Chennai OCC, 1 June
Twenty-five members of the Chennai Open Coffee Club (OCC) came together on 1 June for the monthly meet-up at Cafe Amethyst in central Chennai.
This time, the meet-up focused on networking between the participants. As always, the participants were a mix of regulars and newcomers.
Dwight Di Mito read about OCC on the Internet and dropped in. He is a founder of the Canadian Entrepreneur Opportunists, an organization that promotes entrepreneurship in Canada. Mito is on tour to India to build connections between the Indian and Canadian start-up ecosystems.
Vivek Rajagopal, founder of Unleash Networks and a presenter at Proto.in 2007, led a mini-discussion on business models for start-ups. Should you make your product expensive and sell to companies? Or keep it cheap and sell in volumes to consumers? Or even make it free and profit from premium services? These are dilemmas for any start-up founder deciding on which model to choose.
Balaji Sowmyanarayanan, organizer of the popular Amazon Web Services (AWS) meet-ups in Chennai, talked about creating a community around AWS. We also had organizers from Proto.in discussing the state of start-ups in the country and the forthcoming Proto.in start-up event (Visit http://www.proto.in for more).
One highlight was when Ravi Shankar, who works at a start-up, said he was looking to hire. Later in the meet, I met someone who wanted to work at a start-up. A match was made and Shankar closed the hire. “The advantage of meet-ups like OCC is that candidates and employees can interact without placement officers and organizational procedures getting in the way,” said Shankar.
Siddharta Govindaraj is the founder of Silver Stripe Software Pvt. Ltd, a start-up that develops tools for software development. He is the co-organizer of the Chennai OCC, and is involved in organizing Proto.in and other community events in Chennai.