Steve Wozniak, Apple's co-founder highlights problem with India’s education system
Co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak's interview in the sidelines of ET Global Business Summit is making headlines.
During a wide-ranging Q&A, Wozniak responded to a few questions on Indian and India in a candid way that is making headlines.
Q: What are your views on India? Do you think a global tech company can emerge from here?
A: I am not an anthropologist and I don’t know the culture of India well enough. I don’t see those big advances in tech companies. What is the biggest tech company here, Infosys maybe? I just don’t see that sort of thing coming out of Infosys and I have done keynotes for them three times.
Q: What is the missing link here?
A: The culture here is one of success based upon academic excellence, studying, learning, practising and having a good job and a great life. For upper India, not the lower. I see two Indias. That’s a lot like Singapore study, study, work hard and you get an MBA, you will have a Mercedes but where is the creativity? The creativity gets left out when your behaviour is too predictable and structured, everyone is similar. Look at a small country like New Zealand, the writers, singers, athletes, it’s a whole different world.
Q: Do you still invent?
A: I don’t have time. When I was inventing, I was so good. Every project was A+, magic was pouring out of my brain but I kept at it 20 hours a day, sleeping and waking up in the middle of the night with solutions. I had so much in the brain, you could feel the stress, and it was too much to keep doing forever.
The following statement seems to be making the headlines : "For upper India, not the lower. I see two Indias. That’s a lot like Singapore study, study, work hard and you get an MBA, you will have a Mercedes but where is the creativity?"
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