Mr. Rahul Basak
· The round of discussion started with Mr. Basak, who threw some light on the importance of skills in today’s day and age.
· According to him, students should emphasize on skills rather than degrees and it is very important to have a combination of both good skills and formal training to succeed in life and follow one’s passion.
Mr. Aarsh Srivastava
· When asked about the correct approach to digital platforms and technologies, Mr. Srivastava said, “Any change in culture would have its own advantages and disadvantages”.
· He also mentioned that in order to flourish in the digital age, entrepreneurs need to research more, understand more, think of user-centric solutions, remove biases and develop an environment of trust
Mr. Shamik Guha
· Continuing with the discussion, Mr. Guha mentioned that the digital entrepreneurship landscape is rising and in the next 20 years only skill-based jobs will be relevant. The demand will only get higher and the digital platforms keep creating new segments of jobs which will require a lot of skills.
· The higher educational institutions of today need to understand this change and should start imbibing skills-based courses in the curriculum so that students are prepared for the upcoming challenges.
Mr. Arijit Hazra
· Mr. Arijit Hazra was asked how startups can ensure adequate cybersecurity, to which he replied, “We might think that we have built enough infrastructure, but digital security is still in its nascent stage. Cybersecurity is important for product development. Entrepreneurs need to focus not only on solutions, but also on protection.”
Mr. Satadru Chowdhury
· Mr. Chowdhury, Managing Director, Vaanahaa Education and Innovation Labs elucidated on the root causes of the failures of start-ups.
· As per him, the three most important causes are: the identification of a right problem, appropriate pricing and maintaining a team.
· The right mantra to succeed is supporting each other and succeeding together.
Ms. Amit Das
· When asked about the evolving mindsets of entrepreneurs when accommodating the change in technology, Mr. Das said “Change of mindset (…in entrepreneurs) from operating in a consumption-lead market to an export-lead market is essential for making profits”
· He also mentioned that o.ne needs to focus upon how a product can be sold globally and be more adaptive and flexible, rather than simply aggressive.