• Announcing – ‘Friends of Startups’ Initiative

    (This successful initiative is now closed. Goto https://contractiq.com/ to refer a dev shop) We love startups. We have a bias for the brotherhood from the trenches.In fact, ContractIQ loves startups so much that we have built a whole new platform for people to recommend service providers for startups. We are working really…

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  • Startup Culture

    The Startup Centre (Chennai) had asked me for my opinion on ‘HR Policies for a startup’. I shared some thoughts. Here is a capture of some key ones. As we say, a startup is an experiment set out to prove a set of hypotheses. Once they prove them, they transform…

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  • Social Media – Inconsequentials, Losers, Winners and Trialblazers – Who are you?

    We all are fans of Techcrunch (or what it was earlier) and I discovered a thought provoking post on “Fit & Finish” through a Techcrunch article on lean startups. The essence of the article, is that getting in front of millions of audience is not as difficult as it used…

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  • Scam Artists & the art of avoidance

    I thought it would be a bad idea to write about a quirky method one of us used, to evaluate service providers. It is typing “the name of the provider + scam” in Google search and read what the employees & customers rant about. Turns out a popular VC that…

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  • Does your customer testify for you?

      Getting customers to write testimonials is as old a concept as web itself. As a service provider, you follow the industry custom of getting your customers write-up 140 characters within inverted quotes. Somehow, that blurb is the reason new customers award business to you. Or may be not! Testimonials…

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  • Adverse Selection problem of SMB Outsourcing

    Depending on which analyst’s data you rely on, [tweetherder]50% to 70% of IT Outsourcing projects fail[/tweetherder]. ContractIQ estimates that firms between 10 employees and sub-500 million dollars revenue, spend a little more than 100 billion dollars on IT Outsourcing. So if we assume a direct correlation between absolute failure count…

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  • Our Story

    As the Founders of ContractIQ, we have been both buyers and sellers of outsourced IT services for about a decade. After having consulted over 300 small and medium businesses and having managed several F500 outsourcing programs, we realized that the data, information, tools and methods available to F500 firms for…

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