‘Founders should be aggressive in work not behaviour’ - a sentiment that was echoed by founders and investors in the latest Moneycontrol Podcast on “What’s Hot”, which had panelists including former Infosys finance chief T.V Mohandas Pai, BigBasket HR Head T.N Hari, K Ganesh and Naiyya Saggi, co-founder of the Good Glamm Group. The theme of the podcast was why culture matters and how to build it.
“Aggression in itself is okay, otherwise they (founders) will not be able to easily disrupt. But the thin line is where you become toxic and cross the line. You have to see what kinds of comments you begin to make, behavior you begin to demonstrate and tweets you begin to do. Those are the defining things,” said Hari.
The panelists stressed on how startup culture should be transparent and open and while being aggressive in terms of achieving milestones, it should not cross the line of being toxic.
“Most successful startup founders are alpha male or alpha females. Sometimes their behavior is abrasive and aggressive because that's how they see themselves. They do not see that they are hurting others because in their belief all others are like them,” said Pai.
“Ideally, the board should advise founders about their experience on how to work but the challenge is that most of the fund (managers) in India are young people themselves who have never built or run a company,” he added.