Fireside Bytes, Episode 3
Cracking the code on successful entrepreneurism, with Anand Deshpande (IIT-KGP)
By any measure, Fireside Bytes #3 in early June was a resounding success! 26 IITians and guests participated in an engaging and insightful round-table discussion with Anand Deshpande, CEO of Persistent Systems Inc., a $1 billion company, and this was accompanied by a delicious dinner served by The Malabar Restaurant in Crows Nest. We thank Anand for spending his evening with us, and Vinay Singh for the introduction to Anand.
Surprising to some, there was no mention of technology or technical talk during the evening. Instead, the focus of the discussion was on what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. Anand was clear that IITians need to further develop selling skills, and he believes such skills can be taught. When asked whether he preferred to hire IITians, he was candid in saying that IITians upon graduation were too expensive for his firm because of the high salaries paid by firms such as Google and Facebook, but he found them attractive after a few years of experience.
Anand also talked about an ambitious non-profit project designed to create entrepreneurs that he has founded and is leading. We encourage you to visit his website www.deasra.in and provide Anand with your feedback.
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Ramesh Karnani and Satish Chandar.
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