Ever wondered, why don’t we see a Facebook or Google or Netscape or Youtube kind of startups taking place in India? Even if something similar is there, it may not be as big as Facebook or Google. Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft said, “Indians are the smartest people on earth.” This question has always intrigued me. So, why we can’t see an Indian coming up with a great start up venture. Is it our education the restriction? Is it because we don’t have Universities like Harvard and Stanford? Does a place where the business is started, makes a difference? But we have IITs and IIMs where some of the smartest people study.
Check out these some amazing facts about Indians heading some great companies worldwide, Sanjay Jha is the CEO of Motorola Mobility (which was recently sold to Google for around $12 billion) and was CEO of Motorola Inc before, Vikram Pandit is the head of Citigroup, Ajay Jain is one of the contenders to head Berkshire Hathway founded by the billionaire investor Warren Buffet when a succession takes place, Sabeer Bhatia co-founder of Hotmail which was later sold to Microsoft for $400 million, Vinod Khosla was the co-founder of Sun Microsystems, Ram Sriram was the founding board member of Google & one of the first investors in Google and recently Anshu Jain was appointed as the Co-CEO of Deutsche Bank. You can see many more examples of these kind.
But the point is, there is something missing in us which is restricting us to go ahead. We are smart, we are hardworking, we do come up with some brilliant ideas, we have some of the best brains in the world, we have great thinkers, yet we are lacking somewhere. I am not saying this because we need to prove to the world, but because we have the talent, ability and capacity to do it. One impediment I foresee is that, just imagine you suddenly going in front of your parents and saying, I am going to start a company and imagine what would be their reaction, it would be a negative one initially. I am not blaming them, but that’s the way it is. The encouragement is not that much here. Our way of education is also to be partly blamed for this.
Even if we come up or don’t come up with the next Facebook or Google thing that may change the world, we will still remain the same. But the point is, somewhere a brilliant idea might be lost or couldn’t take shape just because we didn’t encourage it or due to various other reasons and the same takes place in some other part of the World. Think about it.