On 17 November, Achal Bakeri, founder and CEO of Symphony Limited, delivered a fantastic talk to my students at MDI.
Many students later told me or wrote to me that they accumulated more wisdom in this lecture than any other lecture they had attended. For me too, it was a wonderful learning experience to meet Mr. Bakeri for the first time and learn from him.
As per my request, Mr. Bakeri covered the following topics:
- Your journey as an entrepreneur;
- The history of Symphony;
- The struggles faced by you;
- Early mistakes, and what was learnt from them;
- Symphony’s M&A strategy;
- Any ethical dilemma you faced and how you dealt with it; and
- Key lessons to students from your life.
He also described in detail the business model innovation that he and his team have brought about at Symphony and the remarkable results that innovation resulted in excellent fundamental financial performance.
There is much to learn from Mr. Bakeri’s lecture. You can view the recording from here.
An earlier note sent to students from here.
My introductory comments are here.
And you can get the teaching notes I had sent to students before the lecture from here.
NOTE: This was an academic event focusing on a listed company’s financial performance over the years and the likely causes of that performance. The lecture video and any material referenced above should not be construed as a stock recommendation.