The Indian Dream

With the announcement of Sundar Pichai being appointed to lead Google, there is renewed pride within the Indian diaspora about how another one among them has made it big in Silicon Valley. Sundar, a bright spark from IIT and Stanford, joins the Ivy league of Indian-born tech leaders like Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, Adobe’s Shantanu Narayen and NetApp’s George Kurian.

For every Sundar who makes it big in Silicon Valley, there are at least 10 other equally committed, bright and intelligent individuals who choose to remain in India

1280px-Participants_-_Wiki_Academy_-_Indian_Institute_of_Technology_-_Kharagpur_-_West_Midnapore_2013-01-26_3745This is certainly a re-affirmation of the talent powerhouse that is India. But for every Sundar who gets a Stanford scholarship and makes it big in Silicon Valley, there are at least 10 other equally committed, bright and intelligent individuals who choose to remain in India. They do so because they prefer to pursue their dreams from their homeland or, in many cases, don’t have anywhere near the same level of exposure and opportunity.

Giving these ideas a platform and these individuals a chance is what inspired us to form Earlsfield Capital, a venture capital firm focused on the Indian technology sector. We’ve been blown away by the multitude of technology start-ups and entrepreneurs trying to solve all types of Indian problems, be it in the incubator cells of the IITs and IIMs, or in the co-working spaces in Gurgaon. And we think this is just the start – as the sector matures, technology will spawn a new wave of globally competitive businesses.

Fasten your seat belts!


Author: Sumeet Pillai sumeet-colour