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December, 2014

A tip for 2015

Dec 01, 2014

This time last year, I wrote this article titled ‘a reading strategy for 2014’ which suggested a unique approach to choosing books (and articles), especially ones that can potentially influence your business. The strategy suggested was simple – One, focus on…  

The freshdesk story decoded

Dec 18, 2014

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Through a deep dive into the Freshdesk backstory, Girish Mathrubootham, founder and CEO of the cloud-based customer support software venture, explains to us the defining moments of what is now one of India’s fastest growing startups

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More than just a game

Dec 01, 2014

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Passion for computer technology and gaming prompted Nitish Mittersain to start a gaming company, Nazara Technologies. Today, its technology and distribution have enabled it to eye an annual revenue of close to Rs. 500 crore in the next two years

A perfect case!

Dec 01, 2014

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Kapil Hetamsaria of Velvetcase.com, which recently designed and manufactured the Indian Premier Tennis League trophy, wants to disrupt the online jewellery world through a deep focus on customer-centricity

Putting the experience in travel

Dec 01, 2014

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Seedfund-backed V Resorts aggregates private properties in emerging tourist destinations and offers an experience-based opportunity for working professionals to plan quick getaways from the metros. Currently based in New Delhi, it plans to enter Mumbai by March 2015 and later expand into Bengaluru

The innovator’s advantage

Dec 01, 2014

Innovation has become Trivitron’s key differentiator as it forges global relationships to put India on the medical technology map

An investor perspective on branding

Dec 01, 2014

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Day two of the Brand Owners’ Summit saw five notable industry experts and investors’ speak about the role of branding from an investor perspective, especially in terms of valuations

The importance of being consistent

Dec 01, 2014

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Brand building in a B2B context is not just about making noise but also about delivering beyond promises, providing solution to a customer problem, and establishing one’s identity as a reliable player

Catch-22 for start-up brand building

Dec 01, 2014

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In the initial days of starting a venture, an entrepreneur is faced with multiple dilemmas – budget needed for brand building, brand positioning, identifying the target customer, to name a few. The panel discussion on Day 1 of the Smart CEO – afaqs! Brand Owners’ Summit addressed this dilemma with four young entrepreneurs to see how they handled it in their organisations

Not a patient, but a customer

Dec 01, 2014

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Branding gave Motherhood Hospitals more visibility, a platform to scale up revenues and also attract good medical talent. Dr. Mohammed Rehan Sayeed talks about the hospital’s branding strategies

Tuning in

Dec 01, 2014

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You flip a channel, and you hear snatches of a song, an RJ spinning his spiel, or just the familiar tune of an ad jingle. But something makes you stop. For FM radio service providers, knowing what makes you stop can make or break the channel

Taking the road less cycled

Dec 01, 2014

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Rajesh Mani, Head-Marketing, TI Cycles shares a three-legged strategy that the company adopted, to bring more consumers back on the pedal. His goal? To sell cycling instead of selling cycles

Brand building to attract talent

Dec 01, 2014

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E. Balaji, president, TVS Logistics, explains to the audience at Brand Owners’ Summit, a few strategies to build a brand to attract talent

To go long; think customer, think change and think values

Dec 01, 2014

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Iconic brands are who they are for three clear reasons; they value their customers, they are first to adapt and they live by their values

Advantage kareena

Dec 01, 2014

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C K Kumaravel, founder and CEO of Natural beauty Salon, talks about the value of using brand ambassadors efficiently

Brand building through performance

Dec 01, 2014

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P N Vasudevan, managing director of Equitas Holdings, set some practices in place for the company to reach a global benchmark for fairness and transparency

Looking outward

Dec 01, 2014

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Priya Jayaraman, co-founder of Propaganda India believes that companies need to start looking outward, and build brands from a customer’s point of view

Playing monopoly

Dec 07, 2014

Google being synonymous with Internet search is just one example of brand monopolies; these are the brands that have channeled their business on consumer insight and owned the category with their solution. Increasingly, the only way to succeed, especially in hi-tech sectors, is to be a brand that is a monopoly, reckons ad guru turned investor, Mahesh Murthy

Show me the money

Dec 07, 2014

“Obsess over the customer, relentlessly adapt to changing times and maintain a maniacal focus on values,” stresses Rajiv Lochan, the managing director and CEO of Kasturi and sons, publisher of the 136-year-old brand, The Hindu, during The Brand…  

On a concrete footing

Dec 01, 2014

Anand Sundaresan, Vice Chairman & Managing Director of SCHWING Stetter talks to us about the construction equipment sector, how the company has grown amidst tough operating environments and his future plans for the company

“India is a very significant, yet very complex market”

Dec 01, 2014

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N K Ranganath, managing director, Grundfos Pumps India, aims to take the company’s revenue to Rs. 850 crore to Rs. 900 crore by 2017 through organic growth, localised production and maybe, one acquisition

“A lot of pitches from entrepreneurs Are memorable”

Dec 01, 2014

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In conversation with Rehan Yar Khan of Orios Venture Partners, a Rs. 300 crore fund focused on backing technology entrepreneurs. In this interview Khan shares with us his experience as an angel investor, his approach to building his portfolio and a glimpse into a memorable pitch he heard from the founder of Ola Cabs

The evolving role of CFO

Dec 01, 2014

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From balancing profit and loss statements, today, the finance head’s role has evolved to become a key integrator, a role critical at the strategic level

Have the bean counters taken over marketing?

Dec 01, 2014

“New Age Marketing”, “Digital Marketing”, “360 degree marketing campaigns”, “measuring ROI on marketing campaigns”

These are all buzzwords doing the rounds within the marketing ecosystem today. A cursory glance at the resumes of marketing professionals across a cross-section of…  

Where every drop matters

Dec 01, 2014

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Backed by the likes of Harvard Angels and Google’s Rajan Anandan, Karthik Naralasetty’s Socialblood aims to be a global one-stop platform for blood donation. In his own words, he wants to bring innovation into this space and change the perception that dealing with blood is not cool