Entrepreneurship. A word often tossed around. But in essence, what does it really mean? Well, we were at the 9th session of Talk the Walks hosted by Anura De Alwis. Intrigued after the previous session of Talk the Walks, we were curious on as to how this session would proceed. The speakers for this session of Talk the Walks was Dilith Jayaweera and Sivakrishnarajah Renganathan.
This was the first question asked by a member of the audience at the 9th session of Talk the Walks. Dilith explained that you first need to have a passion to build a brand. The next thing is to have a clear vision of where you want to place yourself. This was what Renganathan explained. So, in essence, you both a passion and a plan.
With anything that you do, there are risks involved. In the case of Renganathan, he took a risk by joining Commercial Bank while waiting for his O/L results. 37 years later, he is now the Managing Director/CEO of Commercial Bank. So why stay in the organization for that long despite bigger and possibly better opportunities waiting for him? “It was the happiness and the culture that the bank had”, Renganathan explained. It was also about handling the challenges and new opportunities that he faced, he added.
In the case of Dilith, he was a lawyer by profession. From a number of small jobs, Dilith set up Triad Advertising. All of these were a part of his risk-taking habit, he explained. In case you didn’t know, Triad Advertising is currently one of the largest advertising agencies in Sri Lanka.
The agency was responsible for a number of high-profile advertisement campaigns. From there, Dilith also set up a printing press which is among approximately 40 subsidiaries of Triad Advertising. “I did it for the happiness of risk-taking”, Dilith explained.
As an example of planning, Renganathan shared a story of a three-wheel driver who came to pull out the cash from his child’s savings account. The driver was using a three-wheeler that his father had purchased which needed to be returned.
As such, the driver needed the cash to buy his own three-wheeler. Renganathan took a risk and lent the driver Rs. 120,000/- which in 1994 was the value of a new three-wheeler. He emphasized that the driver should purchase a new three-wheeler and not a second-hand one as the cost to maintain it would be higher.
Within 18 months, the driver paid back the full amount that Renganathan had lent him. But that wasn’t all. The driver approached Renganathan with an interest in purchasing a bus. This has a number of risks that running a three-wheeler doesn’t. For example, you need to plan what route the bus would take and then obtain the necessary licenses.
While everything seemed to be well and good, unfortunately, the driver was stabbed 8 months later and had to call it quits for running a bus. This, Renganathan explained is why when we take risks, we should also plan ourselves to see if we can manage what we start.
While Renganathan was all about planning each step and creating a strategy for it, Dilith feels the opposite. For him, it’s all about taking risks and doing things at the spur of the moment. “It’s all about enjoying what you do and preparing to face the consequences of your actions”, he explained.
From setting up small print jobs to carrying out hugely popular and successful political campaigns, Dilith experimented with a number of tasks. He emphasized that money is not their primary business. They are in the field of creativity. When you think of money, you can’t think out of the box. When you think of money, nothing comes to your mind. However, when you don’t think of money, everything comes to your mind.
As an organization Triad Advertising has carried out a number of political campaigns. Dilith emphasized that these were done strictly by the book with no form of bribery involved at any point.
Some may be expected, and some may be unexpected. The key is to always be prepared to face whatever comes your way, explained Renganathan. He spoke about a fire that his friend was a victim of. At the time, he didn’t have an exact plan if something like this happened. However, he improvised and acted. In short, unknown challenges will come in life. These will require you to be ready for them. You will also encounter unknown or unexpected encounters in your plans. You need to be ready for those as well.
Risk is the primary thing for an entrepreneur. You can either plan for risk or go with your gut feeling and take an opportunity risk. In the case of both Dilith and Renganathan, they both reacted to risk in one of these two methods. In short, every entrepreneur will have to take risks. But they can choose whether to plan for the risk or take it as it comes.
In addition, you must also have passion in whatever you do. Added to that, you also need teammates who can help you out. There will be times when you fail. But the key thing is to get over it and learn from both your mistakes and others mistakes as well.
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Venture Frontier Lanka is bringing experts in entrepreneurship from around the country to cities throughout Sri Lanka to train local entrepreneurs to think differently about the ventures they will start.
Venture Frontier Lanka is bringing experts in entrepreneurship from around the country to cities throughout Sri Lanka to train local entrepreneurs to think differently about the ventures they will start. A caravan stop consists of different sessions about creating unique ideas for startup ventures and strategies for financing those ideas.
Come join the sessions on the 19th of December, starting with 2 pm at Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology.
The event is free of charge! REGISTRATION is mandatory for this event
(Wednesday) 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
SLIIT, New Kandy Road, Malabe
Early Bird till the 16th of Dec: 20% discount Likuid Members: 20% discount Female/Social Entrepreneurs (Locals Only): 50% discount Join for a one day workshop where we unchain the collective wisdom and creativity
Early Bird till the 16th of Dec: 20% discount
Likuid Members: 20% discount
Female/Social Entrepreneurs (Locals Only): 50% discount
Join for a one day workshop where we unchain the collective wisdom and creativity to help each other having a more productive digital nomad new year and build better cooperations for teamwork.
During this peer to peer learning session you can share your experiences to help others and learn from other practitioners. Together, dive into the most painful problems and brainstorm on solutions. It’s for you if you resonate with some of these questions:
How do I integrate work, life and travel?
How do I keep motivated to achieve?
How do I keep engaged with a client?
How do I manage my time and energy?
How do I get clients?
How do I find people to collaborate with?
How to deal with time differences?
How can I make human interactions with slack profiles?
How to set realistic goals in constantly changing environment?
What are the best tools & methods for productivity?
What’s the secret of aligned teams?
What are the best skills for a digital nomad?
ABOUT THE METHOD:
“We create space for meaningful conversations, experimental and peer to peer learning. Nothing frontal, no preaching. But space for your very unique questions.”
+ Full-day mentored learning program
+ Breakfast on the roof
+ BBQ lunch on the roof
+ Goodie bags & Take-home handbooks
+ Post-event networking
ABOUT THE HOST:
Kitti is a digital nomad herself and a marketing consultant for innovative companies and early stage startups. She is a conversation ambassador for tedxdanubia, hosted meaningful conversations on ideas worth spreading. In the past years she worked in self organized teams, practiced facilitation, joined peer to peer networks, decentralized teams and cocreated a collective of freelancers. She is a cofounder of a sustainability startup that just secured its first round of investment. Worked as a mentor for many startups, and in the meantime she visited more than 15 countries.
Are you a Sri Lankan female entrepreneur or a local social business? Reach out for your discounted tickets!
PRICE IN SRI LANKAN RUPEES:
Regular: LKR 5000
Early Bird till 16th of Dec: LKR 4000
Likuid Members: LKR 4000
Female/Social Entrepreneurs (Locals Only): LKR 2500
(Saturday) 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
5 Charles Place 00300 Colombo, Sri Lanka
Karthik ( Associate Director, DTCC & Co-organiser of Hyperledger Chennai Meetup) will be here for the 2nd Hyperledger meetup. He will share his experience with Hyperledger and Business application of Blockchain
Karthik ( Associate Director, DTCC & Co-organiser of Hyperledger Chennai Meetup) will be here for the 2nd Hyperledger meetup.
He will share his experience with Hyperledger and Business application of Blockchain technologies.
1. Work with Hyperledger Fabric and Explorer.
2. Business use case with Hyperledger Blockchain Framework
3. Q&A session
This is a Free session. Register here
(Friday) 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Startup X Foundry
07, Charles Place, Colombo 03, Colombo
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