“Indian startups are not as ruthless in execution as Chinese startups because we still have a culture of democracy,” serial entrepreneur Kunal Shah joked at Startup Grind Beijing’s India: The New Startup Destination.

Democracy does not necessarily work well in startup situations because running a startup is like fighting a war, Shah continued noting that this is something he learned from Chinese companies. But there’s a flipside—there are generals in the startup battle that press too fast and end up destroying their units.

Shah, a former Y Combinator part-time partner and advisor at Sequoia, spoke along with Sequoia Capital’s Bangalore-based Prateek Sharma on August 21. The two speakers compared their experience in working in both Indian and Chinese startup ecosystems.

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Masha Borak is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Write to her at masha.borak [at] technode.com. Pitches with the word "disruptive" will be ignored. Read a good book - learn some more adjectives.