Posts Tagged ‘Satyan Gajwani’

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15 March 2013

Since its sesquicentennial 25 years ago, under bossman Samir Jain’s helmsmanship, The Times of India has pioneered several editorial and marketing “initiatives”, all of which are scorned at first by the competition and then quietly copied.

On the eve of its dodransbicentennial, after brother Vineet Jain told The New Yorker last year that he was in the advertising business not news business, ToI has run this ad printed the right side up and uʍop ǝpısdn pǝʇuıɹd sʍǝu ǝɥʇ.

So, whose interests come first for the newspaper, the advertiser’s or the reader’s, is not difficult to guess.

ToI CEO Ravi Dhariwal told the South Asia Media Summit in Islamabad recently that the paper’s readers actually welcomed such innovations and looked forward to it: “The reader wants change.”

¿uʍop ǝpısdn pǝʇuıɹd ǝɹɐ sɹǝdɐdsʍǝu ǝloɥʍ ǝɹoɟǝq ɹǝƃuol ɥɔnɯ ʍoɥ

* How to type upside down

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12 media barons worth Rs 2,962,530,000,000

6 November 2012

Twelve media barons in Forbes India‘s list of the 100 richest Indians are worth $54.6 billion, in other words Rs 2,962,530,000,000.

There are five pure-play media barons in the Forbes list: Subhash Chandra of Zee (total worth $2.9 billion) at No. 22, Kalanidhi Maran of Sun ($2.8 billion) at No. 24, Indu Jain of The Times of India ($1.9 billion) at No. 31, Shobhana Bharatia of Hindustan Times ($620 million) at No. 93 and Ramesh Agarwal of Dainik Bhaskar ($580 million) at No. 95,

There are seven others with partial media interests: Mukesh Ambani of TV18-ETV ($21 billion) at No. 1, Shashi and Ravi Ruia of TimeOut ($8.1 billion) at No. 8, Kumar Mangalam Birla of Living Media ($7.8 billion) at No. 10, Anil Ambani of Bloomberg ($6 billion) at No. 11, Rajan Raheja of Outlook* ($2.2 billion) at No. 29 and Sanjiv Goenka of Open ($725 million) at No. 80.

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The Forbes special issue features a four-page profile of Satyan Gajwani, the son-in-law of The Times of India‘s bossman Samir Jain and CEO of Times Internet Limited (TIL), the group’s digital arm.

“It was in the last year of Stanford that Satyan’s life took a turn when he met Trishla Jain. “I didn’t know anything about Trishla’s family. We dated through college. We both moved to New York, she was doing other work at NYC.”

# Samir Jain told Gajwani that he really should think about coming to India. “He said a lot of strategic decisions are going to be made in next six months that may have long term impact, so you should be part of them.”

# “Fortunately, Trishla’s dad was very progressive, both in terms of intellect and culturally. He was convinced that we would have married anyways. He said, you are already my son for all practical purposes. So I moved here as her boyfriend and lived with them in Delhi for six months. And then when I was comfortable, we got engaged, and a year-and-a-half later, we got married in 2011.”

# “I have the autonomy to make a big change in our culture and processes. It’s partially because I am the family.”

# That Gajwani has come into Times Internet Limited at the top, as CEO, has had many people saying his success was not earned. That includes his own father. “My dad says you should work your way up a company, slog it out for five years first, so he’s like, you’ve just got put in this position so soon.”

# “In India there is a hierarchical perception: They will agree because I am the boss. That is not what I want, my intention is to stimulate debate.”

# “Digital media is different from other media. Most media companies suck at it.”

# Trishla is now carrying their baby and in a few months, they’ll be parents. “So I have got four more months of being able to work very hard and then life goes normal. He does not want to ‘outsource’ parenting. “I am excited to have kids, but if it’s too much to handle then I can just give them to Samir Uncle.”

* Disclosures apply

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Also read: Forbes can name India’s second richest woman

External reading: How did Satyan Gajwani become CEO at 27?

There’s nothing like a bad deal at TimesDeal

4 October 2012

Last Friday, business pages of The Times of India carried single-column item on the supposedly “accidental” travails of Times Deal,  when a promo code being tested internally was reportedly leaked. The report quoted Satyan Gajwani, the newly appointed CEO of Times internet limited and son-in-law of the group’s bossman, Samir Jain.

Today, TOI‘s business page has a two-column “follow-up“.

Images: courtesy The Times of India

Samir Jain’s son-in-law rises on TOI horizon

25 June 2012

Six days after the internet chief of the Times group, Rishi Khiani, quit to start his own venture, the new CEO Satyan Gajwani—son-in-law of Times bossman Samir Jain—has made his appearance in the newspaper.

A business page story in the paper today announces that the Times’ online music platform will be available on Microsoft’s Surface.

Says Satyan Gajwani, CEO of Times Internet Ltd, “We want gaana.com to be as accessible to users as possible. The Windows8 Surface tablet is an exciting innovation, and a fantastic new way for users to experience music on demand. The Gaana app is now available in the Surface store for users globally to listen, compile, and share the music they love.”

Miami-born Gajwani is married to Samir Jain’s painter-daughter Trishla Jain. The two met while they were at Stanford.

Gajwani did a spell as executive assistant to Times group CEO Ravi Dhariwal before moving to the internet operations of the group.

Photograph: courtesy Tech Circle

Read the full story: Gaana on Surface

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Also read: Power of the press belongs to those who own one!

The name is Gajwani. Satyan Suresh Gajwani

Power of press belongs to those who own one!

16 January 2012

It’s raining daughters in the Delhi papers—daughters of media barons, that is.

Mail Today has devoted at least four full tabloid pages over the past month to herald the launch of India Today founder Aroon Purie‘s daughter Kalli Purie‘s book on weight loss.

Today’s Times of India has a large story on the city pages announcing the exhibition of bossman Samir Jain‘s daughter Trishla Jain‘s new art exhibition at their famous 4, Tilak Marg residence.

In one of its power lists, India Today had mentioned Stanford-educated Trishla’s reported reluctance to return to India as one of Samir Jain’s biggest disappointments.

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‘The name is Gajwani. Satyan Suresh Gajwani.’

6 August 2009

PRITAM SENGUPTA writes from Delhi: Although they run India’s largest home-grown media empire, the seamer side of which unabashedly peeks into the lives of people, the Jains of The Times of India group treasure their privacy like they do, well, their marketshare.

(Almost.)

Elder son Samir Jain, 55, rarely makes public appearances of the sort younger brother Vineet Jain, 43, does. When Forbes magazine named mother Indu Jain as India’s second richest woman, Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd (BCCL) went to court citing an invasion of her privacy. And so on.

But is a small but significant shift on?

Twice in the last three days, the media website content sutra has referred to the man said to be the fiancè of Samir Jain’s daughter Trishla Jain, the heir apparent whose reluctance to return to India after her graduation from Stanford was listed by India Today magazine as his “biggest disappointment“.

Trishla has thankfully returned, and, it seems, with her husband-to-be.

India Today reported in March this year that the soon-to-be husband was already ensconced on the fourth floor of Times House, which houses the Times of India‘s headquarters on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg in Delhi.

Now, content sutra reporter Sruthijith K.K. outs him in a manner of speaking.

Samir Jain’s son-in-law-to-be is: a) a Stanford grad Satyan Gajwani, b) taking active interest in the affairs of the company’s web portal Indiatimes, and c) is currently serving as executive assistant to group CEO Ravi Dhariwal.

A bit of googling reveals:

# That Satyan Gajwani is actually Satyan Suresh Gajwani.

# That he is the son of Suresh and Nilam Gajwani of Miami, Florida.

# Suresh Gajwani is president of Amtel Security Systems, whose home was affected by Cyclone Irene in 1999. (Water entered the Gajwanis’ home through the window and sliding glass door openings and they sued the insurance company when their claims were denied.)

# Suresh and Nilam Gajwani are listed as dharam sevaks who contributed between $10,000 and $25,000 at the South Florida Hindu temple.

# That as a student of the Miami Palmetto High School, Satyan Gajwani won the 2003 Lincoln-Douglas debate.  That there was a minor row about his win.

# That, at Stanford, he earned a minor in economics, major in mathematical and computational science, and a masters in management science and engineering in 2007.

# That he lists Vineet Jain among the four people he follows on the New York Times‘ social network, Times People.

Intrusion of privacy?

That should teach the young man at Times Internet Limited something about the digital trail!

Screenshot: courtesy content sutra

Also read: 11 habits of India’s most powerful media pros

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