Nan­dan Nilekani Helped Us Get the Right Mes­sage Out

The Economic Times - - Disruption: Startups & Tech - Vi­ral B Shah

I reach out to Nan­dan Nilekani quite of­ten for var­i­ous in­puts. He has been very gen­er­ous in help­ing us. Nan­dan thinks big. With Ju­lia, we are try­ing to do some­thing that is not run-offthe-mill. He can un­der­stand what we are try­ing to do. He knows how to nav­i­gate things and get there. He kind of has both — he is very strate­gic and sees what is com­ing, and is tac­ti­cal in how to get there. It is use­ful for us. We were se­lected as a part of five star­tups to present to Jeff Im­melt, the then CEO of GE. We had a very tech-


nical pre­sen­ta­tion. Nan­dan helped us make it strate­gic — how can a com­pany like GE ben­e­fit from open­source tech­nol­ogy and ap­proach. That re­ally res­onated with them.

He helped us get the right mes­sage out. That is what you look for in a men­tor. He con­tin­ues to do that with us.

He loves the fact that there is a huge In­dian con­tri­bu­tion in Ju­lia. Also, In­di­aS­tack mem­ber Pramod Verma has been very help­ful. (As told to J Vig­nesh)

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