JUNE 21 , 2020 . Chennai .
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The Collaborative Entrepreneur

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Dr. Krishna Tanuku, executive director of the Wadhwani Centre for Entrepreneurship Development at Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, discusses the role of research in Indian entrepreneurship and why he’s excited about inculcating the idea of a collaborative entrepreneur

“Entrepreneurs often fall into what I call the Abhimanyu trap; they don’t know when to get out of a business.”

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Chandu Nair, co-founder, Scope E-knowledge Center, discusses his experiences in two areas: making changes to a business model and exiting a business

“Entrepreneurs spend an enormous amount of time chasing wrong clients”

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Sreenivasan Ramakrishnan, founder of one of India’s pioneering analytics firms, Marketics, talks about establishing a process for enterprise sales, a sound delivery model and, a topic he’s extremely passionate about, working with people

The happiness factor

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The Ashok Soota-led Indian IT Services startup, Happiest Minds, wants to inculcate happiness into its business process. Raja Shanmugam, the company’s Chief People Officer, believes that having gratitude lies at the core of happiness as a concept. The Smart CEO caught up with him to dig a little deeper into how the company wants to build a happy workplace

Creative Dialogue on Scaling Up

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Cognizant Technology Solutions (Cognizant), a global IT services company has touched revenues of US $7.35 billion last fiscal, thanks to a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 30 per cent over the last six years. Vortex Engineering (Vortex), a solar ATM manufacturer is slated to touch revenues of US $7 million this fiscal, up from US $2 million last year. We thought it would be a good idea to get the senior management team at Vortex to indulge in a dialogue with Cognizant’s Vice Chairman, Lakshmi Narayanan, to get a tip or two to manage their company in the scaling up phase

The 137-year-old startup

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Ashish Kumar Chauhan, Managing Director and CEO, BSE Ltd., wants to reinvent Asia’s oldest stock exchange. He is focusing on five key aspects – product mix, distribution, process, people and technology – with the mindset of building a startup all over again

Why leaders have to be followers?

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I recently read Barbara Kellerman’s book The End of Leadership. Kellerman, a professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, confidently argues that the balance of power between leaders and followers has shifted – with leaders becoming weaker and followers stronger.

The Wise Leader

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Narayanan Vaghul, former chairman, ICICI Bank, draws ideas from American Generals during World War II, the life of Mahatma Gandhi and even Sachin Tendulkar’s cricketing career to explain, in simple terms, the finer nuances of becoming a successful business leader

Where there’s traction, Money will follow

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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 entrepreneur, less investor. And the two of them understand the key fundamental of running a consumer Internet business, bring in the users first, the money will follow soon after