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July, 2012

Bored of your corner office? It is time to startup

Jul 01, 2012

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And that’s just what several top management professionals in India are choosing to do in their work lives. CTOs, COOs and CEOs alike are leaving behind their managerial positions at top-notch companies to fuel their passions of starting an enterprise. The Smart CEO spoke to seven such senior executives, whose careers have come a full circle as they are now poised to take charge, all over again

Getting rid of intellectual baggage

Jul 01, 2012

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Ravi Kiran, former CEO-South East and South Asia, Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG) and Shravan Shroff, Director of family-run multiplex operator Fame India, have teamed up to launch Venture Nursery, an accelerator for startups. Kiran says about starting up: “There is so much I don’t know, I am really excited.”

The buck stops with you

Jul 01, 2012

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Once you turn entrepreneur, you cannot give in and call it quits, says Gurdip Singh Anand, founder of Universal Business School. With this spirit, the founding duo of Gurdip and Tarundeep Singh Anand have made it their business to impart the knowledge they have gained in their years as working professionals

Sighting social change

Jul 01, 2012

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Driven by the poor state of eye care facilities in India, Rajat Goel gave up his 16-year career to start Eye-Q. What he gained was the freedom to execute his long standing vision of affecting social change

A career makeover

Jul 01, 2012

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Having spent nearly two decades in growing health and wellness businesses in India, Rahul Bhalchandra knows the importance of listening to the customer. By building his business design based on customer insight, Bhalchandra has ensured that his own brand, YLG Salon & Spa, stands out in a competitive category

A credible beginning

Jul 01, 2012

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Varun Singh, former CTO of Web18 and founder of ScaleArc, a database infrastructure software maker, suggests that attracting talent is a lot easier if you become an entrepreneur after holding senior management roles

Prepaid with a twist

Jul 01, 2012

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Zaggle, a startup founded by eYantra’s Phani Raj, is bringing in an interesting angle to prepaid gifting cards

A solution for public hygiene

Jul 01, 2012

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Rajeev Kher’s startup company, Saraplast, is focused on delivering products that solve the public hygiene problem in India

Tweet-a-wrap

Jul 01, 2012

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The love for Kolkata street food pushed two engineering-management professionals to start Pune-based Faaso’s. Backed by Sequoia Capital, it plans to have a total of 70 outlets in Pune and Mumbai by end of this year

The professional dhobis

Jul 01, 2012

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By plugging the gap between a dhobi and a high-end dry cleaning service, Village Laundry Services wants to demonstrate that wet cleaning can be outsourced and thereby, capitalise on the middle market

The next zing thing

Jul 01, 2012

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Gurgaon-based Hector Beverages, the parent company behind the energy drink brand Tzinga, wants to make functional beverages for the developed world. The company’s first masterstroke: its affordable pricing strategy delivered through innovative packaging

Quick, quikr, quickest

Jul 01, 2012

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A leading player in the online horizontal classifieds space, Quikr plans to continue to market aggressively as it hopes to increase its footprint over more cities and cover more categories

The value game

Jul 01, 2012

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In a span of three years, Mumbai-based Enaltec Labs has grown from a turnover of Rs. 8.5 crore to Rs. 61.4 crore in FY 2012 by focusing on small volume, high value products. Going forward, the company plans to launch new products and enter new markets, as part of its plans of reaching revenues of Rs. 400 crore by 2016

A helping hand for Cancer patients

Jul 01, 2012

Chennai-based Perfint Healthcare has added MAXIO, a robotic system for CT Guided tumour ablation, to its portfolio. With this, it aims to make interventional oncology simpler and more predictable

Blow cold, blow hot

Jul 01, 2012

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Dhama Innovations’ current focus is to introduce its heat transport mechanism via products that impact the common man on a
day-to-day basis

My next goal: Leading a successful IPO

Jul 01, 2012

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T.G. Ramesh has made several transitions in his career. After being an entrepreneur in the IT industry and then starting up a wildlife resort that he sold to Café Coffee Day, Ramesh is now gearing up for his next assignment at the helm of mid-size IT services firm, CSS Corp

A flavour of india

Jul 01, 2012

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Sven Hoffmeyer, general manager of Park Hyatt Hyderabad, shares with us his experiences at Park Hyatt and what it means to be a part of the hospitality industry in India

The dynamics of B2B marketing

Jul 01, 2012

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Jessie Paul, managing director and founder of Paul Writer, a B2B marketing services firm, talks about the lesser known aspects of the business-to-business segment