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Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw Quotes


Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
  • 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
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"I have never let gender get in my way"

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

"Everyone at work calls me Kiran, which is a very different kind of a culture to have especially in a country like India where people are very reverential about the heads of companies"

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

"I wanted to attract the best brains in the business and provide them a work environment where merit and talent was nurtured to the fullest and duly rewarded"

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

"I've always believed that you've got to treat people in a very very egalitarian manner in the sense I like to treat people on a one-to-one basis"

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

"My legacy is going to be in affordable health care. I am willing to invest in developing that model and the policies around it"

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

"I like people to take on a lot of responsibilities because I think with a sense of responsibility also comes a sense of purpose"

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

"As you become more successful, the gender barrier disappears"

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

"The credibility challenges you have during your growing up years starts disappearing when you start demonstrating success"

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

"An entrepreneur's life is always a continuous journey"

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

"I managed to do things with a lot of common sense, a lot of determination, and a lot of foolish courage"

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

"Keep trying to find a differentiated model, don't just try to do what others are doing.... that's where innovation comes"

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

"Innovation and commerce are as powerful tools for creating social progress as they are for driving technological advancement"

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

"Today anything can be done - we have the techniques"

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

"Whether I, fermented beer or whether I fermented enzymes, the base technology was the same"

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

"The brewing industry is a very, very male dominated industry. It's a male bastion"

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"No one can browbeat me into making unviable concessions"

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"I encourage a lot of informality in our workplace"

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Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw Biography

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 17 of the best Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw quotes

Quotes About Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Vijay Mallya the Chairman of UB Group was complimentary: "She is a very determined person. "Once she decides on something, she gives it her all"

The entrepreneur Bala Manian was praiseful: "Kiran has maintained her connections to her roots through the entire journey to success, lives the moment with gusto, passion and energy, and wants to make a difference to other people's lives with her energy and commitment"

Nandan Nilekani the CEO of Infosys was impressed to call Kiran: "An absolute role model for first generation entrepreneurs. She has the guts to say what she feels is wrong"


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