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Worth one's salt: Venkatesh Iyer says having faith in your ideas, business and yourself is the mantra

Iyer is the founder CEO of fast-food chain Goli Vada Pav.

, ET Bureau|
Aug 17, 2018, 12.07 PM IST
Talk about adding spice to life. The founder CEO of this fast-food chain wouldn’t have imagined that he’d someday be spoken about at Harvard. Venkatesh Iyer of Goli Vada Pav says that when he found out that his company was going to be part of a case study in Harvard, IMD Switzerland and ISB Hyderabad, he had tears of joy. “It was a surreal experience for someone like me who has not been to any Ivy League or even the top institutes here in India. When Harvard invited me to teach the case study it was like icing on the cake,” says Iyer.

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It’s that time of the year – Sun Valley, or what’s popularly known as ‘summer camp for billionaires’. The mogul fest takes place at the lavish 3,000 acre Sun Valley Resort at Idaho. While it converts into a ski resort in winter, during the summer, guests can take part in golfing, cycling and white water rafting. The billionaires are spoilt for choice – there are also signature massages at the destination spa, indoor bowling lanes in the basement and a man-made ice skating rink.

His journey, however, has not been without hiccups. There were at least three instances in his career when he was told to give up, and that the Indian burger, would eventually make him a beggar. But he persisted and shares some advice about those trying times.

“As entrepreneurs we are here to evolve this planet to the next level through products, services, imagination. You should keep trying new business models, new markets, new tech — even if you fail. Have faith in your ideas, business and yourself.”

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