Kumar Vembu on Building a Culture of Happiness and Zero Follow-Ups (#014)

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About Kumar Vembu

Kumar is the Founder and CEO of GoFrugal, one of India’s leading Point-of-Sale solutions for Retail, Restaurant and Distribution businesses.

He is also a Co-Founder of Zoho Corporation, one of the world’s leading companies in the domain of Online Productivity Tools and SaaS Applications.

He has built and scaled GoFrugal and Zoho without any external funding.

Kumar holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Madurai Kamaraj University.

Selected Links and Show Notes

Selected Links

  1. Connect with Kumar
    1. LinkedIn
  2. GoFrugal
    1. Website
    2. LinkedIn
    3. Twitter
    4. Facebook
  3. Intel
  4. Qualcomm
  5. Zoho
    1. Website
    2. Twitter
    3. Facebook
    4. LinkedIn
  6. Sridhar Vembu
    1. Twitter
    2. Wikipedia
  7. Retrospections in Project Management for Software Development
  8. Hewlett-Packard
  9. The GoFrugal Culture
  10. Test-Driven Development
  11. N.R. Narayana Murthy

Show Notes

Kumar on his early years (00:04:03)

On his tenure at Qualcomm and Intel (00:06:50)

Kumar on building the Culture and Training Program at Zoho (00:09:53)

Lessons Kumar learned in his first job at IIT Madras (00:11:45)

Applying the Lessons from Zoho when building GoFrugal (00:18:00)

Being a Happiness-First Company (00:19:44)

Techniques and Processes Implemented at GoFrugal to be Happiness-First (00:25:58)

Managing Client Relationships in the context of a Project (00:35:15)

Perspectives on Data and Emotions when designing the Culture (00:38:13)

Addressing the Learning-Doing Gap in Education (00:42:19)

Importance of an Ownership Mindset (00:44:28)

How Digital Transformation affects Culture (00:47:39)

On How to Discover, Nurture, and Manage Talent (00:52:36)

On why Kumar eliminated the Traditional Role of a Manager at GoFrugal (00:58:15)

Kumar’s perspectives on the Role of a CEO (01:02:55)

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