IDLI

Saraswati toils her day making Idli’s and selling it in various locations of Chennai.. at 10cents  for 2 Idli’s.   One day..

Rick ”isn’t it weird.. everywhere I see these white puffed food and people eating it.. Let’s have one’

He stops at a stall ‘give me IDALY’

Rick’s friend Ramu begins laughing.. Not IDALY.. It is IDLI

Rick gobbles two. for Rs6 and finds it amazing..

Rick ‘who is the owner of this’

The stall person informs ”Saraswati”

Rick ‘wow.. I will want to have this in US”

Saraswati informs in Tamil ”it will not sell there.. who will make the dough.. who will make the puffed rice.. cookers are not in vogue in US”

Ramu translates to Rick

Rick ”no worries.. we will make Idli packs and send it as breakfast.. but I want you there”

Saraswati ”how is it possible.. visa etc”

Ramu ”do not worry Sir, many South Indians  out there in US. we will start one”

3 months latter

Rick ”what a business. it is selling hot in Jersey City, NY and never knew i would make a business out of IDLI”

Ramu on skype ‘Saraswati wants to open more franchise.. will you invest?”

Rick ”of course.. Idli is one of my favourite dish now on.. pack up time for fat PIZZA’s’

 

Faltered Role Model

Som ”in our life many a time we choose role models and then…”

Mike ‘do not taunt me… agreed I imitated him.. just relied on lavish life style,.. did whatsoever he was doing and went bankrupt’

Som ‘ Look at nations.. in quest of imitation.. unemployment issue is overlooked..”

Mike ”relax.. we are going to get a big boom in employment soon”

Som ”let us stop this topic… I wanted to inform you of Jenny”

Mike has pains in his eyes..

Mike ”she..imitated her mother and broke from me”

Som ”can you stop it.. .do you know what happened to her”

Mike ”not sure.. last she was with me 5 years back”

Som ”she donated her last amount of fund to a village in India”

Mike ”so what… she has this habit of donating right from time I met her.. she distributed my wealth too”

Som ”she plans to work on a concept ”ALTERED ROLE MODEL”

Mike ”what is that…’

Som ”We should not blindly follow history and believe in it.. just at times, look at positive aspects of ecosystem and enjoy…   each person in this world has been destined to have a particular life style by default.. then the alteration process begins.. multiple teacher, friends, family relatives.. and so on .. each influence us.. so her concept is all about influencers in a person”s life and mapping them for you as gift.. the positive vs.. negative energy… did you like the concept?”

Mike ”Why she left me?”

Som ”because you had gone arrogant with your wealth.. you and those yatch parties with ladies”

Mike smiles…

Mike ”seriously..  life teaches us .. that when an anchor is at home.. never leave that anchor.. .can I meet her?”

Som ”who stopped you from meeting”

1 week latter

Mike in a Delhi 5 star hotel. calls up Jenny

Jenny ”hey… how are you doing..”

Mike ”altered model… plan to imitate you”

Jenny ”you ought to be kidding”

Mike ‘human relation of couple is such that if they gel well, understand well.. imitation process begins by default… Jenny I love you still.. can we give our relation and our faltered model of relationship another chance?:

Jenny ”let us go for a date today… evening Delhi Hatt’

In evening…

Mike ”so many state food and so yummy it looks.. wonder if stomach will get upset”

Jenny ”Mike.. so much of vibrancy here… sometimes.. I feel for all the imitations.. why cannot 2 countries.. 2 states.. all brain storm and make win-win employment situation”

Mike ”not again.. how come you also talking about same issue”

Jenny ”PASSION.. it compels me to think of a problem which all face in life… a low phase..

Mike ”Jenny can we check our future with this tarrot reader

a few minutes latter

The tarrot reader ”dear ones.. both of you are destined to be united together and be in India for long term”

Mike ”do not kid”

Tarrot reader sheepishly ”Sir.. you will be united together.. but we need bright entrepreneurs from USA to set up their offices in India.. be with us..”

Mike ”what is your background?”

Reader ”I was jobless for many years.. and then found here.. good number of god men succeed ..so ”

Mike looks at Jenny ”please launch altered role model concept soon’

Reader ”what is that…’

Mike ‘dear tarrot reader.. we will be in India for long time”

 

Grave consequence

Nandu is standing in queue waiting for his turn in ATM.  His mom rushes to him

Mom ‘Nandu.. your father is expired… just rush in’

Nandu ‘Mom… agreed.. but if I will not get cash, how will we complete last rites’

Mom has tears.. she rushes back home

Nandu is sympathized by people around him…

Whispers around ‘black money will perish.. some folks have to give sacrifice’

Nandu is silent.. shocked but awaiting his turn

As he reaches.. the ATM has exhausted cash…

Nandu calls upon the priests..

Priest ‘we will not accept 500 and 1000 denominator.. I hope you have the new currency’

Nandu ‘have a bit of gold.. please take that but we need to complete his last rites’

Priest ‘arrange for the sticks etc at grave yard’

Nandu and his friends now reach the funeral ground..

Nandu’s father is put on pyre…

Priest ‘any thing you wish to offer’

Nandu puts the last 500 bucks he has with him

Priest ‘do not get so emotional.. that money is important for you’

Nandu ‘you can take it if you wish to’

Priest takes that note

As he lights the pyre.. Nandu remembers his father bringing in 500 rupee note every week and handing over to his mom as his remuneration out in village.. and his mom used to save a few notes… and then reached the city… reasons Nandu felt there is no scope in village.. and he had taken a rickshaw to drive vehicles’

As his father moves towards Ashes… Nandu feels why could the government not implement IT infrastructure even in remotest of village in India..

Next day again he is in ATM line.. with smile on his face

He finds few folks again there..

The bank official is putting some color in his hand…

Official ‘you did come yesterday.. how come you still have more notes’

Nandu ‘my mom forgot one of her piggy bank which carried 3-4 notes more.. and I need it for the 10days rituals’

Official ‘ok last time.. next time’

Official is harassed and murmurs ‘really do not know when all this will end’

Another intellectual standing in queue murmurs ‘all  only remembered marriage but death too is an event in this country’

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(It is fiction but just addressing a present pain point)

Defeat of 500 and 1000

A new wave set in…  In west, everyone a few section assumed it is trump of few and defeat of many..

In India too as similar situation came in … and at night 10m in Whatsapp

Rob ‘Shambu… Trump wins.. am jobless for so many days.. I think something positive will happen’

Shambu  ‘Rob. I have always told you.. complete your graduation and it helps you get more opportunities.  Even in India we keep taking of skilled labor, empowerment, startup India and so on.. but then who invests in college dropouts’

Rob ‘but I think something positive may happen.. let us be optimistic’

Shambu ‘I was in a village, when this news hit of 500 and 1000 currency ban.. and at same day there was a marriage… The girl’s father was perplexed.. his hard earn money of Rs50000.. He was supposed to give dowry to the boy’s family.. and now.. they refused to accept 500 and 1000 notes..  The priest too.. all were only used to cash system.. no PAN card.. nothing..  The boy’s family has decided to treat it as payable loan and marriage did happen’

Rob ‘Interesting’

Shambu ‘A country with > 60% rural folks.. some who do not also know to speak English.. ‘

Rob ‘Shambu… what will happen to those 500 and 1000 notes stacked somewhere’

Shambú’gone … it is invalid’

Rob ‘Am wondering what will happen if similar ban imposed in US for US$1000 notes’

Shambu begins laughing

Shambu ‘we can talk anything.. but we are depended on exports.. and now a new stupid message is being sent..  use local whatsapp’

Rob begins laughing

Rob ‘where that message is being sent’

Shambu ‘whatsapp only’

Rob ‘the globe is out for cultural shift… we need to think of a great idea’

Shambu ‘what can it be?’

Rob ‘Do’s and Dont’s’

Shambu ‘what it can be?’

Rob ‘Each individual can update their own moral view on Do’s and Don’ts”

Shambu ‘Excellent’

Rob ‘we can then do any analysis on various aspects of individual moral / social /professional behavior trend and can evolve Ethic cookbook ‘

Shambu ‘cool.. one of its kind.. let’s do it’

Rob ‘The cook book name

‘Victory of People’

 

 

 

 

SME

Jay is heading the small and medium enterprise association and is fed up of life. 5 years back he was having a compressor manufacturing unit but it collapsed. 2 years back, he initiated an electronic component and it has crashed.. too

With a debt of over 2M$.. he is left handling an association..

Neeru comes to meet him..

Neeru ‘this whole bit of hardware, software and all these manufacturing bit.. government never encourages manufacturing.. only software.. IT.. so not sure.. what.. I wish to open a toy manufacturing unit’

Jay ‘what will be the cost of 1 toy?’

Neeru ‘Rs100.. 2$ max’

Jay ‘In China.. same is available at 1$. Why cannot you import?’

Neeru ‘why we cannot compete?’

Jay ‘labor cost.. taxation.. so many issues in India.. where you feel we can do it?’

Neeru ‘Í plan to bring in Chinese labors in India’

Jay begins laughing

Neeru ‘is it tough?’

Jay is still laughing

Jay ‘Labor cost in fact in India is cheaper but.. but.. but…

 Logistics Efficiency Indicators India Global
 Road Transportation
 Average truck speed (in kmph) 30 – 40 60 – 80 (including China)
 Four lane road length (in kms) 7,000 34,000 (China)
 National highway length in kms) 66,590 1,900,000
 Average surface freight (in  cents/km) ~ 7 3.7 (Japan)
 Average distance travelled by a  truck per day (in kms) 200 400
 Air Transportation
 Airport waiting time – Exports (in  hours) 50 12
 Airport waiting time – Imports (in  hours) 182 24
 Aviation turbine fuel as a % of  operating cost 35 – 40% 20 – 25%
 Ports & Sea Transportation
 Turnaround time at ports (in  hours) 84 7 (Hong Kong & Singapore)
 Annual container handling  capacity 8.4mn TEUs 60mm TEUs (China)
 Containers handled per ship, per  hour (maximum) 15 25 – 30
 Throughput density (maximum) 45,000 TEUs / hectare 170,000 – 220,000 TEUs / hectare
 Warehousing
 Average inventory days 33 24 (China)

Source: Cygnus Business Consulting & Research, KPMG analysis

Manufacturing in India vs. China

by John Niggl

The above piece of writing is just for information and acknowledge the writer’s deep analysis on subject as well acknowledge the consulting companies.

It is important for entrepreneurs who wish to get into manufacturing understand pros and cons.

Developing Country Startups

Hurried and excite Jimmy boards the train to reach the Singapore Accelerator program.

Jimmy ‘In my country, there is so much crowd during all such meet ups, cards exchanged.. Hi Hello and then.. the cards just lay idle’

Soumya ‘:) We do chat in whatsapp and become friends’

Rafiq ‘they have standard question.. what if something happens.. how you will manage the show’

Tampi ‘they wonder.. how we can scale up with our non-English capabilities’

Charles ‘this eco system is only for few academic institute network alumni and they get going.. to reach out to grass root level.. it needs courage’

Soumya ‘we are fostering startup ecosystem.. building it.. ‘

Charles ‘can you check who get invested.. only ones with reputed branded institute and what about others?’

Rafiq ‘we just pray and look upwards.. solutions exist upwards’

Tampi ‘Angels..  but they cannot understand our language’

Chittu ‘god knows.. why we are so hung up.. we should take jobs and only after 3 years build products’

Soumya ‘no we need to be fresh.. enthusiastic and straight from college to build companies’

Rafiq ‘do you feel we can compete Silicon Valley?’

Soumya ‘no way.. but we can always have some proven business model case studies learnt, and we brain storm and fine tune it’

Charles ‘do you really feel innovations get rewarded in developing countries’

Rafiq ‘only proof of concepts.. I never saw scaling up innovations unless it is by big brand’

Chittu ‘let us do some thing for common man.. that will scale up for sure’

Soumya ”so many folks doing things for common man.. I think we should do for disabled’

All agree and few months later

Soumya ‘1000 disabled individuals aggregated.. and working on 200 projects.. great going.. ‘

Rafiq ‘developing countries need to look at their grass root problems and solve them and not get carried away through mere imitation.. money comes and goes.. but ROI is through impact made to society…’

All give a clap to Rafiq’s thought process

 

 

 

 

USA vs Indian Startups

Think anything crazy and you are sure to get invested in US if you pitch well…

Think anything which already exists but not yet introduced in India, you are sure to get invested in India

As we crib of  lack of innovations in India, does it really matter and does it really have investors seeking to invest in millions?

When I researched and kept researching the art and science of entrepreneurship ecosystem in US, Europe, Africa, Australia, Middle East, Netherland, Russia, Mexico and many other countries realized that PROBING means different to different individuals who wish to be entrepreneurs

Few years back, the ones who initiated business in India copied a successful replicable not yet done model in India and Investors too didn’t mind investing in such ventures..

Same side, there were dozens of innovation holding dust in college libraries or in some houses but with no takers and most importantly because of design aesthetics no one wished to invest..

Many design schools too got opened, but creativity again needed PROBING.. international probing of what is needed to succeed so INNOVATION again needed PROBING..

Slowly and surely multiple incubators /accelerators mushroomed in India too but lack of mentors or even still the expectations of entrepreneurs shot up..

None wish to think below Rs20lacs or Rs30lacs and now there is a catch 2 situation.. Should these entrepreneurs be funded or kept informed to search jobs and learn more and then become entrepreneurs?

The number of Series A funds have dipped drastically.. So what happens to the 1000 or 10000 startups out to win the global market?

Does currency matter a lot? Absolute yes.. and conditioning mind from being service centric to product centric is more vital for developing (near developed) country like India.

 

Why do best of geeks perform from India perform well in US and get bogged by pressures during work in India?

It is because of consulting mindset, a thought to work on hourly basis.. and even if product investments happen, unless the best from best of institutes not as founder member, it is a risk..

As i experiment with individuals from all walks of society, the biggest challenge is motivating all to think / attempt to become entrepreneur and will they get investments? Not sure..  but what they may get is a market reach and traction to sustain themselves..

Finally what is so special about US startups?

Innovation.. and ability to identify right pain points.

Is there a clutter of no show investments in US too?

Obviously yes.. as to how many investors would wish to invest in already cluttered market and purely focus only on IT/ECOMMERCE based solutions..

There are surely many investors in India who also wish to invest in innovations in India but again a fear of non show in Series A may be detrimental for creativity, innovations in India.

My focus on accelerator program is guiding the individuals to make strong technical scalable product or service.