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How are they going to keep up with technology?
What will their daily lives look like? Scale I believe that starting a business, building it and scaling the business are three different mindsets with their own DNA.
You can be good at any of the three or possibly, in all three. I am fascinated by scale in business. Scale is the inflection point of a business. The business owner needs to be wary of the comfort of being a big fish in a small pond.
For me scale and strategy are linked. But scale needs differentiation. Unless your idea is differentiated from others in the market, you will normally not be able to scale. Earlier in my entrepreneurial journey, I had set up a cable TV business in early s. Cable TV was a new concept then and I needed to build scale. It took me over demos and more than door to door visits before we got our first cable TV connection sold.
This was clearly not going to scale up. So we started targeting hotels to sell our connections. A couple of hotel chains would give us access to at least 10, paying rooms, which in turn, would force other hotel chains to offer cable TV as a standard feature as well.
The guests staying at these hotels would get to experience cable TV and might go back and plan to install cable TV in their homes as well. To compensate the hotels for their additional costs in installing the cable system, we offered an advertising channel that allowed the hotels to cross promote their other services to the guests. Within nine months of our first connection, we expanded rapidly and tripled our business by the next year.
Failure Failure always helps. Insulating yourself against failure does not guarantee success. For UTV, console games turned out to be a failure.
The only console game titles that were doing well were the sequels of the earlier popular titles, bought primarily by their earlier fans. We naively thought that our creative teams would be able to get us popular titles by sheer creativity. Survival plan is not necessarily a Plan B but a recalibration indicator. Possibly what is known as pivoting the business these days? Trucks are trends that are headed the wrong way-your way for a head-on collision. An entrepreneur needs to be able to distinguish when his trend is morphing into a truck.
Gauging the future requires an ability to analyse the past while, at the same time, make sense of the present. This balancing needs to be coupled with spending time with your customers as well as understanding various trends building up around you.
In fact, UTV has a core trendsetting team. I do not believe in luck but I do believe in being in the right place at the right time. But how are they different? They mean the same.
I believe being in the right place at the right time requires planning, a high level of preparedness and a positive and evolving mindset. Luck, by its definition, does not require any of these. Inequality for me is an opportunity. Find a starting point and begin!
Lack of funding is only an excuse. A couple of decades back entrepreneurs did not build business to exit within three years. It is important to understand the stereotypes being celebrated in the internet world today are not the normal. My exits from my businesses have been never been timed and they have all had their stories in terms of how and when they happened.
For us this was a good deal and we agreed. The media broke the story before we signed on the contract.
Soon I had Andy Bird, chairman of Disney International, on the phone with me telling me how Disney has been following the success of Hungama in India and would be keen to buy the channel, given that I was going for a 26 per cent sale with the Malaysian broadcaster. We agreed to discuss. I immediately informed the Malaysian partner about our rethink.
Within a fortnight we had a deal with Disney to sell per cent of And then it almost did not happen. We disengaged from the discussions and I called up Kevin to thank him. My conversation with Kevin, while not meant for that, opened our discussions again and soon we had finally closed the deal of selling Hungama to Disney.
So much for timing exits! My partnership with Disney was for six years followed by two more years as the managing director of the combined entity Disney UTV.
In my second year, I had started introspecting if I was the right person to lead the company for the next five years.
I could not answer myself in a yes, and decided to move not only out of Disney UTV but also out of the media sector. For me there is nothing called hindsight. But if I could go back and change one thing, it would be my focus. Single minded attention to an idea regardless of the outcome, provides the most intense of learnings. As their leader, your team will look up to you for direction-essentially asking you to make the right choices. Our life is a series of making choices.
It is important for you to think about how these choices can become a path to a better life. Building empathy helps take a view that goes beyond day to day operations and helps form a more humane perspective of the business.
I have a contrarian view as far as having a Plan B is concerned. Yes I did talk about survival plan earlier. But survival plan is not Plan B. Plan B encourages you to keep an eye on the exit. The entrepreneur DNA requires being honest with yourself. This is not about integrity but about being honest with your own inner self-holding the mirror to yourself. Do not try to justify your failure or rationalise why the business is not doing well.
As a nation, we cannot depend on a few leaders to help India move ahead. All of us in our respective profession need to stand up and be counted in helping India progress. My hypothesis is that the day India wins more than twenty golds in the Olympics, India would have already become an economic superpower.
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I recall seeing the ads for The Wiz, a production of his theatre company, Lazer Productions, in the newspapers of that time. I laughed out loud when he described a cobra scene that just went on and on in the first flop movie he produced. I felt for him when he wrote about his failure in college and what he learned from it.
I could totally empathise with his distaste at the intrusion of mobile phones in personal communications, this being one of my own pet peeves. I think if more companies begin to adopt this practice, it will greatly improve the quality of our personal communications. It might be a good rule to enforce at the dinner table too. In Dream With Your Eyes Open, Screwvala takes us on a tour of his motivations, challenges, victories, failures and missed opportunities — from starting out as a manufacturer of toothbrushes, to becoming a content provider for Zee TV, to his innings as an international movie producer.
Though not chronologically, he weaves in tales of his disruptive approach to the media industry, like producing the daily soap, Shanti, and going on to start Hungama TV with its hugely popular shows, Doraemon and my personal favourite Shin-Chan.
Many entrepreneurs will enjoy reading the inside story of the takeover of Hungama TV and UTV by Disney followed by his exit from the media industry. I was especially struck by his account of the exhaustive legwork he undertook to build his cable company, even going on door-to-door sales calls himself.
It made me appreciate, even more, his determination to do whatever it takes to understand his customer and provide value to them. He explains why success has more to do with preparation than luck and offers invaluable tips on learning to grow and scale a business — a section I found especially useful to me. View 1 comment. Sep 01, Anil Swarup rated it liked it.
This sums up the essence of the book. What to say and how to say is the key to success, Coming from a successful entrepreneur, one would totally agree with what he says. The ease with which the author managed to "plan for failure" and "embrace d failure" and yet succeeded is a les "Charm for me is the ability to persuade with your tone, your willingness to be inclusive in your engagement with every one in the room or on the call, and your knack for being clear and articulate with your message".
The ease with which the author managed to "plan for failure" and "embrace d failure" and yet succeeded is a lesson for all. Sep 13, Tripti Saini rated it really liked it. One thing I would like to mention here is the way Mr. I appreciate the way he gives credit to his team. He has written a very nice book which lets one have a instance of the path of entrepreneurship. Feels like attending two days workshop - great opening lines for each topic and accurate summary at the end. On this journey, in his early twenties he went to UK for better study of front-of-television anchoring when his father was M.
But do we need a book for that?
Nov 01, Praveena D. Book is complete journey of Ronnie who is first generation entrepreneur. In every industry he started, he was an outsider but still managed success. Personally, I had expected lot of anecdotes from Ronnie's journey but Ronnie gave lot of gyan which I feel unnecessary. And also, I expected missed opportunities like gangs of wasseypur etc. I always read books by guys who done it and wrote about it instead of those university professor type who study industry and come up with their own conclusions.
I could have skipped this one. May 25, Mohd Adnan rated it really liked it Shelves: A must read book if you want to start your own business. Ronnie Screwvala has been a household name for parsis from Balaram street. Sharp, Suave, Savvy, athletic, married a parsi to boot ; his story inspires, guides and continues to trail-blaze even after the ink dried on his contract with Disney.
But if you are looking for Lee Iacocca or Malcolm Gladwell kinda inspiration, this is not it. He labours through the book, swinging between polite recounts of his personal experiences, giving little away of his caustic wit that he's famous for and to prea Ronnie Screwvala has been a household name for parsis from Balaram street. He labours through the book, swinging between polite recounts of his personal experiences, giving little away of his caustic wit that he's famous for and to preachy expressions of what most innovators in the indian ecosystem know.
The plus side is that the book contains some good tidbits of failure and guiding stars and heartfelt tips in lucid language which may appeal to the "middle tier" as he said. The bits that every entrepreneur looks for is scaling up and exiting. Both of which, RS is the master of the game or so it would seem. But the book fails to go into details on both counts, by simply saying, "hire the right talent", "look out for the right time". Yeah right. Genuinely intriguing to read stories of companies that have grown in front of you.
For an outsider to build a corporate studio in India is really a big deal. It was great fun reading this. Its more of a chronological narrative which sometimes gets a bit monotonous, but never the less its nice to read about failures and how they turned it around. Worth a read if you are into business biographies. Jan 17, Manny rated it liked it.
Too much of "Gyaan" while Ronnie describes his journey. Most of the chapters are around themes e. Some portions are quite pragmatic and practical advise but overall the structure was quite confusing. Would rather that someone make a TED version which I can then watch in 20 min. Kind of preaching. You will only like if you like self help books. I would have liked a simple story, his journey of entrepreneurship. Super read. One of the best books on entrepreneurship I've read.
Mar 08, Bulbul rated it liked it. Mediocre book which does not cover Ronnie's entire career. The advice is more gyaan than practical and I don't know how helpful it is. Quick read. I finished it in a few hours. Jul 01, Abhilash Ruhela rated it really liked it. There is nothing special than reading an autobiography by one of the many successful Indian men who did it without any complaints or excuses.
We generally get excited knowing about the successes of the individuals in western part of the world but forget to appreciate the people doing well against all odds living and breathing around us. One such man is Ronnie Screwvala who is a wonderful example of how to be an entrepreneur and a success story. He has written his own tale of success and failures There is nothing special than reading an autobiography by one of the many successful Indian men who did it without any complaints or excuses.
So the author very directly and clearly states here that he is not going to tell what person he is or what his background has been but will only focus on his entrepreneurship life and lessons. The book is very crisply written without extending the stories with useless detailing. Ronnie exactly knows the value of time hence he assures that he speaks most in as less words as possible.
This is what makes the book a special read as you will not have to read much to gain insights on his entrepreneurship role but only pages. The book is written in a very simple language for every student to a new corporate slave or an entrepreneur to understand the same without having to read between lines. He also talks about his failures with the same enthusiasm which tells how literally he is proud of each second that he has worked upon his life to be a successful entrepreneur.
It is only after reading the book you will realize the number of different things that Ronnie has been involved with. You will be surprised to notice the different scales of business he overtook and started right from Zero and ended up being either the topmost performer or at least in the merit list for sure.
Ronnie has ensured that he even discusses the amount and costs involved in the projects without shying away from disclosing the same. Ronnie has taken names of other popular celebrities and talked good or bad experiences he had with them without any fear which makes it an interesting read to know the tie-ups and communication between these personalities.
To learn about a successful man, you need to know both- his professional insights and his personal lifestyle because until and unless, you do not know both, you will never be able to replicate his success by following his footsteps. Also, there are many advises that he has just quoted to be followed rather than giving heavy explanations on the same.
Except these drawbacks, this book is surely readable to understand how one needs to take risks in life to lead a successful entrepreneurial life. I give this book 3. Feb 19, Mohan Narayanan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Absolute beauty.. There is a letter in this book written to Ronnie by one of his colleagues.