Use this as a guide to navigate my website…
The Final Stretch page talks about my program for startups, which ran from mid-2020 to end of 2022.
The Portfolio page talks about my earlier work with large firms.
The Blog page has my views + experiences in the Learning domain.
My Professional Journey
Pre-1999: Formal education
B. Tech from IIT Kanpur (1997) and PGDM from IIM Ahmedabad (1999).
1999-2004: First 3 jobs
This was at 3 starkly different companies. At Asian Paints and General Electric, I was an IT projects manager. This was good exposure to how processes work in larger organisations. At an experiential education start-up called iDiscoveri, I handled B2B accounts in NCR (my first exposure to both the training field and a Sales role)
2005-2017 : Going solo
I struck out on my own to be a coach and learning facilitator. My clients were mostly large firms, interested in making managers more skilled at decision making and managing their teams.
I also taught at management schools (IIM Indore, Symbiosis, TMTC) where topics included Coaching Skills and Data Analysis.
2017 : Startup #1
I co-founded an immersive education start-up called Deep Dive India. After an enthusiastic start with far-out topics like ‘mountain-bike maintenance’ and ‘Himalayan Geology’, the market taught us some hard lessons. We’ve now found our niche in history/heritage walks with a North-India bias. And we’re making waves, as my brother Samir helms the outfit. Take a quick look at Deep Dive India’s FB page here.
2020: Startup #2
I created Final Stretch, to solve a problem faced by Founders of startups: they wish to delegate, but feel that 2nd-tier managers aren’t ready for it. I have applied my experience as a Founder plus my training & coaching experience to design this program.
2022: Back to full-time employment
I now serve at Stanford Seed, which runs a yearlong cohort-based program to help SMEs plan their scale-up journey, which ultimately generates employment and helps end poverty. The program is active in Asia and Africa… I work with SMEs in the South Asia region.