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than Rs 1,250 crore All the family started with was a local radio brand. But the young Mulchandani, who looks more a silver-screen star than a hard-nosed businessman, has taught his people to think big. He has turned marketing rules in consumer electronics upside down by pioneering the trade-in concept, through which the Japanese Akai brand, manufactured and hawked by Mulchandani, bit off everyone else's marketshare. Problems with the revenue authorities and a divorce with Akai were setbacks, but he quickly recovered, and returned through a tieup with Japanese mega-brand Aiwa too.
• Name : Kalanidhi Maran Age : 37 Company : Sun TV Started in : 1993 Start-up amount : Rs 25 lakh Current turnover : Rs 400 crore Kalanidhi Maran: The son of Murasoli Maran started out from scratch with a media channel, in an era when television channels were still suspect business. Maran has shown that there is a vast electronic media market out there in the regional outbacks, and he is not finished yet. He was last heard announcing, of all things, a Bengali regional channel that he said would be at least as successful as his Malayalam venture, Surya.
Goyal has consolidated his position in five years as the successful survivor of the mid-nineties private airlines bloodbath. and using close links with the powers-that-be. .900 crore Rewriting rules in customer service. has announced plans to buy a fleet of ATR craft and flies 155 routes to 30 destinations.• Name : Naresh Goyal Age : 52 Company : Jet Airways Started in : 1993 Start-up amount : Not clear Current turnover : Around Rs 1. Jet Airways currently boasts of a fleet of more than 25 Boeings.
after brief stints with Ashok Leyland and Indian Organics. joined an Oman-based firm where he started and nurtured several businesses as disparate as pharma and hotels.• Name : Raghavendra Rao Age : 39 Company : Orchid Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Started in : 1992 Start-up amount : Rs 1. Back in India in 1992. this IIM (A) graduate. .6 crore Current turnover : Rs 350 crore In the early 80's. he set up Orchid Pharmaceuticals with his savings to make a range of cephalosporin products.
Amazon. Kar recently announced that he was pulling entirely out of hardware.• Name : Pradeep Kar Age : 43 Company : Microland Started in : 1989 Start-up amount : Rs 20 lakh Current turnover : Rs 181 crore Kar began his career in Wipro and went to Silicon Valley before returning to India to set up Microland 18 years ago. He now employs more than 900 people in a business with revenues last year of $100 million. . to concentrate on Internet services and computer education. is one of Microland's largest customers. one of the sensations on the Net. the two major growth areas in the Indian information technology industry.com. A man known to take hard decisions.
he wants to set up a global business in telecom and finance software. Powered by Chase and Oppenheimer. Rajpal is known to walk his talk .THE MAN CHASE BACKS • Suresh Rajpal left Hewlett Packard to start e-capital.SURESH RAJPAL .
there is none except Rajpal and his secretary.A scene of his lifestyle • On top of a cafeteria within the Indian Institute of Technology in south Delhi is the office of Suresh Rajpal. • It is afternoon and corporate India is hard at work. is set to leave for a game of tennis at the Gymkhana Club. Rajpal. . Christine Parker. But here. his trademark bewildered expression all over his face. president and chief executive officer. He will change into shorts inside his Mercedes on the way. eCapital Solutions.
Rajpal plans to make eCapital India's most admired software company. . get it listed at Nasdaq.150 crore). • "He has a deep and serious understanding of management and business practices." says Rajendra Pawar.“. vice-chairman and founder of NIIT. • A foot-high stack of applications is lying on Rajpal's table.• In less than five years. "Nobody in the business has as much brand equity as Rajpal does.500 software professionals on its rolls and nose a turnover of $500 million (Rs 2. have 1.
Delhi's cramped old quarter.History • A far cry from the partition days when the three-year old Rajpal. having been ousted from Quetta. lived in a one-room tenement above a sweet shop at Chandni Chowk. .
MEET JASU SHAH. one man rewrote the rules completely. but the Mumbaibased Chip has been good enough to take a large byte of the Indian computer magazine market. • And just when you thought that there was nothing new that could be done with computer magazines. NEW MEDIA BARON • It certainly isn't wired. • The Jasu Shah. the newest media-baron. .
as a business associate says: "Shah has an uncanny knack of spotting an opportunity." .• From engineering to computer magazines may be a strange switch but.
HOW 'DESH' BECAME ONE THE RICHEST INDIANS • Gururaj Desh' Deshpande doesn't think it's a big deal that Fortune magazine says he has a cool company. Nor that Wall Street has pushed up the market cap of his year old Sycamore Networks to more than $18 billion. .
• “You have to be slightly crazy to be an entrepreneur” says Deshpande .or how quickly the Sycamore stock is climbing. And the fact that he's probably become one of the richest Indians in the world after the astonishing stock performance of Sycamore. • Deshpande is too cool a customer to bother about just how wealthy he is -.• The billionaire from Karnataka is entirely down to earth.
the man who used to be director at the Hyderabad-based Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) could have his pick of jobs. .V. • After all. Rama Rao retired in April 1995.V. it wasn't like he was going to just stop working.THE MOLECULE MAKER • A. Rama Rao's firm Avra Labs has struck gold in contract research. winning deals from the global pharma giants • When A.
with an investment of Rs 1 lakh.• But this was 1995. transferring some of his assets to the company. • Rao began Avra Laboratories. when contract research was non-existent in India. he got a Rs 50-lakh loan from the State Bank of India . • Apart from this. • He also took a loan of Rs 2 crore from the Technology Development Board (TDB) under the Department of Science and Technology (DST). a pure R&D company.
a doctor of medicine and a biochemist.Rama Rao (C) & Sons .D in inorganic chemistry at Cambridge. is on the research staff. Daughter Radha. Younger son Chandra Shekhar. A.V.elder son Rama Krishna. an MBA. who's finishing his Ph.• Avra is a family affair -. is due to join the company. helps run the company.
2 crore. Mashelkar. • Says R.A. including Rs. Avra has earned Rs 10. "Avra is unique. all from multinational clients. It also has four US patents.• In four years." . Director General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) at that time said.3 crore as profit. The entire enterprise is being driven by the knowledge of one scientist. 3.
Michael Dell: The Man Behind Dell • The CEO and chairman of leading online PC retailer DELL • The entrepreneurial & leadership skills of Michael Dell were well manifested in his interests and business ventures during his school days .
the company became the first Indian firm to be listed on NASDAQ Stock Market • In 2000.Narayana Murthy and Infosys • Narayana Murthy set up India’s leading software company – Infosys • Murthy turned a small software development venture that he had set up with his friends in 1981. Infosys was poised to become a true global company . into one of the leading companies of the country • Infosys grew rapidly throughout the 1990s • He distributed the company’s profits among the employees through a stock option programme and adopted the best corporate governance practices • In 1999.
entertainment. films and other industries claimed him growth and reputation • The group is successful as it derived synergies from all its varied businesses .The Ramoji Group • The group from Andhra Pradesh became a Rs 15 billion empire under the entrepreneurship of Ramoji Rao • Ramoji Rao’s strategies to expand into the media (print & broadcast). foods.
Ekta Kapoor: The Queen of Indian Soaps • The driving force behind Balaji Telefilms Limited explored the way in which she made BTL one of the most powerful and successful companies in the field of television .
3 billion .Lijjat Papad: Women & Entrepreneurship • Sri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad (SMGULP) is the successful entrepreneurial venture set up by seven semi-literate women from a small community in rural India • In four decades it became worth Rs.
Dhirubhai Ambani and Reliance • Dhirubhai started his early career at Aden • Reliance group was started in the days of ‘licence raj’ • He grabbed every opportunity that came his way and built Reliance to a Rs. 620 billion company till the time of his death • His entrepreneurial abilities and leadership skills helped him develop the potential to turn ideas into reality .
Mumbai’s Dabhawalas’ • The Dabhawalas who provide a lunch delivery service in Mumbai have been in the Business for over 100 years • In 1998. Forbes Global magazine conducted an analysis and gave them a Six sigma rating of efficiency • Their delivery process. coding system and ability to work as a team has helped them to achieve a common goal .
Self Employed Women’s Association: Empowering Women in India • SEWA works for betterment of the women in the unorganized sector • The activities include banking. housing. child care. healthcare. legal aid etc .
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw – is now the richest woman in India • Kiran recognized the future potential of biotechnology industry when not many people in India knew about it • The entrepreneurial and leadership skills of Kiran helped her meet the challenges in terms of gathering resources when she launched her biotech start up .Biocon: Kiran Mazumdar Shaw’s Entrepreneurial Dream • Biocon India is the number one biotech company in Asia in terms of revenues and market capitalization • The woman behind Biocon.
Kerry Packer: Australia’s Richest Media Baron • Known for his deal making abilities. Packer rose to become one of the most dominant figures in the global media industry • He transformed the broadcasting and television industry in Australia .
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