Sunil Bharti Mittal and Entrepreneurship

wealthymatters.comDr.Sunil Bharti Mittal, Padma Bhushan ,was born in Ludhiana.He is a first generation entrepreneur. His father is the late Sat Pal Mittal MP.

Mittal’s first venture was making crankshafts for local bicycle manufacturers.He started in 1976 at the age of 18, with a capital investment of INR20,000 borrowed from his father.  Within three years he had set up two more plants, one that turned out yarn and the other stainless-steel sheets used for surgical utensils.

The initial days proved to be difficult and he earned very little from his businesses. But he kept at it.His businesses required him to travel a lot — sometimes, with very little in his wallet. In those days he travelled alongside his goods at the back of trucks. Travelling by air was out of the question — a train ticket was all he could afford. Hotels were out too — small hostels and clubs were what his budget allowed. He put in 16 to 18 hours each day, but his business just didn’t take off. So after mulling over other possibilities, he changed track. Read more of this post

Sudhir Hasija-The Upwardly Mobile Entrepreneur

wealthymatters.comSudhir Hasija is the chairman of the Rs 1200 crore homegrown handset maker Karbonn Mobiles.Here is a link to the company’s website:

His story will tell you how a person with few means can get into wholesaling and then into manufacturing.So for all would- be industrialists here is his story:

55 year old Sudhir Hasija, is the son of a government clerk. He left his home in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, after clearing his Class 10 exams. He then moved to Hyderabad where he spent three years in a machine tools company and saved around Rs 3,000. He used this money to set up a business selling TV accessories such as antennas and trolleys in Chennai. It was a difficult struggle. He would climb to the rooftops of buildings bare footed in the scorching heat to install antennas. He used to wash at railway stations and stay in low-cost lodges. However he persisted and managed to built a thriving business that he expanded across other southern cities.  Read more of this post

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