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ENTREPRENEURIAL STORIES Links to stories of entrepreneurs from the popular book “Stay Hungry Stay Foolish”, published by CIE

-IIMA and funded by Wadhwani Foundation.

The book of job Sanjeev is India's most successful internet entrepreneur. For close to a decade he struggled on the sidelines but never gave up on his Big Idea. In 2006, naukri.com became the first dotcom to IPO on an Indian stock exchange

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The book of Rock with IT Despite a regular middle class upbringing, Shantanu went into business while doing his B.Com. The entrepreneurial streak continued after the MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. His company Educomp is today the leading provider of digital content for schools across India.

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The Cat with Nine Lives Vinayak quit his job at Pond's because he didn't see the point of selling soap for the rest of his life. Originally set up as a market research company, over the years, Feedback Ventures morphed into India's leading infrastructure advisory and engineering firm.

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Chender decided to carve out his own niche.000 crore company.Software Cowboys In the early '80s." His second venture Shree Renuka Sugars is today a Rs 1. Contributor : IIM A | Stories | 10 Mar 2009 > Download At your Service His family owns Baljee's. Contributor : IIM A | Stories | 10 Mar 2009 > Download © NEN Page 2 of 7 . Subramanian famously rebuffed offers from Reliance Retail as he believes the best is 'yet to come'. Mastek was the first company to focus on India as a market and is today one of the top 15 IT companies in the country. and has changed the lives of hundreds of sugarcane farmers. Yet as a young management graduate. Simla's most famous hotel. Contributor: IIM A | Stories | 10 Mar 2009 > Download Giver of All Good Things He quit his job at Citibank 15 days after joining. feeling restless to do something 'more'. Contributor: IIM A | Stories | 10 Mar 2009 > Download Sweet Success He shut down the first company he started after graduating because a Rs 5 crore turnover was not "large enough. That something is today India's largest grocery chain Subhiksha. It took him 35 years but today Royal Orchid is a Rs 150 crore hospitality business. Ashank Desai set up Mastek along with a couple of friends. much before IT was a buzzword.

He represents a new generation of young MBAs who are giving up seven figure salaries for the kick of being an entrepreneur. Contributor : IIM A | Stories | 10 Mar 2009 > Download Yeh hai yungistan meri jaan In 2004. From a hard nosed businessman to an educational entrepreneur. Makemytrip. But he persevered with his dream of excellence in engineering and today. Sunil Handa has inspired countless students to become entrepreneurs. his is a fascinating journey. Vardan Kabra turned his back on an offer by multinational P&G to pursue his dream of starting Fountainhead School. Contributor: IIM A | Stories | 10 Mar 2009 > Download The Alchemist As the force behind the LEM (Leadership and Entrepreneurial Motivation) course at IIMA.Such a long Journey In the 1970s it took Madan seven years to get government approval for a foreign collaboration.com is today India's leading travel portal. But with the dotcom bust he had to invest his life savings and buy back his own company. Contributor : IIM A | Stories | 10 Mar 2009 > Download © NEN Page 3 of 7 . Tega Industries is the world's third largest company designing solutions in the field of mining equipment. Contributor : IIM A | Stories | 10 Mar 2009 > Download Tripping Along Deep went into business the way every entrepreneur dreams it will happen: a venture capitalist offered him $2 million to start up.

But it wasn't a straight path to success . Vikram Talwar could have spent the rest of his years playing golf. His gamble paid off and today India Infoline is one of the country's biggest online trading platforms. he now dreams of making Orchid India's first $1 billion pharma company. Contributor : IIM A | Stories | 10 Mar 2009 > Download Its Never too Late After a long and distinguished career with Bank of America.Bloom & grow In a world dominated by the likes of J P Morgan and Merrill Lynch. > Contributor: IIM A | Stories | 10 Mar 2009 Download Drug Baron Raghavendra Rao has built up a $300 million dollar pharma company in 13 short years. Contributor : IIM A | Stories | 10 Mar 2009 > Download Its all about the Honey Nirmal shut down his information services business in 1999 and put all his eggs in the internet basket. Rashesh Shah set up a large and successful homegrown investment bank in a single decade.there were many bumps and detours. The son of a working class Railways employee. Instead he chose to set up a company which today is one of India's largest BPOs. Contributor : IIM A | Stories | 10 Mar 2009 > Download © NEN Page 4 of 7 .

The Banker who Blinked A career Citibanker. But Shankar and his team used that failure to get it right the second time with 'Marketics'. Contributor: IIM A | Stories | 10 Mar 2009 > Download © NEN Page 5 of 7 . Contributor: IIM A | Stories | 10 Mar 2009 > Download Million Dollar Seamstress Ruby turned her hobby of designing clothes into a flourishing business. > Contributor : IIM A | Stories | 10 Mar 2009 Download For Love not Money He entered entrepreneurship by accident and his first venture folded up. After a string of interesting jobs he set up one of India's first private colleges with a foreign tie up (Wigan and Leigh) and is now pioneering clinical research education in India. He built up a large and profitable company (Mphasis) but recently sold out to EDS because business is about passion as well as knowing when to let go. Her company Precious Formals is one of the leading suppliers of prom dresses in America. an analytics company which recently sold out to WNS for an estimated $65 million. Contributor : IIM A | Stories | 10 Mar 2009 > Download Itch bin ein entrepreneur Shivraman is someone who is always looking for the Next Big Thing. Jaitirth (Jerry) Rao was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug in his late 40s.

a television channel and as principal of a school. to promote the culture of 'giving' in India. His own battle with weight prompted the idea of the business! Contributor : IIM A | Stories | 10 Mar 2009 > Download The Art of Giving He's worked with a newspaper. He believes 'small is beautiful' because in the quest for size and scale you lose out on the joy of creation. > Contributor: IIM A | Stories | 10 Mar 2009 Download Small is Beautiful After two decades in advertising Anand set up a brand consultancy called chlorophyll. India's first professional. a financial information management service. Venkat then launched GiveIndia.Order of the Phoenix Deepta worked with American Express and CRISIL before starting IRIS. He is an entrepreneur but his mission is one with a difference. Contributor: IIM A | Stories | 10 Mar 2009 > Download Health is wealth Cyrus quit his private equity job in Singapore to launch Calorie Care. calorie-counted meal delivery service. This is an alternate model of entrepreneurship. Contributor: IIM A | Stories | 10 Mar 2009 > Download © NEN Page 6 of 7 .

He pioneered the concept of microfinance in India through an organisation called Basix which gives loans to the rural poor. Contributor: IIM A | Stories | 10 Mar 2009 > Download © NEN Page 7 of 7 . The man behind the iconic Sintex water tanks believes in constant evolution and creation of new products. Vijay has devoted his life to addressing issues of inequality and social justice but through management techniques.A Sense of Ownership He is not the owner of the company but in every other sense works like an entrepreneur. And after 34 years with one company he is still passionate about it! Contributor : IIM A | Stories | 10 Mar 2009 > Download Basic Instinct An IIT-IIM graduate.