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I run an IT Security consulting firm based out of India. We started off from scratch in 2001 when I was 21, and have offices in Mumbai, Bahrain, and UAE. The idea behind the blog is to share the stories of how we run the business, the deals we make, the deals that break, the heartburn, and the sheer joy.

The Ultimate Startup Guide

The Ultimate Startup Guide is an e-book that provides answers to all your questions related to starting and growing a business in India. Everything you wanted to know about entrepreneurship in India from ideation to registration to marketing to hiring. The book contains a large number of practical examples, anecdotes, interviews, and motivational material to help you get started, and to grow rapidly in a booming Indian economy. If you've got the idea, this book will help you through with the execution and realize your dreams. Here are some of the key questions you will find answered in this book:
  • When starting a business, what are the legal issues involved?
  • What form of incorporation is better suited to which type of business?
  • What tax issues are involved?
  • How do I start a business and what are the pitfalls?
  • How do I market my business in the absence of significant funding?
  • How do I get funded?
  • What are the basic accounting concepts I should be aware of?
  • What is a business plan and how should I build one?
The brief table of contents of the book is as follows:
  1. Getting started
  2. Ideation
  3. Forms of Enterprises
  4. Funding
  5. Basic Accounting and Taxation
  6. Import and Export Licensing
  7. Trademark and Patenting
  8. Rules for NRIs and Foreigners
  9. Building a Business Plan
  10. Marketing on a Shoestring
  11. Website and Branding
  12. Women Entrepreneurs
  13. Templates
To order the Ultimate Startup Guide - email me at kkmookhey@gmail.com.

Details of the book are:
Title: The Ultimate Startup Guide
Author: Kanwal Mookhey
Pages: 150
Additional: Companion CD contains numerous templates for building your business plan, calculating cashflow, preparing profit and loss, and balance sheets, preparing invoices, your resume and profile, marketing material, websites, contracts, and many other useful and motivational material.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Overwhelmed!

I am quite likely to take a hiatus from blogging till the 15th. The following work is piled up (and all my pride about my multi-tasking skills is faltering):

  1. Writing and testing some scripts and developing a tool for a firewall analysis project we're currently doing - Perl, SSH and Visual Studio. We're already a tad bit behind schedule on this one.
  2. Writing a book on a really cool security tool - actually I am just one of three other authors, but it should be nice to have a published book. It requires Linux, which requires VMWare, which hogs up half my RAM, and makes my work really slow!
  3. Regular email correspondence - with Mumbai office, partners, and other assorted communication. I also managed to delete a couple of hundred emails accidentally, when trying out the mail2web service! ARGH!
  4. Gmail is constantly on with its built-in chat functionality, which I use to keep in touch with people back at the office
  5. Our accountant just got a very tempting offer from a larger firm, so preparing a counter-offer to make him stay on. I hope he does!
  6. Managing an ISO 27001 compliance project directly, and a couple of other projects remotely
  7. Have to fly out of here next week to wrap up one of our biggest compliance projects, and somehow extricate myself from the current firewall project (see #1). This is going to be one helluva challenge.
  8. We posted for an opening on Monster.com for a VP of operations for our Mumbai office. (I need to take a vacation soon!). Have received over 250 responses in 4 days, and I now need to trudge through that deluge to find out who would fit the bill. Shall post on this more, as things progress.
Things got slightly more complicated due to a trip I had to make to Delhi to discuss a possible partnership with IBM. The deadline for the book is the 15th of June, so it is likely that I will be ale to post again only after that.

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