While chatting with an Indian entrepreneur over the weekend, a really interesting discussion came up. He mentioned that the Indian startup ecosystem is starting to become more of an echo chamber. When prodded for more information, the reason he cited is because of the numerous ‘startup related’ events being organized all across Indian cities.
If you look at the various events – Proto, HeadStart, BarCamp, IAMAI events, Startup Saturday, Open Coffee Club, Startup Lunch etc., you keep meeting the same set of people over and over again. Since you happen to bump into the same crowd, the same ideas kept getting tossed again and again. Most of these events have a lot of wannapreneurs in the audience. What we really need is for more of these wannapreneurs to ‘start doing’ and become entrepreneurs. That way, we have a fresh flow of ideas and interaction happening in the ecosystem.
Additionally, some of these events are mere fluff. Some of them have become more of a social outing rather than a useful medium for entrepreneurs. What I need is a forum where I can shoot some of the problems I’m currently facing as an entrepreneur, which happen to be primarily technical at this point. Some hardcore geek problems. For example, if I have a scalability related question, I can easily post the question to the forum. Or a CSS related issue. In short, less talk, more action. Few bystanders, more hackers.
I have pretty much quoted him as-is from the chat we had. At his request, I’m keeping him anonymous at this time.
What do you think about the experience above ? Agree – disagree ?