CK Prahalad passes away

It is with great sadness that I share with you that CK passed away. CK was one of the leading sources of inspiration that I gained in having the vision for Mowgli through his book “Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid“. In fact only in the past few days I had reached out to share with him the fantastic progress that we have made in Mowgli. His dream was that each “entrepreneur” should have a “mentor”. Sadly, I did not get the opportunity to update him, as I was informed that he was not feeling well.

However, I received the following email this morning:


World-renowned management thinker Dr. Coimbatore Krishnarao (CK) Prahalad passed away on April 16, 2010 in San Diego, CA. He was 68. Prahalad was Distinguished University Professor of Corporate Strategy and taught at the University of Michigan since 1977. A prolific author, Prahalad contributed to fundamental business concepts such as strategic intent, core competence, and co-creation arising from his work with multinational companies. His most ambitious work, the Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid, outlined a model for large firms to engage with the poor. The recipient of many honors and awards, Prahalad’s most recent accolades included a 2009 Padma Bhushan, one of India’ highest civilian honors, and he was voted the world’s leading Management Thinker by Thinkers50 in 2009. He is survived by his devoted wife of 40 years, Gayatri, his children, Murali Krishna and Deepa, their spouses and three grandchildren. Communications are welcome at

Funeral arrangements are pending and I will be in touch further to let you know details.


Thank you CK for giving me the time to meet, me a complete stranger, and explore with you how we could make a difference to entrepreneurs on a worldwide basis.