Statement Of Purpose (SOP), submitted at PUMBA.
Sharing the Statement Of Purpose (SOP), submitted at PUMBA…
“With business family background, diverse industry experience along with freelancing and building products as academic projects; I have developed a natural instinct towards Entrepreneurship.
It all started from childhood. Those were difficult days to start business in a rented small room, virtually zero capital, no prior experience and even no clients to start with. We did everything right from cleaning, loading and unloading 50-100 units of 25kg Paint bags to finding new clients and managing each Rupee very carefully. I had the privilege of learning the importance of immense hard work, saving on each and every opportunity and building reputation as we grow.
It was a natural option to join family business directly but since I was a bright student in academics at school; I continued academics to complete Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from Pune University with First Class. As part of academic projects my team successfully developed two products which won awards at inter-college and intra-college levels. We participated into Business Plan competitions at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Mumbai and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) – Ahmadabad showcasing the potential of our final year project Radio TrackIt- Computer based Radio.
Upon completion of graduation I grouped together with few like minded friends to form a freelancing team- www.softusvista.com. We completed projects for Indian and European clients. I then accepted a job at Patni Computer Systems Limited, Mumbai and started my career as a Software Engineer. I was awarded with a “Letter of Appreciation” each year, recognizing my performance at the firm. I was promoted to Senior Software Engineer within 18 months as I lead a team of 9 people comprising of 2 senior developers, 5 developers and 2 test engineers. Our team was conferred upon with “Team Award”. Further I joined Goldman Sachs, Bangalore. Here I was exposed to Enterprise Application Development in financial services domain. I was deputed to visit New York (USA) and London (UK) offices to meet global teams to develop contacts and team relationships. I was successful in building confidence with global Counterparts and bringing back work to India office to pioneer a new team at Bangalore office. We started as a support team and then gradually replaced the London team completely. Bangalore team now partners with New York team for Global Support. Successful in bringing down the costs by 70% for the firm, we could get Bangalore team’s contribution recognized in a global firm like Goldman Sachs.
Apart from concentrating on my career I have also traveled to different parts of India, completed two high altitude treks in Himalayas, clicked more than 3,500 photographs capturing memories and experiences http://www.picasaweb.google.com/swapsshah, within two years my blog has got more than 10,000 hits http://swapsshah.wordpress.com; the most recent adventure was solo-biking from Bangalore to Pune non-stop covering the distance of 890 km. in 16.5 hours in a single day!
Strong academics, visits to Global Financial Capitals in America and Europe, opportunity to work with team members across the globe from diverse cultures, and above all sense of business on a global level has helped me built my career so far. To achieve the ultimate goal of Entrepreneurship in a broader and larger way, I feel the need to learn more on Business Development and Execution before I venture into new opportunities. PUMBA (Department of Management Sciences, University of Pune) Executive MBA program suits me the best as I can continue with my job and empower myself to get into a business venture. I got a chance to talk with the students of the program and faculty members when I visited the campus few weeks back. The interaction gave me a sense of diversity of students that PUMBA attracts; unlike other institutes that have majority Software percentage, Pune being an IT hub.”