Rajesh Chandy, Professor of Marketing and the Tony and Maureen Wheeler Chair in Entrepreneurship
1. Can you sum up your role in a tweet (140 characters)?
Researcher, teacher, co-author, aspiring scholar
2. If you weren’t in this job, what would you be doing?
Lucky to have this job, because I wouldn’t be good at much else. In my fantasy world, I’d host a travel+food show where the main task involves traveling and eating.
3. What are the first three things you do at work each morning?
Work starts at home: so I check my calendar, check my email (but often forget to respond to my email), and check the New York Times – all on my mobile phone.
4. You can have a million dollars to launch an entrepreneurial idea. What is it?
Judging from what many of my students are excited about, maybe I should be doing something in 3D printing, or something in Africa. 3D printing in Africa? Or maybe not. Better to invest in a start-up by an LBS alum whose advisory board I serve on: Moneyforward, Menuspring, authentiQ, Flip.
5. What were you doing the last time you looked at a clock and realised you had lost all track of time?
This is the story of my life. Probably engaged in an intensely interesting conversation with a colleague, student, alum, or friend.
6. What’s your favourite spot on campus?
Front lawn, hands down. But I only seem to go there when I’m showing off our campus to a visitor. The dining room can be pretty good too, depending on what’s being served.
7. Who is your role model, and why?
On the professional front, my PhD advisor, Gerry Tellis, for being a true scholar. On the personal front, Mahatma Gandhi, for his idealism and his power to inspire.
8. What do you have on your bedside table?
Stacks of papers, travel books, magazines, mobile phone, iPad, laptop, bottle of water.
9. What song best describes your work ethic?
Curious (by Barenaked Ladies)
10. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
Scuba diving at night in undersea hot springs near Komodo Island, Indonesia. Particularly exciting was the realization that the object on which my flashlight was shining was an electric ray. I discovered later that these rays electrocute their prey by generating an electric current that’s the equivalent of dropping a mains-powered hair dryer into a bathtub. All this excitement was right after we’d spent the day trekking on Komodo Island – expecting giant Komodo Dragons to jump out of every corner!