Friday, 18 August 2017

Day 44 of Mentor on Road, USA

“It is our own mental attitude which makes the world what it is for us. Our thoughts make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds. Learn to see things in the proper light.
-Swami Vivekananda

Day 44 of Mentor on Road, USA started with an insightful discussion with technology companies in Seattle. We discussed about their strengths and how those qualities could be helpful for the Indian technology companies to be able to compete in the global market. Also, explored partnership projects in power sector, smart grid and innovations in renewable energy.

Mentor on Road also shared about the urban smart transport and had received a good appreciation and support from all the companies. A lot of interesting aspects were covered in our discussion about which we would share the details soon.      

After this we headed to meet our friend, Ashsih Lakhani, who had set excellent work ethics and quality standards through his food factory in Seattle. He had made both the countries, India and the USA, proud by his work. Mentor on Road would like to wish him all the best for his future endeavors.        

In the evening we went to our friend’s home whose name is Shweta Thakkar. We truly enjoyed the Gujarati food there. Heartfelt thanks for inviting us and spending a wonderful time with us.


We feel blessed to meet all the wonderful people that come across our journey. Hope the journey ahead stays as exciting as it has been till now. 

Jai ho! (Let victory be yours)

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Day 43 of Mentor on Road, USA

“Man never dies, nor is he ever born; bodies die, but he never dies.
-Swami Vivekananda

Day 43 of Mentor on Road, USA started with a drive from Portland to Seattle which is the 5
th of the 18th cities of leg 2 and the 21st of the 34 cities in total of this road trip of 9600 miles (15600 kilometres) across USA.

Seattle is a 
seaport city on the west coast of the United States and the seat of King CountyWashington. With an estimated 704,352 residents as of 2016, Seattle is the largest city in both the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest region of North America.

The city is situated on an 
isthmus between Puget Sound (an inlet of the Pacific Ocean) and Lake Washington, about 100 miles (160 km) south of the Canada–United States border.

The Seattle area was previously inhabited by Native Americans for at least 4,000 years before the first permanent European settlers. Arthur A. Denny and his group of travellers, subsequently known as the Denny Party, arrived from Illinois via Portland, Oregon, on the schooner Exact at Alki Point on November 13, 1851. The settlement was moved to the eastern shore of Elliott Bay and named "Seattle" in 1852, after Chief Si'ahl of the local Duwamish and Suquamish tribes.

Logging was Seattle's first major industry, but by the late 19th century, the city had become a commercial and shipbuilding center as a gateway to 
Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush. Growth after World War II was partially due to the local Boeing company, which established Seattle as a center for aircraft manufacturing. 

The Seattle area developed as a technology center beginning in the 1980s, with companies like 
Microsoft becoming established in the region. Internet retailer Amazon was founded in Seattle in 1994. The stream of new software, biotechnology, and Internet companies led to an economic revival, which increased the city's population by almost 50,000 between 1990 and 2000.

Seattle's economy is driven by a mix of older industrial companies, and "new economy" Internet and technology companies, service, design and clean technology companies. The Port of Seattle, which also operates Seattle–Tacoma International Airport, is a major gateway for trade with Asia and cruises to Alaska, and is the 8th largest port in the United States in terms of container capacity; its maritime cargo operations merged with the Port of Tacoma in 2015 to form the Northwest Seaport Alliance.

Though it was affected by the 
Great Recession, Seattle has retained a comparatively strong economy, and remains a hotbed for start-up businesses, especially in green building and clean technologies: it was ranked as America's No. 1 "smarter city" based on its government policies and green economy.

Five companies on the 
Fortune 500 list of the United States' largest companies, based on total revenue, are headquartered in Seattle:
  • Internet retailer
  • Coffee chain Starbucks 
  • Department store Nordstrom
  • Freight forwarder Expeditors International of Washington 
  • Weyerhaeuser, the forest products company 

Other Fortune 500 companies popularly associated with Seattle are based in nearby Puget Sound cities. Warehouse club chain Costco the largest retail company in Washington, is based in IssaquahMicrosoft is located in Redmond. Finally, Bellevue is home to truck manufacturer Paccar. Other major companies in the area include Nintendo of America in Redmond, T-Mobile US in Bellevue, Expedia Inc. in Bellevue and Providence Health & Services — the state's largest health care system and fifth largest employer — in Renton.

The city has a reputation for heavy 
coffee consumption
: coffee companies founded or based in Seattle include Starbucks, Seattle's Best Coffee, and Tully's. There are also many successful independent artisanal espresso roasters and caf├ęs.

In the evening, Mentor on Road headed to a meeting with the Indian diaspora in Seattle. We discussed briefly on the opportunities present in New India 3.0 and presented the concept of smart village adoption. We were glad to note that a lot of them had agreed to adopt their villages. Many interesting questions were raised which we were successfully able to answer.

Overall, the discussion held was very interactive and we have also identified the next steps to be initiated. Mentor on Road would soon start working on them.

Hoping to have an eventful journey ahead.

Jai Ho! (Let victory be yours)

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Day 42 of Mentor on Road, USA

“The greatest sin is to think of yourself as weak”
-Swami Vivekananda

Day 42 of Mentor on Road, USA started with a drive from Crescent city to Portland, Oregon. Mentor on Road has now entered the 29th state of USA - Oregon. So far, we have covered 19 cities in 29 states.

Portland is the largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon and the seat of Multnomah County. It is a major port in the Willamette Valley region of the Pacific Northwest, at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. The city covers 145 square miles (380 square kilometers) and had an estimated population of 639,863 in 2016, making it the 26th most populous city in the United States.

Approximately 2,424,955 people live in the Portland metropolitan statistical area (
MSA), the 25th most populous MSA in the United States. Roughly 60% of Oregon's population resides within the Portland metropolitan area.

During the 
prehistoric period, the land that would become Portland was flooded after the collapse of glacial dams from Lake Missoula, located in what would later become Montana. These massive floods occurred during the last ice age and filled the Willamette Valley with 300 to 400 feet (91 to 122 m) of water.

Before American pioneers began arriving in the 1800s, the land that eventually became Portland and surrounding 
Multnomah County was inhabited for many centuries by two bands of indigenous Chinook people— the Multnomah and the Clackamaspeoples. The Chinook people occupying the land which would become Portland were first documented by Meriwether Lewisand William Clark in 1805.

Before its European settlement, the Portland Basin of the lower 
Columbia River and Willamette River valleys had been one of the most densely populated regions on the Pacific Coast.

Portland's location is beneficial for several industries. Relatively low energy cost, accessible resources, north–south and east–west Interstates, international air terminals, large marine shipping facilities, and both west coast intercontinental railroads are all economic advantages.

The city's marine terminals alone handle over 13 million tons of cargo per year, and the port is home to one of the largest commercial dry docks in the country. The Port of Portland is the third-largest export tonnage port on the west coast of the U.S., and being located about 80 miles (130 km) upriver, it is the largest fresh-water port. The city of Portland is largest shipper of wheat in the United States, and is the second-largest port for wheat in the world.

The Portland metro area has become a 
business cluster for athletic and footwear manufacturers. The area is home to the global, North American or U.S. headquarters of the following:
  • Nike 
  • Adidas 
  • Columbia Sportswear
  • LaCrosse Footwear
  • Dr. Martens 
  • Li-NingKeen  
  • Hi-Tec Sports
While headquartered elsewhere, MerrellAmer Sports and Under Armour have design studios and local offices in the Portland area. Portland-based Precision Castparts is one of two Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Oregon, the other being Nike.

Other notable Portland-based companies include:
  • Film animation studio, Laika
  • Commercial vehicle manufacturer, Daimler Trucks North America
  • Advertising firm, Wieden+Kennedy
  • Bankers, Umpqua Holdings
  • Retailers, Fred Meyer
  • New Seasons  
  • Storables
In the morning, Mentor on Road headed to a wonderful event at the US Customhouse in Portland where we had an interactive session with a few American companies.

The U.S. Customhouse is a historic custom house located at Portland in Multnomah County, Oregon. It was built to house offices of the United States Customs Service. It is currently used as the Portland, Oregon location for WeWork, a coworking space provider.

They include a proven and fully functional waste plastic to fuel technology, innovative and patented dentistry products, $12000 electric car, rocket stove for cooking, technology to convert old fabrics into a completely new one and innovative wooden sunglasses.

Mentor on Road was highly impressed with their work. We are excited to connect them to India and would soon start working with them. 

Mentor on Road then headed to an event organised by USCS (United States Commercial Services) Portland office by Scott Goddin where we interacted with the top-notch companies CEO’s. Overall, the session was fairly interactive. Mentor on Road presented in brief about the opportunities in New India 3.0 and was glad to answer all the questions raised by the companies successfully. 

Mentor on Road was happy to note that a lot of the companies present in the event are already doing their business in India and many were interested to invest in India after the presentation. Hopefully, this event would prove to be the starting point for them.

The day ended with successful one to one meetings with a couple of American companies.

Looking forward to an eventful journey ahead. 

Jai Ho! (Let victory be yours)

Day 41 of Mentor on Road, USA

“Have faith in yourselves, and stand up on that faith and be strong; that is what we need.
-Swami Vivekananda

Day 41 of Mentor on Road is a drive from San Francisco to Crescent city, California. Since we do not have any events lined up today, Mentor on Road decided to take a break and go for a
city tour and enjoy the beautiful weather in Crescent.

While driving we came across a wonderful sunset over Pacific Ocean in Crescent city. It was a foggy day; we thoroughly enjoyed our journey passing through picturesque views of mountains, ocean and forest.


Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Named for the crescent-shaped stretch of sandy beach south of the city, Crescent City has a total population of 6670 according to the July 2016 censusThe city is located on the Pacific coast in the upper north-western part of California, about 20 miles (32 km) south of the Oregon border.

Crescent City has a cool-summer 
mediterranean climate, with moderation similar to an 
oceanic climate. It is one of the wettest places in California: the annual rainfall is 71.24 inches or 1,810 millimetres.

The wettest months are from October to March; the wettest month is December with 13.70 inches or 348.0 millimetres and the driest month is July with 0.35 inches or 8.9 millimetres. 

Highway access is provided by U.S. Route 101 that runs directly through the city, connecting the Oregon Coast to the north and Eureka to the south. U.S. Route 199
 begins just north of Crescent city and heads northeast to Grants Pass, Oregon. The junction of U.S. Routes 101 and 199 is one of only two junctions of two U.S. Routes in California, the other being the junction of U.S. Routes 6 and 395 in Bishop.

The Crescent city Harbor serves as a commercial fishing port for salmonshrimptunacod, and dungeness crab commercial fishing vessels. The Harbor is also home to multiple fishing and non-fishing related businesses and harbor governmental offices. The Crescent city Harbor also has several pleasure boat docks.

We then headed to Crescent city beach where we completely enjoyed the family time walking along the shoreline. Crescent Beach is a long and wide beach immediately south of Crescent City. Just south of the parking lot is a wetland area where Mill Creek pools up before flowing across the sand. There is a beach overlook at the end of Enderts Beach Road that looks back over the entire length of Crescent Beach. The half-mile hike to 
Enderts Beach begins near the overlook.

Mentor on Road enjoyed a day off from all the events and meetings. We look forward to an exciting and constructive day tomorrow.

Jai ho! (Let victory be yours)