Sunday, 25 November 2012


My video with Deep Kalra- an entrepreneur who focused on a whitespace and created an entire industry- an inspirational story for every entrepreneur. His key takeaway-"Figure out what makes you tick- once you do that, its so easy!"

Deep is the Founder and CEO of India's leading online travel company, Launched in India in 2005, MakeMyTrip offered the convenience of online transactions coupled with great value prices, thus revolutionizing the way Indians research and purchase travel services. Under his stewardship, MakeMyTrip is today the largest e-commerce business in the country and the largest travel company in India and listed its shares on NASDAQ in August 2010.

Deep is a member of the NASSCOM Executive Council and chairs its Internet Working Group. He also serves as a Board Member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Delhi and is an active Angel Investor in the internet space. Deep is a founding member of “I am Gurgaon” - an NGO focused on improving the quality of life in Gurgaon.Deep has been recognized by Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur of the Year - Business Transformation (2011) and was also felicitated as a 'Distinguished Alumni' of IIM-Ahmedabad in December 2011.

Prior to his entrepreneurial venture with MakeMyTrip, Deep has had corporate stints with GE Capital, AMF Bowling Inc. and ABN AMRO Bank. Deep holds an MBA (PGDM) degree from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi. His interests include swimming, yoga, quizzing, adventure sports and, of course, travelling.

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

SandipDas Maxis TelecomVisionary

My video chat with Sandip Das, the visionary telecom guru behind Aircel- " India is ready for the next data tsunami"- he talks about how underserved India is on the data highway and how he sees the future potential for data, but also recognizes the difficult transition India is making from voice to data. He also talks about the impact of Telecom on the Economy "Telecom has Done to India What Motorcars did to the US"- "Growth in Data is Asymmetric- and we can have the data equivalent of gas guzzlers- india could end up having the demand for a trillion sim cards".

Sandip Das joined Maxis Communications Berhad ("MCB") group in January 2007 and upon listing of Maxis Berhad (Malaysia), was appointed its Chief Executive Officer on 1 October 2009, and as an Executive Director of the Company on 17 September 2009.

Sandip is currently also the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director on the Board of Maxis Communications Berhad, a Director on the Board of its subsidiaries in India. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of Sri Lanka Telecom PLC, Mobitel in Sri Lanka and Bridge Mobile Pte Ltd, a strategic alliance of regional telecommunication providers. He has been listed as one of the 100 most powerful people in the telecoms industry worldwide in Global Telecoms Business for two years running in the 2011 and 2010 GTB Power100 list. In 2011, he was polled as one of the Best CEOs in Malaysia by FinanceAsia's Asia's Best Managed Companies country listings. .

Sandip has more than 33 years of work experience in the consumer durable, automobile and telecommunications industries. Prior to joining the Company, he was Deputy Managing Director and a Director on the Board of Hutchison Essar Limited (now known as Vodafone Essar Limited, India), one of India's largest mobile operators. He joined Hutchison Essar, then known as Hutchison Max Telecom, and started that company's operations in India with its paging business in 1994. Before working at Hutchison Essar Limited, he spent five years as Franchise head of Al Futtaim Motors, the Toyota franchise of the Al Futtaim Group, in Dubai, UAE, and 10 years with Indian consumer durable giant Usha International, Shriram Group, where he started as a management trainee and left as joint divisional manager. .

Sandip holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, and a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Regional Engineering College (now the National Institute of Technology), Rourkela, India. Sandip is a member of the ESOS Committee

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My video chat with Melissa, who works in the Mumbai office of FSG- a consulting company that is in the non-profit sector- founded out of Harvard Business School by Michael Porter 12 years ago with +100 staff worldwide.  She describes FSG as "half think tank, half management consulting firm"- she talks about the potential for not-for-profit enterprises and activities in India.

Before this, Melissa worked at Marketing and Planning Systems (MaPS), performing market research and analysis for Fortune 100 companies. While in business school, Melissa worked with Ashoka’s Housing for All initiative to scale affordable housing solutions across India. She has also worked with the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) to execute the first benchmarking study of trends in the venture philanthropy landscape in Europe. Melissa also brings her experience as Program Manager in FSG’s CF Insights division to her consulting role, where she focused on issues of sustainability in both consulting engagements to individual foundations as well as field-building activities.

FSG is a nonprofit consulting firm specializing in strategy, evaluation, and research. They were founded in 2000 as Foundation Strategy Group and have completed more than 400 consulting engagements with many of the world's leading corporations, nonprofit organizations, and charitable foundations.

FSG's international teams work across sectors by partnering with foundations, corporations, nonprofits, and governments in every region of the globe to develop more effective solutions to the world's most challenging social issues. Their stated goal is to help organizations and companies -- individually and collectively -- create greater and more effective social change.

They do this thro regularly published research reports, and influential articles in Harvard Business Review and Stanford Social Innovation Review. FSG is also frequently featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist, Financial Times, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, Forbes and NPR, amongst others.

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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Shreekant Javalgekar- MD& CEO-MCX

My Video Chat with Shreekant Javalgekar, the Managing Director and CEO of MCX, MultiCommodities Exchange, india's largest and the world's 6th largest commodities futures exchange- he talks about MCX and its impact on the Indian economy.

Amongst his quotes " Equity markets in india are confined to bigger cities and towns- about 500, via electronic trading that has been in place for 20 years- we,as MCX in a short span of 10 years have  3X the reach of equity markets- with 1577 towns and cities in India - we also have more brokers than the equity markets do- 2150 , and they have more terminals- 346,000 - and these terminals can be accessed thro'  multiple channels- the internet, mobile, etc" he has some wonderful stats about the economy. "Today, on a like to like basis, we are 5 times bigger than BSE+ NSE put together"... a fascinating story.

Also " We have democratized the market so smaller players can participate at a very efficient cost"- says Shreekant.

In the capacity of the MD /CEO of MCX, the first demutualised listed Exchange in India, Mr. Javalgekar steers the company and oversees all the aspects related to a listed entity including financial management, investor relations, corporate governance and developing strategies. He also represents and positions MCX as a key player in the global and domestic commodity markets.

Prior to taking up this role, Shreekant was the Director – Finance, Investor Relations and Communications of Financial Technologies (India) Limited (FTIL), responsible for overseeing the Financial Technologies Group's complete financial health, which included fund raising, accounting, treasury and fund management, budgeting, MIS, and investor relations. He was also responsible for strategic and pre-IPO placements of the FTIL group companies. He spearheaded the MCX IPO in February 2012 which received an overwhelming response from domestic as well as an array of global investors. MCX is the first exchange to be listed in India.

Mr. Javalgekar has over 30 years of rich experience in diverse fields of derivatives, corporate finance, capital markets, investor relations, accounting, treasury and fund management, with about 20 years in senior management positions. Prior to joining Financial Technologies, Mr. Javalgekar was the Indian advisor to Nexgen Financial Solutions, a financial derivatives house promoted by Singapore Technologies. As Managing Director of Lazard India, he was instrumental in raising resources (both debt and equity) for India's leading corporates, from domestic as well as overseas markets. At Lazard, he was also an Advisor to two offshore funds: Lazard Birla Fund and Mayur Fund. Moreover, he has worked with corporates such as Larsen Toubro, Crompton Greaves and Toyo Engineering, mainly in areas of Finance and Treasury management.

Mr. Javalgekar is an accomplished writer and has contributed numerous articles to leading financial journals on subjects dealing in foreign exchange, economy, finance, stock markets, and international finance.

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Monday, 12 November 2012

Christian-Yoose- The Hyper-Local Mobile Ad Network

I talk to Christian about Yoose- the Hyper-Local Mobile Ad Network - something that looks like Geo-fencing but is independent of the mobile operator. So if you are in a mall in a city, you get banner ads that say "XYZ special in this store, about 10 meters ahead" which you could do with specific operators but now can do across using Yoose. The outcome is that click rates are 2-3X better than banner advertising. he talks about the technology, usecases and the benefits.

YOOSE was founded in 2009 by CEO, Christian Geissendoerfer. YOOSE has since successfully launched location-based mobile ad campaigns for brands in Germany, Singapore, India, Russia, UK and Australia. YOOSE is recognised throughout the industry for its consumer engagement innovation and location targeting expertise.

Christian’s career began in the IT and software industry where he held a variety of sales and marketing positions for leading companies such as Lotus Development Corporation, Deutsche Bank and IBM. As Marketing Manager for IBM, Christian successfully developed new ‘routes to market’ strategies and managed brands and customer sets across the EMEA region. In 2008 Christian became founder and CEO of his own venture, YOOSE: the hyper-local mobile ad network. YOOSE has since launched its services in Germany, Singapore and India and is gaining industry-wide recognition for innovation and expertise in consumer engagement through mobile location targeting and couponing.

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TonmoyShingal- Mettl- CofounderCOO

My video chat with Tonmoy Shingal- who has 3 patents to his name, and is Cofounder of Mettl, which has recently concluded a $4MM  Series A funding round... "What Youtube is to Video, we want to be for Assessments"

Mettl is an online assessment and testing platform to measure, analyze and improve people skills. It is ideal for companies who want to run multi-competency assessments for their prospective hires or existing employees. They focus deeply on the science of assessments and combine it with advanced technology to deliver highly valid and reliable tests.

Today, Mettl works with some of the top names in multiple industries, including IT, ITES, Telecom and Banking. They are well funded, fast growing and disrupting the way assessments are done globally.

Tonmoy is an electrical engineer from IIT Kanpur (1998-2002) and a MBA from IIM Bangalore (2006-2008). Before founding Mettl, he has worked at Texas Instruments and The Boston Consulting Group. Tonmoy is widely travelled and has short working stints with JP Morgan and World Bank. He also holds three patents in the area of security algorithm design.

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Wednesday, 7 November 2012

PhanindraSama FounderCEO

redBus needs no introduction, nor does Phanindra Sama (Phani) the Founder & CEO of an organisation that has taken a whitespace and created a great business- he talks about the journey, the inspiration and the pieces that came together to create redBus. "I believe if you really want to do something, the world conspires to make it happen"

Phani is ranked no# 3 amongst India's Most Promising Entrepreneurs by Business World. He was awarded Star Entrepreneur of the year at 3i summit, Mumbai and BITSAA 30 under 30 award. He is also selected as Endeavor Entrepreneur ( and TiE Entrepreneur (

He was a State ranker in Intermediate examination, Andhra Pradesh Sr. Secondary Board, graduated with distinction from BITS-Pilani, and worked with Texas Instruments, Bangalore before he co-founded redBus.

redBus™ is India's largest bus ticketing company, reaching out to consumers via multiple channels - web, mobile, phone booking, partnerships and retail outlets. It manages over 10,000+ bus schedules every day from the largest bus operator partnerships spanning the entire country. It has built a robust distribution of over 75000 outlets! redBus is amongst Forbes top 5 start-ups to watch out for in 2010. Its' bus operator SaaS product, BOSS™ ( is a market leader in its space with the largest number of bus operators using it across the country. Its' GDS for buses, SeatSeller™, powers majority of organized bus ticketing agencies in India.

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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Shailesh Haribhakti

"You want to be seen today in the company of people doing good" is Shailesh's rallying cry to increase social accountability in corporate India.

Mr. Shailesh V. Haribhakti is an inspiring thought leader. Over decades of hands-on professional involvement, he has worked through myriad engagements which have defined the next steps at BDO. His passion for quality is reflected in the ISO 9000 certification for various processes of the Group’s operations.
He represented India on the Standards Advisory Council (SAC) of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). He worked with PBAS, an affiliate of IFC Washington, to establish Activity-based costing and Strategic Planning Processes in Polish SMEs.

Mr. S. V. Haribhakti is a staunch believer in Corporate Social Responsibility, Governance and promoting a greener environment. He actively promotes these causes through forums like ASSOCHAM, CII and the Indian Merchants’ Chamber by participating in the process of framing regulations and standards.

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