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The Romance of the First Million

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YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS RELIVE THE THRILL

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The Romance of the First Million

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…

The Romance of the First Million

Until about a decade ago, entrepreneurship was a no-fly zone for middle-class Indians. Business was a rich man’s island and they could scarcely afford a ticket, let alone take on capitalists who had…

The Affluent Society

When he is in Madhapar—and he is here every October without fail—what Laalji Patel loves most are those lazy mornings he spends at the vathan, a windy open space lined with neem trees and populated…

Modi and the Marketplace

Darbhanga, Bihar. An early November evening in 2015. A jam-packed maidan of crowds thronging Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election rally. Like many others, 27-year-old Pappu Ram has travelled from…

Flight to Capital

In late 2005, a group of wealth analysts in the US declared the world safe for the rich. Led by Arjun Kapur—then with Citigroup—inequality of wealth did not matter for them. What mattered, in their…

The Wealth Issue: Editor’s Note

Every stereotype has an expiry date, though we live in an India where stereotypes die hard. We may have come a long way from the wayfarer’s tales of Oriental kitsch, but we have not earned enough…

How We Valued Value

कर्मण्यवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन This is a famous shloka from the Bhagavad Gita. “You indeed have a right to the action, never to the fruits.” In advancing a proposition that Hinduism is concerned…

Preeta Sukhtankar, Founder & CEO, The Label Life

‘Better not to be a rebel in today’s startup ecosystem’ Unlike most entrepreneurs, Preeta Sukhtankar wears the difficulties one experiences while establishing a startup lightly. She claims she finds…

Ritesh Agarwal, Founder & CEO, OYO Rooms

‘Start early. You will make mistakes and learn early’ It was not before he landed at a car showroom to buy his very first car that Agarwal realised that he had come a long way from being the 17-year…

Deepak Ravindran, Founder & CEO, Lookup

‘There is a 99 per cent chance that a startup will fail. Plan for the 1 per cent’ Deepak Ravindran is wrapping up a Monday morning call with an investor when I arrive at the office of his latest…