Why You Are Not An Entrepreneur (And Why It’s Okay)

[Editorial notes : Guest piece by Niraj Ranjan Rout, Founder & CEO of Hiverhq. Niraj makes tons of useful points – a recommended read for several budding entrepreneurs.]

To be a successful entrepreneur is not as simple as having a great idea in your pocket. If we are being honest with ourselves, most of us are not cut for the job, and that’s really okay.

Did you know that 75% of all startups and 90% of all products fail? (source). So the real question is – is this a game you want to play?

Why You Are Not An Entrepreneur
Why You Are Not An Entrepreneur

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With the startup trend spreading like a wildfire, many of us are just infatuated by the idea of entrepreneurship. Instead of getting blindly caught up in the startup bubble, you must sit down and understand what the job actually demands from you and if it’s worth it, for you.

Here are some signs that you are not cut out to be an entrepreneur:

  1. You hate the spotlight

If you are choosing the path of entrepreneurship, you are indeed choosing a path of leadership. Your employees, investors and other businesses will be watching you closely and even under a microscope. If you are not comfortable with that kind of attention, your path will sure be very difficult.

For example, as the leader of your company, you must be able to stand in the spotlight and tell your business stories (tips on how to tell great business stories), and convince others to believe in your company.

Being able to work well under scrutiny and boring eyes is important to be successful in this arena. If not then, either you have to learn to deal with the spotlight gracefully or you have to rethink your decision to pursue entrepreneurship.

  1. You are sensitive to criticism and disapproval

Let’s face it, not all of us have thick skins. If you cannot take criticism (both with good and bad intentions) very well, if it disorients you, if it saps away your energy – this is not going be an easy path for you.

For example, someone says that your pitch strategy is too risky and will certainly lose investors – how would you react? Would you immediately start second guessing your strategy or lose your confidence in it, or would you stay assured because you did thorough research and took a calculated risk?

We are all emotional beings and very few of us have resilience to rejection, disapproval and criticism like Margaret Thatcher, and that is absolutely okay, it’s just that you will wobble too often on the path of entrepreneurship.

  1. It’s about the money and not about the dream

If it’s about the money (here’s why shouldn’t work for money), logically speaking, it’s best to chose some other path like may be investment banking. Why? Building and running your own company is too demanding of a task, with no promise of returns and even if there are some returns, it quite rarely grows into a billion dollar company.

So, if it is not about the dream and the wish to see your idea materialise, then it will be hard for you to stick out till the end, because it truly is like a roller-coaster ride – one day you are celebrating a win and before you finish your glass of champagne, a bad news hits!

Only the strength and will of passion for your job, can get you through such stages.

“There are only two things that can hinder your dreams: money and your imagination. If the second is great enough, the first will never be a problem”

  1. You hate uncertainty

For a lot of us, uncertainty is unbearable – it eats us away and corrupts our peace of mind. Well, if you are going to start and run your own company, this is a total no-no. Life as an entrepreneur is all about handling uncertainty – you don’t know how a deal will go, or if an investor will change his mind, or if your partner no longer wants to stay.

It takes grit to work super hard, even if there is no promise of good results.

When I first started Hiver, for a quite a while I had no way of knowing how well we were going to do, or if we were on the right course to reach our goals, or how long it would take to break even; without any promises and guarantees we had to make the best possible decisions and work like crazy for it. You have to battle your doubts and fears everyday, and it is no easy task.

If these kind of situations steal away your night’s sleep, then entrepreneurship is indeed, not a healthy choice for you. Here is an interesting read on how uncertainty fuels anxiety.

  1. You are not a big-picture/long-term thinker

Here is what you like: Set a goal – work with all your passion for it – win it – set another goal.

But, if you want to lead a company, this ain’t gonna cut it! You must stand where you are and be able to see the long term goal just as clearly, as your short term goal.

Why is this important? If you have a well-set long-term/big picture plan, then your short-term goals can be in sync with your long term goals.

Also, if you have a bigger picture in mind – you can take tough decisions much more easily – like when to kill a project, when to give up on an idea etc.

Well, business is like a game of chess – you have to think many steps ahead to win. If you don’t want to be bothered by such not-so-pleasant tasks, well you know what to do.

  1. You don’t like the idea of selling your product

When people say – if you build a product/service that is really good, you won’t have to try hard to sell it – Guess what, not true!

Even if you think you have the coolest, most awesome product in the market, you have to be able to make the world see it and that’s why marketing is important. Whether in good economic times or in bad economic times, there is no escape from marketing your product to bring in results.

Why it’s okay

Now, I didn’t write such a long article to say that only a few people can run businesses; there is no doubt that you can learn to run a business if you work hard enough, but ask yourself this – is it worth going through a total personality transformation when you can be more successful in some other field by just being yourself?

Most of us are so caught up in the fancy of being an entrepreneur that, we don’t realise what it really means to choose that path. It is just as okay to work for an MNC, climb one rung after another on the corporate ladder, and reach your greatness. It is no less of an achievement than running your own company.

And The Most Used Apps Of 2015 Are?

When it comes to apps, downloads really has no meaning. What matters is the usage.

WhichApp has published a report ‘India App Insights 2015’ and the results are based on data from Whichapp users.

Top apps in popular categories have been compared and the top apps have been selected on the number of installations and not downloads.

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Ride-sharing apps

According to the report, Ola is leading the market and apparently has double the userbase, compared to its rival Uber. Meru Cabs has been lagging and still needs to catch up in mobile.

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Food-Tech apps

The report states that Zomato is bigger even when compared to TinyOwl and Foodpanda put together. Also, Fasoos though forayed late into the market has catched up pretty well.

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News Aggregator Apps

DailyHunt has topped the list in this category and InShorts is the only competion the company has.

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E-commerce Apps

Flipkart has topped compared to the other apps and was followed by PayTM. Snapdeal, Amazon and Myntra followed the list.

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Dating Apps

Among all the dating apps, Tinder has topped the list which is quite expected. But interestingly, it the top app only for men. TrulyMadly is the preferred app by women.

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Game Apps

Candy Crush has emerged as the top app followed by Subway Surfer, Candy Crush Soda. Teen Patti, an Indian game was ranked in the top 5 list.

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Hyper-Local Apps

The report states that Urban Clap has topped the list in this category, followed by Local Oye and House Joy.

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Grocery Apps

In this new upcoming space, Grofers is leading. Peppertap and Big Basket are witnessing a neck-to-neck competition.

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Mobile Wallets

According to the data, PayTM is leading in the space and is bigger even if Freecharge and Mobikwik put together.

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Jobs Apps

Among all the job app, Naukri is leading in the category, ahead of Job Search and Indeed.

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Matrimonial Apps

With no new entries in this category, Shaadi has been at the top. Its followed by Bharat Matrimony and Jeevansathi.

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Music Apps

The top musics apps are Saavn and Gaana. Wynk Music and Hungama are ranked at third and fourth position respectively.

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Rental Apps

Housing and Magic Bricks are leading in this space. Common Floor which recently got acquired by Quikr is expected to accelerate in 2016.

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Travel Booking Apps

Interestingly, Government owned IRCTC Connect is leading in this category, followed by Make My Trip. A number of players are relatively doing well in this space.

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Grofers Shuts Down Operations In 9 Cities; Says The Market Isn’t Ready Yet

Grofers has shutdown operations in 9 cities including Ludhiana, Bhopal, Kochi, Coimbatore and Visakhapatnam. Grofers is unable to break through the ‘mom-and-pop’ store over there.

List of cities include

  • Bhopal
  • Bhubaneshwar
  • Coimbatore
  • Kochi
  • Ludhiana
  • Mysore
  • Nashik
  • Rajkot
  • Vishakhapatnam

“We ran a series of marketing campaigns including television ads in these cities to test the markets and see if the volume picks up. The smaller cities are not ready for hyperlocal business yet, once they are, we will reconsider our strategy” says Grofers founder, Dhindsa [source].

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Recent development at Grofers:

  1. Grofers CTO has quit.
  2. Grofers is under a lawsuit (by real estate portal, Groffr) over the brand name
  3. Grofers recently raised $120 million in funding from Japan’s SoftBank, Yuri Milner and existing investors Tiger Global and Sequoia Capital.

Meet : The 35+ Indian Startups That Are The NextBigWhats

There are 2 ways to look at promising startups – totally as a function of funding (+ site traffic) OR predicting disruption they can cause. Former is easy – latter is tough.

At NextBigWhat, we spent some time going through the movers and shakers of the startup world and instead of focusing on funding + traffic metrics, we looked at awesomeness of these companies.

“To see what everyone else has seen but to think what nobody else has thought” – Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (Nobel Laureate)

In no particular order, here goes our list of 35+ Indian startups that are causing some serious disruption.


Razorpay
URL : http://www.razorpay.com
HQ : Bangalore
Razorpay is an online payment gateway which allows Indian businesses to collect payments online through credit card, debit card, netbanking and popular wallets like Paytm, Mobikwik etc. Founded by IIT Roorkee alumni, Razorpay aims to revolutionize online payments by providing clean, developer-friendly APIs and hassle-free integration [Tweet This]

Ozonetel
URL: http://ozonetel.com/
HQ: Hyderabad
Ozonetel founded by Murthy Chintalapati, helps businesses communicate with their customers in a seamless, intelligent and cost efficient way. Present in 150 countries, Ozonetel has more than 50 million consumers and its core offerings are CloudAgent and BrandAgent which are cloud based platforms. [Tweet This]

Swiggy
URL: https://www.swiggy.com/
HQ: Bangalore
Swiggy was inspired by the thought of providing a complete food ordering and delivery solution from the best neighbourhood restaurants to the urban foodie. Food ordering marketplace, Swiggy was founded by Rahul Jaimini, Sriharsha Majety, Nandan Reddy.The startup, owns an exclusive fleet of delivery personnel to pickup orders from restaurants and deliver it to the customers. [Tweet This]

Grofers
URL: https://www.grofers.com/
HQ: NCR
Grofers a local mobile e-commerce platform, aims to become the one-stop shop for all your daily needs. Currently present in 26 cities, the marketplace offers a wide assortment of groceries, fruits and vegetables, cosmetics, electronics, bakery items, flowers and much more. The company has hired more than 1000 in past six months. [Tweet This]

BigBasket
URL: http://www.bigbasket.com/
HQ: Bangalore

With over 14,000 products and 1000 brands, online supermarket BigBasket is present in Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Mysore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Madurai, Coimbatore, Vijayawada, Ahmedabad & Nashik.  The company plans to expand to other cities soon. With five founders, the company started its operations in December 2011. [Tweet This]

Healthifyme
URL:http://healthifyme.com
HQ: Bangalore
Healthifyme aims to pave the smart way to live healthy. The platform allows users to track their food, exercise and weight through smartphone or computer,analyzes the data and provides insights.Almost 100,000 people have used HealthifyMe’s platform. [Tweet This]

Goqii
URL: https://www.goqii.com/
HQ: Mumbai
GOQii connects you to the personal coach of your choice who can help you improve your Health. Founded in 2014, they aim to align your data to your goals through support, knowledge and motivation, so small changes will make a big impact. The company also on boarded 1,000 fitness coaches from US, middle east who will coach the users through the mobile app.[Tweet This]

Craftsvilla
URL: http://www.craftsvilla.com/
HQ:Mumbai
Craftsvilla is an online marketplace to discover unique Indian products. Craftsvilla uses a marketplace model to capture the regional variations of India. It connects local artisans & designers directly to global customers and thereby increase their livelihood, remove middlemen, help them create/promote their brand and thereby preserve our culture, traditions and values. [Tweet This]

Delhivery
URL: http://www.delhivery.com/
HQ: NCR
Founded in 2011, Delhivery launched fulfilment services in Delhi and Chennai. The company with a team size of 15000+ has expanded its services to 350+ cities with 16 fulfilment centers with 1 million sqft of warehousing. The company currently has 10000 sellers and serves 2000 clients.[Tweet This]

Postman
URL: https://www.getpostman.com/
HQ: Bangalore
Founded by Abhinav, Ankit and Abhijeet, Postman is a powerful API testing and development suite and for many developers. Postman is now used by more than 1.5 million developers around the world. Postman is aiming to help developers, teams and companies build better connected software more efficiently. [Tweet This]

RoadRunnr
URL: http://www.roadrunnr.com/
HQ: Bangalore
Roadrunnr, a B2B online platform and service provider for hyper local logistics aims to simplify local commerce. Roadrunnr was co-founded by ex-Flipkart employees Mohit Kumar and Arpit Dave. The company works with clients including Faaso’s, bhukkad, PizzaStop etc. [Tweet This]

CarDekho
URL: http://www.cardekho.com/
HQ: Jaipur
Car Dekho provides a complete freedom to the car-fanatics of India to watch, know and understand cars in much greater detail and from a wide variety of viewpoints. CarDekho was founded in 2008, and today includes several other similar ventures including BikeDekho, PriceDekho, MobileDekho and more. [Tweet This]

IdeaDevice/ Calm.io
URL: https://ideadevice.com/  Calm.io 
HQ: Bangalore
The company is building a new platform for automating DevOps in the age of Containers, Clouds and Microservices. Incubated at IIM Bangalore in 2009 by Aaditya Sood, the aim of the company is to provide an end-to-end DevOps Automation Platform. [Tweet This]

ZoomCar
URL: http://www.zoomcar.com/
HQ: Bangalore
Founded by Greg Moran, zoomcar is a self drive car rental service.The company aims to provide convenience, mobility and independence. You can pick the car that fits your needs and pay the rent by the hour, day, week or month. [Tweet This]

Voonik
URL:http://www.voonik.com/
HQ: Bangalore
Voonik was founded in 2013, by Sujayath Ali and Navaneetha Krishnan. Voonik, an online fashion store for women offers multiple stores on a single platform and lets consumers shop in a single checkout. [Tweet This]

Zomato
URL: https://www.zomato.com/india
HQ: NCR
Founded by Deepinder Goyal, Zomato is present in over 10,000 cities and across 23 countries. Zomato helps people discover food joints and built a vast community of food lovers who share their reviews and photos, so you have all that you need to make an informed choice. [Tweet This]

Shuttl
URL: http://shuttl.com/
HQ: NCR
Aiming to become the public transport of future, Shuttl a mobile based minibus service makes daily commute more convenient.The vehicles are air-conditioned and operate with high frequency on fixed routes freeing you from the hassles of existing public transport options at an economical price point. [Tweet This]

Simplilearn
URL: http://www.simplilearn.com/
HQ: Bangalore
Founded in 2010, Simplilearn is a provider of a suite of professional certification courses and work with companies and working professionals to address their unique learning needs. The edu tech company was founded by Krishna Kumar. [Tweet This]

Toppr
URL:https://www.toppr.com/
HQ:Mumbai
Co-founded by IITians Zishaan Hayath and Hemanth Goteti, Toppr plans to change education with technology. Everything they do, they judge on how large an impact it can make. [Tweet This]

BlackBuck
URL: https://www.blackbuck.com/
HQ:Bangalore
Blackbuck aims to redefine logistics making it reliable and efficient. BlackBuck was founded in 2014, by IIT-Kharagpur almuni Yabaji, Chanakya Hridaya and Ramasubramaniam. The platform brings truckers and customers on the platform and uses intelligent auction engines with a mobile interface.[Tweet This]

Citrus
URL: http://www.citruspay.com/consumers.html
HQ: Mumbai
Citrus cash is an app that lets you send money to and receive from anyone who has an e-mail id. It lets your transfer money to friends, colleagues and family members within seconds.These money transfers can be made at any time, to any specified bank account. The app has more than 3 million users. [Tweet This]

Chillr
URL: https://www.chillr.in/
HQ: Kochi
Founded by Sony Joy, Chillr allows users to send money from one’s bank account to anyone in the phonebook without having to know their account number. It lets you split bills, recharge mobile balance or DTH anytime on the go.[Tweet This]

Jugnoo
URL: https://jugnoo.in
HQ: Chandigarh
Jugnoo offers reliable and affordable auto rides.It helps users save up to 32% on total costs/fares compared to regular auto drives.Jugnoo was founded in november 2014 by a handful of IITians. [Tweet This]

Capillary
URL: http://capillarytech.com/
HQ: Bangalore
Founded by Aneesh Reddy, Capillary helps clients succeed by combining big data with a robust, cloud-based analytics engine.The company  optimizes  the relevance and profitability of discounts and personalized offers to consumers in real time. [Tweet This]

MoEngage
URL: http://moengage.com/company/
HQ: Bangalore
MoEngage helps marketers improve Customer Retention and Lifetime value. The platform helps companies understand their customers better, engage and retain them through personalized interactions. [Tweet This]

SilverPush
URL: http://www.silverpush.co
HQ: NCR
Aiming to redefine TV advertising, SilverPush bridges the customer journey from TV-Search-Social-Mobile. The company was founded by Hitesh Chawla and Mudit Seth. [Tweet This]

EzeTap
URL: http://site.ezetap.com/
HQ: Bangalore
Co-founded by Abhijit Bose and Bhaktha Keshavachar, Ezetap has been operational since 2013. Ezetap an mPOS platform processes transactions worth over $1 million every day. It converts mobile device into an intelligent point of sale which reads any type of card and completes any type of financial transaction. [Tweet This]

Happay
URL: http://www.happay.in/
HQ: Bangalore
Happay was founded by Anshul Rai and Varun Rathi in 2012. Happay is a mobile app- a mobile wallet that allows you to pay just about anyone, anywhere, with their mobile number without the details of bank account. [Tweet This]

Reverie
URL: http://go.reverieinc.com/
HQ: Bangalore
Reverie’s LaaS Platform delivers dynamic and static content of apps and portals in multiple languages, in real-time. Users include consumer Internet, financial services, governance, media, devices and more. [Tweet This]

Zopper
URL: https://www.zopper.com/
HQ: NCR
Zopper was co-founded by Surjendu and Neeraj. A hyperlocal mobile marketplace, Zopper is set to expand its operations to over 30 cities in India. They are currently present in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Gurgaon, Noida and Ahmedabad. [Tweet This]

MySmartPrice
URL: http://www.mysmartprice.com/
HQ: Hyderabad
MySmartPrice is a platform which lets you discover a wide array of categories that include Mobiles, Electronics, Computers, Fashion and Lifestyle, Cameras, Books, Appliances and Personal Care. MySmartPrice was founded in 2010 by Sitakanta Ray and Sulakshan Kumar. [Tweet This]

Freshdesk
URL: https://freshdesk.com/
HQ: Chennai
Founded in 2010, Freshdesk is a cloud-based customer support platform that was founded with the mission of enabling companies of all sizes to provide great customer service. [Tweet This]

MindTickle
URL: http://www.mindtickle.com/team/
HQ: Pune
Realizing the opportunity in the social and mobile enterprise, the MindTickle team has created a gamification platform to create delightful learning and engagement experiences that are delivered as a hassle free software-as-a-service solution. [Tweet This]

Faircent
URL: https://www.faircent.com/
HQ: NCR
Faircent provides a virtual market place where borrowers and lenders can interact directly. It is a community loan exchange platform which offers P2P lending and personal loan at low interest rates in India. [Tweet This]

Ather
URL:http://atherenergy.com/
HQ: Bangalore
Ather was founded by Tarun Mehta and Swapnil Jain, Ather in 2013. Ather Energy aims to build smart, connected electric vehicles of the future. [Tweet This]

Firstouch
URL: http://www.firstouchmobile.com/
HQ: Mumbai
Firstouch aims to revolutionize the mobile industry with regional smartphone operating system. It targets the first time Internet and mobile users. Firstouch was founded by RakeshDeshmukh and Akash Dongre. [Tweet This]

VWO
URL:https://vwo.com/
HQ: NCR
Founded by Paras Chopra, VWO became operational in early 2009.The company’s aim is to make website optimization tools which produce results. [Tweet This]

Portea
URL: http://www.portea.com
HQ: Bangalore
Portea provide doctors, nurses, and physiotherapists for home visits and also facilitates lab tests at home and medical equipment rentals, making health care more accessible for the patients. [Tweet This]


Connect with us (editorial@nextbigwhat.com) in case if you think we have missed a deserving startup.

An IITian Responds To Justice Katju’s “IITians Are Selfish” Statement

[Editorial Notes : Justice Katju recently said that ‘IITians are selfish; have no genuine love for India‘. Mohan Prasad, IIT Delhi 2008 alum takes him head-on.]

Let me tell you a small story. There was a country called “B”. Every year its citizens organized a cut-throat competition to select its most brilliant crop of adolescents. Out of every 2000 of age 17, only one ends up selected. Some bad apples managed to get in, while some brilliant ones forewent the competition. Nonetheless, with the selections done, this chosen group was trained for four years, preparing them for the future.

Thereafter, they wiit-dere let out in the world to contribute. About one fifth moved out of their country every year in search of greener pastures while the others stayed back.

Every single rupee spent on this selected group has resulted in 15 rupees contribution to the economy. Everyone, on average, has managed to create a job for a hundred compatriots. Have we then wasted our resources subsidizing their training?

The value of an IITian, or any engineer, is not in the type of job they select right after college. It is in the value they would create for the Indian economy throughout their life. To begin with, IITians are mostly from middle class families; some also from poor backgrounds. Half of the seats are reserved for traditionally backward communities. Through their qualification, the entire group of about 10000 have to prove eligible to receive the best training of the land.

The 4 years are miniscule compared to the 50 year careers ahead. Moreover, their parents fund most of their school education, a significant part of their engineering training and for some even the post-graduation. The government subsidizes only 4 very costly years out of the 18-20 years. Notably, wards of the rich aren’t going to IITs, for it is not worthy of their time. Probably they don’t even want to work hard enough at a young age to merit selection.

These graduates will have interesting and diverse work profiles, many of which will have nothing to do with their initial training.  Yet they are mostly humble enough to acknowledge that IIT really helped them. Who says they are not patriots!

Definition of patriotism itself keeps evolving with circumstances, along a basic core. If fighting on the borders or serving the government defined patriotism, then Gandhi and Tilak would also lag behind.

Patriotism means working for your nation, for your compatriots, making sure they have peaceful and prosperous lives. IITians, as a group, are contributing to this every day. Some as entrepreneurs, others as venture capitalists; some as social entrepreneurs, others as politicians; some as innovators, others as business heads; some as writers and artists, others as institution builders. They are sending back remittances and carrying the flag of our nation high in technology and medicine in globally-renowned institutions.

Denigrating NRIs has also become easy for many of us. Until recently, we were calling our NRIs selfish. Now with the remittances and increased stature of India in developed nations, we are all gung-ho about them and are proud of them. The brain drain has become brain gain. Most of our NRIs are earning well, but rarely with an IIT or Ivy League degree. They are not the most educated as is popularly perceived.

Most are denizens of countries in the middle-east. For every Silicon Valley NRI technologist, there are more than ten NRIs who might not even know what Silicon Valley means. The rich NRIs are mostly businessmen, and only a few ever saw an IIT. Canada is full of Punjabis, middle-east is full of Malayalis and the USA full of Gujaratis, states hardly known for producing IIT aspirants. And they are definitely not dictating lifestyles and opinions to us living in India.

I hope Mr. Katju realizes how wrong he is on so many levels in his flashy statement, which is based not in reality but perception.

[About the author : Mohan was born in a small village of Samastipur district in Bihar, adjacent to the river Baghmati. He grew up to be the Bihar ICSE topper and went to graduate from IIT Delhi and IIM Lucknow. His love for Indian as well as world history, culture and human stories led him to explore evolution of societies and revolutionary movements across the world. The only village boy in his MBA class at IIM Lucknow, he has fortunately experienced firsthand two different Indias with their similarities and differences. He has been associated with Manisha Mandir, Lucknow – a home for destitute girls – and has also been awarded twice by the Governors of Uttar Pradesh for his social services. ]

When WWW Inventor, Tim Berners-Lee Says NO To Facebook’s ‘Free Basics’, You SHOULD Too

Facebook has turned evil and wants to kill our Internet freedom. The company is running ads on all leading national and regional newspapers, is doing all-it-can to get people to send email to TRAI to garner support for its ‘Free Basics’ campaign.

Facebook is also reaching out to the developer community to gain more support for its unethical and misaligned ‘Free Basics’ campaign.

Facebook's Free Basics
Facebook’s Free Basics

Facebook’s “Save Free Basics” Campaign is Misleading

You don’t have to hear it from us.

But, the man who invented world wide web,Tim Berners-Lee is totally against the idea of Facebook’s ‘Free Basics (a.k.a Internet.org)

… something which is branded internet, it’s not internet, then you just say no.

No it isn’t free, no it isn’t in the public domain, there are other ways of reducing the price of internet connectivity and giving something … [only] giving people data connectivity to part of the network deliberately, I think is a step backwards [Tim Berners-Lee, source]

Tim Berners-Lee On Facebook's Free Basics Campaign
Tim Berners-Lee On Facebook’s Free Basics Campaign

Make your own choice.

Do NOT give in to Facebook’s emotional play on free basics.

Free Basics is an acidic way to kill your Internet freedom. You don’t want somebody else to decide what’s right for you!

“IITians Have No Genuine Love For India; They Are Selfish” : Justice Markandey Katju

Justice Markandey Katju, in his usual controversial style has said that IITians are selfish, have no genuine love for India. (emphasis is ours).


Most of you IIT students have no genuine love for the country. You are utterly selfish, with no patriotism or idealism. All you want is to migrate to America ( and most of you manage to do that ), usually by first going for an M.Tech. degree there ( for which you get scholarship ), and then settling down there and enjoying a comfortable life– and to hell with India.

Markandey Katju
Justice Markandey Katju [Image courtesy: wikipedia]
Your education in IIT is largely subsidized by the Indian taxpayer. But after we Indians pay for your education, you are taken away by America ( or Europe) who benefit from your technical knowledge, which was imparted by us.

Higher education is very expensive in the West. So at a small fraction of the cost of educating you in their own country, the Westerners take away our best brains. That is no doubt a considerable saving for them, though no doubt at our expense.

And after settling down in America, you will become NRIs – supercilious know-alls, who will give lectures to Indians about what is good for them and what is not. “.


What’s your take on his statement? For sure, he is making a point worth debating and well, fixing.

A lot of IITians are coming back and starting up – but then, that’s a small fraction and maybe, it’s time for us to stop chest thumping when an IITian/Indian becomes the CEO of Google/Microsoft and look within and ask : how do we fix all this?