27 September, 2020

Never Finish School

A fear of failure heads start-up blues. But it's really fun.

R. Prasad
Never Finish School
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53
I was among the early batches of MBAs that passed out of IIMs. It was hence natural that I expected to be in a nice air-conditioned office, with an efficient assistant, et al! Instead, I was posted in Ranchi and was in charge of a liquor depot. Those days, there was an aggressive student movement in Bihar led by the late Jayaprakash Narain. So here I was, sitting in a dusty warehouse, in the midst of rampaging students, hoping they would not notice my stocked liquor trucks. I got in touch with my boss in Calcutta, who cheerfully told me, "You are the man on the spot, get the job done." Having been thrown off the deep end, I learned early to work with the attitude that the buck stopped with me and that I needed to get the blooming job done—an essential ingredient for any wannabe entrepreneur.

I was fortunate to have been involved in four start-up ventures, but here I would like to talk about Sify, a company I co-founded with Satyam Computers. I had just exited a cellular start-up and was seriously thinking of improving my golf handicap...
unsub

THIS ARTICLE IS PRICELESS...

To read this piece, and more such stories in India's most exciting and exacting magazine, plus get access to our 25-year archives goldmine, please subscribe.


In this article:

Latest Magazine

October 05, 2020
content

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section