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October, 2011

A Process for Startups

Nov 01, 2011

Our cover story this edition is based on the book ‘Getting to Plan B: Breaking Through to a Better Business Model’. The book is authored by John Mullins, Professor of management practice at London Business School and Randy Komisar, partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Plan A to Plan B and beyond

Nov 01, 2011

An entrepreneur’s move from Plan A to Plan B must be ‘process-oriented’, says John Mullins, professor of management practice at London Business School and co-author of ‘Getting to Plan B: Breaking Through to a Better Business Model’. In this interview with The Smart CEO, Mullins shares his ideas on how to make Plan B work and work well for an entrepreneur.

The CarWale ride

Nov 01, 2011

Mohit Dubey, founder, CarWale, conducted multiple experiments around car sales before identifying a model that worked

Snapdeal’s Plan D

Nov 01, 2011

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When Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal were ready to take the entrepreneurial plunge, they never thought about building an Internet business. They just wanted to pioneer discount couponing in India

MapmyIndia’s Third Right Turn

Nov 01, 2011

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Rakesh and Rashmi Verma founded MapmyIndia in the early 90s. They made money by servicing corporate customers with Indian mapping data. Then, the founders’ son, Rohan Verma, built tremendous scale by monetising the mapping data his parents collected over 15 years. Today, the company’s products include MapmyIndia.com, a GPS Navigator and the newly launched CarPad

The thinking behind ThinkLabs

Nov 01, 2011

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Gagan Goyal, founder and chief-executive officer, ThinkLabs, is working towards making hands-on education in schools and colleges a reality

Richcore’s R&D

Nov 01, 2011

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Subramani Ramachandrappa, founder and managing director, Richcore Lifesciences, wants to create industrial enzymes through structured research and development

Transition at Myntra

Nov 01, 2011

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Mukesh Bansal, founder and CEO, Myntra, wanted to move away from a niche space into a market that was mainstream and large

mChek’s progression

Nov 01, 2011

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Gautam Shiknis, CEO, mChek, is convinced mobile payments can power financial inclusion not only in India but also globally. He is taking steps to make this happen

Mantra for success

Nov 01, 2011

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With the launch of its premium and high-quality products, Milk Mantra hopes to make a significant contribution to the organised dairy sector in Odisha with its innovative packaging system and an ethical sourcing policy from its farmers

Prepping for the corporate life

Nov 01, 2011

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For TalentBridge, the goal is to enable students from smaller towns to be equipped to face interviews and build a career in the corporate world

For A Greater Cause

Nov 01, 2011

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Any profession you undertake should impact the society, believes Sridhar Rajagopalan. His venture, Educational Initiatives, not only offers schools a way to evaluate students’ understanding, but aims to change the way learning happens as well

Interpreter of rural maladies

Nov 01, 2011

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The availability of quality healthcare services in the semi-urban and rural segments of India is woefully insufficient. With affordable services, Vaatsalya Healthcare’s business model is focused on catering to the medical needs of Tier-II and Tier-III towns

Sophisticated Outsourcing

Nov 01, 2011

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Amba Research (Amba) offers round-the-clock research services to the global capital markets industry. It was ranked among the Top 3 Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) service providers in the 2010 Black Book of Outsourcing survey. Through this article, The Smart CEO aims to get a first-hand perspective of what makes the company tick

Injecting a new lease of life

Nov 01, 2011

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By focusing on developing niche generic drugs, Celon Laboratories hopes to continue leveraging technology-driven products that focuses on cancer treatment and critical care. As its targets a turnover of Rs. 140 crore this fiscal, it hopes to fortify its place and venture into newer avenues

Give us the money

Nov 01, 2011

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A freewheeling conversation with C Venkat Subramanyam, Founder Director, Veda Corp, on how an entrepreneur should weigh his different options during the fund raising process

A Matchmaker's Story

Nov 01, 2011

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Head hunter Ronesh Puri pays more attention to understanding the individual than pouring over past work experience. After all, knowing the person is knowing if he’s the man for the job

Bridging the digital divide

Nov 01, 2011

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Mobile Veda helps turn your mobile devices into a digital library while Digital Vidya specialises in digital marketing. Here are two companies that navigate the digital world effortlessly

“There is no right time to diversify – sometimes even the worst times can be opportune moments”

Nov 01, 2011

Vinamra Shastri, partner and practice leader, business advisory services, Grant Thornton India, an accountancy and advisory firm speaks about diversification strategies

Eureka Forbes enters security solutions

Nov 01, 2011

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Eurovigil was a logical extension of Eureka’s overall vision

Strategic take-off

Nov 01, 2011

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For Bird Group, all its verticals are expansions of its main travel business. It was important for it to diversify and look at business synergies amongst all its verticals