Kites in a Hurricane: Startups from Cradle to Fame

Kites in a Hurricane: Startups from Cradle to Fame

by Rishi Kapal

Paperback(First Edition)

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Startups, even the ones started by mature founders, required a lot of investment—both monetary and intellectual—on their entrepreneurial journey in terms of development and collaboration of the ecosystem. There are a million stories out there of successes and failures, of big and small startups, of one-of-a-kind and of every kind of startup. However, one thing is common: the entrepreneurial journey is checkered with highs and lows, difficult decisions, roadblocks, perseverance and lots of advice. Kites in a Hurricane is a book that describes how several startups used technology and entrepreneurial systems in an innovative manner to solve the problems they faced day after day when aspiring to build successful companies.

No one understands this world better than Rishi Kapal who spends all his waking hours surrounded by startups. This book is the essence of his experience with over 500 startups—it will help newer startups navigate through the exciting yet onerous entrepreneurial journey.

You will feel like an insider in the boardroom discussions and decisions of some of the successful startups.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789352807895
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 01/17/2019
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Rishi is a 48-years-old Stanford LEAD alumnus with dual masters in management and an engineering degree, and with 27+ years of experience. He has authored three books, published in the last five years.

Rishi is the former CXO of Fortune 500 companies and transitioned into being a start-up scale up specialist, career management coach and an academician. His coaching beneficiaries include super-senior and middle management leadership teams of corporates, entrepreneurial ventures and students at academic institutions.

From 1993 to 2014, for over two decades, Rishi held strategic and operational roles in Sony, Qualcomm, Ericsson, BP/Castrol, Avaya and HCL. Having received several awards and accolades for his professionalism and speed of execution, his last corporate assignment was as the interim MD and VP of Sony Mobile Communications. Rishi has co-authored research papers with laureates of Oxford University and IIT Kharagpur and is passionate about impactful outcomes and lifelong learning.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Sanjeev Sinha
What Changed the World: An Insider’s View of Startups
The Difficulty of Being a Good Idea
Face in the Dark
Business on a Shoestring
Make Me, Break Me, Remake Me
Developing the Organization: Founders as Flag Bearers
Design Me to Life
Feed Self, Then Get Fed: Business Development and Revenue Generation
Being Investible
Roots to Wings—Levitate: Becoming a Global Enterprise

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