Friday, August 12, 2016

Caste Away

A unicorn is a title earned by a startup with a valuation of at least $1 billion. That's a big achievement if you consider the disappointing stats the startupverse throws up every and now. All things dreamt and done, only 5% of all the startups in the world stand to see the sunrise in two years' time. Which is precisely why there are only 170 unicorns in the world today. Out of which, nine are Indian. They are as follow:
  • Flipkart (Banias)
  • InMobi (Brahmin)
  • Mu Sigma (Brahmin)
  • Zomato (Bania)
  • Ola (Bania)
  • Paytm (Brahmin)
  • Quikr (Brahmin)
  • Shopclues (Bania)
  • Snapdeal (Banias)
Interestingly, more than half of them are founded by Banias and the rest by Brahmins. Not to suggest anything ulterior here, but the emerging pattern is interesting given how some members of some communities in our country tend to be more driven in some areas (business in this context) than the rest. Startup India is no different in this peculiar regard. 

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