“Clayton Superpower”
Sharad Sharma
Software Product Ecosystem Evangelist
Intrapreneur and Entrepreneur
Active Tech Angel I...
Entrepreneurship no longer game of elites
• Somewhat similar to Cricket
• But, very different from Politics where
already ...
Entrepreneurs come in all shapes and
sizes…

Semi-elitist

Missing Middle!

Anti-elitist

Rent Seeker

Ding-the-universe
C...
Missing middle gets a “superpower”
Indian Ding-the-Universe Commercial
Entrepreneurs have gained a
superpower!
Its called ...
“Clayton superpower”? Eh. Really!
Actually its been around for a long time… it is combinatorial
innovation. It allows a ga...
Indian SaaS is filling out white spaces
Clayton superpower is already at work!

1K

• iFlex Vs SAP
• Manthan, iCreate, Eka...
These SaaS products will cause disruption
At home and elsewhere!
• Global product and Indian IT
Services players are here
...
Why celebrate this Clayton disruption?

Democratization
of productivity,
best practices
and
collaboration

@sharads TLabs ...
We now have another shot at 21st
Century

@sharads TLabs 28Nov2013

9
But there is Kryptonite
Protect
Our recent selfgoals:
- Microfinance
- Engineering
education
- Angel investment
“tax”

• P...
Becoming an expert user of Clayton
superpower

Can we learn to embrace failure?
@sharads TLabs 28Nov2013

11
Embracing Failure
Mastering the four mindsets
1. Be Outside Your
Comfort Zone

2. Do Self Mastery

3. Be an Underdog
Sri L...
Entrepreneurship is a Self-purification Yatra
•
•
•
•

Entrepreneurship is seeking adversity
Adversity leads to self-purif...
All the best!

Semi-elitist

Rent Seekers
• License raj players
• Road contractors
• Concept arbitrage
entrepreneurs

Anti...
Thanks!

@sharads TLabs 28Nov2013

15
My Code of Conduct
There are many ways to characterize the shifts taking place. Hierarchies to networks. Stocks
to flows. ...
You are part of this journey to make India
the global hub for software products!
1

2

3

4

5

• Dream of dinging the uni...
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'Clayton Superpower' by Sharad Sharma - Keynote at TLabs Fall 2013 Demo Day

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Sharad Sharma, one of the most prolific angel investors in India, shared his passion about the why he thinks India would be the Clayton superpower in the next decade. He spoke at the Fall 2013 Demo Day of TLabs startup accelerator at Ginserv, Bangalore.

See the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PGtBiSZYBA

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  • Part of three technology revolutions: Unix, GSM and Cloud.Two movements: drove MNC captive growth, now driving Software Product startupEntrepreneurship.
  • With which they’ll TRANSFORM India and DISRUPT IT Industry across the world
  • There are many ways to characterize the shifts taking place. Hierarchies to networks. Stocks to flows. Centralized to distributed. Broadcast to peer-driven. One-way to two-way. Command and control to community.
  • We have been punching below our weight class for years. No longer. Come be part of this journey to make India the global hub for software products.
  • 'Clayton Superpower' by Sharad Sharma - Keynote at TLabs Fall 2013 Demo Day

    1. 1. “Clayton Superpower” Sharad Sharma Software Product Ecosystem Evangelist Intrapreneur and Entrepreneur Active Tech Angel Investor and Mentor
    2. 2. Entrepreneurship no longer game of elites • Somewhat similar to Cricket • But, very different from Politics where already poor social mobility is getting worse @sharads TLabs 28Nov2013 2
    3. 3. Entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes… Semi-elitist Missing Middle! Anti-elitist Rent Seeker Ding-the-universe Commercial entrepreneur Impact Maker • License raj players • Road contractors • Concept arbitrage entrepreneurs • Aviad Maizels - PrimeSense (MS Kinect) • Naveen Tewari - InMobi • Sridhar Vembu - Zoho • Dr. Goldberger, Pellagra • Mohd. Yonus, Grameen • Dr. V, Aarvind Eye This is where things are changing! @sharads TLabs 28Nov2013 3
    4. 4. Missing middle gets a “superpower” Indian Ding-the-Universe Commercial Entrepreneurs have gained a superpower! Its called “Clayton superpower” @sharads TLabs 28Nov2013 4
    5. 5. “Clayton superpower”? Eh. Really! Actually its been around for a long time… it is combinatorial innovation. It allows a garage entrepreneur to build better than a BigCo! Mechanical Internet and Web-apps (NewsInShorts, EyeballMe, JiffStore, Hoverr.Me) Electronics Business Cloud Apps Electrical (BetaGlide, Giveaway.ly, GetMeShop, VoZeal, Yipster, LabForth) @sharads TLabs 28Nov2013 5
    6. 6. Indian SaaS is filling out white spaces Clayton superpower is already at work! 1K • iFlex Vs SAP • Manthan, iCreate, Eka, Druva, etc. 50K Businesses Million Business Users • Zoho, FusionCharts Vs SalesForce • Wingify, WebEngage, Kayako, FreshDesk, KISSFlow, etc. • Tally Vs Intuit • QuickHeal Vs Symantec • GreyTip, EmployWise, ApartmentAdda, Practo, etc. Billion Users @sharads TLabs 28Nov2013 • UID: 600m users and growing! • Small ragged team of volunteers developed core product • B2B2C – Kwench, TaxSpanner 6
    7. 7. These SaaS products will cause disruption At home and elsewhere! • Global product and Indian IT Services players are here • Very vulnerable to disruption predicted by Clayton Christensen 1K 50K Businesses Million Business Users New SaaS “Technology Spine” will disrupt G2000 offerings • Prediction: In 10 years, only 3 companies – TCS, Cognizant and one more – will grow 5% faster than inflation! Billion Users @sharads TLabs 28Nov2013 Old Clayton movie: • Skype overtook AT&T as largest int’l voice carrier in 2009 • Newsweek stops print edition after 80 years 7
    8. 8. Why celebrate this Clayton disruption? Democratization of productivity, best practices and collaboration @sharads TLabs 28Nov2013 Trusted Transactions School in Cloud Informal and Para workers Tricorder X-Prize K12 Education Primary Healthcare The same disruptions will transform India at large in 4 key areas: Authenticated identity Smaller asymmetric info gap So much lower cost of doing business 8
    9. 9. We now have another shot at 21st Century @sharads TLabs 28Nov2013 9
    10. 10. But there is Kryptonite Protect Our recent selfgoals: - Microfinance - Engineering education - Angel investment “tax” • Policy advocacy Nurture • Community sharing of Playbooks (non-profit Think Tank) We don’t want to take chances with our new Clayton superpower… Amplify @sharads TLabs 28Nov2013 • Open-access Market Catalysts 10
    11. 11. Becoming an expert user of Clayton superpower Can we learn to embrace failure? @sharads TLabs 28Nov2013 11
    12. 12. Embracing Failure Mastering the four mindsets 1. Be Outside Your Comfort Zone 2. Do Self Mastery 3. Be an Underdog Sri Lanka beats Australia 1996 World Cup 4. Persist in face of Adversity @sharads TLabs 28Nov2013 12
    13. 13. Entrepreneurship is a Self-purification Yatra • • • • Entrepreneurship is seeking adversity Adversity leads to self-purification Entrepreneurship is a self-purification process Must do it once in a lifetime @sharads TLabs 28Nov2013 13
    14. 14. All the best! Semi-elitist Rent Seekers • License raj players • Road contractors • Concept arbitrage entrepreneurs Anti-elitist Ding-the-universe Commercial entrepreneurs • PrimeSense (MS Kinect) • InMobi - Naveen Tewari • Zoho - Sridhar Vembu Your are the future! @sharads TLabs 28Nov2013 Impact Makers • Dr. Goldberger, Pellagra • Mohd. Yonus, Grameen • Dr. V, Aarvind 14 Eye
    15. 15. Thanks! @sharads TLabs 28Nov2013 15
    16. 16. My Code of Conduct There are many ways to characterize the shifts taking place. Hierarchies to networks. Stocks to flows. Centralized to distributed. Broadcast to peer-driven. One-way to two-way. Command and control to community. 1. Set people for success Even when their definition of success is different from yours 2. Give more than you take Commons are important; collaboration is cooperation plus amplification 3. Say what you mean, do what you say Speed of trust depends on this 4. Deliver fast error recovery This is more important than failure avoidance 5. Make things up, make them happen It about action and outcomes after all! @sharads TLabs 28Nov2013 16
    17. 17. You are part of this journey to make India the global hub for software products! 1 2 3 4 5 • Dream of dinging the universe and transforming the country and IT industry • Embrace “Clayton superpower” • Master the mindsets • Start as a hobbyist today • Relentlessly practice the Lean Startup way @sharads TLabs 28Nov2013 17

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