The students of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies organised ‘ WYSIWYG 2- The Irrational Conference’ at Google’s Office on Saturday, March 12, 2014. The conference was open to all students of Delhi and saw sessions by speakers like Mayur from Highway on My Plate, Manoj Kohli, the Managing Director of Airtel India and Rajan Anandan, Managing Director, Google India.
The conference, which centered on taking risks and ‘being irrational’, was opened by Mayur from Highway on My Plate. In his very candid and frank speech, he talked about his journey from college to Highway on My Plate, the importance of loving what you do and most importantly, the importance of getting around to doing it and not just sitting and thinking about it. “If you want to travel far, you got to carry your own fuel”, he said.
The next big speaker for the day was Manoj Kohli. He talked about Airtel’s growth, its refusal to accept that India cannot produce MNCs and the importance of having a committed and impassioned workforce for a successful organisation. He very humorously recited an incident when he went to his boss and told him that he had overspent a little in Airtel International’s Maiden Quarter, and by little, he meant $300 million! To this, his boss said that as long as he had spent it on the right places he was safe.
Vicky Roy was the next speaker in line, who started off at Salaam Balak, an NGO for underprivileged boys and is now heading off to MIT, USA for a course in Photography. He received a standing ovation from the audience for his amazing and heartening story of success.
Varun Banka from Social Cops and Shrey Malhotra from Google India talked about their respective ventures followed by Neeraj from Uber, a platform that helps you arrange your transportation requirements in just 3 clicks!
The conference also saw performances by Hanita Bhambri and Dhruv Visvanath, two talented musicians from Delhi University. Both of them enthralled the audience and got standing ovations.
But the best was left for the last. Rajan Anandan, the head of Google India gave the closing note. His truly inspiring speech talked about started early, failing and getting back up.
“You open a start up and you fail, 100 companies would hire you. But you have another start up and fail again, 100 more will hire you. But you decide to have a third startup and fail yet again, Google will hire you. The courage to fail and still keep persisting is what will make you successful.”