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Forbes Column 08: India – Cash Rich, Product Poor

Posted on Friday, Mar 7th 2008

My new Forbes column discusses India’s venture capital situation, on which, you have heard me speak repeatedly before: India: Cash Rich, Product Poor.

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This segment is a part in the series : Forbes Column 08

. Connecting With Your Intimate Bot
. The Gap in Google's Defenses
. A Recession-Proof Corner of the Tech Sector
. eBay's Bounce-Back Opportunity
. How To Dig Out Yahoo's Treasures
. The Microsoft-Yahoo! Battle Plan
. What Microsoft Should Do While Yahoo! Dithers
. The Next VMWare
. The Smartest Unknown Indian Entrepreneur
. The Coming Death of Indian Outsourcing
. India - Cash Rich, Product Poor
. How to Save the World's Back Office
. Latin America's eCommerce Leader
. The Next Indo-China War
. The Real VCs of Silicon Valley
. Fund Envy
. Bootstrap Yourself
. The Coming Convergence
. Lighting The Way In India
. Hydro-Alchemy
. How Amazon Could Change Publishing
. A Technological Fix For Education
. How Technology Can Save Retailers
. Mobile Microfinance
. How To Heat Up Solar
. How Chip Toolmakers Can Survive
. Kill The Business Trip
. Water Firm Enlivens IPO Market
. Web-Savvy Authors Reap Fame, Fortune
. Peeking Inside the iPhone
. Bootstrapping, Montana Style
. Entrepreneurs Flock To Online Travel
. Silicon Lazarus
. Carts Ahead Of Horses
. Weapon Of Mass Reconstruction
. Barack Obama' s Finance Lesson
. Stimulus Package For Entrepreneurs
. Building A Smarter Corporation
. Deconstructing The Cloud
. 'SaaS-ing' Back At The Economy
. Web 3.0
. My Adventure With Amazon
. An S.O.S. To Silicon Valley
. OLPC’s Last Billion
. Capitalism Revisited
. Bargains For Private Equity
. President Obama
. Perilous Protectionism
. Healing Health Care
. Stop The Fear Epidemic
. Obama
. 'Edutainment' Needs Entrepreneurs

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Kuldip Singh Friday, March 7, 2008 at 11:20 PM PT

India’s main source of foreign exchange is foreign investment, which is highly volatile. In order to gain long term cash flows, India needs to focus on building a rich Patent Base, that would allow rights on a product for at least 15 years. For reaching higher levels of patents and IPRs, India primarily needs to focus on increasing Research and Development and needs to create R&D awareness among the students, who today are more job oriented. The facilities awarded by the government are dismal and educational institutions are focussing towards creating more executives than researchers.
Mainstream R&D requires highly sophisticated equipments which sadly cannot be provided by most educational institutions. The students therefore have to turn towards international companies for these facilities, who then gain the IPR on any product developed by these individuals.

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