A constellation of imaging satellites that can detect something as small as gas pipeline leaks. An intelligent customer service voice bot that can mirror your language and accent. A portable breathing device that can save lakhs of infants who die on their way to reaching an ICU.
No, we are not talking about Silicon Valley - these are all Made in India startups.
When an MIT trained scientist, Varun Aggarwal, and a bestselling startup author, Nistha Tripathi, come together to examine the cool stuff happening in India, a book like this is born.
They investigate a world of startups beyond e-commerce, payment gateways, hotel and cab aggregation by talking to 10 deeptech and AI founders who have not only created space technology, genomics tools, robots, self-driving vehicles, medtech devices but also built successful business models around them. Many of them already have clients around the globe and are getting closer to the unicorn valuations.
The book shows how successful deeptech and AI startups can be made in India and gives a primer on the complex sounding technologies that power these startups. A must read for anyone who is passionate about startups and technology.
Featuring the never-heard-before interviews of co-founders of Pixxel, Strand Life Sciences, Skit.ai, GreyOrange, Ati Motors, SocialCops, Niramai, CropIn, InnAccel, and Invento
The Space Photographers
Led by Awais Ahmed and Kshitij Khandelwal, Pixxel is all set to launch its first satellite in 2022, and that too at a surprisingly low cost.
Strand Life Sciences
The DNA Detectives
Led by Dr Ramesh Hariharan, Strand employs biologists, computer engineers and data scientists to deliver Precision Medicine! One of India's oldest deeptech companies has a fascinating story.
The Emotional Voice Machine
Sourabh Gupta and Akshay Deshraj have raised USD 29m to build a Voice AI that can talk in your accent, your tonality and even mirror the kind of pauses you take.
Bots That Fulfil Your eCommerce Orders
Samay Kohli and Akash Gupta are building warehouse management robots. With marquee investors like Tiger Global Management, GreyOrange is fast-moving to be a unicorn.
A Factory Car That Drives Itself
A brain child of Senior Scientist Dr V Vinay, serial entrepreneur Saurabh Chandra and shool dropout Saad Nasser, Ati Motors helps lug heavy cargo within the factory without human intervention.
Complaints to Data Transformers
Prukalpa Sankar and Varun Banka (students from NTU, Singapore) built a platform that helped crowdsource community data and apply data science to it to solve community problems.
The AI Way of Detecting Breast Cancer
Led by Dr. Geetha Manjunath, Niramai uses patented thermal image processing and machine learning algorithms for reliable and accurate screening.
CropIn's powerful data-rich platform is helping food processing companies to remotely monitor and manage their farms and banks to assess the creditworthiness of farmers at a lower cost.
Devices That Save Lives
Siraj Dhanani and A. Vijayarajan are pioneering truly innovative medical device development in India using Stanford Biodesign methodology. InnAccel’s groundbreaking products can save millions of lives in a resource-starved country such as India.
Your Robot Friend
Balaji Viswanthan and his team are building a line of robots, including humanoid Mitra, who can take over human functions in areas such as customer engagement, sales and patient management.
“This is a must-read for innovators and entrepreneurs looking to build their next startup as to why deeper tech is better in the long run. A clarion call for science and technology startups to push the frontiers of Indian entrepreneurship”
- Desh DeshpandeChairman, Sparta Group LLC and Founder, Deshpande Foundation
“The transition from “just” IT services and eCommerce to embracing technologies more generally is an absolute imperative for India. This is not just because of its economic potential but because it would be a shame if we didn’t unlock our massive reservoirs of talent. We can innovate with the best in the world in agriculture, health, material science, space, synthetic biology and what-have-you. Varun and Nistha’s stories encourage our youth to act on the dreams they have in these arenas”
- Prof Tarun KhannaJorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School
“This is a timely book that goes beyond the hype of a growing number of unicorns in India and dives into a critical question of technology leadership“
- Manish GuptaDirector, Google Research India
“Nistha and Varun have put together very powerful stories of Indian deeptech innovation in diverse areas, from farming to space, from robots to AI and from treating cancer to data for social good“
- Prof. K. VijayRaghavanPrincipal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India
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