1st Metbloggers meet in Hyderabad

4 souls (with bodies :) of course) met for first ever metbloggers meet in the city of Nawabs. Our chosen venue was Cafe Coffee Day at Banjara Hills Road No. 1. Designated time for the meet was 4 pm.

Rajat, Rajan and I were there at the cafe since 3 pm as I was interviewing both of them for an upcoming series on entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in India. We were still discussing entrepreneurship when Sandeep joined us around 4:30 pm.

Though we were meeting Sandeep for the first time but there seemed to be no difficulty in recognizing each other. It is easy to locate somebody who is of the same breed (bachelor:) and blogger).

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Sitting left to right (Sandeep Srivastava, M. Thiyagarajan “Rajan”, Rajat Gupta)

The discussion started with Sandeep sharing his life before he joined Microsoft, his current employer and his earlier brush with startups. It then moved on to personal interests. We found out that Sandeep is deeply interested in religion and philosophy. Sandeep got to know more about Advetta – the startup co-founded by Rajan and Rajat. I shared my interest in writing and future plans of getting into publishing. Rajat remembered my interest and later mailed me an interesting article on Digital Publishing.

Later in the evening topics like Reliance’s retail push and sex as a search term took the center stage. Some other points also got a part of our mindspace. Here is the list;

– State of entrepreneurship in India
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– Growth of Hyderabad metblogging community
– Creation of a blogroll of all Hyderabad bloggers
– Creation of an entrepreneurial ecosystem with nurtures entrepreneurship

With a roll call (on paper napkin – the idea was inspired by recent Mumbai bloggers meet), we decided to call it a day at around 6:45 pm.

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I guess now you have a fair idea about what went on. No worries if you feel like having missed a good discussion. As plans are ripe to arrange another blogger’s meet at the end of this month. All bloggers are invited to grace the event.

If you are visiting Hyderabad around last weekend of June, do join us. Normally we go Dutch* for coffee. But for bloggers who are visiting from outside Hyderabad, coffee will be on us. Stay tuned for announcement of exact schedule.

Apart from being the first ever metbloggers meet in Hyderabad; interesting discussions also made this gathering special. Hopefully there are many more to come.

Folks who could not join us; please share your thoughts here.

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*Go Dutch (idiom); To pay one’s own expenses on a date or outing.

6 Comments so far

  1. Ramesh (unregistered) on June 7th, 2006 @ 12:40 am

    I missed being there. An emergency at home. But am excited about this. When we started the planning for the BarCamp back in March, we realised that there were no Hyderabad specific blogs or sites, where we could post about the BarCamp. Tahst where we set out to create some well visited multi-author blogs. INitiated contact with Metblogs, and started a hydtech-blog. Now both are operational. One is a generic blog on Hyderabad, and the other on technology happenenings and developments in and about Hyderabad. And hope that good articles build up, and this results in good traction. And also hope that thebloggers form into an active community. Personally I see more possibilities for what we can do as a group. If we can get 30-40 active bloggers together, that will be a very powerful channel for many things. So.. Hyderabad. Are you game? Do join us for the next meet planned for end of month.


  2. Jayasimha Makineni (unregistered) on June 7th, 2006 @ 1:52 am

    Pity I do not live any more in Hyderabad. I shall keenly follow your metblog and blog if I feel that it might help.


  3. Amit Agarwal (unregistered) on June 7th, 2006 @ 9:43 am

    Guys, can you annotate the picture so that we know you names.


  4. Mohit Pawar (unregistered) on June 7th, 2006 @ 12:16 pm

    @ Ramesh: We also missed your presence. You are right about the strength of the group. Hopefully the spirit of collaboration will shine again.

    @ Jayasimha: Sure, looking forward to share more with you. Please suggest if you want anything specific to be covered.

    @ Amit: Good idea. Please note – sitting L to R (Sandeep Srivastava, M. Thiyagarajan “Rajan”, Rajat Gupta). Thanks for your suggestion :)


  5. Rajan (unregistered) on June 7th, 2006 @ 5:54 pm

    @Ramesh

    During the meet we also planned to have a bigger c blogger (all the blogger community of hyderabad including the authors of metroblog) meet at the end of this month.

    Rajan


  6. Rahul (unregistered) on June 13th, 2006 @ 8:25 pm

    sorry! guys i was not able to attend the meet.I had a exam.
    I hope to catch u guyz on the 2nd meet………



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