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Chief Mentor: Who shouldn't be an entrepreneur

Kalyan Kumar Banerjee, MindTree co-founder and head, Learning is a regular contributor to the ‘India Chief Mentor’ blog on Wall Street Journal online edition. The column focuses on a topic relating to leadership and innovation.

Last month, I moderated a panel discussion with entrepreneurs who shared their experiences of entrepreneurship. There were five panelists, spread in age by a generation.

The youngest was Sandeep Hegde who founded dotCORD even before completing his engineering degree. At the other end was Parthasarathy N.S., co-founder of MindTree.

Then we had Subramanyam Kashibhat, who has founded several innovative technology ventures; Bal Krishn Birla, founder of, a local information service across India, and Potluck, a restaurant.