I have always held the belief that to maximize on our ability & skill set, one
should undertake a career or business in the area of interest - an area
where our passion lies.
I've been fortunate enough to be able to do just that.
With the drive to make change and not just be a passive part of change around us,
I wanted to make a difference. This combined with the strong urge to know & understand
the world around me helped me get a deep insight into the business processes.
Riding the waves of change can be challenging & risk prone. And the simple fact is
you get wet when you surf. Drowned in the digital flood which makes it
hard to keep your focus and even sanity what separates the winners from
the losers are the fundamentals & the will power to go on undaunted.
Looking back on the road traveled, I feel satisfied to have been a pioneer
in the Asian online community having started the first and by far
the largest BBS (Bulletin Board Service) in the India sub-continent
Wire! BBS) which later became a large network of BBSes and then ride the
Internet wave to migrated the system to a successful ISP service
Wire! Net). All this around a young & successful company
Nanda Netcom Pvt. Ltd.
which started out as Online Services
Before this, I did my share to bring awareness to the menace
of computer viruses including co-authoring a highly successful book
(War on Virus)
and doing a hectic national lecture circuit while still in college.
Red Herring September 2000 magazine calls them "Super Heros -
Entrepreneurs are our heroes. We believe that they are responsible for
almost all innovation in business Most new wealth, and nearly everything
else we value in the marketplace, is their work. Entrepreneurs overturn
existing markets and sometimes create entirely new ones. Even when a big
company does manage to create something new, it is almost always the work
of a small band of piratical misfits at odds with the larger organization
- "intrapreneurs" in the jargon of the business schools."
In the year 2001, having set the company in the firm & able hands of my
brother Anish Nanda
while still active in the management -
both strategic as well as techincal, I went onto becoming a Director of
which invested into Nanda Netcom as well as incubated a couple of start
ups. Both as CEO of Nanda Netcom and Director of Idea Ventures I'm closely
involved with Jadoonet.com
and working extensively on low cost IAD
IAD (Internet Access Devices).
Starting as a passionately inquisitive child. I loved to explore, find new
things, try things out and generally "have a good time" with novel things
and share the "discoveries" with others. In the same spirit I started to dabble and
mess-around with computers with a ZX Spectum home computer in my
pre-teens. This brought me in close quaters with like minded people and we
started & promoted MUC
(Micro Computer Users' Club).
Around this time, the IBM PC & compatibles price came below Rs. 1
Lakh and I had my first exposure to PCs.
With that launched a new age of discovery & "playing around".
Three words that get me turned on:
Innovation Strategy Technology
"I Shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and:
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference."