A catchy title is one of the prerequisites for any ‘saleable’ book. Hence to that extent, Stay Hungry Stay Foolish by Rashmi Bansal, has a great title, it being borrowed from Steve Jobs’ famous speech made to the 2005 graduating class at Stanford University. The header on the front cover says, "The inspiring stories of 25 IIM Ahmedabad graduates who chose to tread a path of their own making". And this is an apt preview of the jaw-droppingly awe-inspiring stories of different entrepreneurs, the only common thread among them being that they simply believed in the power of their dreams. Written in a racy uncomplicated style, the book captures how these individuals overcame the odds to realize their dreams of being their own masters as they ventured into new territories, some with little other than their beliefs in themselves.
The book is divided into 3 sections, namely The Believers, The Opportunists and The Alternate Vision.
In the Believers section, the author has captured the tale of ten people who always knew Entrepreneurship was their Chosen Path and persevered until they made it big within a couple of years! Rashmi Bansal explains that there is a desire among these people to be different and keep on doing things continuously till they achieve success. Mr. Sanjeev Bikhchandani setting up 3 companies-Indmark, Info Edge and naukri.com is the case of getting a thrill out of his work which is the focus as mentioned by the author. The author next acknowledges that to be successful it is necessary to base one’s work on deep consumer insights, the way naukri.com was formed. She next cites the story of Educomp whose founder is a guy having that spark to do things on his own. She mentions that the IIM-A degree sometimes acts like a feather in the cap. Next the author brings up the story of Vinayak Chatterjee who persevered determinedly to save his Feedback Ventures three times from extinction and...