Founding Fuel at four

This Week: The metrics of success, higher purpose, five greatest TED Talks, the art of negotiating, and more

Founding Fuel

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Dear friend,

Founding Fuel turns four today. It is a good day to visit a question those of us on the team are often asked: What does Founding Fuel do?

By way of background: Oftentimes, entrepreneurs face headwinds and need a sounding board. Then there are those who want their organisation to scale. We are witnesses to organisations who want to navigate their head around a country as complex as India.

All of them need pointers to where may the answers lie.

What Founding Fuel has worked hard to create as allies are a network of formidable people and institutions. Pointers to where answers lie emerge when an entrepreneur (or the leadership team in an organisation) meets up with this network.

We make it happen. We have witnessed it happen. Over and over again when a problem meets up with this network that include those who contribute to Founding Fuel and a formidable Advisory Council.  

One way to facilitate conversations is to study how those in leadership roles deal with some of the most complex issues of our times. In turn, this emerges as content on the Founding Fuel platform.

To understand how the entrepreneurial mind operates when challenged with hideously complex problems is also why my colleague Ramnath and I studied Project Aadhaar and wrote The Aadhaar Effect. This book, the first in a series, is now available across the world.

As I write this note, Founding Fuel is ready to scale. Over the last few weeks, much time was invested in the nuts and bolts of how. Expect much from us over the next quarter and the year. Wish us well.

My very best,

Charles Assisi

For Team Founding Fuel

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Muthu Kumar on Mar 18, 2019 7:15 a.m. said

Hi Team FF, Hearty congratulations on the 4th anniv! Subscribing to the brilliant insights and articles from the industry leaders and experts over these eventful years has definitely helped me in my learning journey for which I am very grateful. Best wishes for the years to follow!

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Founding Fuel

Founding Fuel aims to create the new playbook of entrepreneurship. Think of us as a hub for entrepreneurs- the go-to place for ideas, insights, practices and wisdom essential to build the enterprise of tomorrow. It is co-founded by veteran journalists Indrajit Gupta and Charles Assisi, along with CS Swaminathan, the former president of Pearson's online learning venture.

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