June, 27, 2017
The List
07 Apr
2017
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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.

With the benefit of hindsight
07 Mar
2017
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At The Smart CEO, we’ve interviewed senior leaders from Snapdeal several times since their founding. The first time we interviewed Kunal Bahl, the brand ‘Snapdeal’ wasn’t even born. He used a run a mobile-based discount coupons business and had plans to transition it to a group buying venture, modelled on the lines of Groupon.

This Suffix Called ‘Tech’
19 Jan
2017
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Recently, I had a very interesting conversation with a veteran banker and former CEO of a bank, on India’s startup ecosystem. The topic of conversation was the ‘tech’ suffix – foodtech, mediatech, insurancetech, fintech, healthtech, etc. – that entrepreneurs, investors and, of course, the media, seem to add to various sectors.

Is Entrepreneurship Hard?
25 Oct
2016
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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
2016
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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.

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