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BBLF 2017 Sessions

Biographies & Indian Business History


Morning Sessions


09.00 am



09.30 am – 09.45 am


09.45 am – 10.30 am

Timeless Lessons from Business Biographies

Dr. G.Raghuram, Director IIM Bangalore

Ajay Nanavati, Former MD, 3M. Founder Grey Gurus

Joydeep Sen Sarma, Author of Creating a Data-Driven Enterprise with DataOps – Insights from Facebook, Uber, LinkedIn, Twitter, and eBay

Sangeeth Varghese, Founder LeadCap Ventures

10.30 am – 11.15 am

Failing to Succeed – Stories of Start-ups that Gained Big from Initial Setbacks

Vaitheeswaran K, Author, Advisor, Consultant, Mentor

Vidya Laxman, Technology Director at Tesco

Vijay Menon, Author of Innovation Stories from India Inc.

Prof. P D Jose, Faculty at IIM Bangalore

11.15 am – 11.30 am

Network Break

11.30 am – 12.30 pm

Modern Biographies of Indian Entrepreneurs – Success Secrets

Captain Gopinath, Author of Simply Fly – an Autobiography

Rashmi Bansal, Author of Stay Hungry Stay Foolish, I Have a Dream, God’s Own Kitchen: The Story of Akshaya Patra

Alan Rosling, Author of Boom Country? The New Wave of Indian Enterprise

Benedict Paramanand, Author of C K Prahalad – The Mind of the Futurist

12.30 pm – 01.30 pm

Start-ups Disrupting Publishing

Abhaya Agarwal, Co-founder

Gaurav Gupta, Founder & CEO

Vignesh Ramaswamy, Founder Tartl, Penumbra

Madanmohan Rao, Director @

01.30 pm – 02.15 pm

Network Lunch

Afternoon Sessions


02.15 pm – 03.15 pm

Learnings from Business Literature for Management Students and Professionals

Ram Nidumolu, Author of Two Birds in a Tree: Timeless Indian Wisdom for Business Leaders

Rakesh Godhwani, Faculty at IIM Bangalore

R Srinavasan, Faculty at IIM Bangalore

Ramya Ranganathan, Faculty at IIM Bangalore

03.15 pm – 04.30 pm

‘The Story of Indian Business’ Tales Of Trade, Adventures In The Bazaar And Romance Of The High Seas

Gurcharan Das, Best-selling Author, conceptualized and curated a 15-volume series being published by Penguin

Lakshmi Subramanian, Author of Three Merchants of Bombay: Business Pioneers of the Nineteenth Century – Tarwady Arjunjee, Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy and Premchand Roychand—founding pioneering business empires based on trade in cotton and opium

V Raghunathan, Author of Beyond the Call of Duty – Less-known Work of Many Englishmen who were Truly Dedicated to Indian Interests

Ganesh V, Author of The Underage CEOs

04.30 pm – 04.45 pm

Network Break

04.45 pm – 05.30 pm

Biographies of Indian Business Tycoons

Kingshuk Nag, Author of KINGFIZZER: The Rise and Fall of Vijay Mallya And The Double Life of Ramalinga Raju – The Story of India’s Biggest Corporate Fraud

K Giriprakash, Author of The Vijay Mallya Story

Shankar P, Editor, Knowledge@Wharton

05.30 pm – 06.30 pm

Closing & Valedictory Talk ‘Making a Living vs. Making a Life’

by Gurcharan Das


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