Swapneel Shah

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Statement Of Purpose (SOP), submitted at PUMBA.

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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 https://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.”


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June 15, 2010 at 7:37 am


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I too wanted to start and finish the Rajasthan Trip writeups in one shot… So for those who were expecting something on the same lines, am sorry to disappoint… In the last few days-weeks as I have cut down on mails, chats, phone and friends; and much more including job (Unknowingly earlier and later deliberately)… Thinking and thinking on recent and recent-past developments in life and where and how to go ahead with what’s in life as Next… I came across this writeup lyeing in drafts from long time… I know this was a bit too philosophical me…  😉 Anyways, Publishing it-

Sharing something I wrote to a friend long back…

“Bas basics mein problem hai!!!”

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August 18, 2009 at 3:05 pm

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Childhood reloaded!!!

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Alpenliebe lollipops...

Alpenliebe lollipops...

After my cook shouting at me to get Jeera (Cumin) from last two days; today I set-up 2 alarms and still got up  bit late to run to the nearby grocery store… With the typical male ‘go and get it as told‘ approach, I picked a Jeera packet to the cash counter… The bill Rs 22… We both gave each other frustrated looks over change… The owner looked around his counter slowly trying to get my attention to buy some small items on sale… Usually I don’t pay any attention, and wait for him to tender change that adds into my piggy bank (well, currently my Kingfisher Airlines pouch… I don’t have a piggy to swallow the coins)… But then I noticed few lollipop’s there… A childhood smile emerged on my face… And I ignored the change that he was about to give and pointed my finger to them…

He generously got the whole box towards me… And my mind just thought of grabbing all of them at one go!!! I even picked chunks in both my hands… But then later released them seeing that I needed only 4 (Rs 2 each) to get to a round figure of 30… 😦

As I came home and opened one of them it was childhood relived for next 30 mins!!! Slowly and gradually the lollipop melted drowning me into childhood……………… Childhood reloaded!!!


PS: I had 2 of them on Friday, and have saved the rest two for later… (Have hidden them carefully in my cupboard to protect them from my roomies) 😉 🙂

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May 18, 2009 at 6:26 pm

Mumbai Pune Volvo Travel…

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Mumbai… A Friday evening… As usual I was waiting for a bus to Pune at Vashi… Usually I prefer to travel via the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation bus, but looking at most of them completely full by the time they reached Vashi, I moved my attention towards a typical Mumbai-Pune Volvo bus… While I was paying the agreed ticket amount to the co-driver, the bus moved… So I knew the bus is full, and I have to occupy the back seats… As the bus made its move and the lights went dim… Half-blind in the dim light I tried to move fast; holding bag in one hand and managing my laptop on the other shoulder… It was was like walking blind in between the rows in a movie theater to reach your seat… The movies has already started, theater is dark and you can see almost nothing!!! As I neared the last seats, my bag had a hit with the legs of a female, who was sitting somewhat unusual on the second last row… I looked up amazed…

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My interaction with Religion and God…

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Nopes... It isnt a temple of any God... Just a picture from my album at Picasa...

Continuing on last thread and Inspired from a write-up that my friend Prashant Murarka shared with me few days back…


All of us some time or other have had some interactions with these words… God, Religion, caste, etc. Trying to share a few of my major interactions from since childhood…


—Religion for me started when I was told by my Parents that I was a Jain as I was born in a Jain family… Maybe my rational thoughts even as a child did not make me feel that I should follow Jainism as I was Jain by birth… It was not like my parents were forcing me to follow Jainism… They were in fact very liberal and always said, ‘follow if you feel it is right’… But I guess the whole environment, big joint family, close society, etc. were embossing on me that Jainism was a obvious choice when I was to still understand for myself what is a Religion?, what is Jainism?, Why Religion? Why God? before I started accepting things…


—Most of my childhood days I spent at my home town village Vaduj. My Grandma used to offer 24 mangoes to God, before anyone in the house could start relishing the mango season… I still remember those mangoes… Bigger, better quality and TWENTY FOUR of them were offered to God and what we all 4-5 grand children got was one mango in the morning and one in the evening… When God never ate any of those 24 best ‘chosen’ mangoes and I always felt that it is unfair on me and my cousins; when I used to think that I alone could have taken all those 24 at the same time in my small tummy… 🙂


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The Temple experience…

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Sri Muneshwara Swamy Temple...

Sri Muneshwara Swamy Temple...

Early morning around 6:25, as usual I was sitting waiting outside this temple for my office cab… Another Software Engineer walked towards the temple… Now somehow I can identify a Software Engineer from distance in Bangalore… 😉 Coming close to the temple he performed the usual actions that people perform while passing by a temple usually in a hurry or otherwise and stood by the side of the temple… We both now wait for our cabs… Our eyes met with a formal smile followed by “Morning…” from both sides… And he walked to join me on the stairs… A pause for few seconds… I don’t know if it was early morning effect or going to school childhood feeling I asked him…

“Hey, you know which temple is this???”

Surprised with a unexpected question… “Ummmm… Well, No!”

“Mate you should have at least got to know something, before you bowed…”

“Well, yeah…” Reluctant to get up… He just turning around, reads the paint… “Sri Muneswara Swamy temple…”

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My first Salary…

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Today I received a bonus and thoughts ran down back to my 1st salary… Hummm… Everyone knows what the 1st salary means for an individual… It also meant so much for me… So many things keep on rolling in your mind as you see the money deposited in your account… Pulling out a mail from my Patni .pst that I wrote to a friend when he got his 1st salary in Aug 2006. It reflects my feelings when I got my 1st salary… It also has reflections of my recent past when I wrote this mail…

Sharing it with you-

“My memory of 1st salary… 9,849… everyone in my batch of 40 people who joined Patni Computer Systems Ltd. with me were enjoying… (In their own ways)… I was dormant… cool, unmoved… Read the rest of this entry »

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January 7, 2008 at 8:02 pm