May, 25, 2017
The List
07 Apr
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Let me admit, I am a huge fan of Lists. I use them for fun, for learning, for improving productivity and, even, for procrastinating stuff.

Is Entrepreneurship Hard?
25 Oct
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I am writing this note one day after the 2nd edition of The Smart CEO-Startup50 Conference & Awards, which turned out to be a wonderful event with over 200 founders of India’s Top 50 startups attending the awards night at Taj West End, in Bengaluru. Not to forget the Conference preceding it, which had a line-up of some very successful entrepreneurs and investors from across the country, sharing valuable lessons on building a business for the long term.

This Idea Called Impact
08 Sep
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I first got a glimpse of Roopa Kudva’s professional journey when we did a cover story with N. Vaghul, the former chairman of ICICI Bank, in early 2012. The bank was one of the founding organisations of CRISIL, then a focussed rating agency, which worked towards the cause of building a better landscape for credit and financial services in the country. Kudva, the subject of our cover story this month, has spent over 23 years at CRISIL, seven of these as its CEO.

Our vision for ‘Brand Startup50’
29 Jul
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When we initially conceptualized The Smart CEO-Startup50 Awards in January 2015, we designed it carefully, keeping in mind our need to differentiate ourselves from the numerous award properties run by other media companies.

Our foray into Content Marketing
13 May
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As we roll out the May edition of The Smart CEO, I’d like to share some exciting news about our new endeavor; a foray into offering content marketing solutions for clients in the India and U.S.

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