shoto 2.0 pre-release notes :)

2013 has been the year of wanting to get back memories, private sharing and private conversation… we’ve been working tirelessly to build a comprehensive yet simple offering and with their guidance I present our next version – by no means perfect but thanks to the feedback of our early users (shotoSky) we believe we have a good starting point.

IMG 2357shotoGrams

So here is what is new:


Now you can send albums to your friends and loved ones from your Christmas Party or New Year’s Bash, and all in a few seconds! This coupled with the auto-private sharing will mean you have those precious memories available to you all the time.

You can also now have private conversations, called shotoGrams, with users who you’ve invited to an album or users who are already contributing to it. Maybe tell someone how nice their Christmas tree was??


Overlays on TimelineNew Welcome Screen

We listened – you said you wanted it to be smoother and faster so we reduced registration to 3 screens, and added hints to make the first experience more intuitive.

We’ve also added some photos from us, a default notification so you know how it works and a default friend (us).

There is also a big invite button that allows you to invite friends into an album, and once you’ve invited them into an album, other moments where you’ve been together will come up automatically!
The call-back option lets you use an iPod or iPad – we just ring your regular phone – whichever it is with a code.


Many of you asked us if you could have older memories that you had downloaded come onto shoto – now you can. Just fire up iTunes and back up the photos to your iPhone and voila – they will get uploaded asap as long as they have location.


As an iPhone user you now get either an SMS or a Push Notification for important updates like “New Photos from Old Albums” or a “Memory you’ve not seen” once a day around lunch. We also send timely push notifications for things like new friends joining or a shotoGram.

I’m super excited about this release – the team has worked tirelessly over the last months to bring alive.

power of the few- rules in the cloud

We were asked by the Government of India to write about what we think about regulation in the cloud – as we feel so strongly I thought it would be important to share it with all of you.

Final Paper – Regulatory Framework for Cloud Computing

The “power of few” is quite simply the main reason why governments around the world need to look at this phenomena, new industry and paradigm shift known as the “cloud” with a new set of eyes and a new set of values. It is here, it is changing and it will continue to re-shape economies from yesterday to tomorrow.

The power of the few outlines the change – movement from millions of individual units (computers) that are not necessarily linked nor controlled to the cloud where all of them are grouped and huddled… and controlled by a handful of companies. When a nation’s economic agility is thus controlled by a “few” they have power that needs regulation but one that does not cripple innovation or stifle growth.

Give me a shout on what you think…

What does a CEO do and tianjin?!

Whilst thinking about planning my packing to the lovely city of Tianjin for this years World Economic Forum Summer Davos session I got an email from my little cousin with a link that actually one of our board had also sent me some days back.

So without repeating what I read – I wanted to link to the article as I think it is very insightful…

The important here is to note a few really important elements in the CEO hat:

1. In the beginning the CEO does everything – sweep the floor to decide billion dollar vision.

2. At a certain points he/she build a team and starts to flow the creative juices – he/she is in the team.

3. At a certain point, arguable, he or she is partly in the team and partly out of it… in some cases the bond with the COO grows but distinctly the job at the top becomes lonely.

4. They have to usher brilliance and encourage people to take chances yet shepherd the company to steer properly; this is sometimes contradictory.

5. They have to be able to live and breathe uncertainty externally and yet breathe calm/peace when they look into the eyes of those in their company…

6. They need to excite, inspire and push forward… and ideally create a chain reaction so everyone else does.

7. They need to focus on long term and short terms – stitching what sometimes look as different chapters from a different book into a single book!

8. They at times need to make unpopular decisions and things that align with the vision.

9. They need to smile a lot and be able to communicate culture, vision but also failure with the same passion and gusto…


More on Tianjin in the next post – am about to leave this coffee shop! Oh the perils of running around in monsoon season in India!

Peter Day! My 30mins with him!

Peter Day – if you do not know – is a the unbelievably charismatic journalist at the BBC with whom I have done a few interviews –

The experience was exhilirating – they did 3 interviews including one at the World Economic Forum in Davos!

Sachin and Peter Day!


BBC Site –

nivio – in 60 words

I have often been asked to try and summarise nivio in 60 words; great way to tell you all about the service… so here goes…

“Nivio makes computing as simple & affordable as Cable TV. A secure virtual Windows Desktop running in the Cloud, accessible through internet connected devices & computers.

Nivio can be bundled with a device for the 5bn people without a computer, or used through internet cafés. It promotes freedom; liberating the users from current frustrations of data loss, obsolescence, viruses and accessibility.”

I would love to get your feedback (admittedly we are still bug fixing!) –

Vista vs XP – is XP really obsolete… i mean really really?

I was reading this

and about 30 mins earlier was speaking to someone in our engineering team (for what we are actually engineering check out – I really can’t understand why Vista happened the way it did – was it rushed? over ambitious? or just a wrong approach… now Microsoft is a great friend so I want to be careful and clarify that my obervations are purely “academic” 🙂

now this is a topic of great debate and many wiser and greater folk have written about this but i felt compelled after reading this and doing a quick scan of the guys in the office – it was unbelievable – 75% of the folks had installed XP on a vista machine as they either didnt quite get vista or had some compatibility issue with it with some application.

infact I know we had a lot of trouble developing nivioSync for vista (esp vista 64) because of all the UAC Control… on my IBM  thinkpad the new update includes some nice looking aero upgrades to their utilities but for some reason it now consumes 300% the system resources of the non aero kit…

whether people would goto the extreme of old kit to get windows I am not sure but what is clear is that if MS makes XP completely obsolete it will be opening up a can of worms that is beyond simple support issues – i know we are planning to skip providing vista to our users and jump straight to Win7 which hopefully will be more stable and more compatible.

that being said – vista does have some great features but its one where some of the annoying things just out weigh the great things…

linux, whilst a great OS, is still too far in my opinion from really making it to the consumer space and being critically accepted – we forget that there are only a few hundred million people who really get computers – probably less.. the rest of the world (that has a PC) or use shared access systems will probably get windows with far more ease – but more importantly think of windows as synonymous for a computer!