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Vision India 2020: Preface

Posted on Tuesday, May 6th 2008

This is a new series in which I invite readers to take a journey with me into the future through the minds of multiple entrepreneurs, who by addressing the opportunities I see today, will perhaps shape the future of India.

But in this series, we will close our eyes, and exist in this future, and BE each entrepreneur.

Enjoy!

Note: Vision India 2020 was subsequently published as a book. You can order it from Amazon, Kindle, Amazon.in, etc.

A call to Indian entrepreneurs everywhere, Vision India 2020 challenges and inspires readers to build the future now. In this “futuristic retrospective,” author Sramana Mitra shows how over the next decade, start-up companies in India could be turned into billion-dollar enterprises. Vision India 2020, which encompasses a wide range of sectors from technology to infrastructure, healthcare to education, environmental issues to entertainment, proves how even the most sizeable problems can be solved by exercising bold, ambitious measures. Renowned in the business world, author Sramana Mitra conceived Vision India 2020 from her years of experience as a Silicon Valley strategy consultant and entrepreneur. Well aware of the challenges facing today’s aspiring entrepreneurs, Mitra provides strategies, business models, references, and comparables as a guide to help entrepreneurs manifest their own world-changing ideas. 

This segment is a part in the series : Vision India 2020

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Vision India 2020 Series: Multi-Billion Dollar Venture Ideas at VentureWoods - India's leading venture capital community Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 3:28 PM PT

An exploration of practical technology solutions for the rural Indian population as well as people in the lower-end of the economic ladder in metros. As an example, India leap frogged wireline phones and went straight to the cell phone revolution. A direct impact has been that mobile phones and SMS have already changed how commerce is being conducted in farming communities as well as by small businesses in cities. As an entrepreneur focused on technology and communications it would be great to see what others are envisioning in these areas.

Ramneek Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 2:57 PM PT

One issue that intrigues me is the ownership of the state.

In the US, it’s a matter of pride to say “I’m a tax-paying citizen”. In India, tax evasion is a matter of pride. Consequently, Indian democracy is authority without accountability – the majority who elect the ruling party do not pay for the facilities they use.

And the direct tax net remains less than 3% of the population. Can’t we mobilise resources there?

J.A.P.

J. Alfred Prufrock Sunday, June 1, 2008 at 5:02 AM PT

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Vision India 2020: More Multi-Billion Dollar Venture Ideas at VentureWoods - India's leading venture capital community Sunday, June 1, 2008 at 7:19 PM PT

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An Open Letter to IIT Students - Sramana Mitra on Strategy Monday, June 16, 2008 at 4:58 PM PT

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Multi-Billion Dollar Venture Ideas for Indian Entrepreneurs - Sramana Mitra on Strategy Sunday, July 20, 2008 at 3:12 AM PT

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Vision India 2020: Framed Ivory - Sramana Mitra on Strategy Monday, July 21, 2008 at 4:35 PM PT

great series! I am waiting for the healthcare essay!

ashwin Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at 6:49 AM PT

i am anticipatedly waiting for this series of essays

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Startups » Archives » Entrepreneurship Vision India 2020 Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at 9:15 AM PT

There’s a lot being done in the field of education these days. The quality is however debatable. We have hundreds of boards and many different systems prevalent with very little in terms of standards, quality & consistency. The curriculum and the quality of teaching spans the spectrum of horrific to world class It would be great if we could leverage our ICT capabilities to reach millions who have no access to education. Imagine being able to bring together teleinfra providers, PC makers, VCs and Govt Education department together to make virtual classrooms a reality for rural India
Infra: Use the telecommunication & wireless network as a spine to deliver education modules relevant to everyday life & work. The mobile phone is doing what years of affirmative action in India could not do- bring about a more egalitarian society. Leverage the success of mobile telephony to reach the deep hinterlands
Content: Focus on building standardised basic content in reading, writing, maths, science, geography, basic finance, basic life skills ( which are translatable to the different languages in India) that can be delivered through virtual class rooms. Create content modules
Delivery & Services: Make it possible for individuals living in urban centres to teach & take lessons. Create a tribe of “edupreneurs” who work in the virtual world.

I am sure its all possible and bits and pieces of it are already underway. its all about getting it together in an integrated planned manner so real value is created quickly

CG Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 11:04 PM PT

Hi

Today People are known by their brands and not by the value they add to the society they live in . Brands are good but every individual should become a brand by himself/herself. Its like becoming institution by oneself like the Einsteins and Gandhis of the world. These people are not recognized by the institutes they went for studying, but by their contributions to the society. This will help build confidence within people at the bottom of the pyramid and also lead to distribution and creation of wealth with a bottom up approach. We can coin it innovation at the bottom of the pyramid.

Santosh Friday, September 4, 2009 at 5:31 AM PT

Check out this excellent article about how India is poised to transform the future. It was sent to me by a good friend and mentor.

https://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB125598988906795035-lMyQjAxMDI5NTI1MDkyODA5Wj.html

Vijesh Unnikrishnan Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 11:31 PM PT