CONFERENCE AND AWARDS
Bangalore OCT 13
2017

This Suffix Called ‘Tech’

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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. The banker, who views […]

The Smart CEO Startup50 Special Awards

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In addition to the Startup50 List, we requested the jury members to pick winners for the following six special awards.

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 Impact Investor

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Jayant Sinha and Omidyar Network are slowly but surely building a venture capital model to solve large-scale social problems

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.

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