Idid use a Rolodex till about a year-and-a-half ago. Now I have a card scanner, so my secretary scans any new cards, and the information is available to me on Outlook. The card then gets lodged alphabetically in one of our three Rolodexes. My secretary updates my contacts regularly, as I add about 15-20 new contacts per week. Over time, I’ve collected a few thousand.
CEO and MD, Future Media (India) Ltd
I’m not even comfortable using emails on a regular basis. I still prefer a tool like my old Rolodex, which came into my possession some 24 years ago when I was a drug inspector in Mumbai, to keep my contacts’ information.
Dr Venkateshwarlu, Drug Controller of India
I haven’t used a Rolodex in the past seven or eight years. I have a card reader, and all the information goes right into my PDA (personal digital assistant) and computer.
Chairman and CEO of India subcontinent, Leo Burnett
I update my contacts on Outlook Express. My Outlook is synchronized with my BlackBerry, so that is the PDA I use to refer to contacts while on the move. I had something like a Rolodex—a time planner, I think it was called—way back in the 1980s and early 1990s. I haven’t used it since.
Director, Nexus India Capital
Who needs a Rolodex? I last owned one in the mid-1990s. It’s so terribly 20th century. For the past decade or so, I’ve been storing my contact information on whatever computing device I happen to be using.
I add information from business cards to my BlackBerry, which automatically updates my Outlook address book. If I’m abroad for a long period, I do it myself, but if it’s a short trip or if I’m in India, I ask my secretary to input the information. I have no use for unnecessary paper. A Rolodex is not searchable and you cannot cross-reference. I used to have a Rolodex and a card index, but both are now empty.
President, advertising sales and distribution, Star India Pvt. Ltd
I don’t use a Rolodex or any other personal organizer. I update my business contacts on Outlook Express on my computer.
Managing director, IDG Ventures India
I don’t think anyone uses a Rolodex anymore. I have one, but I’m old school. I had a standard size one, but ran out of space, so I got myself another, and that soon filled up as well. Then I decided to be a betrayer—dump the Rolodex and get a card scanner instead. This way, I can easily update and maintain my numbers. I have kept my Rolodexes for sentimental reasons; I don’t refer to them anymore, but my secretary does.
Meenakshi Madhvani organizes her visiting card piles
Managing partner, Spatial Access Media Solutions Pvt. Ltd
My Rolodex is on my desk with all my visiting cards. Someone gave it to me, and my secretary Sylvia efficiently arranged my cards in it. I used to backup my phone numbers regularly and store them on my Treo, which was so user-friendly that it actually encouraged you to make backups. But I don’t use that phone any more, so storing numbers in my phone is no longer a priority. My main source of numbers is my Rolodex but, to be honest, more so my secretary, because she has more numbers on her computer than the Rolodex can accommodate.
Country manager, WPP Group
I’ve never used a Rolodex as it’s not easily available in India, but I had files to store my cards in. However, since a few years, I have my contacts’ business cards scanned on to my laptop and desktop.
CEO and MD, Reliance Brands Pvt. Ltd
I don’t use a Rolodex. I use a card index to store my business cards, and have important contacts stored in my phone and PDA.
Vice-president, Skin Care, Hindustan Unilever Ltd
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