வணக்கம் / はじめまして / Hello. I am Balakumar Muthu

I am an International Award-winning Entrepreneur, Technologist, received Asia Innovation Award from SingTel, Singapore, Full-stack Designer & Developer building Websites for more than 17+ years, Software Consultant for Japanese Companies, Creative DIY Hacker and a Geek based in Asia. Currently working towards the great mission to make the world a better place to work.

/ Awards, Recognition



Awarded the "Asia's Top 50 Innovation Award” (winner lists) from SingTel, Singapore, Winner of "Red Herring Asia Award" (finalists) for Technology Innovation.

Selected at Google India - Interview as one of the Top 5 Finalist out of 16,000 + people. Created Google Kids – a search engine for kids prototype for demonstrating during my Google India Interview.

First Prize Winner of "Java Master Contest", conducted by Sun Microsystems and BenQ Siemens Germany. Sun Microsystems Duke's Choice Awards” - *** "Hello World(s)!" From Code to Culture: A 10 Year Celebration of Java Technology ***, Book. Sun Microsystems appreciation for testing early versions of Java Platform.

TEDx Fellow and Mentor for NurtureTalent Startup Boot Camp at IIT Madras.

Some of my previous Web products (View 1, View 2) have received a great response from China and Japan. Also ranked as world’s top 50 hosted blogging platform by Alexa.com.

Early contributed member of World Wide Web Consortium (W3.org), W3C HTML 5 Working Group and Internet Society (ISOC) India Chapter.

/ Expertise

I specializes in most aspects of Web business, including strategy, creative, design, development and it's growth. My expertise and interest includes Front-end development, UI/UX Design, Branding, E-commerce, IoT, Software as a service (SaaS), Cloud Computing, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Big Data, Singularity, AI, User Onboarding, Typography, Developing Social Networking Platforms (SNS), Product Prototyping, SEO and Linux & Open Source Technologies.

/ Interests

I enjoy travel / adventure, photography, rock climbing, simple things — nature, reading. I love Japanese culture, trying different flavor of tea, Zen philosophy, making mistakes & learning from them, DIY hacks, and a die-hard fan of JDrama, Western movies and Comics.

/ Featured at



Me and My works has been featured at ZDNet Asia, Economic Times, Yahoo! Japan, MSN Japan, 100shiki.com, Infoseek, Japan.Internet.com, Livedoor.com, Sina.com, Yangtse.com, Idoican.com, shm.com.cn[pdf] and many other popular Asian publishers. Java.net published my Java Duke Holiday Pictures from 1000's of submission.

/ Writings & Contributions

My blog is Listed as 'Favorite Blog lists at Sun Microsystems' Web Blog in 2005. Blogging since 2002 and listed as the 'Top 10 Tech blogger' by 'Blog Street India' and rated as the 'Top 50 Tech Blogger' by 'Blogs Top List' in 2005 – 2007. My blog posts have also been featured at Google Blogoscoped.com, Netscape.com, Java.net, Webpronews, Planet Mozilla, Linux Toy and few other popular blogs. Made my own blogging site at Yahoo! Geocities as geocities.com/i5bala (screenshots) in early 2002.

Published Usability report on Yahoo! Flickr, MSN Hotmail and Rediff.com.

Wikipedian, contributed for more than 100's of Wikipedia pages in various topics in Computer/Internet Technology category. Contributing writer of DeveloperIQ Magazine on the latest Web Technologies.

Co-organizer of Mozilla Firefox Party India, for the most early release of Firefox 2 and the IdeaCamp Pune. Regular to Tech meetups from BarCamp, BlogCamp, WikiCamp Unconferences to Sun TechDays, BEA Dev2Dev Days, Oracle Developer Forum, Google Developer Days and many other tech conferences. Attended Sessions with David Axmark, CoFounder & VP of MySQL and with Richard Stallman [RMS], GNU Founder Lectures.

Designer of DevCamp India Unconference Official event brand and WikiCamp conference India event brand, participated by Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales.

Being a big supporter of Linux - Ubuntu & Open source movement, organized the "Ubuntu Dapper Drake T-Shirts Contest" to create more awareness and interest for the early versions of Ubuntu Linux.

/ Contact

Personally, you won’t find me on Facebook. To stay in touch or Want to work together? You can text me at: balakumar.muthu@gmail.com



  •           Self-made man

    Self- made man, the statue I greatly admire and the principle I strongly believe. "... left to his own devices, man will use his god-given talents to be creative, productive, and prosperous. Using free will, he will better his own situation and that of those around him, thereby influencing in a positive way his own destiny..."

  •           My Guru Swami 

Vivekananda

    "... get up, and set your shoulder to the wheel-how long is this life for? as you have come into this world, leave some mark behind. otherwise where is the difference between you and the trees and stones? - they too come into existence, decay and die..."
    - Swami Vivekananda


Mobile's in 2005


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Russell Beattie, the mobile device guru listed out the Mobile phones in 2005. Lots of new phones, with more new features. It looks that Motorola RAZR is dominates the U.S. market. Look at the top most selling phones in US. >>

A Stereotypical Geek ;)

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Nokia 888 Concept Phone

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The Nokia's concept phone 888, breaks the normal conventional design and but allows us to morph into any design we wish, roll it, bend it, clip it, whatever way we like. The device uses liquid battery and a flexible touch screens. Quite amazing phone prototype.
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iPod Madness!!

iPod Madness for iGoodness… ;)
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Time Magazine’s Best Inventions 2005!!

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Time magazine lists the Best Inventions for 2005, lots of great wonderful prototypes have been listed. >>

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Wallet for iPod Nano

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Marware CEO Billfold Wallet for iPod Nano helps to keeps our iPod handy while protecting it from the destructive forces of keys, coins. Like other iPod cases, the wallet lets you plug in headphones and a charger without removing your nano. >>

FortyFaces

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Philipp Lenssen of blog.outer-court, has created a new site called FortyFaces.com. Whenever a blogger updates his post, a picture of that blogger will be shown top. Forty faces will be shown at a time. That's a cool interesting fun idea!! :) >>

Google Base

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Google Base is a place where we can easily submit all types of online and offline content that Google will host and make searchable online. We can describe any item we post with attributes, which will help people find it when they search Google Base. In fact, based on the relevance of your items, they may also be included in the main Google search index and other Google products like Froogle, Google Base and Google Local. >>

How to Run a Successful Free Software Project : Book

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How to Run a Successful Free Software Project by Karl Fogel, is a book about the human side of open source development. It describes how successful projects operate, the expectations of users and developers, and the culture of free software. Quite Interesting to read on!! >>

iPot !! :)

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Just another Cool use of Old Macs!!

BeleniX Live CD Release

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BeleniX is an OS distribution that uses the OpenSolaris codebase and what's more special is it is developed in SUN Microsystems Bangalore division India. BeleniX was developed over a period of 3 months and it demonstrates the fact that Solaris is now a truely Open Source operating system. It is currently a LiveCD distribution but is intended to grow into a complete distro that can be installed to hard disk. Hats off to all the people who have involved in the Project :), keep up the good work guys!! >>

Mac Users are More Smarter!!

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People who surf the Web using a Mac tend to be better educated and make more money than their PC-using counterparts, according to a report from Nielsen/NetRatings. The study also said Mac users tend to be more Web savvy, with more than half having been online for at least five years. And the Mac faithful are 58 percent more likely than the overall online population to build their own Web page and also slightly more likely to buy goods online, according to the report. That must be sure like Apple the user too think different and work the smater way.>>

GAIM: Instant Messenger Tutorial

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A simple tutorial on GAIM: a multiprotocol instant messaging client, by Scott M. Morris. It explains about Setting up of GAIM for various IM. Good primer to bring users who have no experience with GAIM to speed with the basics. >>

Cool Illusion Applet

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Just watch the movement of the rotating pink dot, you will only see one color, pink. If you stare at the black + in the center, the moving dot turns to green. Now, concentrate on the black + in the center of the picture. After a short period of time,
all the pink dots will slowly disappear, and you will only see a green dot rotating if you're lucky! It's amazing how our brain works. There really is no green dot, and the pink ones really don't disappear. This should be proof enough, we don't always see what we think we see. >>