One of the most foolish mistakes made by the powerful men in the Indian internet industry is how much time and effort they waste in trying to force a webmaster sell his or her websites to them. Many of these websites make very little money, sometimes not even enough to cover the webhosting and domain registration expenses, yet these powerful people shamelessly try to force the webmaster to sell their website to them.
For this, these powerful people will waste huge amounts of tax payer money to put the webmaster under surveillance to harass her. For many, the websites are a hobby, and do not generate much revenue. In fact, writing on Teckler is far more lucrative, compared to developing content for their own websites, because of lack of traffic. Yet why is there so much pressure to force them to sell the websites?
This is the true life story of an online investor/webmaster in India who has spent $200,000 of her own hard earned money with different registrars, web hosting and ecommerce companies.
She is put under surveillance for years and her personal financial information is leaked to extortionists and blackmailers.
She is expected to form a company with relatives and wives of powerful people.
The wives and relatives have spent their money on gold, jewellery, vehicles and posh houses, almost nothing online.
Yet, the partnership is expected to be 50-50.
Will their wives/relatives give the webmaster 50% of their gold, jewellery, vehicles and posh houses ?
But if the webmaster does not give a 50% stake in her business, they’ll make her life miserable, harass her continuously, make false accusations against her, poison her food.
The other option of these internet companies is to force her to form a family business with family members who refuse to take her phone calls or help her in any way when she is being stalked by criminals and who have not helped her at all in the business.
Most engineering companies remain proprietorships, because the owner has skills and knowledge which few others have.
Unfortunately in Indian internet industry, few are honest enough to acknowledge the merit and experience of a webmaster, they have no qualms taking credit for work they do not do.
Added bonus: We’ll help a fraud who has invested her money in jewellery, real estate and gold(and almost nothing online) steal the investors webmaster’s identity and savings, we worship the ground on which the fraud walks.
We’ll lie about our identity to the webmaster, we don’t think honesty is important.
That is the message from the powerful people in the Indian internet industry, we help mediocrity and frauds flourish, there is no place for merit.
Why is there no person with the vision or foresight to think beyond his own personal gain?
One of the biggest problems working online as an online publisher in India is that there is no trade association. Most of the big companies are not interested in openly supporting small business owners who may be their largest customers. A small business owner may not be interested in working with a larger company because of the mismatch in value systems/company culture. However, the small business owner may have more experience and be more talented than most people in the industry.
In most other industries, trade associations are formed which help both small and big companies and can easily distinguish between an experienced person and an identity thief (even though he or she may have extremely powerful backers in the scam). The internet industry can be a major source of employment, why are the powerful people in it so unwilling to acknowledge talent and experience?