“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
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 MALEDOMINATED 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