’VE WORKED IN BUSINESS JOURNALISM for a couple of decades, but Inc. has been
by far the job I’ve loved most. The reason is simple—it gives me the opportunity
to tell stories like that of Ambarish Mitra.
You’ll fnd Mitra’s uplifting full-length tale, expertly crafted by Inc.’s San
Francisco bureau chief Jef Bercovici, on page 42. But let me hit the highlights.
A runaway, young Mitra is living with roommates in a single-room mud-and-cow-dung shack in New Delhi when he enters a business-plan contest. His
plan wins and grows into a company that makes him wealthy. A few failed
startups later, he and business partner Omar Tayeb hit the jackpot with one
in the nascent feld of augmented reality. They move to Silicon Valley to fnd
the energy and the labor needed to tackle a new, and monumentally ambitious,
goal—to build what amounts to a visual Wikipedia of the world.
Eric Schurenberg email@example.com
Humans are story-processing animals, and we
at Inc. hope a story like Mitra’s resonates on many
levels. For you, an Inc. reader, the afrmation that
this kind of success is possible might inspire you to
aim high and persist in your own entrepreneurial
dreams, even when they seem out of reach. Outside
the Inc. family, we hope stories like his remind
people how critical risk takers and strivers are to our
prosperity and how essential it is for free enterprise
to remain open to anyone with an honest dream.
As I write this, a new administration has just
taken over in Washington. During his campaign,
the new president promised to roughly double the
economy’s growth rate. While details of his plan
are not yet feshed out, there are, at a fundamental
level, only three ways to fulfll that promise—put
more people to work, make the work force more
productive, or both. That’s it.
Which brings us back to Mitra’s story—or rather,
to the story that inspired him. Mitra and Tayeb
set up shop in this country because they thought
this was where the most creative talent resided
(they employ more than a hundred in the U.S.) and
because they believed they would get a fair shot,
even though neither was born here and one of them
is Muslim. As political risk analyst Ian Bremmer
points out on page 40, those beliefs are vital
to keeping America’s distinct place in the world.
So, our unsolicited advice to the administration,
in its quest to spur economic growth: Make sure
the world’s best minds—the most creative risk
takers, innovators, and job creators—continue to
believe the American story. Reassure them that
America ofers their best chance to realize their
dreams, regardless of where they are from or how
they worship. Getting that story believed should
be pretty simple. All you have to do is make sure
the reality behind it stays true.
EDITOR’S LETTER 12 - INC. - MARCH 2017