6 months of starting an internet venture with months of hard work, a group of dedicated team members and investors who have vested their faith in you and the dot com bubble bursts…..????
It requires a special something in the professional to not only deal with this but to come through it with flying colours…
In the 3rd video of the special “Entrepreneurship Series”, the iconic Meena Ganesh, Founder, MD & CEO, Portea Medical talks about the strategies she has used to effectively deal with some of the most difficult challenges she has encountered in her awe-inspiring career. Meena is also a Partner in #GrowthStory, an entrepreneurship platform for start-ups.
Co-Founder, MD & CEO – Portea Medical ; Partner – GrowthStory
As the MD & CEO, Meena heads Portea Medical (www.portea.com), India’s largest and fastest growing home healthcare company, which she co-founded in July 2013. The company, which was named ‘Startup of the Year’ by NDTV in the Health-Tech category, and ‘Emerging Health Brand of the Year’ at the India Health Summit & Awards, has 4500+ employees and operations across 16 cities in India, and brings in-home to patients, the full range of geriatric, chronic, post-operative care as well as allied healthcare services.
Meena heads Portea Medical (www.portea.com), India’s largest and fastest growing home healthcare company, which she co-founded in July 2013. The company, which was named ‘Startup of the Year’ by NDTV in the Health-Tech category, and ‘Emerging Health Brand of the Year’ at the India Health Summit & Awards, has 4500+ employees and operations across 16 cities in India, and brings in-home to patients, the full range of geriatric, chronic, post-operative care as well as allied healthcare services.
Till February 2013, Meena was a promoter and board member of TutorVista, and CEO and MD of Pearson Education Services, which included innovative and successful brands such as leading online tutoring company, TutorVista, and Edurite, a provider of technology-based solutions and digital content. TutorVista was acquired by Pearson, the world’s top education services company, for $ 213 MM in what was one of the largest deals in the Indian education sector.
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 includeBigbasket.com – India’s premier e-grocery retailer, home solutions company – HomeLane, food tech company- FreshMenu and Bluestone.com – India’s leading online jeweler. In addition, she is a non-executive director on the board of a few other private limited companies in the financial services sector.
Prior to her stint with Pearson, Meena set up the Tesco Hindustan Service Center, Tesco’s outsourced IT services and analytics operation in India, and served as the CEO. She was also the only Indian and amongst only four women in the Global Retail Council of Tesco, an elite group of about 50 people who ran the operations of Tesco worldwide.
Before joining Tesco‚ Meena co-founded one of India’s pioneering BPO companies – Customer Asset, which she sold to ICICI OneSource. She was the Chief Operating Officer of Customer Asset and helped build the organization to nearly 4,000 people‚ servicing large corporate customers in UK and US markets.
Meena also had a five year stint with Microsoft India‚ during which she set up multiple business units including Microsoft Consulting‚ Internet and Application Development/Business services units. During the initial 11 years of her career, Meena was with PricewaterhouseCoopers and with NIIT.
Meena is a PGDM holder from IIM Calcutta has a graduate degree in Physics from the Madras University. In 2011, she was conferred the ‘Distinguished Alumnus’ award by IIM Calcutta.
In 2015, Meena was among the 7-member jury for the inaugural Economic Times Startup Awards. She won the ET Startup Award in the Women Ahead category in 2016 and was chosen as Health Entrepreneur of the Year (2016) at the India Health Summit & Awards. Meena has been part of Fortune India’s 50 ‘Most Powerful Women in Business’ for four consecutive years (2015 – 2018), and was chosen a #WPower Trailblazer by Forbes India in 2017.
Meena serves on the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta. She is also a member of the CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) Innovation & Entrepreneurship Council as well as of the CII Healthcare Council.