Read excerpts from the stories of five entrepreneurs featured in Stay Hungry Stay Foolish.
Sanjeev Bikhchandani (PGP ’89),naukri.com
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.
S B Dangayach (PGP ‘72 ), Sintex
He is not the owner of the company but in every other sense works like an entrepreneur. The man behind the iconic Sintex water tanks believes in constant evolution and creation of new products. And after 34 years with one company he is still passionate about it!
Nirmal Jain (PGP ‘89), India Infoline
Nirmal shut down his information services business in 1999 and put all his eggs in the internet basket. His gamble paid off and today India Infoline is one of the country’s biggest online trading platforms.
Vardan Kabra (PGP 2004), Fountainhead School
In 2004, Vardan Kabra turned his back on an offer by multinational P&G to pursue his dream of starting Fountainhead School. He represents a new generation of young MBAs who are giving up seven figure salaries for the kick of being an entrepreneur.
Venkat Krishnan (PGP ‘93), GiveIndia
He’s worked with a newspaper, a television channel and as principal of a school. Venkat then launched GiveIndia, to promote the culture of ‘giving’ in India. He is an entrepreneur but his mission is one with a difference.
Ruby Ashraf (PGP ‘83), Precious Formals
Ruby turned her hobby of designing clothes into a flourishing business. Her company Precious Formals, is one of the leading suppliers of prom dresses in America.