25-year-olds among Indian corporate leaders at Davos

January 28th, 2009 - 6:48 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) Two 25-year-old entrepreneurs are among the youngest Indian corporate leaders attending the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.Sachin Duggal and Saurabh Dhoot, promoters of Nivio, which has created the world’s first online windows desktop, are attending the 2009 WEF as “Technology Pioneers”.

Previous Technology Pioneers at WEF have been Google, Infosys, Mozilla Corp, 23andme, Amyris Biotechnologies and Nanosolar.

“At the World Economic Forum we will be discussing with world leaders how with the use of Nivio, the future of the world can be revolutionized; wiring up the five billion people who do not have access to computing, who remain currently disconnected from achieving their potential,” said Duggal in a company press release.

Headquartered in Switzerland with research facilities in India, Nivio was floated in August 2004, and rolled out its online service last April with 50,000 beta registrations.

‘Beta’ is a term given to a product that isn’t ready for public consumption, but is good enough for a wider testing scope. Many companies publicly release their beta software to a fraction of their users to let them get experience with the new software while the company gets feedback on bugs and features.

Nivio provides a full virtual Windows desktop that can be accessed through any Internet-connected computer and soon, through any Internet-connected device.

The company will launch the device globally within the next two quarters, with especial focus on emerging markets where computer penetration is less than three-four percent of the population.

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