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  • How often have we heard of Indians (kids and parents alike) having an American Dream?
  • Everyone knows ABCD … the alphabets of course and those reading between the lines see it as ‘American Born Confused Desi’
  • The word NRI sparks an instant adulation and commands awe. Although it stands for ‘Non Resident Indian’ with no mention of the erstwhile residence, more often than not the residence is believed to be the USofA.
  • The USD-INR conversion rate is always in the news(more so lately, since the former has taken a beating).

Yeah right, America is a force to reckon and a formidable ally in the development of India’s economy.

These observations are not to undermine the importance of the USofA or belittle the Indian diaspora. Rather it is to acknowledge and foresee the contribution made and yet to be made by other geographies in this context.

Innovators/Entrepreneurs’ contribution to the economic well being of any geography is unquestionable. And so is the case with Europe. Let me take some shine off the American phenomenon for a while!

It was in Europe that the industrial revolution began circa late 1800 and from there it spread to the rest of the world. Remember chemistry? Electron/Proton/Neutron – all were discovered by genius’ born in Europe. Proud Europeans like Hermann Hauser proclaim – “We have the genes” and assert that it is not just the past or the present but there is a future too, a very bright and exciting, for Europe. The optimism is based on the fact that the current era is the ‘Mobile’ era unlike the bygone decades which was the ‘PC’ era.

It was then that the Americans out-innovated the rest of the world. The seeds were sown by William Shockley long back and commercialized for the first time by Fairchild which later resulted in historic spin-offs such as Intel, Philips, National Semiconductors and others. What followed was quite expected … the chip maker of choice – Intel, the largest software provider – M$, the leading PC manufactures – Dell/IBM all come from the silicon valley.

The desktop is stationary. Laptops introduced ‘restricted’ mobility. A cellphone is as mobile as the owner and hence it is the converging point of technologies, at least today(Anything said about the future is mere speculation albeit it promises to be exciting as far as innovation and technological advances are concerned). We are living in the ‘Mobile’ era.

And it is in this sphere that Europe has out-innovated the rest. What with the leader in microprocessor IP – ARM, the worlds largest handset manufacturer – Nokia, telecommunication giants of the likes of Vodafone and Ericsson being stationed here.

A trivia to pique your interest – the iPhone has not one but three chips(Apple/Samsung/?) which rely on ARM technology.

What is common to both these era’s, one may ask?

Well, Silicon Valley is the hub of all hardware/software innovation that started and continues to this day in America. In the case of Europe, it is the Silicon Fen. where the action lies. This cluster is home to numerous high tech companies.

Drawing a parallel from the above, it would not be wrong to infer that it is Bangalore where the limelight is, as far as the India story goes. It is home to global players like Infosys and Wipro. There is a budding eco-system out here. Hungry VCs are scouting for entrepreneurs who can make a difference. Aging baby boomer’s of the west, the linguistically qualified and technically armed youth of India are some factors which elevate the ‘Silicon Valley Of India’ (A better name is needed desperately) from an underdog status to the next level. BPO and IT Services are feathers in the cap of this fledgling economy. It is high time, the cost factor remains the only factor(there are instances of this already but not large scale).

This time is apt to move up the value chain and usher in … a new era.

Written by Sangfroid

October 5, 2007 at 9:28 pm

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  1. Hey dude, a long post, after a much longer thought process!! 🙂
    Yeh, I guess you are right, USA has been over- hyped but then haven’t they proved themselves too inspite of virtually running on outsourced manpower??


    October 6, 2007 at 12:55 pm

  2. 39 and dropping. we better add value or else the cost benefit analysis will start showing up on the radar.


    October 9, 2007 at 11:56 pm

  3. Sam, 🙂 I agree with what you say and hence, I bow to them … especially their film-making which btw, is not outsourced 😛

    Sreejith, its already on the radar buddy. especially for smaller organizations. See this. It is only bigger corporations that are able to sustain.


    October 15, 2007 at 8:25 pm

  4. Hey, long time.. you still in cyber space?? 😛


    October 15, 2007 at 8:27 pm

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