Global Grandmasters of Power

Big Tech Global Grandmasters of PowerThe world has seen Big Finance, Big Oil and Big Retail in the past. They have been powerful, ruling and molding the world. But nothing comes close to the power of #BigTech. Silicon Valley is probably the most powerful non-Government in history, with resources from everything from money to political power to influence to data of all kinds. They have unleashed the Culture Wars and know you better than you know yourself.

A collection of articles I have written for the CyberMedia Group, including Dataquest, PCQuest and

Only Deep Tech can keep us on track for our $5 trillion goal

architecture-768432_960_720The Old Economy can take us only so far. We have to accelerate with the New Economy. Our only way forward is to embed a layer of technology on top of the Old Economy. Specifically, Deep Tech, coupled with a bold corporate India strong on manufacturing. The three pillars on which India should concentrate on are pushing Deep Tech, Big Tech Diversification-Global Tie-ups and Hardware-Electronics.

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Focus on 3As and 1C for deep tech push: Deep Tech is the future and the startups that come out of that will rule tomorrow. The Indian Startup Ecosystem is the 3rd largest in the world, but we can aim for the top spot. 3As and 1C are Automation, Augmented, Access & Cloud.

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Big tech diversification and global tie-ups: It all started with Jio. If it’s all about global mergers, acquisitions, investments and tie-ups, then Jio is showing the way. First came a host of investors, more than a dozen.

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Hardware and electronics to form the backbone of Deep Tech ecosystem: The forgotten pillar which is equally important to power the IT industry and has shown to be even more important especially in light of the global supply chain disruption caused by the Covid-19 crisis.

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How Deep Tech can help fast track development in India: the 2020s could well be the Decade of India. But for that, the government, tech industry, Corporate India and SMBs will have to come together and get deep into technology.

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The irony of it all…

A day will come when every person in the world will have a PC.
IBM: OK, let’s exit the PC business.

A day will come when every person in the world will have a camera.
Kodak: That didn’t stop us from getting bankrupt.

A day will come when every person in the world will have a mobile.
Nokia: Will we be around by then?

A day will come when every person in the world will check email on their mobile.
Blackberry: We saw that, but no-one’s seeing us anymore!

© Sunil Rajguru

The Year of the Steve Jobs…

The United Nations has officially declared 2011-12 as the Year of the Steve Jobs.

The following things will be done in his honour…

∙ The nickname of New York City will be downgraded to “The Little Apple”.
“The Big Apple” will always refer to Steve Jobs.

∙ The Smiley will now officially be written as i)

∙ Whenever Jobs is being quoted, the possessive pronoun “I” will go in lower case as “i”.

∙ Apple Inc, will take the I in Inc, turn it into the lower case and prefix it to the new name.
For those who didn’t get that, the new name will be iApple.

∙ Every year on October 5, we all will have to miss at least one meal in a day and do at least one downright stupid act to honour his “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” message.

∙ Evangelists will set up the Church of iApple, which will follow the Book of Jobs as laid down by Prophet Steve.
Followers will be called the iPeople.
They will be the Chosen Ones, or the lucky dudes possessing at least one iApple product.

∙ In all future lessons it will be taught that a banana falling on Newton’s head led to the discovery of gravity.
The Apple has been exclusively reserved for Jobs.

© Sunil Rajguru

Random mobile telephony thoughts…

∙ Your lifetime prepaid mobile message should actually read…
Your balance is XXX INR. Your validity expires on December 31, 2037, even though you may not live that long and even though we may not last that long and even though we all haven’t the foggiest idea what the state of mobile telephony and billing will be in the Year 2017, let alone 2037!
∙ Competition among mobile operators is extremely fierce.
It’s quite difficult to tell who has the greatest number of call drops or who’s Help Desk keeps you on hold the longest or who has the lousiest billing problems.
∙ The 3G ads are so good and promising that they make you feel like an absolute idiot for having 2G in the first place.
∙ In India, at least everyone is heading towards Roti, Kapada aur Mobile.
© Sunil Rajguru