Stay Hungry Stay Foolish

The current US financial crisis has many lessons to offer, especially for young graduates. Most of them dream of joining a multinational company after graduation. Only a few dare to tread the unknown path of an ‘entrepreneur‘. Some succeed and many fail — this is just how things work. Rashmi Bansal’s book is a compilation of stories of 25 successful entrepreneurs who are alumni of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A). They overcame all kinds of challenges, including mental, financial, administrative, social and personal.

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish is the story of 25 IIM Ahmedabad graduates who chose the rough road of entrepreneurship. They are diverse in age, in outlook and the industries they made a mark in. But they have one thing in common: they believed in the power of their dreams. This book seeks to inspire young B-school graduates to look beyond placements and salaries. To believe in their dreams.

Whether it is the story of R. Subramanian‘s Subhiksha, Sunil Handa’s Eklavya Education Foundation or Madan Mohanka’s Tega Industries, the author has presented comprehensively the ingredients that go into the making of a successful business person.

The case studies are a good mix of well-known personalities such as Shantanu Prakash of Educomp, Deep Kalra of and Sanjeev Bikchandani of, and others such as Anand Halve of Chlorophyll (a brand consultancy) and Vijay Mahajan‘s Basix. It is an interesting book, with the author managing to ‘just keep it simple’.

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