to Mukund Mohan, director of Microsoft Ventures, startups enhance the skills of a person much faster than any other workplace. It also remains a motivation for many people to go and work/start a new one. “Many entrepreneurs are still trying to make their startups work despite knowing well that if they leave the place, they will be paid five to seven times more at a big company, one that is always on the lookout for good talent,” he says. Krish Subramanian, founder of ChargeBee, adds that one tends to learn how each product comes and evolves while working with start-ups.
While it is disappointing for these firms to lose talent, the first generation of entrepreneurs are encouraging the trend. “It is heartening to see that we make a difference to people's aspirations and lives, by inspiring them to set out on their own,” Tewari says. Bahl of Snapdeal agrees, “If someone comes to me and says that he or she has an idea, I will be the first one to encourage him or her. If I am not the one encouraging people to become entrepreneurs, who else would?”