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How I Almost Blew It

Sidharth Rao (Author)

There’s never been a better time to be an entrepreneur. The market is flush with capital, and the internet and emerging technologies have lowered costs and nearly levelled the playing field. The Indian digital ecosystem is ready to explode. The romance of the start-up story fills media column inches. But, for every new venture that made it, there are numerous others that didn’t. The untold story of the successes is that every one of them almost didn’t make it. Each one had a near-death experience, almost shut down, almost sold itself too short—in short, almost ‘blew it’. How I Almost Blew It talks to some of India’s biggest entrepreneurs—Sanjeev Bikhchandani (Info Edge and Naukri.com), Deep Kalra (MakeMyTrip), Deepinder Goyal (Zomato), Ashish Hemrajani (BookMyShow), Sahil Barua (Delhivery) and Girish Mathrubootham (Freshworks) and others—to tell stories that shock, reveal and inspire. Quick-thinking, astute decision-making and—occasionally—sheer dumb luck is what stood between them and the abyss. These heart-stopping stories of near-fiascos are industry wisdom, yes, but also critical life lessons. In the book, Sidharth Rao narrates the tales of the start-up industry titans. The industry leaders covered in the book include: Sanjeev Bikhchandani (Info Edge India - Naukri.com) Kunal Shah (FreeCharge) Murugavel Janakiraman (Bharat Matrimony) Ajit Balakrishnan (Rediff.com) Anupam Mittal (People Group) Ashish Hemrajani (BookMyShow) Brijesh Agarwal (IndiaMART) Jitendra Gupta (Citrus Pay) Deepinder Goyal (Zomato) Deep Kalra (MakeMyTrip) Pradeep Kar (Microland) Satyan Gajwani (Times Internet) Rajesh Jain (IndiaWorld) Sahil Barua (Delhivery) Alok Mittal (JobsAhead.com) R. Ramaraj (Sify) Girish Mathrubootham (Freshworks) 

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About the author

Sidharth Rao

Sidharth Rao was nineteen when he started Webchutney, India’s leading digital agency, as its co-founder and CEO. It was ranked India’s #1 digital agency for eight years by the The Economic Times’ Brand Equity. In 2013, Webchutney was acquired by Dentsu Aegis Network, one of the largest global agency networks and was rechristened Dentsu Webchutney. Dentsu Webchutney was the most-awarded Indian agency at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in 2019. Sidharth, who is also an angel investor, was the co-founder of Network Play, which became the largest brand ad network in less than three years and was later acquired by Bertelsmann AG. Sidharth lives between his house in Mumbai and his farm in Karjat with his partner, Shweta, five dogs, a cat and a brood of chickens. In his free time, he reads anything from matchbox labels to modern history and developments in the brand and start-up environment. 

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Title How I Almost Blew It
Author Sidharth Rao
Format Hardcover
Date published: 21.10.2019
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Westland Books
Language: English
isbn 9789388754378
length 350p.