Indians solving India’s problem: Dr. S. Sadagopan (Director IIIT-B, Ex Faculty: IIM-B, IIT-K, PhD-Purdue University, USA, Interest: SCM, OR, Decision Tech, ERP, E-Governance, Multimedia)
With that note and initial thought Dr. Sadagopan started delivering his ideas in a mesmerizing way. With a profile and educational background to be envy of the very cheerful professor shared with us the common thoughts of Indianizing IT related services for exploring unexplored opportunities in service sector. The session was titled as “What unites RedBus, Ola, Flipkart” and using the catchy new generation thoughts professor Sadagopan has clearly expressed that how these companies have started using Information technology to explore some potential market in a very judicious way.
“The Cool companies” are really using IT as their backbone but delivering something that is not at all related to IT. He even proposed some of the very contemporary concepts like 3-D printing, Consumer robotics; UAVs etc which have the potential to turn the manufacturing business into IT dominated ones. Most of the innovations in start up funds that is happening today are not related to core IT but using IT as one of the backbone.
In his views this is the time when we, the new age generation of this country should start looking for opportunities which always existed but no one explored before. Taking the seminar forward he also gave us the insights on some of the “Cool” startups of present day operating in various parts of country using various business models. Few of which are jotted down below:
i. Ola Cabs, Taxi For sure: Thanks to the technology backed up by GPS / GIS system with which you would be able to track your cab also at any time. The very well designed Interface gave them a sharp edge at some point of time over their foreign competitor Uber. Statistics says that, 90%+ times the rider gets a cab within 100m radius using the phone based app only. So, convenience has reached customers with the help of simple tapping on touch screen.
ii. Protea: Bangalore based startup integrating the Doctors, Patients and nurses to have better and convenient services.
iii. Oyo Rooms: Another very successful startup working as a mediator between the hotels and customers to provide first class deals.
iv. House joy : “working to integrate the very unorganized sectors of plumber and other day to day services.
v. Auto wale: Platform for providing 24X7 auto services and relevant training to them also.
Following this, Dr. Sadagopan requested us to explore opportunities in different sectors and has advised us to keep in mind that:
· Cool thing to start -- Start ups.
· Cool thing to work for: Start ups.
· And last but not the least: Create products and services for India, by Indians which will solve India’s problems.