Druva's is not an isolated case — a number of Indian enterprise technology companies are now shifting base out of the country to grow faster. Lack of sufficient risk capital, not enough profitable exits for investors and fewer customers willing to experiment with technology are making hordes of entrepreneurs take this decision. "I met at least 30 entrepreneurs in the Bay Area in California who had recently moved from India," said Mukund Mohan, a serial entrepreneur and CEO-in-Residence at theMicrosoft Accelerator. Many of these firms are attracted by the startup-friendly ecosystem in the Silicon Valley that has produced iconic companies like Apple, Google, Salesforce and Twitter.
Young technology firms from India too are finding that being at the centre of the action helps grow business better. Cloud storage company Gluster headquartered in Sunnyvale, California was acquired by technology major Red Hat for about Rs 667 crore ($136 million) in an all-cash deal last year.
Enterprise software maker Zoho, based in California, has revenues of around $200 million. "In the US, enterprise technology companies get better exits and higher valuation," saysJitender Sharan of CipherGraph, a security software maker that set up office in the US last year and within a month raised funding from former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya.