Stay Hungry Book

Stay Hungry Stay Foolish is an IIM Ahmedabad CIIE (Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship) publication.


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Business Or Social Service?

Some of you have dreams and noble intentions, but is that enough? Here is one such idealistic young man.

Hello Rashmi,

I am Saurabh, I have recently read your novel “Stay Hungry Stay Foolish” and that is how i got your mail id. I found that novel very inspiring and motivating.

I have plans to start my own magazine (Business Magazine), and i wish to see your help coming in my entrepreneural journey, as you have your own magazine(JAM) and you also provide consulting. As of now i dont have any prior experience in Magazine business.

My aim of launching a new Magazine is not to earn money but to make people aware about the new ideas that can certainly change their lives. I wish to add value to the lives of the middle class, and Upper middle class people which will further pull up the lower and lower middle class segment by creating Job opprtunities.

May The Force Be With You

And here’s an email from a young Dutch girl who’s set up her own business in India…

dear Rashmi

My name is Eva Reubsaet and I am a young Dutch entrepreneur. Twelve years ago my parents moved the production of memorial stones from Poland to India. After visiting more than sixty granite companies in the South of India, they have found an excellent partner in Tamil Nadu. From that time onwards, we are very committed to our partner and have established a good relationship on both business and private level.

When I was sixteen, I travelled for the first time to India to visit the granite factory and to meet our partners. I made a round trip through South-India on my own, but the last couple of weeks I stayed at the house of our partners. As a tourist, you mainly visit popular sight seeings described in travel books, but our partner showed me also another India.

Mindset of an entrepreneur

When I completed the book I thought about having one final chapter wity ‘learnings’. But I decided to let readers ‘find’ the messages for themselves. Or choose to simply read each chapter as a story.

Well, now a kind reader has written in with his interpretation of the ‘common factors’ which lead to success. Here goes:

Dear Rashmi,

As I was reviewing the notes I had jotted down while reading “Stay Hungry Stay Foolish”, I felt that I should drop you this note. In each chapter, I had noted down the salient points mentioned by the entrepreneur being interviewed and I compared the notes across chapters, I could see common themes running across stories.

What they say about us

I must compliment you for your book “Stay Hungry….Stay Foolish”! It’s a wonderful book for all those engaged in startups…and offer a ‘view changing’ thoughts from various entrepreneurs those have made it “Big”. I have shared this book details with some of my senior colleagues and most of them want to read it.

Naveen Luthra

Read  it this morning and have forced myself to put it down lest i lose my job before I decide to quit :-) . It reads like a thriller and for me is very timely…have finished nearly 1/2 of the book.Very well written, simple and straight as opposed to a ‘jargonised chip on shoulder MBA type read’ ; and the biggest take away for me is simply the grit ,determination and commitment to their beliefs that each of these guys has had to make this happen


Definitely a recommended read for students, as once one of my teachers at my alma mater put it succinctly ‘acchi chhokri and achhi naukri is not the only goal in life for everyone’ (apologies to women reading this but it applies equally well the other way around).

Tarun Dua

These guys like Bikchandani of and many others strted with nothing much but dreams and see what empires they have build. And all by sheer hardwork and dreams thats it… It gets me to think if I am capable of a 8to 8 job or I am destined to something more. I am still figuring out!!

Abhishek Srivastav


Rashmi Bansal is a writer, entrepreneur and youth expert.She is the author of two bestselling books on entrepreneurship. ‘Stay Hungry Stay Foolish’ features the stories of 25 MBAs who left lucrative jobs to follow the rough road of entrepreneurship. The book created a new record in Indian publishing by selling over 300,000 copies and has been translated into 8 languages.

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