Check out the recent responses to questions on Startups:
Firstly, what is a startup? A startup company (startup or start-up) is an entrepreneurial venture which is typically a newly emerged, fast-growing business that aims to meet a marketplace need by developing or offering an innovative product, process or service.
Therefore in the context of this question, the term “startup” is too open ended, and one could also take a historic perspective to include innovations, technologies and techniques. There is an excellent compilation of.
Interesting Indian innovations include, . More recently in history: , Indian nuclear physicist published a paper in the , in which he performed the first calculation to determine the cross section of electron-positron scattering. : The Encyclopædia Britannica (2008) reports: “change in the wavelength of light that occurs when a light beam is deflected by molecules. Interestingly, the “startups” to scale-up some of the innovations were not focused on commercialization.
In the field of Information Technologies, scores of Indians have innovated and even commercialized their “startups,” many of them in the Silicon Valley. Early InfoTech innovators include– hotmail, Sun microsystems etc.
Indian startups continue to innovate in Bangalore, Hyderabad and elsewhere, and periodically get bought by tech giants. Just a few examples
Those in the industry only loosely use terms like “Israeli startup” or “Irish startup” or “Indian startup.”
Bottomline: We will continue to see startups in “born” in India going global. Given the global nature of technology innovation, it gets harder to point to where a startup was conceived, or born.