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लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु

Lokāḥ Samastāḥ Sukhino Bhavantu
may all beings everywhere be happy and free, may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.

I'm Balakumar Muthu, an International Award-winning Entrepreneur, Technologist, received Asia Innovation Award from SingTel – Singapore, Software Consultant, UI/UX Designer & Developer with 17+ years’ experience in architecting Web Applications solving technology and business challenges, Love building Software products, Travel & Culture Photographer, TEDx Fellow, Hatha Yoga practitioner, Minimalist, Creative DIY Hacker and a Geek based in Asia.


Awards & Recognitions, I have received


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

My Startup was selected as one of the "Top 100 Startups" to get showcased at NASSCOM Product Conclave (NCP), Asia's largest platform for Product and Startup Companies to connect with Software Product leaders.

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

First Prize Winner of "Java Master Award " contest, conducted by Sun Microsystems and BenQ Siemens Germany.

Received Sun Microsystems Duke's Choice Awards - 10 Year Celebration of Java Technology and Sun Microsystems appreciation for my contribution to the early versions of Java Platform.

TEDx Fellow and Mentor for NurtureTalent Startup Boot Camp at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras.

My Previous venture LoveLogger, the world's first Collaborative Blogging & Private Network for Pairs, which received a great response from Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and China. LoveLogger was awarded the “Asia's Top 50 Apps 2011 Award” (winner lists) from SingTel, Singapore. It was also featured in many popular magazines & portals from Japan, Korea, and China. This product was launched even before the current popular pair apps like Pairy, Between, Hey, Cupple.

Selected as the Official Honorary Reporter for the Korean Culture and Information Service of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

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

My Expertise & specializations


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

My Personal Interests


I enjoy travel & photography, yoga, rock climbing, simple things — nature, reading. I love art, culture, highly interested and passionate about the Indian, Korean & Japanese traditions, trying different flavors of tea, Wabi-sabi, Zen philosophy, making mistakes & learning from them, DIY hacks, and Western movies and Comics.

My Works featured at press / media


My works have been featured & covered by ZDNet Asia, Economic Times, British Council India, Times of India (TOI), Citizen Matters, Yahoo! Japan, MSN Japan, Infoseek, Japan.Internet.com, Livedoor.com, Google Blogoscoped, Netscape.com, Java.net, Webpronews, Planet Mozilla, Linux Toy, DeveloperIQ, Sina.com and many other popular Asian publishers. Java.net published my Java Duke Holiday Pictures from 1000's of submission.

Writings & My Contributions


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

Curator of Casual Walker a Travel & Culture - Photography journal and guide, focuses on a wide range of visual stories - connecting travel, culture, places, events, art, reviews, technology & books. Casual Walker is ranked as the Top 150 Travel Blogs in India. view.

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.

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.

My Current Reading List: Books


❝ If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.❞

my 2019 - 2020 full reading list: 95 books

View My Reading List...

My Travel & Culture Photography


Contact & Reach me


Want to work together, grabbing a coffee, or say hello? Good! personally, I have zero presence on Facebook or Twitter. You can ping and text me:

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, & 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...”

Mozilla Firefox Party, Live Action From Chennai, India !!

To celebrate the release of the latest Mozilla Firefox version 2, Firefox Party is been organized all over the world to mark the event. We celebrated the Firefox Party at Chennai on 28/10/2006. The party was wonderfully organized by GeekLogix Solutions, Chennai. It was an invite only party with limited participation. I am really proud to be part of the organizing team of the Firefox Party Chennai.


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Firefox party in Chennai was a massive success :). In spite of HEAVY FLOODED rain in Chennai, Every one of us challenged nature to be there on time.


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Agenda we had for Mozilla Firefox Party, Chennai:
  • Welcome Keynote, by Balakumar Muthu
  • Talk about new features in Mozilla Firefox 2, by Taslim Ahmed
  • Watching Inspiring Mozilla Firefox Videos, from FirefoxFlicks.com
  • Discussion about Firefox
  • CD Distribution of Mozilla Firefox 2 bundled with loads of extensions and Mozilla Thunderbird, along with Ubuntu CDs.
  • Tasting Hot Panner Pizzas and Cool drinks.
  • Thank you Note by Prabheesh Chandran

Taslim Ahmed’s session about the latest new features in Mozilla Firefox 2


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Serious, interactive discussion on features people love in Firefox and different ways to spread Firefox in the region and many more things, along with tasting pizza’s ;).

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Proud participants of the Mozilla Firefox 2 Launch Party:

Sundaram, Taslim Ahmed, Prabheesh Chandran, Manoj Kumar, Sankarapandian, Ashok Srinivasan, Shyam Sundar, Srinivasan Ramachandran, Subramanian, Sridhar, Vijayaarasan, Hari Krishna and Balakumar Muthu.


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Members of the GeekLogix Solutions Mr. P. Sundaram, Taslim Ahmed and Prabheesh Chandran.


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Poster Ideas and Designed by Me :) , specially for the Mozilla Firefox 2 Party, Chennai Celebration. [I think Mozilla Firefox Team, has to send me some Firefox Goodies for my posters ;)]

This poster says, “Mozilla Firefox turns the world to the RIGHT SIDE! >>”


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“The Web is in my Hand with Mozilla Firefox.” [btw, that’s my hand :)]


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“Mozilla Firefox READY for ANYTHING.”


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“Mozilla Firefox 2 the most powerful Internet Platform.”


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All the Participates received the latest Mozilla Firefox version 2 bundled with bunch of most useful extensions and Latest version of Mozilla Thunderbird CDs.


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And the latest edition of Ubuntu Dapper CDs.


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Special edition of Firefox 2 Launch party T-Shirt


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Party without Balloons ?


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Very HOT taste Panner Pizza ;).


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Along with COOL drinks.


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Java Duke with Firefox


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At this moment, I would like to convey my very special thanks to Mr. Krishnan Subramanian CEO of GeekLogix Solutions, for his strong support for the event, only because of him the party was made in to a GREAT success.

And thanks to all the participates, it was an amazing experience for me to meet you guys.

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Mozilla Firefox Party happens all over the world, checkout the party location near you at:

Firefox Party Map http://firefoxparty.com/parties

Do join the Fun and to get ROCKED with FFox!!.


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Balakumar Muthu




3 Comments:

At 5:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...
Pretty comprehensive coverage bala, I thank you pesonally for this blog.
 
At 11:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...
posters are rocking man:)really excellent!
missed the party.....especially the paneer pizza!
 
At 8:07 PM, Blogger balakumar said...
Thanks :) ramanujam and taslim for your comments guys.


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