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Lessons on Entrepreneurship – MakeMyTrip & SlideShare


Over the years in the start up ecosystem I’ve had the distinct pleasure of listening, interacting and connecting with iconic entrepreneurs who have all demonstrated that its possible to achieve success. Stories of MakeMyTrip, RedBus,, Educomp, Slideshare prove just that :)

Last Saturday YourStory put together a fantastic event as part of its TechSparks featuring iconic entrepreneurs like Deep Kalra of MakeMyTrip & Amit Ranjan of SlideShare. There hall was jam packed with over 300+ folks who braved the sweltering heat to attend the sessions.

Couple of key learning’s that I picked up from Deep & Amit’s talk:-

- Doing the Venture for the Right Reasons – Clearly passion is what drives iconic entrepreneurs, while we all know this conceptually but Deep shared how he was so passionate about traveling and then came the opportunity. Lesson – Don’t start a venture because its cool, you will make a lot of money (hopefully you will and its important) or just because your friend is doing it. Start a venture or a business in an area you are really passionate about and are good at :) Point is that you should start a business in an area which will play up to your existing skills and you are truly passionate about.

- Opportunity – Opportunities strike sometime when you are not looking for it. You need to have an open mind and listen :) Amit shared how when he used to organize barcamps a lot of folks used to keep asking for presentations – Ah opportunity was there and he his team quickly built out a product “SlideShare”.

- Conversions – On the business side Deep emphasized on the point of conversions. how its important to track conversions and keep an eye on cash.You don

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About Author:

Digbijoy has a wide ranging experience across diverse sectors, initially started his career in education marketing with reputed educational institutes and then subsequently joined the advertising and events industry to execute several projects including a state election campaign for a national party, conceptualizing and running a restaurant chain in Delhi and several other projects.

He joined the Delhi chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE Delhi), where he worked for over 3 years and drove various key initiatives like mentoring, deal flow, marketing, sponsorships etc and left his last position as Associate Director of the chapter in 2008 to pursue his entrepreneurial ambitions. He subsequently joined techTribe- India largest Career Networking platform where he served as director strategic relations and drove unique initiatives and partnerships for building and sustaining community engagement. Post techTribe he co founded an online supplemental education start-up – TenMarks Education INC. which was acquired by in October 2013.

Post TenMarks he lead Ennovent India as its country director which is an innovation accelerator. Ennovent provide services to accelerate innovations for sustainability in low-income markets in developing countries. It specializes in helping clients discover enterprises with novel solutions, develop business models to start-up enterprises, provide finance by facilitating early-stage investments and grow operations to scale profit and impact. Since 2008, Ennovent has worked with over 4,800 Network members, 15 Circle members and 10 Solution clients to accelerate over 80 innovations in 10 countries.

Currently Digbijoy Co-leads the Startup Program for Amazon Internet Services Pvt Ltd enabling the best startups leverage the power of cloud.

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