Sherpalo Ventures is a 12 year old mentor capital firm that supports the development and commercialization of early-stage disruptive new technologies. Headquartered in MenloPark, C,A some of their prominent investments include Google, Inmobi, Cleartrip and Naukri.com
Crystal balls and Ram Shriram share many similarities, the only difference being that Ram’s auguries on the future of technological trends always come true. Not almost, just always. He was one of the first people to write a check to Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page in 1998. At the golden period of the mobile revolution in India and across the world, he shares his insights on the wide array of opportunities available for Indian entrepreneurs.
Time is Ripe for India:
It is truly India’s turn at the helm of technology. Mobile is now a growing space for opportunities and is truly the elephant in the room. With six billion people estimated to possess phones in the coming few years, irrespective of the access to a roof above the head, it is only common that the potential is highly underrated in the current scenario in India.
An application can be developed on a small mobile phone for a very small market to find restaurants and local events and the same programming languages can be used to build a global scale business such as mobile payments appealing to a much broader audience. This could lead to the birth of the next big major company in India. For instance, looking back at the PC revolution of the 90's, Microsoft became a giant by tapping the potential 100 million user base. Today, the company is a 27 year old giant. The same prospect can be applied in India with users exceeding 20 times the PC revolution potential at its helm.