The mercurial should not trump the methodical

Mercurial founders get disproportionate public exposure, but nothing pulls down leaders with extra-gravitational speed than front-page coverage in the media


R Gopalakrishnan
Having read the book by Atsuo Inoue about the genius of Masayoshi Son, I noticed that R N Bhaskar has written a second book about Gautam Adani. In the case of Son, the book title, Aiming High, now appears like an Icarus chase.

The media and commentators are smitten by start-ups. Notwithstanding the fact that success criteria for start-ups are hazy — there is a tearing hurry to identify genius. We just read about the sheer genius of founder SBF (Sam Bankman-Fried) of FTX crypto exchange. Starting in 2019, SBF positioned himself as a public intellectual, and marketed himself to venture capitalists as a genius eccentric. And they all fell for it!

Success can, and should, be discerned only after several years.
Disclaimer: These are personal views of the writer. They do not necessarily reflect the opinion of or the Business Standard newspaper

First Published: Nov 23 2022 | 10:57 PM IST

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