July 2008


Whenever people ask me as to what they should be getting into in their careers, they are too surprised as they find my answers to be not consistent with what others normally would say. They would be expecting me to tell them that a career in Software/BPO/KPO is a good option for their careers. However to their astonishment they would hear me tell them to get into things like CleanTech, Micro Finance or better still entrepreneurship.

Its my belief that all the 3 things I have mentioned above are what I believe will be the next big things. In fact they are good career options that one should consider very seriously. Its not for nothing that i’m advocating these areas as I expect the coming years to be very fruitful for people getting into these spaces.

What we have seen in the internet era so far is nothing to what we are going to see in the CleanTech field. There’s umpteen number of opportunities in any of the three areas and very soon we are going to see blockbuster of companies getting created out of India.

So watch out for this field in the months ahead…

Nothing of any substance was ever achieved without taking enough Risk in his/her life. If you wanna be an Achiever or better still, a Super Achiever you should have the capacity to take the necessary and calculated risks.

Ask any great personality in any walk of life and the prompt reply that you get is that he/she took enormous risk at some point in their lives. The uncanny ability to spot the the opportunities earlier than others and then the willingness to take that extra bit of an risk would what separate the ultimate champions from the has-beens.

Knowingly or unknowingly this would be the single most important character trait in all the great achievers. If anybody thinks that they would go anywhere without taking the necessary risks ain’t going nowhere. Playing extra safe (over protective) has not made any huge impact for anyone and neither would it in the future.

All discoveries/ inventions were a result of pushing oneself that little bit extra. When I say risk I obviously mean calculated risks and not just blind risks. The upside to one taking that extra bit of risk is infinite and hence that should offset any doubts one should have. At the same time the opportunity lost because of not taking the calculated risk is enormous too. There is something different in the people who can think out of the box and who can be creative. They are mostly unconventional in their methods and are always willing to stretch that bit more.

Hence I urge people to dream their dreams and go all out in order to make their dreams come true. Just go for it and you will be amazed by the support that you will get as you go along the way. Yes, there will always be people who will snigger at you but that shouldn’t stop you on your tracks. One should back his/her instincts and willing to go all the way. This is what separates the men from the boys.

Good Luck to everyone who have the guts to live their dreams.

Btw this is strictly my personal view.

Green/CleanTech enthusiasts of Bangalore can now associate themselves with CleanTech SIG. TiE Bangalore Chapter has initiated this and the purpose of this is to bring the best industry experts, investors, academicians, etc., from different areas like energy storage, generation, efficiency, water, air , materials and waste management.

The Goals of this Charter are :

  • To establish an ecosystem which promotes ideas and action on clean tech,
  • To provide an forum for learning and exchanging ideas and information,
  • Facilitate Networking and Mentoring amongst the members, &
  • to Motivate, Move and Inspire each other.

Various Focus Groups have been formed with participation from Volunteer coordinators like Renewable Energy, Energy Storage, Energy Efficiency & Management, Clean Water, e-Waste Management, Emissions,Transportation,Green Buildings,Policy & Industry University Interaction.

We encourage more and more people to participate in this endeavor going forward in order to propel the various activities forward.

One of the criteria to be a member of this group is that they should be members of TiE Bangalore Chapter.

With Climate change and global warming becoming the focal point in all the global forums and for nations worldwide , clean & green technology is hogging all the limelight. Its a level playing field for people who want to make a difference to the world that we live in. Also since its a nascent industry there is a lot of work that needs to be done as yet. Because of the enormity of the problem there is abundant opportunities and possibilities in this industry, it makes perfect sense for existing and the wannabe entrepreneurs.

There are a lot of activities that’s been planned and discussed in order to showcase the intent and the purpose of this community.

Look for more updates on whats happening in the CleanTech SIG Community.

There’s an interesting development that will make our lives easier if what they claim turns out to be true. Japan based Genepax Co. claims to have the invention for a water-fueled car. Recently they showcased to¬† the media a small vehicle with an energy generator which they claim extracts hydrogen from water that is poured into its tank. They claim the generator releases electrons that produce electric power to run the car.

According to them the system generates power by supplying water and air to the fuel and air electrodes. Since the new system does not use methanol as fuel, this system does not emit carbon.

It appears that any kind of water can be used as an acceptable form of fuel including river,sea,rain,etc.,

Genepax says that the design of its system is similar to the basic power generation of a traditional fuel cell, except that it uses a membrane electrode assembly (MEA), which possesses a material capable of breaking down water into hydrogen and oxygen through chemical reaction.

The company is reluctant to reveal details about its system but maintains that it is “a well known process to produce hydrogen from water to the MEA.”

The news comes at a time when news regarding fuel cell research dollars and technology improvements are gathering pace globally.