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Hollywood v. Bollywood

first_imgHollywood has joined the turf war with Bollywood for Indian movie goers. Spider-Man 3 grossed $4.5 in its first weekend, the highest ever for a foreign movie in India and the movie is set to exceed the $13 million total box office gross of Titanic, the highest for a foreign film in India.Bollywood enjoys a near monopoly in India and foreign films account for less than 5 percent of $1 billion in theater tickets.However, last year the James Bond film Casino Royale released simultaneously in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu with 400 prints set a first weekend record for a foreign film. Until then, dubbed versions were released only after the English run was complete. Spider-Man 3 upped the ante, released in several regional dialects on 600 screens nationwide.Although Bollywood sells more tickets worldwide than the rest of the world combined, Bollywood’s global revenues are just 2 percent of Hollywood’s.  Related Itemslast_img read more

BCCI to host mini IPL in September

first_imgSHARE cricket SHARE SHARE EMAIL The BCCI is set to introduce a new Twenty20 event, to be branded as mini IPL, outside India in September.“In the month of September, the BCCI is willing to host a mini IPL or IPL overseas with all the eight teams participating,” BCCI president Anurag Thakur said at the conclusion of the Board’s Working Committee meeting here.“It will be a shorter format, not home and away matches but a lesser number of matches. In a two-week window we should be able to complete it,” he said.The BCCI move was on the cards with the scrapping of the Champions League T20 last year.The details of the shortened version of IPL are yet to be chalked out and possible venues are US and UAE, which has already hosted part of the IPL in 2014.The full-fledged IPL lasts about for almost two months. The ninth edition of the tournament was held in India from April 9 to May 29.Minutes after Thakur’s statement, the BCCI issued a release stating that “BCCI will explore the option of hosting Mini IPL overseas in September”.Going overseas is not new to IPL as the entire 2009 edition was held in South Africa due to the general election in India.Anil Kumble’s appointment as the head coach of the Indian team was also approved at the meeting.In another significant decision, the Committee approved that an Under-19 Cricketer can represent India only once in the Under 19 World Cup and any player entering the system at Under 19 stage can play only two seasons of Under 19 cricket.Amongst other decisions taken, the BCCI will now have a separate marketing budget for the promotion of the Test cricket. “The BCCI and the State Units will work together towards promotion and marketing of International matches,” said the BCCI statement as the Indian team gets ready for a busy home season consisting of 13 Tests.The Working Committee also approved the Technical Committee’s recommendation to hold Ranji Trophy matches at neutral venues.In another big change to domestic cricket, the Committee announced a new T20 league in place of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. “First, all state teams will play an Inter zonal league in their respective zones. All five zones selecting a zonal side to play an Inter Zonal League will follow it,” the released added.The release also stated that BCCI will start annual awards for state associations in categories like best website, best Facebook page, best Twitter handle, best Instagram, best media facility and best media operations. COMMENT COMMENTS BCCI president Anurag Thakur.   –  The Hinducenter_img June 24, 2016 Published on Possible venues are US and UAE × BCCI president Anurag Thakur.   –  The Hindulast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Rech by Alain Ducasse

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterRech by Alain Ducasse is welcoming guest chef Kei Kojima, the acclaimed chef de cuisine at the two-Michelin star Beige Alain Ducasse Tokyo (located on top of the Chanel Building) for Gala Seafood Dinners on 5-7 June 2018.Experience guest chef Kei Kojima’s refined French cuisine with Japanese influences, over a specially created five-course Gala Seafood Menu with top quality Japanese & French produce (HK$1688 plus 10% service per person).During his first Hong Kong visit, chef Kei is using the freshest seafood, imported from all parts of Japan, as well as France, combined with his French culinary mastery to create a unique dining experience.The Gala Seafood Menu includes:Delicate tomato royale, shellfishGrilled Japanese aoriika, seasonal vegetables and fruit, shaved black trufflePan-seared red mullet from Japan, girolles and green asparagus, mushroom reductionPoached blue lobster from France, quick-sautéed cabbageChocolate/matcha tea tartlet, cocoa nib crispAs per chef Kei Kojima, “The menu is all about freshness, immediacy and the genuine taste of the produce of the season. To mark the beginning of summer, my dishes are fresh, light and simple, while infused with my interpretation of nature.”The Amuse Bouche is an homage to Rech and its famous seafood platter, reinterpreted with the tomato, a star product in summer.Chef Kei has chosen grilled Japanese aoriika, as this is the perfect season for this ingredient. Its meat is soft, thick and a bit sweet. He lightly cooks this; there is no need for more. He is using colourful and attractive plating for this dish with zucchini, eggplant, tomato, and “confit” peach.Both the Japanese red mullet and French blue lobster are the most noble products of the sea. As such, the vegetables, condiments and jus do not need to show off. Chef Kei is just exalting the original flavour with his skilled cooking techniques, and dishes all prepared ‘à la minute’.The Japanese inspired dessert is made with matcha tea, exclusively paired with chocolate from the Alain Ducasse factory in Paris. It perfectly embodies the philosophy of Beige Alain Ducasse Tokyo cuisine.Click here for the Gala Seafood Dinner Menu.About Kei KojimaAfter beginning his career as a cook at the age of 18, Kei Kojima subsequently moved to France in 1988 and trained under internationally acclaimed chefs Michel Guérard, Alain Chapel and Pierre Gagnaire.Chef Kei then worked together with Alain Ducasse and his right-hand man Franck Cerutti for more than 10 years at the three-Michelin star Le Louis XV Alain Ducasse in Monaco, where he served as Sous-Chef for three years.Returning to Japan following 20 years of mastering French culinary techniques and experience at the most famous French restaurants, Kei became the executive chef at Alain Ducasse’s Bistrot Benoit in 2008.Since April 2010, he has been the executive chef of Beige Alain Ducasse Tokyo, which is located on the top floor of the CHANEL building in Tokyo.About Rech by Alain DucasseThe one-Michelin star Rech by Alain Ducasse offers an authentically French seafood experience, showcasing the best seasonal fish, shellfish and oysters with the chef’s personal interpretation and contemporary French cuisine and stunning harbour views.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

The One Only Law for SaaS vs the Many Freedoms You Should

first_imgI have been working with SaaS companies for almost a decade now and I continue to be surprised by the “rules” and “laws” that constrain them. I recently posted about Installed-Software-as-a-Service (ISaaS) and then entered into a great debate on the LinkedIn SaaS group on the topic. I have strong views on SaaS. Here is one of them:Maxwell’s Law for SaaSWhen it comes down to it, what is software as a service? I believe there is merely one law that should dictate SaaS, compared to many freedoms that it offers and that companies should take advantage of: Software as a service must be packaged and sold as a service with service-level agreements (SLAs). In essence, a SaaS vendor is selling service levels in addition to the current and future functionality of the product. This is in contrast to selling a file of software. The issue is quite simple if you think about snow removal (being from California and currently living in Boston, this is something that I unfortunately need to worry about). I could buy a snow removal product like a snow blower that comes with certain warranties and service associated with the product (spare parts, places to get the product fixed, etc.), or I could contract with a service provider to take care of it. If I contract with the service, all I care about is when they come to remove the snow and how clean my driveway and walks are when they are done. I also care about the price. I don’t care about the products they use, how much labor they are using, or anything else.  Just the price and the SLA. It is exactly the same with SaaS!The Many Freedoms SaaS OffersI also believe there are many freedoms associated with SaaS:You can put your SaaS stack wherever you determine is best for your customer. This includes running the software in your own data center(s), putting it on one or more private, virtual private, or public clouds, running it on bare metal, any operating system, or any cloud infrastructure.You can architect your product however you determine is best for your customer. This could include single-tenant, multi-tenant, or any other architectural approach that will serve your customer well.You can include installed software, an appliance, or anything else that is valuable to your customers as part of your offering.Your software can be consumed by users any way that is best for them. This includes using thin clients, thick clients, or any other client, and your software can be consumed by other software via an API or any other interface that works well for your customer.You can build any whole product by surrounding your core product with any level of “people” services that will be best for your customers. This includes strategic services, customization services, installation and configuration services, training, customer service, or any other service that address your customers’ needs.You can price and bill for your software however you want, so long as it works for you and your customers.  This includes subscription pricing, one-time pricing, or any other pricing.  This includes one-time billing, annual billing, quarterly billing, monthly billing, or any other billing.You can sell your product and services any way that you want. This includes direct from your website, use of inside sales, use of field sales, and/or selling through indirect sales partners, or bundling your product with other products that are sold through another vendor.You can set any growth strategy for your company that you believe will make you successful. This could include building a capital-efficient company and growing/managing based on CAC ratios and magic numbers, an all out “own the market at any cost” winner-take-all strategy, or anything in between.You can do anything else that you want to do that will add value to your customers and/or help you build a great business.Yes, I would like to see you minimize complexity, minimize labor, and have a great economic model, but most importantly, I would like to see you have a great competitive advantage and build a great company. And, of course, you need the freedom to figure out what that means for your specific situation! The reason I wanted to approach this topic is that after working with SaaS companies for almost 10 years, there is still a lot of FUD in the markets about SaaS.  Many people restrict their freedoms and that can really have an impact on your ability to build a unique and valuable whole product for your customers and build a great company. Note: I write this post using the term SaaS because it is a popular term. I actually believe the the right term is XaaS (“Zass”) standing for “Anything-as-a-Service,” so that it includes anything that the vendor wants to string together and offer as a service with SLAs (not just software).What do you think? Are you blindly following the unnatural “laws” of others or are you freely deciding to build a competitive advantage with a great company growth strategy?AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more