Videos from Pecha Kucha Night #17: Creative Entrepreneurship (1/2)

Many of you have asked me about the videos from Pecha Kucha Night vol. 17, and I’m happy to say they have finally been completed and uploaded. I know they come much later than expected, especially since we had another Pecha Kucha evening since then. So, I apologize for the delay, but here are the first five videos of presentations from the evening on Creative Entrepreneurship. The rest will follow shortly in a second blogpost.

Gautam Sinha, Nappa Dori
Gautam Sinha, founder of Nappa Dori, kicked off the evening with an excellent presentation about his journey thus far. He talked about how, after studying fashion at NIFT Delhi, he worked for a couple of years at a design studio, designing Christmas ornaments. Even though this went well, it wasn’t something that really excited him. And that was when he had the opportunity to work with belts, and discovered his love for leather, starting him on his journey to founding Nappa Dori.

Mitali Kalra, Crostini Cafe
Mitali Kalra of Crostini Cafe spoke next about how she was inspired to set up a health food cafe in India, especially because most of the existing choices for dining out tend to focus on being indulgent, not being healthy. But there’s no reason why tasty food can’t be healthy. Mitali also spoke about the challenges of setting up a new business in India. This includes managing workers who aren’t all that manageable, training them to work in the way you would, and then of course, dealing with all the infrastructural challenges like plumbing and electricity.

Arpit Agarwal, Headstart Foundation and TLabs
Arpit Agarwal, co-founder of the Headstart Network, spoke about the business of Innovation in India. He talked about how, in India, systematic innovation is not the key driver of economy – it is more about what works in the here and now. That is why jugaad is the most commonly found, commonly written about and most commonly celebrated form of innovation, even in the international business press. Arpit gave several examples of systematic innovations that were developed in India but had no uptake, highlighting that even if we’re producing some groundbreaking innovations, we still have a long way to go in consuming them.

Prashant Sharma, Signals
Prashant Singh, founder of Signals, spoke next about how he decided to embark on his entrepreneurial journey. He would spend a lot of time thinking about what it meant to be an entrepreneur, deconstructing what he knew about successful entrepreneurs and trying to isolate the lowest common denominator within all these stories. Through this exercise, he came up several factors that were common, out of which he was able to aggregate the properties he didn’t yet have: the ability to teach himself new skills, have self-discipline, and make use of new opportunities. Once he decided to actively work on these, other things began to fall into place, resulting in the actualization of his entrepreneurial goals.

Rajat Tuli, Happily Unmarried
Rajat Tuli, co-founder of Happily Unmarried, talked about how he came to found the company. He had always been fascinated with advertising, and after studying Marketing and Communications, he worked at an advertising firm for a while. While he was there, he realized it really wasn’t as much fun or as exciting as he’d hoped it would be, and that he didn’t want to spend a large part of his life doing something that didn’t make him happy. This was when he decided to start a venture of his own, along with his partner Rahul, to make a fun gifts for young Indian people, which became Happily Unmarried.

About Ayesha Vemuri

Ayesha Vemuri is responsible for thought leadership and outreach efforts at CKS. She has undergraduate degree in Visual Art from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where she also studied such varied subjects as biology, literature and the humanities. At CKS, she is responsible for curating the Design Public blog, managing our various social media platforms, organizing Pecha Kucha Nights and contributing to the intellectual content of the Design Public Conclave and other CKS initiatives. Find her on twitter at @ayeshavemuri.
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