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The Art and Pursuit of Disciplined Entrepreneurship

Business, Entrepreneurship

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Ashwin Damera

Ashwin Damera is the Co-Founder and CEO of Eruditus, a worldwide leader in the $280 billion global professional education market.

He focuses his efforts on university outreach and academic collaborations; and spearheads strategy and expansion in global markets.

Ashwin started his career at Citigroup before going on to start Travelguru in 2005. Travelguru was acquired by Travelocity in 2009.

Ashwin is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Show Notes

Key Learning from Failing before Finding Success [02:06]

On the Importance of Timing [06:49]

Understanding Product-Market Fit [07:18]

The Importance of Ownership and Long-Term Focus[09:07]

Balancing Product Market Fit with Vision [10:20]

On Funding Patience [12:58]

The Disciplined Entrepreneurship Approach [14:02]

Steps to Disciplined Entrepreneurship [16:45]

The Best Form of Funding for a Startup [17:42]

Importance of Paying Customers [ 18:50]

Learning and Applying Concepts from World-Class Professors [19:26]

Prof. Vijay Govindarajan’s Three-Box Solution [ 19:50]

Thinking of the S-Curve [23:00]

Applying the Three Box Solution in Leadership Growth and Transition [25:13]

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Learning Science approach [26:30]

Emerging aspects of Learning Science [29:00]

BOYT – The New Model of Corporate Upskilling [32:02]

Education – Giving vs. Receiving [33:40]

How Expectations from Learning are Changing [34:30]

Inspiration to Learn in the Early Days [35:15]

Learning to take risks after an MBA [37:20]

What is the Definition of Failure? [ 38:00]

Solving the “Good Education” crisis [ 39:34]

Internship with Dave Barger of Jet Blue [41:52]

How will the education business transform? [44:50]

How to achieve Work-Life Harmony? [48.15]

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Ashwin Damera

The Art and Pursuit of Disciplined Entrepreneurship

Pooja Jauhari is the former Group CEO of VMLY&R India, and former CEO of The Glitch. Over her two-decade-long career, Pooja has worked with some of the biggest brands in the country and the world, and introduced powerful campaigns to society.

Pooja has worked with some brilliant people and has held important responsibilities over the past 20 years. She is the Founder of Seat At The Table, an unbiased investment and advisory initiative to invest in companies and people that are built on a purpose.

Prior to her appointment in the VMLY&R network, Pooja was the CEO of The Glitch, a high-performance creative company that has worked hard to create a workspace that is gender blind, inclusive and progressive. The Glitch was acquired by WPP, the world’s largest marketing communications company in 2017, and integrated into the VMLY&R network within WPP in 2020.