Satya Nadella came into the limelight when he was announced as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Microsoft in 2014. Satya Nadella succeeded Steve Ballmer and is the third CEO of Microsoft, the software and cloud giant. He managed to increase the stock value of Microsoft during his tenure at a growth rate of 27 % and made some key acquisitions like LinkedIn, Mojang and GitHub, to name a few.
Satya Nadella made it to the top of one of the world’s biggest corporations and in the course of his inspiring journey, he has shared many words of wisdom.
Let us have a look at some of the inspiring quotes by Satya Nadella.
1. “Be passionate and bold. Always keep learning. You stop doing useful things if you don’t learn.”
Learning is a constant process and there is always something new to learn, be it a new skill, a new language or a new subject. Being in a state of learning will lead to a fulfilling life. Once the learning stops, there is no growth in an individual, which leads to a state of stagnation.
2. “You renew yourself every day. Sometimes you’re successful, sometimes you’re not, but it’s the average that counts.”
Each day is an opportunity to do something new. Whether or not you are successful is unimportant, but every new trial contributes to the average output. This offers the opportunity to learn from your mistakes and make the average better.
3. “I think playing cricket taught me more about working in teams and leadership that has stayed with me throughout my career.”
Cricket originated in England and spread to its colonies, where it is a popular sport. Cricket is a team based sport and involves reliance on teammates, offering plenty of leadership opportunities. Almost every team based sport offers a wealth of learning in terms of leadership and collaboration. In his book Hit Refresh, Satya Nadella mentions how he was taken out of the bowling attack because he was having a bad spell and was later recalled by the captain again to bowl. That incident resonated deeply with Satya Nadella and he says, “Why did he do that? He could have just broken all my confidence and thrown me off the team, but for some reason, he decided to give me the ball back. That ability, that sensibility of what leaders can do to bring teams along to do their best work—that’s what we can learn from team sport.”
4. “If you do not jump on the new, you do not survive.”
The world is constantly in a state of change in this age of digital communication, where technology is growing at a very rapid pace. In order to stay ahead of the competition, it is important to constantly adapt to new things. In a bid to compete with cloud product service giants Amazon and Salesforce, Microsoft released Enterprise Mobility security, which allows corporations and organizations to track and protect their mobile devices. This product increased Microsoft’s gross revenue up by 67 % and drew praise even from the critics who predicted its failure, thereby proving the Company’s ability to innovate and survive against all odds.
5. “Success can make people unlearn the habits that made them successful in the first place.”
While success is a cause for celebration, it is important not to let it get to your head. Success should pave the way for setting a new goal and aiming to achieve it.
6. “Our industry does not respect tradition. What it respects is innovation.”
The software and cloud industry is constantly evolving at a rapid pace, with innovations happening at a very quick rate, making the competition cutthroat. The entire industry thrives on innovation and Satya Nadella aims to do the same during his tenure as the CEO of Microsoft. Some innovations under his tenure include the Xbox adaptive controller designed to give additional assistance to differently abled people, the HoloLens augmented reality headset and the surface laptop.
7. “We all know the mortality of companies is less than human beings.”
Companies are made by the customers who use their products. Many big corporations shut down due to lack of demand from their customers, like Blockbuster, Thomas Cook, Compaq and Toys R Us. It is important to be humble and constantly innovate to improve the quality of life of the customer. Microsoft released its operating system (OS) Windows 8 as a measure to push people towards using tablets over desktops and pushed needless updates. This did not sit well with the people and they avoided using the OS altogether. Microsoft took the feedback into account and then rolled out Windows 10, which was more stable and compatible with desktops.
Which of these quotes by Satya Nadella inspired you the most?
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Iconic Power Couples At The Top Of Their Game
Corporations run the world in ways like never before. They provide technology, healthcare, innovation and development across the world. Some of these corporations are headed by influential leaders who changed the course of technology and quality of life over the years. The head of the corporation may be a man or a woman, but it is no secret that what they achieved can be credited to their special someone as well.
Let us have a look at some of the most prominent power couples at the top of their game.
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates
Bill and Melinda Gates run the world’s biggest private foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill Gates founded one of the world’s largest software companies, Microsoft. He decided to dedicate his life to philanthropy and with his wife, he started the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill Gates pursues issues related to climate change, while Melinda Gates’s focus is on gender equality. In an interview, Melinda Gates revealed it is important to have a spouse who views you as an equal, a quality which she credits to Bill Gates and their successful marriage.
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan
Mark Zuckerberg runs Facebook, one of the largest technology companies in the world. It is no secret Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, who is a pediatrician, were already in love before Facebook launched. Priscilla Chan was one of the earliest users of Facebook when it was just starting out as an online social networking platform. A day after Facebook went public, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan got married. Soon after Facebook became one of the largest technology companies in the world, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan started the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to promote equality in the fields of health, education, scientific research and technology.
Narayana Murthy and Sudha Murthy
Narayana Murthy is the founder of Infosys, one of India’s largest information technology companies. However, Narayana Murthy and his wife Sudha Murthy are most often known for the simple and humble lifestyle they follow. An interesting piece of information is they met through a mutual friend, G.K Prasanna, who is now the global head of Wipro. Sudha Murthy dedicated her life to social causes and was a trustee at Infosys Foundation, a position she used to establish libraries and offer scholarships to students. Narayana Murthy and Sudha Murthy are an inspiration to many even today and their love for each other has not diminished over the years.
Donald Fisher and Doris Fisher
Donald Fisher and Doris Fisher are the founders of the iconic apparel brand GAP. Initially, Donald Fisher leased out some space to Levi Strauss & Co. to sell their jeans. Donald then realised Levi’s only had a limited number of sizes in their line up and saw the need to open a store which carried all styles and sizes under one roof. Donald and Doris Fisher opened their own store named GAP. The concept was a success and soon after, GAP filed for an IPO. Before Donald Fisher’s demise in 2009, Donald and Doris Fisher were active in philanthropy in educational areas of interest.
The above mentioned couples remind us the world is a better place because of love. Let us know about any other power couples who inspired you!
Best Valentine’s Day Campaigns Run By Famous Brands
With Valentine’s Day right round the corner, every brand and organisation is scrabbling to have a strategy in place to increase their brand visibility and awareness. Needless to say, the advent of technology and digital platforms gave us some unique campaigns over the years. Some simple, some extravagant, but each one of them special because they all came together to celebrate love.
Let us have a look at some memorable Valentine’s Day campaigns we witnessed over the recent years.
Cadbury is a brand known all over the world mainly due to their bestselling chocolate, the humble Dairy Milk. It comes as no surprise Cadbury decided to theme their Valentine’s Day 2018 promotions around chocolate. The campaign, ‘Pop Your Heart Out With Silk,’ aimed to celebrate love in all forms. For the campaign, Cadbury released exclusive Dairy Milk Silk chocolates which had a heart shaped chocolate piece which could just be nudged out. The chocolate is a part of a gift hamper which contained two such Dairy Milk Silk bars and two Dairy Milk Silk Oreo bars, a customised greeting card and a photo frame.
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2. Dunkin’ Donuts
One of the world’s favourite desserts, the unassuming donut, also got a campaign of its own for Valentine’s Day 2017. Whether it is simply glazed, sprinkled or with toppings, the donut comes in many shapes and forms. Leading donut chain Dunkin’ Donuts did a campaign themed around Valentine’s Day by creating a contest named ‘Dunkin’ Love.’ The campaign urged users to show their love for the brand by sharing photos of the brand on Instagram. Lucky winners had the chance to win a year’s worth of free coffee, donuts and a cash prize of $ 2,500. The campaign also made use of geolocation so that exclusive Valentine’s Day content could be viewed at Dunkin’ Donuts’ stores. This year, Dunkin’ Donuts is running a campaign named #ValentinesDaySweepstakes, where anyone can tag a friend with the hashtag to get a chance to win a year’s worth of free donuts.
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Taxi hailing giant Uber did their own version of a Valentine’s Day campaign by branding it ‘Romance on Demand.’ Uber has its own creative ways of running campaigns. For example, on Pride Day, Uber changed the colour of the car icon on its app to a rainbow colour theme. However, for Valentine’s Day 2013, Uber turned into a rose delivery service. Users could just log into the Uber app to request a bouquet of roses, which were delivered to their special someone’s address by a driver in a suit. Although the service was expensive and was priced anywhere between $ 100-150, it became popular and encouraged app downloads. In the year 2016, Uber teamed up with the Kisses brand of Hershey’s to run a campaign named #UberSerenade. Users could request a serenade for their loved ones, wherein a person would go to the address given and sing songs about love.
In 2015, the iconic brand, with its red and white colour theme, came up with a very unique Valentine’s Day campaign which aimed at getting people to interact with and get to know strangers at bus stops. Two consecutive bus stops were set up with screens, cameras and a mic. People could see who is at the other bus stop and interact with them. The distance between the bus stops offered safety and was intended to make people shed inhibitions and converse with strangers. The people who interacted were in for a shock when the person with whom they interacted got onto the bus at the next stop. However, the conversations resumed once they greeted each other.
Watch the video here.
Starbucks, the world’s largest coffee brand, created a fun campaign for Valentine’s Day 2015. Starbucks partnered up with Match.com, the United States of America’s leading matchmaking platform, to run a campaign. A feature named ‘Meet At Starbucks’ was added to Match.com and users could use this feature to send out an invitation for a coffee date. Users who clicked the button could email each other and meet up at a nearby Starbucks.
We hope these campaigns made for a fun read. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, let us know of any other fun campaigns like these which make for a good read about marketing strategies.
The RAW Pressery Story -Juices Without Preservatives On A Shelf
Being a tropical country, India is home to unique and exotic fruits people all over the world have come to savour. Mangoes, ice apples and custard apples are just some of the fruits which are unique and found in India. Fruit and vegetable juices have always held a place in the Indian culture and civilisation in the form of medical remedies or coolers. From the humble lemon juice to the exotic mango juice, Indians love to make them a part of their daily routine.
Juices in India sold at supermarkets or retail stores always have preservatives added to them in order to increase their shelf life and keep them safe for consumption. A relatively new player, RAW Pressery, broke out on to the market by advertising their juices as preservative free and all natural, to take on established market brands like Tropicana and Real Fruit Power.
RAW Pressery was founded in 2014 in Mumbai by Anuj Rakyan when he realised there were no preservative free juices available in the market. Anuj Rakyan began experimenting in his kitchen with various juices and ingredients to come up with a product. After investing INR 80 lakhs from his own pocket and borrowing money from friends and family, Anuj was able to pool INR 1.5 crores to start RAW Pressery.
Growth of RAW Pressery
Once Anuj Rakyan was able to successfully develop juices, he began to deliver the juices himself to his initial clients. All this had to be done before any bacteria formed in the juices, therefore time was important. As his nutritional and fresh juices started seeing more demand, Anuj Rakyan employed the famed Mumbai dabbawalas to deliver to his clients in Mumbai. The juices saw their demand surging and before long, RAW Pressery added Pune to its market base.
Godrej Nature’s Basket and Foodhall became retail partners to sell the juices on shelves across their retail locations. Anuj Rakyan got his big break when investment firm Sequoia Capital decided to invest in RAW Pressery. A cold press was later added to increase the production of juice and also to increase the shelf life of products to 21 days. A cold press is a technology which avoids oxidation and preserves the nutritional value of fruits, vegetables and nuts.
With the growing demand, the product offerings shot from just six to eighteen present now and divided into four categories—Benefits, Basics, Boosters and Shooters. Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez was roped in as the brand ambassador for RAW Pressery.
Shelf life and beyond
The juices have a shelf life of 21 days and RAW Pressery makes sure the juices do not go to waste. Seven days before the shelf life expires, the juices are recalled to be sold at events while it is still safe to consume them. RAW Pressery also recycles their plastic bottles by collecting them from shops and homes and turning them into polyester fibre. This fibre is used to stitch school uniforms and distributed for free to poor students.
This is the story of a startup which, under the leadership of Anuj Rakyan, was able to capture the market with its strong and original products. Although RAW Pressery still has a large market to capture, it continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Therefore, it comes as no surprise RAW Pressery saw its valuation grow from INR 5 crores to INR 250 crores in just under four years.
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