Professional success is a matter of learning from experiences. Learning from the success stories of prominent entrepreneurs is indeed a pre-requisite and an indispensable quality. Also, acquainting oneself with the failures of other entrepreneurs is incontrovertible. It can be said with extraordinary gravitas that our greatest lessons come from mistakes and failures. In the light of such an intriguingly poised, challenging and enterprising scenario, this insightful article throws light on the following 5 books related to stories of Indian startups:
- Young Turks:
Co-authored by Shereen Bhan and Syna Dehnugara, ‘Young Turks: Inspiring Stories of Tech Entrepreneurs’ is power-packed with witty anecdotes and aha moments thus throwing light on the entrepreneurial journey of first-time entrepreneurs such as Naveen Tiwari of InMobi, Rohit Bansal and Kunal Bahl of Snapdeal, V.S.S Mani of JustDial, Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal of Flipkart and Murugavel Janakiraman of BharatMatrimony. This 305 paged-book begins with an epigrammatic saying-“Entrepreneurs are creators of ideas and if executed right, creators of a little bit of magic.”
- Bhaag! Inspiring Stories of Student Entrepreneurs in India:
Priced at a modest Rs225/ and authored by Ganesh V, this book features 11 success stories of young and dynamic student entrepreneurs. The student entrepreneurs featured in the book include Priyadeep Sinha for Add-on Gyan Educational Services, Priyanka Amar Shah for iKheti, Prasad Gundecha and Akshat Oswal for Tech Innovance, Vijith Padmanabhan for Dolojo, Aditya Gupta and Karan Kumar for iGenero, Sahil Baghla and Ayush Varshney
for Bluegape,Sarah D’Souza and Amit Vernekar for Biosyl Technologies, Swati Bondia for Om Shanti Traders, Avik Bhattacharya for Center Stage, Arpit Mohan and Abhishek Nayak for GharPay and Annu Grover for Nurturing Green. Each and every startup story is articulately elaborated in 10-15 pages. If you are an inexperienced entrepreneur, have this book in your kitty.
- Dream with your eyes open: An entrepreneurial journey
First-generation entrepreneur and UTV-founder Ronnie Screwvala unfolds his successful and not-so successful, yet memorable experiences in a simple yet effective narrative style. He details out the umpteen lessons learnt and illustrates the importance of donning the role of an aspiring entrepreneur to demystify failure and relish success. From failures to triumphs, from absurdity to congruity, this book is all about realizing the hopeful epigram- “Yes, It can be done. I can do it!” Priced at Rs400/, this 208 paged-book is a must read.
- Take Me Home: The Inspiring Stories of 20 Entrepreneurs From Small-Town India With Big-Time Dreams
Authored by the prolific writer, youth expert and Indian entrepreneur Rashmi Bansal, this book elaborates the entrepreneurial and unparalleled endeavors of twenty people who excelled in building their own business empires. Armed with perseverance and hard work, the twenty people rose to fame by sticking to basics and here is the key takeaway to all naïve and budding entrepreneurs—“Perseverance is stubbornness with a purpose.”
- Connect the Dots:
This book embodies entrepreneurial spirit of 20 people who believed in themselves. Astonishingly, the 20 people depicted in this book didn’t go to any B-schools. However, they were quite successful in carving a niche for themselves. The 20 enterprising stories have been categorized into 3 sections- Jugaad, Zunoon and Zubaan. Each and every story is replete with adventurous moments. What do you think has inspired the title of the book? It is Steve Jobs’ Stanford Commencement speech.
Before drawing the curtain down, here is a Steve Jobs’ special- “You cannot connect the dots looking forwards. You can only connect them looking forward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something- your gut, destiny, karma, life whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”