyindia.com suddenly deciding to stop operating GPS/mapping services for their own whims and fancies and letting customers suffer as a result without so much as a proper notification of the service being stopped.

Solution: Who else to goto than to GARMIN – the world’s best maker of GPS navigational equipment. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Naveen Athresh

June 9, 2010 at 9:49 am