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Oct 31, 2017 6:18:20 AM / by Shanmugavel Sankaran posted in fixnix, FixNix cloud GRC, Stratup, cloud GRC, entrepreneur, Regtech


small moments of joy #entrepreneur like me are alive for

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Who is the pioneer of Cloud GRC ?

May 18, 2017 8:43:02 AM / by Shanmugavel Sankaran posted in fixnix, FixNix GRC cloud, Governance, Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC), innovation, MetricStream, Blog, cloud GRC, compliance, copycat, entrepreneur, pioneer, risk


FixNix is not !
But We want to straighten the myth set by few large GRC players off late.

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Did we poach Jay Vijayan from Tesla ?

Mar 29, 2016 2:31:57 AM / by Shanmugavel Sankaran posted in financials, grc products, growth plans, IT Leader, jay vijayan, Jay Vijayan from Tesla, mentors, MetricStream, RSA archer, Tamil Entrepreneur, Tata motors, tesla, Tesla money, tesla motors, Tesla or Elon, 100k solution, 500K pipeline, A fund raise news, angel investment, billion $, CIO of FixNix, Economic Times, Elon Musk, entrepreneur, RBI- Partnership


tesla ride fixnix

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Startup India - how do the states fare

Jan 12, 2016 5:52:44 PM / by Shanmugavel Sankaran posted in India, startups, Tamil Nadu, Blog, bootstrapping, entrepreneur, fare, one-crore debt

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Three years ago, as a bootstrapping entrepreneur, I have knocked on all doors for funding. It took 10 months to get a Rs one-crore debt finally from Tamil Nadu government under a mortgage scheme

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FixNix, Success story of Startup India, Standup India, Expectations Interview

Jan 10, 2016 5:50:34 PM / by Shanmugavel Sankaran posted in fixnix, Interview, Standup, success, Blog, entrepreneur, Expectations, facebook


FixNix, Success story of Startup India, Standup India, Expectations Interview
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Startup India, Standup India...

Jan 2, 2016 5:35:39 PM / by Shanmugavel Sankaran posted in India, job creation, startup, 69th Independence Day, Blog, boost, entrepreneur, Narendra modi, Prime Minister of India


FixNix is proud to be part of the "Startup India, Standup India" movement of Prime Minister of India, on the Government of India's invitation.

Addressing the nation on the 69th Independence Day, Narendra Modi announced this campaign to promote bank financing for start-ups and offer incentives to boost entrepreneurship and job creation by saying

We are looking at systems for enabling start-ups.

We must be number one in start-ups... Start-up India; Stand up India.

Again he followed up with his Dec'2015  MannKiBaat monthly radio addressing to the nation on All India Radio as a voice to the general masses of India about

Jan'16 BluePrint Day for the movement.

Can India be a 'Start-up Capital'?

On January 16, the government of India will unveil the full Action Plan of  Start-up India, Stand-up India...

A structure will be presented before you.

This should not be limited to only some cities but spread to every nook and corner of the country.

FixNix got Invited by Mr.Ravinder IAS, ‎Director at Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion(DIPP), Government of India among the handful they have selected from 1,000 s of startups across the country.

The first request on Dec 24 came from DIPP was to submit our story as video to see whether they can feature it on the workshop day.

4-Jan-2016, 4am IST Update
Finally we have made the 1 minute video for  DIPP showcase selection.
Music director Ilayaraja came handy with his latest peppy number to convey our peppy aspirations. Wanted to highlight our Tamil culture in this national forum in case if we get selected. Let's dent it !
Share your thoughts, likes in our youtube channel itself.

Still thinking and preparing a theme for the video of story.

Anybody want to help us in making this video, write to , we've one week left..

Here's the formal invite which came on Dec 27 for the Jan'16 National "Startup India, Standup India" blueprint workshop and launch in New Delhi.

I want FixNix to win badly in such forums, as we are great living proof that we neither have a mammoth investor group backing us, lobbying for our win, nor some political or influential GodFather

Kindly wish us luck.... :-)


Even President of India recently endorsed this program and requested the youth of India to pursue Entrepreneurship.


During his Silicon Valley, he has gathered lot of inputs from all the Valley Mammoths and mandated DIPP to run this "Startup India, Standup India".


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Will your continuity plans in place When it matters most ?

Dec 17, 2015 5:32:43 PM / by Shanmugavel Sankaran posted in Information Security Management System, strategy, Blog, chennairainshelp, continuity, entrepreneur, plans, Public Private Partnership


Will your continuity plans in place When it matters most ?

Want to ask my dear #ChennaiRainsHelp about this.

Some of my entrepreneur & service industry friends felt embarrassed about me asking them this tough question.

Because they never ran short of money, which is aplenty, they lacked vision, strategy with respect security & i tried pointing it out.

Having a CeH person taking care of your pen testing and vulnerability assessment is good, it can be step Zero towards achieving excellence.

But you don't have choice of staying there forever, improve your Information Security Management System Excellence with strategies like Business Continuity, Security Incident, Process, Policy, Controls, Risk, Audit, Fraud.

It's not a sprint, you should be ready for a marathon.

Get off your glasses..

When something comes from me, it's not about selling FixNix always

( though We've many related Business Continuity process & GRC solutions offerings, it doesn't matter really)

Will try to share the awesome PPP(Public Private Partnership) experience working with semi-governmental efforts like Chennai Rain Relief Center ( IT properties,, RainHelp ) assembling volunteers from the Tech, Silicon Valley world with our #ChennaiStrong. Even got JustDial, PolicyBazaar to do partner with us through their CSR mission.

Coming back,

Will your continuity plans in place

       When it matters most ?

The US Dept of Homeland Security Awareness Video about Business Continuity ends with this sentence

 Every second of every day somewhere in the world disasters are happening -- man-made and natural -- events that can harm people and businesses.

We can't stop them occurring, but we can be prepared.

When disaster strikes, the clock is ticking; and when the clock is ticking, businesses that practice BCM are ahead of the game!

This new video explains what BCM is and why you should be doing it.

Spend few pennies out of your $ for Business Continuity and Dont regret post getting impacted.

Prevention is better than cure.

Try FixNix GRC Platform which has products on Software as Service Model through the cloud like

  • Audit Management,
  • Risk Management,
  • Business Continuity Management,
  • Incident Management,
  • Controls Management,
  • Fraud Management,
  • Asset Management,
  • Vendor Risk Management, etc

Many stand alone solutions like Whistleblower on private cloud is also there to enable the Process part of the Information Security Management System.

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Let's Learn from the Leader...

Oct 10, 2015 5:55:09 PM / by Shanmugavel Sankaran posted in entrepreneur


undisputed fact, USA is the world's Technology Leader.

Don't Know how many china, India, Israel, Singapore, Ireland and London coming together will change this equation.

Few things thought many emerging tech centric governments like India should take leaf from the Leader of Tech, USA

Let us see what are the recent initiatives taken by US govt to promote public private partnership, cyber security, global collaboration, innovation promotion, etc

February 13, 2015

Stanford University

“(S)ince this is a challenge that we can only meet together, I’m announcing that next month we’ll convene a White House summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection. It’s a White House summit where we're not going to do it at the White House; we're going to go to Stanford University. And it’s going to bring everybody together — industry, tech companies, law enforcement, consumer and privacy advocates, law professors who are specialists in the field, as well as students — to make sure that we work through these issues in a public, transparent fashion.”

— American President Obama, January 13, 2015


1) Cybersecurity Information Sharing

The government and the private sector must work together to protect against today’s fast moving and far reaching cyber threats. Panelists will discuss how new models to help share more information on threats and cybersecurity analysis – including regional and threat-based partnerships – can help better secure our networks. They will also discuss challenges to and opportunities for expanded information sharing, and how we can share cyber threat information without compromising our commitment to privacy and civil liberties.

Moderator: Michael Daniel, National Security Council


  • Michael Brown, CEO, Symantec
  • John Ikard, CEO, FirstBank
  • Jennifer Granick, Stanford University, Director Civil Liberties
  • Matt Olsen, Former Director, National Counterterrorism Center
  • Alejandro Mayorkas, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

2) International Law Enforcement Cooperation

To respond to today’s increasingly transnational cyber threats, law enforcement must work quickly and effectively with partners in other countries, with multinational organizations, and with private sector allies around the world. Countries have had great successes in recent years built on bringing together diverse teams of responders, but we also face significant challenges. Panelists will discuss how best to enhance multinational law enforcement cooperation, and how we can more effectively leverage increased international collaboration when responding to cyber threats.

Moderator: Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell


  • Joseph Demarest, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Ed Lowery, U.S. Secret Service
  • Kevin Mandia, Former CEO, Mandiant; Senior VP and COO, FireEye
  • Jamie Saunders, Director National Cyber Crime Unit, United Kingdom National Crime Agency
  • Bilal Sen, United Nations Office of Drug and Crime

About OSTP

Congress established the Office of Science and Technology Policy in 1976 with a broad mandate to advise the President and others within the Executive Office of the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs. The 1976 Act also authorizes OSTP to lead interagency efforts to develop and implement sound science and technology policies and budgets, and to work with the private sector, state and local governments, the science and higher education communities, and other nations toward this end.

OSTP's Mission

The mission of the Office of Science and Technology Policy is threefold; first, to provide the President and his senior staff with accurate, relevant, and timely scientific and technical advice on all matters of consequence; second, to ensure that the policies of the Executive Branch are informed by sound science; and third, to ensure that the scientific and technical work of the Executive Branch is properly coordinated so as to provide the greatest benefit to society.

OSTP Divisions

Scientific and technological advances are playing ever-growing roles in American life, helping grow our economy, improve our competitiveness, allow Americans to lead longer and healthier lives, address key energy and climate challenges, and protect ourselves from natural and manmade threats. The work of the Office of Science and Technology Policy touches upon all these areas and many others. The office helps drive science and technology policymaking. And it helps spur U.S. innovation and ingenuity by crafting practical policies aimed at strengthening America’s scientific and technology enterprise.

Broadly speaking, OSTP’s work can be thought of as falling into four main topic areas:


The Obama administration and the Office of Science and Technology Policy are committed to restoring science to its rightful place in America as a tool for crafting smart policies that will strengthen the nation. Learn more...

Technology & Innovation

In the face of unprecedented challenges, technological advances can provide a powerful engine for advancing economic growth and new opportunity. Learn more...

Environment & Energy

Of all the challenges we face as a nation and as a planet, none is as pressing as the three-pronged challenge of climate change, sustainable development and the need to foster new and cleaner sources of energy. Learn more...

National Security & International Affairs

New developments in science and technology (S&T) play a key role in predicting and addressing threats to our national and economic security and in meeting transnational priorities that improve the quality of life and global security. Learn more...

Working with International Partners

OSTP launched the International Affairs Initiative to lead the Administration’s engagement with potential international partners in key areas related to science and technology policy, research, and development. International science and technology partnerships are critical to addressing current and emerging global issues such as transnational terrorism, climate change, armed conflict, pandemic disease, space exploration, and cyberspace security. OSTP has achieved a number of significant international accomplishments over the past six years, including strengthening partnerships with emerging economies, addressing trade policies that hinder US companies, advocating for appropriate funding levels for international programs that carry out Presidential priorities, and addressing problematic legal issues in science and technology agreements.

Growing a High Technology region: Silicon Valley and the role of Stanford university

Startup America !

Startup America is a White House initiative that was launched to celebrate, inspire, and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation.

"Entrepreneurs embody the promise of America: the idea that if you have a good idea and are willing to work hard and see it through, you can succeed in this country. And in fulfilling this promise, entrepreneurs also play a critical role in expanding our economy and creating jobs."


Startups are engines of job creation. Entrepreneurs intent on growing their businesses create the majority of new jobs, in every part of the country and in every industry. And it is entrepreneurs in clean energy, medicine, advanced manufacturing, information technology, and other innovative fields who will build the new industries of the 21st century, and solve some of our toughest global challenges.

In January 2011, President Obama called on both the federal government and the private sector to dramatically increase the prevalence and success of entrepreneurs across the country.

Since launch, the Obama Administration rolled out a set of entrepreneur-focused policy initiatives in five areas:

  1. Unlocking access to capital to fuel startup growth
  2. Connecting mentors and education to entrepreneurs
  3. Reducing barriers and making government work for entrepreneurs
  4. Accelerating innovation from “lab to market” for breakthrough technologies
  5. Unleashing market opportunities in industries like healthcare, clean energy, and education


Leaders in the private sector launched the Startup America Partnership, an independent alliance of entrepreneurs, corporations, universities, foundations, and other leaders joining together to fuel innovative, high-growth U.S. startups. The Startup America Partnership is now operating around the world as UP Global, which has committed to support and train 500,000 entrepreneurs in 1,000 cities over the next three years.

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what Jayalalithaa, Steve Jobs and the number 35 has in common ?

Oct 6, 2015 5:51:17 PM / by Shanmugavel Sankaran posted in entrepreneur


The secret will be out by another 98 days, on Feb'24 2016. Alternatively read till end of this article.

I've been with the both blessed souls, every year atleast on that day 24 Feb, together, from some other corner of the country & world, doing a same religious thing.. What's that...?

Okay, let's cut the crap and come to the point.

Mashable quoted an article from their publisher muse about 35 things you should do for your career by the time you turn 35.

We're all for flexibility. Going your own way. Paving your own path. Doing what works for you (and not doing what doesn't).

We're also big fans of not putting a timeline on things. We've even said that there are plenty of things you don't have to have by 30 (or 40, or 50, or ever ... ).

But when it comes to your career, there are some things that we do recommend getting started on sooner rather than later. Not because some all-knowing career god out there says you have to, but because you'll make your professional future — not to mention day-to-day work life — a whole lot easier.

Let's c the what to do for our career, life bfor v reach 35..
Tried answering my accomplishment against the 35 advises, mostly somewhat attempted, yet to see results of those attempt. Let's c

35 mantras for age 35

  1. Really refine your elevator pitch-- make a dent ?

  2. Know Your SuperPower--perseverance, optimism

  3. Know your weakness-- perseverance, optimism

  4. Learn how to delegate--learnt 4 diff times. As employee of Microsoft, IBM, friend's startup & my own world finally

  5. Know your career non-negotiables-- empowerment, large complex problems(more the merrier)

  6. Do something you're really, really proud of-- I think entrepreneurship

  7. Learn from something you're not so proud of--don't give up & loose hope in life even u don't have single penny in your pocket. Made a very wrong life changing decision bcos of money matters, but came out. Learnt the no-money thing is a phase of all entrepreneurs life. Never make a mistake bcos of that, will store the detailed story of that for my auto-biography

  8. Stretch your limits--may b I did this too much

  9. Do something that really scares you--taking the family alongside you on bootstrapping entrepreneurship. What would have happened if the bankrupt situation has continued ?

  10. Get comfortable with getting feedback--I've become a good listener these days.

  11. Get comfortable with giving feedback--never feel hesitant to give blunt feedback, don't know whether people tk in good stride. But want to give & move on, instead hanging on

  12.  Get comfortable with saying no--learning still..

  13.  Have a broad network of people you can trust--I think I have one.

  14. Have a couple of specific career advisors-- have few, but very poor in meeting them regularly. Trying to improve.

  15. Scrub your online presence-- I'll not agree with this. The feedbacks should be there so that people know that v r human being with imperfection.

  16. Perfect your LinkedIn profile--trying still..

  17. Have a portfolio of your best work--tried bringing some projects I have got involved my career in LinkedIn, but I think my 65+ endorsements are my portfolio

  18. Know how to sell (yourself or something else)--Learning

  19. Know how to negotiate--Poor negotiator once upon a time, now learnt from mistakes

  20. Know how to manage up-- as an employee it was different. Now it's a different thing

  21. Know how to send a killer email--learning

  22. Master your handshake--used to be firm. Don't know will that suffice.

  23. Find a to-do list system that works for you-- started with asana, Evernote, now back to good old notepads

  24. Know your energy levels — and use them-- usually I used to be infectious & can spread my enthusiasm to my peers. But when I'm down, I'm down. Thou this happens rarely, it happens as I'm made of human flesh.

  25. Know how much sleep you need and commit to getting it--not good in this

  26. Know how to manage stress-- read, read, listen, watch, play with kids. Day by Day it's increasing as the travel & living without family is more now, need to figure out new ways.

  27. Stop over-apologizing--Want to have the fck all American attitude, miserably failing in mimicking that as its not part of the humble Indian blood

  28. Get over impostor syndrome-- in entrepreneurship u try to put a show lot of times where u lack knowledge for the sake of the showmanship & sustaining the game, always feel bad for the gap. But will try to get over

  29. Have a career emergency plan--never had one. Took it as it was intrapreneurial.

  30. Pick up a side project--always was doing some official stretch side project going out of the regular role's boundary. Even post entrepreneurship trying

  31. Invest in your retirement--never thought & planned. Need to.. May love a simple retired life in my hometown.

  32. Invest in yourself--reading, meeting new people

  33. Invest in the world-- helping in own way by promoting entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, bread getter for few families who trusts me

  34. Know what you don't want--don't know , May be a boring 9-5 career & life

  35. Give yourself permission to go after what you do-- already done, waiting for results to confirm whether the permission I have given myself is right


Secret behind the connection now...

I'll be 35 by Feb 24 along with this two great personalities.

Miss. Jayalalitha and Steve Jobs celebrate their birthday by Feb 24 since 1948 and 1955 respectively.

I heard they're both regretting about the date factor post 1981, not sure whether it's because of this poor crappy writer/ entrepreneur.

Whether I'm really proud because of this fact? yes ! But how it matters ? really it doesn't matter except the small coincidence.

I like both of them in different aspects. The world has tons of complaints ( even me too on few aspects) against them, but i LOVE them both for being rebel in their own nature. If i want to copy 1 quality from both of them, that's being a rebel against the force.

Why such a long story quoting their name then with me ? It's called viral writing ;-)

It's just going to be 12,783 days in the world when i hit 35 in Feb 24 2016. Don't know whether i achieved many things, but confident atleast few dents.

Let's dent together...

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Tamil Nadu, Investors Paradise

Sep 26, 2015 5:28:44 PM / by Shanmugavel Sankaran posted in entrepreneur


Why TamilNadu ?

Global Investors Meet

9-10th Sep 2015

  • #1 State in 8 out of 9 Development Parameters like Economy, Power, Roads and Health
  • 8.4% Second Largest contributor to India's GDP
  • 28% Contribution to India's renewable energy capacity, higher than any other state
  • 7% State ranks thrid in terms of Cumulative FDI inflows(USD 17B from April 2000 to March2015)
  • 18% Highest number of Technical universities in the country
  • 16% State's share in India's industrial workforce
  • 17% share in number of factories, higher than any other state
  • 11% contribution to India's industrial output
  • Single window Faciliation within 30 days

  • 3 major ports, 23 minor ports
  • 15% of Total cargo handled in india
  • Over 400,000 engineers and graduates
  • 200,000km of Road network
  • Tax exemption and incentives

Few weeks back in the first week of August, there was a state government delegation from India, Tamil Nadu State came to US, mainly to silicon valley.

Though i'm not a valley superstar who is known by everybody in Silicon Valley and raised 100s of millions, i know few people who also know me through few good interactions, occasions, online acquaintances.

I was trying to help the TN govt delegation to meet up with few of those great people.

  • Mr. TK. Ramachandran IAS,Principle Secretary, IT department for Government of Tamil Nadu
  • Mr. Atul Anand IAS, Managing Director of Electronics Corporation of Tami Nadu
  • Mr. B. Evanesan – Manager – Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu
  • K. Purushothaman – Senior Director – NASSCOM


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