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August, 2011

The original funny guy

Sep 01, 2011

He’s outspoken. His sense of humour has reached almost every home in India. He’s often quoted in newspapers and on television channels on just about anything – from the way Bollywood works to the resilience of Mumbai city.

The non-entrepreneur

Sep 01, 2011

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Ad filmmaker Prahlad Kakkar insists that he’s not an entrepreneur. He claims, instead, that his life and businesses revolve around pursuing his hobbies. Thanks to this approach, today, besides being an ad filmmaker, he’s a restaurateur, cigar brand owner and promoter of a scuba diving institute, all rolled into one.

Boom Boom Roboda...

Sep 01, 2011

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Gridbots’ three-pronged approach of ‘create the product, create the need and create the resources’ will enable it to meet the untapped market potential of robotics

Engraving memories

Sep 01, 2011

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In the space of personalised gifts, Engrave.in looks to introduce newer surfaces such as laptop cases and cigar boxes onto which pictures can be engraved

Safety in numbers

Sep 01, 2011

Svasti Microfinance currently lends to groups of five women in Mumbai slums, thus helping multiple households even while safeguarding its investments

Revving up the engine

Sep 01, 2011

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With its focus on high-technology service, Carz is looking to bring the car repair services industry in India on par with its international counterparts

An eye on growth

Sep 01, 2011

Over the last decade, Vasan Healthcare has become the largest standalone eye care player, globally. As the company targets a turnover of Rs. 1,000 crore this fiscal, it plans to consolidate its presence in north India and venture into newer verticals to keep its stronghold

A Landmark decision

Sep 01, 2011

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During our interactions with seasoned entrepreneurs, very often, we gather information in the form of interesting ‘tit bits’ on a plethora of subjects and find it hard to share as part of a regular story. Nevertheless, the information is very valuable and hence, we decided to share it with our readers through this section titled ‘Startup School’. Our idea is to approach an entrepreneur who has been successful in the creation and sustenance of a business idea and discuss a particular subject at length – basically, put together every tit bit there is..

ENTERING A NEW CYCLE

Sep 01, 2011

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2011 has seen Attero Recycling launch its first individual consumer initiative in the form of its mobile-take back service. The year will also see the e-waste recycler launch a smaller second plant in Bengaluru that is capable of handling recycling requirements from SEZs

Inked online

Sep 01, 2011

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Kashyap Dalal, co-founder, Inkfruit, talks of pioneering a brand based on the concept of co-creation with India’s promising design talent

In the spotlight

Sep 01, 2011

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In business as with films, a mass acceptance of the genre helps a niche product go mainstream

On an IPO High

Sep 01, 2011

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Rajesh Ghonasgi, chief financial officer at Persistent Systems Ltd., is known for having a winning edge in raising capital and capital restructuring. He successfully spearheaded the company’s IPO process and considers that an outstanding moment in his career

A reverse career move

Sep 01, 2011

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In a world where successful entrepreneurs often become venture capital investors (VCs), it is relatively rare to witness someone transform himself from a VC to an entrepreneur. In our conversation with Manoj Gupta, founder of Craftsvilla.com, an e-commerce portal selling handcrafted products, we at The Smart CEO try to understand his thought process behind making this career move.

Where does the line lie?

Sep 01, 2011

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In the future, one can expect below-the-line marketing spends to increase dramatically as direct activation allows brands to measure effectiveness and garner feedback, both of which traditional media is near incapable of providing