Entrepreneur Journey: Manna Foods

I.S.A.K. Nazar, its founder, was focused on consolidating the company’s activities in FY17 by creating proper systems and addressing distribution challenges. This year, the company aims to hit revenues of Rs. 140 crore, on the back of a strong product mix (pickles, dry fruits, smart kitchen range and baby foods) and renewed brand positioning. With… Read more »

The growth journey of Paper Boat Beverages

Hector Beverages started up with the vision of selling functional energy drinks for the Indian audience. Quickly, it pivoted to launch Indian beverages like aam pana and panakam. Now, the company is gearing up for its next transformation and expanding its product mix to include snacks like chikki, 500 ml and 1L packs of its… Read more »

Why NeoGrowth’s Khaitan is paying attention to unit economics

Omidyar Network, IIFL Seed Ventures, Khosla Ventures and Aspada Investment Company funded NeoGrowth facilitates digital lending to consumer facing small businesses and aims to build a sustainable competitive advantage around achieving scale, favourable unit economics and superior customer experience.

PineLabs: Bringing simplicity into PoS Systems

Pine Labs provides retail PoS solutions which simplify payment acceptance (for merchants), while also offering a host of features to benefit the issuer, merchant, brand and customers.

Why Is AD Singh Dabbling in the Affordable Dining Space?

Restaurateur and MD of Olive Bar & Kitchen, AD Singh, believes India is now seeing a casual, affordable dining wave and he wants to capitalise on this by offering quality service at an average price for two ranging from Rs. 600 to Rs. 1,000 (including alcohol). To implement this well, Singh is nurturing chef-entrepreneurs and… Read more »

Metropolis 2.0

In 15 years, Ameera Shah transformed Metropolis Healthcare from a single lab in Mumbai to a chain of 135 laboratories raking in revenues of Rs. 650 crores in FY 2015. She’s now gearing up for the next phase of growth, one in which she wants to create a formidable diagnostics brand in two geographies – India and Africa. Her master goal: reach a valuation of Rs. 12,000 crores by 2020.

Where every voice is heard

Backed by IDG Ventures, Kris Gopalakrishnan and other investors, Uniphore is building unique voice-based analytics and biometric solutions aimed at helping brands serve non-English speaking consumers better.

An entrepreneur’s journey, decoded

V. Shankar, founder of Computer Age Management Services (CAMS), recollects for us some key insights drawn from his journey of setting up and building CAMS.

An entrepreneurial move from financial services to healthcare

Rajan Mehta, founder of healthcare solutions venture, My Care, has always had a passion for building businesses with a deep level of customer-centricity. For Mehta, customer centricity is not a buzzword, but something that ensures that the business model directly aligns with the goals of every stakeholder including customers, employees, investors, vendors and ecosystem partners.

In his earlier avatar, Mehta, along with a team of co-founders and investors, promoted Benchmark Asset Management, a pioneering financial services venture that launched the first ETF in India. After scaling up Benchmark and eventually selling it to Goldman Sachs, Mehta turned his attention to the healthcare industry.

In this chat with Beyond Basics, Mehta speaks candidly about his passion to build transformation businesses, the role of his co-founders and investors and the key drivers that helped scale up Benchmark Asset Management.

The accidental entrepreneur

After spending over two decades in the corporate world, M.J. Aravind became a part of the founding team of India’s earliest BPO, Daksh eServices. He believes his foray into the entrepreneurial world was accidental and, since then, he has donned several hats including that of a venture investor and, now, a CEO in the social sector