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Book Review of Startup Companies: How ICONIC Entrepreneurs Git it Right by Ujwal Kalra and Shobit Sh

Published by HarperCollins India

Genre: Non Fiction/Business

MRP: Rs. 499/-

Thank you @harpercollinsin for the media copy.

Backed by the CIIE.CO at IIM Ahmedabad, the book brings together the knowledge and insights from the various contributors of the book , after a lecture series and various interviews conducted by the authors. The foreward by Mr. NR Narayana Murthy is so on point. He writes 00down his journey from being a hardcore socialist-leftist to a compassionate capitalist. His logical reasons for his change of heart and some strong and stern advice for the entrepreneurs.

The book is divided into 10 chapters , about the startup’s journey’s , from the Before the startup to the highly sought out “exit”. According to the author’s it is ideal if the book is read chronologically but each chapter is self contained and may be read on its own. Each chapter also has a summary at the end of it , with the important points pointed out.

Ujwal Kalra is the co-founder and CEO of NAKAD, a supply chain startup that makes credit and commerce easily available to small and medium businesses. At IIM Ahmedabad, Ujwal co-founded and headed the ‘How to Start a Startup’ series on which this book is based. Shobhit Shubhankar is a consultant at Boston Consulting Group. He is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad where he was a founding member of the ‘How to Start a Startup’ series, and graduated in the top 5 per cent of his batch.


  • Abhiraj Bhal, Urban Company

  • Anand Daniel, Accel Partners

  • Anu Hariharan, Y Combinator Continuity Fund

  • Deep Kalra, MakeMyTrip

  • Falguni Nayar, Nykaa

  • Girish Mathrubootham, Freshworks

  • Kunal Shah, FreeCharge, CRED

  • Raghunandan G, TaxiForSure

  • Rajan Anandan, Sequoia Capital

  • Ritesh Agarwal, OYO

  • Sachin Bansal, Flipkart, Navi

  • Sanjeev Bikhchandani, Info Edge

  • Sahil Barua, Delhivery

  • Tarun Mehta, Ather Energy

  • Yashish Dahiya, Policybazaar

Many people in India are fasinated by entrepreneurship. Today its not like the situation a few decades ago, where all one wanted was to secure a good government job and then one’s life was considered to be settled. Many of you must have watched the Shark Tank show which aired late last year in India. The drive in entrepreneurship as a career is a lot these days. And if you are one of the people who wants to pursue it, i believe this book can help you a lot. You get to know about the do’s and dont’s and the if’s and but’s that these entrepreneurs have already faced and you can learn from them.

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