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🔴 Rajan Anandan, AS Rajgopal, and Pooja Rao, were in a discussion with Benjamin Parkins, Mumbai Correspondent for Financial Times about India’s increased appetite for tech.

By: Express News Service |
Updated: December 18, 2021 10:47:16 am
India technology, India technology growth, India technology demad, tech demand, Rajan Anandan, AS Rajgopal. Pooja Rao, tech advancement, Indian express, current affairsRajan Anandan, Managing Director of the venture capital firm Sequoia India

Rajan Anandan, Managing Director of the venture capital firm Sequoia India, AS Rajgopal, CEO and Managing Director, Nxtgen Datacenter and Cloud Technologies and Pooja Rao, co-founder and head of research and development at Qure.ai, were in a discussion with Benjamin Parkins, Mumbai Correspondent for Financial Times about India’s increased appetite for tech. The session was titled ‘New Technologies: Will they transform India?’.

India technology, India technology growth, India technology demad, tech demand, Rajan Anandan, AS Rajgopal. Pooja Rao, tech advancement, Indian express, current affairs AS Rajgopal, CEO and Managing Director, Nxtgen Datacenter and Cloud Technologies

“During the pandemic, we saw enormous excitement for healthcare. The success of the vaccines drove a lot of investment. As a result of everybody staying home, a lot of new market areas opened up… things like digital health, telemedicine, wearables for fitness, mental health app services, neurotechnology, continuous glucose monitors. What translated into India is only a tip of the iceberg,” said Rao.

India technology, India technology growth, India technology demad, tech demand, Rajan Anandan, AS Rajgopal. Pooja Rao, tech advancement, Indian express, current affairs Pooja Rao, co-founder and head of research and development at Qure.ai

On whether the right infrastructure is in place for digital growth, Rajgopal said that the infrastructure is curtailed to a few cities. The first step towards developing it would be to build a strong edge computing network, where data can be computed locally.

Benjamin Parkins

Regulations on data privacy and security should focus on putting the power back into the consumer’s hand, making sure the consumer is in complete control of their data, said Anandan. On privacy regulations, Rajgopal said, “It’s more about the growing professional ethic within the companies… global companies will start self-regulating. Government regulation will only catch up.” Rao added that the Personal Data Protection Bill has a lot of emphasis on physical localisation of data. “Clarity is lacking in terms of how this will be implemented,” said Rao.

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