Book Review – Subroto Bagchi’s
“The High Performance Entrepreneur”

by Vinaya HS on October 21, 2006

in The Bangalore Blog,The Mumbai Blog,The SP Jain Blog

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Subroto Bagchi’s “The High Performance Entrepreneur – Golden rules for success in today’s world,” is a good read for the budding entrepreneur. The book does not prescribe a magic formula for success – and correctly so, because there is none – instead it packs a wealth of advice gained through experience that you can follow in pursuit of that success.

The book aptly starts off with two brilliant chapters titled “When Do I Know If I Am Ready” and “The Profile of an Entrepreneur.” These chapters help you assess yourself and your dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Later chapters discuss how you should go about building your core team, how you should approach your business plan, how you should think about differentiation, how you should choose the right investors, how you should manage your money and your brand, etc. There is an excellent chapter on the subject of “DNA, Mission, Vision, and Values,” for those of you who have wondered about these fancy terms. The book also briefly touches upon, perhaps the most controversial topic, the IPO.

Bagchi correctly says that to be successful in business you should love two things: selling and money. This, I feel, is the most powerful – yet simple – statement made in the book.

As you read through the book, you sometimes feel lost because there appears to be no logical connection between one chapter and the next. It’s just a minor irritant in an otherwise great book. The language and style are lucid; you don’t need to keep a dictionary by your side.

More important, the book actually makes you think a lot about yourself. I could easily relate facts presented in the book to numerous practical experiences, and of course, to what I have been studying in management theory. On the whole, it’s one of the better books on entrepreneurship.

My take on the book: It’s 395 bucks well spent.

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Vishu October 23, 2006 at 10:29 AM

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Vinaya HS October 23, 2006 at 5:18 PM

Certainly sir. I’ll make sure I bring it over.

Himanshu November 9, 2006 at 2:36 PM

I need to buy this book since i am a big fan of Ashok Soota and Subroto Bagchi who started MindTree.

May be i may get knowledge on how to write Business Plan and execute my dreams.

Neo March 22, 2007 at 1:41 PM

m going to read it ASAP

Neo March 22, 2007 at 1:43 PM

going to buy this book ASAP

Ramananda Sahu June 10, 2007 at 2:20 PM

Ya .. gr8 Fan of Mr. Subroto Bagchi .. want to go for da book ASAP

L Venkatesan from THE HUB June 24, 2007 at 5:07 PM

Mr. Subroto Bagchi is always a great person and proved as a great writer. We need to get more books from him in future. MBA students should read such pratical books as part of the program will help them to ready before they come to corporate.

Good work.


L Venkatesan (Hand Phone: 099865 03240)

Raja July 16, 2007 at 10:42 AM

A must read book for anyone who want to be on his own.

I read it as soon as it was available in stores and this book should not be read like anyother book rather should be used as a dictionary,reference guide or whatever you call it.

Depends on at what stage your are in your startup,you can go back to that chapter and understand what needs to be done.Though it doesn’t give you a solution but will throw lot of insight.


Dr.A.S.Deshpande February 6, 2008 at 10:35 PM

One of the best books ever read. Great..content, narration and….everything.

I strongly recommend this book to every student from all the streams.

Fr.C.Rodrigues College of Engineering
Bandra (W), Mumbai

Vivek Arya February 19, 2008 at 8:24 PM

I met him once, he is a great person with high moral values who knows to give respect to everybody from jr to sr.

Gonna read this asap

VIvek Arya
New Delhi

Sujeet Bagchi October 6, 2008 at 6:22 PM

Dear Subroto Bagchi,
Please accept my regard as Bagchi.Sujeet Bagchi.Ex-Head of Division,Genetics and Tree Propagation,FRI.

Bahadur Singh October 16, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Dear Subrato,
I want to thank you for writting your Rael Life Experience in your two books. I have read both the books. I want to buy and read your latest book also. I keep reading your article published in newspaper. Sir I admire u as one of my idle. I have met u once in wipro peripherals conference at Chandigarh. Sir I have a suggestion, Is it possible for you to start a Enterprenures Club & Publish Monthly News letter for enterprenures?

Thanks & Regards

Bahadur Singh

ankita September 1, 2010 at 2:29 PM

I want to buy this book. where will I get it from but in Mumbai.
And would as so like to know how each it will cost me.

Ganapathy September 3, 2010 at 7:17 PM

I am finding the golden rules in the book great help in my entrepreneurial journey. Your review is good.


Ramakrishna Mudagani March 24, 2011 at 7:57 AM

I am reading this book.. its awsome.. i liked it. It is very useful for start up comapnies.

Ramakrishna Mudagani

Anish Joseph January 25, 2013 at 8:17 PM

I love the message selling and money. You should love this ?

Anish Joseph January 25, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Mind Tree itself is a great name

I love the message selling and money. You should love this ?

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