Ram V. Iyer

The Business Thinker      

Insightful & Dynamic Speaker on Business Success - Mind over Business

Authentic | Practical | Insightful | Engaging | Unique

“Ram is an amazing thinker!”

– Marshall Goldsmith, World’s #1 Leadership Thinker & Executive Coach



Videos of Ram


See list of keynotes

Please click on the button ‘List of Keynotes’ to see the list. Each keynote has an associated workshop that can be customized for your organization’s specific needs.

Business Thinking for Business Success

Successful people are good business thinkers and successful businesses have an abundance of business thinkers. Whether your audience has entrepreneurs, employees, executives or business owners, each of them could become more valuable, get more interesting work and get more compensation. Companies can achieve greater success by fostering a culture of business thinking.

Business Transformation with Business Thinking

If you seek to affect change with a group, getting individuals to align with your vision for the business could be challenging. A common reason why transformation efforts fail is the lack of business thinking – clarity of the value provided and received by each individual. Companies can achieve greater success by fostering a culture of business thinking.

Win in Business by Taming the Silent Killers of Success

Many people fail in business and life because of who they are and what they already have. It is an uncommon perspective from my experiences and the findings of a survey of 320 business people, including 75 multi-millionaires. Learn to ‘Win in Business by Taming the Silent Killers of Success’, whether you are an entrepreneur, business owner or an employee in a business.

The Missing Recipe for Entrepreneurial Success

You will have a new perspective on what you need – and what you cannot have – to succeed as an entrepreneur. Over seventy percent of all businesses fail within ten years and the failure rate has not changed much in years. Venture funded ones do no better. Increase the odds of succeeding in your venture with  practical and unusual insights.

*  Do you have a conference or convention that requires a compelling keynote speaker with practical insights that will inform, educate and engage your audience?

* Do you have a senior leadership retreat that needs a speaker who will stimulate the leaders and transform their thinking?

* Do you have an internal meeting or a sales meeting that requires a business thinker who can authoritatively speak about how each person can benefit from becoming more engaged in the business?

* Do you have a techie group or conference that could benefit from a techie speaker who has learnt to succeed in business and make a compelling case for how each techie can benefit from his/her techie mindset in a business setting?

If any of these opportunities describe what you are looking form, reach out to us to arrange for Ram Iyer, President of the Business Thinking Institute to speak at your event.  He will speak from personal experience (success AND failure), firsthand research data and insights from speaking to hundreds of CEOs and executives across the world. Send us an email at info@businessthinking.com. You will not hear regurgitated and worn ‘wisdom’ that has failed to reduce the 70% plus failure rate in decades. Get practical insights from an MIT graduate with engineering and business degrees who has started 5 companies, worked at Boeing and Lucent, been a VC in Silicon Valley, and interviewed billionaires, millionaires and CEO’s across the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. He lost over a million dollars of personal money on a ‘guaranteed to succeed’ business. From his personal successes and failures, Ram Iyer has identified the six pillars for business success (some not addressed with a business school education) and the ‘silent killers of business success’. Most entrepreneurs believe the myths and platitudes and “follow the herd” to the 70% failure rate. They never learn to identify and remedy the ‘missing recipe for entrepreneurial success’ or develop the ‘business thinking’ necessary for business success. Ram has validated his insights by surveying 320 business people including 75 multi-millionaires and others not-as-successful (Cronbach alpha of 0.8 for the statistically inclined). His findings are immediately practical and uncommon common sense. He is a passionate speaker who will educate, entertain and engage the audience. 

Let's talk....

If you are a meeting planner, CEO or department head who wants to improve the performance of your company – with practical insights from an experienced business thinker – send us an email or give us a call.

Speaker Testimonials

“Ram is a passionate speaker who speaks from his heart. His talk was intriguing and his insights were enlightening – not  obviously known to most business people I meet.” Chris Requena, Organizer

Founder, Boston New Technology Group

“This was one of the best entrepreneur talks I have been to in a while…” Jeff Desocio

President, AIMC

“It was a very energizing talk and you have already helped me to get my head back in the game.” Attorney Christine Kuta J.D.

“Ram is one of the smartest and nicest people I know. He is superb at conceptualizing new ideas and business models.” Richard Guha

Former CEO, Alliant Energy

Podcasts By Ram


The Future of Learning

by A conversation with Prof. Sanjay Sarma, Head of Open Learning, MIT | Ram V Iyer on Business Thinking Radio

The Unique Marshall Goldsmith

by A conversation with Dr. Marshall Goldsmith | Ram V. Iyer on Business Thinking Radio

Podcast Testimonials

“I loved being interviewed by Ram!  He asked incredibly insightful questions. As an added benefit – I learned so much from him during our discussion.  Along with being a great interviewer, he is an amazing thinker!” Dr. Marshall Goldsmith

World's #1 Leadership Thinker & Coach

“An interview with Ram is a treat. He asks thoughtful, probing questions and the conversation develops as a real dialogue. I’d sign up to talk with him any time! Business Thinking Radio is one of the great podcasts” Sally Helgesen

World's Premier Women's Leadership Expert

“The mark of a good interviewer is if the interviewee’s own thinking evolves. Ram’s probing questions definitely helped me —and was fun to boot.” Prof. Sanjay Sarma

Head of Open Learning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“I thoroughly enjoyed the interview with Ram. I had scheduled twenty minutes but continued for over an hour because his questions were so engaging“ Dr. Ellen Langer

Professor of Psychology, the 'mother of mindfulness' and mindset expert, Harvard University

Reasons Ram Should Speak at your Next Event

  1. Has uncommon common sense.
  2. ‘Connects dots’ providing better understanding & practical insights.
  3. Distills complicated concepts into simple easy-to-understand language.
  4. Speaks from personal experience in startups, small, medium & large companies.
  5. Brings insights from starting & running the Business Thinking Institute helping individuals in business.
  6. Addresses the needs of business owners, entrepreneurs, employees or freelancers.
  7. Brings insights from his podcast BUSINESS THINKING RADIO- CEOs, thought leaders & experts.
  8. Brings insights from interviewing CEOs and business experts across the USA, Germany and Asia.
  9. Brings insights from experience in many business functions – engineering, ops, sales, marketing,….
  10. Brings personal perspectives from launching 4 startups – some successful, some failures.
  11. Brings insights into the venture capital industry from having been a VC in Silicon Valley.
  12. Brings insights from consulting at client sites in 16 countries.
  13. Has been featured and quoted in several publications including MONEY, FORTUNE, CFO Magazine,…
  14. Has spoken at many organizations including MIT, Princeton, NASSCOM, TiE, The Conference Board,…
  15. For workshops, Ram administers assessments to all participants and provides before-and-after scores so business leaders can see the impact of the workshop – unique, practical and results-focused!

    Blog Posts by Ram

    Insights from experience and research

    Business Advice is like Much of Modern Medicine

    Business people beware! Consultants, bankers, VCs and universities each do what is in their own best interests. YOU have to look out for yourself

    Ram has spoken at…

    Photos from past events

    Assessments by Ram

    Insights into your mind, knowledge and skills

    Do you have any ‘silent killers of business success’?

    Do you have any ‘silent killers of business success’? (click to take assessment)

    Are you stuck in your comfort zone?

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Blog Posts by Ram

Insights from experience and research

Business Advice is like Much of Modern Medicine

Business people beware! Consultants, bankers, VCs and universities each do what is in their own best interests. YOU have to look out for yourself

Everybody Needs Business Thinking!

A common reason people fail in business roles is the lack of business thinking. Business thinking is not being always money-minded but rather being value-minded— giving and receiving value. Business thinkers look at interactions as an exchange...

Ram has spoken at...


Photos from past events


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