Time with the Former Head of IBM India

Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
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Trip End Sep 27, 2008


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Thursday, August 21, 2008

There have been many wonderful coincidences during my trip and I have met with some of the most incredible people I have ever known - with a common bond that each of us are aware and appreciative of how fortunate we have been and now are doing what we can to give back and make a difference in the world. 

One of these people I met at Nirantara.  His name is Anal Jain and he is former CEO of IBM India - having worked initially for IBM in India and in the United States in the 60's - 70's when IBM felt new India government  regulations made it unfavorable for them to stay - and then Anal restarted IBM India in the 90;s as its CEO.  He later oversaw the entry of Sun Microsystems into India.

Anal and I are of the same generation and have mutual friends/acquaintances in the computer industry and we remember well the many evolutions that occurred in computing.  We both experienced the call to helping alleviate poverty through microfinance type programs about the same time - two years ago.

Anal changed his life focus and is now Managing Director of MicroVentures, India - a funding a support organization to microfinance institutions..  He had met and interviewed Niranjan before (not in Bidar), liked what Niranjan and Nirantara were doing and came for a two day visit to explore the possibility of MicroVentures investing in Nirantara - including that MicroVentures would also become actively involved in supporting the work of Nirantara with Anal most likely going on the board and he and his organization actively doing what it could to help Nirantara accomplish the mission that MicroVentures supports.

So I was fortunate enough to be able to sit in on the meetings where Anal was doing his due diligence and then the three of us had lots of time to share passions and ideas.  Additionally we had the opportunity to tour a some of Bidar together.  This blog will share this by pictures.

Anal and I left each other and Niranjan committed to do what we each can do in our own way to help with poverty programs around Bidar through Nirantara.  Anal is a wonderful gentleman - who  I look forward to staying close to.

A final thing that Anal and I share is that what we are doing now is far more fulfilling than anything we have done in our careers and in some ways we are envious that those like Niranjan and Vikash and many others have gotten it early in their lives - while at the same time we are grateful for the experiences we are now having. 
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