The Romance of the First Million

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S Prasannarajan • Bibek Debroy • PR Ramesh • Siddharth Singh • Ullekh NP • V Shoba • Lhendup G Bhutia •Aanchal Bansal • Sonali Acharjee • Haima Deshpande • Kumar Anshuman • Amay Hattangadi and Swanand Kelkar
Editor’s Note ~ by S Prasannarajan
The so-called crisis in capitalism is not solved by applied dogma, but by ethics—call it compassionate capitalism or whatever

How We Valued Value ~ by Bibek Debroy
Wealth is a neglected domain in our scriptures because they were written by brahmins and that is also why artha is intertwined with dharma

Flight to Capital ~ by Siddharth Singh
Being rich in India in the age of Thomas Piketty

Modi and the Marketplace ~ by PR Ramesh
The Prime Minister has heralded a less-hypocritical approach by the state to business and wealth creation

The Affluent Society ~ by Ullekh NP
How emigrants from Madhapar in Gujarat have made it one of Asia’s richest towns

The Invisible Hand of the Startup Economy ~ by Amay Hattangadi and Swanand Kelkar
With disruptive business models, new generation e-commerce entrepreneurs are changing Indian society in multiple ways

The Romance of the First Million ~ by V Shoba
Ten young entrepreneurs relive the thrill of starting up

Deepak Ravindran, Founder & CEO, Lookup ~ by V Shoba
‘There is a 99 per cent chance that a startup will fail. Plan for the 1 per cent’

Preeta Sukhtankar, Founder & CEO, The Label Life ~ by Lhendup G Bhutia
‘Better not to be a rebel in today’s startup ecosystem’

Rajiv Srivatsa, Co-Founder & COO, Urban Ladder ~ by Sonali Acharjee
‘The one resource not to be taken for granted is time’

Shashank ND, Founder & CEO, Practo ~ by V Shoba
‘Build big or go broke. Aim for nothing less than world domination’

Ritesh Agarwal, Founder & CEO, OYO Rooms ~ by Aanchal Bansal
‘Start early. You will make mistakes and learn early’

Anisha Singh, Co-Founder & CEO, Mydala ~ by Sonali Acharjee
‘Make profits first, then worry about funding from investors’

Zishaan Hayath, Founder & CEO, Toppr ~ by Haima Deshpande
‘The only way to take an investment decision—super quick’

Kunal Shah, Founder & CEO, Freecharge ~ by Haima Deshpande
‘I dropped out of my MBA. Now I have my own company’

Aprameya Radhakrishna, Founder, TaxiForSure ~ by V Shoba
‘Listen to every conversation for the next problem to solve’

Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder & CEO, Paytm ~ by Kumar Anshuman
‘My mother thought I am in business because I couldn’t get a job’