Indians Don’t Support Tech Innovations

Indians (living in Mera Bharat Mahaan) lack the entrepreneurial drive that’s so abundant in Americans (and among Indians settled in the U.S.).

That’s not really new, is it?

But what surprises me is that in a land boasting of nearly three million software programmers there’s very little encouragement for innovation in technology even from average people.

One would think people from a country with 16 IITs and countless other engineering colleges would be more supportive of technology innovations.

Alas, no!

The Indian soil is not fertile for innovations, either in technology or in other domains.

Even techies or other well off Indians care more about some two-bit Tollywood, Bollywood or Kollywood *@^# than about encouraging or funding interesting technology projects.

Often in life you have to rely on proxy variables to draw conclusions.

So I’ve relied on some statistics recently released by the crowd-sourcing entity Kickstarter to hypothesize that Indians by and large are indifferent to technology innovations.

Kickstarter Funding from Top Countries

The Kickstarter data covers the period April 28, 2009 to March 3, 2014.

While Kickstarter covers several other domains (publishing, art, technology, food, games, theater, music, design, film and video etc), the site is famous in helping entrepreneurs get financial backing for their tech projects from average people.

Kickstarter stats show India fares poorly vis-a-vis a lot of countries in support for technology innovations.

Indians will, as usual, take pride that they’re better than the Pakistanis. 😉

9 Responses to "Indians Don’t Support Tech Innovations"

  1. Naveen   March 9, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Not surprising at all.

    We like everything free 🙂 Responds:

    I don’t think Mera Bharat will ever be Mahaan!

    At least, not in my or your lifetime.

    That shithole is screwed up in every possible way!

    3 Million + IT guys and almost zero innovation except in low $ per hour.

  2. Naveen   March 9, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Howdy SI,

    Why don’t you change the font on the sections on right side – recent posts, recent comments etc. to something nicer or whatever you used to have a few weeks ago? The current font is kinda primitive. 🙂 Responds:

    I haven’t changed the font.

    Maybe, the font looked different on PCs in Tamil Nadu. 😉

    Seriously, I haven’t changed anything.

    When I update WordPress and the theme, I’ll take a look and see if it’s easily doable

    The problem in general with IT is that if I fix/meddle with one thing some other thing will break.

    Over the last 24 hours, I’ve wasted several hours trying to do Windows Update on a Windows 7 PC…each time I update I get a blank screen, then I have to do a system restore and when I reboots it installs the updates again…Endless loop of trouble. 🙁

  3. rvasam   March 9, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Hey, wrong, we are high-class innovators in: 🙂 🙁

    We invented:

    1) Item numbers – high in demand. Even chutiya heroines are charging 1 crore per item #.
    2) Corruption (but slightly better than Pakistan, North Korea and Sudan)
    3) Public spitting & answering nature’s call (#1 in world)
    4) Plagiarism in many areas, but audacity to proclaim originality (even selfies and posters are being copied)
    5) General rudeness (North India leads in that !!)
    6) Absolute disregard for public property and civic sense
    7) Uneven distribution of wealth
    8) Caste and linguistic racism (#1 in world)
    9) More…..?

    A beautiful and sacred country w/ an even sacred history that is being vandalized ruthlessly !! Responds:

    Item numbers and comedy tracks are the bane of 99% of Indian movies!

    Drives me up the wall.

    But it’s a winning formula since chutiyas (both in India and here) love such garbage.

  4. vjcool   March 10, 2014 at 4:35 am

    you know this anyway.. Responds:

    Ha ha ha.

    Must Read for all those who think Narendra Modi is the Messiah of Development.

    Maut ka Saudgar (Merchant of Death) and his army of Ram Bhaktas are good at spinning tall tales about turning Gujarat into Ram Rajya.

    Indians are truly hemmed in between a Shaitan (Modi) and a Bewakoof (Rahul). 🙁

    Thanks for the link, Sweetie!

    You win Comment of March 2014award. 🙂

  5. ravihyd84   March 10, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Off topic: Responds:

    Ain’t gonna happen.

    Not Today!

    Not Tomorrow!

    Not Ever!

    I promise to STOP doing Telugu bidda stories if India ever imposes a $5 billion fine on Google! 😉

  6. ravihyd84   March 10, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    According to this Google India revenue is 331 million usd in 2013. So if we multiply by 3 then it will be around 1 Billlion USD in 3 years. The 10% of 1 Billion should be 100 million.

    How can Indian watchdog fine google for it’s collected revenue all through the world?

    Also why no one is considering this when they report the news? Responds:

    Makes no sense (taking Google’s worldwide revenues as the basis).

    The news business is screwed here and it’ll get screwed in Mera Bharat Mahaan too eventually.

    BTW, your calculation is wrong too…It’s not 10% of the total revenue for 3 years but 10% of average of last three years.

    So the fine can’t be more than $30m based on Google’s India revenues of last three years.

  7. msveda   March 12, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Nothing new.

    Good news are never associated with India or Indians.

    Corruption, Communal riots, Ignorance, Apathy, Fraudulent, Child trafficking, Drugs are some of fields where India is among top 10 nations in world.

    Please concentrate on achievements of India in such fields to make Indian masses Happy. Responds:

    Unlike Mexicans, Colombians and other South Americans, Indians have hitherto not been that active either as drug peddlers or as drug consumers.

    I suppose drugs will catch on in Mera Bharat Mahaan too in a big way as more Indians go beyond being able to afford food, clothing, shelter and a cell-phone. The next goal obviously is to Get High! 😉

    Since drug-trafficking follows the money, I’d hypothesize India is a rich market waiting to be tapped for cartels in South America, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia.

    Over the next 5-10 years, if Indians do not turn into one of the biggest illegal drugs consumers in the world I’ll be mighty surprised.

    If Indians are smart, they will legalize marijuana immediately (which the U.S. has already started in states like Colorado, and Washington) before the drug crisis hits home.

    It’s better to get drunken monkeys excited about Marijuana than crack cocaine or heroin.

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