MD & CEO – Portea Medical
Quick chat with Meena Ganesh, Member of DWENIndia
What is it that drives you daily as an entrepreneur?
As an entrepreneur there are exciting new challenges that come up, literally, everyday. You can see the business evolving in front of your eyes and it keeps you on your toes all the time. Everyday you have to not just think strategically but also get involved in the nitty-gritty aspects to solve problems on the ground. Speaking to customers reminds you that you are building something that did not exist and how much they value what you build.
How do you see women entrepreneurs in India today and how can this community leverage to learn from each other?
The community of women entrepreneurs has been growing consistently, especially in Bangalore. Over the last few years a number of support groups have also grown such as TiE’s women chapters, IIMB’s program from women entrepreneurs etc. Also, more importantly, women entrepreneurs are getting to see role models who they can seek out support from.
As an entrepreneur, what is your advice to others who are trying to find a foothold on their own esp women.
Having a very clear vision and great passion for what you are doing is extremely important. Whether it is co-founders, employees or investors, people need to see that what you are doing is something very close to you and you are willing to go all out to make it work.
Meena Ganesh is one of India’s foremost business leaders and most successful entrepreneurs with nearly three decades of experience in industries including healthcare, consulting, technology, outsourcing, education and e-commerce.
Meena is MD & CEO of Portea Medical, India’s largest and fastest growing home healthcare company, which she co-founded in July 2013. With 4500+ employees and operations across 24 cities in India and 4 cities in Malaysia, Portea (www.portea.com) brings in-home to patients the full range of geriatric, chronic, post-operative care as well as allied healthcare services. Meena is leading the charge as the company expands to 50 cities over the next 2 years providing affordable and convenient healthcare solutions.
As a partner of the platform, Growthstory.in, she is also co-promoter of nearly a dozen, new-age Internet/ Technology enabled start-ups. A few of them that are leaders in their category include Bigbasket.com – India’s premier e-grocery retailer and Bluestone.com – India’s leading online jeweler. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Bigbasket.com, Bluestone.com and avagmah.com. In addition, she is a non-executive director on the board of a few other private limited companies in the financial services sector.