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July 2017

Inside the July Issue

Jul 26, 2017

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4Tigo Network, Kent RO, Theobroma, Live your Passion Series, The CHRO and more…

Welcome to the July 25th issue of The Smart CEO.

As always, we present to you a collection of interviews with some of India’s most exciting…  

“The more I pursue my passion, the more energy I get to focus on work”

Jul 26, 2017

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A tete-e-tete with Prashant Mehta, a passionate cyclist and a half iron man, and partner with Lightbox Venture Capital on his personal and professional journey and how the two complement each other, making him more efficient, energetic and…  

“Everyone was looking for a solution to give back to their Alma Maters.”

Jul 26, 2017

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But, they didn’t know how, as it is not as organised in India as it is in the U.S.  In this interview, Vikram Gupta talks about his journey at IvyCap Ventures, an Alumni trust-backed fund,  and the…  

The Smart CEO Questionnaire: Ashok Khanna, Founder, Ananda Spa, perhaps, India’s best holistic wellness destination

Jul 26, 2017

The Smart CEO Questionnaire is a series of questions aimed at helping our readers understand the thought process of an entrepreneur or CEO, their areas of passion and the finer nuances of his or her management style. For example, we…  

In conversation with Bantwal Ramesh Baliga, CEO, Watertec (India) Pvt. Limited

Jul 27, 2017

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In this month’s Hidden Gems Series, we feature the growth story of Coimbatore-based Watertec (India) and the company’s vision and strategy to become a leading player in the polymer-based bath fittings and accessories segment in the…  

In conversation with Mr. Joyjeet Bose, Regional Operations Head for South, Tata Docomo Business Services

Jul 27, 2017

Mr. Joyjeet Bose, a veteran of over two decades in the telecom industry, chats with Team Smart CEO on digital transformation in SMEs, the role of technology as a catalyst and opportunities for Tata Docomo Business Services in India’s…  

How Ceat Tyres is building a culture of outperformance

Jul 27, 2017

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Milind Apte, Senior Vice President, HR at Ceat Tyres and a former professional Badminton player, talks about the lessons he learnt in his professional journey of 22 years, Ceat’s HR policies, its evolution and how it is encouraging a…  

Truck Load of Technology

Jul 27, 2017

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Nandan Nilekani and Accel Partners-backed logistics venture, 4TiGO Network, is bringing together various stakeholders of the goods transportation industry into a common technology platform. Its primary weapon: to unclog bottlenecks across the value chain using technology and partnerships.  

Founded…  

Betting on Software-Defined Networking

Jul 27, 2017

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While today’s ever-growing computing and storage requirements are met by migrating to the cloud, customers find their network becoming a bottleneck, defeating the very purpose of migrating. Lavelle Networks aims to address this through its software defined networking…  

The Desi Donut Brand

Jul 27, 2017

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Chandigarh-based Ketan Kalra explored his passion for food-entrepreneurship, which led him to launch Super Donuts, a retail venture that sells donuts with a deeply researched Indian twist. Today, his five stores in Chandigarh sell 154 different products, and…  

Hungry for more

Jul 27, 2017

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Over the next 18 months, Mumbai-based patisserie Theobroma, aims to grow its store network from 16 to 28 and also grow its gifting vertical

I vividly remember my first experience at Mumbai’s Theobroma; as I bit into a…  

“Land acquisition is a major challenge for any real estate player”

Jul 27, 2017

Operating in the industrial warehousing space, Embassy Industrial Parks is a joint venture between the Embassy Group and Warburg Pincus. It’s CEO, Anshul Singhal, talks about the market for industrial warehousing, the challenges they are facing and future plans…  

How Mahesh Gupta maneuvered the rise of Brand Kent RO

Jul 27, 2017

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It took Gupta over seven years from launch to build up a new category – UV-based water purifiers – and establish Kent RO as a reliable brand in this segment. But, once the initial push came, the company has stayed ahead…  

What next at TTK Prestige…

Jul 27, 2017

Chennai-based TTK Prestige, a leading brand in the kitchen appliances segment, is now gearing up to diversify and has recently launched a range of branded, home cleaning products. This and several other roll outs are in line with its…  

ELGi Equipments eyes No. 2 spot

Jul 27, 2017

This Coimbatore-based company believes there is anopportunity to become the No. 2 player globally in air compressors and is currently lining up its strategy to get there.

A recent report by an analyst stated that the air compressors market…  

“To attract women into this industry, it is imperative to educate them of the opportunities available and what this industry has to offer.”

Jul 27, 2017

Manju Dhawan, co-founder, New Delhi-based Ecom Express, who was recently recognised as the ‘Woman Supply Chain Icon of the Year’ talks about her journey in the logistics industry… 

Manju Dhawan, co-founder, New Delhi-based Ecom Express, an…  

In conversation with Padmaja Ruparel, President, Indian Angel Network

Jul 27, 2017

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Earlier this year, the Indian Angel Network, or IAN, announced it was looking to build a corpus of Rs. 350 crore. The idea was to invest Rs. 50 lakh to Rs. 30 crore in companies that are somewhere in-between…  

Enterprise Tech

Incedo Launches ‘IoT NXT’ Integrated IoT Services for Enterprise Users

Aug 23, 2017

Bangalore, India — Aug 22, 2017— Incedo, a Bay area technology services firm specializing in data management, product engineering and emerging technologies, today announced the launch of IoT NXT, a rich portfolio of services that help clients realize tangible value and…