Books and Book chapters
Books and Book chapters
Shifting Orbits: Decoding the Trajectory of the Indian Start-up Ecosystem (2021), Hyderabad: Universities Press , ISBN-13 : 978-93-8921-1955
Shifting Orbits chronicles the spectacular rise of the startup landscape in India in four different sections: innovation, incubation, funding and industry perspectives. The first section dives deeper into understanding how India is faring on innovation-led entrepreneurship and delineates the challenges to be overcome. The next section explains how incubators provide a safe harbour for start-ups so that they can survive and flourish as viable businesses. For start-ups to be able to grow and create an impact, funding is critical – the third section examines the current funding scenario and lists the policy changes essential for its growth, The section on industry perspectives takes an analytical, practice-centred view of the growth of the Indian innovation ecosystem. Taken together, Shifting Orbits is a comprehensive narrative on innovation and venturing in India and provides valuable insights on current trends and practices as well as the challenges and potential benefits for the future.
Thoduvaanam Thedi (தொடுவானம் தேடி in Tamil), Ideas for Business Success (2020), Chennai: Vaanavil Publications, ISBN: 978-81-9478-2759
Thousands of men and women dream of making history as entrepreneurs. This book will lead that dream wonderfully to completion. This book highlights business success stories in a way that suits both small and medium entrepreneurs. Leading experts have explained different aspects of entrepreneurial challenges in a way that is easy to understand and practical. The book consists of seventeen chapters designed with the illustrative examples for those who want to do small and micro business. India has the necessary resources to achieve self-sufficiency. The proper advancement of small entrepreneurs is essential to make proper use of those resources. The book effectively provides business acumen in simple language and is a must read book for not only entrepreneurs but also those interested in entrepreneurship.
Fuel for Start-Ups: Perspectives on the Indian Venture Capital Industry (2018), New Delhi: Studera Press, ISBN 978-93-85883-56-9
This book is a compilation of the annual reports on the Indian Capital Industry that IIT Madras had published during 2009 - 2018. Each and every report of the annual series focused on a specific theme – which was largely driven by what captured the imagination of key stakeholders of the industry and whether it presented an intellectual opportunity to contribute to the topic.
The book is characterized by the breadth of topics, which would provide a reader a comprehensive perspective on various aspects of the Indian Venture industry. All the chapters have something that would be of interest for different stakeholders of the venture industry in India.
This book is not just a description of the concepts and processes of how the venture industry works. Instead it provides perspectives and insights that can enhance the understanding of the Indian venture industry, help decision making, or at least provide new knowledge on the subject in the Indian context. The contours of the industry have been analyzed and presented to become a valuable resource for everybody who wants an understanding of the Indian venture industry – entrepreneurs, fund managers, policy makers, and researchers.
Sigaram Thedi (சிகரம் தேடி in Tamil), A guidebook for first generation entrepreneurs (2012), Chennai: Kizhakku Pathippakam, ISBN: 978-81-8493-747-3. Based on the weekly Tamil column on “First Generation Entrepreneurs” in Nanayam Vikatan, Dec 2011 – May 2012
A major feature of the modern Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem is the emergence of first generation entrepreneurs. Traditionally, businesses were conducted by families across generations. Starting a new business or running an existing business may not be so challenging for those from business families. But for first-time entrepreneurs, this is a whole new world. It's like being blindfolded and not knowing where to start, what to do and what not to do. Professor Thillai Rajan has created this book based on what he has said to many first generation entrepreneurs. This book is a collection of highly acclaimed series of articles published in 'Nanayam Vikatan' magazine. This book covers the questions asked by many readers who want to start a new business and the answers given by Professor Thillai Rajan. This is a must read book for anyone looking to become a first generation entrepreneur.