Ashish Kashyap was the first country manager of Google in India. In 2011, Kashyap co-founded ibibo Pay, a payments platform, which was later branded as PayU and sold to Naspers in 2014. In his second innings, 45-year old Kashyap launched a wealth management startup named INDmoney. In the latest edition of Like A Boss, Kashyap shares why he is not a big supporter of democratic processes and the need to define the purpose to manage a business. Edited excerpts from an interview.
What time do you like to be at your desk?
Ashish Kashyap: 10 a.m
Where is the best place to prepare for leadership: at business school or on the job?
AK: Job: especially at a startup.
Describe your management style.
AK: "Lead by example"
Are tough decisions best taken by one person or collectively?
AK: The buck stops at the leader who needs to take the final call. I am not a strong advocate of democratic process for taking decisions. We need to be quick and decisions need not be popular. Hence best taken by the one person or leader.
Do you want to be liked, feared or respected?
What does your support team look like?
AK: I have a strategy team (founder's office) besides an admin manager.