Every day, you meet a cross-section of people, some professionally and others personally.
As India begins a new era of entrepreneurial boom, knowledge shared by India’s leading business leaders, CEOs and entrepreneurs, can come in very handy for younger profesionals following their footsteps. In this edition, we profile the stories of six such CEO-authors, with the goal of inspiring many more leaders to write.
Saurabh Mukherjea learnt through his personal journey in India, ever since he moved to this country seven years ago from the UK after selling his London-based Institutional equities research franchisee, that the only way to consistently succeed in the Indian market is to work hard and be honest.
Rama Bijapurkar needs no introduction. Any marketing professional, with a keen interest on consumer behavior will definitely know about her work and books.
In November 2009, after Ashutosh Garg concluded his talk at a conference on entrepreneurship and new business, he was flanked by young aspiring entrepreneurs who wanted to share their business plans with him.
“One of the most interesting aspects of modern retail is the potential it holds for social transformation. While friendly neighbourhood, Kirana stores lure customers with a good bargain or frequent sales, modern retail focuses on the customer side of the story.
Apurva Purohit, the CEO of Radio City, believes in leading by example, a philosophy that she has used in her career that spans more than 25 years.
Kaizen-backed WizIQ has built an online platform that lets educators create an online academy within minutes. It is now gearing up to expand both its educator and user baseread more
Unitus Seed Fund-backed Curiositi Learning Solutions develops interactive, hands-on science kits for children from grades 1 to 10. Its USP lies in minimal requirement of physical infrastructure to deploy the kits and use them affordabilityread more
Covacsis’ flagship solution, Intelligent Plant Framework, helps manufacturing firms become more financially efficient on the production floor. Backed by RIL’s GenNext Ventures, Blume Ventures and Cisco’s venture capital arm, the company aims clinch 2000 customers in the next three yearsread more
Backed by Sequoia Capital, Mohandas Pai and other notable investors, Zoomcar is disrupting India’s largely chauffer driven market with self-drive car rental servicesread more
Michael and Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF)-backed Gray Matters was started with a simple vision of helping affordable private schools measure school performance, and suggest improvementsread more
Ratan Tata funded Swasth India, a non-profit social enterprise, founded by Sundeep Kapila and Ankur Pegu, works towards preventive and primary healthcare for the low-income population in the country. In the next five years, it aims to serve over 30 million lives across 5-7 cities in India through a network of over 300 primary health centersread more
Anu Acharya’s Mapmygenome aims to offer predictive and diagnostic testing for those who are proactive about their health. The company raised U.S. $1.1 million from a group of angel investors including Rajan Anandhan and Arihant Patni to scale up operations and expand distribution locally and globallyread more
Funded by Lightspeed Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital, Greenoaks Capital and DSG Consumer Partners, OYO rooms, a technology-enabled network of branded cost effective hotel rooms, aims to expand to 1,000 hotel rooms in 25 cities by the end of 2015read more
Unitus-backed CueLearn aspires to evolve into one of India’s premier brands for after-school learning. Beginning with mathematics, the company has developed a unique methodology to impart technology-enabled learning through its teacher-partners based out of their home-tuition centresread more
Guided by serial entrepreneur Krishnan Ganesh, backed by Sequoia and Aarin Capital, and co-founded by Pearson India’s ex-CEO, Srikant Iyer, Bengaluru-based Homelane is on an aggressive growth path to make a dent on India’s interior design industryread more
Faering Capital-backed Linkstreet aims to become the premier technology solution for enterprise learning and development. Arun Muthukumar, the founder, believes, the time has come where every enterprise in the world will need a platform for learning and development, much like ERP twenty-five years backread more
Apart from intangible benefits such as gaining access to global cultures, economies of scale, increase in purchase volume and greater market access are among the many merits of operational synergies post an acquisition. Here are some effective ways to leverage themread more
Four key lessons CEOs must keep in mind when leading organisations through a transformation phaseread more
Customer relationship management and consumer tracking is an industry whose business potential lies vastly untapped, opines Bijaei Jayaraj, founder-CEO, Loylty Rewardz. With plans in place to grow its ‘Max Get More’ loyalty platform and through focused efforts in the mobile space, the company aims to touch the Rs. 100 crore mark in the next fiscalread more
In conversation with Moorthy K. Uppaluri, the CEO of Randstad Indiaread more
The global philanthropic and non-profit organisation, Wadhwani Foundation, aims to bring social changes through economic acceleration. Having proven its model in the country, the organisation now hopes to scale its initiative in India and globally by leveraging technology, building targeted networks and engaging state and central governments, as a result creating 25 million additional jobs by 2020read more
Similar to its jewellery and watch division, Titan Eye Plus aims to change its positioning from being a functional to a lifestyle brand. With a range of new designs introduced for every segment of its audience, Vandana Bhalla, its marketing head, shares her game plan on how the brand plans to innovate on the marketing and product development front to reinforce this positioningread more
The Snapdeal Pivot
In January 2013, Snapdeal had a mere US $100,000 in the bank, a small chunk left after it had burned through almost all of the US $57 million it had raised since September 2009. Th...
Transformation by design
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In coffee, we trust
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Where there’s traction, Money will follow
Deepinder Goyal, founder and CEO, Zomato, shares a great working relationship with investor Sanjeev Bikhchandani of Info Edge for one simple reason: Bikhchandani is more entreprene...
Playing 20 Questions with Mittu Chandilya
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Where ownership and management are different
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Building a Happy Company
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Narayana Health’s ten-year plan
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Creative Dialogue on Scaling Up
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"Businesses don’t go anywhere, people do"
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