The Dolphin and the Shark is born out of Namita Thapar's experiences of being a judge on Shark Tank India and running the India business of the pharma company Emcure as well as her own entrepreneurship academy. The book emphasizes how leaders of today need to strike a balance between being a shark (aggressive leader) and a dolphin (empathetic leader). It is divided into fifteen chapters which focus on various business mantras. The author shares personal stories, anecdotes about Emcure's evolution over the years as well as learnings from entrepreneurs who have inspired her. The Dolphin and the Shark also includes references to pitches from Shark Tank India's Season 1. Straight from the heart, candid and authentic, this book will inspire and motivate every reader to push their limits.
Namita Thapar is an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business and a chartered accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. She joined Emcure as CFO, after her six-year stint at Guidant Corporation, USA and is currently the Executive Director of Emcure Pharmaceuticals. Subsequently, her responsibilities grew to manage Emcure’s largest business unit: the India business. Namita is passionate about improving women’s health in India and promoting youth entrepreneurship. During the COVID pandemic, she launched a unique YouTube talk show on women’s health called Uncondition Yourself with Namita, which aims to provide authentic information and break taboos associated with women’s health. She leads Thapar Entrepreneurs Academy Ltd, an education company that teaches entrepreneurship. She is the founding partner of Thapar Vision Fund, which invests in start-ups. Namita is a recipient of various prestigious corporate awards, such as the 40 Under Forty award by Economic Times and Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Business by Business Today. She has been a speaker at various prestigious forums, such as the Harvard Business School, the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, ET Women’s Forum and FICCI, etc. She lives in Pune with her husband, Vik, and two boys, Vir and Jai. This is her first book.