Blogs by "Sharad Sharma"
Sharad Sharma
Sharad Sharma

My personal mantra is to lead big and small companies through orbit change. Most recently I was the CEO of Yahoo! India R&D and was responsible for emerging markets engineering and several key global products. My 23+ yrs of experience in internet, software and wireless sectors involves a turnaround (of VERITAS India ops), a startup (now part of Cisco), and an intrapreneurial setup of AT&T/Lucent’s R&D in India. I am an evangelist for developing technology product businesses in India and participate in efforts to nurture the supporting ecosystem. I'm part of the Governing Council and a Co-Founder for iSPIRT(Indian Software Product Industry RoundTable), actively mentor startups, and speak frequently on industry issues.

  • iSPIRT is ending the year on a high note

    December 30, 2016

    At the beginning of the year when we wrote down our thoughts in the 2016 Annual Letter about aspects such as break away from copy paste entrepreneurship, innovation bridge with Silicon Valley, progress on open market policies,… MORE >>

  • Patent shift: Hope for IT innovation, not litigation

    March 21, 2016

    One of the persistent threats to India’s software product ecosystem is from the constant push by MNCs for allowing software patents in India. India’s nascent software product industry is growing rapidly and is on a… MORE >>

  • The Dark Secret of India’s Start-up Boom

    January 15, 2016

    The Modi Government has made bold moves on the world stage. Its now time to make one at home! By Mohandas Pai & Sharad Sharma New-age startups are making waves. Flipkart has redefined retail. Ola… MORE >>

  • Will india make it – 2016? Big strides in software products

    December 31, 2015

    We need products, not services, to be global leaders, and the good news is Druva, Freshdesk, Capillary, Rategain, Savari and Julia are all either global leaders or the primary challengers in their respective categories. For… MORE >>

  • When it Comes to Startups, an 80% Fix is No Fix

    August 18, 2015

    In this polytheistic world of entrepreneurs, who is the Startup Initiative for? There are many types of entrepreneurs. There is the self-employed vegetable-vendor type, the Thelawala. Then there is the small businessman in Okhla or… MORE >>

  • Happy Independence Day from iSPIRT #IndiaCanInnovate #PNGrowth

    August 15, 2015

    It’s Independence Day today, and the last year has been one of the most exciting years in India’s product ecosystem. Just last week, the news that Sundar Pichai has taken over as the CEO of… MORE >>

  • Christening of a Tribe and Launch of Home Tour Videos

    July 20, 2015

    iSPIRT is not a tradebody. It is a think tank focussed on transforming India into a Product Nation. To describe the set of things we do to make this happen, we have created four Home… MORE >>

  • Starting up a new company: So simple, yet so hard

    June 22, 2015

    I’ve seen all sides. I’ve lived in big companies. I’ve been a technology entrepreneur. I’ve also lived inside dozens of startups as a proxy entrepreneur, aka an angel investor. And I’ve seen hundreds of software… MORE >>

  • InTech50 – helping software product companies connect with influential CIOs from across the world

    March 02, 2015

    In a recent article in ET, Mohandas Pai and I suggested that if India does not produce enough product companies, our economy will not be sustainable in the future. The data is compelling. To quote… MORE >>

  • Here’s how India’s “Product Nation” ambition be achieved and what the Budget can do for that ambition

    February 24, 2015

    The Next Google, Made in India If you look at the Indian business landscape, you will see several successful services companies in fields like airlines (e.g. Jet, Indigo), health care (e.g. Apollo, Manipal), mobile phone… MORE >>

  • Baby steps to an Indian Microsoft

    December 19, 2014

    A country well known for its software services now has an opportunity to build world-beating software products. At a recent corporate awards ceremony, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) was crowned as the company of the year…. MORE >>

  • #InTech50 – The Secret Sauce

    April 11, 2014

    InTech50 is a big success.  The visiting CIOs went back happy. The InTech50 startups are pleased with their POCs and leads. Press has celebrated the new platform and has heralded its importance to the Indian IT… MORE >>

  • Innovation Leaders coming from the US #InTech50

    March 25, 2014

    We are a few days away from InTech50 – a very warm welcome to CIOs and technology leaders from all parts the world to Bangalore. These leaders are responsible for bringing about Innovation in their… MORE >>

  • Fireflies lighting up the sky

    December 17, 2013

    Some years ago, Infosys and Wipro put Bangalore on the global map. Now, Bangalore is once again marching ahead. It is creating a new kind of technology ecosystem, which is culturally different from what exists… MORE >>

  • Events Landscape 2.0

    September 05, 2013

    About four months ago, most of the core volunteers that had built NASSCOM Product Conclave into a successful event gracefully handed over the keys for NPC’13 to a new team. Thereafter, in an effort to address the… MORE >>

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