There is surely a dearth of operational jobs in the startup ecosystem (especially given the current slowdown in consumer funding market).
A founder asked me to answer this question on Quora and here is what I believe is happening :
Primarily because founders have realized that
Valuation is inversely proportional to operational dependence.
A business has 2 sides : customer facing (think : apps) and service side (think : delivery).Silicon Valley’s success stories has somehow implanted this belief that tech can solve all the challenges.
Unfortunately, India is different and we have different problems to solve. But techie founders think otherwise. And thanks to all IITians-turned-cereal-entrepreneurs of 2015 class, the ecosystem purely believes in creating 'lean' businesses which can aggregate demand.
The reality is that building a consumer utility business involves a company to be part of the food chain.
The disruption lies in not killing the food chain but by making it more efficient / transparent and cost effective. This calls for a lot more ‘stay power’ - which many founders don’t have.
On an average, most of the founders dream of ca$hing out in 4–5 years (at max) and operationally heavy businesses do not offer that luxury.
The easy bet is to do more of consumer facing, i.e. be the aggregator but not the creator. So why get into operations and sales, when you can create new fake metrics ?
[Reproduced from my Quora answer on the same topic]