without any unnecessary government interference This fascination with improving

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without any (unnecessary) government interference. This fascination with improving the mode of information dissemination and hence driving transparency into the system led me to explore the benefits wireless and mobile communications technology can have on society. I was intrigued by the fact that unlike traditional media (like TV, or Newspaper), this medium can reach people at their convenience with highly targeted information, could be ubiquitous without being a bother, and can also be easily used for commercial applications. Also, unlike the "wired" internet, this medium can reach the people through the most difficult terrains, enmesh with the customer’s natural lifestyle much more seamlessly, and is potentially far more cost-effective.
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For example, because this medium is universally accessible, it can be used to foster greater transparency in the government by mobilizing public opinion from the farthest corners of the country through applications like wireless voting forums - which can reach more people than possible through existing means, and are also relatively much easier to participate in. Furthermore, novel mobile commerce applications can help promote trade and regional integration throughout the country by overcoming traditional barriers to commerce like red-tape, and connecting mutually distant, or, inaccessible areas, thereby helping in creating a fast-moving world where even "Internet-time" seems downright sluggish. If used innovatively, it can also be used to spread awareness about and initiate positive social change in other critical areas like health and education. A wireless medical services company I started and ran in college, HomeDoctor, stands as a good example (A little bit about this company: In my fourth year at college, I realized that well-to-do people from the small towns and villages surrounding our university town traveled long distances to visit our campus hospital - rather than going to the local quacks. Along with 3 other friends, I realized that this could mean a large unmet need among these areas for good medical service, especially among those people who can't afford to come to the campus regularly for medical check-ups. Once we were able to concretely identify such a need, we started a wireless medical services company, HomeDoctor, in Dec '98 to connect the people living in these rural areas with competent medical professionals in our university hospital through an inexpensive wireless paging device – for a small monthly rental. While our venture succeeded commercially and later we also received global recognition for our efforts, what was most satisfying was the realization that a good technology, if backed with a holistic business strategy and a good implementation plan, can also be successfully used for the benefit of society).
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  • Fall '14
  • Business, Yale University, data services industry

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