Growth Tunes - A Leadership Series

Growth Tunes is the first of the many initiatives of the ISB-Intel India partnered Emerging Technology Centre fashioned to strengthen startups' understanding of business challenges and acquire actionable insights to transform the challenges into growth opportunities.


Product Management for Growth & Scale

Intel Startup Program, in collaboration with the Indian School of Business, is excited to announce the first session under ‘Growth Tunes’. Participation in this exclusive session is by invitation only for a limited audience.

The interactive live session will cover insights on ‘Product Management for Growth and Scale’. It will help strengthen startups’ with proven frameworks, applicable perspectives on innovative practices, and actionable insights.


Summary of the above webinar:

 

Championed by the ETC, Intel Startup Program in collaboration with ISB kicked off the Growth Tunes series with a live talk session delivered by Vish Krishnan, a professor and endowed chair at the University of California and a professor affiliate at the Harvard University Lab for Innovation Science. Krishnan shared his insights on 'Product Management for Growth and Scale', specifically about the deep-tech ecosystem, with a select virtual audience invited for the session.

 

As part of his talk, the professor underlined three key focus areas for Indian startups to achieve desirable growth: how to prepare for sound, rapid and consistent growth; how to achieve 'graceful growth'; and how to produce an evolution of the product offering that enables such a growth.

 

Prof. Krishnan explained, "The dictionary meaning of the word 'graceful' is elegant and beautiful, but what we mean by 'graceful growth' here is for it to be harmonious, smooth, consistent, predictable, smart, strategic, creative, and innovation-driven with calculated risks. For instance, Israel has been able to grow its startup ecosystem gracefully by really leveraging its knowledge economy and consequently being able to punch way above its weight class: they have been minting out so many startups for such a small country. Wouldn't it be nice for us to have that from India?"

 

Later in the talk, a startup founder among the audience pointed out to the professor that what made the 'Israel model' possible was a kind of mutual assistance that startups offered each other to build the ecosystem together as opposed to a few major players establishing dominance in the market. Agreeing with the argument, Krishnan replied, "Consider Growth Tunes: this is the kind of initiative that builds very important ecosystems. Organizations can learn a lot from other systems, including biological ones. It all comes down to a healthy balance between cooperation and competition vis-à-vis a definite set of resources."

 

Post the session, the participants were requested to share their overall experience. "The case study-based sessions provided a way to understand complex topics very easily and in a manner that everyone can relate to," said Vijay Anand, CTO, of Tenxer Technologies. "The talk was most relevant to plan for scaling and growth of new technology companies in the enterprise sector," said Vinodh Venkatesan, co-founder, of Jidoka Technologies.