Steve Jobs’ commencement address given at the Stanford University in 2005 “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust… in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life”.
By Rashmibansal A story of 20 enterprising individuals without an MBA, started their own ventures and proved their mettle to the world.
Street SmartPremGanapathy Came to Mumbai like million others in search of a better future. Inspired by McDonald’s, Prem has risen from humble dishwasher to the owner of the fast food chain Dossa plaza. Having 26 outlets PAN India.
The InventorKunwerSachdev He is a BSc graduate, an average student in school. Fell in love with physics later in life and made the “love” profitable. It’s a 500cr company today in the field of power electronics.
To sir with loveGanesh Ram As an NSS volunteer, ganesh discovered his knack – “teaching” From a single coaching center in 1981, Vivekananda Study circle has grown into Veta – India’s largest spoken English school
What women wantSunitaRamnathkar She wanted to do something for herself after the birth of her second daughter, launched Fem fairness bleech. Dominated the market for more than 27 years. Recently sold to Dabur
He gave up his prestigious job of a professor in Madras university, to set up a Chinese restaurant. But his knowledge of cost accounting was equally handy in the kitchen It’s a food empire stretching across cuisines and continents. Food for thoughtN Mahadevan
The Human touchHanmantGaikwad As an engineering student took tuitions to support himself through college. Today he runs BVG, a facilities management firm which has the cream of the corporate. A 300Cr company. Biggest client : Rashtrapatibhavan
Shine on crazy diamondRanjivRamchandani A student of Microbiology, but hated it. He joined advertising agency (The Edge, Triton) but he hated the hierarchy. Ultimately he became his own boss in Tantra.
Karma companySuresh Kamath This Mtech from IIT runs a software firm where programming jobs are open to all – not jut engineers. He believes that social responsibility and sound business can go hand in hand – and his company is living proof of it.
Look Ma, no handsRaghu Khanna He started his company at the age of 24, right out of college. Cashurdrive based on a simple idea which required no capital, no office, no fancy technology. His story shows that experience is overrated – there is no better time to start than now. “ Give me any car anywhere in India, I can wrap your ad on it”
JUGAAD The common dots : All these entrepreneurs have no formal training in Business. They learnt by observation, experimentations……. Business is not “rocket science”
JUNOON The common dots : Some of them are driven by a particular idea/passion, something which is innovative and is never transformed before into a living reality.
KitabiKeedaR sriram He never had the burning ambition to start a business – he simply wnted to be immersed himself in the world of books. Yet this college dropout went on to build India’s largest bookstore chain, and spread the reading virus far and wide.
Vote for chanceSourabhVyas &Gauravrathore– Political edge Hostel kidosti and a common love for politics gave birth to the company “ Political edge” – a new species of corporate. These two idealistic young men are putting their grey cells to use, providing research and consulting services exclusively for politicians. “The common man feels that 99% of politicians are frauds and don’t know anything, but we say around 40% are good. They are trying hard to do something, but there are constrains.”
King of popSatyajitsingh He was comfortably place in life as a distributor of consumer durables. Yet one fine day he stop the business, to take on the challenge of commercializing makhana. In doing so, he has found a mission in life and brought benefits to thousands of marginalized farmers. Created a 50 cr business from Bihar.
Far from the madding crowdSunil Bhu He was a city boy and wanted to work in a farm. After college went to Belgium, he learnt all about making cheese. That’s what he is been doing at Flanders Dairy for the last two decades, and lovin it.
Electric dreamsChetanMaini ChetanMaini was crazy about electronics and cars. Its this passion that led him to pursue the dream of producing an electric car. Today Reva is not only manufacturing such vehicles but licensing its technology to the likes of General Motors who was an intern in the same company to start his career.
Paper TigerMahimaMehra She wanted to work in recyling, but not with an NGO. So she ended up starting a business in handmade paper. Along the way she discovered many interesting things, including an unexpected use of elephant dung.
Gentlemen prefer LettuceSamar Gupta Samar was a city boy with no burning ambition in life. But when life threw up a challenge, he decided to face it head on. Over the last decade Trikaya has matured from a hobby into a flourishing business, ever expanding the frontiers of “what can be grown” in India.
ZUBAAN When creative people became entrepreneur.
The story tellerAbhijitBansod
Truth shall prevailPareshmokashi
Call of the wildKalyan Varma
Thanks So….. Is this the right forum to say be innovative and be yourself? Its not me, Rashmisaid.