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.
Give us the money
A freewheeling conversation with C Venkat Subramanyam, Founder Director, Veda Corp, on how an entrepreneur should weigh his different options during the fund raising process
The early bird in the Indian venture capital story
Sarath Naru, managing partner at Ventureast, one of India’s oldest venture capital (VC) firms, has pioneered several firsts in the Indian VC industry. His latest bet: India’s first micro-equity fund to provide equity-like financing to small neighbourhood businesses
“Education, wireless and Internet are some sectors I am excited about in India”
In conversation with Venetia Kontogouris, senior managing director at Trident Capital, a global venture capital and private equity firm
Education is a non-cyclical industry that provides high returns for investors, while making a social contribution
Sandeep Aneja, founder and managing director of Kaizen Management Advisors Pvt. Ltd., speaks to Poornima Kavlekar about the opportunities that lie ahead in the education sector
Dham on Silicon Valley vs. India
The venture capital (VC) based Indian startup ecosystem is still its nascent stages. A bulk of the VC activity in India really began in 2005-06 with the establishment of VC firms who setup offices in Mumbai and Bengaluru with a significant amount of capital.
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 stay on top of the global technology industry
An early stage investor, Aavishkaar believes in funding ventures that operate in rural India, enabling 70 per cent of India to participate in economic growth
Are investors interested in backing student entrepreneurs?
What investors pay attention to is the value an entrepreneur can bring to the table. In India, student entrepreneurs are only now learning this nuance
Angels give you wings
Mumbai Angels is among the few angel investment networks across India that recognise and support great business ideas through early stage investments. Founded in November, 2006, Mumbai Angels began with just 10 investors, including the founders and one investee company in its portfolio. Three years on, the numbers have grown to over 85 and 17, respectively. The network has investors that have supported entrepreneurs across the sectors of information technology, telecommunications, retail, biotechnology, media and entertainment amongst others.
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...