September, 20, 2017

Inside the July Issue

4Tigo Network, Kent RO, Theobroma, Live your Passion Series, The CHRO and more… Welcome to the July 25th issue of The Smart CEO.

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In conversation with Padmaja Ruparel, President, Indian Angel Network

Earlier this year, the Indian Angel Network, or IAN, announced it was looking to build a corpus of Rs. 350 crore. The idea was to invest Rs. 50 lakh to Rs. 30 crore in companies that are somewhere in-between raising seed capital and a series-A funding round. In an interview with The Smart CEO, IAN president Padmaja Ruparel spoke about the most important element for her in a potential investee company, IAN taking the co-investment route for this fund, and, we had to include, the learnings from Stayzilla saga. Edited excerpts.

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In conversation with Bantwal Ramesh Baliga, CEO, Watertec (India) Pvt. Limited

In this month’s Hidden Gems Series, we feature the growth story of Coimbatore-based Watertec (India) and the company’s vision and strategy to become a leading player in the polymer-based bath fittings and accessories segment in the country

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Hungry for more

Over the next 18 months, Mumbai-based patisserie Theobroma, aims to grow its store network from 16 to 28 and also grow its gifting vertical

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“The more I pursue my passion, the more energy I get to focus on work”

A tete-e-tete with Prashant Mehta, a passionate cyclist and a half iron man, and partner with Lightbox Venture Capital on his personal and professional journey and how the two complement each other, making him more efficient, energetic and a positive person overall.

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The Smart CEO Questionnaire: Ashok Khanna, Founder, Ananda Spa, perhaps, India’s best holistic wellness destination

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 a leader does in week-one of launching a new venture; or, a question he/she asks in all hiring interviews; Or, even, how the leader tackled a really difficult challenge.

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How Ceat Tyres is building a culture of outperformance

Milind Apte, Senior Vice President, HR at Ceat Tyres and a former professional Badminton player, talks about the lessons he learnt in his professional journey of 22 years, Ceat’s HR policies, its evolution and how it is encouraging a culture of outperformance.

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In conversation with Mr. Joyjeet Bose, Regional Operations Head for South, Tata Docomo Business Services

Mr. Joyjeet Bose, a veteran of over two decades in the telecom industry, chats with Team Smart CEO on digital transformation in SMEs, the role of technology as a catalyst and opportunities for Tata Docomo Business Services in India’s SME landscape.

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Betting on Software-Defined Networking

While today’s ever-growing computing and storage requirements are met by migrating to the cloud, customers find their network becoming a bottleneck, defeating the very purpose of migrating. Lavelle Networks aims to address this through its software defined networking (SDN) platform that enables a diverse array of WAN features, designed for optimal control and efficiency of the WAN.

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“To attract women into this industry, it is imperative to educate them of the opportunities available and what this industry has to offer.”

Manju Dhawan, co-founder, New Delhi-based Ecom Express, who was recently recognised as the ‘Woman Supply Chain Icon of the Year’ talks about her journey in the logistics industry…

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The Desi Donut Brand

Chandigarh-based Ketan Kalra explored his passion for food-entrepreneurship, which led him to launch Super Donuts, a retail venture that sells donuts with a deeply researched Indian twist. Today, his five stores in Chandigarh sell 154 different products, and he’s now gearing to enter other cities. And, I must add, he sells a butter chicken donut!

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Truck Load of Technology

Nandan Nilekani and Accel Partners-backed logistics venture, 4TiGO Network, is bringing together various stakeholders of the goods transportation industry into a common technology platform. Its primary weapon: to unclog bottlenecks across the value chain using technology and partnerships.

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ELGi Equipments eyes No. 2 spot

This Coimbatore-based company believes there is anopportunity to become the No. 2 player globally in air compressors and is currently lining up its strategy to get there.

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What next at TTK Prestige…

Chennai-based TTK Prestige, a leading brand in the kitchen appliances segment, is now gearing up to diversify and has recently launched a range of branded, home cleaning products. This and several other roll outs are in line with its strategy to touch Rs. 5000 crore in annual revenue, in due course.

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How Mahesh Gupta maneuvered the rise of Brand Kent RO

It took Gupta over seven years from launch to build up a new category – UV-based water purifiers – and establish Kent RO as a reliable brand in this segment. But, once the initial push came, the company has stayed ahead of the curve with unique features to become the market leader in the segment. Now, of course, its expanding the Kent brand to new kitchen gadgets and it feels like deja vu yet again.

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“Land acquisition is a major challenge for any real estate player”

Operating in the industrial warehousing space, Embassy Industrial Parks is a joint venture between the Embassy Group and Warburg Pincus. It’s CEO, Anshul Singhal, talks about the market for industrial warehousing, the challenges they are facing and future plans of the organisation.

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“Everyone was looking for a solution to give back to their Alma Maters.”

But, they didn’t know how, as it is not as organised in India as it is in the U.S. In this interview, Vikram Gupta talks about his journey at IvyCap Ventures, an Alumni trust-backed fund, and the venture’s unique 5 per cent give back option to the educational institutions that backed them.

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