Boston Tweet-up in early August

22, July 2009

Following the great success and interest in our first Social Media seminar, I am planning to organize a tweet-up in the first half of August.

Please get in touch with me by email or leave a message below, and suggest topics of discussion as well as preferred day/time.

Wahyd Vannoni
Director of New Media / Coach

The Speech Improvement Company, Inc.

1614 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446

Phone: +1 617-739-3330
Fax: +1 617-232-9430



“Manifest” is looking for student writers worldwide!

29, May 2009

Manifest is ready to take go to the next stage of development.

The first phase, which you will find in the archives section was to demonstrate that it was possible to publish, for free, a quality magazine.

The second phase seeks to take advantage of several developments, the tumult in the newspaper industry and the increasing interest for print-on-demand and publishing through hand-held devices such as the iPad and Kindle.

Manifest is looking for students worldwide, who are interested in writing and being published.

  • A student is anyone with a .edu email account

For more information or to submit your article contact me, Wahyd Vannoni, by leaving a message in the comments section with your name and how you see yourself participating.

twitter: @mediacodex

Seattle Sketcher on the move

27, April 2009
Gabi Campanario has been featured on ManifestN5 and sends this update.
“You may know that my blog is moving to The Seattle Times, where I’m joining their team of talented bloggers. This is a huge deal for me and hopefully a good thing for sketchblogs in general. I appreciate if you take a minute to register and leave your feedback on the new blog’s home.”

Sailing to new shores at the Seattle Times

Sailing to new shores at the Seattle Times

Traffic update for this website.

9, February 2009

When Manifest started in August of 2008, it had an average viewership of 8 hits per day.

By December of 2008, this increased to 37 per day.

Below is a snapshot of the progression from August to December 2008.

Steady growth!

Steady growth!

web traffic 2008

web traffic 2008

Starting-up a company in India

5, January 2009

Leo S. Maveli, Founder CEO of Axio Biosolutions Pvt. Ltd in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India will be featured in the 15/January issue of Manifest Magazine. Here is an excerpt of the interview.

The Jama Masjid of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

The Jama Masjid of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

How easy is it to start a company in India?

Post liberalization and opening of economy, starting a company in India has become much more easier. To give you some numbers, we registered our company and started our operations within just 15 days of filling first form and by pooling in few lacs of rupees. These figures could vary from state to state in India. We being at Gujarat, which is one of the most entrepreneur friendly state in India, had the advantage of being at the right place. However with growth of  entrepreneurial eco-systems like incubators and other infrastructure, starting a company from scratch is not difficult any more in India.

How easy is it to hire the right management team and employees?

We being a small startup, hasn’t really gone all out to recruit many. But the response we are getting from the prospective associates are encouraging. However in India, working for a startup hasn’t been looked upon as a feasible career option by experienced professionals. So though getting freshers seems to be easy, hiring experienced and skilled workforce still remains an issue to startups. We hope this situation would change once there are more success stories from startups, which could then be emulated.

What have been / are your greatest challenges?

As we operate in an emerging field like Medical Devices, we face very specific challenges related to getting licenses and other regulatory clearance from Government authorities. Unlike regulated markets like US and EU, India still does not have a clear regulatory pathway for medical devices. This creates a stumbling roadblock for startups as time, money and effort which could well be spent on product development is unnecessarily being spent on getting a clarity in terms of product classification and regulatory clearances.
This is a challenge specific to the industry we are operating in. Raising finances which is usually described as a major challenge in India, hasn’t been a challenge for us until now.

Leo S. Mavely – Founder

Leo, technically a graduate in applied biotech engineering from MDU, Haryana. After joining NirmaLabs ( a technology business incubator), he has been working towards building a world class medical product for the ‘affordable’ population in developing countries.


1, January 2009
Happy new year 2009

Happy new year 2009

In the news…

25, December 2008

Manifest has been mentioned several times after I suggested to Doc Searls, solution for “Out of Town News” in Cambridge.

Wicked Local, Cambrige

Wicked Local, Cambrige

From Wicked Local, Cambridge, MA

and from Doc Searl’s Weblog

Doc Searl's Weblog

Doc Searl's Weblog