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Forbes Column 08: Capitalism Revisited

Posted on Friday, Oct 24th 2008

Zero-In this week poses a framework question about the incentive structure of its various constituencies. Take a look at Capitalism Revisited.

Related reading:

*In Defense of Capitalism
*An S.O.S. To Silicon Valley
*The VC-Entrepreneur Compensation Disbalance (great comments/discussion)
*Will Capitalism Survive an Obama Administration: Q&A on LinkedIn

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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Fred Smith of “Fred-Ex” seems to agree with your premise in this WSJ story:
https://online.wsj.com/article/SB122488966230768509.html

Bob Kirk Friday, October 24, 2008 at 8:25 PM PT

Sramana,

First, great blog!

To your point on b-school students, I think there is much to be desired to be in our education and immigration system. One hurdle I see for budding entrepreneurs cum international students is the fact that they don’t hand out working visas to self-employed people, so international students gravitate towards financial services/consulting.

Do you have any thoughts on this?

-Abhishek

Abhishek Nair Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 9:27 AM PT

Absolutely! You raise a very crucial point, Abhishek. I struggled with this all through my entrepreneurial career, until 2002 when I finally got my green card.

I managed to tackle the issue by first incorporating my company in India, and then using a Business visa to come back to the US. I had an Indian operation so it worked for a while.

Things got complicated as I went out to raise money. Long story, but I got thoroughly taken advantage of by investors because of the VISA challenges.

In any case, you will need to speak with an attorney to work through the issues, but that option of incorporating in India and then using a business visa will work, especially now that India is mature.

Sramana Mitra Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 10:09 AM PT