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. The banker, who views […]
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
Chandu Nair, co-founder, Scope E-knowledge Center, discusses his experiences in two areas: making changes to a business model and exiting a business
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 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
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
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.