Interesting developments about the Internet, Hayai and the past.

I write this post from - of all places - the USA.

I've been reflecting upon things I've said, and I couldn't help but wonder about all the stuff that went down between the guys at TelecomTalk.info (Rudra Deep Biswas, Anurag Bhatia and Tarun P.K.) and how I felt they picked-and-chose snippets of things I've said - much like people do when they quote the US president - they make it seem like he says one thing one day, and the opposite thing on the next day, when in reality there have been months or years between the two comments. (The folks at TT weren't the only ones - I saw things from many "anonymous" trolls on Twitter, Yahoo answers and various forums as well - even a fake mgcarley with horrible grammar, syntax and spelling, telling people we were launching in the USA (which wasn't true at the time), UK and other places.

More to the point, they were asking questions I wasn't ready to divulge yet, especially since we were still in the months leading up to the launch (i.e. it would seem they wanted advance knowledge). Around that time, I'd just started fleshing out the idea of simultaneously building in New Zealand, but in amongst all the meddling, the government came in with the UBF project at the same time so that was "dead in the water", so to speak and I decided not to bother. Hayai NZ remains a holding company, of course.

Now, the things they wrote were pretty nasty - and this evening I finally took it upon myself to try reading the comments that were posted after the post was released. Comments calling me a psycho(path) due to my propensity to dropping words like "fuck" and other lesser words which I personally don't even consider swearwords (moron, balls - as in testicles etc), the content of this very site (bitching about my family, as is my right, thank you very much) and the way I and people I didn't know (who supported the idea so were branded as my PR team or something) dealt with the naysayers.

Well, you know what? I'm not alone, you know. All of the giants -- Steve Jobs, John Legere, Bill Gates -- are famous for having pretty fierce tempers and curse(d) people out all the time. Is that a good thing? Arguable. Am I going to defend my past actions? Fuck no, why should I? If I were a lesser person, I'd probably be crying over the fact that "people didn't like me". Truth is, most of the time I really don't care what 99.9% of people think about me, what I say, what I do, my ideas and opinions. Granted, most of the time, I TRY to be as cordial to people as I can be, but if you really get on my nerves, you'd better watch out because I do bite.

Moreover, the question was often raised about how it is that I can be starting a company *and* tweeting so much, writing profusely on forums and so on... well, there are 2 responses to that. The first is that I don't sleep a lot... 4 hours a day was/is about normal. The second is, simply put, that many CxOs tweet a lot and write profusely (even on forums) - forums like DSLReports have frequent contributions from (for example) the COO of DSLExtreme and Dane Jasper of Sonic.net (I think he posts, I *know* he blogs) - and Brendan Ritchie of DTS New Zealand blogs all the time. Twitter is extremely popular with CxOs. Again, John Legere of T-Mobile USA is an extraordinarily prolific tweeter. Some of these guys may or may not respond to their audience but I've never sat around thinking "how does that guy find time to do that *AND* run a company?" (and for those that do wonder, what's it to you?) I don't know if their motives are the same as mine, but for me it is a way to communicate with people about what we're doing and to an extent, have them involved in the development and ultimately the success of the company because we can get direct feedback.

Anyway, those of you who were reading what I was writing at that time may also remember how I said a few years ago that Hayai wouldn't be starting in the US? Well, here I am, only a couple of short years later, having started Hayai in the US -- our first fiber being trenched here in January 2014. I even posted photos on Twitter at the time but I'm not feeling inclined right now to go back and find them.

Unfortunately, not much actual development has happened since then, BUT TODAY - of all days - the barriers to entry have started to fall, so as of today, it should be a much easier undertaking to build and deliver a great product in some key states, which makes me a really happy chappy.

But back to India, and it turns out that Anurag Bhatia has been working for Spectranet for a while now. The same Anurag who says India doesn't need FTTH works for Spectranet, who we spoke to briefly in 2010-2011 about a JV, which now offers (surprise surprise) reasonably priced high-speed broadband over fiber. My my my, Mr Bhatia, what a surprise that between 2011-2012 when you were writing all this nonsense about my company and today (February 26, 2015) your point of view has changed to such contradiction - and it is by no coincidence your employer suddenly offers similar plans to ours. 

So what can we conclude from this? Was I right all along? You bet your ass I was (there would be some super cognitive-dissonance going on otherwise), so please excuse the smug look on my face as the look of realization comes over yours. Where I was wrong? Sometimes saying too much. I didn't keep enough to myself, but not to worry, I've learned from at least some of my mistakes.

I guess Gandhi was right: First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

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