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5 - Infosys to UIDAI – a 3D transition - Nandan Nilekani on Leadership in Start-ups and Effective Domain Transitions

Nandan talks about one of the seminal choices that entrepreneurs often have to make – Selecting a Co-Founder. He provides his thoughts around what they should bear in mind in this process. He also talk about what it takes to make the relationship work over a prolonged period of time.

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Nandan talks about one of the seminal choices that entrepreneurs often have to make – Selecting a Co-Founder. He provides his thoughts around what they should bear in mind in this process. He also talk about what it takes to make the relationship work over a prolonged period of time.
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