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Vision India 2020 [Paperback]

Sramana Mitra
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1 Feb 2010
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.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (1 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439269769
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439269763
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 20 x 13.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,697,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sramana Mitra is a technology entrepreneur and strategy consultant in Silicon Valley. She has founded three companies and writes a business blog, Sramana Mitra on Strategy. She has a master's degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her three books, Entrepreneur Journeys, Bootstrapping, Weapon Of Mass Reconstruction, and Positioning: How To Test, Validate, and Bring Your Idea To Market are all available from Amazon. Mitra is also a columnist for Forbes.

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This is a tale of high hopes and not-so-new ideas for entrepreneurs interested in investing in India. In this book of business fiction, the author discusses about 45 possible business ventures in the areas of technology based services, investments in infrastructure, rural and slum development, healthcare services, entertainment industry, and food and hotel industries. The reader must be cautious since the book is supposed to be in 2020 and prior years (2020 to 2010) are referred to in the past sentence with sound investments and healthy dividends. The revenues, gross margins and percentages are fictional numbers and no basis is provided as how the author arrived at these figures.

One of the sound strategies for writing on investments that uses economic and accounting concepts is that it must be supported by real numbers or forecasted numbers based on real numbers. Facts with numbers speak louder than high hopes and retrospectives filled with sweet dreams. Examples include the following: With respect to a fictional teaching methodology called "Lucid" developed for K-12 students; "we became so well known as effective K-12 teaching methodology by 2018 that the Gates Foundation came to fund a rollout of our methodology into poorer schools....." Our "operating margin of 29% against revenue of $5.6 billion - a world leader in educational technology." With respect Taxonomy, a fictional software product company, "we grew $30 million in 2012, $240 million in 2015...and $1.2 billion in 2020." I did not take time to itemize all the fictional companies and their growths illustrated by imaginary numbers.

India is still far behind its main competitor China in exporting technology & business, and in GDP growth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leadership + Entrepreneurship = Vision India 2020 8 Mar 2010
By Marylene Delbourg-Delphis - Published on
Vision India 2020 describes where India could be - or should be 10 years down the road. Is the country destined to remain an outsourcing haven? No - and anyway, this outsourcing industry shows some cracks. Is its historical heritage doomed to disappear entirely? Yes, if nothing is done. Are the sprawling slums going to turn into a playground for criminal activities or gigantic cutthroat arenas in Mumbai, Kolkata or Dehli? Maybe, if nobody cares. Some predictable catastrophes only happen to those who choose to bury their heads in the sand. Sramana's Vision India 2020 is an entrepreneurial utopia, as well as a personal and intellectual futuristic autobiography.

"If I could help my country evolve, what would I do?" Sramana asks herself as a premise of the book. She starts with her life-story, which took her from India to Smith College, MIT and then, Silicon Valley, and then projects herself ten years down the road, describing how India has evolved into a state-of-the-art, modern country. It all changed with a stronger educational system (an MIT India, an effective K-12 teaching methodology, or Harvard Medical School India) and incentives to leverage local talents and attract foreigners, with the practical applications of new technologies, the revamping of the country's infrastructure as well as an optimal and creative utilization of its vast natural resources, its sophisticated human and cultural heritage.

Vision India 2020 is not a fairyland, but the description of a new present based on an extrapolation of capabilities that are at our disposal today. In 2008, Sramana saw the potential of Energy Discovery Inc. (ERI) when her husband, Dominique Trempont, joined the board of this company founded by a Norwegian Entrepreneur, H.P. Michelet. At a time when humanity faces a global water supply crisis, is it beyond common sense to think that desalinisation plants along the coast of Orissa should provide water to the South Indian states? So much smarter than diverting rivers from the Himalayas! Is a "Doctor on Wire" telemedecine franchise for rural India an odd fabrication of the mind? The concept is here today. It's not a stretch. It's a matter of scaling with a purpose or simply applying what we know today. What prevents an entrepreneur from creating Zen retreats similar to the one at Tassajara in California amid the rice fields of Bankura? Nothing.

I liked this book for many reasons, but here are some of them:

1) It is well written: India is so vividly pictured that it's hard to think that it's not yet real.

2) It's a passionate plea of a woman from India to a country that she loves. Her life today is definitely international. Most of what she loved in her childhood is gone with the mango orchards of her grandfather in Rajarhat, but she is not trying to resurrect the past. She wants her homeland to exceed her dreams.

3) It's a great entrepreneurial message: It's any entrepreneur's responsibility to change the world for the better. While nostalgia sounds great, expanding the world of what's possible is ten times more exciting.

4) It's courageous: Most prospective books distill pompous predictions without taking the risk of talking implementation and telling you how things can look in practice. Experts on the future of India undoubtedly produce remarkable documents. Sramana has the guts to describe her personal vision as if it were reality with no jargon.

Finally, it's a great book to reflect about what history is about. We are all familiar with the difficult transition from a pre-industrial stage to an industrial age, and basically since the early eighteen hundreds, every single country has followed the same patterns and generated the same by-products, i.e. the same ecological and human disasters. What Vision India 2020 contemplates is a way to cut short the mess created from the first stages of massive industrialization in the digital age. As Sramana puts it optimistically: ""It is the entrepreneurs, and the entrepreneurs alone, who wield the most potent weapons of mass reconstruction. To build markets; to build nations; to build worlds."
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Most Timely and Inspiring Book 19 Mar 2010
By William Carter - Published on
Although I am not a business specialist, I do have a permanent passion for India and a lively interest in the globalizing economy. Ms. Mitra's book is unique in combining her impressive background, her pointedly focused yet wide perspective, and her method of seamlessly fusing future projections with present case studies. Assuming, as she does, that the period of India's emergence as a world leader in routine backroom operations is rapidly leveling off, she offers an inspiring vision of a deeper, more creative phase now getting under way, a vision which sensitively links hi tech skill and modern business savvy with a broadly based humanism -- an amalgam entirely appropriate to the world's largest democracy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Visionary... 16 Nov 2010
By Patrick M. Hussey - Published on
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I thought this was a visionary, yet realistic look at what India of ten years hence might look like. It makes the case that the proper application of India's unique talents will provide it with the opportunity to excel in the world of 2020.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring read 20 Sep 2010
By PCM - Published on
An excellent book by Sramana on fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in developing countries, notably India. The author's first hand experience in education and professional pursuits lends credibility to the lessons enumerated in the book. It should be a useful and enlightening guideline for India's policy makers and business thinkers. The book delves into the mechanism of entrepreneurial spirit and provides optimism and hope to any individual hoping to do good and achieve success.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If I could help my country solve its problems what would I do 7 Sep 2010
By Monkey - Published on
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It is an interesting premise for the basis of a book, shorn of many of the greater issues that India faces from poverty to crime to population to education; the simple premise is what can I do to help my country not fall back to where it was. This is a respectable question to ask anyone in any country, but Sramana Mitra asks the question of India, and many of its young entrepreneurs and business leaders. The stories are compelling and interesting, and one that we would do well to ask in every country. As the boom and bust cycle in economics continues to wreak havoc Vision India 2020 is a simple book of stories, about people, who are trying to change the world.

The parallels between the USA and India are deeply visible in this book. A small few thinkers, innovators, business people, entrepreneurs are trying to change the world, not just for themselves but for their countries as well. The discussions and thoughts throughout the book are inspiring regardless of the country you come from. The passion is evident, the ideas throughout the book are solutions that make sense to the tasks that are being done, there is little to no hype in the book, or the ideas being proposed. It is common sense solutions to the issues that we all face as part of the global society, driven by the passion and love of country and ideas. This is a book you want to pick up if you want to be inspired, and you want to ask yourself, how can I help my country.

Rated 5 of 5 stars - well worth reading.
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