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70% of global start-ups will fail: Infosys co-founder Gopalakrishnan

News Agencies | Updated on: 20 July 2016, 11:07 IST

Infosys co-founder and former CII President Kris Gopalakrishnan on Monday said that almost 70% of start-ups globally will fail and only five to 10% will become large and scale up.

"Almost 70% of start-ups will fail. About 20% will survive but will not grow. They will remain small enterprises, and may be only five to 10% will become large and scale up," he told reporters at the announcement of the 12th Innovation Summit 2016 here, of which he is the chairman.

This should not, however, be treated as a concern or a challenge, but it is a part of natural process of evolution, he added.

"The key is what are the learnings, and how do we continue to nurture this," he said.

Asked who has made a mark globally as of now, Gopalakrishnan said Flipkart and Snapdeal have made a mark and perhaps in three to five years from now, people will start talking about these companies in a big way.

"I would say Flipkart and Snapdeal - these companies have made a mark. Paytm and Freshdesk - there are so many of them actually. They have made a mark and that process will continue. May be three years from now and five years from now, you will start talking about these companies in a big way," he said.

Asked if it is a worrying factor that most of the e-retailers are not making profits, Gopalakrishnan said there will be some consolidation and hoped some Indian-started entity will remain because global domination is possible in the internet field as it is not bound by any borders.

"When you look at transport, hospitality, logistics - these are the companies, which will be the names in future in years to come," he added.

Gopalakrishnan added that both private equity and venture capital funding has slowed down for different reasons as the exits are not happening.

"Both private equity and venture funding have slowed down for a different reason because exits are not there. When this happens, money is not recycled," he said.

"Most of the venture funds are waiting for some exits to happen and the exits are happening through mergers and acquisitions - consolidation where you may not be able to get the full value of investment," he said.

Asked if he sees a Google-type company emerging out of India, Gopalakrishnan stated, "Yes it is possible, but we also need to remember that, across the world there is one Google."

The Summit will be held here on 28 and 29 July.

- PTI

First published: 20 July 2016, 11:07 IST
 
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