Sunday, January 31, 2010

A Rival to Amazon's Kindle? May quite be.

I don't quite yet know. The Infibeam Pi could well be as good or better than an Amazon Kindle. But I do know (from what I hear) that there will be a market for Pi in India. This is an example of an Indian innovation for the Indian market. India needs more of such innovations to meet local domestic needs.
I categorise such innovations as innovations for national growth not only because it creates a new market but also it will pool in demand for new services and accelerate domestic consumption. The return of self reliance is not a bad thing in the current economic environment considering that there is a large number of people who can afford competitive prices. Like the Tata Nano which is primarily targetted at the domestic market, there is the potential for export too.

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So what makes the Infibeam exciting?

Its slim & lightweight: Less than 10mm thick. Lightweight at 180 gm. Its lighter than a magazine. Pi can store upto 500 ebooks in its internal storage. For the more voracious readers just add a SD card. A 4GB SD card will store upto 3000 books so that you will never miss your library.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

India is 60 today

The republic turned 60 this week. The dates spell the difference. It was on August 15, 1947, Indpendance was declared but it was not until January 26, 1950 that India had a Constitution. Six decades of sovereign independant history is remarkable - should atleast make the nation wise. The next 40 years is even more crucial as the country chugs along to its centennial year as an independant democracy.

India's development and acceleration of its growth will only come from innovations that results in problem solving. Real economic growth will not be FDI induced growth but will be entreprenurial in nature fuelled by demand for goods and services as incomes rise. New industries will emerge responding to the demands of domestic consumption. These industries will inturn need vast pools of human resources triggering need for higher learning and training. Productivity of the workforce will be key to meet these demands. Ensuring the inputs are sustainable is most crucial in the next 40 years. If you enjoyed reading this, consider buying India's Innovation Blueprint

Saturday, January 16, 2010

India's Young People

As I mention in my Book, that India’s future is its young people. By 2012, a completely new generation of young Indians – all 21 year olds from the 1991 era - who cannot fathom an India without Pepsi, Nike, the internet, and cable television would enter the workforce. This generation - globally connected, socially aware and conscious of its rights and possibilities - will change India. Here is an example. Watch Kiran Bir Sethi

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Eradicating Extreme Poverty

In December 2009, I met Hugh Evans, CEO of the Global Poverty Project. In the brainstorming that followed, we discussed how inclusive innovation can become critical to solving extreme poverty. Evans believes that we are the first generation that can erradicate extreme poverty within our lifetime.
Here's what Hugh Evans does:

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New Book Information: "India's Innovation Blueprint"

George Eby Mathew is awaiting the publication of his first book and one of the first accounts of how modern India is building itself as an Innovation superpower. To be published in July 2010, "India's Innovation Blueprint: How the world's largest democracy is becoming an Innovation Superpower", is an eye-opening 360 degree view of the opportunities and challenges India has to become a formidable force in Innovation. He makes distinct references to the disconnects between what is apparent and what is latent like for example the disconnects between India's physical and mental infrastructure and the disparities between India's rich and the poor. He emphasises that the solutions lie in inclusive growth, rural entrepreneurship and innovation. Among other things, he establishes the inextricable link between Innovation and rural GDP, national GDP and global competitiveness. He offers suggestions on raising the profile of Innovation through a National Innovation System. Here's the Full interview. If you enjoyed reading this, consider buying India's Innovation Blueprint

Friday, January 1, 2010

India's teen entrepreneurs

  • Mohnish Nagpal runs a blog ',' through which he makes money online by advising people on how to make money online.
  • 13-year-old Monik Pamecha, runs a website, a networking site for 'geeks' called and URL shortening service Pamecha has recruited 26 other authors from around the globe.
  • Farrhad Acidwalla is the Founder and CEO of web development and media company Rockstah Media.
  • TJ Dzine is a firm managed by Tanay Jaipuria, which provides web design, graphic design and search engine optimization services.
  • After being recognized as the world's youngest certified professional web-developer at the age of 14, today at 23, Suhas Gopinath is the Chairman and CEO of Globals, an IT consulting firm that specialises in web-related services.
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The Danger of a Single Story

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