Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw was the girl who launched a billion dollar company out of her garage in Bangalore by becoming India’s largest biotech company and the largest producer of insulin in the Asian market. Developing industrial and pharmaceutical enzymes was the niche she chose to fill and her company Biocon became a major force to be reckoned with across world markets. Against all the odds Kiran persisted despite the gender inequality and prejudice she faced from industry players and banks alike. She know stands proud as a beacon of hope for all budding entrepreneurs and is a shining light and inspiration for all enterprising individuals of the fairer gender with a burning ambition to succeed in business. Talented people are always good for a one liner because their influence gives their words special meaning, so without further ado here is my compilation of 10 of the best Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw quotes.
- Mini Bio
- Name: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
- Born: 23rd March 1953, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
- Alma mater: Mount Carmel College of the Bangalore University and Ballarat College of Melbourne University
- Occupation: Entrepreneur who is the Founder & chairperson of Biocon
- Major awards: The 2014 Othmer Gold Medal in recognition of her pioneering development of the Indian biotechnology industry
- Recognition: Features regularly in Time’s 100 most influential people in the world and Forbes’s 100 most powerful women
- Trivia: As a skilled and professional brewmaster no company in the Indian brewing industry would hire her because of her gender, this was the catalyst to inspire her to start her own entrepreneurial career
"I have never let gender get in my way"
"As you become more successful, the gender barrier disappears"
"The credibility challenges you have during your growing up years starts disappearing when you start demonstrating success"
"An entrepreneur's life is always a continuous journey"
"I managed to do things with a lot of common sense, a lot of determination, and a lot of foolish courage"
"Keep trying to find a differentiated model, don't just try to do what others are doing.... that's where innovation comes"
"Innovation and commerce are as powerful tools for creating social progress as they are for driving technological advancement"
"Today anything can be done - we have the techniques"
"Whether I, fermented beer or whether I fermented enzymes, the base technology was the same"
"The brewing industry is a very, very male dominated industry. It's a male bastion"
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