gooidev names Thobith Abraham as Executive V.P.

“Passionate” entrepreneur to support SME businesses, students in India with I Connect platform

CHENNAI, India (May 4, 2016)  gooidev has named Thobith Abraham executive vice president – business development for its I Connect incubation and business platform in India.

“Thobith is a young, energetic and accomplished young man with a passion for helping and starting fertile small and midsized enterprises (SME) and student communities,” says gooidev chairman and CEO Paul N. Greenwood.

“I am excited to join the gooi family and continue to do what I do best,” says Abraham. “I Connect as a platform comes with a novel blend of nurturing business on its own ground with its own folks for the world. It is going to serve the SMEs and Student Community alike. I will be leading the development of International business for I Connect in various parts of Asia and alongside will work with the younger generation to connect it to entrepreneurial opportunities via I Connect.”

A software engineer and team leader, Abraham has founded two tech startups and worked with several others in India and overseas, concentrating on helping organizations scale up their global presences, He began leading and organizing social and business events when he was 13.

“He has an unquenchable enthusiasm and passion for people, product and technology,” says Greenwood.

“I realized the extent of equilibrium that needs to be maintained between society and business to make commerce successful,” says Abraham, who holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Madras. He specializes in software/product development, international strategic alliances, sales and marketing and networking. He is also a motivational speaker and community-building enthusiast.

“We are living in an exciting economic period,” Abraham says. “Historically, we have been through various economic shifts and gained enough experience to deliver to the next generation. Until a few decades back, those experiences and innovations were carried forward by a few daring souls called entrepreneurs. Now, with the engagement of deeply experienced businessmen, who have realized the significance of the younger generation getting started, we are able to see the silicon valley brimming with young and innovative entrepreneurial minds.

“As Paul nicely put it, ‘Why shouldn’t there be a silicon valley every few miles around the globe?’ I see that even a speck of such thought means a uniform growth and opportunity for all of us. So, as a person who started as a leader at an early age, I have very strong experience and belief that getting started with a business means expanding the extent of our mind, which leaves us with a sense of consummated living. I see a great fit with Paul’s vision and his vibrant team.”

About gooidev
gooidev is a global team of digital specialists who provide support for app and web development on both Android and iOS platforms. Its team’s members apply global resources and expertise to seamlessly manage development and expedite results for small and midsized businesses that want to outsource this segment of their operations. Headquartered in Chennai, India, and Des Moines, Iowa, USA, gooidev uses an Agile working process. For more information, visit http://

Did Facebook Kill the Birthday?

B.F. [Before Facebook]

In a pre-facebook world, you may have had a calendar or a Dayrunner – each filled with important events & upcoming birthdays. And when a birthday did pop up you might have picked up the phone or even sent a card.

Simpler is better, right?

Now, in our social media utopia, we get alerts for every friends birthday right on our facebook page. Facebook has made it so easy, in fact, that you don’t even have to click more than one button. Instead of taking 30 seconds to visit each friends page individually, we can simply type in our birthday wish, one after the other, right from our own news feed. Is this really a good thing?

I can hear you protesting already. “But, but, but.. “ you might say, “I wouldn’t have known when my friends birthday was! Or what if I don’t have their phone number? Thanks to Facebook, I am able to send them birthday wishes.”

While this may be true, it also begs the question – if you don’t have their phone number or care enough to put their birthday in a calendar, physical or digital, then are they really that close of a friend? The answer is probably not.

Watered down wishes

Now that we’ve gotten acquaintances out of the way, let’s talk about the people that really matter. The friends and family members that deserve a phone call or a card. With Facebook around, you might just post a quick “Happy birthday!” to their wall & call it good. Or even worse, if you don’t check Facebook that day & miss their birthday completely.

The people that you know & love deserve more than that. They deserve more than the same message that the guy you haven’t spoken two in 8 years received. It is THEIR day & you can devote 10 minutes to sending a card [so it gets there on time] & picking up the phone. Those two simple things that would have been expected 20 years ago are becoming lost on the new generations.

Don’t let Facebook – or our own laziness – kill the birthday.

How MaxMyTV is set to change the way you watch TV

maxmytvheadTV is becoming an increasingly social two-screen experience. Who hasn’t watched a game while following the debate on Twitter or joined in a live-tweeting Sharknado event?

MaxMyTV is a new Kickstarter for a hub that brings social media integration directly to your TV. The hub is not just limited to social media but also brings sophisticated home automation and Android apps to your couch!

What makes MaxMyTV different from other multimedia/social media hubs like the Apple TV, Xbox One and Chromecast is the home automation features it has. When working together with MaxMyTV sensors the hub can:

  • create an automated home security system that will detect movement and send the pictures to you wherever you are
  • alert you to someone at the front-door with a live camera feed
  • monitor your power usage in the house
  • let you know where your pet is and when it’s making a run for the garden
  • secure your house when you’re out and detect when windows and doors are open


Like most stuff on Kickstarter this comes with an app so that you can monitor and control your smart home using your smartphone as well as your TV.

As it’s running on Android you have access to a huge library of apps and MaxMyTV promises to overlay detailed stats over the game so that you can keep up with action as it happens as well as getting your moneyball stat nerdery on.


There is no doubt that MaxMyTV has a lot to live up to, but they seem to be well on their way. Check out the demo videos on the Kickstarter page to see the hub in action.

If you’ve ever dreamt of owning a robot butler that will do your bidding with a suitable degree of robo-british snark then this may just be the next best thing. I’m assuming the Michael Caine voice module will be made available with version 2.0.

Technology Beyond Words

Successful mobile technology can make life easier and more efficient. But what happens when a device provides us with something we never knew we needed?

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is more than a mobile device; it’s a social device, which goes beyond simply communicating and allows users to strengthen relationships with their contacts.

Our YouTube clip of the day shows how one apologetic daughter used the capabilities within her phone to tell her dad what words could not.

“Go beyond words to express yourself. Let your heart speak.”

Iced Water, Rice and the Power of Digital

If you’re on Facebook, Twitter or possibly even just read a newspaper on your daily commute, you won’t have missed the recent ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

For the sake of generations to come who might stumble across this blog post and won’t have a clue what I’m writing about, however, let’s just quote Wikipedia from today to explain what it was:

The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone’s head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research. It went viral on social media during July–August 2014. In the US, many people participate for the ALS Association, and in the UK, many people participate for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, although some individuals have opted to donate their money from the Ice Bucket Challenge to other organizations.

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