Rohit Aggarwal

December 24, 2007

IS academic job market for 2008

Filed under: Research,Teaching — Rohit Aggarwal @ 2:10 am

This year job market for tenure track faculty position in Information Systems is good. The job market has not been good since the dot com bubble burst. Looking at the discouraging market over all these years,  job candidates applied to even those schools where they most likely would not go. For example, I know candidates who have publications in MISQ and ISR but still they applied to pure teaching schools with no AACSB accredition. Looking at the job market it is easy to see that such candidates would end up in good research schools.

But the interesting part is many recruiting schools do not realize this and they believe that they can pick the top candidates of the market. So I compiled the following list of research schools in the market for a reality check.

Wharton 1
Minnesota 1
UC Irvine 1
Univesity of Rochester 1
Maryland 1
Indiana University 1
University of Arkansas 1
UT Dallas 1
Clemson Univ 1
University of Connecticut 1
Boston College 1
Hong Kong University of Science & Tech 1
National University of Singapore 1
University of Calgary 2
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee 2
Iowa State University 1
Temple University 1
University of Utah 1
Case Western Reserve 1
Virginia Tech 1
Boston University 1
Total 28

Note:- Universities are not in any order and this is not an exhaustive list.


December 21, 2007

Here comes another bubble

Filed under: Reference,VC Funding — Rohit Aggarwal @ 1:16 am
This video is really hillarious and right to the point.
Update: BTW, in the video when the guy sings ‘make yourself a million bucks partly skill and mostly luck’ the background page is a million dollar page. The idea behind this page is the following:
The idea is simple: to try and make $1m (US) by selling 1,000,000 pixels for $1 each. Hence, ‘The Million Dollar Homepage”. The main motivation for doing this is to pay for my degree studies, because I don’t like the idea of graduating with a huge student debt. I know people who are paying off student loans 15-20 years after they graduated. Not a nice thought!
Crazy! You would think so. But the space on this page is already sold out.

December 17, 2007

Amazon’s Web services

Filed under: Reference — Rohit Aggarwal @ 3:53 am

Repost from Techmeme

Economics that are impossible to stop  —  A few days ago, Jeff Barr, Amazon’s Web services (AWS) evangelist visited my class and got a report of what we’d built over the course of the last semester on top of AWS.  Each student had built part of a project that eventually used 25-30 independent machines.

Discussion:, Read/WriteWeb, and Venture Chronicles


Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:

Amazon Takes on Oracle and IBM With SimpleDB  —  Companies can now go ahead and fire their expensive database administrators—those engineers who keep the Oracle or IBM databases humming.  Amazon has just added an enterprise-class database called SimpleDB to its suite of cloud-based IT infrastructure …

Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog, Kevin Burton’s NEW FeedBlog, OakLeaf Systems, Scobleizer, Randy Holloway Unfiltered, O’Reilly Radar, Computerworld, Rough Type, InformationWeek, Jonathan Boutelle’s home …,, Sriram Krishnan, Amazon Web Services Blog, bytes|genes,, Between the Lines, inside looking out and GigaOM

Nitin Borwankar / GigaOM:

Amazon SimpleDB 101 & Why It Matters  —  Amazon continues to amaze us with its Amazon Web Services series of offerings.  The latest is SimpleDB, which will be available in limited beta in a few weeks.  And it is bound to have a major impact on web infrastructure.  As Amazon says in its email to existing developers:

Discussion: Howard Lindzon and Seth Levine’s VC Adventure

December 15, 2007

Social networks for every type of mind

Filed under: Social Networking — Rohit Aggarwal @ 10:41 pm

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

Nowadays there are social networks for every kind of “minds”.

“Small minds”, who want to discuss people, can join Arsebook network.

Arsebook is an anti-social utility that connects you with the people YOU HATE. upload blackmail material or publish lies • get the latest gossip from your fiends • post videos on your profile • tag your fiends • use privacy settings to hide your info from enemies • join a hate-clan to disturb people who live, study, or work around you

Following are the social networks for “average minds”:

Mashable has a post that briefly discusses about social networks for events. Another new social network for events launching at DEMO this week. This one is based around recommendations from friends. I like Attendio, but seriously, how many of these do we need? Rivals include MingleNow, ILCU and many more.

Spigit Event Platform: Spigit for conferences is an easy way to increase attendee involvement, promote speakers, improve feedback and create a quantifiable way to determine the successes at your conference. spigit is a smart, social collaboration platform that promotes interaction and is an easily configurable tool for capturing what your attendees really think about what is happening at your conference.

Social networks for “great minds” are the following:

Read/Write web has a post about Crowdsourcing and it explains about networks where people discuss ideas: At Cambrian House, people submit ideas for software products and then vote on which ideas are the best, commenting on changes or improvements they would like to see made. Development of the most popular ideas is then sourced to members of the community, who earn “royalty points” that determines how much each contributor makes. Cambrian House can be looked at as a commercial spin on the classic site, halfbakery.

CrowdSpirit is a very ambitious project that aims to utilize crowdsourcing to develop and bring to market tangible, sub-$200 electronic devices (think MP3 players, digital cameras, or game controllers). Community members will decide what the product is, from concept to design to technical specification, by submitting and voting on product and design ideas. Winning ideas will then be funded by members of the community – and after prototyping and beta testing, the completed products will be delivered to market.

Another such network is Spigit Innovation Platform:

Spigit for Innovation allows for entire organizations to participate in the process of innovation. spigit’s smart, social collaboration platform allows groups to build communities around targeted and firm-specific areas of interest, where employees can propose new ideas, share their opinions and expertise, and influence the best ideas for company consideration. spigit captures every interaction and calculates validity of content and reputation of users based on level of contributions, quality, and community feedback. Through technology, collaboration, and advanced analytics, spigit helps companies identify the best new ideas and key contributors, providing managers with deep insight into their organization and market tested ideas that can assist in making key decisions for innovation. 

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