Back to Bharat: In Search of a Sustainable Future
Nagaraja Prakasam with Sanjay Anandaram
Nagaraja (Naga) Prakasam is a versatile and passionate leader with 3 decades of global experience (decade in the USA, rest in India). Retired at 41, enjoys as a Farmer Growing startups across the country. Being a lead angel investor, invested in 31 start-ups in 65+ rounds, lead 16 deals in which Uniphore has become a Unicorn with 120x return.
Author of “BackToBharat – In search of a sustainable future” book that addresses the present economic dilemma for Indian entrepreneurs and consumers, looking at the past and present situation of both India and the developed world to find a way forward.
Earlier in his career, as President of CDC Software (world’s 12th largest enterprise software company) South & Southeast Asia, managed sales and India Engineering Centre of Excellence. During the 16 years tenure, grew from Systems Engineer to President involved in growing the company from $50M to $400M with ups and downs. At the age of 35, youngest executive to be given country head responsibilities. Intrapreneurial culture that he inculcated made the company to be shortlisted for prestigious NExT Practices Award for “Promoting Innovation & Entrepreneurship” by NASSCOM.
As a globetrotter traveled 26 countries now resides in Bangalore. Naga holds a B.E. degree from Thiagarajar College of Engineering, India. An MBA degree from the San Diego/Kennesaw State University, United States.
Sanjay Anandaram has 35years of experience as an entrepreneur, investor, corporate executive, teacher, board member, columnist and mentor. He has been and continues to be part of several startups, VC funds, both private and govt, and entrepreneur focused organizations. Sanjay believes that entrepreneurship and innovation are critical for societal transformation and has written and lectured extensively on these topics.
He is a volunteer and Sushasan Council member of iSpirt (ispirt.in) a not-for-profit technology focused think-do tank, Executive Committee member of IIIT Bangalore housed Mosip.io, the world’s largest Digital Public Goods deployed initiative, been part of the THINK20 initiative where he contributed to the policy brief on Digital Inclusion strategies for the G20 Italy 2021. He enabled the iSpirt and Japan’s IPA and JETRO announcement on digital public platforms in 2019.
Apart from this, he is the co-founder of not-for-profit company Network of Indian Cultural Enterprises (NICEorg.in) that aims to discover and nurture cultural entrepreneurs building businesses based on India’s cultural assets to create livelihoods, wealth and ultimately enhance Brand India. His book Startup Mantras was recognised as one of the top business books of 2016.