“There is tremen­dous im­bal­ance in the gen­der num­bers at ev­ery stage of cor­po­rate life”

In a con­ver­sa­tion with DQ Chan­nels Sonal Puri, CEO of Web­scale Net­works Shares her Jour­ney to suc­cess as a Woman en­trepreneur

DQ Channels - - Channel pulse - JY­OTI BHA­GAT jy­otib@cy­ber­me­dia.co.in

SONAL PURI CEO Web­scale Net­works

Web­scale, E-Com­merce Cloud Com­pany and a pioneer in in­te­grated web ap­pli­ca­tion de­liv­ery in the cloud. De­liv­ered as-a-Ser­vice. An In­dian tal­ent-led US Cloud com­pany head­quar­tered in the US Sil­i­con Val­ley, with de­vel­op­ment sup­ported from Ban­ga­lore, is mak­ing mid-size e-com­merce and en­ter­prises a God­fa­ther-like of­fer they can’t refuse: the world’s first and only in­te­grated web ap­pli­ca­tion de­liv­ery so­lu­tion that pro­vides scal­a­bil­ity, high per­for­mance, se­cu­rity and con­trol in a sin­gle, pow­er­ful plat­form for mid and smaller e-Com­merce and En­ter­prises. Ex­perts in cloud tech­nol­ogy and cre­at­ing pow­er­ful so­lu­tions for mid-mar­ket e-com­merce and en­ter­prise cus­tomers THE CHAL­LENGES OF BE­ING A WOMAN EX­EC­U­TIVE IN A TOP ROLE The chal­lenges are just about the same as any ex­ec­u­tive would face in such a role, man or woman. Set­ting the vi­sion for the com­pany, hir­ing the best team to sup­port our growth and rais­ing ven­ture cap­i­tal to build the busi­ness. ED­U­CA­TIONAL BACK­GROUND I have a Masters De­gree from Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia in Los An­ge­les and a Bach­e­lors De­gree from Univer­sity of Mum­bai, Sir JJ Col­lege of Ar­chi­tec­ture in Mum­bai. My school years were spent across 9 dif­fer­ent Ken­driya Vid­hyalayas across In­dia. FAM­ILY BACK­GROUND I come from an army back­ground and my fa­ther, Lt. Col (Dr) K.K Puri is a re­tired Army Colonel and com­pleted his PhD when I was 20. His fam­ily is the well known Puris of Bol­ly­wood and he now lives in Mum­bai. My mother Renuka Puri was a grad­u­ate and was pur­su­ing a law de­gree be­fore she mar­ried my fa­ther and fol­lowed his ca­reer across many states in In­dia. My sis­ter Kanchan Puri-Shetty is a na­tion­ally renown light­ing de­signer prac­tic­ing in Mum­bai and is also a Di­rec­tor, Web­scale In­dia.

I met my hus­band Gau­rav Singh when we were at USC to­gether and truly be­lieve we are more to­gether as a cou­ple than as in­di­vid­u­als. Through our ca­reers, we have been part­ners, sup­port­ing each other through our de­ci­sion mak­ing and pro­vid­ing coun­sel as needed. Our two chil­dren com­plete the pic­ture and life is pretty close to per­fect. WORK­ING IN MALEDOM­I­NATED FIELD OF IT There is tremen­dous im­bal­ance in the num­bers at ev­ery stage but es­pe­cially in ex­ec­u­tive ranks and board rooms. I’ve been very for­tu­nate to work with some of the most for­ward think­ing in­vestors, men­tors and co-work­ers through­out my ca­reer, many of them men. I’ve cer­tainly ex­pe­ri­enced a hand­ful of sit­u­a­tions where gen­der played a role but sidestep­ping it and choos­ing to take the longer route has worked just as well. DOES A GLASS CEIL­ING EX­IST? It more than likely does though I will say I’ve not felt ex­cep­tion­ally held back by it, per­haps be­cause I’ve found my­self for­tu­nate in be­ing well sup­ported at home, in the work­place and through my ca­reer. Things are cer­tainly harder for women in ev­ery way but we’re just that much stronger HOB­BIES My hob­bies are my work, my fam­ily and our home. Life doesn’t leave much more time or men­tal ca­pac­ity for any­thing else but I truly enjoy trav­el­ing the world. FU­TURE PLAN Con­tinue to build Web­scale!

SONAL PURI, CEO of Web­scale Net­works

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