January 12 by Vijay Shah

Thought Leaders Inspire Others

“You can do what I cannot do, I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things” – Mother Teresa

These mighty words can reach and inspire millions. They can enlighten the souls and create a better world. In today’s world, the context would be different, media is different, but thought leaders continue to pave a path for the betterment of the world. Be it society, environment, lifestyle or business, one thing is for sure. Digital media is acting as a key catalyst to convey the thoughts of individuals to billions. Here are my top three thought leaders from the Indian corporate world who have been noticed and have brought change.

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw – Global Thought Leader for Biotechnology

Thought LeadersKiran is Chairman and Managing Director of Asia’s leading biopharmaceutical company, Biocon, which she founded in 1978. She was also featured on the Linked list last year. Kiran was listed on TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world for 2010.  I would put her at the top of the list as she stood alone as a woman entrepreneur bringing change an industry dominated by men. Mazumdar-Shaw’s belief in “affordable innovation” has been a driving philosophy behind Biocon’s expansion. Inspired by the need for affordable drugs in less-wealthy countries, she has looked for opportunities to develop cost-effective techniques and lower-cost alternatives. She has also proposed that drug companies be cost-sensitive in marketing to developing countries, so that people can afford the drugs they need, particularly chronic therapies. She may not have the highest number of followers on social media, but is surely an inspiration to millions. Currently has been a member of the board of governors at few top most educational institutes in India and a speaker at multiple global events. Read more about her story here and be sure to follow Kiran on Twitter..

Vijay Shekhar Sharma – Leading a Billion Dollar Company at Age 37

Thought LeadersToday Paytm is a household name. Faced with the demonetization crunch in India, Vijay’s payment method became the most popular alternative to cash. A brilliant marketplace built on a digital platform, Paytm has millions of users today. Founded in 2010, Paytm became an instant hit amongst mobile users. A few years earlier, he didn’t have money to arrange dinner. Vijay’s story is one every aspiring entrepreneur can relate to. While still in college, he created a company, One97, which provided Value-Added Services (VAS) like premium or paid content to mobile phone operators. In 2010, Vijay launched Paytm, an online payment platform. Today, Paytm has over 4,000 employees and first began winning awards in 2012. What a brilliant idea and execution to match! Be sure to follow Vijay on LinkedIn.

Ratan Tata – The 80-years Young Entrepreneur

Thought LeadersMany of us would believe Ratan Tata has retired from corporate affairs. While this may be true for the Tata Group, who had at their helm this visionary industrialist for over 2 decades. During the 21 years when he led the Tata Group, revenues grew over 40 times, and profit, over 50 times. Managing India’s largest business conglomerate, the Tata Group operated in around 100 countries doing business in salt to software. While he continues to head Tata Trusts, Ratan has invested in a few startups and is involved in philanthropy activities through the Trusts he manages. An acute businessman, philanthropist, and visionary, Ratan leads to inspire the younger generation to take risks and innovate. Learn more about Ratan Tata here.

Hearing the stories and words from the great thought leaders, I find below quote from Indian Freedom Fighter – Subhash Chandra Bose very relevant here “One individual may die, but that idea will – after his death – incarnate itself in a thousand lives.”

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