Startup & Standup INDIA @ Makeup & Breakup
India as a country has tremendous potential and this has been acknowledged by leaders across the globe. This has been the world opinion for pretty long and we as country has never lived up to the expectation.
The answer lies in the question and it is the leadership, whether it is in the family, in the organization or in the country, it is the leader and the people behind the LEADER make all the difference.
Today as country we stand at the crossroad, if we are not able to make the VOICE of the people count and the government with such strong support from the people is still unable to take strong stand, then we, the people of India are the real loser.
Though opposition will always oppose and we can also question the opposition and keep preaching them for constructive opposition but that cannot serve the fundamental purpose. The country needs the decisions to be taken, the DECISION to be taken now, decisions that are both hard to take and those decisions that are going to have far reaching benefit for the people of the country…GST, just one among the many in the list of reform.
TIME is the essence and every day counts, it is not about the five-year term and that’s how the government should make its stand count and make every day count and not get wrangled in the wheels of opposition. People are suffering and people are looking for the real break and not just small ones but big breakthroughs in POLICIES and decision that can change their life. It is about their hopes and aspirations, once they lose their hope and their aspiration dies, it is very difficult to get the society up standing and running.
STARTUP then would remain a pipe dream.
It is time to free people’s mind and to channeling their energy and get them together and getting the best out of them, they are looking for the opportunity to unleash their potential.
The people of India are raring to go and the young generation are store house of energy we don’t need solar power or the nuclear energy to bridge the energy shortfall, we just need the right ENVIRONMENT and the rest can be history. India can spearhead the growth of sluggish world economy and get the world get the ignition from the country that accounts for one quarter of the world population. It is not just about the world’s demand-supply equation but more about the local consumption that can cater to the production here in India and also anywhere outside the country.
Poverty alleviation is what the world leaders have seemingly committed in every world forum they have gathered and if that is to be a reality then worlds perception about India has to change.
PM Modi is striving for that perception change…
Yes, India as country needs to do a lot in addressing its own problem on poverty and employability but at the same time India as country can play significant role in contributing its vast reservoir of ideas and designing solutions in resolving the universal problems panning across continents. It is a connected world and the problems are no more defined by boundaries and it is time to come together, connect and collaboratively solve the problem and those who understand the magnitude of the global problem can appreciate the role India Prime Minster is taking by travelling and aligning the other world leaders, someone has to take the initiative from the developing countries and those who can see through they can see the intent behind the Prime Minister who is committed for the cause.
The key to changing the world perception on India resides in the hands of entrepreneurs and it is the ENTREPRENEURSHIP that can change the dynamics and the shift the gear of the India economy and re-engineer the social fabrics of the country.
It is perfect score of ten to our PM Narendra Modi.
He has given a conscious thought and truly done a critical analysis of the problems that this country has been facing for long and how to provide a long-term and sustainable solution not to once again get into prism of myopic political trap where short cut and quick fix solutions has been provided by all previous political regime and hence every time we reflect on our potential and we continue to be perplexed, why with such immense potential we as a country remain to be a laggard and lag behind in every key index and not match upto the world expectation.
The per capita income to standard of living to transparency of doing business to health index to investment in research and development to product innovation to quality of life everywhere we lag behind not just behind the leader but almost many cases we are almost in the bottom of the ladder.
It is not any more about playing the dirty game and blaming each other and trying to do the same old analysis and continuing to get prisoned in the paralysis of analysis.
It is INSANITY.
The definition is worth reiterating doing the same thing and expecting a different result. We have as a country have fallen in the hands of insanity and never allowed the country get its due in the world map, but that is not going to be the case with new leadership under PM Narendra Modi.
The YOUNG generation that is restless and ready to take off, they just need the platform and the push and the country can see the power behind that little push and springboard below the platform. It will explode.
Startup and Standup echoes the voice of the people of India who are clear in what they want and confident of how they are going to do it. There are certain things that are not in their hand and they have been handcuffed for long. They are looking for the freedom and looking forward to the space to take off and fly high and wide. The Indian Americans from Satya Nadella of Microsoft to Sundar Pichai of Google have emerged from the same Indian Education System but they could demonstrate their full potential in an environment that was conducive to nurturing their aspirations. There is no dearth of such talent in India; it is the lack of platform and the push in policies that has grossly hindered rather than doing any help in powering and promoting the business idea and growth.
India is a country of IDEAS and these ideas are going to be bedrock of innovation that is going to transform the world and will do so holistically and that will be sustainable and appeal to the people cutting across communities and continents.
Being an entrepreneur myself and having seen the ground reality over more than a decade and meeting so many entrepreneurs who are bubbling with brilliant ideas but the chain of ideas are transient and get broken with the sudden brakes of imposing government regulation, bureaucratic red-tapism and finally under constant scrutiny and hammering from tax authority to legal dragons that makes it certain that the entrepreneurship is driven away from the heart of entrepreneur.
What I can expect as an entrepreneur and like many friends of mine who are in the space of entrepreneurship and are into different startup ideas and who echo the same voice to standup and make a difference in the way the businesses are being carried out in our country.
Entrepreneurs are starving for CAPITAL, the institutional channels are very tight to get an opening and with so much of mandatory requirement to avail the fund, it only ends up spending time and the “time” which has an opportunity cost, not that the entrepreneurs doesn’t want to pursue and get the fund from conventional institutions, the success rate is abysmally low. They need collateral security they just don’t believe the entrepreneur; its passion and its potential, not to blame the formal institutions, they have their guidelines and they are driven by age-old assumptions and nobody has questioned that assumptions. The risk appetite of financial institutions is understandably very low.
ASSUMPTIONS the mother of all problem.
Now coming to the other emerging channel of funding from Angel/VCs/PEs, the culture is trying to get a footing, it is still in the infant stage and restricted to the connected and the privileged lot and vast majority like us remain outside their boundary. A minuscule section belongs to the coveted tags of IIT/IIM and rest are never in the reckoning and they may have a strong idea and they may have the potential but many don’t have the communication and connection, and precisely this is where they lose the battle before they could enter the war zone.
Things are changing but the pace of change is not good enough to convert that ripple into a wave of ocean that can change the economy, society and the mankind at large.
The less we speak, now on the complexity of policies and procedures that has dragged our economy and growth of entrepreneurship the better it is for our future, it is time to speak less and do more. I think lot of thinking has gone into the upcoming event of “Startup India and Standup India”, it is time to DELIVER, I am marking the word “deliver” once again, such is its significance and I am sure the event will throw enough light on the perennial problem that has been pulling the entrepreneurship down and not allowing the space and freedom to experiment and explore the UNLIMITED possibilities that this country possess.
It is time for the government and opposition to MAKEUP and STANDUP for the people of country and not BREAKUP to STARTUP nurturing their ego and nourishing their own vested interest which has sabotaged unleashing the true potential of the country and people of India.
Looking forward to the 16th Jan’16 event on Startup India and Standup India, after all what is it for us the people of India…