R. Gopalakrishnan has been a corporate leader for almost fifty years-the first phase of his career with Unilever was for thirty-one years, while the second was for seventeen years as director of Tata Sons. Gopal spends the third and current phase of his career by writing, advising, speaking and teaching. He is a member of selected boards of companies and an adviser for others. He is the bestselling author of several books including The Case of the Bonsai Manager, When the Penny Drops, What the CEO Really Wants from You, A Biography of Innovations and Crash: Lessons from the Rise and Exit of CEOs. Gopal is actively engaged in both instructional and inspirational speaking. He serves as a distinguished professor of IIT Kharagpur and as executive-in-residence at the S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai.
R. Narayanan began his career in well-established companies-Coca Cola and Nestle-followed by considerable experience in the advertising business. Thereafter, the entrepreneurship bug bit him. Since the 1980s, Naru has been deeply involved with start-ups. He founded and ran a company to make and market Big Fun, a chewing gum product. His next venture was to create a machine/business system to dispense dosa, just like a hamburger, an offering that he branded as Dosa King. After sequentially exiting the two start-ups where he learnt many lessons, he became a passionate participant in angel investing and mentoring.