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Saranyan Vigraham

Saranyan is an entrepreneur and engineer. He spent over three years at Qualcomm as a senior engineer and design verification lead. Before joining Qualcomm, he got his PhD in Computer Science. Presently, he is focused on Turunga, an early stage startup, which began as an IP management company, but has quickly evolved to a social enterprise. Turunga is currently prototyping products and technologies that can empower an individual, organization or a society to have access to targeted information irrespective of socio-economic barriers like illiteracy and poverty. Other than this primary project, sometimes you can spot Saranyan painting or writing stories or composing poems or reading philosophy. During those intensely creative moments, please be advised that his energy is extremely contagious.

I believe that in this digital era, information is a basic right. Without access to quality information, the living standards are compromised. Knowing what exists around us gives us a better understanding of what is possible. This is the biggest thing that the bottom of pyramid population (BoP) lacks. This is also the thing that I am looking to change.

Recent blog posts

Thanks AC4D and Mr. Miyagi

After 3 months of a dry patch where blogging disappeared into the horizon, I am back with a personal post about my AC4D journey and answers to some personal questions about why I am in this program. My break from blogging was a conscious decision resulting from some chaos and confusion about my expectations from…

Importance of client experience

This week’s take away from our project was the importance of client experience. When we synthesized our data, we found that almost everyone we talked to emphasized the importance of client experience on some level. Further, it was interesting to note that people who were associated with administrative activities cared about external perceptions (community awareness) while…

Is information the problem?

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Art of collecting stories – TED talk

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Sustainable product design

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When products create a new ecosystem

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Three steps to executing ideas

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Perception of Creativity

In 2005, chess grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand was part of one of the famous chess tragedies against Van Wely. Anand literally threw the game away from his grasp when he went against his instincts and chose a complex chess move instead of a simple one. This following quote the next day from Anand summarizes a great…

Co-existence

Co-existence is the one word that defines the entire Indian social dynamics. It is the mantra to survive. Be it for an entrepreneur, an office goer, cricket mom (pun intended), student or a child. You need to learn to co-exist in this place. Rather, it should be the way of life. If you can do…

Pitch the ball..literally!

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Chaos, Magic and Home

There I am. I landed in Delhi finally after an exciting time at Dubai (a separate post). The recent conclusion of common wealth games meant that the city was clean and renovated to a large extent, which is a testimony to what pride of hosting a prestigious event can do (Note to self – blog…

Insights

One nice thing (among others) that AC4D has done is to provide new insights about old problems. There is a refreshing way to thinking about familiar problems. The theory class was one of the classes that I enjoyed most for the mental stimulation it provided. Like Jon says,  the ideas and mental exercises are good.…

Landmarks and Experiences

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The Focal Point of Technological Innovations

“The drive toward complex technical achievement offers a clue to why the U.S. is good at space gadgetry and bad at slum problems.  ~John Kenneth Galbraith” The world as we see today has different layers in terms of technological acceptance and usage. While it is clear that technology seems to be ubiquitous in our everyday…

What data is…? Reflections…

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