In 2022, India’s new product leaders are taking inspiration primarily from the tech role models that have laid the foundation over the decades, but also dipping into global product principles for learning
We are setting the stage for the next phase of startup and product evolution in India with The Makers Summit 2022 on April 22-23, featuring 5,000+ product founders, 75+ speakers and over 30 sessions
TMS 2022 will feature leaders such as Zoho‘s Sridhar Vembu, Unacademy’s Gaurav Munjal, Urban Company’s Abhiraj Bhal, Hasura’s Rajoshi Ghosh, OfBusiness’ Vasant Sridhar, among other leaders
After a whirlwind 2021 when all funding and valuation records were broken, the focus in 2022 is on profitability, rationalising products and platforms and unlocking true value through revenue and other tangible metrics.
We all know the numbers by now — $42 Bn in funding and 42 new unicorns and over $400 Bn in value created by Indian startups, as per our data since 2014. But now there is rationalisation in valuation and greater expectation of profitability as globally investors get set for a temporary speed bump. Even the quarter-on-quarter funding has slowed down since the end of last year.
Amid this churn, we are seeing trends such as sustainable yet scalable models, creators and engagement built into the DNA of the product and new technologies such as metaverse and web3 that could change the future of all products.
As the digital economy and startups step into this brave new world in 2022 — from a services economy to a product-first nation — India is seeing new leaders emerging. These new product leaders are taking inspiration primarily from the tech role models that have laid the foundation over the decades, but also from global product leaders.
When we envisioned The Makers Summit in 2021, it was as a stage at the confluence of product, tech and business amid the peak of the funding boom. And this year, we are setting the stage for the next phase of startup evolution with The Makers Summit 2022, brought to you by Inc42 in association with Searce and Google Cloud and is supported by CleverTap, Deskera, Dukaan and Simpl.
Announcing The Makers Summit 2022 Speakers
Scheduled for April 22 and April 23, 2022, the second edition of The Makers Summit aims to bring together India’s leading product minds and 5,000+ product founders, leaders and makers to discuss, debate and decode the latest business strategies from the lens of product development and learn from the journey of India’s fastest-growing product startups.
TMS 2022 will feature leaders such as India’s SaaS maestro and Zoho founder Sridhar Vembu, as well as unicorn founders such as Unacademy’s Gaurav Munjal, Urban Company’s Abhiraj Bhal, Hasura’s Rajoshi Ghosh, OfBusiness and Oxyzo’s Vasant Sridhar, among other leaders from the Indian product ecosystem.
This year’s edition will explore the most revolutionary, industry-changing products that are shaping the next generation of technology as the world opens up after two years of being locked up.
With unscripted interviews, immersive sessions, storytelling, cutting-edge product pitches and exclusive experiences with India’s biggest founders, TMS 2022 will have the ingredients to help you figure out the secret sauce for your startup. Plus, an unprecedented opportunity to connect with other curious minds at India’s largest product conference.
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The lineup of speakers and panellists include founders and product leaders such as Vijay Arisetty, cofounder and CEO of MyGate; ZestMoney CEO and cofounder Lizzie Chapman; Kabeer Biswas, cofounder and CEO of Reliance-backed Dunzo; ETMoney’s Mukesh P Kalra; INDMoney founder Ashish Kashyap; LogiNext CEO Dhruvil Sanghvi; Simpl CEO Nitya Sharma; Supriya Paul, CEO and cofounder of Josh Talks and Josh Skills; Dukaan founder Suumit Shah; FusionCharts founder Pallav Nadhani; Pratilipi cofounder and head of product Shally Modi among many other names.
Besides this, TMS 2022 will also have investor-led sessions featuring the likes of Accel partner Abhinav Chaturvedi, Lightbox partner Sandeep Murthy, Antler India’s Rajiv Srivatsa among others. Further, Rajesh Ramdas, head of customer engineering for Google Cloud’s ‘Digital Natives’ business, and Ankit Sinha, VP of the cloud practices & consulting business at enterprise giant Searce will delve into how enterprises are helping startups unlock value and share global product perspectives.
The Makers Summit 2022 Themes
In 2022, we fully expect metaverse to become a bigger buzzword among Indian tech companies, given the massive focus by Facebook (now even called Meta), Microsoft, Amazon, Google and other tech giants. Indian web3 startups such as Hike’s Rush, Polygon, FanCraze, fitness platform Goqii, nCore Games, Adloid, OneRare, Avataar, MetaMall have all raised significant funding in the past two years to build their metaverse products, even as others join the web3 bandwagon.
At The Makers Summit 2022, we will be walking through the product models in web3, while also catching up with traditionally large sectors such as ecommerce, the emergence of super apps, quick commerce product strategies, the EV product ecosystem and more.
Other rivetting sessions are expected around the booming creator economy, the SMB SaaS space, fintech regulations and more. We will reveal the full agenda shortly, but it covers product-driven sectors such as healthtech, ecomemrce’s different avatars, gaming, edtech’s changing landscape and more.
Of course, thanks to our stellar lineup of product role models, we will also get some macro insights on some of the larger debates and issues in the tech ecosystem.
How do Vembu & Co view the new breed of entrepreneurs that have emerged with The Great Resignation in the past two years? How do these influential entrepreneurs see challenges such as reintegrating or maintaining remote teams and hybrid working? What are their tenets of culture and team building and more given the focus on corporate governance in the startup ecosystem today?
These answers and more will come at TMS 2022. Watch this space for the full agenda reveal.
What To Expect At TMS 2022
With over 30 sessions, the first edition of TMS saw 100K+ session views across three days with engagement from over 12K attendees. The Makers Summit 2022 will feature a mix of keynotes, breakout sessions, panels, and hands-on masterclasses centred around replicable processes, insights, tools and frameworks that are aiding today’s most influential product makers.
This year, The Makers Summit will also include live pitches from product startups to a jury of experts and investors. Watch this space for more information on the startup pitch application process.
We invite developers, founders, engineers and leaders from India’s makers ecosystem to be a part of the product revolution with The Makers Summit 2022.