I read “Failing to Succeed” by K. Vaitheeswaran in just two sittings. The Indiaplaza and E-commerce chapter is a masterclass which no MBA will teach you. The book related a lot to me personally for several reasons. Vaithee is an old colleague from Wipro and we transacted a lot during our tenure there. Secondly, I too have experienced the discrimination he mentions in the book- not coming from a premier institute. As an entrepreneur myself, I have felt the unpredictable behaviour investors exhibit. Honestly, my experience reinforces my belief that these high profile investors have very non-transparent behavior,
It is not easy to stay focused on a single goal for eleven years. Vaithee also encourages entrepreneurs to experiment, and that it is okay to fail.
One critical aspect that the book could have dwelt in a some more detail is the fact how difficult it is to close down a company. There are passing mentions, and a couple of anecdotes, but this is a huge problem we have in our business ecosystem. The book is a must read for everyone who wants to be an entrepreneur to absorb every one of his experiences and anticipate similar episodes in their journey too.