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‘Young minds should look to solve people’s problems’

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Youths from Kolkata, tagged the intellectual capital of India, are no longer confined to mainstream career options only. They are fast catching up with the startup trend that has taken the country by storm, feels CTO in residence at Microsoft Accelerator Muni Raju Pulipalyam.

“Instead of focusing on just making money, the startups should also look to solve people’s problems,” said the CTO who was in the city to attend the grand finale of The Times of India Innovation Challenge on Thursday.

The Microsoft tech head pointed out that being an entrepreneur was not about only running a business. “Entrepreneurs should keep an eye out on what’s plaguing a person’s life and then work on it to solve the problems. The best part is, if all young minds start solving the issues, the city will automatically be a better place to live in,” said Pulipalyam.

Talking on how to make Kolkata a better place for startups, Pulipalyam said the government should support more entrepreneurs so the city got more success stories, which would inspire young minds to gather courage to take the leap.

In a discussion with Sujay Santra, CEO of iKure, N Shridhar, MD of Pegassus Fininvest Advisory Pvt Ltd asserted that commercialisation of any product procured by small enterprises needed a different method. “Access to resources and modern technology can be key to success for a startup. Indian startup ecosystem is slightly different from that in Silicon Valley or other countries. People must consider the responsibility and seriousness of an entrepreneur before making investment,” said Shridhar.

In another discussion with TiE president Abhishek Rungta, co-founder and CEO of Wow Momo Sagar Daryani cited the example of his own career graph to substantiate that any startup can turn out to be a booming business enterprise by dint of determination and efforts. “It was a humble start with the chef earning Rs 1,000. Now, his earning has been raised to Rs 3 lakh. When I joined business, I concentrated entirely on development of entrepreneurship skills. I was determined on making an Indian brand that will carve a niche for itself across the globe. Now, around 3,000 people work with us and our target is to increase the manpower to 30,000.”

 

Source: Times of India

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