Thursday, October 26, 2006


Vaibhav Domkundwar - Better Labs

This is awesome for Evan, and I totally believe in the model and everything he outlined on his blog post about Obvious.

Its funny how I thought, I was reading my own thoughts as I read through his justification, as we have build exactly the same model at Better Labs (http://www.betterlabs.net) since Dec 2005. Most importantly, we have build this completely out of our Pune, India office which bring a lot more scalability for the experiments - what we call as the 12-24 month web service, beyond which the successful ones will thrive as independent companies. dealplumber (http://www.dealplumber.com), indiagoes (http://www.indiagoes.com), iNods (http://www.inods.com) are already in their 1.0 versions.

However, there is a BIG CHALLENGE of how do you follow through after your 1.0 version to drive traffic and customer acquisition, which will make or break this model for everyone who attempts it.

Its re-assuring though, to think someone else who is a lot more accomplished thinks the same.

All the very best to Evan, and his team.

Yaser Anwar

To Vaibhav & Michael;

You both have quite a lot of experience, at least I know Michael does, when it comes to making innovations when it comes to consumers on the web.

I'm curious as to how many firms, if any, conduct focus group sessions to determine what customers would like to see.

Michael this question is for you- You're aware of the saying, "Build it and they shall come." Is it always innovation (of new web services) without knowledge of whether it will be accepted? or an XYZ company conducting lots of focus groups and after that a eureka moment and then working on that xyz idea?

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