Farming the right idea
Though an agricultural economy, Indian harvesting and post harvesting technology is quite outdated. Aspada Investments-backed LEAF aims to correct this while simultaneously benefiting the farmers and the consumers
"Businesses don’t go anywhere, people do"
Mindtree’s Subroto Bagchi urges entrepreneurs to think of their journey as a process of continuously creating infrastructure – physical, intellectual and emotional. He specifically emphasises on the importance of scaling up one’s team simply because businesses don’t go anywhere, people do
The “Anchor” Factor
In our January 2013 edition, we published a 101-point checklist titled ‘Entrepreneurship 101 – a definitive checklist for decision-makers at startups. In this edition’s Entrepreneurship 101 Series we dig deep into point #63 – Getting an anchor in the early phase
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 ‘Getting to Plan B: Breaking Through to a Better Business Model’. In this interview with The Smart CEO, Mullins shares his ideas on how to make Plan B work and work well for an entrepreneur.
Snapdeal’s Plan D
When Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal were ready to take the entrepreneurial plunge, they never thought about building an Internet business. They just wanted to pioneer discount couponing in India
MapmyIndia’s Third Right Turn
Rakesh and Rashmi Verma founded MapmyIndia in the early 90s. They made money by servicing corporate customers with Indian mapping data. Then, the founders’ son, Rohan Verma, built tremendous scale by monetising the mapping data his parents collected over fifteen years. Today, the company’s products include MapmyIndia.com, a GPS Navigator and the newly launched CarPad
Transition at Myntra
Mukesh Bansal, founder and CEO, Myntra, wanted to move away from a niche space into a market that was mainstream and large
Subramani Ramachandrappa, founder and managing director, Richcore Lifesciences, wants to create industrial enzymes through structured research and development
The thinking behind ThinkLabs
Gagan Goyal, founder and chief-executive officer, ThinkLabs, is working towards making hands-on education in schools and colleges a reality
The CarWale ride
Mohit Dubey, founder, CarWale, conducted multiple experiments around car sales before identifying a model that worked
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
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 ...
In coffee, we trust
Tata Starbucks is the coming together of two iconic brands. 34-year-old Avani Saglani Davda, the company’s CEO, explains to us why her game plan for Starbucks in India is to “g...
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
The AirAsia India boss discusses his interview experience with Tony Fernandes, his firm-and-fair management style and why it is crucial to be a serial innovator to win in the aviat...
Where ownership and management are different
Dr. Ranjan Pai, Managing Director, Manipal Education and Medical Group, has led the professionalisation of the Group by consciously empowering his senior managers, seeding several ...
Building a Happy Company
Ashok Soota-led Happiest Minds Technologies has woven happiness into its business process. Find out how you can do it too....
Narayana Health’s ten-year plan
Narayana Health’s Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty wants to rewrite India’s healthcare story. His personal mantra: it is pointless talking about all the advancements in healthcare if peo...
Creative Dialogue on Scaling Up
Cognizant’s Lakshmi Narayanan indulges in a creative, freewheeling chat with L. Kannan and Vijay Babu of Vortex Engineering, a solar-ATM manufacturer....
"Businesses don’t go anywhere, people do"
Mindtree’s Subroto Bagchi urges entrepreneurs to think of their journey as a process of continuously creating infrastructure – physical, intellectual and emotional. He specific...