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TSF 29: Rupa Ganatra – Entrepreneur/ Founder of Yes Sir! & Co-Founder of Millennial 2020

Rupa Ganatra is a former banker turned entrepreneur. She has her fingers in many pies: she is co-founder of Yes Sir!, an online male-grooming-product business. Rupa has also c0-created ‘Millennial 20/20′ an amazing new event making its global debut in London this year.

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 What’s your favourite waste of time?
Sitting in a Piazza drinking Illy coffee, watching the world go by. 

If you could change a work decision, what would it be and why?
On occasion, I have divested assets quicker than I should have. In hindsight, I would have retained the assets longer and exited at a later stage.

What is your guilty pleasure?
A good television show – right now it’s Orange is the new Black, Humans and Suits.

Best weekend acivity?
Yoga, the Sunday Times, good food and great company.

 What are your staple wardrobe brands?
Maje, Sandro and Zara. 

What’s the biggest challenge your industry faces?
Keeping up with the ever-constant innovation, disruption in this sector and insuring that the bar is always raised. 

Next place you want to visit?
Brazil – there is something about the energy there – its electric! 

Who inspires you and why?
My parents, seeing what they have achieved in life.

 What are your top tips to get the most from your morning/day?
Manage your time well – working hard is important, but working smart is equally important.

 Sheryl Sandberg’s one piece of advice is “lean in” – if you had one piece of advice to give another woman in her career, what would it be?
Turnover is vanity and profit is sanity. 

Who sends you to sleep?
Anyone who talks about themselves too much without having an interest in others. 

Recently discovered restaurant?
La Mome in France – delicious food & unrivalled service.

 What did you want to be when you grew up?
A Detective.

 If you could meet anyone dead or alive – who would it be and what question would you ask?
Mahatma Gandhi. Who had the biggest influence on you?

Who would you invite to your perfect dinner party (dead or alive)?
JFK, Madonna, Julia Roberts and the Dalai Lama.

 What’s your favourite place in the world and why?
New York because it is the best place to be at Christmas.

 What’s your cheapest and simplest beauty tip?
Drink plenty of water & green tea!

 What’s a new skill or hobby you would like to take up and why?
I would love to learn to paint and speak Italian – I would use both skills in the Piazza watching the world go by.

What are you wearing today and what made you choose it?
Tweed skirt and a cashmere cardigan. The London weather J 

If you could introduce a new subject/course to the national curriculum, what would it be and why?
I think young people should be more encouraged to be creative, innovative, disruptive and entrepreneurial.

 Has anyone left you star struck?
Angelina Jolie.

 Who should feature next as a Three Six Fiver?
Laurence Kemball-Cook, Founder and CEO of Pavegen.

 What should people look out for? 
I honestly believe that our new event http://www.millennial20-20.com/ will be the most innovative, disruptive and cool event to happen in London this year. I recommend all Three Six Fivers visit the show – but they will all probably be there anyway!