Rajat Taught Me to Stay Right

The Economic Times - - Disruption: Startups & Tech - K Chan­drasekhar

en­tre­pre­neur. Rajat gives me ad­vice from an op­er­a­tional stand­point. In the last two-three years, he has been very help­ful. His ad­vice has gen­er­ally been —you should do what is right for the com­pany; you know things bet­ter, do not look at what the mar­ket says. Rajat has given me ad­vice on what the mar­ket needs from an of­fer­ing perspective — what is rel­e­vant for a prod­uct, what is not. For some­body like him, who runs a hos­pi­tal chain, he can tell me how do they per­ceive an of­fer­ing like ours. It is not just ad­vice, it is the im­pact of the ad­vice. What­ever ad­vice I re­ceive, the ben­e­fi­ciary or buyer is Rajat him­self. Any ad­vice I fol­low, the proof is when he buys our prod­uct or ser­vice. I re­mem­ber when both of us spent two full days in Prague, where we were at­tend­ing a con­fer­ence a cou­ple of years ago. Af­ter that, we went for some sight­see­ing. Dur­ing the walk, we shared our prob­lems, is­sues and con­cerns. He gave me a lot of ad­vice on how to struc­ture and po­si­tion my­self with in­vestors, cus­tomers, etc. The big­gest ad­vice I have re­ceived was from Dr S Aravind, ad­min­is­tra­tor at Aravind Eye Hos­pi­tal. The mo­ment I got funded, he told me, “From to­day KC, do not have an emo­tional con­nec­tion; you need to step back­ward.”

(As told to J Vig­nesh)

Rajat Goel

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