India Has Moved Beyond Being Just a Services Industry Says Intel India Chief

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In an exclusive one-on-one interview with Entrepreneur India, Nivruti Rai, General Manager, Intel India. Vice President, Platform Engineering Group, Intel Corp, spoke about the company’s connect with Karnataka.


Rai said that Intel is heavily motivated to contribute to initiatives like Digital India, Make in India. The company has incubated 17 startups so far under its Intel Maker Lab programme and a bulk of them comes from Karnataka.

Amalgamating IoT with other sectors

Rai had emphasized on the need of amalgamating IoT in devices of daily use. “I am very interested in automotives, industrial use cases and health. We are interested in artificial intelligence related computing, that’s just one. Enabling efficiency to compute, enabling connectivity, reducing loss of time and data transfers are also areas that interests us,”

Rai said that India has the right kind of talent to tap this opportunity and innovate,  one just needs to give them the right infrastructure, support and connect them to the right VCs. “The only thing we need to do is to ‘think big!” she said.

India moves beyond the software services sector

Speaking on how India today has moved on from being just a services sector Rai said that the number of companies setting up their R&D centres in India is a clear sign of the fact that India is not just synonymous to software and services, it’s synonymous to technology. It could be of any format, India has the scale and talent and infrastructure could be improved.

Rai said that startups and those helping them seek a lot of help from the government in the form of policy and regulatory support from the government – both central and state level.

Rai was one of the keynote speakers at Bengaluru Itbiz event conducted by government of Karnataka.