Srikant Sastri on Entrepreneurship and Building World-Class Products in India (#008)

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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

Selected Links

  1. Connect with Srikant
    1. LinkedIn
    2. Twitter
    3. i3G Advisory Network
  2. The Ventilator Project
    1. The Book
    2. Virtual Book Launch
    3. Off The Cuff with Srikant Sastri and Dr. Amitabha Bandyopadhyay
    1. Website
    2. NOCCARC V310
  4. IIM Calcutta Innovation Park
  5. Crayon Data
  7. Ashoka University – Young India Fellowship
  8. Chalo StartUp
  9. TiE – The IndUS Entrepreneurs
  10. Press Release from Publicis Groupe on the Purchase of a Majority Stake in Solutions Integrated

Show Notes

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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