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Rahul S. , Thinker and thinker! Deep thinking but NO act Nov, 15 2016

Is there enough innovation happening in Indian Startups?


Most of the Indian startups I see today are a copy of some successful startup in the West. Ola, Flipkart, etc. Well nothing wrong in that and it takes some business acumen to see what has worked outside to apply and implement in India for most demanding consumers in the world. Some of the bright and perseverant guys will get their returns through this strategy. My question here is simple: "Is there any original and true innovation happening in India?" I am worried about the sustainable future of some of these Indian Startups. If the goal is just to make some quick money and exit successfully, then this strategy will work just fine... But if we want to create great companies... we need to invest heavily in innovation and reward originality. I am amazed at pace of innovation in companies like Uber, Facebook, Google, etc. Facebook knows for sure that without innovation it will soon become MySpace and so comes live feed, marketplace etc. Similar is Uber, every other week I open the app here in the US and I'm amazed at new updates, features and their product vision. They are innovating at some extraordinary pace. Point is that we need more companies investing in future along with the ones mocking up successful business models from outside. Its like the difference between copying Great artists vs creating great art... No two guesses on which kind truly leaves a legacy.

Any thoughts?

Most of the Indian startups I see today are a copy of some successful startup in the West. Ola, Flipkart, etc. Well nothing wrong in that and it takes some business acumen to see what has worked outside to apply and implement in India for most demanding consumers in the world. Some of the bright and perseverant guys will get their returns through this strategy. My question here is simple: "Is there any original and true innovation happening in India?" I am worried about the sustainable future of some of these Indian Startups. If the goal is just to make some quick money and exit successfully, then this strategy will work just fine... But if we want to create great companies... we need to invest heavily in innovation and reward originality. I am amazed at pace of innovation in companies like Uber, Facebook, Google, etc. Facebook knows for sure that without innovation it will soon become MySpace and so comes live feed, marketplace etc. Similar is Uber, every other week I open the app here in the US and I'm amazed at new updates, features and their product vision. They are innovating at some extraordinary pace. Point is that we need more companies investing in future along with the ones mocking up successful business models from outside. Its like the difference between copying Great artists vs creating great art... No two guesses on which kind truly leaves a legacy. Any thoughts?

Rajesh Agarwal , Chief Engineer, Honda Motor Company Nov, 15 2016


You should look at Ather enrgy, Byju for products innovation. Freshdesk, which is giving headon competition to salesforce as business innovation. Oyo for market innovation.

There is definitely a lot of noise but it doesn't mean that there is no music.



Sameer Raza , Learning. Student forever. Nov, 15 2016


"Is there any original and true innovation happening in India?" : simple clear crisp answer is NO

Neither the consumers nor the investors are looking forward to the innovation or investors. Global economy is giving every thing to the consumer in a fairly affordable price.

India is inherently a poor country, even the rich feels unsecured here. India will be poorer and even more unsecured after this move of demonetization but that is for some other time to discuss. But because there is no safe comfortable cash available, no investment is done to create stuff, investment is made for returns and this is not the apt environment for fostering innovation

"Is there any original and true innovation happening in India?" : simple clear crisp answer is NONeither the consumers nor the investors are looking forward to the innovation or investors. Global economy is giving every thing to the consumer in a fairly affordable price.India is inherently a poor co