China & India Rule the 2018 List of BRICS 100 Blue Ocean Entrepreneurs
The elite marquee of the 2018 Top BRICS100 Blue Ocean Entrepreneurs is due anytime in the next half of Feb 2018, but the rushes clearly indicate that the China and India stories are back to being what they used to be - inspiring. While Chinese entrepreneurs seem to excel in scale-based businesses and replicate the Amazons and Google with elan; the Indians have gone a tad more novel and clutter-busting.
Though the full list, when released alone can tell the whole story, the press-teaser did share that the dough these 100 doyens share among themselves breaches the USD 20 billion mark. Also, perhaps for the first time in the last half a decade, a fair many of the world's top entrepreneurs on any global listing are proven bootstrappers. Is there a pointer that PE dependence is perhaps beginning to crack in a new era of startups? Well, the jury isn't out yet on this.
The BRICS100 Blue Ocean list, which is being released in the later part of February 2018, contains founders and co-founders of companies that picked up blue-ocean ideas and went on to either trigger the birth of entirely new industry verticals that straddle value chains of cutting-edge technology spaces; high-breed knowledge; e-commerce and social media, or they disrupted existing giants by their tactical brilliance.
According to the press-teaser shared on the upcoming BRICS100 Blue Ocean list, almost all the blue ocean entrepreneurs were included on the marquee because they not only changed the way their customers do business, live and socialize, they also show they have experimented with spanking new ideas to stay afloat, junking the cash-burn theory of growth, and many of them have even established their own entire supply chain.
The list also shows that many of these toppers have started world-sized complex verticals all at once. While Tencent shows Huateng's sharp vision of the future, it also brings back the age of the shogoshushas and conglomerates. Rajiv Gupta's smart globalization moves, on the other hand, have ensured CredForce expands across the world fast to spread its leadership in credentialing wide enough to become impossible to rival. Not to be forgotten, JD's sudden, sharp rise into a globe-sized e-commerce giant is a handiwork of groundbreaking growth hacks of founder Liu Qiangdong.
Some of these entrepreneurs on the BRICS100 Blue Ocean list have already been noted for carving out companies in spaces that the traditional giants and market leaders always thought was theirs for keeps. The examples include Dhiraj Rajaram of the exciting data science solution provider Mu Sigma; Robin Li of Baidu; Zhou Qunfei of Lens Technologies that's competing hard with giant Japanese lens and panel makers. Other examples include Chanakya Hridaya of the revolutionary logistics outfit BlackBuck and Abhinandan Balasubramanian, whose Premier Futsal has almost invented a new variant of soccer, creating a brand new customer-franchise of Gen Y'ers in India.
Though the BRICS100 List will spill the details, it is definitely hoped that the Brazilian and Russian entrepreneurial magic still retains in terms of the sheer power of the ideas, even though their numbers seem to have thinned out just that wee bit.
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