A different kind of sea

Posted on October 17, 2010  /  1 Comments

Internet brings people closer, gives more opportunities and it is a sea, with different kinds of fish. Indi Samarajiva wrote in The Sunday Leader, about few Sri Lankans making a living, without actually going to a conventional office. But simply login in to internet to use Twitter, Skype, Virtual Private Networks (VPN) and so on and make a living, as well as LIVE it.

Indi introduces Fahim Farook, Navin Weeraratne and Monalee Suranimala, as tech savvy fishermen in this different kind of sea.

All of these characters launch their metaphorical boats from the island of Sri Lanka, off the southern coast of India, recently emerged from years of war but blessed with many English speaking, IT literate people, functional Internet infrastructure and a low cost of living.

They have also emerged at a time when outsourcing is booming around the world, with major companies like Walmart purchasing products from China and companies like Goldman Sachs outsourcing financial and IT knowledge work to India. Where these Sri Lankan differ, however, is they do not work for companies that work for companies. They work, essentially, for themselves.

Read more about Farook, Weeraratne and Suranimala here.

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