I recently attended an entrepreneurship workshop led by Jeff Hoffman, the American serial entrepreneur, mentor and advisory board member at the Kauffman Foundation. Hoffman recommended an idea that he believed every entrepreneur should include into his or her daily routine.read more
When Vellayan Subbiah assumed charge at Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company it was reeling from a split with DBS. He brought the company back on its feet through a balanced approach, that led to the growth of all its stakeholders. Importantly, he made some tough calls on preserving the company’s south-Indian family business ethos while absorbing global best practicesread more
Rahul Singh, founder of The Beer Café and former executive director of Reebok India, has set out on his entrepreneurial journey with a clear vision: To build the Café Coffee Day of India’s beer market. In May 2013, he raised US $4.5 million from Mayfield Fund to begin the first phase of his grand planread more
Vishal Gondal learnt a thing or two about consumer behavior and addiction through his gaming venture IndiaGames. Now, with GoQii, a new venture in the wearable technology for fitness space, he wants to get his consumers to walk more, eat healthy and even, give back to the society. And he knows it’s not going to be easyread more
Venkat Aravamudan, founder-CEO, SmartMegh, has spent over two decades in the IT Services industry at organizations like Satyam and HCL Technologies. Now, in his entrepreneurial avatar, he wants to piggyback on the demand for cloud computing. His key strategy: identify the right set of partners who sell complimentary software products on the cloud and become the sales and implementation partner for them.read more
Hari Nair, founder of HolidayIQ, was a management consultant at KPMG India and Feedback Ventures, prior to entering the consumer Internet space. Though it took a while to find its feet, today, HolidayIQ is gearing up to scale up its traffic rapidly and in the process generate more revenue through lead generation. The Accel Partners and Tiger Global-funded venture is targeting 10 million reviews from users in the next three yearsread more
At FusionCharts, a company that helps visualise data better, there’s always a buzz about what’s next. It is this constant product release churn, based on customer input, which has helped the company grow to a top-line of Rs. 47 crore in the last fiscalread more
Every day, we come across circumstances where we think, maybe if there were a simple product or a service to address this problem, life would be much easier. For instance, how can a small vendor build an online presence very quickly? Who would you turn to if you need an urgent peon service? Or, as a layman how can you build a prototype for your innovation?read more
Kiran Kothekar, the founding director of Vector Consulting Group and a recognised global expert in Theory of Constraints, shares the varied strategies that brands can adopt to avoid being caught between ecommerce and traditional retailers, while addressing the needs of customers both on-ground and onlineread more
Voice Snap, a company that specialises in asynchronous voice-based technology solutions, aims to add value across enterprise customers by seamlessly fitting into their business process. It aims to achieve an annual turnover of Rs. 25 crore to Rs. 30 crore within the next three yearsread more
Employees and the business outcomes they generateread more
The author highlights why companies must move from risk management to resilience thinkingread more
Certain ingredients that will work in their favour is to provide employees with enough freedom and empowerment to take decisions, make them approachable and ensure that organisation’s values and culture is a part of their DNAread more
Ajai Chowdhry, one of the six co-founders of HCL and a Padma Bhushan awardee, recommends that we build an Indian entrepreneurship ecosystem that is more holistic in nature. While we are witnessing several innovative ideas, most of them are in the e-commerce and technology sphere. There is a need to innovate in order to create newer avenues for entrepreneurship. Early-stage investments and investors such as angel investors, venture and seed funds need to be recognised and promoted through development of appropriate measures and incentivesread more
The story of a serial entrepreneur
The drive to go through the hardship of starting up multiple times is one key reason why Krishnan Ganesh, founder and CEO of TutorVista, is a four-time entrepreneur. He shares with...
The Wise Leader
Narayanan Vaghul, former chairman, ICICI Bank, draws ideas from American Generals during World War II, the life of Mahatma Gandhi and even Sachin Tendulkar’s cricketing career to...
How A.R.Rahman has almost perfected the art, or should one say the business of continuously re-inventing himself...
How you can own a slice of India’s next billion-dollar startup?
An inside peek into Mumbai Angels, one of India’s first angel investing clubs, and several reasons why angel investing can be exciting and rewarding...
Plan A to Plan B and beyond
An entrepreneur’s move from Plan A to Plan B must be ‘process-oriented’, says John Mullins, professor of management practice at London Business School and co-author of ‘Get...
Inventor. Entrepreneur. Investor.
Vinod Dham, who is acknowledged as ‘Father of the Intel Pentium’ and currently founding-managing director at Indo U.S. Venture Partners, has constantly reinvented himself to st...
The People Man
Infosys’ Mohandas Pai is a man on a mission. His biggest challenge today: meeting the aspirations of 1,30,000 Infoscions...
It’s not a myth; it’s a belief
Devdutt Pattanaik shares his experience as the chief belief officer of Future Group and how his understanding of India has helped shape his career and the ethos of Future Group...
The business of quick service restaurants
For an Indian QSR, the best way to approach a business is to make smart choices - on menu, format, location and process. And for those who have managed to build a strong foundation...
Sanjeev Bikhchandani’s search for a Naukri
Info Edge’s executive vice-chairman, Sanjeev Bikhchandani, launched his first Internet portal, Naukri.com, in 1997 when India had only 14,000 Internet users. Today, he is churnin...