Monday, August 30, 2010

NASSCOM EMERGEOUT Conclave - 5th Edition

On last Wednesday (August 25) I was at NASSCOM EMERGEOUT Conclave on "Mobile Internet & AppStore - the next big game-changer for emerging/start up companies". It was very well organized and participated. Good to see meaningful participation, experience sharing and thoughts on what next on mobile internet from both young entrepreneurs and industry veterans. Veterans and NASSCOM leadership team, particularly, Som Mittal and Krishnakumar Natarajan (KK) set the ball rolling with tremendous energy. Reputed speakers like Vinay Goel from Google, Naresh Gupta from Adobe, Sharad Sharma Ex Yahoo India CEO provided their perspectives on industry trends. There was few others including Deep Kalra of MakeMyTrip, Dhruv Shirangi from Yatra, and Ganesh from TutorVista shared their experience on building internet based business. Hats off to all of them!

However, one guy – didn’t get the chance to meet him, heard about him I think Vineet, was really impressive – young/ energetic/ ground to earth/ and passionate about he does. The founder of RedBus – Phanindra Sama. Selling Indian bus ticket on internet and running profitable business. With the kind leadership and mentoring provided by organization like NASSCOM, TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), The Power of Ideas from Economic Time we will see much more RedBus in the country. By the way I have not yet bought tickets from RedBus! Next opportunity will not miss.

Another interesting thing that is happening, though slowly, in Indian IT industry is that we are now seeing quite a few Indian Product company. Till some time back we only had Subex – now we need fingers to count. Good going.

Before I drop I must note that it was also heartening to see that Secretary, Dept of IT, Govt.Of India, Mr. R Chandrashekhar spent over an hour and showed central government’s interest in promoting entrepreneurs. Unfortunately, this is not happening with State government. Hope someone will set the ball rolling there as well.