The future belongs to chatbots and messaging, says Oracle VP at MobileSparks

Sanket Atal, Group Vice President – Product Development, Oracle cloud platform

India being a mobile-first country is going to be of great advantage for mobile-tech entrepreneurs, says Sanket Atal, Group Vice President, Product Development, Oracle cloud platform. While speaking at YourStory MobileSparks 2017 on Saturday in Bengaluru, he elaborated on how tech startups can exploit the potential of a market built by mobile phones.

Secret to thriving

According to Sanket, there are three things fundamental for startups to thrive:

  1. Being able to address a target market: With the data and technology available today, one can easily do that for any part of the world while sitting at home.
  2. Curiosity: With all online data available, people have tremendous curiosity – they are adventurous; they want to explore and make new things.
  3. Tech: Now is a great time to be an entrepreneur. Great technologies have launched billion dollar companies – Oracle was aspiration till a few years ago. But not anymore; today everybody knows that such advanced technology is available.

“There are great technologies available today, and startups can avail of it to do great things: AI, ML, big data, analytics – all available in byte size. They help you do fantastic things in your enterprise. There are companies that provide data for the entire global market. More companies can build better interface by studying this data,” he says.

Mobile rules

Sanket knows his trade very well – the MBA graduate from the University of Oregon, who is also an alumnus of Cornell University as well as the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was CTO at online travel booking platform MakeMyTrip and general manager of CA Technologies’ India tech centre. He envisions a world in…