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Will support startups with passionate founders: Ratan Tata

Tata group chairman emeritus Ratan Tata said a founder who wants to scale up a company just to sell it is not the one, obviously, you want to be with.

business Updated: Sep 20, 2017 19:44 IST
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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Ratan Tata said when he was the Chairman of Tata Sons, he could not take up investments in the startups as it would have conflicted with what Tatas were doing.(HT IFile Photo)

Tata group chairman emeritus Ratan Tata, a serial start-up investor, said on Wednesday that he will support startups that have founders who have passion to build sustainable company rather than scaling it up just to sell it.

Tata has been investing in startups in India and abroad. Some of these firms include Snapdeal, Urban Ladder, CarDekho, Xiaomi, Ola, DogSpot.in, CashKaro, FirstCry and Teabox.

“A founder who has a passion to stay with something and build it into a sustainable company is somebody I tend to support,” he said in an interview to CNBC TV18.

He further said a founder who wants to scale up a company just to sell it is not the one, obviously, you want to be with.

He said when he was the Chairman of Tata Sons, he could not take up investments in the startups as it would have conflicted with what Tatas were doing.

“Now I am a free person and its invigorating to do this and I am meeting a lot of young people who one day will be the leaders of the industry,” Tata said.

Stressing the need to have vision, Tata said he would not invest in the business where he doesn’t have any interest.

“I am not going to invest in a business where I have no interest in, so the vision of the startup is important,” he said.

First Published: Sep 20, 2017 19:44 IST