So­cial im­pact busi­ness

Sustainabilitynext - - Impact Business -

Ra­machan­dran and his wife Meena were tired do­ing the back and forth trips be­tween the United States and In­dia for three decades. They heeded their daugh­ter’s ad­vice to fo­cus on a busi­ness which could have a mas­sive so­cial im­pact.

He started teach­ing in New Jer­sey in 1984. Moved to work in Michi­gan, then to Sil­i­con Val­ley in 1991. Set up semi-con­duc­tor com­pany Ap­plied Ma­te­ri­als in In­dia in 2002. Did a start-up in 2005 on prod­uct de­sign soft­ware - didn’t want to be a big but a niche player and sold this in 2014. Started a LED light­ing com­pany in 2009 and sold it in 2011.

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