Two factors have defined my career so far: struggle to overcome my family’s abject poverty and
passion for capital markets. And interestingly, both have spawned long term goals, which
seemed disparate, until recently; while I have embarked on a course to become a financial whiz,
substantial success in emerging from poverty has kindled my hankering for rural India’s uplift.
However, having worked in the financial industry for last 2 years, I have realized its potential to
influence growth. Consequently, the two dissimilar goals have unified into one vision for life: to
establish and lead a financial firm that will foster small businesses across rural India to bring it
into mainstream economy.
Born in a farmer’s family with an annual income of meager US$120, I delivered milk, worked in
fields, and looked after cattle to make ends meet while pursuing primary education. The
complete lack of academic inclination and respect for education in the community, however
discouraging, made me stronger and unusually driven. At 12, in a first major breakthrough, I
earned the Navodaya Scholarship – awarded to 37 out of 700 students who took the All India
Entrance Test throughout the state of Goa. For the next 6 years, the government completely
sponsored my education including accommodation and clothing. As I grew up among equally
talented, motivated and underserved students with diverse background, the ambiance instilled a
sense of community belonging, collaborative attitude and passion for leadership at a very early
stage of life. Thus, I found myself taking initiatives and was soon elected as the head of the
student association - a title I carried for 3 years. During my tenure, I led the school team for
debate contests and science exhibitions at state and national levels. Through these events, I got
the opportunity to meet with students from different parts of the country and it proved intriguing:
only then did I realize that the poverty issues that characterized my village were in abundance
throughout India. This was the most defining part of my life and brought a complete
transformation in my thought process. Since then I have embarked on a journey to fight poverty
head on. Subsequently, most of my career decisions were largely influenced by this ambitious
Having topped the undergraduate exam, I managed to secure a job at Symantec’s India
development center despite the economic slowdown triggered by the tech bubble burst. But I
soon realized that work experience in global environment was vital to succeed in this ever
changing world. I moved to the US to pursue masters program at the University of Mississippi
and eventually chose to work for Bloomberg because of my interests in the financial industry.
New York City itself added a different dimension to my personality as I had spent most of my
life in rural settings. At Bloomberg, for the last two years I have been leading the effort to extend
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