Abinash Tripathy’s blog, “Insights into the World of Indian Startups,” is a must read for all Pune Technology professionals.
Abinash is a serial entrepreneur who is now on the loose in Pune. Most recently, he spent a few years building Zimbra from scratch in India, created one of the best web-2.0 teams in India, a team that build a product that was acquired by Yahoo! for US$350 million. Abinash quit Yahoo! in February 2009, and is going down the path of entrepreneurship once again. He is an advisor for Enterux, the company whose English Seekho product was one of the highlights of proto.in Pune.
In his own words, Abinash represents:
the new generation of Global Indians who spent 10 years in the US in the High Tech Industry and decided to return to India to be close to family and to be a change agent who will help young Indians understand the power of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Having decided to spend the rest of my life in India, it is also in my interest to be a change agent (not just a voice) in the new, modern, developed India.
For the last few months, he has been writing a blog focused on the startup ecosystem in India. On the blog, he promises to be “highly opinionated (fair warning) and a straight shooter who likes to base his theories on personal real world experience,” which should be very welcome insights for any entrepreneur.
Here are a few excerpts from his posts on the blog.
In “Building a Kickass Team Part II“, he writes:
4. Reward Performance – Anyone that has worked in tech and has a thorough understanding of this business knows that the output of one great engineer adds more value to the company than the output of one hundred average engineers. Unlike the services industry which prides itself with the numbers of warm bodies it has on its rolls, the best tech startups pride themselves for being able to create huge value with the least number of people. We all live in a capitalist society and the laws of capitalism are designed to reward the best.
In “What Ails the Startup Ecosystem in India,” among a host of other insightful things, he says:
If you are not a hacker, start today. Stop wasting time on Drupal or other CMS platforms and start real programming. ASP and .NET don’t count either. Learn real programming languages like Java, C, C++, PHP, Python, Ruby. Start by contributing to open source projects to measure yourself against the best in the world. We need lots of this breed for the startup ecosystem to grow and thrive. We absolutely cannot rely on the government or our esteemed institutions like the IIT to produce hackers. Hackers are mostly self taught creative geniuses who code for pleasure.
Tech startup founders need to be people with very deep technology backgrounds as well. There is a reason our industry is called Hi-Tech. If founders lack this key ingredient, then they are going to hire duds who cannot deliver.
Read the whole post, it is quite interesting.