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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Mile-high networking and Green n’ guilt free ride

How important is a mile-high networking for you ?
Ask the valley techies. Even if it means enduring an economy middle seat, it’s well worth the effort.

Advantage : networking in the clouds.

The Lufthansa flight ( combo Flt.455 & 754 – SF-FF-BLR ) won the title “Bangalore Express” because it was the first to cash in on the Silicon Valley-Bangalore tech connection with the most direct route.
The 9,000 mile, under 22 hours jaunt, (including a two-hour-or-less layover) grueling trek doesn’t seem to bother them even as they shell out $2,000 more on an average. All they care for is to stock up well on business cards.

As interest in global warming and hybrid vehicles rises, taxi and luxury car services are shooting for an eco-friendly image that draws customers, according to Alfred LaGasse, executive vice president of the national Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association.

While living in the chaotic city of Mumbai, India - I stick with using public transport / hired cabs / rickshaws as much as possible. The twin advantage is of tension free ride that it offers at an economic price ( the driver thrown in for free ) and not having to detour finding parking lots. I don't have to worry about soaring car insurance premia, parking fares and not so infrequent road rage.

To what lengths would you go to demonstrate your eco sensitivity…?

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