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Introducing Vesess Alpha Grants for Sri Lankan Students

By Prabhath Sirisena

Vesess Alpha is our attempt at supporting Sri Lankan students to take on a coding challenge of their choice. We hope the grant would help them validate their work so that they can be continued as startups, research projects or even just as hobbies.

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Hiveage iOS app in hand

How We Designed the Hiveage iOS App

By Prabhath Sirisena

After making our flagship product accessible on any device, the next step was to go native on mobile. In this article we discuss how the design for the Hiveage iOS app came to be.

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Working at an Early-Stage Startup in Sri Lanka

By Prabhath Sirisena

All the first employees of our new venture Vgo came from corporate backgrounds. None of them had worked at a startup before. The entire Vesess team, on the other hand, had never worked at anything other than a startup: for every one of us, Vesess has been the first and only place of work. There was clearly a culture gap to be bridged.

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Warrantless Wiretapping Legal in Sri Lanka

By Prabhath Sirisena

If you are being investigated for a “computer crime” in Sri Lanka, a police officer can—without a warrant, at his discretion—seize your computer data and intercept and collect your communications (“wiretap”). There is no specific authority to authorise or oversee such wiretaps beyond the investigating police officer. While the technical details about wiretaps might be murky, the law itself is quite clear: all of this appears in the Computer Crime Act, No. 24 of 2007.

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Common Kingfisher in Hambantota, Sri Lanka

Coca-Cola and Sri Lankan Water Stories

By Prabhath Sirisena

The old water stories and myths of Sri Lanka arose from a culture that had a symbiotic relationship with the rivers and lakes. The new stories that we create reflect the modern dynamics of this old relationship. Now we transact. It’s all very businesslike. Give me water, and take my oil while you’re at it.

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Coca-Cola’s Oil Spill and Sri Lanka’s Impotence

By Prabhath Sirisena

Few things are so cliche as an oil spill by a large multinational corporation in a third-world country. Except, perhaps, when that country is yours. When that oil is in the very water that you drink. When, one morning, you open the tap and smell diesel.

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Uber app in Sri Lanka

Adapt or Die: Surviving the Multinational Threat

By Prabhath Sirisena

In today’s turbulent business environment, organisations need to be able to adapt quickly to ensure continued success. Our local services will have to make swift improvements or risk losing significant marketshare to large, innovative multinational corporations as they expand their reach.

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Coca Cola Wallpaper

JVP’s Brand Crisis: Communist Red vs. Sexy Crimson

By Prabhath Sirisena

At its heart, JVP is a Marxist-Leninist communist movement. Its loyal voter base is red hot, not crimson cool. As with most political campaigns, their 2015 rebranding was mainly targeting the undecideds, who seemed to be supportive of them, but didn’t convert that support into votes come election time.

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