Monday, August 17, 2015

Unsexy CEO Profile

Currently in India, its sexy to run a startup. But there is a small catch. You have to fit the narrative.

1. The younger, the better. In fact it will help if you are a drop out.
2. You should be building something in the B2C space.
3. You should have raised VC money(loads of it) and should be burning it like crazy.
4. You should have a pedigree. IIT, IIM etc
5. You should be brash and it helps if you scold your VCs publicly(Well this is not exactly true, but I am trying to make the narrative spicy :))

Our CEO, Mr. CSN Murthy is the anti thesis of all the above. He is above 50, building a startup in the B2B space,bootstrapped and one of the most mild mannered and humble person you will find.

So dont worry if you are above 50
Dont worry if you are doing something in B2B space or NGO or social service
Dont worry if VCs cannot see your vision and are not buying into it.

You can put your head down and build a company the best you can and in 3-4 years you can build a profitable multi million dollar company.

And someday, CSN will tell his story. I will make him tell it :)