Archive for April, 2014

Arun Jain’s Life Stream

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Hindsight. Wisdom. Experience. At the NASSCOM Standalone session in Hyderabad, I dipped into my own life story for anecdotes that I hoped brought alive the concepts I was sharing. Here are a few videos. You can find the playlist here.

Entrepreneurship: The Early Years
In search of a goal. In the age of interpreters and compilers, signals written within 2,000 bytes, and a vision limited by demography. Arun Jain describes the early years of his entrepreneur journey, where he discovers his true calling. An excerpt from ‘Journey of an Entrepreneur’, a stand-alone session by Arun Jain for the NASSCOM Product Forum at Hyderabad, February 28.

Entrepreneurship: Shifting Gears 
‘Those earning less than Rs. 10 lac per year need not apply,’ so said a recruitment ad from a fledgling company. This company went on to hire not one, but four senior personnel. Polaris knows that shifting gears inevitably means going faster. As an entrepreneur, do you have the courage to go all out? An excerpt from ‘Journey of an Entrepreneur’, a stand-alone session by Arun Jain for the NASSCOM Product Forum at Hyderabad, February 28.

Leaving The Comfort Zone
At a stage in the business life cycle, an entrepreneur is likely to find himself in a comfort zone. Going on to the next orbit means moving away from the comfort zone. What would you choose? Over a campfire many years ago, Arun Jain, already successful, realized that not realizing the full potential of Polaris was selfish. The company subsequently went from Rs. 2 Crore to Rs. 260 Crore, in six years. An excerpt from ‘Journey of an Entrepreneur’, a stand-alone session by Arun Jain for the NASSCOM Product Forum at Hyderabad, February 28.

Coach, the Entrepreneur’s Sounding Board
When you talk about an issue to someone you trust, you are actually having a conversation with yourself. A coach need not be an absolute expert in the field, just someone who helps achieve clarity within yourself. An excerpt from ‘Journey of an Entrepreneur’, a stand-alone session by Arun Jain for the NASSCOM Product Forum at Hyderabad, February 28.

Extraordinary From The Ordinary 
Did you know that Polaris’ ‘Employee Option Trust’ preceded SEBI’s directions along the same lines? It is initiatives like these that raise the emotional content within the work force of Polaris, making this talent pool a force to reckon with. An excerpt from ‘Journey of an Entrepreneur’, a stand-alone session by Arun Jain for the NASSCOM Product Forum at Hyderabad, February 28.

New Paradigm on Entrepreneurship

Monday, April 7th, 2014

The last day of February was the first day of a new paradigm on entrepreneurship at a NASSCOM stand-alone session in Hyderabad. Over an interactive two-hour presentation, I spoke about entrepreneurship, with my own journey as an illustration, to CEOs, business leaders, top management and decision makers of several businesses. The discussion has been curated into a collection of select clips. You can find the playlist here –

Here they are –

Defining Entrepreneurship
From 18th Century Europe, to Peter Drucker, how has the world understood entrepreneurship? However, the defining has given way to experiencing, says Arun Jain. An excerpt from ‘Journey of an Entrepreneur’, a stand-alone session by Arun Jain for the NASSCOM Product Forum at Hyderabad, February 28.

Fear Factor
ou are poised for the next big step, a shift in orbit. What holds you back? Arun Jain articulates the fears that keep entrepreneurs from forging ahead. An excerpt from ‘Journey of an Entrepreneur’, a stand-alone session by Arun Jain for the NASSCOM Product Forum at Hyderabad, February 28.

The Entrepreneurship Journey
Entrepreneurship has a life cycle. There is no end, but there is a beginning, a middle and a maturing of purpose. Understanding the life cycle and where you are in it, is key to moving on to the next stage. An excerpt from ‘Journey of an Entrepreneur’, a stand-alone session by Arun Jain for the NASSCOM Product Forum at Hyderabad, February 28.

Entrepreneurship Tools
An entrepreneur begins with vision and drive, but he/she still needs a blueprint, a toolkit, a plan. What might these be? An excerpt from ‘Journey of an Entrepreneur’, a stand-alone session by Arun Jain for the NASSCOM Product Forum at Hyderabad, February 28.

Entrepreneurship Frameworks: 7S and 7P 
Tune in as Arun Jain expounds the 7S McKinsey Model and the 7P marketing model of entrepreneurship. A framework is imperative for an entrepreneur; you must choose one and more importantly, adhere to it. An excerpt from ‘Journey of an Entrepreneur’, a stand-alone session by Arun Jain for the NASSCOM Product Forum at Hyderabad, February 28.

6 Capital Framework: Polaris’ Own
What framework does Polaris adopt? What system has held together the world’s first CMMi Level 5 company, a Rs. 2,000-crore company conglomerate, and made it the WalMart of Financial Technololgy? Arun Jain explains squarely, with two cubes in hand. An excerpt from ‘Journey of an Entrepreneur’, a stand-alone session by Arun Jain for the NASSCOM Product Forum at Hyderabad, February 28.

Entrepreneurship Anxieties 
What keeps entrepreneurs up at night? These are not simple fears one encounters at the starting line, but deeper anxieties experienced on behalf of thousands of employees, a multitude of shareholders, and the entrepreneur’s inner voice. An excerpt from ‘Journey of an Entrepreneur’, a stand-alone session by Arun Jain for the NASSCOM Product Forum at Hyderabad, February 28.

10 Entrepreneurship Dilemmas
Does the right course of action always align with the profitable course of action? What if it doesn’t? When can you cross the moral line? What are the consequences. Not one or two, but dilemmas exposed, dissected and demystified. An excerpt from ‘Journey of an Entrepreneur’, a stand-alone session by Arun Jain for the NASSCOM Product Forum at Hyderabad, February 28.

Art Of Delegation
In less than one minute, Arun Jain answers a question that plagues most entrepreneurs. While there are various indicators, sometimes all it takes is a look at your inbox. An excerpt from ‘Journey of an Entrepreneur’, a stand-alone session by Arun Jain for the NASSCOM Product Forum at Hyderabad, February 28.

Unmukt: Freedom With SEPIA
Skill, Expertise, Perspective, Idea and Alignment. Arun Jain expounds SEPIA, the drivers for the growth of an entrepreneur. This nugget is part of Polaris’ homegrown Unmukt Thinking, the art of unbound creativity. An excerpt from ‘Journey of an Entrepreneur’, a stand-alone session by Arun Jain for the NASSCOM Product Forum at Hyderabad, February 28

Entrepreneurship: Stages Of Life 
The growth of an entrepreneur is not an inorganic curve. It is a nuanced journey which includes phases of energy, pride, cynicism, insecurity, a child-like curiosity, and humility. In this insightful clip, Arun Jain explains how, over three stages, a manager transforms into an entrepreneur. An excerpt from ‘Journey of an Entrepreneur’, a stand-alone session by Arun Jain for the NASSCOM Product Forum at Hyderabad, February 28.