About Srikant Sastri
Srikant is one of India’s leading Founder-CEOs and Advisors.
He has over 35 years of experience in running, managing, and advising companies across all levels of growth.
He is the Co-Lead of the IIT Kanpur Ventilator Consortium, the Chairman of the Board at IIM Calcutta Innovation Park, and Chairman of the i3G Advisory Network.
He is a co-author of the book, The Ventilator Project: How the IIT Kanpur Consortium Built a World-class Product during India’s Covid-19 Lockdown, along with Dr. Amitabha Bandyopadhyay.
He is an alumnus of IIT Kanpur and IIM Calcutta.
Selected Links and Show Notes
- Connect with Srikant
- The Ventilator Project
- IIM Calcutta Innovation Park
- Crayon Data
- Ashoka University – Young India Fellowship
- Chalo StartUp
- TiE – The IndUS Entrepreneurs
- Press Release from Publicis Groupe on the Purchase of a Majority Stake in Solutions Integrated
Early Upbringing and Student Days [02:51]
Early Interests and Inspiration [04:20]
Getting into Engineering by accident [07:59]
Learning Marketing and Finance at IIM Calcutta [09:55]
Early years at Pond’s and Result:McCann [12:03]
Importance of Brainstorming and Ideation when Collaborating [14:21]
Managing Pre-Startup Anxiety [16:43]
Beliefs and Opinions on VC Funding [19:51]
Life at Crossroads in 2004 [23:12]
Moving from a Services Company to a Product Company [27:40]
Setting up a Co-Creation Mindset in a Product Company [30:47]
Comparing the Key Traits a Working Professional versus an Entrepreneur versus an Advisor [32:27]
How to Bridge World-Class Education with World-Class Research [37:07]
Bringing a Transformation in Education through Experiential Learning [44:01]
Building a Product in a Crisis versus Building a Product when there is no Crisis [50:04]
Bringing a Diverse Team onboard for the Oxygen Project [52:56]
Building World-Class Products from India for the World [55:48]
Enabling a Culture and Mindset that values Continuous Learning [58:40]
Srikant gives Three Pieces of Advice to his 10-Year Old Self [1:02:17]
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