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लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु

Lokāḥ Samastāḥ Sukhino Bhavantu
May all beings find happiness and freedom. May my actions help bring joy and liberation to everyone.

I am Balakumar Muthu, an International Award-winning Entrepreneur, TEDx fellow, and Technologist, who received the Top 50 Asia Innovation Award from SingTel in Singapore, Top 100 Startups Award from NASSCOM, Java Master Award & Duke's Choice Award from Sun Microsystems and BenQ Siemens Germany, and Red Herring Asia Award for technology innovation.

With over 17+ years of experience in IT/Software Consulting, with a particular focus on Japanese companies and strong expertise in Design & Product Engineering, UI/UX Web Design and Development for various B2B / B2C startups, SMEs, Enterprises, and several Fortune 500 companies. I specialize in architecting, designing, and building web applications to address both technology and business challenges across various domains, such as Software as a Service (SaaS), E-commerce, Online Marketplaces, Social Networking Services (SNS), Blogging platforms (CMS / Wiki), Usability/Branding, Cloud Computing, Enterprise Apps in Ed Tech, Retail Tech, Prop Tech, Med Tech, and Logistics Tech.

As an entrepreneur, my journey began in 2007 when I founded LoveLogger, the world's first private social blogging platform for pairs, which received a massive response from Hong Kong, Japan, China, and South Korea, accumulating over half a million users before its exit. It was featured in many prestigious internet magazines, including Yahoo! Japan, MSN Japan, Infoseek, Japan.Internet.com, Livedoor.com, Sina.com and various other popular Asian publishers. I have also launched a couple of other successful startups, sold a few, and had a few fail.

An Hatha Yoga practitioner and avid Travel & Culture Photographer, documenting my journeys at CasualWalker.com, which is ranked as one of the Top 75 Travel Blogs in India. Additionally, I am a Travel & Culture Media Reporter and have been selected as the Official Honorary Reporter for the Korean Culture and Information Service of the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.

I enjoy meeting new folks and replying to all emails, so feel free to drop me a line and say hello to balakumar.muthu@gmail.com

Awards & Recognitions, I have received

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.

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.

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.

My Previous Startup 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 and the Winner of "Red Herring Asia Award" for Technology Innovation. 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.

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

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

I started tech blogging in 2002 during my early college days and listed as the 'Top 10 Tech blogger' by 'Blog Street India' and rated as the 'Top 50 Tech Blogger' by 'Blogs Top List'. My Tech blog is also listed as Favorite Blog lists at their Official Sun Microsystems Web Blog. My Tech 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.

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

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, Traditions, Indian Temples, Art Galleries, Culture, Events, Museums, Yoga & Vedas, Foods & Eats, Indian Dances, Wild Life, Hotels & Stays, and Nature and Living. It is ranked as the Top 75 Travel Blogs in India.

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 Expertise & specializations

I specialize in most aspects of Web business, including strategy, creativity, design, development, and its growth. My strong expertise and experience include front-end development, UI/UX web design and usability, branding, content management systems (CMS), e-commerce, software as a service (SaaS), cloud computing, social networking services (SNS), Amazon Web Services (AWS), enterprise apps in Ed Tech, Retail Tech, Prop Tech, Med Tech, Logistics Tech, and Food Tech, web security, firewall, user onboarding, typography, product prototyping, SEO, and Linux & open-source technologies.

My Personal Interests

I enjoy travel & photography, yoga, rock climbing, simple things — nature, reading. I love philosophy, 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.

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 & 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...”

70 Most Useful and Interesting Free Software’s for Geeks!

Checkout the list of 70 Most Useful and Interesting Free Software’s for Geeks. The list only contains the Free software’s which are less known.


NASA’s World Wind

World Wind, similar to Google Earth lets us zoom from satellite altitude into any place on Earth. Leveraging Landsat satellite imagery and Shuttle Radar Topography Mission data. homepage


Dasher is an information-efficient text-entry interface, driven by natural continuous pointing gestures. Dasher is a competitive text-entry system wherever a full-size keyboard cannot be used for example, when operating a computer one-handed, by joystick, touch screen, trackball, or mouse; when operating a computer with zero hands, i.e., by head-mouse or by eye tracker. homepage


Tomodachi aims to provide Orkut's users a graphical way to visualize their network of friends and friends of friends. homepage


Tor is a network of virtual tunnels that allows people and groups to improve their privacy and security on the Internet. It also enables software developers to create new communication tools with built-in privacy features. Individuals can use it to keep remote Websites from tracking them and their family members. They can also use it to connect to resources such as news sites or instant messaging services that are blocked by their local Internet service providers. homepage


jHomenet is a home automation application. jHomenet uses both X-10 and Dallas Semiconductor 1-Wire network sensors and devices to collect sensor data and control devices. jHomenet can be programmed to respond to events, including particular sensor data values or time-of-day events. homepage


Antiword is a free MS-Word reader for Linux, RISC OS, and DOS. It converts the documents from Word 2, 6, 7, 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003 to text, Postscript, and XML/DocBook. Antiword tries to keep the layout of the document intact. homepage


HTTrack is an easy-to-use offline browser utility. It allows us to download a World Wide Web site from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer. HTTrack arranges the original site's relative link-structure. Simply open a page of the "mirrored" website in your browser, and you can browse the site from link to link, as if you were viewing it online. homepage

Just For Fun Network Management System

Just For Fun Network Management System is a PHP-based network management system that features an integrated syslog, Tacacs, TFTP configuration downloading, SNMP polling, SNMP traps, auto-discovery, performance graphs [RRD], SLAs, and a lot more. It uses MySQL or PostgreSQL as the backend and works under Linux and Windows. homepage

eSpeak: speech synthesis

Text to Speech engine for good quality English, with support for other languages. Compact size and clear pronunciation. It speaks text files and also operates as a "talker" within the KDE TTS system as an alternative to Festival. homepage


imgSeek is a photo collection manager and viewer with content-based search. The query is expressed either as a rough sketch painted by the user or as another image we supply. The searching algorithm makes use of multi-resolution wavelet decomposition of the query and database images. homepage


Gammu [formerly known as MyGnokii2] is a cellular manager for various mobile phones/modems. It supports a wide variety of Nokia, Symbian, and AT devices [Siemens, Alcatel, Falcom, WaveCom, IPAQ, Samsung, SE, and others] over cables, infrared, or BlueTooth. It contains libraries with functions for ringtones, phonebook, SMS, logos, WAP, date/time, alarm and calls. homepage

CMU Sphinx

Sphinx is a speaker-independent large vocabulary continuous speech recognizer. It is also a collection of open source tools and resources that allows researchers and developers to build speech recognition systems. homepage

Barcode Writer in Pure Postscript

Barcode Writer in Pure Postscript implements the printing of many barcode formats entirely within level 2 PostScript, so that the process of converting the input string into the printed output is performed by the printer itself. This avoids the need to re-implement the barcode generation process whenever your language needs change. The project supports most major barcode formats including EAN-13, EAN-8, UPC-A, UPC-E, ISBN, Code 128 [A, B, and C], Code 39, Interleaved 2 of 5, Postnet, Code 2 of 5. homepage

Apache Toolbox

Apache Toolbox provides a means to easily compile Apache [IPv4/6] SSL, PHP[v3/v4], MySQL, Jakarta, a large number of modules [61 3rd party modules and 36 default Apache modules, static or as DSOs], and GD libraries with PNG+JPEG+Freetype2+zlib support. It is fully customizable and menu-driven. homepage


DataVision is a reporting tool similar to Crystal Reports, written in Java. It supports multiple data sources [JDBC, text files] and output formats [HTML, XML, PDF, LaTeX, comma- and tab-separated data files, and DocBook]. It lets us design reports with a drag-and-drop GUI. Report descriptions are stored as XML. homepage


Lintouch is an implementation of HMI [Human Machine Interface] or MMI [Man Machine Interface] software framework. It features a server/client architecture, componentized design, and is platform and architecture independent. The Lintouch architecture allows us to develop our own connectivity plug-ins and visualization objects. homepage

PDF creator

Install as a printer driver to save documents ad PDF files. homepage


Generates secure passwords with key lengths 64 to 128 bits. homepage


Launchy is a windows utility designed to help us forget about our start menu, our desktop icons, and our file manager. Launchy indexes and launches our applications, documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes! homepage


iBookshelf is an application for cataloging your book collection and designing bookshelves based on this data. It supports ISBN entry using a CueCat, a standard barcode scanner, or manual entry. Book data is automatically fetched from Amazon Web services. Manual book entry is possible for non-catalogued books. Bookshelf design is done graphically with the Cairo drawing library, and is based on the most efficient book order. homepage


Funkyou is a solution for DJs that includes MP3 mixing, light controlling via an RS-232 or DMX interface, WAV samples, and a crossfader. It is designed for easy use, and can function optionally with a touchscreen. It has support for radio DJs and a switchable speaking clock. homepage

Hasciicam : ASCII Video on the Web

Hasciicam makes it possible to have live ASCII video on the Web. It captures video from a TV card and renders it into ASCII, formatting the output into an HTML page with a refresh tag or in a live ASCII window or in a simple text file as well, giving anyone that has a bttv card, a Linux box, and a cheap modem line the ability to show a live asciivideo feed that can be browsable without need for any plug-in. homepage

Magellan Metasearch

Magellan Metasearch is a modular Meta search engine, enabling users to monitor as many search engines, as they want. It enables users to perform far more complex. Magellan enables you to save your requests and replay them later automatically; new results are sent through email and RSS in realtime. Magellan also provides full anonymity through smart multi-proxy support. homepage

Ascii Generator dotNET

Ascii Generator dotNET is an application to convert images into high quality ASCII art, text that accurately represents the original image. The first program of its kind to support variable width fonts, and real-time output adjustment. homepage


TV-Browser is a Java-based TV guide, which is easily extensible using plug-ins. It is designed to look like a paper based TV guide. homepage

Winpooch Watchdog

Winpooch is a watchdog for Windows [2000, XP, 2003, but only 32-bits]. It detects modifications in our system, so as to detect a Trojan or a Spyware installation. It also includes a real-time anti-virus. homepage


Eraser is a secure data removal tool for Windows. It completely removes sensitive data from our hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns. homepage


Opensurveypilot is a strong opensource webbased system for generating complete online surveys, polls. homepage

Social Networks Visualiser

Social Networks Visualiser (SocNetV) is an SNA tool for Linux. With it we can draw a network or load an existing one. It computes social network properties, centralities and implements some layout algorithms. homepage

Gant project

Gant project manger helps to creating time planning and resource allocation charts. homepage


Encryption software for emails with add-ons for mail clients. homepage

KeePass Password Safe

KeePass Password Safe is a lightweight and easy-to-use password manager for Windows. We can store our passwords in a highly encrypted database, which is locked with one master key or key-disk. homepage


Desktop-data-manager includes a clipboard history for many different types of contents like [text, images], an application to take screenshots from a single window, rectangle of the screen or the whole desktop and a download manager. homepage


Searchmonkey a powerful text searches on Linux using regular expressions for both the file name, and the search text. Graphical equivalent of find + grep. homepage


K-3D is a 3D modeling, animation, and rendering system. homepage


Ellogon is a Multi-lingual, cross-platform, general-purpose language engineering environment, developed in order to aid both researchers who are doing research in computational linguistics, as well as companies who produce and deliver language engineering systems. As a language engineering platform, it offers an extensive set of facilities, including tools for processing and visualising textual/HTML/XML data and associated linguistic information, support for lexical resources (like creating and embedding lexicons), tools for creating annotated corpora, accessing databases, comparing annotated data, or transforming linguistic information into vectors for use with various machine learning algorithms. homepage


ZABBIX is an enterprise-class open source distributed monitoring solution for networks and applications. ZABBIX native high-performance agents allows monitoring of performance and availability data of all operating systems. homepage


Jajuk is a jukebox for all platforms. It provides a fully featured application to advanced users with large or scattered music collections. homepage


Starfleet GUI, full-screen alarm clock and calendar, games, utilities, simulations, and graphical reference library, w/ file manager, viewers, players. Requires a TrueColor Win 9x or DOS-only laptop with standard graphics card and Sound Blaster. homepage

SocLab : the sociology laboratory

SocLab provides a virtual laboratory for social scientists who need to create and to run social organization simulations. It is related to the works lead by Sibertin-Blanc and Roggero on the formalization of the Sociology of Organized Action. homepage


GnuWin32 provides Win32-versions of GNU tools, or tools with a similar open source license. The ports are native ports that are rely only on libraries provided with any 32-bits MS-Windows operating system. homepage

Dr. Divx

Dr. Divx makes it easy to create movies in AVI format. homepage


JTrac is a generic issue-tracking web-application that can be easily customized by adding custom fields and drop-downs. Features include customizable workflow, field level permissions, e-mail integration, file attachments and a detailed history view. homepage

A Note

A Note helps to fix notes to the windows desktop. It also supports the alarm features. homepage

True Crypt

True Crypt, encrypts files and partitions as well as USB sticks, Zip drives and floppies. homepage


LionShare is a secure P2P file sharing application for higher education, enabling legal file sharing for Penn State university and beyond.. Find and share legal academic content in a secure P2P environment. homepage

Blue Fish

Bluefish is a powerful editor for experienced web designers and programmers. Bluefish supports many programming and markup languages, but it focuses on editing dynamic and interactive websites. See features for an extensive overview, take a look at the screenshots, or download it right away. Bluefish is an open source development project, released under the GNU GPL licence. homepage


It provides calendar, address book, to-do list with reminder function and also an email client. homepage

Crystal Space 3D SDK

Crystal Space is an Open Source 3D SDK for Unix, Windows, MAC OS/X. It renders with OpenGL or software and features curved surfaces, volumetric fog, dynamic colored lighting, terrain engine, LOD, procedural textures, portals, etc. homepage


Util-linux is a suite of essential utilities for any Linux system. It contains the following big bunch of utility programs like addpart, agetty, blockdev, cal, cfdisk, chfn, chkdupexe, chrt, chsh, col, colcrt, colrm, column, ctrlaltdel, cytune, ddate, delpart, display-services, dmesg, elvtune, fastboot, fasthalt, fdformat, fdisk, flock, fsck.cramfs, fsck.minix, getopt, halt, hexdump, hwclock, initctl, ionice, ipcrm, ipcs, isosize, kill, last, line, logger, login, look, losetup, mcookie, mesg, mkfs, mkfs.bfs, mkfs.cramfs, mkfs.minix, mkswap, more, mount, namei, need, newgrp, partx, pg, pivot_root, provide, ramsize, raw, rdev, readprofile, reboot, rename, renice, reset, rev, rootflags, script, scriptreplay, setsid, setterm, sfdisk, shutdown, simpleinit, swapoff, swapon, taskset, tailf, tunelp, ul, umount, vidmode, vipw, wall, whereis, and write. homepage


Egotistics is a social network analysis program that allows users to simultaneously explore multiple personal networks [called 'ego networks']. homepage


BO2K is a remote administration tool for Windows systems. It comes with a client and a server. The server is lightweight and unobtrusive. A dynamic plug-in architecture allows for easy system extension. homepage

Art of Illusion

Art of Illusion is a full-featured 3D modeling, rendering, and animation studio. It is written entirely in Java, and can run on almost any operating system. homepage

Ant Movie Catalog

Ant Movie Catalog, catalogues our DVD movie collections and add extra notes to our movie information. homepage


OpenSong is a free software application for managing chords and lyrics sheets [lead sheets], presenting lyrics [and custom slides] using a projector. Great for worship leaders and musicians! homepage


DrawPile is a collaborative drawing program, similar to OpenCanvas. homepage


Enblend blends away the seams in a panoramic image mosaic using Multi-resolution grids. homepage


Amaya is basically a Web editor, to create and update documents directly on the web. It also integrates and acts as a browser. homepage


CDex converts audio CDs to wav format or saves them as mp3 files. homepage

Clam Win

Clam Win, checks for macros, viruses and file attachments. homepage

Cool Player

Cool player with ripper for Ogg, MP3 and wav files. homepage


AWStats is a powerful and featureful server logfile analyzer that shows us all our Web/Mail/FTP statistics including visits, unique visitors, pages, hits, rush hours, OS, browsers, search engines, keywords, robots visits, broken links. homepage


Dia helps to create dataflow diagrams and flow charts from pre-designed symbols. homepage


Multi-user PHP groupware with CMS, Mail an address book and a calendar. homepage

Health Monitor

Monitors window's stare of readiness and sounds an alarm if there are problems. homepage


Manages and generates and copies secure passwords to a database. homepage

Virtual Dub

Virtual Dub is an advanced video editor for AVI movie files. It provides more features to change the movie content. homepage


SSL-Explorer is a web-based SSL VPN server. This practicable remote access security solution includes SSL tunneling, intranet website proxying, access to multiple file systems and application launching/tunneling through a standard browser. homepage


MoneyBee is a screensaver application that uses both P2P and neural networking to analyze stock-market information with the ultimate aim of predicting the possible future trends. homepage

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