September, 28, 2016

Our vision for ‘Brand Startup50’

When we initially conceptualized The Smart CEO-Startup50 Awards in January 2015, we designed it carefully, keeping in mind our need to differentiate ourselves from the numerous award properties run by other media companies.

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Metropolis 2.0

In 15 years, Ameera Shah transformed Metropolis Healthcare from a single lab in Mumbai to a chain of 135 laboratories raking in revenues of Rs. 650 crores in FY 2015. She’s now gearing up for the next phase of growth, one in which she wants to create a formidable diagnostics brand in two geographies – India and Africa. Her master goal: reach a valuation of Rs. 12,000 crores by 2020.

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The Transformation Artist

Empowerment. Fairness. Meritocracy. Agility. Focus. Discipline. Participative. These are some of the words that Harsh Mariwala, promoter and chairman of FMCG major Marico, rattled out when asked about his management style. These are traits that Mariwala infused into Marico’s culture since the company’s founding in 1988. These characteristics played a crucial role in shaping up Saffola and Parachute – two of its flagship brands – into household names and enabled the company to reach a market capitalization of Rs. 29,512 crore as Feb 4th, 2016. Since 1988, Mariwala has led several transformations at the company and this story chronicles key moments and learnings from his professional life.

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Venture Capital for the selfless

Vidya Shah, former CFO of Edelweiss Group and now CEO of EdelGive Foundation, is channelizing all her energy to bring in a venture capital-style funding model to the non-profit sector. And, that’s not all. She wants to build a cohesive philanthropic ecosystem in the country.

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The Smart CEO Questionnaire: Shruti Shibulal

The Smart CEO Questionnaire is a series of questions aimed at helping our readers understand the thought process of an entrepreneur or CEO, their areas of passion and the finer nuances of his or her management style. For example, we try to understand what he or she learnt at business school that is still put to use or what is that one question he or she asks in all hiring interviews.

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The leading lady of the bourses

Chitra Ramakrishna, currently the MD & CEO, National Stock Exchange, was part of the initial team that setup the exchange. In this story, Chitra, a Chartered Accountant, takes us through the finer nuances of building and scaling an entity like NSE.

Poornima Kavlekar

Inspired by Stripe, Razorpay wants to make payment integration easy

Backed by Tiger Global, Matrix Partners, Y-Combinator and a string of notable investors, RazorPay is following US-based Stripe’s model, to build a simple, seamless online payments platform for merchants and customers in India. In the last nine months alone, it has on boarded 900 merchants and is recording 50 per cent growth in transfers month-on-month.

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Linkedin-inspired app for doctors

With a user base of 1,20,000 doctors, Curofy, wants to build itself into the LinkedIn for doctors – helping them share knowledge on cases, engage with pharmaceutical & medical device companies and even apply for medical jobs.

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Making tax filing, less taxing

Backed by a slew of Silicon Valley-based investors, ClearTax wants to make tax filing a cake walk for individuals and businesses. Thus far, it claims to have one million end users and 20,000 chartered accountants using its service, from across 1,000 cities in India.

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A peek into Jugnoo’s rollercoaster journey so far

What initially began as an auto-hailing app turned into a diversified business when Jugnoo entered the hyperlocal delivery space with Fatafat and Meals. Today, backed by a string of notable investors such as Paytm, Snow Leopard and Freecharge’s Kunal Shah, SoCoMo Technologies, Jugnoo’s parent company, is all set to compete head-on with Uber and Ola in the ride-hailing space, and also eye international markets in the near future.

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Ranveer Singh wins the NDTV Brand Ambassador of the Year for the Unicorn Start-Up Awards Ola and Paytm awarded the ‘NDTV Unicorn of the Year’ Oyo Rooms bags the ‘Dream Chaser of the year’

The first ever NDTV Unicorn Start-Up Awards 2016, in association with Vestige and Indigo Nation, celebrated the biggest names in India’s most exciting space in business ‘start-ups’ at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi today. Hosted by the versatile Mandira Bedi, tech guru Rajiv Makhni and Vikram Chandra, Group CEO, NDTV, the awards recognized the most credible dream chasers who have changed the way India does business.

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Conquest 2016 : Watch the Top 10 Startups Battle it out at the Grand Finale

Conquest is India’s biggest student-run startup conclave providing an exemplary platform for emerging startups to grow . With DCB Bank as the title sponsor, Conquest was born out of an attempt to provide a chance to startups for voicing their ideas, networking with industry leaders, and obtaining incubation and funding opportunities and we thrive year after year to accomplish this vision of ours.

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A marketplace for SME financing

Nexus Venture capital-backed Biz2Credit, an online marketplace which brings together an array of lenders with entrepreneurs seeking funds, aims to partner with the top 20 banks across the globe and grow its SME user base by ten-fold in the next three years.

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Innovating for the developing world

Sedemac Mechatronics, a company that was founded by graduates of IIT-Mumbai in 2008, now supplies unique powertrain control products (for small engines) to leading Indian automobile brands including Mahindra, Tata Motors & Hero. The technology and traction Sedemac had attracted the attention of Nandan Nilekani, who came on board as an investor.

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Taking the ‘rote’ out of learning

With over 5 million users and two lakh paid subscribers in the last eight months, BYJU’s Classes is innovating the way learning happens in India.

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How To Negotiate With VCs

One of the biggest lessons I’ve drawn from my work is that even skilled negotiators can make costly mistakes.

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