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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.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Lacunae in Indian privacy laws hit business

Recent events of data theft at high profile BPO's (HSBC and Mphasis BFL come to mind) have resulted in two biggies - Apple and Powergen - pulling their back office operations out of India. I remember NDTV did a scoop where they found mobile phone call information could be found out for less than Rs. 5000 (USD 100) for any given person.

I have commented elsewhere about the lacunae in India's Information Technology Act 2000, the only piece of legislation that directly deals with cybercrime. Unfortunately, it does not contain much on methods for investigation and forensics and guarantees little by way of data privacy.

Here's what I think is lacking in the Act:

  1. Does not mandate the forensics procedure to be adopted for the evidence to be admissible in court.
  2. Is too Draconian in some respects, especially sections related to Offences by companies, Confiscation, Hacking, and Publishing of Obscene information
  3. Setting up of the Cyber Appellate Tribunal or posting of the adjudicating officer as mandated in section 46 and 57
  4. Too much of a focus on digital signatures, digital certificates and certifying authorities - very few sections deal with actual cyber crimes
  5. Data privacy is not addressed in either the Indian IT Act or anywhere else.
  6. Does not address practical issues of actually implementing the measures it lists out
  7. Although, cyber security cells have been set up in the major cities around the country, they’re often under-staffed and under-equipped
Although, there is an initiative by the Ministry of Information Technology to accept revisions and suggestions for the Act, nothing has come of it. NASSCOM for all it's statements about cyber-security as well as the launch of the Indo-US Cyber Security Forum have achieved naught.

Further reading:
  1. What's wrong with our cyber laws
  2. IT Act languishes thanks to government negligence
  3. Loopholes in IT Act nag Indian corporates