December, 21, 2014

What are your blind spots?

Last edition, I wrote about the ‘power of observation’ and how closely observing other businesses and entrepreneurs can give you an idea or two for your own venture. I went on to elaborate how The Smart CEO will go through an evolution in its design and packaging, to facilitate just this – giving you ideas for your own career or business.

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Transformation by design

Polaris’ Arun Jain has engineered a unique strategy at the mid-sized financial technology company, incubating a robust products company from within a running services entity. He has put together an A-Team of five CEOs to mastermind two companies born out of this vertical split – one in IT services and the other in financial technology products with four lines of businesses.


A holistic approach to growth

M. Balasubramaniam, CEO, CURA healthcare, aims to make it a Rs. 500 crore company by 2018 by expanding its geographical presence and increasing its product range

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Spreading Out to scale

While its India market strategy moves into a phase of consolidation in the cloud telephony segment, Knowlarity Communications, wants to extend its focus to the South-East Asian markets. In five years, it aims to sign up 1,00,000 businesses and establish a global presence

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The line of print

Printo has shown that catering to the printing needs of micro and small business can be profitable. With an annual growth rate of nearly 35 per cent, the company is looking to touch the Rs. 100-crore revenue mark in the next five years

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The need of every boring hour

The Nearify app, with a user base of 100,000 registered users, collates information on local events and has a listing of over one million upcoming events. In the next year, it aims to list over two million upcoming events while driving traffic up to one million registered users

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Trippin’ on a plan

For travel itinerary portal, TripHobo, the journey’s just begun. At present, it has 25,000 itinerary plans listed and provides information on 250 cities. It also has 1.5 lakh unique visitors per month and by next fiscal, it is looking to scale that number up to 2 million unique users

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Making housing affordable to all

L&T Housing Finance, led by its CEO, Vasudevan Ramaswami, is banking on the affordable housing segment and the self-employed customer base as some of its key segments to scale up its business in the coming years. In six to seven years, it plans to increase its loan book size to over Rs. 20,000 crore

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Quikr’s cmo, Vineet Sehgal, gives us a peek into the marketing mix of a startup

Vineet Seghal, the newly appointed chief marketing officer of Quikr, the online classifieds startup, believes in seeing an opportunity in every limitation. Here’s why. Having worked for over 18 years in MNC conglomerates such as Cadbury, Nokia, Accenture and Nestle, he believes that the best innovation happens when one has limited resources. And, he sees this as a huge advantage for startups.

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“The expectation from a cfo has changed dramatically”

In his first week as CSS Corp’s CFO, Veerasundar Veluswamy had to oversee the company’s transaction with Partners Group and in successfully doing so, his impact was immense. Today, he believes in adding value to the organisation by partnering with business groups and offering forward-looking solutions

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The patient capital conundrum

Investors and entrepreneurs often grapple with identifying the optimal holding period (time from investment to exit) for an investment in a growth company. In this feature, we speak to two entrepreneurs and two investors to gather their thoughts on the need for longer investment-to-exit cycles in India

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Rane group’s harish lakshman discusses why his business is becoming truly global

Harish Lakshman is Director at Rane Holdings, the 55-year-old Group that specializes in the auto components space. In this feature, Harish talks about why going global is critical for the Rane Group, its future growth plans, and also its Vision 2020 strategy. At a broader level, the Group is preparing itself to make the next decade, one of profitable growth, and has plunged neck deep into strategizing for the same. We give you a peek into its plans

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Staying true to ‘corporate character’ means, realising that trust is not transactional

Corporate character is not determined by how many questions we ask our customers, but by how we question our customers, how we answer them, and how we collaborate with them

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A spare parts strategy for oems in the automobile sector

Puneet Kulraj, founding director of Vector Consulting Group and a recognised global expert in Theory of Constraints, shares with us a game plan that automobile OEMs can adopt for their spare parts and after-sales service market

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The fundamentals of managing fast paced start-ups

Ajai Chowdhry, one of the six co-founders of HCL and a Padma Bhushan awardee, reminds entrepreneurs leading fast-paced ventures about some of the basics of dealing with challenges that comes with scale

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