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Past Issue • Jan-Mar 2014

The Idea of Scale

Is there more to expanding the scale of entrepreneurship than just growing sales volume? In this wide-ranging interview, Subroto Bagchi, Chairman and co-founder, Mindtree Limited and best-selling author of business books, including most recently, The Elephant Catchers: Key Lessons for Breakthrough Growth, speaks to Dr Krishna Tanuku, Executive Director of the Wadhwani Centre for Entrepreneurship Development at the Indian School of Business, about reputation, infrastructure, adversity and the people challenges of scale.

Krishna Tanuku: When we talk about entrepreneurship in India, there are successful role models like yourself and there are organisations like Mindtree. There are new incubators, accelerators, all that. But in the context of India’s development, we need to create more than a hundred million jobs. We need a more equitable distribution of wealth. We need to address social and economic challenges through technology solutions at affordable prices. With that as the broader backdrop, what are your views on the challenges associated with scale? Subroto Bagchi: When India was moving out of the license raj into the first wave of liberalisation and then taking the baby steps towards globalisation, entrepreneurship seemed to be in short supply. But the fascinating thing is that in the last ten years, entrepreneurship has become widespread and accepted. People are looking up to entrepreneurs; entrepreneurs are becoming role models in many sectors. But I think the next big challenge for us would be to scale up. Entrepreneurship is quite pervasive now but scale is scarce.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

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    Krishna Tanuku

    Executive Director of the Wadhwani Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (WCED) at the Indian School of Business (ISB).
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    Subroto Bagchi

    Chairman and co-founder, Mindtree Limited and best-selling author.
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