42.00 Falguni Nayar on entrepreneurship, career management, and leadership

Episode 453,   Apr 10, 2019, 10:03 AM


Falguni Nayar is the Founder and CEO at Nykaa.com. She founded it in 2012 with the vision of making the best of beauty products available all across India. Today, Nykaa.com’s collection includes the best of Indian and International brands across make up, skin care and hair care categories.  

Falguni is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad and initially worked as a Consultant with AF Ferguson & Co and then as an Investment Banker at Kotak for about ~18 years (with roles in International Business, Institutional Equities and Investment Banking). 27 years into her career, she took the entrepreneurial plunge and moved to start Nykaa.com.  

In our conversation, we spoke about her formative years, how she thought about her career in the initial years after IIMA and her reflections on how women should think about managing their careers and their leadership style as they go through their journey. We also spoke at length about her transition from the corporate world into the world of start ups when she started Nykaa.com and explore how she has had to adapt her ways to flourish in the new context.   

Published in April 2019.  


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