2nd SEO meetup went quite well. As expected, there was healthy participation by all the participators. We all observed different opinions, thoughts, and ideas and learned from others experiences.

Unfortunately, the number of participants was less than what we expected and it showed unprofessional attitude of SEO professionals of Ludhiana. Many of professionals who booked space did not turned up. But we are not disappointed and decided to keep organizing more meetups in this series. (more…)

Large number of E-commerce companies’ keep on organizing trade events throughout India to impart knowledge to business owners regarding growth in internet and opportunities for business to grow by using technologies. I got a chance to participate in one of these events organized by Google & TradeIndia.com. The event was sponsored by VeriSign & was held on 19th of October, 2012 at Fortune Park Klassik Hotel, Ludhiana.

It was great visiting this event. Although the event was meant for Ludhiana Industrialists who have little knowledge about websites & registering on sites like TradeIndia.com etc, but I came across lot of good things in the event. There were professionals from Google & TradeIndia.

Mr. Sachin Sharma, from Google shared the current trends in Google searches and shared data about current E commerce market of India & expected market in 2015 that is expected to reach at 4000 Crore INR by 2015. The current user base of internet is 11% in India & is expected to reach at 40% by 2015.

Mr. Bikky Khosla from tradeIndia.com shared his experiences & discussed the procedure of registering the business on tradeIndia & various benefits to businessmen. He shared that replying to a query within 24 hours gives a good impression to prospect. He also told that the business should be registered with the type of business, not the exact name of business, for instance, register as onlineshopping123.com instead of yournameshoppingsite.com.
Then we had, Mr. B Surnam, President of Ras Al Khaimah‘s India operations elaborated the procedure how to set up business in free trade zone at Ras Al Khaimah in UAE.

At last, it was a question & answer session. Many people asked questions from all the presenters.
I really learnt a lot from this event. As the businessmen were asking questions, I came to know about the level they think up to during a business settlement in UAE & registering business online.
It was a great event to attend.

Gravity Informatics Pvt. Ltd. has organized a free meetup in Ludhiana to discuss the recent Google updates that are troubling the SEO Professionals all over the world. The meetup was arranged in Ludhiana City in Punjab State of India & experts & SEO Professionals from different IT & Web Development companies participated in this event. This kind of meetup was arranged for the 1st time in Ludhiana by Managing Director of Gravity Informatics Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Sunil Kapoor.

 

Mr. Hiren Patel, CEO of Gravity Informatics said, “Ludhiana is the industrial hub of India, but the city somewhere lacks in IT industry. We have seen IT & SEO (Search Engine Optimization) professionals sharing thoughts & ideas through meetup groups through India, but why not Ludhiana?

The primary reason for holding this meetup was to facilitate discussion in a face to face manner. In this way, ideas can be discussed, brainstormed and expressed in a free-form manner. It is equally important for all of us to organize and attend meetups that are held in our city & in nearby areas because being together, we can achieve those targets that are difficult for us to achieve individually.

We are going to organize more meetups in Ludhiana discussing on different topics related to IT & Search Engine Optimization. There is open invitation to all the IT professionals to join the meetup group created by Gravity Informatics Pvt. Ltd. Anyone can join this group by visiting the following URL:

http://bit.ly/meetupldh

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Thursday was a proud moment for Facebook as they announced that they now have 1 billion monthly active users. CEO and founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg called it “an amazing honor.”

“To be able to come into work every day and build things that help a billion people stay connected with the people they care about every month, that’s just unbelievable,” Zuckerberg said in an exclusive interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer.

On the site, Zuckerberg posted, “Thank you for giving me and my little team the honor of serving you. Helping a billion people connect is amazing, humbling and by far the thing I am most proud of in my life. I am committed to working every day to make Facebook better for you, and hopefully together one day we will be able to connect the rest of the world too.”

At Bloomberg BusinessWeek in a Q&A with Ashlee Vance, Zuckerberg points out that only other companies in the world with one billion customers are probably Coca-Cola and McDonald’s.

There have been 219 billion photos uploaded, 140.3 billion friend connections and 1.13 trillion likes since the inception of Facebook, according to a statement posted on Facebook’s (FB) web site.

Facebook also announced that 600 million people access the site from their mobile phone and handheld devices as of now.

The website also highlighted that most of the users are coming from India, U.S., Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia and the median age of users currently joining the social network is 22 years old.

New entrepreneurial ventures in technology field start on a daily basis somewhere around the world but only a few of them could make it big with new innovations and customer satisfaction. Let’s take a look at 7 tech companies which experienced phenomenal growth in 2012, as compiled by Fortune Magazine.

1. Cirrus Logic

The company was started in 1984 by Dr. Suhas Patil in Fremont, California. The company supplies high-precision digital & analog signal processing components and supplies to companies such as Sony, Samsung, Philips etc.

The company’s revenues climbed 67% to nearly $370 million in 2011. Company also increased its expenditure on research & development for the third year and to match the same, increased its engineering staff by 26%.

CEO: Jason Rhode

2012 Fastest-Growing rank: 2

Previous rank: 11

 

2. Baidu

Baidu is the largest search engine portal in China with a market share of nearly 80% even after 12 years of its foundation by Robin Li & Eric Xu. The company has also expanded its services to include revenue generating online & e-commerce marketing tools like ‘pay for placement’ (P4P) platform, that let companies create text based ads on their own that appear in search listings.

Company’s earnings rose by 77% to $326 million in 2011.

CEO: Jason Rhode

2012 Fastest-Growing rank: 3

Previous rank: 4

 

3. Apple

Apple was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne on April 1, 1976 in Cupertino, California.

Apple continued to impress its customers with innovative products despite of the passing of Steve Jobs last October. The company launched more innovative products under CEO Tim Cook. Apple’s latest iPhone with voice recognition has sold 5 million units in just 7 days of its launch. Apple is the world’s third-largest mobile phone maker after Samsung and Nokia.

Earnings for 2011 hit $38.6 billion on revenues of $142 billion. Apple became the most valuable company of all time recently, when its market capitalization hit $623 billion in August, 2012.

CEO: Tim Cook

2012 Fastest-Growing rank: 8

Previous rank: 21

 

4. IPG Photonics

The company was started by Dr. Valentin Gapontsev in Russia in 1990. IPG has manufacturing facilities in the United States, Germany, Russia and Italy. It provides high power fiber lasers and fiber amplifiers that are revolutionizing performance and utility in a remarkable array of materials processing, telecommunications, medical and other advanced applications.

Sales grew 59% year-over-year to $474.5 million in 2011. Indeed, sales of the company’s lasers for materials processing applications accounted for nearly 88%
of last year’s sales, and the company expects that trend to continue in the years to come.

CEO: Valentin Gapontsev

2012 Fastest-Growing rank: 9

Previous rank: N.R.

 

5. 3D Systems

The company was founded in 1986 by Chuck Hull. Its headquartered are in Rock Hill, South Carolina. 3D Systems is a global company that develops and sells systems, materials, and software for solid imaging. 3D Systems manufactures technologies that enable 3D printing, a process where three-dimensional data is used to create real-world 3D parts, from smartphone covers to prosthetics Its products are meant to make manufacturing processes more efficient, without requiring tooling.

Sales of 3D Systems jumped 44% year-over-year to $230 million in 2012, with half those sales coming from the U.S., and profits grew to $35 million, even as the company increased spending in global research and development.

CEO: Abe Reichental

2012 Fastest-Growing rank: 12

Previous rank: N.R.

 

6. Priceline

Priceline was founded in 1997 and is the brainchild of digital entrepreneur Jay S. Walker. Priceline.com is an Internet-based transactional service that offers products in two categories: a personal finance service that markets home mortgages, refinancing and home equity loans through an independent licensee and other is travel service that offers leisure airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, packaged vacations and cruises.

Due to large international sales, net income nearly doubled to $1.05 billion last in 2011 compared with the year before.

CEO: Jeffery H. Boyd

2012 Fastest-Growing rank: 14

Previous rank: 12

 

7. Acme Packet

Founded by Patrick J. MeLampy and Andrew D. Ory in 2000, Acme Packet is a Bedford, Massachusetts based company. The company provides session delivery network solutions, which enable the trusted, first-class delivery of next-generation voice, data and unified communications services and applications across IP networks.

Revenues grew by more than double to $307 million from 2009 to 2011, while profits also leapfrogged to $44 million. And as more companies transition away from older legacy technologies with IP-based solutions, Acme Packet expects to capitalize even more in what it in envisions as a $4.5 billion dollar market by 2015.

CEO: Andrew Ory

2012 Fastest-Growing rank: 37

Previous rank: 25