“The Next Wireless Revolution, in Electricity”
Gaurav Gupta, the director for Asia of the development consulting firm Dalberg, tells a story about the untethered life. “You want to sit next to a beach and have a laptop on your lap, and you want to be connected to the world,” Gaurav says. “But you don’t want any wires.”
We go off the electrical and phone grids by choice, Gaurav says. We buy cellphones, install Wi-Fi, buy eco-friendly high-end camping stoves and water purifiers. But around the world, billions of people are off-grid by necessity: they live without wired electricity, piped gas and water, or sewers. The two worlds are linked. “What we want, they need,” he said in a TEDx talk in February in Mumbai. “There is huge innovation going on around the world to serve your needs because you want to play Angry Birds longer.”
Anil Raj, OMC’s CEO and Co-founder, discusses what makes OMC unique, what makes an innovator, and how OMC improves the state of the world.
What makes OMC unique?
There’s this enormous problem in the world today and that’s the fact that out of 7 billion people on this planet, more than a billion people have never ever switched on a light bulb.