Saturday, April 25, 2015

Researching Flipkart, India's premier e-tailer

Remember how you were flipping a cart in a grocery store. Back in the day, flipping a cart was "the in thing" to do. Fast forward three decades, you don't buy goods in a grocery store. Many people shop online, so Amazon.com is their e-tailing destination. Yet in India, Amazon.com is not the premier e-tailer (electronic retail website). The citizens of the subcontinent choose Flipkart instead. Hence, Flipkart is called "the Amazon of India." The company is a huge business to consumers (B2C) marketplace, but the firm is unprofitable. One of the goals of Flipkart is to attain profitability, by 2017. Readers may wonder "is the company a public one, on the Sensex, or another global stock exchange?" Flipkart has filed their IPO in Singapore, and hopes to go public in 2015 on SGX (Singapore Exchange). Flipkart is headquartered in Bengaluru (Bangalore), the Silicon Valley of India. In addition to going public (IPO), the company has a market cap. of $11 billion. The company was started in 2007, by Sachin and Binny Bansal. The company has diverse marketplaces, and the e-commerce firm has modeled Ebay India's various marketplaces. The "marketplace modeling" is not a bad way for Flipkart, to become a more visible company. The company has received accolades, and other various praise from the Indian government. The company has an entrepreneurial spirit, and it should continue to grow by leaps and bounds. In closing, the company should continue to gain traction in one of the world's top 20 economies. The picture above is one of the logos, of Flipkart. Hope you enjoyed this brief company perspective. Au Revoir!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Mixing various concoctions with a twist, avec G. Ripley; et entourage

Today, G. Ripley was mixing different spirits. While at "The Vig lounge" R$G drank the following concoctions: paco blanco ribeiro wine (from Spain), Purple Hooter mixed drink, and Washington Apple shot. Paco Blanco ribeiro wine was a new wine, for me. It is a beautiful blended white wine, and the vino tastes very similar to sauvignon blanc (or pinot grigio). The ribeiro was a crisp, clear cut wine. Second, the "Purple Hooter" drink had Vodka and Chambord liquer. This spirit can be made into a shot, or a drink. The drink is going to have more alcohol, and it can take "more time" to consume. More time to consuming a twisted concoction is a good thing. The final drink, Washington apple, can be made into a shot only. Washington apple has dekrupper schnapps, and whiskey as the main alcoholic ingredients. The present "peter smith-kingsley" ordered the Washington apple, for the table. Finally, the table had some nice female vixens. One was the local "meredith w.", and she was a beautiful brunette. The other "femme fatale" was a current "marge r." She was a prankster of sorts, too. So, the night was full of vignettes to divulge. In closing, all the recent characters are prevalent in Patricia Highsmith novels. She was the author of "the Talented Mr. Ripley," and the Ripliad. The author recommends each friend, and family member to read these five riveting books. Each book mentions Tom Ripley, as a good person and a cunning villain. The picture above showcases the ribeiro wine, and purple hooter drink; plus two refreshing beers. Arrivederci!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Exciting adventures in Puerto Penasco, Mexico

Visiting Mexico and spending time on the beautiful beaches can be crossed, off my "country list." Last weekend, Puerto Penasco was my party destination of choice. It is 212 miles from Phoenix (Tempe) to Rocky Point. Puerto Penasco, or Rocky Point in English, is called as "Arizona's closest beach." The Pacific Ocean is the body of water, and Rocky Point is in the state of Sonora. After reaching the condo resort, activities such as "shot crawl" and "bar hopping" were the main events. The "bar hopping" involved the citron restaurant bar, and the "sand pool bar." The "pool bar" turned into a dance floor, after 9 pm. A plethora of pretty women, and men danced the night away. A good amount of bumping and grinding (B&G), plus seduction ensued in the friendly confines. Many people had "fireball" shots, or consumed "mind erasers" and "hurricane" drinks. These mixed drinks were made by Hollywood G., and his mixologists. On the second night, the lovely ladies were luring me to "The Reef." This nightclub/bar is on the Pacific Ocean. The main cover band was playing top 40 hits, and pop/rock songs from past decades (80's, 90's, 2000s', etc.). Dancing at this nightclub was the best activity for me, and it was good to buy drinks for trusted friends too. Purple Hooter, and Bombay Sapphire Tonic were the drinks of choice for "ladies and R$G." After buying drinks for ladies, they paid me back with romantic kisses. The "kiss exchange" was in full effect. The final enticing activity was getting delicious tacos at an authentic taco shop, Capone's. Lastly, Sunday was a day for doing shopping in old town Rocky Point. It was cool to buy souvenirs of NFL teams, or NBA teams for a good bargain. The seafood, and other fine meats were cooked properly in restaurants. Everyone enjoyed the Spanish cuisine. There were some great memories of this past weekend, for G. Ripley. Someday in the near future, Rocky Point will be a place for me to take more friends to see. The picture above is from my condo room, and it was one of many photos that I snapped. Adios Amigos!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Different TLD's, web browsers, etc. lead to new web terminology for R$G

Registering a domain name used to be expensive, but people's web addresses can be registered without knowing it. For example, try going to rsganpuleone.blogspot.in or rsganpuleone.blogspot.fr. If you go to each one, then you think that it's an Indian website or a french website. Wrong answer, buddy. Essentially, you are viewing my weblog in english yet at an Indian or French based domain name. Hence, let's go over some web terminology. A top level domain (tld) identifies the most generic part of the domain name, in an Internet address. There are country level TLD's like .za for south africa, or .de for germany. There are generic level TLD's, such as .co, .biz, or .info. The generic level TLD is meant to be used for a purpose, like a specific business (.biz) or Information (.info) only. For me, these top level domains were simplified by using http://www.name.com. Next time you want to go to Switzerland, don't book an airline ticket. Just check out .ch websites, as they may teach you more about Switzerland. The Swiss are viewing G. Ripley, and his every move. For real! Peace!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Making an entrance, and an appearance for three countries

This week, R$G made an appearance at St. Patrick's Day on 3-17-2015. It was a fun night at Casey Moore's with Puneet, Y.U., NP, etc. Towards the end of the night, it was great fun to kiss two beautiful Canadian sisters. Sheila and Carol were trading kisses for alcohol, as Hollywood G. bought them a couple of drinks. By far, one of the best romantic exchanges of my life. Next, it was on to the Brazilian festival in downtown Phoenix on March 21. This festival was overpriced, and the food was ok. The Pressroom venue was small, and the crowd was too large. This South American country's festival will be one, which is not high on my list. On to the next one, like "Jay-Z" says. Finally, today was the 2nd annual Italian festival in Scottsdale. This one was the best one, of the three parties. Brazil, Ireland, and Italy are countries for anyone to visit. Visiting Italy as a youngster was fun. It was the best festival/party, as the food from restaurants was good. The outdoor location was incredible. Rahulio Ganpuleone enjoyed this one the most. Lastly, checking out Italy as an adult is high on my "bucket" list. Arrivederci!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Etsy going public, yet online crafts marketplace is unprofitable

Today, Etsy Inc. announced their IPO plan. In the public filing, Etsy plans to raise $300 million. But, the online crafts marketplace is not a profitable company. Founded in 2005, the Brooklyn, NY based company lost $15 million in 2014. The company has 54 million active members, and the company has to come up with a turnaround strategy fast. For investors, the company would be appealing if it's "in the black." If the company continues to be "in the red" or unprofitable, it will be a tech bubble mainstay. Etsy should not be another Twitter, as the popular microblogging website has yet to churn a profit. On the other hand, Twitter's user base is geared toward a different demographic. Etsy is geared more towards females, and for the millennial (age 18-34) generation. Finally, Etsy has an app. online. The company is requesting more users to download the app., and to buy their products from smartphones. The website is the most “pinned” on Pinterest. Etsy is comparing itself to EBay, since Ebay was the pioneer of the online crafts marketplace world. The last question is whether Etsy will surpass the incredible visits to their website figure, that Ebay has amassed for years. Enjoy the picture above, it is from an MBA case study done on Etsy. When buying crafts and jewelry online, be cautious!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Surviving extremely cold weather in CHIBERIA!

Well, Rahulio is back in Phoenix. He spent the last four days in Chicago. Chicago's cold weather was the worst temperatures on record, for the "Windy City." The city was called "Chiberia", or "Chicago + Siberia" for February 18 and 19. The average high temperature during my stay was 15 degrees Fahrenheit. This trip was my first time at the Allstate Insurance company headquarters. Due to my current role of Software Support Engineer/Application Software Developer in my career, this trip involved "work + pleasure." For pleasure, RSG went to Chicago River and the restaurants/bars by the environs of downtown Chicago. If you see the picture above, it is a picture of Chicago River on the "coldest day of my life." It was great to see the picturesque skyline of the city. Willis Tower, AON center,and John Hancock Center were some of the majestic skyscrapers seen by RSG. Finally, it was great to see my cousins from both sides of the family. It was great to spend time with female friends too, while sipping on Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling wine. Consuming Effen vodka, lemonade, and cranberry juice was another titillating experience too. Reading Wine Spectator magazine was my penultimate highlight, as a coworker gave me three magazines. It was great reading material for the plane ride home.