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Time stamp: 21st June 2007, 7:30pm

‘Actual’ Venue: The Chancery Pavilion (Opposite Bangalore Club)

Event: Panel discussion on “Building Scale in an enterprise”

In my mind, the venue was ‘Bangalore Club (Opposite Chancery Pavilion)’ 🙂

I was looking forward to this event considering the luminaries which formed the panel:-

As I am still not very confident with the ‘ways’ of Bangalore, I had pre-poned my appointment with the Doc so that I would have enough margin to be in time for the event. But as luck would have had it, by the time I reached Sigma hall at the Chancery Pavilion Prof. Gowda was done with his talk.

Anyways, the gathering was enormous and there was hardly any place left in the hall for people to stand. Jigar and I took to a corner after leaving Madonna at Bangalore Club across the street. I would have continued wandering at the club looking for a non-existent TiE event, had it not been for Jigar.

A few key points which I remember from the evening:-

  • Scale in an enterprise is not and (rightly) cannot be a measure of success. If a business is catering to a niche clientèle, then it remains so. Volumes are not a sure-shot parameter to gauge the credibility. Moreover, majority of the businesses do scale up because that is the traditional approach from an academic point of view. But in reality, it depends as already stated.
  • Getting client/customer number 1 is as difficult as it is to get rid off it. In fact, the latter is trickier. One may ask why would any business want to lose its first customer. Well, in many cases it might not hold true but think a little and you’ll realize when it becomes an imperative to do so 🙂
  • The best time to turn an entrepreneur is RIGHT NOW and pedigree is of zilch consequence!!

There was some confusion as to this was the first occasion when TiE was serving beer. But it turned out to be false.

The session was followed by a networking dinner where apart from pouncing on the ham salad and fried fish, I happened to meet Dr. Ganesh who I later realized was CEO/MD at Soliton.

It was an evening well spent and I was looking forward to the weekend as well. More on that later.

PS: Will carry my cam at TiE events and post some snaps too!!

Written by Sangfroid

June 29, 2007 at 10:56 pm

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