Readers, you know that I have been working on Vision India 2020 for almost two years. The book is a collection of my 45 business ideas leveraging India’s strategic advantages, spanning a diverse set of sectors ranging from technology to education, healthcare to infrastructure, film to rural development.
These are big ideas, each with the potential of becoming billion-dollar businesses while addressing specific market opportunities in unique ways. I have, in effect, given you access to my notebook, so that some of you can take these ideas forward.
As you might imagine, there is no way I will be able to do 45 ventures of this scale on my own in my lifetime. But these ventures deserve to be built. These opportunities deserve to be attempted. And my hope is that I will be able to work with some of you in bringing them to fruition.
At heart, I remain an entrepreneur. But it is no longer necessary for me to be the CEO of everything that I am involved with. I can play the role of a facilitator, an advisor, a collaborator, a connector of dots, even a recruiter of teams. This way, I may be able to make a bigger difference with greater leverage.
I don’t know yet how these ideas will find their ways to fruition, but I have decided to put them out there with one simple thought: “Not only do ideas have consequences, only ideas have long and lasting consequences.” I believe they will capture the imagination of entrepreneurs who are willing to put 10, 20, or 30 years of their lives into building these enterprises.
I have written the book as “business fiction”, as if we’re already in 2020, looking back on building these exciting companies. It has detailed strategic nuances, characters — some real, some fictional — and in the dedication of the book, I have asked the Indian youth to “close your eyes, exist in this future, be each entrepreneur.”
It is, in a sense, a futuristic retrospective. I have experimented not only with business ideas, but also with the form of the book, as well as the publishing model.
I cannot tell you how keenly I await your feedback and your reviews. You can order your copy at Amazon today. eBooks on Kindle and Smashwords will be available shortly.
And of course, we can continue the conversation at my roundtables.